Rocking M Ranch Weddings, Events, & Lodging
Rocking M Ranch is an upscale, rustic wedding venue located in the "film-friendly" town of Smithville, Texas. Situated on 15-acres of rolling hills with wildflowers, leafy trees, and grassy fields, it provides a beautiful backdrop for any nuptial event. With several indoor and outdoor event sites, this versatile venue offers the perfect setting to customize your unique celebration.
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Rocking M Ranch has ample space for a memorable outdoor wedding celebration. The outdoor event space features an in-ground pool, fire pit, BBQ smoker, dining and dancing areas, and shade structures, providing everything you need to celebrate. You can hire food or drink trucks to pull right up to the event space and set up fun lawn games, such as cornhole, washers, and jumbo Jenga. Your guests will love dancing the night away under the bright country stars. If you're hosting an intimate affair, the indoor event space features two crackling fireplaces and can accommodate up to 60 guests year-round. Charming on-site lodging is available for up to 20 guests in the 2-story private home on the property. It features multiple sprawling decks, two full kitchens, two common gathering areas, a gameroom with a galley-kitchen, five bedrooms, and multiple bathrooms fitted with makeup mirrors. The Rocking M Ranch lodge is the perfect place for the wedding party to relax and get ready before the celebration begins or once it's time to say farewall to the guests and enjoy the peace and quiet following your special day.
The team at Rocking M Ranch offers multiple wedding packages that include everything needed to host an unforgettable celebration. Packages include a handmade stage-and-backdrop style altar, round tables, rectangular tables, Chiavari chairs, black and white linens, and many other services. Your party will have exclusive access to the venue and will be able to enjoy the pool, hot tub, fire pit, and lawn games all day long. A large BBQ is available for your caterers' use, including a prep area and sink, and there is ample parking on-site for your guests' convenience. However you envision your celebration, the team at Rocking M Ranch will work tirelessly to ensure that your wedding dreams become a reality.
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Following a rewarding 40-year career as a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist I chose an unexpected path after retirement, and opened a new business hosting weddings, events, and lodging on our ranch property. Building on an existing short-term rental business, my grown children and I, both of whom have lengthy hospitality management experience, took a leap of faith and launched Rocking M Ranch Weddings, Events, and Lodging. It's been a whirlwind journey with many long days and nights, and a boatload of fun. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the ranch!
At 16, I landed a job at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Bastrop County not knowing that my life would be catapulted into the hospitality industry for the next 9 years. I worked my way up from barista to server to bartender to assistant manager until I moved away to complete a Master's degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston. All while working throughout the greater Houston area at events and in hotels. In 2020, I moved home to assist my mother and brother in our new business venture at Rocking M Ranch. Which has been an absolute delight! If I'm not working, you can usually find me checking out new restaraunts and bars (total foodie/beverage connoisseur), cuddling with our cats and dogs, going to comedy shows, or finding the next adrenaline rush!!
The past 16 years, I've been in and out of the service industry, working for restaurants and catering companies, including a lucrative career as a restaurant manager for Chipotle from 2013-2018. I was promoted five times during my time with Chipotle, including relocating multiple times to open new restaurants all over the state. In 2019, I joined The Big Easy, a private club in Columbus, TX as the general manger of the restaurant on property. I had the opportunity to learn extensive knowledge of high-end spirits and how to execute five-star service for members and their guests. I've had such a great experience in the hospitality industry and I'm so proud of Rocking M Ranch and how far we've come! Anyways, here's some more facts about me: I'm the Houston Astros biggest fan and I watch at least 90% of the games during the season. If you need a 'Stros game to be playing during your time at Rocking M Ranch, I will find a way to make that happen for you! I also really love a good sci-fi flick, a cold beer after a long day, DIY projects, and listening to podcasts during long drives. Overall, I'm the guy that will go the extra mile to ensure you have everything you need for your special day. Satisfaction guaranteed!
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Rocking M Ranch Weddings, Events, & Lodging frequently asked questions
- Bridal Suite
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Event Rentals
- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
- Outside Vendors
- Chair Covers
- Dance Floor