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A Gift Guide For The Wedding Party

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photo by Lindsey Mueller Photography

One of the many duties as bride and groom is to give your wedding party ‘thank you’ gifts for all of their hard work during the months of wedding planning. After all, the bridesmaids and groomsmen do a lot to ensure your special day goes off without a hitch, in addition to planning fun and unforgettable moments leading up to it. Whether you want to gift the whole wedding party the same thing, you plan to personalize depending on each person’s style or you want to get crafty and create a DIY present, we will have something in this gift guide for you and your crew!

Something for everyone…

There’s no shame in trying to take a faster and more frugal route when wedding planning! You have a ton to do in limited time, so why not order gifts for your whole wedding party in one easy purchase?

Gift your whole wedding party these adorable instant-print digital camera. They can take pictures, send them to their phones, edit them and print the photos directly from the camera. How fun will this be for all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen to have throughout your wedding?! Plus, this is a gift that they will love to have on them for events in the future.

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Another gift that can be given to the whole wedding party is a pair of sunglasses. If your wedding is planned for a sunny day, then get your crew equipped with premium sunnies. Luckily for you, sunglasses are easier than ever to find online. You can even bulk order them for more than 10 people; you will have a gift that keeps giving for everyone in one easy purchase!

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Personalized presents…

There’s a few way to tackle perfectly curated gifts for your friends and family. You can choose to go with the ever-trendy monogram route or think about each person’s style and favorite hobby to inspire you.

Maybe you have a friend that’s a kid at heart and likes to enjoy their spare time outdoors entertaining their loved ones. This gorgeous horseshoe set is perfect for the family man in your life. They will be plunging these quality stakes into every backyard and beach next summer! Whoever receives this gift will be grateful that you took the time to think about their interests to thank them properly.

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A classic gift for bridesmaids is jewelry, but it can be hard to find something everyone will love. Stick with a simple bracelet that can be engraved to make it personal to each girl in your wedding. Choose to engrave their initials, name or a loving message. Every person will be touched that you thought of something so special and this will always remind them of your special day!

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D.I.Y. gifts…

This one is for all of the crafty couples out there! Grab your wine and takeout and make a date night to create these special gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

The most creative thing you can do for each person is create a basket that focuses on their favorite things. If they are a beer aficionado, then make a basket filled with different mugs, glasses and a rare beer or even a gift card to a local brewery! Or if they need an at-home spa day post wedding then make a basket of face masks, pedicure products and essential oils.

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A surprisingly easy idea for your bridesmaids is these trendy crystal or gemstone earrings. Head to the craft store to pick up all of the essentials, and you can hunt for crystals online at a variety of crystal shops.

Jessica and Joey's Boho Chic Gruene Estate Wedding

Where do we even start with Joseph and Jessica's spring wedding?  Inspired by natural bohemian vibes, greenery and the Texas Hill Country, their wedding was stunningly sublime!  A dusty blue, green and copper colored palette came together perfectly for their big day at Gruene Estate.  Gruene Estate's hand made wooden farm tables were adorned with greenery and deer antlers to create a subtle balance of rustic chic bliss.  The whole day was so sweet, and so is their story! 

Joey crashed a house party dressed like cop.  Ironically, Jessica was dressed like a cop too, "we met on October 19th 2012, Joey crashed my Halloween party that my roommates and I were throwing at our apartment in San Marcos! He turned out to be a friend of a friend of a friend and we hit it off immediately, after I was done teasing him about crashing my party dressed like a cop (which I was too). Ironically the real cops showed up and shut down our party (we have the ticket framed in our house- haha), and Joey stayed to help me clear out the place out and clean up. We've been pretty inseparable ever since."

 

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Using greenery to enhance the natural beauty of Gruene Estate's open air chapel, a hanging halo floral installation by RemiI+Gold set the tone for a romantic boho chic ceremony.

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Gruene's original open air chapel!

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Jessica and her brides maids in matching floral satin robes in Gruene Estate's historic main house.   One of Jessica and Joeys favorite memories of the day, "We both really enjoyed spending the day with our wedding parties, we did not do a first look, so the anticipation built all day up to that unbeatable moment when the church doors open and we get to see each other for the first time. Ringing the bell on the way out and hugging everyone outside the church was blissful. The rest of the night is a blur of smiles and laughs, we danced the night away. The pictures on the dance floor speak for themselves, those are moments with my friends and family I will definitely never forget!" 


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Jessica wore these adorable embroidered floral accented shoes.  She says, "they are very "ME" with the embroidered floral accents. They were comfortable, perfect for dancing all night (very important) and were still super feminine. They fit my style and vibe perfectly."

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Jessica with her bridesmaids in the historic Gruene Estate House.  The bridesmaids are wearing  Skylar Tulle Skirt from Revelry in better Together Blue, and went with a mix and match option for their top.  The dresses were complimented with a touch of flash with Glitter Kate Spade Keds.

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Joey and his guy gang going with a more formal look in custom tailored ,slim fit, dark navy Ralph Lauren suits!  Notice the special touch of light blue floral print ties that match the brides floral theme!

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A D.I.Y. dount wall made by the bride's father in law.  A pefect boho accent piece especially when it is adorned with eucalyptus leaves.

