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The Perfect Setting

A Rustic Country Backdrop at Rancho La Mission

Photography by: Jennifer Youngblood Photography / Written by: Andrea H. Melcher
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The Perfect Setting

With its rustic charm and convenient locale just a few minutes south of downtown San Antonio, Rancho La Mission offers Texas rustic country chic near the heart of the Alamo City.

Upon entering the picturesque property, guests are welcomed by vintage vehicles and other country décor. As they approach the banquet areas – including a spacious “barn” or outdoor patio with faux mission façade (a perfect backdrop for photographs) – they are greeted by the sounds of a menagerie of animals from the onsite petting zoo, including miniature horses, chickens, peacocks, ducks and rabbits. (A definitely “Aww”—inspiring welcome!)

When college sweethearts and San Antonio professionals Jackie Viera and Chris Reisinger were researching venues for their reception, they wanted something that would be more “all inclusive” and relaxed; they found Rancho La Mission via San Antonio Weddings and say it was “the perfect fit.”

“We were going for a Spanish rustic feel, and we loved the mission replica set,” Viera reveals, adding that the entire experience felt like they were “on their family ranch.” Their 200 guests enjoyed the indoor and outdoor aspects of the property – including cornhole games and washers outside, and an elegant sit-down dinner in the barn.

Purchased by Raul Hernandez in 1995 as a tribute to his late brother, Michael, Rancho La Mission has grown as a popular venue to “celebrate life, in rustic, country style.” Joining Hernandez in creating the experience is seasoned event professional Michele Ramirez, who works with couples to create elegant, personalized packages that help reduce stress and stay on budget.

Couples may choose from a number of customizable packages, and according to Ramirez, the Diamond package is the most popular, with the venue providing the catering, cake, linens, security, licensed bartenders and event coordination. Items can be added or removed, depending on the wishes of the couple, with the prices adjusted accordingly.

“Each wedding is individualized,” Ramirez says.

Rancho La Mission has a list of preferred vendors with whom Ramirez has worked, and her experience in making recommendations is of great value for not only local brides, but for those who have made San Antonio a “destination wedding.”

In addition, the site itself can be transformed to fit a variety of themes. “We have hosted Fiesta, Winter Wonderland, Fairy Tale, and even Halloween-themed events,” says Ramirez.

Viera opted for a Spanish/rustic theme, and Ramirez worked with her closely to make her DIY ideas come to life, as she has done with countless clients. She assisted Viera with the creation of centerpieces and the selection of flowers from a local wholesaler, as well as a mariachi band and a photo booth.

The dinner menu featured chicken and beef fajitas, which Viera says she and her groom were “actually able to enjoy” because of Ramirez’s event coordination and planning expertise.

“It was a great catered meal, but still felt relaxed,” says Viera. “Michele made sure that we were able to eat! She planned the schedule to have the mariachis playing during dinner, so we could eat while our guests enjoyed the music.”

“Chris and I wish we could relive it all over again!”

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