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Sarah and Kent's Rustic Chic Gruene Wedding

Sarah and Kent have such a sweet love story!  Set up by mutual friends on a blind when they were both living in Chicago, Their love started in Illinois, but their beautiful ceremony and reception was born out of their Texas roots.  Kent’s dad and mom actually met in neighboring Seguin, and Gruene has always been a special place for their family to visit and enjoy.  The romantic,rustic, and fun vibe of Gruene set tone and design elements for their wedding.  Sarah and Kent tell it best in their own words:

What were you inspired by while planning your wedding?

We had always talked about moving to Texas and after booking our wedding venue in Gruene. We hoped and prayed that by the time we had our wedding we would be living in Texas. As fate had it, we moved to Austin one month and a day prior to our wedding. The move was a big inspiration for our wedding planning, and at the same time our wedding was a big inspiration for our move! 

Also, Kent's father, Rocky, unfortunately passed away a few years ago. I was never able to meet his dad. Rocky loved Gruene and we thought it would be the perfect way to commemorate him by getting married in his favorite town. 

What were some of your favorite wedding day details?

It is so hard to pick just a few things!! I loved everything about our wedding...the chapel was perfect, weather was AMAZING (sunny, low 80's, light breeze), the decor was gorgeous (the flowers were to die for)! All the food and drinks (including cake!) were so delicious! The musicians were great and guests loved dancing! I was obsessed with my dress and all the details; it was exactly what I had envisioned. 

Did you have any DIY (aka Do it Yourself) details? If so, please share more about them below.

Our wedding planner, Sweet August Events, was a huge help for us! Since we were living in Chicago a majority of the time prior to our wedding, it was difficult to plan thing or get things booked. There is no way I could've done it without her! Also, Carey, Gruene Estate’s in house planner, was so helpful in planning day of details such as seating arrangements, timing of events, etc. 

I designed and chose the wedding invitations and assembled them all myself. In addition, I picked out and put together our wedding welcome bags for our guests! (bags were at check in for guests when they arrived at hotel) 

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

Again, this is such a hard question!!! From start to finish it was the most perfect day! Getting ready in the cute cottage with my mother, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids! Receiving a special gift from Kent (even though we promised no gifts!!) with a sweet note and a picture of a ring with my birthstone (opal), because the ring didn't get delivered in time lol. Putting on my dress and seeing it all done- hair, make-up, dress, veil...I was a BRIDE! Seeing Kent for the first time and just having a complete sense of calm in marrying him, but excitement for the day as well. Walking down the aisle of the gorgeous chapel with the perfect little breeze blowing! Kissing Kent for the first time as a married couple! The reception - every detail! The food, the cake, the bar – everything was just as I envisioned it! Finally, the PERFECT end to the night was walking between all of our closest friends and family holding sparklers, seeing the smiles on all their faces, and jumping up in the bed of the old white Texas Longhorns truck! 

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

I think the venue really sets the tone of the entire day, so I would say to find a place that completely defines how you want your wedding to feel. Gruene Estate did that perfectly and made all the other details fall into place so easily :-) 

We love to hear any fun "how we met" and/or "how we got engaged" stories so feel free to share below if you'd like.

This is from our wedding website :-) 

HER STORY:

It all started in January 2015: As I was getting home from work one afternoon, one of my closest girlfriends texted me saying that the guy she was dating had a friend that was single….and happened to be really attractive.She gave me his *facebook* name and told me to friend request him. At first I wasn't that into the idea of a blind date, but with a name like Kenny Diggz (his facebook name), who could resist? I went to his profile (not going lie, was pleasantly surprised), and clicked "add friend." After that, a message he had tried to send the day before popped up. "My friend keeps telling me to friend you on here, but I don't wanna creep you out considering we don't know each other." Hmm, grrrreat…I crossed that bridged for us. After that, we chatted on facebook messenger about work, where we're from, where we live, etc., and decided that we should meet in person. We settled on a little bar in my neighborhood, Dark Horse Tap & Grille. So THE DAY (Thursday 1/22/15 to be exact) rolls around; I spend about 2 hours getting ready/deciding what to wear and make sure I leave in time to be 5 minutes early (I can't help it, I'm Type A). I park my car and walk into the bar, where quickly scan the room and realize I was there first. Before I even have time to sit down I get a text from Kent saying he isn't going to make it……quickly followed by a "kidding! I'll be there in 3 minutes." Looking back on that, I should've known this boy was a chronic teaser from the get-go! Anyway, Kent DID in fact show up, and our first time meeting went great (other than me getting a parking ticket); I was completely smitten. We started dating and joked throughout February that I was his "furlough fling" since he was on furlough that month. Turns out, it was definitely more than a fling! Since that time, we've had SO many memorable times: date nights in Chicago, vacations to Costa Rica and Cozumel, friend's weddings, moving in together…the list is endless! I've even overcome my terror of big dogs and have come to love Kent's 170lb mastiff, Deebo, just as much as I love Kent. Those two boys are my whole world, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

