Laura Muras and Tyler Gillen
How did you meet? Omar was a personal trainer at Gold's Gym, and I had just recently moved here from Corpus Christi. I had decided to get a gym membership and scheduled my complimentary training session for April 12, 2012. For three months, we trained together and became friends, often getting together to run or hike. In August of that same year, we went on our first official date. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tell us about the proposal: In June of 2017, we took a road trip from San Antonio to Colorado. On the eve of my birthday, Omar proposed to me in front of a cozy, romantic fire. Just the two of us. A quiet and intimate moment that I'll never forget.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? I had always envisioned vintage elegance. I wanted the atmosphere to feel warm and romantic with lots of candles, lanterns and boho inspired florals. I chose colors that felt perfect for the month of love, February. Marsala, blush, and gold.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We
We knew for our reception that we wanted an environment that felt inviting and cozy. Canyon Springs Golf Club has a beautiful pavilion with stone walls that reminded me of a warm cabin, yet high ceilings for a dramatic factor. Surrounding trees and waterfall were the perfect "outdoor" touch that made it unique to us.
San Fernando Cathedral is not only a San Antonio icon, but it's also the church that we both attend together. We love the history and culture of our city, and we wanted our friends and family from out of town to experience that as well. Being that it's in the heart of downtown San Antonio, we knew it'd be a great experience for our guests and had our ceremony there.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Although we wanted to be sure our guests had a great time, we focused on the true reason for the day: one another. We had a traditional Catholic wedding, in a historic San Antonio church. I wore a white dress with a cathedral length veil, and we rode away in a vintage 1964 Rolls Royce. Afterwards we danced the night away, threw the bouquet and said our goodbyes through a shower of rose petals. There were no flash mobs, no choreographed dance numbers and no wedding cake face smashing. But there was so much love in that room, so much laughter and smiling, and boy was our food good!
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? My jaw dropped when I was presented with my bouquet from Erin with Eden's Echo. Even more so when I saw how beautifully her arrangements filled our reception venue.
The moments captured by Christian Margain Photography brought me to tears.
I can't forget to mention how amazing our wedding cake from Cakes and More Bakery was. Everyone loved it! I truly had such a wonderful experience with each of my vendors. I can't remember a time of being stressed with the planning aspect, as each person that I worked with was so wonderful.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? San Antonio is so rich in history, use it as your inspiration. We have the culture and tradition of the riverwalk as well as the rustic feel of the hill country. San Antonio truly offers something for everyone. Take your time choosing our vendors, don't settle.
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