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 The Hall at Gruene B&B personifies Texas hill country charm. Though you are only a short jaunt from the infamous Gruene, Texas, when walking the grounds of the venue, it feels as if you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of life. The open chapel referred to as “The Hall” allows its guests to take in the beautiful grounds when in attendance at an event. The windmill just outside the barn doors of The Hall completes the stage. On the grounds you’ll find four cabins situated a short walk from The Hall. The distinct personalities of each of the cabins’ welcome guests with open arms!

With country charm as our palette, my idea board was completed, vendors were selected and now the search for models began. I had a specific idea for a photo opportunity dancing in my mind and believed it to be the impossible dream. It involved a fiddle player, a wedding painter (and here’s the wild card) Randy and Chelsea Rogers. If for no other reason, these are two of the busiest folks I know. Miracle of miracles, with a few changes in timelines we were able to accommodate their schedule.

Let the styled shoot begin! Randy’s attire and Chelsea’s gorgeous gown were from Celebrations Bridal and Prom. The professional help given by Samantha at the boutique the day of gown selections made the experience fun and stress-free. The personal service didn’t end there. Because rainstorms were ebbing and flowing throughout the shoot, Samantha stayed after delivering gowns and essentially was Chelsea’s attendant helping her to navigate around one mud puddle after another. The accessories Chelsea wore that so beautifully complemented her dress was from Ernesto’s Jewelry. Deborah Campbell, The Fiddle Chick, brought her fiddle and played while Randy and Chelsea danced. Lauren, with Snap Chic Wedding Painting, recreated the scene with such skill and accuracy. These two ladies helped complete that important styled shoot snapshot idea which was the beginning place for the entire shoot.

There is so much to appreciate about vintage. Simply stated charm can be achieved by selecting only a few of the right pieces. The soft blue floral covered loveseats on either side of the antique sidebar create a lovely photo opportunity for a couple. The combination of hydrangea, larkspur, roses, stock, alstroemeria and Queen Anne’s lace brought just the right amount of color to the tabletop. Notice the creamy colored stands with teardrop candle holders dangling from each. They add a little romance to the backdrop. A rattan rug perfectly positioned completes the stage. Randy and Chelsea, look this way and smile!

 

 For our second couple the shoot was a trial run for their own wedding day only weeks away. Samantha, Brad and Shawn, the bartender, all wore attire from
Celebrations Bridal and Prom. Ernesto’s Jewelry provided Samantha’s beautiful necklace and earrings. Lauren Watson from Hair and Makeup by Lauren did such a beautiful job with Samantha’s updo and makeup. Samantha and Brad, you wear your love for one another well!

 A bride and her flower girl came next. Dresses for this segment of our shoot came from Celebrations Bridal and Prom as well. The connection between this bride and flower girl is obvious. Sawyer, the little one, thought we were all playing princess for a day and it was her turn! The girls at Studio 43 did the hair and makeup for our two princesses. We decided to have a bit of fun with this bride. Situated on a quilt thrown over a stack of hay, Amanda pulled out a celebratory cigar and struck a pose! Her dramatic swooping bang hairstyle, off the shoulder bodice, and sassy demeanor made it all perfectly believable!

Country Charm requires a long farm table, don’t you think? I love using family heirlooms for a bit of nostalgia. With this in mind, I chose to set the table using my mother’s blue party dishes. I have fond memories as a child of peeking around the door on special occasions to catch a glimpse of the beautifully decorated dessert table my mother always set for her guests. Her blue dishes were always a hit. The delicate linens I chose to use with the blue dishes belonged to my grandmother. The array of pink florals arranged on the tabletop made such a stunning contrast. I asked the caterer to provide two smaller versions of the wedding cake in blue. Guest now would have their very own sampling!

 Speaking of wedding cake, let’s talk sweets. Summer with Cakes by Summer and Monica with Sue C Cakes. Cakes staged the most alluring, mouthwatering table of desserts. Cakes, cake pops, and cupcakes frosted in baby pink and cream resting on a large cream crocheted doily embody subtle romance.

Leslie from i do flowers created the stunning bouquets and arrangements used throughout the shoot. A more talented and hardworking florist would be difficult to find.

Emily with Relic Rentals provided all our beautiful décor. Her contribution made the day! Monica from Ernesto’s Jewelry carefully selected the combinations of rings, necklaces and bracelets our models wore. The wedding favors displayed were small jars of jam! Thank you, Ray, with Ma Mere Specialty Foods for sharing your special jams with us. After sharing my idea board with Kristen with Cottonwood Print, she designed the wedding invitations and calligraphy signs for the day. Simple perfection! Thank you, Halima with Lively Events for being our wedding planner for the day! Your expertise was needed!

Christine from Lomonico Photography and Mike with Dynamic Films and Wedding Videography worked their magic capturing the best of every participating vendor. They worked through rain burst after rain burst like champs. Catch Mike’s video of the shoot on our Facebook page if you’ve not already.

 

Christine is a published photographer who absolutely loves what she does. I think her secret in part is in the effort she makes to connect with the people she photographs. The energy she brings to her craft is abundantly evident with every picture she produces. I don’t know who had more fun, Christine or those of us watching her!

 

The vendors for this New Braunfels Wedding Guide shoot were a collection of the best! Thank you all for bringing your talent to our day.

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