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Emotionally Preparing For The Moment

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Getting married is a big deal!  It is a moment that we have been thinking picturing in our heads since we were little girls.  During the planning phase, often times we over look emotionally preparing our selves for the moment those chapel doors open and we are presented down the aisle.  Prepare yourself for those butterflies that you are going to experience and relish in every moment. Here's a few tips for emotionally preparing for the "I do" moment.

1. Use a coordinator (Lucky for our brides, we provide a world class coordinator with 16 years of experience).

No problem here!  At Gruene Estate, we provide a day of coordinator that is instrumental in the pre-planning process.  In our basic package, our brides receive a day of time line which helps them maintain control over the flow of events throughout the day.  It is imperative that our brides arrive at the venue the day of with as little stress as possible. Pre-wedding coordination with your vendors and a pre-wedding walk through of the property eliminates many of the stress points and pit falls that can hinder a bride from fully enjoying her special day. 

2. Have a casual pre-wedding day. 

What do you like to do?  What helps you to relax?  There are so many different activities that help brides just plain chill.  The important part here is that you remember not to over load your pre-wedding day with too many activities.  Make sure you schedule in the "must do's" first: hair, makeup, etc.  Then add in a fun activity with some down time too.  Have some wine, take your friends to the spa, and just enjoy hanging out at the venue pre-wedding time.

3. Have a realistic timeline and schedule for day of events. 

Your coordinator will be able to help you out with this!   Come into the event with realistic expectations of what you are able to accomplish in the time you have for your event.  Sit down with your other half well before your wedding day and come up with a list of priorities for the day of.  What's most important for you?  Is it guest experience, Is it pictures?  How long do you want the ceremony to be?  Is there a special aspect of the reception that might take some extra time?  These are all aspects of your wedding day that need to be considered when planning your time line.  Once you have a clear picture of your goals for your day, you can create the timeline with your coordinator with plenty of cushion built in so it's not stressful. 

4. Make sure that all your vendors have the timeline for the day of ahead of time.  

Weddings are truly a team sport!  With so many moving parts, it is critical that the timeline is shared with all the vendors involved in the event.  Since Gruene Estate provides a coordinator, this happens for every event, making sure that we are all on the same page.

5.  Last but not least, just have fun and enjoy marrying your best friend!

This is probably the most important part of the big day.  Come in understanding that there is no such thing as a perfect wedding.  While we all strive for that goal, there are going to be minor mis-cues that sometimes just happen.  Remember that your friends and family are there to celebrate you.  Their focus is on loving you and experiencing the joy that weddings bring.  Have fun, it's a once and lifetime experience!

Photo Credit: 1778 Photographie

Stephanie and Jacob's Rustic Hill Country Wedding

The weather was perfect and the day was gorgeous.  Stephanie and Jacob were gathered in front of family and friends to say "I Do" at our beautiful historic chapel in Gruene Texas.  It was the perfect setting for the fun and outgoing couple who met at a Mexican restaurant on National Margarita day (we didn't even know that was thing, but we will be celebrating for sure (Feb 22, just FYI)).  Their wedding was the perfect blend of rustic elegance.  Somehow, it was a rain free day, but this magical rainbow appeared out of know where.  A sign from above of great things to come. 

Stephanie's stunning full length lace Stella York gown with an extended train was to die for, and it was in perfect contrast to her bridesmaid's violet colored dresses from David's Bridal.  We continue to see this trend, a perfect balance of match and mix.  Although the dresses were the same color and cut, each bridesmaid's dress featured a different cut neckline adding just the right touch of mix to the ensemble.  The floral's, done by Devinnie's Paradise,  accented the their dresses perfectly.  Dalias and Roses in violets and pinks, set in subtle touches of greenery popped brilliantly against the natural beauty and setting of Gruene Estate.  It was all truly sublime, and captured perfectly by Hannah Charis Photography.  Check out these stunning photos from the day! 

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 Some Very Talented Vendors That Made The Day!!

Beautiful Rustic Wedding at Historic Gruene Estate!!

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This intimate Gruene Estate wedding is a rustic lover's dream! Gruene Estate is a sprawling wedding venue covering over 15 acres in the heart of the Texas hill country. It boasts an open-air chapel that is a great indoor-outdoor compromise. This lucky couple started their life together at this beautiful wedding venue and took advantage of all of the venue's stunning details. The Crakes, a husband and wife photography team, was there to capture every lovely detail. Check out the gallery at




Kala and Luke's Spring Fete at Gruene Estate

Luke and Kala's Spring wedding was absolutely stunning!  It was a gorgeous spring afternoon surrounded by friends and family at Gruene Estate.  Luke and Kala had their first date on the beautiful Frio River, and on her 26th birthday, he took her back to the same location for a surprise mountain side proposal.  Inspired by Pinterest and a rustic laid back feel, their day was focused on their experience, great music, and lots of fun drinks!

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On my 26th birthday, Luke and I went to the Frio with some friends. This was one of our first dates almost 4 years before, so it was a place the was special to us. We were relaxing all day by the water and before sunset, Luke insisted we climb up this huge hill. It was not a groomed trail so we had to use a machete to get through all the trees and bushes. At the time it was not romantic, looking back it kinda is. Once we got to the top of the hill, it was a beautiful view. That's when Luke popped the question! 

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It's very cliche, but seeing my husband for the first time was unforgettable. Also, having all the friends and family we love in one place was pretty amazing. It's probably the first and only time we will have all 200 people gathered in the same place, and we were able to make memories with all of them!

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Don't stress about the small things. Enjoy every second of it. Even all the planning!

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Luke is wearing a navy blue suit from Men's Warehouse. Navy is a less formal color then black, but still brings style and sophistication to a spring wedding!

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Kala is wearing a trumpet cut sleeve gown with high neck cut neckline!  Her gown is designed by Sophia Trolli.  Sophia's collection has two distinct feelings: soft romanticism and traditional bridal drama, "My signature style will always be gowns with an exceptional fit and cut.” 

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Photos by Dawn Elizabeth Photography

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