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Jessica's ring is an oval cut diamond set in a traditional gold band custom designed by Designer Jewels in Houston, and her wedding band is designed by Eliza Page in Austin.  In a personal touch with family meaning and sentimental value, Joey is wearing his late granfather's band that was passed down to him.

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The bridal party in Gruene Estate's open pastures.  Jessica's dress is an Aquila style WTOO gown by Watters.  Accented with floral motifs that climb the trellis, this halter neckline, open backed, slim sheath gown is too gorgeous!

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A Hanging halo floral insert in Gruene Estate's open air chapel by Remi+Gold. Eucalyptus leaves, smilax, and cafe latte roses create an exquisite floral piece!

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Jessica and Joey's advice for future couples is, "It's your day, do it your way. Don't feel too constrained by traditions unless they are important to you. Don't be afraid to show your creativity, your personalty and your quirky side. Have fun with it!"

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Happily Ever After!

 

Vendors Who Made The Day!

Photos: Monica Danielle Photography

Floral Insert: Remi+Gold

Floral Arrangements: H.E.B. Blooms

Catering: Fritz's Catering

D.J. Toast Entertainment

Bartender Margarita Madness

 

 

 

 

 

Jason and Becca's Rustic Chic Gruene Texas Wedding

Jason and Rebecca's wedding was a Hill Country fairy tale wedding!  Jason is a United States Marine Corp officer. Let's just say, Becca isn't the only one that has a thing for men in uniforms!  Married in Gruene Estate's open air wedding chapel, their ceremony and reception was just sublime.  A touch of traditional military magic with some rustic chic elements created an elegant and beautiful atmosphere!

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Adding their own personal touch to the ceremony, Jason and Rebecca participate in a "hand blessing ceremony" that was performed by their minister.  The couple tied a ribbon around their hands while the minister blessed the marriage with specially written prayer.

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Rebecca in her stunning Kitty Chen designed gown in the historic main house of the original Gruene family home.

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Jason in his United States Marine Corp dress blues!

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Rebecca and Jason's wedding rings are absolutely stunning.  Rebecca's ring is made by Gabriel & Co.,and is a round cut diamond set in a white gold band with a very elegant yet traditional engraving!

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We cannot get enough of this Kitty Chen designed gown!  A full length, lace, trumpet cut gown with an absolutely gorgeous full length train!  

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Baby's breath and smilax are placed in vintage tin cans to line Gruene Estate's rustic hand made benches in the open air chapel.

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Gruene Estate's hand sewn farm tables are adorned with cafe latte roses, smilax and baby's breadth to create an elegant rustic chic head table for the bride and groom!

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A tradional sabre arch is created by Jason's fellow officers as they exit Gruene Estate's open air chapel!

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Rebecca and Jason's advice for future couples is " to remember to enjoy the process and don't get so caught up in the planning!  This is the best day of your life and be excited, because you get to marry "the one"".  

 

Vendors who made the day!

Photography: Allison Jeffers Photography

Bar: Bartender4you

Dress: The Wedding Dress Shop

Her Ring: Perry's Ring

His Ring: Kay's Jewler

 

 

Ronnie and Kamady, a Elegant DIY Gruene Texas Wedding

Kamady and Ronnie have such fun and outgoing personalities.  This is one of those weddings, where we feel like we made a lifetime friendship!  From Michigan, they chose Gruene Estate as a destination wedding venue.  With help from family and friends and some well placed top tier vendors, they had a beautiful, elegant, and rustic D.I.Y. wedding.  A perfect balance of romance and Hill Country charm.  They used the natural beauty of Gruene Estate and more formal wardrobes to achieve the perfect look! 

 

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Beer burros, provided by Hill Country Events, are a perfect addition to an event.  Dressed in floral wreaths and equipped with saddle bags full of cold beverages, they wonder through the event during cocktail hour.  They are always major hit with guest and provide a great photo op for the bride and groom.  

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Continueing with the current trend of slightly different brides maids dresses all in the same color pattern, Kamady's brides maids are in garnet red full length gowns.  The color scheme is well balanced, allowing the bride to stand out and be front and center.

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Kamady's V neck, trumpet cut lace gown with full length train is simply smashing!  The elegance and beauty of this gown is not to be understated.  Wardrobe options set the tone for a wedding. An open air setting gives brides and grooms the option to go casual or for a more formal look.  This dress is well coordinated to bring the right amount of elegance which blends with the natural beauty and farm like setting of Gruene Estate. 

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Ronnie and his guy tribe are looking sophisticated in their notch cut lapel grey suits and matching garnet red ties.

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Gruene Estate is a historic boutique wedding venue in New Braunfels and Gruene Texas.  The historic original open air chapel on the Gruene family farm is a one of kind wedding venue in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

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Kamady and Ronnie happily ever after!

 

Vendor who made the day:

Venue Gruene Estate

Caterer Infernos Pizza

Baker Groom's Family

Photographer Day 7 Photo

Videographer Lorell Williams

Beer Burros Hill Country Events

Florist Family Friend

Decor and Setup BASH Events

Bartender Margarita Madness

 

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Texas country charm is already built in.