Starting out in small towns next to each other, Claire and Kasen’s love blossomed in good ol’ San Marcos, Texas. Read more about their journey from friends to forever!

The Love Story
Kasen and I grew up in small towns about 30 minutes apart and met through mutual friends during my college years at Texas State. Between summers at home and him visiting San Marcos, we became good friends. In May of 2020, COVID was in full swing and there was not a lot going on. Kasen was looking to move out on his own and landed a job at New Braunfels Utilities. He moved to San Marcos and we started hanging out almost every day. Kasen had a crush on me and patiently waited for me to come around. That didn’t take long and we were attached at the hip by the end of that summer. We have been inseparable since. We have both said once we got together, we each knew that was it for us! Our love has always been so fun and easy, we are each other’s best friends!

Why the Chandelier?
The Chandelier was our first and only choice! Kasen and I were living in New Braunfels before we were engaged and at the start of our wedding planning. We have since moved back home to follow job opportunities and to be closer to family. But I would scroll through the Chandelier’s website when I was bored at work, just fantasizing! Once we were engaged, I knew where I wanted to go! We are so happy to be a Chandelier couple and to have gotten married in the town that will always be our second home! It’s like the cherry on top of all of the wonderful memories we have there!

Most Memorable Moment
All of it! Everything came together so beautifully after months and months of planning and stressing! The weather was absolutely beautiful for Texas and it was also the day of the solar eclipse!

A feeling I will never forget…I was SO SO nervous before the ceremony. But then my dad and I walked out of the side door of the bridal suite to the porch where I would start my walk to the chapel. As soon as we stepped outside, all of that anxiety and nervousness rolled right off my shoulders and I remember not being able to stop smiling! What a magical feeling!

Advice from the Newly Weds
Stay true to what YOU want for your wedding and don’t do or have anything just because everyone else is!

“Pinch Me” Planning
I truly loved the whole planning process, from picking out my dress to picking out frames for bar signage. It was so fun to watch all my decisions and visions come together to turn into the day I had dreamed of for so long! It’s really such a “pinch me” kind of feeling, like wow this is really all coming together!

Special Remarks
We loved all of our vendors! We really are so blessed with how perfect everything and everyone was! We had so much fun getting ready, hair and makeup was great! When the eclipse time came around, the venue staff had glasses and let us look at the eclipse, that was cool! And again, the weather was perfect, which just helps so much. The florals were so beautiful, the food was great, and we had SO much fun dancing the night away with all of our family and friends! Everything about the venue is so beautiful, the chapel, the grounds, the hall. We just love everything about our day!

Vendor Spotlight
Venue – The Chandelier of Gruene
Coordinating, Decor & Florals – The Perfect Day
Photographer – Sarah Tribett Photography
Hair & Makeup – Southern Tease
Catering – Got It Covered Events
Bar – Bartenders 4 You
DJ – Darker Side DJs
Cakes – HEB
Bride’s Dress – Lovely Bride Houston
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Show Me Your Mumu