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Richard and Kate - Real Weddings at Gruene Estate


Y'all, fall is finally here!  The weather has been gorgeous and with these recent showers and cool weather the property at Gruene Estate is looking stunning!  Fall is officially is our favorite time of year here in the Texas Hill Country!  That being said, we have been going full blast with multiple weddings every weekend.  There have been so many gorgeous ones lately.  Fortunately for us, every now and then we get to enjoy some of these events. We were on site to capture Richard and Kate's beautiful ceremony in our open air chapel this last Saturday!

Kate and Richard were such a fun couple to have at Gruene Estate.  Her dress is to die for!  Wearing a full length lace vail and deep v cut neckline, it simply wowed!  Pay special attention to the floral embridered patterns on the sleeves.  We have mentioned it before and we will say it again, this trend is huge right now and it's not slowing down.  All in all, it was a stunning day and we hope that this short video gives you brides, and brides to be a little glimpse into the real life weddings at Gruene Estate!

When Style and Romance Tie The Knot, A Styled Music Video at Gruene Estate


Y'all, we are so excited to get this up on the blog.  A few months ago, Swanee Browning, the owner of New Braunfels Wedding Guide, approached us and asked us if we would be interested in doing a music video styled shoot at Gruene Estate.  Of course we said yes!  We had a hard time visualizing the concept, as it has not been done before.  Be that as it may, we are always up for trying new and innovative things.  The shoot is titled, When Style and Romance Tie The Knot!  

A celebration of the 1950's, the project takes advantge of the textures, colors and traditions of the that decade.  Fuscia, pink, blush and navy are just a few of the colors used to capture the elegance of the time period.  Usually, styled shoots take more of a serious tone.  This one was so much fun, because the idea was to take a bride and groom and drop them into a fun, light-hearted atmosphere.  Improvising much of time, the  models seemed lost in the care free cheerfulness of the night!  Check out the video above and see for yourself!

Venue: Gruene Estate  -  @grueneestate
Photography: David Pezzat -  @davidpezzat- weddingphotography
Videography: Paul Dubiel  - @mobilBoheme and @larrycastillophotography
Cake: Cakes by Summer - @cakesbysummer
Invitations: Cottonwood Print -  @cottonwoodprintdesignco
Attire: Celebrations Bridal and Prom - @celebrationbridalandprom 
Dancers: Dfntly Entertainment - @dfntlyentertainment
Balloons: Balloon Man - @balloonmanllc
Bar Service: Southern Tapsters - @southerntapsters
Creative Design: New Braunfels Wedding Guide  @nbweddingguide
Linens: Comal Event Rental Company - @comaleventrentalcompany

D.I.Y. Wedding Crafts, Yards Games and Ladder Golf


When we talk to brides, we often ask them, " what is most important to you on your wedding day?"   A large majority of brides want their guest to have a fun time at their wedding.  While there are many different ways to achieve that goal, yard games are an easy an affordable way to provide entertainment for your guests.  At Gruene Estate, we have Washers and Corn Hole for our guest to enjoy, but Ladder Golf is a fun and easy addition!  In this video we show you step by step how to create a Ladder Golf game out of P.V.C. pipes and golf balls. 

You can make these game pieces out of P.V.C. or wood.  They are very easy to make and it cost me around $30 for all the material needed.  One great feature of ladder golf is that is playable by all ages.  Young or old, none of your wedding guest will feel left out.  Having activities for your guest to enjoy during your wedding reception elevates your event by allowing guest to relax and utlize outdoor space! 

Ladder Golf  is played with 2 or more players or teams. Each player has 3 golf ball bolas. A bola is 2 golf balls attached by a nylon rope. The object of the game is to wrap your bolas around the steps of the ladder. The ladder consists of 3 steps, a top, middle and a bottom step.

Supplies Needed:

  • 18 feet of ¾” PVC pipe
  • 2 ¾” PVC 90 degree elbows
  • 6 ¾” PVC tees
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • PVC glue (optional)
  • Nylon rope
  • Golf balls
  • Drill press or a drill (3/8'') and some clamps
  • Spray paint
  • Lighter


Essential Elements of Boho Wedding Style

If your planning a wedding there are many different styles that you can emulate.  Clean modern lines, rustic shabby chic, or classic inspiration evoking design elements with a perfectly coordinated aesthetic are just a few of the many options that you can choose from.  In the last couple of years, we have seen a steady increase of brides shifting to the "boho look".  It's hard to say exactly where or how these trends start, but it is safe to say that Pinterest, boho celebrity weddings (Ashley Tisdale and LeAnne Rimes), and the fact that we all enjoy embracing that little bit of hippy free spirit that hides deep down in our souls are contributing factors.  It's hard not to like flower crowns, over sized bouquets, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and unexpected decor pieces – like giant dream catcher backdrops. We have seen our fair share of boho weddings, and often see many boho elements blended into events with a more traditional flair. Boho is commonly tied to outdoor venues which is why it fits perfectly with Gruene Estate.  Here are just a few of our favorite "boho" elements that make this style oh so dreamy! 

1. Macromae Is In

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 Lots of trends come and go, but if they're really cool they will find a way to come back into style.  This has happened in a major way with macromae.  Popular in the 1970's we have seen a resurgence in the material.  It is super versatile: table runners, over chair backs, hanging wall pieces, and it can even be used as an accent for the alter.  The rustic earthy vibe that it adds to a space is authentic and warming.  This is a must use accent piece if you are adding boho design elements in your event!

2. Mix and Match Brides Maid's Dresses Are Too Cute

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Nothing says free spirit hippie, like mix and match bridesmaid's dresses.  This is the quintessential "boho" look and it is a look that we love.  While matching dresses will probably never go out of style, the mix and match trend is just too much fun!  Plus, this takes pressure off your bridal party by eliminating the one size or style fits all.  Not everybody in your bride tribe has the same body shape, skin tone, or style,  This allows your bridesmaids to choose a dress that fits them and lets you shine.  It's really an approach to wedding style that is a win-win for everyone!  

3. Hanging Florals Are The Bomb

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Floral crowns, eclectic center pieces, creeping floral arrangements and hanging florals through out your event space capitalize on the whimsical gypsy feel that makes boho so special.  Flowers set an event apart.  Taking different themes and molding them into a well thought out curated look can be done with floral arrangements, because there are so many different species and colors to mix and match.  The various textures and greenery compliment each other well.  Floral inserts and hanging greenery elevate a space to give it that whimsical feel!

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Picture 3 Anne Marie Photography

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