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Gruene Estate....2017 And Just a Few Hi-Lights!

2017 was such a fabulous year!  It was exciting to see different brides bring their own style and perspective to the venue.  Our recent remodel of the historic Gruene Estate farm house has helped to transform the home into a more open and modern prep area.  In addition to the remodel, we applied and received the Texas State Historical Marker!  This is a big deal, as we have always thought of ourselves as proud keepers of the Gruene family heritage and tradition. 

Events in 2017 seemed to be more dynamic and individualized with unique and creative touches.  Hopefully, this means that we are doing something right, because this speaks to our original vision, of creating a wedding venue which allows couples to have an authentic, one of kind boutique wedding experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.   

In addition to our remodel, this year also saw the creation of a sister business called ShastaGram Photo booth.  Photo booths are a popular add on at many of our events.  Found in a pasture in Seguin, we renovated a 1966 Shasta Travel Trailer and turned it into a mobile trailer vintage photo booth.  This now allows our brides the convenience of booking a unique vintage piece, that adds to the overall guest experience.  It has been a great addition to the Gruene Estate family.

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Photo by Whitewood Photography

 

Below are just a few hi-lights from some of our amazing weddings in 2017.  Of course none of this would be possible without our incredible couples, and talented vendors that helped make each and every wedding a success!  We're looking forward to a wonderful 2018.

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Stehanie and Will we're such a fun couple to work with!  Their wedding vision was captured so perfectly!  A rustic and authentic Texas wedding in historic Gruene that was subtly defined with unique touch of elegance.  Her dress, an perfect bateau neckline accented with a touch of lace.  His suit, a sophistacted and styish waistcoat with out the formal jacket!

Photo by Whitewood Photography

Photo Booth ShastaGram Photo Booth

Dj At Last Entertainment

Cake 2Tarts

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This is such a intimate photo of Ashlee and Chase in their getaway car. Loving the metaphor..."things that last,things that hold up!". This classic Cadillac has endured the test of time as has the Gruene family farm.  One hundred and sixty years and counting.  Love knows no boundaries of space and time and we look forward to many more historic and dazzling weddings! 

Photo by Davison George Photography

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One of our favorites!  Josh and Cassie in historic Gruene Estate's open air pavilion.  Elegance and vintage style in a rustic setting!  Loving Cassie's V-cut lace gown and vintage English circlet of flowers in her hair. Y'all, we're dying over how beautiful this picture is!

Photo by 1778 Photographie

Caterers Chelas Tacos and Garbos Seafood

Bar Bartenders4You

Design Bash Events

Vintage Rentals Loot Vintage Rentals

Photo Booth Silvercloud Photo Booth Trailer

Band Royal Dukes Band

 

Ashlee and Chase A Gruene Estate Chapel Wedding

Ya'll, Ashlee and Chase are so cute!  We recently received these gllery previews from their photographer Davison George Photography.  They did a chapel only ceremony at Gruene Estate.  We offer those on week days Monday to Thursday and they are a great option for smaller weddings.  These photos capture the joy, love, and romance of the ceremony.  We are having some major #hearteyes over these two!  We added both a short video slide show and the actual photos to the blog, so if you feel like it, pin-a-way!

 

Gruene Estate, A Texas Legacy

We are so proud of the fact that Gruene Estate is a historic property that continues to thrive as a business.  The Gruene family built their businesses with pride, ingenuity, and good old fashioned hard work.  Those same principles are still at work.  Times have changed, and although we are no longer farming cotton, those are the foundations of how we approach each wedding at Gruene Estate. Below is an excerpt detailing the history of the Gruene family's impact on our one of a kind community in heart of the Texas Hill Country: 

Arriving in Texas in the mid 1840s, German farmers became the first settlers of what is now known as Gruene, Texas. Ernst Gruene, a German immigrant, and his bride Antoinette, had reached the newly established city of New Braunfels in 1845, but acreage was scarce. Thus, Ernst and his two sons purchased land just down river, and Ernst built the first home in Gruene in early fachwerk style. His second son, Henry D. Gruene, built his home (now Gruene Mansion Inn) and planted his surrounding land with cotton. Having become the number one cash crop, the cotton business soon brought 20 to 30 families to Henry D.'s lands. 

Henry D. built houses in various styles -- a Victorian cottage (now Lone Star), a large brick home, and a frame house (now Gruene Haus) for the foreman of his farm. The first mercantile store (now Gruene General Store) was built in 1878 and a cotton gin (now Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar) powered by the Guadalupe River was added soon after. Further construction during this profitable time included a dance hall and saloon (Gruene Hall), which became the center of the community's social life.

As the town continued to prosper, new mercantile building (now Gruene Antique Company) sprang up in 1904. However, the death of Henry D. in 1920 marked the downfall of Gruene's development and good fortune. In 1922, the original cotton gin burned and was replaced by a modern electric model down the road (now Adobe Verde). Yet, the economic disasters of the boll weevil and the Depression were too much for the family businesses and they went under, except for Gruene Hall, which never closed (http://www.gruenetexas.com/about.php)

The bridal suite, also known as the main house, is the house that is spoken of in the first paragraph.  I am reminded everytime that I walk into the guest bedroom and see the exposed fachwerk walls that we are keepers of a legacy.  This is important, because we continue to make history.  People are united in marriage every weekend, and new traditions and families are started all over again.  What a wonderful thing to get to be a part of!

Taylor and Alex a Gruene Estate Fete

 We absolutely loved having Taylor and Alex on the property at Gruene Estate.  The day was perfect and they had an amazing sunset that created the right touch of light for some sublime photos.  The photography was done by Anastasia Strate, and she got it just right.  

This is also one of the first batch of photos that we have received since we remodeled the historic Gruene family home.  We spent a lot of time and effort to really create a space that is light, fresh, and open.   Our new French country farmhouse look is the perfect touch to create a one of a kind venue space. 

Other Vendors:

Brides Maids Outfits: Show Me Your Mumu 

Floral: Petals To Go

Bridal Store: Beautitude Bridal   

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