Welcome to New Braunfels Wedding Guide. My name is Swanee Browning, and I’m incredibly excited to be providing this amazing online resource for both brides and wedding vendors in our area.
Something few people know about me is I’m a cowgirl at heart. I married my husband, Chuck, a city boy and the love of my life in a little Baptist church my precious mother (a premier decorator) had beautifully garnished with magnolia leaves and red poinsettias. My six bridesmaids wore long elegant chiffon red frocks and carried white muffs, a scene straight from the movie “White Christmas!” I designed my antique white charmeuse wedding gown myself. Picture a cross between one of Vivien Leigh’s bustled antebellum off the shoulder creations in “Gone With the Wind” and Lilly James’s magical ball gown in “Cinderella.”
Many of my memories growing up evolve around my mother’s flare for hospitality and decorating. I remember watching her shape floral centerpieces or grand mantel displays for special occasions in our home, stamping each one with something authentic. If at Christmas, it might be the little figurines of children sledding a snowy slope she’d fashioned or creating a stunning wreath using juniper berries to hang over the fireplace. My fascination at how my mother wove innovative designs in every nook in our home and in the special moments of our family life, shaped and nurtured my own gift of hospitality and love for home fashion and decorating.
My life experience with what I do today spans from its beginning on our family farm to its application in the many places life has taken me over the years. New Braunfels has been that place for the last fourteen years. I’ve always found New Braunfels to be extraordinarily unique. It’s proud German heritage, its rivers’ constant lure to slow down with a lazy float and the traditional festivities that bring the community together for a bit of fun, is what first convinced my husband and I to make New Braunfels our home.
After teaching in New Braunfels for a time, the wedding industry literally found me. I brought with me to this new endeavor years of experience with coordinating and planning weddings for family and friends. I am a confirmed, long-standing, dyed in the wool romantic. Weddings should be all about the romance, a couple’s love story. The challenge of fulfilling a bride’s dream for her wedding day is an undertaking I understand.
My experience in the business community of New Braunfels plowed a path leading to the discovery of yet another remarkable anomaly characterizing our special town. It was the brawny, almost tangible, bigger than life sense of community, neighbor helping neighbor. Our business community reflects this practice by actively and intentionally promoting one another. I believe this actuality absolutely defines our beautiful town and sets us apart. This extraordinary quality spoke to my own longing to be an advocate for others in our industry. My answer came while driving one day to pick up one of my grandchildren, our very own nbweddingguide.com.
New Braunfels Wedding Guide was founded out of my love for our industry and to give local businesses in our town an avenue to capture the attention of our local brides. We want them to know you, the New Braunfels wedding professionals, offer everything they could possibly need to plan the wedding of their dreams. I’m excited to offer our home town brides this incredibly rich resource, but also to give you the means to promote your business by putting you in front of the audience you seek to target.
Brides, your wedding should reflect the unique essence of you. Whether an informal service by the river, a rustic Texas “boots, barn and beauty” ceremony, a glamorous classical setting, a lavishly formal theme, or a mix of the rustic with champagne, I think you’ll find the New Braunfels wedding industry has a cache of resources, everything needed, to create the wedding day of your dreams. We are at your service!
I’ve loved working with my brilliant team on this project, but also, I’ve loved meeting you. Such a treasure! Vendors, I’m confident New Braunfels Wedding Guide will advance your business to new levels. It’s going to be an exciting ride! Thank you for taking it with me!