Inspired by family, community gatherings, old barns, shared stories, Dutch oven-cooked campfire food, summer days in the sunshine, and winter nights by the fire. Oak Meadow Ranch was created as a place where you can walk into the past, surrounded by nostalgia of yesteryear, and create cherished new memories and beginnings.
Nestled among acres of tranquil woods, located just 15 minutes from Denton Texas, Oak Meadow Ranch is the idyllic rustic wedding destination, and event venue, featuring The Whitehorse Steakhouse.
The story of Oak Meadow Ranch is one that came together slowly over time. Spurred by lofty dreams, and an unbridled passion for the old west.
Allan and Renay Watt were always enamored with the cowboy lifestyle. Allan was even fondly named “Wall Street Cowboy” by his friends. Their love of competing in cowboy mounted shooting and preparing flame-cooked meals on their vintage chuckwagon for church gatherings sparked their vision of operating an event venue.
They purchased 50 acres of land in 2013 and with help from their family began work on creating a western style town, restaurant, and event venue full of old-fashioned charm of the old west, mingled with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and graceful luxury.
In January of 2016, the family suddenly, and tragically lost their mother Renay. She truly loved caring for her animals and the beauty of being in the tranquil woods. Oak Meadow Ranch was Renay’s dream, and it was her persistent joy and perseverance that brought it to life. Renay was endlessly loved by her family, and it was their greatest hope to fully realize her vision.
Together, the family completed work on the ranch and opened for business in January of 2017. Rustic, yet refined, not too big and not too small, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the quiet country, with no detail overlooked – just as Renay envisioned it.
The origins of Oak Meadow Ranch are honored by our brand which reflects the spirituality of the location, and the family’s faith in Christ. A cross stands atop a covering that is a symbol for the Lords protection. The Whitehorse Steakhouse name captures the apostle John’s vision from the book of Revelation. Fitting images for the ranch, and reminders that no matter what hardship you face, God is your provider and protector.
Throughout Oak Meadow Ranch you will find reminders of the Lords faithfulness. The donkey’s we raise here have crosses on their backs. Legend tells us that the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem loved him so much that he wished with all his heart that he could carry the cross for Jesus. Grief stricken, the donkey turned away but could not leave, it was then that the shadow of the cross fell upon his shoulders and back. The mark is forever there on the backs of all his descendants as a permanent tribute to the donkeys love and loyalty.
The Whitehorse Steakhouse
When Allan and Renay were raising their four children, the family always ate meals together, and Allan always blessed the food. These treasured memories of faith and sharing stories around a table full of family continue at The Whitehorse Steakhouse where guests are greeted like family and welcomed with prayer.
Committed to honoring the beauty and nature of Oak Meadow Ranch, chef Navarro strives to use sustainable, organically grown produce, eggs, and ethically sourced grass-fed meat from nearby farms. Our revolving menu is as exceptional as our venue, and changes to reflect the very best the region has to offer each season. We believe in not only feeding the stomach, but also your heart and soul. We welcome you to our gathering room to enjoy a truly remarkable dining experience in front of our grand, stone fireplace, creating lasting memories with food, family, and friends.
Oak Meadow Wedding Venue
The idyllic setting for a rustic, refined wedding. Enjoy the peace and serenity of our wooded grounds with meandering nature trails. Our outdoor ceremony area is nestled in a serene forest setting – the perfect location for a relaxed, romantic wedding.
- Large gathering hall featuring a grand stone fireplace with chairs and tables.
- Wrap around porch with views of the tree-lined pond.
- Bridal cabin with large mirrors, private bath, hair & makeup area
- Groomsmen hideaway cabin
- Outdoor ceremony area in a forest setting.
- Church pew seating
- Many opportunities for fun and unique photographs around the beautiful grounds with tons of natural light
- Exotic animals available for unique wedding photo shoots
- Vintage 1954 pickup truck
- Horse-drawn carriage