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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   

Katie and Rowdy, A Gruene Texas Fairy Tale Wedding

Katie and Rowdy were such an amazing couple to work with!  Gruene Estate had so much fun being part of their special day.  In case you missed it,  we posted their beautiful wedding video a couple weeks ago (the vows are amazing). Check it out if your feeling like you need a little week day wedding inspiration.  PhotoHouse Films from Austin Texas did both the photography and videography, and they are true professionals that are great to work with. 

Their wedding day in Gruene was marked with beautiful weather and tons of friends and family from all over the state.  When Rowdy read Katie his letter, there wasn't a dry eye in the chapel.  You could just tell that the foundation of love that their realtionship is built on is solid and true.  Working with such great people makes our job exciting, and to see them celebrated in such an amaing way is simply perfection.

Other Vendors:

Caterer: Rudy's

Bartender: Bartenders 4 You

DJ: Northern Lights

Coordinator:  Sky Lane Consulting

 

Ravanne and Shane A Texas Hill Country Wedding at Gruene Estate

Y'all,  we just received some amazing photos from Lindsey Mueller Photography from Austin Texas.  She shot a spring wedding at Gruene Estate that was truly amazing.  The details from Raveanne and Shane's day are truly unique and beautiful.  

It is always the little things that make the big picture so bright.  One aspect that they did really well, was to bring in vintage furniture rentals and create really special hang out areas.  They had a really neat kids tee pee area that was to die for, a vintage hammock setup, and a really neat photo booth.  If you haven't been to Gruene Estate lately, we have recently added some additional patio space that was largely unused in past events.  These areas are great for adding lounge areas, photo booths, bar space, or even catering spaces.  Take a look at these photos, as there are some great ideas for future brides or brides to be!

Here is a list of additional venodors:

Caterer: Cartewheels Catering 

Florist: Edens Echo

Music: Kenny Orts & No Chance

Decor: Agape Vintage

Hair: Haley Thevenet

Makeup:Tease to Please

Fun, easy, & relaxing.

Texas country charm is already built in.