Gruene Estates Blog

Daniel and Lauren, A Spring Wedding!


Ya'll, we just recieved these amazing photos from Angela Lally Photography.  Daniel and Lauren's May event was absolutely beautiful, and the weather was so gorgeous.  We really enjoyed working with these guys and we wish them the best of luck.  Check out the photo gallery for some beautiful pictures of their day.

Spring has been so busy (which we're super thankful for),  and as we go into summer we have a lot of new and exciting things happening at Gruene Estate.  For starters, we are expanding the flag stone paving under our chandelier tree.  As we have shown in previous posts, this space has been used as a lounge, photo booth, and catering area.  The switch from gravel to flag stone will help pull the space together.  It will also allow us to move tables and chairs out there for additional seating.  

We are also excited to unveil our remodel at the Gruene Estate main house (pics to come soon).  We have been feeling that the decor is a bit dated and had a "your grandmothers house" feel to it.  We are switching more to a modern farm feel with clean lines and light colors.  Brides and brides to be are going to love the new vibe!   Stay tuned for some updated pics. 

Macy and Jeremy

Macy and Jeremy are the sweestest couple.  You can see it in all their amazing photos from Local Embers & Co.!  The love and admiration that they have for each other is inspiring.  Macy's from Houston and Jeremy is from the midwest.  They had a spiritual intiment ceremony that was centered around their faith.  It was absolutely beautiful.  

The floral was stunning and was done by Clementine Botanical Art in Austin.  We loved help planning this wedding, because Jeremy took an active role in the decorations and even built some props used for hanging the curtains (guys and future husbands to be, take notes).  It was so much fun to have both the bride and grooms vision create a special place for their event. Gruene Estate and our staff wish ya'll lots of love and we are so honored to have been part of their day!

ShastaGram Photo Booth, New Braunfels First Vintage Trailer Photo Booth

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ShastaGram Photo Booth is New Braunfels' first and only vintage travel photo booth.  This is an exciting new business venture that is a fabulous add on for brides at Gruene Estate as well as surrounding area venues.  The trailer is a true piece of vintage Americana that is vintage on the outside, yet sleek and stylish on the inside.  

Photo booths are a great add on for wedding receptions.  They are a fun and creative way to capture your events moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.  Many times, photo booths are tucked away in a corner, guests simply don't realize that they are at the event.  ShataGram's 1966 travel trailer cannot be missed.  This trailer was recently debuted at Gruene Estate and it stayed packed all night long.  It was a huge success and we are looking forward to many more events at the venue. Included in all packages are the following:

-Photo Booth Attendant

-Assorted Props

-Unlimited Photos with customizable logo

-Upload to social media

-Your events pictures on a online photo gallery



Gruene's One of a Kind Chandeliers

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We truly love what we do.  Our initial vision when we created Gruene Estate was to create a one of a kind wedding venue in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and Historic Gruene.  As it turns out, creating the venue was the easy part!  The wedding venue market is extremely competitive and copying other people's innovation seems to be the norm.  The hardest part is continually finding ways to re-create your brand and offer brides a one of a kind experience.  This applies to all aspects of the business: customer service, the feel of the venue, and the overall experience of our brides.

About a year ago, we were looking for a new project and different ways to improve Gruene Estate.  There is a large hackberry tree on the back fence line of the historic Gruene family home's backyard, and this space has gone unused in past events.  We wanted to create another piece of usable space in the yard area that would be unique to wedding venues.  The 60 year old branches are spaced perfectly to hang lights on.  Simple Edison bulbs aren't innovative.  The more we looked at the spacing of the branches, we realized that they would be perfect to hang chandeliers from.  

The search for the chandeliers was long and thorough.  We looked for a full year throughout the state and were able to find three chandeliers in Round Top that were roughly the same size and shape.  Each complimenting the other and all of them being antiques.  One chandelier in particular was significantly heavier than the others.  Bigadyke Lighting Company rewired them for us and discovered that the heavier chandelier was actually made of solid brass!  It dates back to the mid 1800's and is a true gem.  It is unclear who the manufacturer is, but the chandelier's orgin appears to be French, as it has Rococo, Renaissance, and Gothic design elements which is characteristic of French chandeliers in the 1800's.       

The addition of these one of a kind Chandeliers at Gruene Estate created the perfect multi-use space.  In the six months that they have been added to the venue, they have been used in a myriad of different ways.  We have seen brides put a cake table under them, an additional food station, a boho hang out lounge area, a second bar area, and a photo booth.  They are free for brides to use and are included in Gruene Estate's wedding packages.  

Our vision for Gruene Estate is to create a unique one of a kind wedding venue in the heart of Central Texas.  Our staff and managers are consistently looking for ways to improve the overall wedding experience and historic venue.  Our chandeliers at Gruene Estate have provided a multi-use space that is truly unique to wedding venues.  We look forward to many more years of events and weddings and being a leader in the industry and market. 

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