Weddings are such special events.  It is one of the few times in your life where a large number of people come to celebrate you, and only you!  Sarah and Tom are obviously well loved!  Originally from Houston, they had guest fly in from all over the country to celebrate their special day.

Their vision was to create a fun, laid back, and elegant wedding.  An event, consisting of an entire weekend of love and celebration, one that captured their personalities as a couple.  Sarah’s design vision was to keep things simple by maximizing the beauty of the Gruene Estate and minimize the decor.  This vision came to life with floral arrangements and hanging greenery on Gruene Estate’s french basket chandeliers.  The primary colors for the wedding were green and white, so that the colors meshed well with the venues existing greenery.  Dove grey and purple were strategicly incorporated into the design to add a pop of color. 

Their event had an elegant feel. Scattered showers were persistent throughout the day, so people were huddled together in the chapel, and stayed inside the covered pavilion throughout the event. It was a very special event with many personal touches.

Going with a formal and elegant look, we see Sarah’s full length, sheath cut, charmeuse gown with a beateau neckline in front of Gruene Estate’s historic Gruene family home built in 1856.   

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Using purple and dove grey to add a pop of color to the event.  The brides maids wore dresses that have slightly varying necklines to add a subtle touch of mix and match!

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Gruene Estate’s original open air chapel in Gruene Texas.  Because of the venue’s natural beauty and exisitng greenery,  Sarah and Tom chose to minimize the decor and instead use flowers and greenery to enhance the natural beauty.TS 2034TS 2440TS 2351

This four tier wedding cake by 2Tarts bakery in New Braunfels, is finished with white fondant icing and garnished with olive leaves.  This fit into Sarah and Tom’s overall design of simple and elegant!

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This stunning ring designed by Steve Ventura of Creations Jewlery in Houston, is a round cut stone set on a white gold band with flowing French Pave diamonds!

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Adding their own touch of flair, the groomsmen each chose their own dress shirt that represented their personality.  Tom, the groom, is a die hard Longhorn….hook’em horns!TS 2423

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The wedding party is holding hand tied bouquets from The Bloom Bar.  Here we see snow ballet roses as the focal point of the bouquet and silver dollar eucalyptus and eucalyptus baby blue for the greenery.

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Tom and Sarah grew up together and have known each other since the 6th grade.  They didn’t become good friends until college, and started dating when they both moved to Washington D.C.

Tom had planned on proposing to Sarah on a special day hike to Enchanted Rock.  When they arrived at the gate, they were told the park had reached capacity and was closed for the day.  Improvising, Tom found a serene Hill Country lake and proposed there. It was perfect.

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The bride and groom leaving in Gruene Estate’s vintage 1957 Chevy truck with Lonhorn decals.  Happily ever after!

Vendors Who Made The Day!

Photography: Peary Photography

Caterer:  Trudy’s Tex Mex

Cake: 2Tarts

Band: London Calling

Jewelry:  Steve Ventura of Creations Jewelry