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Kellsye and Kennon's Rustic Wedding in New Braunfels

Kellsye and Kennon grew up in the same town together. They even went to the same high school. Although they lived in the same city, they didn’t connect until well after college. Knowing mutual friends, a meant to be starry night at a Texas dance hall prompted Kennon to ask Kellsye to dance. After that first dance, they knew that they were destined to be together forever!

Envisioning a rustic and laid back wedding, they chose to incorporate special touches that were important them, and that would also elevate their guest’s experience. In addition to yard games, they had a s’mores station, a hand made quilt for guests to sign, and a wooden bench that Kennon made for guest to enjoy while sitting in the patio area. Each guests received there own individually packaged s’more to enjoy by Gruene Estate’s fire pit. It was gorgeous day and the décor details made the event pop with a fresh and clean, but rustic feel!

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Kennon and Kellsye standing in front of Gruene Estate's original open air chapel.  The added greenery around the chapel door adds to the already romantic feel of the chapel.   This trend of lush greenery overtaking florals as the main décor accent at weddings here at Gruene Estate, as well as at weddings nationwide isn't going away anytime soon.  We love this organic trend, and also the creativity we’re seeing in how planners and designers are incorporating verdant vines in to the venue!

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Mix and match is a trend that we are seeing in bridal party apparel.  This is such a smart way to make the bridal party stand out and look fabulous.  All of Kennon's Groomsmen are in matching suits from The Men's Warehouse, but the bridesmaids are in mixed dresses that each bridesmaid chose on her own.  Not only do they look great, but you are also allowing your bridesmaids to choose a dress that best fits them.

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Kellsye is looking stunning in her lace v-neck wedding gown from Belle Saison Bridal in Austin Texas.  The bead embroidery and the traditional lace veil ad a refreshingly traditional look to her gown.

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The bridesmaids in front of the Gruene family's original farm house.  Built in 1856, the house is a Texas State Historic Site and serves as the bridal suite.

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This three tier buttercream cake with touches of greenery, gives the dessert table a clean minimal feel with the right touch of elegance.  Adding cup cakes of different sizes and flavors allow the bride and groom to offer guest a wide variety of dessert options as well as creative toppings that showcase their personality and style.

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Photos by Beth Aubrey Photography

Adam and Parker - Real Weddings in Gruene Texas

Growing up in the heartland of Texas, Adam and Parker had known each other their entire lives.  They were class mates and graduated high school together.  Not aware that either of them was secretly smitten with the other, a chance encounter at a Texas dance hall lead to an inseparable love and adoration for each other.  Adam asked Parker to dance, " Adam literally just approached me and said “Stay right here the next song we’re dancing.” I didn’t move an inch, I was just so shocked he came up to me & “asked” me to dance. That night we hung out & we literally talked the whole night, and I admitted to my crush in high school."  Little did she know, but Adam felt the same way.  In the spring of 2019, they said "I do" in Gruene Estate's original open air chapel.  There wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  In Parker's own words.


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What were you inspired by while planning your wedding? 

I was inspired by my husband and I’s favorite colors of purple & grey. I love a grey toned lavender and we both love any grey shades.  I am also obsessed with flowers and plants and I knew that that was an aspect I wanted to focus on when decorating the venue. I grew up outside in my grandparents garden, so we had lots of rosemary incorporated into the decor, as that herb is one of my favorites!

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What advice would you give to future couples planning their wedding? 

Take advice from friends and family, but stick to your vision. It’s y’all’s day and you’ll regret not doing it how you want to.   

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What special details did you incorporate into your wedding to enhance your guest's experience?

We had late night coke floats served in mini coke bottles! It was such a fun & sweet detail. Of course, it was a perfect late night snack to after so much dancing. 

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Tells about the inspiration behind the grooms and groomsman's apparel? 

We went very nontraditional with the groom & groomsmen attire. All of the guys bought their pants from Buckle, and their shirts were their groomsmen gift. They were tailored at Melvin’s in Victoria. Lastly, the vest, bow ties,ties, and suspenders the ushers wore where all from the Bridal Rail, where I purchased my dress. 

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Is there anything else you'd like to share about your big day? 

The venue was amazing and so we’re the staff members! They kept everything flowing so smoothly and we couldn’t have imagined it without their help. Staying onsite and having our bridal party in the big house next to us was also so much fun.   After the wedding we sat on the front porch talking, and enjoying the special time with friends and family.

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What were some of your favorite wedding day details? 

Instead of doing a bride and groom cake, we did one joint cake and mini desserts for a variety of treats. Adam designed the lower layer with the marbled effect, and I chose the next tier.   I chose to incorporate the piped detail of the leaves going around the second layer and forming a heart with our initials in it. 

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What would you say are some of your favorite wedding day memories? 

Seeing Adam as I walked down the aisle is definitely at the top of the list. When the doors opened on the sweet open aired chapel, and I saw him standing at the alter, it felt like everything disappeared. The only thing keeping me grounded was holding onto my dad, and walking me down the aisle. It was such a happy moment knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. 

I’d say too, that I succeeded in smashing the cake into Adam’s face before he got me. I’m very clumsy and slow compared to Adam, who was the fastest reflexes ever. I don’t think he considered it at first because he was being sweet and worried about my make up, but I took the opportunity and ran with it.  

