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Black-Tie Affair at The St. Anthony

Kristine & Weston

Photography by: Morgan Lynn Photography / Wedding Date : January 23
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    Black-Tie Affair at The St. Anthony

    Kristine Kelly Seaman & Weston Luke Harty

    How did you meet?
     Weston and I met at an Eli Young Band concert at Wild West in Lubbock on February 25, 2011. We talked about what our favorite songs were and the usual "small talk." The next morning, Weston texted me to see if I wanted to meet up to play basketball. That didn't sound too fun for our first hang out so I said I wasn't able to meet. The next day he asked if I wanted to play volleyball, and for the same reasons, I did not join. After about a week, Weston asked me on a lunch date to Sazón. I was more than happy to join him there for our first date!

    Tell us about the proposal. On August 1, 2015, Weston came to my apartment with a single rose, representing our first year of dating, and recounted all of our memories. Later that day, we headed to the pool and when Weston ran to grab his “sunglasses” he returned with a second rose representing our second year of memories. He asked me out to dinner that night and when he came to pick me up, he had a third rose and a limo! This rose represented our third year together and so we recalled everything we'd done together that year. We hopped in the limo and Weston proposed a toast with Dr. Pepper (my favorite drink) in the limo’s toasting flutes to all the good memories we had shared. We enjoyed dinner at Casa Rio, our favorite Riverwalk restaurant, and after dinner, we were walking along the river when Weston asked me to stop at a bench. It was a nice area away from the crowds and Weston got down on his knee and proposed! When we returned to the limo, Weston gave me a fourth rose. The limo driver took the long route home driving past Six Flags Fiesta Texas right as their closing fireworks show was taking place, ending our perfect night.

    What inspired the design of your wedding day? Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved dressing up and imagined my wedding day as a very fancy, black-tie event. I was the flower girl and my brother was the ring bearer in my aunt and uncle’s New York wedding growing up. It set my standards high and I dreamed of having such a fancy party for myself one day (their children served as our flower girl and ring bearer!). I love elegant events and figured we couldn't go wrong with a ballroom full of thousands of red roses to give our classy event a romantic feel.

    How did you choose your venue and vendors? Morgan Lynn Photography captured the very best wedding photos we had ever seen. We actually signed a contract with her before we knew our wedding date—we knew her availability and were going to work around her schedule to make it work. We also attended the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza to get a good idea of what was out there, and that's where we found Betty Jane’s Bakeshop and Image Cinema. We went through several bridal magazines and looked online to make a list of venues we were going to visit, but the moment we toured The St. Anthony Hotel we knew it was the best place we were going to find. It was luxurious and it just fit. And when we walked over to the Travis Park United Methodist Church to see it being set up for another wedding, we asked for the florist's business card because they'd done such a phenomenal job and that's how we discovered H-E-B Blooms! We found our band through The St. Anthony's list of “suggested” vendors and discovered our videographer online.

    What were some of the most unique details from your day? For our church ceremony, we provided guests with cough drops, tissues, magazine-style wedding ceremony programs, and children coloring packs. We also commemorated my grandparents that are no longer with us with their wedding photos on display. At the reception, we had a guest sign-in puzzle and personalized escort card coasters featuring each guest’s table name and table number with the phrase: “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing.” We provided children’s menus, personalized wedding M&Ms, and had a gift table with a mailbox that was a replica of the USPS mailboxes! We provided a toiletry tray for the men’s and women’s restrooms, each decorated with life-sized poster decals—me as my aunt's flower girl and Weston as a little boy in a bowtie. On each bar front, a monogram decal was backlit with red lighting to match the roses. Dinner tables were numbered with photos of us taken around San Antonio. All flower vases had fish swimming around in them! We handed out sunglasses that read #happilyharty and hundreds of glow sticks. Tuxedo-themed caramel apple wedding favors were placed at each place setting along with personalized menus. Flutter confetti fell during the last song the band played, which was “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, my favorite singer. And we used bubbles for our farewell.

    What was the most trying part of the planning process? The timeline! We were only engaged for 5 months before our wedding day and we planned every detail of the event ourselves, without a wedding planner! I am a very detail-oriented person and I would never be able to hand over the reins of the biggest party I would ever have. From what songs the band was going to play at what time to the way the napkins were folded and the personalized escort card coasters designed, it was all us.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The guests and how much fun they had at our wedding! We received so many compliments and many guests told us it was the best wedding they had ever attended in their life. Knowing that we had planned every detail, even the number of fish swimming in each flower vase, it was a huge compliment! It was a once in a lifetime event.

    What are your favorite memories from the day? Everything was our favorite; it is too hard to choose! If I think about what made us feel really special, for me it was wearing my mom’s wedding gown for the ceremony! She sewed our names with our wedding dates into the gown. I hope my daughter might someday carry on the tradition. Weston enjoyed seeing the reception room all set up before anyone else. Our St. Anthony Hotel coordinator walked us through back passages to get to the ballroom without any of the guests noticing—it was really fun!

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Look at historic venues. San Antonio has so much history; it is what makes this city so one-of-a-kind.

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