Diary Of A Real Bride – Torn Between Two Texan Venues
Our globetrotting real bride contributor Kenz is back with her latest wedding planning updates, and now she has a tough decision to make when it comes to her Texan wedding venue! Over to Kenz to update you all.
Hi friends! Currently writing to you from Texas. Both Taz and I were able to make it our here and are loving being back. I know I’ve put on at LEAST 5 kgs on this trip -and that’s just so far. Thank God for personal trainers.
SO, another thing has changed (oh come on, I knew you already saw that coming). Taz and I are now exclusively focusing on the Western/American wedding and letting Taz’s parents plan the Indian wedding themselves. I’m kind of an all or nothing type of person when it comes to… well anything I guess, and this was no different. Now I’m looking at this American wedding as Taz and my dream wedding, and the Indian one a bonus wedding that we’re being invited to, which has reduced a lot of tension and stress.
Back to being in Texas! We’ve only been here for 3 days and have already travelled over 600 miles touring venues and areas nearby. It’s quite something to see the difference in priorities that Taz and I have when it comes to selecting a venue. Taz wants something unique, easy for our guests to get to, and is very particular on his “grooms suite”. I am more concerned about what places photograph best, and the flow of the guests throughout the event.
This became apparent as we’re now stuck between two of the most gorgeous venues, that could not be more different from each other.
Villa Antonia is a stunning property located in the hill country of Texas. You have to take a long winding road to get there, which I actually think just adds to its appeal. When you drive in, you instantly feel like you’re in Italy. The venue itself is very Tuscan influenced with fountains, statues, and vines everywhere. Plus, a drop-dead gorgeous view of the hill country below.
Then we have Gruene Estate. A more rustic and what you picture when you think of Texas. It has a beautiful open-air chapel with antique stainless windows and barn doors, and a bell in a tower you get to ring once you’re married. They also put out feed right when your ceremony is about to start, so as you’re getting married you have around 30 wild deer around you, plus their 2 longhorns and horses.
It’s going to be impossible to choose between the two, we’re hoping Taz’s parents love Villa Antonia so we can have the Indian wedding there and then the western at Gruene Estate. Wish me luck deciding between these two places (even better, that we get both!).
Don’t forget to visit us next month to see Kenz’s latest bridal diary post and to find out how their wedding plans are progressing! You can also follow Makenzie over at @Kenzieland on Instagram for more wedding updates!