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Who made your bridesmaids dresses? 

They were hand made and purchased on Etsy. I wanted the tulle maxi skirts and silk tank tops because I just loved the style and look of them.   They went so well with the venue and the airy feeling I was trying to achieve for our wedding.


Photos by Shy Laurel Photography

Vendor Reveal is Back - Genco's Bake Shop


Vendor Reveal Season 2 Episode 1 is now live.  We are so excited to bring you guys the second  season of Vendor Reveal.  In case you missed season 1, the premise of the show is that each week we reveal a new wedding vendor that we think our brides and brides to be would want to know, and discuss wedding trends.  We see so many fabulous vendors each week, and there is such a variety of vendors in the wedding industry.  We want you to know about them!

Season 2 kicks off with our first vendor, Genco's Bake Shop here in New Braunfels.  I first met Kristen the owner of Genco's at a wedding mixer at the New Braunfels River Village Marriott.  We were casually talking wedding industry insights when Swanee Browing, from New Braunfels Wedding Guide,  approached us and started talking about Kristen's boozy cupcakes.  I was immediatetly intrigued, as we love to see creativity an innovation that vendors bring to weddings.  These cupcakes are so amazing, because she actually bakes in liquor and alcohol into each one.

Cupcakes are a wonderful alternative to cakes.  These delectable treats allow you to offer a larger variety of flavors and toppings then a single cake. Show off your creative side with the hundreds of different toppings, designs and flavors. In addition, these boozy cupcakes are actually guest interactive.  The champagne infused treats that we try on show have a small baster that allows you to shoot the champagne in your mouth,or directly into the cupcake.  The guest experience is one of the most important aspects of a bride and groom's day, and this is a way that even your desserts can help you achieve that goal!  I can honestly say that we have never had a cupcake that was so moist and rich with flavor.  They were truly delicious.

We are so excited to welcome Genco's Bake Shop to the New Braunfels wedding vendor community.  Their boozy cupcakes are a one of a kind treat that your guest will enjoy on your wedding day.  They offer a new twist on an traditional baked treat!  

Don't forget, we are running summer specials right now, so book a tour and tells us all about your wedding vision!



Gruene Estate Floral Tips for That Gorgeous Hill Country Wedding!!

Dreaming, planning, and visualizing your wedding day is something that we have all done since we were little girls.  It is what makes having a wedding so fun.  Now a days we have the internet to help us shift through unlimited images and create story boards to help with that experience.  If you are anything like me, then you have probably been thinking a lot about your floral design and wedding flowers, after all they really do set the tone for an event!  Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here's a few tips to think about before we make those important wedding day floral decisions.

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Seasons Do Matter  

During the decision-making process, make sure that you are looking floral options that fit with your season.  Like all things in nature, flowers are grown seasonally and many species are not available year-round. If there is a flower that is out of season, but is available, know that you are going to pay a premium price for those seasonally rare pieces. Look for flowers that are blooming naturally around you wedding date, and make sure that you are willing to be flexible. Many species can be substituted with a similar plant that is in season.

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DIY Isn’t as Easy as It Seems 

Remember, you get what you pay for, and sometimes saving time is more important than money. There is often the misconception that there is an added fee to flowers simply because it is a wedding. This is not true, and sometimes brides take the DIY route to try mitigate this cost. The reason flowers are so expensive for weddings, is that floral arrangements are one the most intricate and detailed aspects of wedding décor, which require much more labor than anything else. Doing DIY flowers is not as easy as it seems. Removing thorns, pruning, cleaning off pollen, and then arranging the flowers into a beautiful bouquet and center piece is not an easy task. The aforementioned process doesn’t take into account storing and transporting the flowers either. If this is your thing, go for it, but make sure you alot plenty of time in the wedding day time line.

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Don’t Use Overly Scented Flower

Flowers smell nice and at this is definitely a part of what makes them so beautiful and attractive. Remember, the food and dining experience is also an important part of the wedding day. Make sure that your floral arrangements in your centerpieces aren’t fragrantly so overwhelming strong that the smell interferes with you guest taste buds. Go for something subtle here and this is a great place to really add a lot of greenery.

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Get Creative

Besides center pieces and bouquets, there are endless possibilities in which you can utilize flowers to enhance your event and add some special meaning. Taking a sentimental piece of material like your mom’s wedding sash or veil and incorporating them into your arrangement adds a special touch. Other creative options could be hanging greenery and creeping or crawling floral arrangements over doors and entry ways. Really the options are endless and up to you!

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Hire Reputable Vendors and Trust Them

Choose vendors that are reputable and have experience creating the kind of vision that you are wanting for you wedding. The best way to vet vendors, is through word of mouth experience. If you don’t know someone who can give you recommendations, then wedding sites with reviews like New Braunfels Wedding Guide, The Knot and Here Comes the Guide are all great places to start.

Choosing reputable vendors allows you to trust them, and take the pressure off of you. Remember that florists are working with live specimens, and this means that there is going to be some substitutions due to late blooming flowers or certain species that just aren’t available. Your florist will make some recommendations. Listen to them!

Flowers are the details in a wedding that really make an event stand out and pop. Think through you wedding floral goals and make sure that you plan accordingly for you day. Hire the best vendors, be creative, expect to make some last-minute changes, and don’t forget to enjoy the experience!  


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