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Carmen and Vance, A Texas Hill Country Wedding

Y'all, we're so glad to have been able to work with Carmen and Vance.  They had an incredibly fun wedding with lots of personal touches.  Their goal was simple, they wanted a laid back and rustic yet elegant wedding.  A celebration that represented where they're from and how they live their lives. It was such a pleasure working with this amazing couple and we loved being part of it from the start.     

Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?
When we were planning the wedding we constantly heard that weddings are basically a party for everyone else, not so much for ourselves. Which in someway it can be. We made it our mission to make our wedding day about us. About our love, our love story, and about us having a beautiful night together with our family and friends being there. 
How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)
We are from Somerset Texas. It is a tiny town with the population of 1,400, a very small country town on the outskirts of San Antonio. We love being in the country and outdoors and have visited Gruene many times. It has become our favorite town to getaway to, with the same feel as back home. We always imagined getting married somewhere outdoors near Gruene. Gruene Estate ended up being the perfect venue. 
What aspects did you incorporate into the plan of your wedding to enhance your guest's experience? (ex. cigar rolling table, specialty drink, yard games, special guest favors etc.)
We are really into supporting local craft breweries. Not a lot of our friends and family are familiar with craft breweries, so we we served some craft beers we thought they might enjoy. For our dessert, we served pan dulce. Growing up in a hispanic culture we always had pan dulce with coffee.  Since our wedding was a destination event we thought pan dulces and coffee would be a nice touch for guest that had to drive home after the event.
Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?
My mom gave me my grandmothers wedding ring so I had it pinned on my bouquet to have with me. 
Who made or designed ya'lls rings, where were they bought?
My ring was custom made by Medlar Jewelry in San Antonio. My ring is not a traditional diamond, it is a Morganite gem stone.  Morganite is said to be healing to the soul and is a high vibrational, universal stone of uncoditional love. My husband, Vance, chose this specifically for me, and it means the world to me. His ring was purchased from Staghead designs which he was able to custom design himself. His is a whiskey barrel lined titanium ring with a granite inlay.  Titanium is the hardest metal and granite is one of the hardest stones. This is a metaphor for our relationship, strong and not easily broken. 
Who made or designed your dress, where was it bought?
My dress was bought from Bridal Galleria of Texas in San Antonio. They were the best! Featuring a lot of lace and  thin material, it was not the easiest to alter. Every single time I went for a fitting, I was stressed about potential alterations, but they made it their mission to always put me at ease. I couldn't be happier which my choice in dress and boutique.   
Who did hair and makeup?
My hair was done by Charish the Day Boutique.  They are the sweetest ladies! From day one,  they were so patient, kind and sweet. I was so impressed with the final product. My makeup was done by Jax Studio San Antonio - Kim is amazing! Everything was custom done from start to finish I couldn't have been happier with the fisnished product. 
Who were your vendors?
Photography - Whitewood Photography Sarah Owens
Flowers - HEB Blooms
Catering - Heavenly Gourmet
Bartenders - Bartenders 4 you 
Photo Booth - shastagram photos 
His Suit - Men's Warehouse
Her Ring - Medlar Jewelry 
His Ring - Staghead

Sloane and Bo’s Rustic Chic DIY Fete at Gruene Estate

Sloane and Bo were such a fun couple to work with.  Their laid back and rustic event at Gruene Estate perfectly complemented their down to earth personalities.  Seeking a wedding experience that was fun, unique, and simple, there wedding at Gruene Estate was inspired by friends and family with unique touches that were gathered from places and memories from their time spent in Historic Gruene Texas and New Braunfels.

Special attention was given to vendors that they know and love. Their friends were involved every step of the way and helped inspire design throughout the entire event.  One of their closest friends acted as minister in the ceremony, and another was the lead singer in the band.

Always more concerned about others than themselves, Bo and Sloane paid special attention to ensure that their guest had a unique and fun experience at their wedding.  In addition to specialty drinks at the bar, each guest received their own jar of Rudy’s BBQ rub.  One of their favorite bar-b-que places in town.  Instead of the traditional photo booth, Polaroid cameras were given to guests along with a memory book for people to place pictures in, or to draw a memorable sketch.  Guests were involved in the ceremony in a fun and creative way!  Part of the ceremony involved friends and family telling their favorite stories about Bo and Sloane, or quoting their favorite movie lines that guest could relate to the couple and laugh about. 

