Gruene Estates Blog

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!

KatyTrevorWed 1

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

KatyTrevorWed 5

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.  

KatyTrevorWed 9

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.

KatyTrevorWed 139

KatyTrevorWed 17

KatyTrevorWed 47


KatyTrevorWed 193

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

KatyTrevorWed 270

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.

KatyTrevorWed 315

KatyTrevorWed 327

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.  

KatyTrevorWed 322

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."  

KatyTrevorWed 328


KatyTrevorWed 333

KatyTrevorWed 572

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

Rustic Hill Country DIY Fete at Gruene Estate

Cameron and Brandon came to us from colorful Colorado.  Their roots run deep in Texas, and the quaint little town of Gruene has always had a special place in their hearts.  Brandon actually proposed to Cameron in front of Gruene Hall.  Their wedding vision was a laid back, rustic, yet elegant event with a ton of DIY details that are totally swoon worthy!  This was truly a beautiful family affair!

CBWedding 24

Cameron's Andrea Deane designed gown with a scoop neck line and lace accents was stunning.  She stayed true to her down to earth rustic style by wearing cowboy boots underneath it!

CBWedding 338

Her bride's maids wore adorable knee length teal blue dresses from David's Bridal!

CBWedding 8

The table runners and desserts were made by Cameron's mother, sister-in law, and Brandon's aunt.  The women in her family pitched in to create the entire reception and chapel decor (girl power can move mountains). Flower arrangements were put together the day before for the reception and ceremony as well as the entire appetizer table with the help from an aunt. 

CBWedding 416

CBWedding 97

Brandon and his #guytribe in front of a 1972 Chevy hot rod pickup truck that he built with his dad!  Stylish yet casual by wearing the tie but not wearing traditional suits.  Casual dress is a popular trend that we will see gaining momentum in 2018.  

CBWedding 459

CBWedding 432

CBWedding 457

This gorgeous hand tied floral arrangement was created by the bride's mother-in-law.  White roses and baby breath in contrast with the bouquet's greenery is traditional yet elegant.  It 's a graceful touch and compliments her lace gown, but is in perfect balance with and contrast the brides cowboy boots and the events rustic decor.

CBWedding 428

CBWedding 471

Taking it back to their mountain roots in Colorado.  Brandon and Cameron wanted to treat their guest to a specialty drink. Cameron worked for a whiskey company in Colorado, so they bought a 5 gallon whiskey barrel from the brewer and aged moonshine for 6 months. Whiskey then becomes bourbon, and they added other ingredients to make a manhattan cocktail which was aged that for an additional month. 

CBWedding 436 



CMI Photography


Chisholm Trail BBQ

Davids Bridal





Ballerina Styled Shoot at Gruene Estate

We were approached by Marissa Mayberry from Marrisa Mayberry Photography this last January to a do a styled shoot.  Normally we shy away from these, because the industry trend at the moment is content managers want real weddings for blogs and wedding websites.  Styled shoots take a lot of time and money and the return on your investment can often be minimal.  That being said, when she pitched us the idea for a ballerina inspired styled shoot, we were intrigued.  The idea and inspiration was born out of, "what would it be like to be a princess for a day?"  I think most girls at one point in time dream about being a princess.  From personal experience, I can tell you that my five year old daughter has talked about being one for the last 3 years non-stop!

To our knowledge, this theme has not been done in a styled shoot, and it sounded like a lot of fun!  In addition, it was also going to be shot by multiple photographers.  This format is unique in that in one shoot you get to see five different perspectives and styles of the same shoot.  We had some great vendors to help make the day special.  Make sure that you take the time to check them out!


