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Opening May 2017 - Now Booking

Built on a foundation of love.

The Chandelier is located on spectacular secluded acreage in the Texas Hill Country just minutes from historic Gruene. As you enter the property, an oak canopied lane leads you to our picturesque open-air chapel nestled amongst a grassy meadow surrounded by majestic towering oaks. Just steps from the chapel, you find our impressive 12,000 square foot venue accompanied by 3,200 square feet of stunning covered patio area. Throughout the property you will find architectural treasures such as cathedral ceilings, exposed rough sawn cedar beams, hand troweled walls, Chicago brick, lanterns, and several splendid glass chandeliers. All of this combines to create the perfect venue to host the event of your dreams!

The Hall

The Chapel

Bridal Suite

Lodging

The Hall

Just steps from the chapel you will find the indoor 12,000 square foot climate controlled venue with over 3,200 square feet of covered outdoor patios. The main entrance adorns exquisite iron doors, each side accented with lanterns, which lead you into the marvelous foyer area. This magnificent and striking chandelier lit entry with exposed beams, a cathedral ceiling, and Chicago brick walls sets the stage for your grand entrance. Continue walking through the 10 foot sliding barn doors into the grandiose reception area where you will be awestruck by the thirty two foot ceilings that boast exposed wood beams, exquisite chandeliers, hand troweled walls and Chicago brick. Just outside the door, onto the covered porch of the west side of the building, you will find steps that lead you to an outdoor entertainment area under the stars including a picturesque and relaxing chandelier lit covered patio canopied by large old oak trees, an oversized gas fire pit surrounded with rocking chairs and patio lights strung overhead. This is a perfect area for guests to have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while awaiting your arrival or just simply a quiet and relaxing seating area to reminisce. The venue will comfortably accommodate 50-500 guests indoors with plenty of space outdoors to seat any additional guests for receptions, corporate meetings, family reunions or any other event you have in mind.

The Chapel

A walkway, directly from the bridal suite and surrounded by beautiful oak trees, leads you to our quaint open air chapel that can accommodate 300+ guests.

The charming antique front doors await your grand entrance. The chapel is adorned with native hill country rock and large picture windows behind the altar giving view to a hundred plus year old oak tree, a perfect backdrop for your ceremony.

Vaulted open truss ceiling, chandeliers, antique restored church pews, all surrounded by majestic towering oaks, sets the mood for your beautiful day. This picturesque scene will be the perfect place to share your intimate “I Dos” with loved ones.

As you exit as Mr. & Mrs., stop and pull the rope to ring the church bell announcing your marriage.

The Bridal Suite

The venue also comprises bride’s and groom’s suites each including private bathrooms, beautiful lounge areas, and exterior doors leading to our charming chapel.

The bride’s room is chic and elegant combining several textures including a cathedral ceiling with rough sawn cedar beams, a beautiful chandelier along with hand troweled walls and Chicago brick. You will also find tufted sofa and chairs,  an ottoman coffee table, a 17ft hair and makeup bar, a large 3-way floor length mirror, and a dining table with chairs. All of this provides the perfect lounging and dressing area for you and your bridesmaids to comfortably gather prior to your ceremony.

The groom’s room is appointed with the same architectural feel and is furnished with leather sofas, a full-length mirror, wet bar and a flat screen TV. This is the perfect man cave setting to provide the groom and his groomsmen a comfortable lounge and dressing room area.

Onsite Lodging

Adjacent to the hall sits the original ranch home, Escondida de Gruene, where our vision started.   Escondida is a very warm and inviting home that showcases interior rock walls throughout, an open kitchen and living area with a cathedral ceiling, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The residence also has a garage turned game room including a queen sleeper sofa, a foosball table, air hockey table and a flat screen TV. The home will accommodate 16 overnight guests and provides a large outdoor porch area with swimming pool, an ideal accommodation for the family of the bride or groom. It can also serve as a gathering place for your family pictures prior to the ceremony.   If you are planning on providing a babysitter during your event, Escondida will be the perfect place to accommodate that as well.

Our Story

The Chandelier of Gruene came to reality after years of thought, research & prayers. In 2011, Myra and Tim purchased property that had a beautiful ranch home nestled among majestic oaks. It was a private oasis of Texas Hill Country, but yet so close to everything, including Historic Gruene, Texas just minutes away. They knew it had so much potential and before long they turned the property into Escondida de Gruene, a vacation rental and gathering place for family vacations and events hosting guests from all over the world. Their long term vision was to incorporate the home into an exquisite wedding & events venue with a warm and welcoming feel just like the ranch home had offered for so many years prior.   With Myra’s work career having started in the bridal industry some 32 years ago as a bridal consultant at a family owned bridal boutique, the purchase of the property and her and her husband’s vision in mind, she realized that she still had that burning passion to be part of the bridal industry. So here she is 32 years later, married (31 years and counting), has two beautiful daughters, gained a wonderful son (in law) and two precious granddaughters.  Now she is back in the industry again, this time with her family at her side sharing that same passion. Together, they have turned that vision in to a reality. Ready to share their legacy built on the foundation of love provided from Myra’s parent’s marriage of 65 years and Tim’s parent’s marriage of 58 years, they are excited and blessed to bring this amazing venue to future married couples hoping they will find the same love and friendship that their family has found. The Chandelier of Gruene, coming May of 2017!

