Gruene Estates Blog

Holly and Patrick's Rustic Gruene Wedding

Holly and Patrick had an intimate and beautiful wedding at Gruene Estate.  The inspiration for their day, was a rustic natural setting, with neutral tones that blended into the beautiful landscape that is Gruene Estate.  Wed in our original open air chapel, Holly and Patrick were meant to be from the very beginning.  Having attended high school together, but not actually knowing each other, they met after college at an event when Holly was home visiting family.  A courtship ensued. They soon realized that throughout their lives they were often at the same events and in the same social circles but did not know each other.  Knowing that Holly was "the one", Patrick proposed on a romantic Hill Country get away at Enchanted Rock.  We'll let them tell you in their own words what inspired them!

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What would you say are some of your favorite wedding day memories?

We both loved every single part of the day! Some our favorite hi-lights are: getting ready with our closest friends, our first look, saying our vows to each other, ringing the bell as we left the chapel, keeping the dance floor going the whole night! (thanks to our awesome DJ), the joy we felt having our friends and family celebrate with us, roasting a s'more together, and riding away on the GE vintage truck at the end of the night.

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What were some of your favorite wedding day details?: 

There were many, but to name a few: the altar piece at the front of the chapel with crosses and our "Cord of Three Strands" sign, eucalyptus garland at the bridal table, wooden centerpieces with small vases and candles, chandeliers over cake table, and furniture set up out on patio.

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Who made or designed your dress?

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What advice would you give to future couples planning their wedding?

The wedding is just one day, your marriage is forever. Spend more time preparing for your marriage than your wedding. Also, don't get caught up in every single detail,  just enjoy being with each other, friends, and family. If you aren't worried about all the little details before the wedding, you won't be worried about them the day of and you will be able to enjoy all the special moments!

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Southern Tease (hair + make up)

Clayton Adams (DJ)

Heavenly Gourmet (catering)

The Crakes (photo + video)

Cathy Young (cake)

RJ Detailed (patio furniture)

HEB Blooms (floral)





Emmalee and Connor's Whimsical Gruene Estate Wedding

Emmalee and Connor's wedding was a magical event that was influenced by nature and the natural beauty of Gruene Estate.  Using flowers and greenery to create a whimsical feel, it was an event that was a celebration of love, friends and family. It was truly sublime!  

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How did you envision what the overall look or feel of yourwedding day would be?

I wanted it to feel very natural and welcoming. I wanted guests to walk in and feel like it was a space where they could have a great conversation with an old friend. 

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What would you say are some of your favorite weddingday memories?

I loved the moment where I got to watch my bridal party walk into the chapel ahead of me. I got to see my best pals looking fierce and walking towards my future husband, knowing that I was about to follow them. 

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What advice would you give to future couples planning their wedding?

I would say to just enjoy the process. There are so many fun and valuable moments that you get to experience together so enjoy them! Don't let it be stressful because it really doesn't have to be!

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Who made or designed your dress?

I bought my dress at Brides by Elizabeth in San Antonio. It was the best experience I could have possibly imagined. I was fairly specific in the vision I had for my dress, and they were absolutely amazing at making it happen. They had a beautiful selection of gowns and the women who work there are amazing seamstresses and can make the most detailed alterations. 

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 Photos by Century Tree Productions

A Few Favorites From 2018

2018 was such a wonderful year.  Our goal has always been to create a one of kind, boutique wedding experience in Gruene Texas' only historic wedding venue.  Our company mantra is that are brides and grooms are priority number one!.  In order to create a unique wedding experience for them, we are currently renovating our pavilion, catering, and bar area.  The flow and ambiance will match with Gruene Estate's open air chapel, and the rustic elegance that our couples know and love!  We will do an official unveiling when renovations are complete.  In the meantime, here's just a couple of our favorite shots from 2018! 


Monica Danielle Photography

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Sarah Kay Photography

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Paige Vaughn Photography


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Colton and Erin's Gruene Estate Love Story

Erin and Colton were such a fun and laid back couple.  They had a very small, intimate, family wedding. Their day was relaxed and fun, yet beautiful.  Utilizing the natural beauty and elegance of Gruene Estate, they chose not to go overboard with decorations and flowers.  Everything was perfectly beautiful on its own, which allowed them to keep it simple, yet beautiful.


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Erin and Colton embrace lovingly in front of Gruene Estate's original open air chapel.  Located on 15 beautiful acres in the Texas Hill Country, the original Gruene family farm is a boutique wedding venue. 

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Erin's Enzoani made wedding dress is a stunning full length lace gown, with a strapless sweetheart neckline.

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Colton is wearing a navy blue Joseph Abboud suite featuring a trim modern fit, smooth flat-front slacks, and pic-stitched detailing throughout.

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We love hearing about some of our couples favorite aspects of the day!  In Erin's own words,  here are a few of hers, "Seeing my son’s face during the ceremony,  he was so happy. Colton’s giant smile throughout the day and during our event made me feel so much joy...Riding down on the golf cart with my brother was very special, as my dad wasn’t able to attend the wedding because he was sick.  My little brother walked me down the isle which was really special...Having my hair and makeup done and feeling like a princess!"

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Photos by Amy Gawlik

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