HIS STORY:

When a friend introduced Sarah to me I had to pinch myself, I couldn't believe I would have a chance with someone so beautiful. I was so nervous on our first date, that I was sure I messed everything up, and made a terrible first impression. To my surprise, she agreed to go out with me again. And then again after that! Whatever I was doing to fool this woman was working, so I had to keep it up. After a while, she agreed to meet my dog, Deebo. He approved, which was HUGE. Then I introduced her to my family, and they ensured me that I had quite the prize, and I'd better not mess it up. Flash forward two years and I had to lock this perfect women down for life, so I proposed. Thankfully she accepted, and now I'm looking forward to being spoiled the rest of my life!

How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)

We envisioned it to be romantic, soft, rustic, and FUN :-) I think Katherine, at Sweet August Events did an amazing job creating that feel, and Gruene Estate and the decor offered there was perfect to set that tone as well. 

What aspects did you incorporate into the plan of your wedding to enhance your guest's experience? (ex. cigar rolling table, specialty drink, yard games, special guest favors etc.)

Because a lot of our guests were traveling from out of town we really wanted them to have a good time! The night before the wedding we had a welcome party at Gruene Hall.  The wedding itself was a huge hit! Many of our guests told not only us, but others too that it was the best wedding they've ever been too! We wanted it to have a Texas feel, and Lucky and Petey, Gruene Estate’s Texas longhorns, were the perfect attendees.   We had cigar rolling, yard games, napkins with state of TX logo, traditional TX food (brisket for dinner and breakfast tacos late night), and live music! We also had 6 margarita flavors (have to have margs in TX) as well as specialty drinks (Sarah's was a moscow mule and Kent's was an old fashioned). All of our guests received welcome bags prior to the wedding, which included an itinerary, do not disturb door sign, Gruene postcard, chips/salsa, Texas pecan chewies, Topo Chico, Deep Eddy vodka mini bottle, and hangover kit! 

Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?

As I touched on earlier, one of the reasons we chose Gruene for our wedding was because Kent's late father, Rocky, had loved it so much. Having our wedding in a place that he loved was a small way to involve him in our special day :-) 

Who made or designed your dress

I LOVED my dress; lace is my favorite! The designer was Martina Liana. Funny story about my dress...I picked it out and ordered it in Chicago prior to us moving. We moved in August and I had to fly back for my last fitting and then fly back to Texas with my wedding dress! I got a lot of "congrats!" in the airport! 

Was there a getaway car?

We used Gruene Estate’s, Texas Longhorns truck!! It was the perfect getaway car!! A symbol of moving forward in life as newly married couple in our new home state of Texas! 

Vendors Who Made The Day:

Photos:The Mint Photography

Floral and Design: Sweet August Events

Videographer: Photohouse Films

Caterer: Jimmy Lynns Catering

Entertainment:  High Fidelity Austin Band

Bartending:  Bartenders4you

Cake: 2Tarts

Paper Products: Minted

Hair and Makeup:  Knot and Veil Bridal Hair and Makeup

Rehearsal Dinner:  Grist Mill Restraunt

 

 

 

Carmen and Vance, A Texas Hill Country Wedding

Y'all, we're so glad to have been able to work with Carmen and Vance.  They had an incredibly fun wedding with lots of personal touches.  Their goal was simple, they wanted a laid back and rustic yet elegant wedding.  A celebration that represented where they're from and how they live their lives. It was such a pleasure working with this amazing couple and we loved being part of it from the start.     

Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?
 
When we were planning the wedding we constantly heard that weddings are basically a party for everyone else, not so much for ourselves. Which in someway it can be. We made it our mission to make our wedding day about us. About our love, our love story, and about us having a beautiful night together with our family and friends being there. 
 
How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)
 
We are from Somerset Texas. It is a tiny town with the population of 1,400, a very small country town on the outskirts of San Antonio. We love being in the country and outdoors and have visited Gruene many times. It has become our favorite town to getaway to, with the same feel as back home. We always imagined getting married somewhere outdoors near Gruene. Gruene Estate ended up being the perfect venue. 
 
What aspects did you incorporate into the plan of your wedding to enhance your guest's experience? (ex. cigar rolling table, specialty drink, yard games, special guest favors etc.)
 
We are really into supporting local craft breweries. Not a lot of our friends and family are familiar with craft breweries, so we we served some craft beers we thought they might enjoy. For our dessert, we served pan dulce. Growing up in a hispanic culture we always had pan dulce with coffee.  Since our wedding was a destination event we thought pan dulces and coffee would be a nice touch for guest that had to drive home after the event.
 
Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?
 
My mom gave me my grandmothers wedding ring so I had it pinned on my bouquet to have with me. 
 
Who made or designed ya'lls rings, where were they bought?
 
My ring was custom made by Medlar Jewelry in San Antonio. My ring is not a traditional diamond, it is a Morganite gem stone.  Morganite is said to be healing to the soul and is a high vibrational, universal stone of uncoditional love. My husband, Vance, chose this specifically for me, and it means the world to me. His ring was purchased from Staghead designs which he was able to custom design himself. His is a whiskey barrel lined titanium ring with a granite inlay.  Titanium is the hardest metal and granite is one of the hardest stones. This is a metaphor for our relationship, strong and not easily broken. 
  
Who made or designed your dress, where was it bought?
 
My dress was bought from Bridal Galleria of Texas in San Antonio. They were the best! Featuring a lot of lace and  thin material, it was not the easiest to alter. Every single time I went for a fitting, I was stressed about potential alterations, but they made it their mission to always put me at ease. I couldn't be happier which my choice in dress and boutique.   
 
Who did hair and makeup?
 
My hair was done by Charish the Day Boutique.  They are the sweetest ladies! From day one,  they were so patient, kind and sweet. I was so impressed with the final product. My makeup was done by Jax Studio San Antonio - Kim is amazing! Everything was custom done from start to finish I couldn't have been happier with the fisnished product. 
 
Who were your vendors?
 
Photography - Whitewood Photography Sarah Owens
Flowers - HEB Blooms
Catering - Heavenly Gourmet
Bartenders - Bartenders 4 you 
Photo Booth - shastagram photos 
His Suit - Men's Warehouse
Her Ring - Medlar Jewelry 
His Ring - Staghead

Carmen and Vance, A Texas Hill Country Wedding

Y'all, we're so glad to have been able to work with Carmen and Vance.  They had an incredibly fun wedding with lots of personal touches.  Their goal was simple, they wanted a laid back and rustic yet elegant wedding.  A celebration that represented where they're from and how they live their lives. It was such a pleasure working with this amazing couple and we loved being part of it from the start.     

Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?
 
When we were planning the wedding we constantly heard that weddings are basically a party for everyone else, not so much for ourselves. Which in someway it can be. We made it our mission to make our wedding day about us. About our love, our love story, and about us having a beautiful night together with our family and friends being there. 
 
How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)
 
We are from Somerset Texas. It is a tiny town with the population of 1,400, a very small country town on the outskirts of San Antonio. We love being in the country and outdoors and have visited Gruene many times. It has become our favorite town to getaway to, with the same feel as back home. We always imagined getting married somewhere outdoors near Gruene. Gruene Estate ended up being the perfect venue. 
 
What aspects did you incorporate into the plan of your wedding to enhance your guest's experience? (ex. cigar rolling table, specialty drink, yard games, special guest favors etc.)
 
