About

Our History

Ground was broken for Bella Sera Ranch in October of 2010 and we hosted our first wedding on May 21, 2011. It was a dream fulfilled for native Texan Deborah Walston and her husband Jack Kraatz. Deborah was born and raised in the East Texas town of Palestine and lived in Austin, Chicago and western New York until relocating back to her hometown in 2010 to develop Bella Sera Ranch.

 

Bella Sera Ranch gets its name from an Italian phrase meaning “beautiful evening.” Our chapel was modeled after an 1800’s chapel in Peninsula, Ohio and our antique pews are from an old church in New Jersey. Our tagline says it all…Making Life’s Milestones Memorable”, we are known for our attention to detail and making dreams come true. We host approximately 75 events per year and have received awards two consecutive years for “Best Venue” from the Palestine Herald Press.