AN ANCIENT CHAPEL ON AN ISLAND IN TEXAS?
Bella Donna isn't that old- we opened our doors in 2010. We are a replica of a 16th century chapel located in Split, Croatia, built with some imported elements dating back to that time. Adriatica is the village we are located within, and is named after the Adriatic Sea of which the beautiful Dalmatian coastline of Croatia is located.
WHAT IS ADRIATICA?
Adriatica is the village where Bella Donna Chapel is located. It's based on the old-world village of Split, Croatia and is home to shops, restaurants, residences and lots of green space. There is lots to see from the moment you drive onto the cobblestone streets, and although the village is still growing, it is already full of life. Enjoy some wine and then a concert, Thursday Farmer's Market, dinner overlooking the water, a walk through the vineyard and more. It's a great place to spend a day, so give yourself time to explore!
WHERE DO PEOPLE PARK FOR WEDDINGS?
Parking is available to the public in a multi level garage adjacent to the chapel. An elevator will bring you to the ground floor exit near the chapel.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN YOUR VENUE HOLD?
We can accommodate a maximum of 200 for a wedding. Please consider that 15-20 of those will be standing in the Bridal Party. Seated capacity is 185.
DO YOU PROVIDE ANY DECOR?
The chapel is beautiful on its own and does not need any additional decor. We provide candles for our large candelabras and wall sconces, as well as brass candle sticks on the altar (candle sticks can also be used to hold Unity Candles if you like). If you do choose to add anything, please see our contract for guidance.
DO YOU OFFER OUTDOOR CEREMONIES?
Outdoor ceremonies involving chairs and other furniture are prohibited in Adriatica's public green spaces. We do own the Bell Tower, which has a lovely terrace and restroom access. This can be rented for small parties, but there is no covering from rain/unfavorable weather.
CAN YOU DO A CEREMONY AND RECEPTION HERE?
Bella Donna is a chapel and doesn't have space for receptions. We can accommodate small outdoor gatherings at our Bell Tower. There is no protection from rain/ bad weather. For larger parties, we have two great options within sight of the chapel. The Sanctuary Events is a venue within Adriatica and is similar in aesthetic to the chapel. Stonebridge Ranch Country Club is across the street from Adriatica and offers great views of the property from their second floor events space. Both venues are featured on our Vendor Page.
DO YOU PROVIDE A WEDDING COORDINATOR?
Yes! Our wedding coordinator will work with you to create an order of events for your ceremony and will run your rehearsal and ceremony accordingly. We have an excellent, experienced team and always strive to make your day as stress free as possible.
DO YOU HAVE MULTIPLE EVENTS IN A DAY?
Yes- We have time blocks to accommodate any size group and are able to host multiple events in a day without overlap.
CAN WE BRING IN FOOD AND BEVERAGES?
No- We are a church, and so church rules apply. We provide water as needed outside of the sanctuary.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO BRING IN ALCOHOL?
No- Because we are a church, we have a strict policy regarding alcohol. Articles of communion are acceptable.