How did the two of you meet? We originally said we met at a bar, but I lived in Austin and Steven lived in San Antonio, so our friends didn’t buy it. We actually met on Match.com. We talked non-stop for a couple months, then a work trip finally brought me to San Antonio—and it was love at first sight.
How did Steven propose? We went back to New England to spend Christmas with my family in 2013, which is when he decided to ask my parents for their permission. I am an American Heart Association director and was beginning to plan the 2014 Heart Walk—at the same time he started to plan the proposal. When October 25 rolled around, I was coordinating 15,000 people at the event and Steven was coordinating friends and family. My coworker told me I had to run up to the press box before opening ceremonies, but when I opened the door, Steven was down on one knee surrounded by 50 family members and friends. He'd gotten my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends from across the country to be there without me knowing. It was one of the best days in my life.
What three characteristics made you fall in love with Steven? His sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and love for everything I also love in life! (And obviously, his dashing good looks!)
What three characteristics made him fall in love with you? Definitely my sense of humor and goofiness, my love of basketball, and my love of basketball (haha).
What inspired the design of your wedding? We both wanted a wedding on the beach in Massachusetts where I grew up, but we realized it would have been extremely difficult to plan from far away. We brought the colors of the beach to a venue with beautiful waterfalls, and of course, a touch of basketball.
How did you decide on The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls? We really wanted to have a casual, laid-back feel to our wedding, but didn’t necessarily want it to look casual. The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls was a gorgeous, all-in-one venue with waterfalls to satisfy our desire to get married by the water while also having a completely elegant feel.
How did you discover your other local vendors? Since I plan events for work, I'd already worked with some of these vendors and knew their style. Others we discovered through networking, recommendations, and most importantly, reading reviews by others! All of our vendors went above and beyond the call of duty. Special shout outs to The Road To Marriage, Dos Kiwis, De Vinnie’s Paradise, and Touch of Class Catering for being like family throughout this whole process and beyond.
What was the most trying part of the planning process? Taking the planning on ourselves for the majority of the process—until we were introduced to the amazing Helayne Nicholson with The Road To Marriage. Plus, it was hard having family and wedding party scattered from the East Coast to the West!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? In addition to our Polaroid guestbook, we also had all of our guests sign a basketball with silver sharpies—it’s now displayed in our house. The groomsmen were surprised with all-white Converse All-Stars, while Steven and I both wore sea green. The bridesmaids’ dresses faded like the colors of a tropical ocean. To beat the summer heat, we provided a heat station with frozen sponges, sunglasses with our wedding hashtag on the frames, and fan programs. Our guests had fun with “fatheads” of our faces, like those at basketball games, while our introductions into the reception were like the announcing of a starting lineup. Steven’s groomsmen cake was his favorite team logo, the Spurs. And our grandparents played a big role, with our grandmothers as flower girls and my grandfather performing the ceremony. Our bridesmaids and groomsmen represented our entire lives, standing in order from whom we’ve known the longest.
What element of the wedding exceeded your expectations? The seamless transitions throughout the night were more perfect than we could have anticipated. Our planner was incredible and made sure we were having fun at all times. Looking around and seeing how many people had come together for us was an amazing feeling.
What is your favorite memory from the day? Walking out into the ceremony—mom on one arm, dad on the other—to my grandfather in his ceremonial robe and my siblings and future sibling on both sides of him. But most importantly, seeing Steven standing there with a huge smile on his face, looking absolutely incredible, ready to get married! Also, at the end of the night, when the entire wedding party ended up in a pool—dresses, tuxes, and all.
What is Steven’s favorite memory? Watching me walk out of the large double doors and down the aisle.
If you’d been a guest attending your wedding, how would you describe it? We’ve heard this a lot: BEST WEDDING EVER! Fun, unique, beautiful!
Besides marrying the love of your life, what was the most important part of the day? This was so much more than the coming together of two people. This was about the coming together of two families. The room was filled with family members and friends from across the country who all got along and became one giant family by the end of the weekend.
What are your plans for the future? A honeymoon in Maui, a family, traveling as much as possible, and spending time with those we love.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? If I could go back in time, I would have hired a planner to help me through the process. You don’t know what you don’t know. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Reviews, reviews, reviews! Read the good and the bad, but ultimately go with your gut. And finally, make sure to stop occasionally throughout your wedding to take it all in.
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