An Elegant Country Wedding at Gruene Estate in New Braunfels, Texas

Lascena Lee Milner (25 and general manager of Brookwood Café & Events) and Dr. Matthew Simmons (27 and a dentist) met in college at the University of Texas San Antonio. The summer before Matthew’s last year of dental school, he took Lascena to hike Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas, where he proposed. The couple got married in Gruene, Texas at Gruene Estates. “We chose this venue and town because I love the feel of old, unique and quaint things,” says Lascena. The couple included their favorite things to create their wedding design: pastel colors, craft beer, acoustic music, a vintage getaway car, lace and fall-themed food and cocktails. “I could go on and on about all our favorite things at the wedding… In our eyes, it was a fairytale,” says the bride. At the end of their wedding ceremony, Lascena and Matthew opened a bird cage filled with butterflies to remember their loved ones no longer with them. They made all their guests feel special at the reception with a photo slideshow of memories with their friends and family and gave everyone lace bags of candied pecans made by a chef at The Brookwood Café. Despite a recently torn ACL, Matthew worked hard to build up enough strength to twirl and dip Lascena around the dance floor for their first dance. “It means so much to me,” says Lascena. “Our life moves forward through desire.”