Obviously a girl after our own heart, Sloane wore a white V-cut Vanessa Virginia dress from Anthropolgie.  Her beautiful dress and laid back style contrasted with the rustic elegance of our historic and original open air chapel was stunning!  Bo, wore a black vintage pinstripe waistcoat that had sentimental value and was passed down to him from his father.  One of the cutest and sweetest thing that we've seen in a long time:  When Bo met Sloane, he happened to be carrying a small tin of mints in his jacket.  Having the premonition that she was special, he saved the mint tin throughout their entire relationship and dating experience, and this tin was used to carry the rings down to the aisle to the alter!  Sentimental touches and a laid back style, created a one of kind wedding experience that matched their personalities perfectly!

Photos: Local Embers Photography

Caterer:  Adobe Verde

Cake: 2Tarts

Flowers: HEB

Rings: Etsy

Wedding Gown:  Anthropolgie

Hair and Makeup:  Stephanie Williams

Gruene Estate....2017 And Just a Few Hi-Lights!

2017 was such a fabulous year!  It was exciting to see different brides bring their own style and perspective to the venue.  Our recent remodel of the historic Gruene Estate farm house has helped to transform the home into a more open and modern prep area.  In addition to the remodel, we applied and received the Texas State Historical Marker!  This is a big deal, as we have always thought of ourselves as proud keepers of the Gruene family heritage and tradition. 

Events in 2017 seemed to be more dynamic and individualized with unique and creative touches.  Hopefully, this means that we are doing something right, because this speaks to our original vision, of creating a wedding venue which allows couples to have an authentic, one of kind boutique wedding experience in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.   

In addition to our remodel, this year also saw the creation of a sister business called ShastaGram Photo booth.  Photo booths are a popular add on at many of our events.  Found in a pasture in Seguin, we renovated a 1966 Shasta Travel Trailer and turned it into a mobile trailer vintage photo booth.  This now allows our brides the convenience of booking a unique vintage piece, that adds to the overall guest experience.  It has been a great addition to the Gruene Estate family.

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Photo by Whitewood Photography


Below are just a few hi-lights from some of our amazing weddings in 2017.  Of course none of this would be possible without our incredible couples, and talented vendors that helped make each and every wedding a success!  We're looking forward to a wonderful 2018.

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Stehanie and Will we're such a fun couple to work with!  Their wedding vision was captured so perfectly!  A rustic and authentic Texas wedding in historic Gruene that was subtly defined with unique touch of elegance.  Her dress, an perfect bateau neckline accented with a touch of lace.  His suit, a sophistacted and styish waistcoat with out the formal jacket!

Photo by Whitewood Photography

Photo Booth ShastaGram Photo Booth

Dj At Last Entertainment

Cake 2Tarts

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This is such a intimate photo of Ashlee and Chase in their getaway car. Loving the metaphor..."things that last,things that hold up!". This classic Cadillac has endured the test of time as has the Gruene family farm.  One hundred and sixty years and counting.  Love knows no boundaries of space and time and we look forward to many more historic and dazzling weddings! 

Photo by Davison George Photography

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One of our favorites!  Josh and Cassie in historic Gruene Estate's open air pavilion.  Elegance and vintage style in a rustic setting!  Loving Cassie's V-cut lace gown and vintage English circlet of flowers in her hair. Y'all, we're dying over how beautiful this picture is!

Photo by 1778 Photographie

Caterers Chelas Tacos and Garbos Seafood

Bar Bartenders4You

Design Bash Events

Vintage Rentals Loot Vintage Rentals

Photo Booth Silvercloud Photo Booth Trailer

Band Royal Dukes Band


Ashlee and Chase A Gruene Estate Chapel Wedding

Ya'll, Ashlee and Chase are so cute!  We recently received these gllery previews from their photographer Davison George Photography.  They did a chapel only ceremony at Gruene Estate.  We offer those on week days Monday to Thursday and they are a great option for smaller weddings.  These photos capture the joy, love, and romance of the ceremony.  We are having some major #hearteyes over these two!  We added both a short video slide show and the actual photos to the blog, so if you feel like it, pin-a-way!


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