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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! 

Horadam Wedding Dawn Elizabeth Studios 0728What would you say are some of your favorite wedding day memories? 

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

Community Impact News Article on Gruene Estate

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The Gruene Estate wedding venue in New Braunfels joins couples in matrimony from near and far.

“What’s really neat about having a wedding venue in New Braunfels is that more than half are destination brides,” said Nolan Bluntzer, who manages the business with his wife.

As a state-designated historic landmark, Bluntzer said many couples choose to get married at Gruene Estate because of its authentic countryside charm.

Bluntzer’s family has owned the property for about 15 years, but the house was originally built and purchased by the Gruene family in 1856.

When Bluntzer’s family purchased the property, they used it for vacation rentals. After a few years, they had multiple guests request to have weddings there.

Because of the growing demand, Bluntzer’s stepfather, Daniel Tamez, purchased some stained-glass windows from a church in England at an auction. Those windows became a part of the venue’s open-air chapel.

“Even though the chapel hasn’t always been there, everything is built out of reclaimed materials, so it still has that authentic rustic elegance,” Bluntzer said.

Gruene Estate also offers brides options for in-house decor, and the owners recently started a photo booth company from a 1966 Shasta travel trailer called Shastagram.

“We want to offer a unique experience for our couples,” Bluntzer said.

In October the venue hosted the wedding of Cody Cannon, the lead singer of Whiskey Myers, and the venue’s maximum capacity of 250 guests was reached.

The Vendor Reveal Season 1

Are you currently planning your wedding or going to be planning a wedding, but have no idea what vendors to choose?  There are so many fabulous wedding vendors in the San Antonio and Austin metroplex, but if your new to the area or new to planning weddings, then it can be overwhelming. Gruene Estate has always tried to bring our brides, couples, and followers relevant information that helps solve their wedding goals.  Out of this desire to meet their needs, we have created a new program called The Vendor Reveal, live streamed weekly on our Instagram and Facebook page.  The concept behind the show is this:  As a venue, we see different vendors every week.  We are in the unique position to experience the services that each one of them provides.  Weekly, we stream live on our facebook and Instagram channels.  Viewer participation is encouraged in the form of live Q & A.  Our hope is that our couples will be able to put a face and name to the companys that they are working with.  We try to end each show with a helpful demo on every epsiode.  Season one is eight episodes long.  We try to go live every Tuesday 10 a.m.ish!

Fun, easy, & relaxing.

Texas country charm is already built in.