We are really into supporting local craft breweries. Not a lot of our friends and family are familiar with craft breweries, so we we served some craft beers we thought they might enjoy. For our dessert, we served pan dulce. Growing up in a hispanic culture we always had pan dulce with coffee.  Since our wedding was a destination event we thought pan dulces and coffee would be a nice touch for guest that had to drive home after the event.
 
Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?
 
My mom gave me my grandmothers wedding ring so I had it pinned on my bouquet to have with me. 
 
Who made or designed ya'lls rings, where were they bought?
 
My ring was custom made by Medlar Jewelry in San Antonio. My ring is not a traditional diamond, it is a Morganite gem stone.  Morganite is said to be healing to the soul and is a high vibrational, universal stone of uncoditional love. My husband, Vance, chose this specifically for me, and it means the world to me. His ring was purchased from Staghead designs which he was able to custom design himself. His is a whiskey barrel lined titanium ring with a granite inlay.  Titanium is the hardest metal and granite is one of the hardest stones. This is a metaphor for our relationship, strong and not easily broken. 
  
Who made or designed your dress, where was it bought?
 
My dress was bought from Bridal Galleria of Texas in San Antonio. They were the best! Featuring a lot of lace and  thin material, it was not the easiest to alter. Every single time I went for a fitting, I was stressed about potential alterations, but they made it their mission to always put me at ease. I couldn't be happier which my choice in dress and boutique.   
 
Who did hair and makeup?
 
My hair was done by Charish the Day Boutique.  They are the sweetest ladies! From day one,  they were so patient, kind and sweet. I was so impressed with the final product. My makeup was done by Jax Studio San Antonio - Kim is amazing! Everything was custom done from start to finish I couldn't have been happier with the fisnished product. 
 
Who were your vendors?
 
Photography - Whitewood Photography Sarah Owens
Flowers - HEB Blooms
Catering - Heavenly Gourmet
Bartenders - Bartenders 4 you 
Photo Booth - shastagram photos 
His Suit - Men's Warehouse
Her Ring - Medlar Jewelry 
His Ring - Staghead

Sloane and Bo’s Rustic Chic DIY Fete at Gruene Estate

Sloane and Bo were such a fun couple to work with.  Their laid back and rustic event at Gruene Estate perfectly complemented their down to earth personalities.  Seeking a wedding experience that was fun, unique, and simple, there wedding at Gruene Estate was inspired by friends and family with unique touches that were gathered from places and memories from their time spent in Historic Gruene Texas and New Braunfels.

Special attention was given to vendors that they know and love. Their friends were involved every step of the way and helped inspire design throughout the entire event.  One of their closest friends acted as minister in the ceremony, and another was the lead singer in the band.

Always more concerned about others than themselves, Bo and Sloane paid special attention to ensure that their guest had a unique and fun experience at their wedding.  In addition to specialty drinks at the bar, each guest received their own jar of Rudy’s BBQ rub.  One of their favorite bar-b-que places in town.  Instead of the traditional photo booth, Polaroid cameras were given to guests along with a memory book for people to place pictures in, or to draw a memorable sketch.  Guests were involved in the ceremony in a fun and creative way!  Part of the ceremony involved friends and family telling their favorite stories about Bo and Sloane, or quoting their favorite movie lines that guest could relate to the couple and laugh about. 

Obviously a girl after our own heart, Sloane wore a white V-cut Vanessa Virginia dress from Anthropolgie.  Her beautiful dress and laid back style contrasted with the rustic elegance of our historic and original open air chapel was stunning!  Bo, wore a black vintage pinstripe waistcoat that had sentimental value and was passed down to him from his father.  One of the cutest and sweetest thing that we've seen in a long time:  When Bo met Sloane, he happened to be carrying a small tin of mints in his jacket.  Having the premonition that she was special, he saved the mint tin throughout their entire relationship and dating experience, and this tin was used to carry the rings down to the aisle to the alter!  Sentimental touches and a laid back style, created a one of kind wedding experience that matched their personalities perfectly!

Photos: Local Embers Photography

Caterer:  Adobe Verde

Cake: 2Tarts

Flowers: HEB

Rings: Etsy

Wedding Gown:  Anthropolgie

Hair and Makeup:  Stephanie Williams

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