Images 1-12  Penelope L'amore Photography

Images 13-23 Marissa Mayberry Photography

Images 24-35 Callie Ring Photography


Marissa Mayberry Photography

Meredith Paulcheck Photography

Callie Ring Photography

Penelope L'amore Photography

Ann Oettel Photography

Humble and VineHumble and Vine


Raleigh Hart Design



Hair and Makeup

Sarah Sohne Beauty


Signature Bridal Salon


Marie Grace

Sarah Myung

Sarah and Kent's Rustic Chic Gruene Wedding

Sarah and Kent have such a sweet love story!  Set up by mutual friends on a blind when they were both living in Chicago, Their love started in Illinois, but their beautiful ceremony and reception was born out of their Texas roots.  Kent’s dad and mom actually met in neighboring Seguin, and Gruene has always been a special place for their family to visit and enjoy.  The romantic,rustic, and fun vibe of Gruene set tone and design elements for their wedding.  Sarah and Kent tell it best in their own words:

What were you inspired by while planning your wedding?

We had always talked about moving to Texas and after booking our wedding venue in Gruene. We hoped and prayed that by the time we had our wedding we would be living in Texas. As fate had it, we moved to Austin one month and a day prior to our wedding. The move was a big inspiration for our wedding planning, and at the same time our wedding was a big inspiration for our move! 

Also, Kent's father, Rocky, unfortunately passed away a few years ago. I was never able to meet his dad. Rocky loved Gruene and we thought it would be the perfect way to commemorate him by getting married in his favorite town. 

What were some of your favorite wedding day details?

It is so hard to pick just a few things!! I loved everything about our wedding...the chapel was perfect, weather was AMAZING (sunny, low 80's, light breeze), the decor was gorgeous (the flowers were to die for)! All the food and drinks (including cake!) were so delicious! The musicians were great and guests loved dancing! I was obsessed with my dress and all the details; it was exactly what I had envisioned. 

Did you have any DIY (aka Do it Yourself) details? If so, please share more about them below.

Our wedding planner, Sweet August Events, was a huge help for us! Since we were living in Chicago a majority of the time prior to our wedding, it was difficult to plan thing or get things booked. There is no way I could've done it without her! Also, Carey, Gruene Estate’s in house planner, was so helpful in planning day of details such as seating arrangements, timing of events, etc. 

I designed and chose the wedding invitations and assembled them all myself. In addition, I picked out and put together our wedding welcome bags for our guests! (bags were at check in for guests when they arrived at hotel) 

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

Again, this is such a hard question!!! From start to finish it was the most perfect day! Getting ready in the cute cottage with my mother, mother-in-law, and bridesmaids! Receiving a special gift from Kent (even though we promised no gifts!!) with a sweet note and a picture of a ring with my birthstone (opal), because the ring didn't get delivered in time lol. Putting on my dress and seeing it all done- hair, make-up, dress, veil...I was a BRIDE! Seeing Kent for the first time and just having a complete sense of calm in marrying him, but excitement for the day as well. Walking down the aisle of the gorgeous chapel with the perfect little breeze blowing! Kissing Kent for the first time as a married couple! The reception - every detail! The food, the cake, the bar – everything was just as I envisioned it! Finally, the PERFECT end to the night was walking between all of our closest friends and family holding sparklers, seeing the smiles on all their faces, and jumping up in the bed of the old white Texas Longhorns truck! 

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

I think the venue really sets the tone of the entire day, so I would say to find a place that completely defines how you want your wedding to feel. Gruene Estate did that perfectly and made all the other details fall into place so easily :-) 

We love to hear any fun "how we met" and/or "how we got engaged" stories so feel free to share below if you'd like.

This is from our wedding website :-) 


