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Tom and Sarah's Elegant Hill Country Wedding

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.

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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 


A Gruene Texas Love Story


Y'all, grab a box of tissues, check out of work or the next 9 minutes, and witness a beautiful love story at Gruene Estate.  Natalie and Austin were such a fun couple to host.  Austin, is a New Braunfels native, and we have known his family for a long time, so it was fun to see lots of local folks at Gruene Estate.  Their wedding was the perfect melding of rustic charm and classic Hill Country wedding gorgeousness!

Natalie's lace, mermaid cut ,sleeveless gown with vail was absolutely stunning! Austin and his #guygang (hotty alert, there were some real cuties in this bunch) wore sophisticated formal suit jackets with vests and ties, but stayed true to their roots with jeans and boots!   Natalie arrived, and the couple left in vintage 1930's Chevrolet car.  There's too many details for a blog post, and it just wouldn't do it justice.  Watch the video, New Braunfels' own Wildflower Cinema did a great job capturing the night.  



Megan and Brandon's Rustic Chic Hill Country Soiree

Megan and Brandon were such a fun couple to work with.  They came to Gruene Estate with the vision of an event with the perfect balance of rustic elegance.  Knowing that slate blue was her primary color for her wedding, she chose to accentuate it with touches of burgundy and eucalyptus.  Achieving that perfect color balance,  their day and her design created a gorgeous Hill Country wedding!

Focusing on enhancing their guest's experience and having a party that represented their personalities,  Megan and Brandon specifically chose fun and creative vendor upgrades that kept their friends and family entertained throughout the night.  Beer burros, which were an absolute hit,  wandered through the property with saddle bags full of drinks, a full sized 1966 Shasta travel trailer photo booth, a live painter that painted the wedding as it was happening, and guests given Polaroid cameras to capture memories during the event.  All of these unique elements came together to create the perfect night!

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Gruene Estate's original open air chapel located in the quaint town of Gruene Texas.  Sitting on 15 acres of the original Gruene family farm founded in 1856, it is a one of a kind ceremony site.


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Beer Burros from Texas Hill Country Events were present for the cocktail hour and meandered throughout the event for guest to enjoy.   


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Adding a personal touch to their ceremony, Megan and Brandon braided a "chord of three strand".  This is a reference to Ecclesiastes 4:12, which says "though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three cannot be easily broken."


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A unique design element was Meagan's cake from Pennington's Bakery in San Marcos.  Wanting a simple, bare, three tiered cake, similar to one that she had seen at a different even, Megan added burgundy accents and eucalyptus flowers drapped over the cake create the perfect look.  This design format, was used as a template for the rest of her decor.

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The grooms cake, a YETI cooler, was personalized with logos that were significant to him:  Spurs logo, cowboys logo, fraternity logo, college logo, high school mascot, and other memorable items!

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Megan and Brandon's rings were made by Robbins Brothers in Houston.  Her wedding ring is a simple band of white gold with a round cut diamond, classic and timeless.  The engagement ring is a French Pave style setting, which sets the diamonds in a way so it maximizes the amount of light that hits them from the sides.

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Megan's dress is a stunning full length lace gown with a sweetheart cut neckline from Ventura's Bridal in Houston.

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Using slate blue as the primary color in the design of her wedding, her brides maids are wearing long chiffron dresses with a one shoulder asymmetric neckline designed by Davids Bridal.

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Her bouquet, done by HEB Blooms, stays true to form.  Using burgundy carnations, white roses, and eucalyptus in a hand tied bouquet, its the perfect balance of color tone.

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Rachel Walter creates a live painting of the Baros wedding.  Megan's grandparents had given her money for her wedding but had passed away before it occured.  She used that money to purchase the live painter. On the tree in the painting, Rachel symbolicly painted in 2 cardinals which represent a messenger or someone watching over you.

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Vendors Who Made The Day:

Beer Burros: Texas Hill Country Events

Cake: Pennington’s

BBQ: Rudy’s 

Flowers: HEB Blooms

Photo Booth: Shastagram Photo Booth

Bartenders: Bartenders4you

Live Painter: Rachel Walter Art

Photography: Mint To Be Photography

DJ: Time of your life

Katy and Trevor's Rustic Chic Wedding at Gruene Estate

Katy and Trevor had such a elegant wedding at Gruene Estate.  They are from Dallas, so like many of the couples that get married at G.E., theirs was a destination wedding. Searching for a rustic authentic venue with plenty of Hill Country charm, they chose to get married with us, which is such an honor.  Gruene Estate's open air chapel, reception area, and historic Gruene family farm house fit perfectly with Katy's design vision.  Using floral arrangements and unique DIY elements, they enhanced the existing beauty of the venue, and pulled off the perfect balance of rustic and chic!

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A handmade DIY wooden sign created by Katy's sister as a fun way to welcome guest to the wedding.

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Providing the perfect amount of rustic Hill Country elegance, the original Gruene family home was built in 1856.  Arriving from Hannover Germany, Ernst and Antoinette built this home to accomodate their growing family.  H.D., one of their several sons, built a thriving cotton empire on approximately 6,000 acres, which includes Gruene Hall, The Gristmill Restraunt, and several other historic buildings in and around New Braunfels.  

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Katy's dress, a Maggie Sottero lace gown with a semi sweetheart neckline is absolutely stunning.  In addiition, she also wore a pair of opal and diamond earrings that have been passed down through the family and worn by generations of Hailey women.

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Opting for a laid back boho look, her bridesmaids chose to mix and not match with dresses from Show Me Your Mumu.

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Trevor and his #guygang wore suites from The Black Tux.  Keeping in line with a growing trend for the 2018 wedding season, we are seeing brides and grooms transition from formal to more a casual style.  Here the guys sport a traditional suit, but dress it down a bit by choosing not to where the tie.

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A great example of the bride and groom using an elegant cascading flower arrangement from Blumen-meisters on a homemade DIY welcome sign to add an elegant touch to the already beautiful open air chapel.  

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Gruene Estate's original open air chapel.  When choosing a venue, Katy and Trevor were "inspired by how naturally beautiful Gruene Estate is.  We wanted to create a natural elegant look that went well with the existing venue."  

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Vendors That Made The Day

Photographer  Michelle Jones Photography

Caterer  River City Catering

Florals  Blumenmeisters

Band  London Calling Band

Evening Snack   Whataburger

Gown   Celebrations Prom and Bridal

Tux's   The Black Tux

Bar   Margarita Madness

Cake  2Tarts

Hair Austin Wedding Hair

Makeup  Marilyn McNeely Makeup

Photo Booth  Shastagram Photobooth

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Texas country charm is already built in.