Minutes From Historic Gruene, Texas.

The Chandelier is located only minutes from Historic Gruene and downtown New Braunfels.   We are also only 10 minutes from Interstate Highway 35, nestled just between San Antonio and Austin granting convenience to two international airports and many hotels.

Our Ground Breaking Ceremony

A Word From A Bride

I’m Kelly Nolan, née Berry, and I consider myself so blessed to have found this beautiful venue, The Chandelier of Gruene. My husband, Brendan Nolan, and I can’t wait to celebrate our love and commitment to each other with our family and friends! Yes, I meant to write “husband”… But let me go back to where it all began. Brendan and I met on a blind date two and a half years ago, which was arranged by Brendan’s mother, Peggy Collins Nolan, and her Baylor University sorority sister, Cindy Rexilius Starr. The idea occurred to them that we should meet and the pressuring began. Brendan recalls asking his mom where she met me…..“Are you asking women in the grocery store to date your son?” Now however, he says his mom is batting 1,000 because this is the one and only date that she has ever set Brendan up on!

We truly believe that God had a hand in our relationship from the start and that He brought us together in His perfect timing. On our first date, I was pretty quiet and reserved; Brendan even went home and told his roommates that he wasn’t sure if he could date me if I didn’t start talking more. But after our second date, we couldn’t stop talking and didn’t want the date to end. We both felt the potential of our relationship and thought we very well could have found “the one”.

On our two year anniversary, Brendan proposed via an awesome scavenger hunt throughout my house complete with photos, letters and 200 balloons! Four days later, March 1st, we were married in a civil ceremony. Four days you may ask?! Yes, our marriage plans were accelerated due to his impending deployment to Afghanistan. (Brendan is a captain in the Texas National Guard.)

Our civil ceremony took place in front of the fountain at the Bexar County courthouse. We exchanged vows in the presence of God and our immediate families. We were so excited to commit our lives to each other and vow to keep Christ as the focal point of our marriage. The next day it was back to teaching for me and Brendan continued preparing to deploy. Brendan and I made the most of the next twenty or so days we had together before his deployment. I’m so proud of his desire to serve our country and also can’t wait for him to return home and to exchange vows and wedding bands in the presence of our whole family and friends. A date was set for October 2017 and because it’s a popular month, we decided we should start the search for a venue.

The search for a venue, a story in itself…

It seemed as though my mother, Kristine, and I had visited every wedding venue in New Braunfels and the surrounding area. Although many were beautiful and attractive, none of them felt just right. Meanwhile, my mother talked to a friend of the owner, who suggested we check out a venue that was still in the planning stages. When mom told me that she wanted to take me to yet another venue and this one hadn’t even been built yet, I was just about at my wits end. I reached out to my father, George, who imparted his wisdom to continue the search.

I, as well as Brendan, prayed that God would lead us to the right venue to celebrate our marriage and glorify Him for bringing us together and reached out to my discipleship group at Community Bible Church to pray as well.

As soon as we turned down the oak tree canopied driveway, I got quite interested in the property. The landscape was gorgeous. We met Myra, the owner, who was so friendly and welcoming, and told us we were the first bride to meet with her. She rolled out the blueprints onto the hood of her car and proceeded to explain the layout and helped us to see her vision. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and a peace overwhelmed me and I instantly knew that this was our venue. Soon after, I Skyped Brendan and excitedly told him about the venue. I only had photos of the landscape to share with him and asked him to trust me on this one. He saw my face on skype and listened to the excitement in my voice as I explained the venue to him. He jokingly says that after he heard me say, “This is the one!”, there was no way he could say “no” even if he didn’t like it. But, in all seriousness, he was very impressed with the venue and Myra’s vision. A few days later, on his own initiative, he wrote an email to Myra explaining our story and his excitement about the venue as well.

The revealing of the renditions at the ground breaking ceremony was very exciting and I was honored to be introduced as the first bride to book. We are overjoyed that our very special day will be held at this beautiful venue, making dreams come true for ourselves and for the incredible owners, Myra and Tim. God is good!