It all started in January 2015: As I was getting home from work one afternoon, one of my closest girlfriends texted me saying that the guy she was dating had a friend that was single….and happened to be really attractive.She gave me his *facebook* name and told me to friend request him. At first I wasn't that into the idea of a blind date, but with a name like Kenny Diggz (his facebook name), who could resist? I went to his profile (not going lie, was pleasantly surprised), and clicked "add friend." After that, a message he had tried to send the day before popped up. "My friend keeps telling me to friend you on here, but I don't wanna creep you out considering we don't know each other." Hmm, grrrreat…I crossed that bridged for us. After that, we chatted on facebook messenger about work, where we're from, where we live, etc., and decided that we should meet in person. We settled on a little bar in my neighborhood, Dark Horse Tap & Grille. So THE DAY (Thursday 1/22/15 to be exact) rolls around; I spend about 2 hours getting ready/deciding what to wear and make sure I leave in time to be 5 minutes early (I can't help it, I'm Type A). I park my car and walk into the bar, where quickly scan the room and realize I was there first. Before I even have time to sit down I get a text from Kent saying he isn't going to make it……quickly followed by a "kidding! I'll be there in 3 minutes." Looking back on that, I should've known this boy was a chronic teaser from the get-go! Anyway, Kent DID in fact show up, and our first time meeting went great (other than me getting a parking ticket); I was completely smitten. We started dating and joked throughout February that I was his "furlough fling" since he was on furlough that month. Turns out, it was definitely more than a fling! Since that time, we've had SO many memorable times: date nights in Chicago, vacations to Costa Rica and Cozumel, friend's weddings, moving in together…the list is endless! I've even overcome my terror of big dogs and have come to love Kent's 170lb mastiff, Deebo, just as much as I love Kent. Those two boys are my whole world, and I wouldn't have it any other way!


When a friend introduced Sarah to me I had to pinch myself, I couldn't believe I would have a chance with someone so beautiful. I was so nervous on our first date, that I was sure I messed everything up, and made a terrible first impression. To my surprise, she agreed to go out with me again. And then again after that! Whatever I was doing to fool this woman was working, so I had to keep it up. After a while, she agreed to meet my dog, Deebo. He approved, which was HUGE. Then I introduced her to my family, and they ensured me that I had quite the prize, and I'd better not mess it up. Flash forward two years and I had to lock this perfect women down for life, so I proposed. Thankfully she accepted, and now I'm looking forward to being spoiled the rest of my life!

How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)

We envisioned it to be romantic, soft, rustic, and FUN :-) I think Katherine, at Sweet August Events did an amazing job creating that feel, and Gruene Estate and the decor offered there was perfect to set that tone as well. 

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.)

Because a lot of our guests were traveling from out of town we really wanted them to have a good time! The night before the wedding we had a welcome party at Gruene Hall.  The wedding itself was a huge hit! Many of our guests told not only us, but others too that it was the best wedding they've ever been too! We wanted it to have a Texas feel, and Lucky and Petey, Gruene Estate’s Texas longhorns, were the perfect attendees.   We had cigar rolling, yard games, napkins with state of TX logo, traditional TX food (brisket for dinner and breakfast tacos late night), and live music! We also had 6 margarita flavors (have to have margs in TX) as well as specialty drinks (Sarah's was a moscow mule and Kent's was an old fashioned). All of our guests received welcome bags prior to the wedding, which included an itinerary, do not disturb door sign, Gruene postcard, chips/salsa, Texas pecan chewies, Topo Chico, Deep Eddy vodka mini bottle, and hangover kit! 

Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?

As I touched on earlier, one of the reasons we chose Gruene for our wedding was because Kent's late father, Rocky, had loved it so much. Having our wedding in a place that he loved was a small way to involve him in our special day :-) 

Who made or designed your dress

I LOVED my dress; lace is my favorite! The designer was Martina Liana. Funny story about my dress...I picked it out and ordered it in Chicago prior to us moving. We moved in August and I had to fly back for my last fitting and then fly back to Texas with my wedding dress! I got a lot of "congrats!" in the airport! 

Was there a getaway car?

We used Gruene Estate’s, Texas Longhorns truck!! It was the perfect getaway car!! A symbol of moving forward in life as newly married couple in our new home state of Texas! 

Vendors Who Made The Day:

Photos:The Mint Photography

Floral and Design: Sweet August Events

Videographer: Photohouse Films

Caterer: Jimmy Lynns Catering

Entertainment:  High Fidelity Austin Band

Bartending:  Bartenders4you

Cake: 2Tarts

Paper Products: Minted

Hair and Makeup:  Knot and Veil Bridal Hair and Makeup

Rehearsal Dinner:  Grist Mill Restraunt




Fun, easy, & relaxing.

Texas country charm is already built in.