Elizabeth Gonzales & Stephen Enriquez
Hometowns: San Antonio
How did you meet? We met at work but didn’t actually speak to each other for about two years! Then, one day in July 2011, we were out with mutual work friends to see the Spazmatics. We had some drinks, danced, sparked up casual conversation—and were inseparable from that point on.
Tell us about the proposal. Stephen proposed during our 2015 spring break trip in Belize. It was quite amazing. He worked secretly with my best friend and matron of honor Raquel to make sure the details were just right—an ocean-view balcony at the resort with lights and roses where Stephen pulled out a small ring box and dropped to bended knee. I gladly accepted and when I heard applause I realized our friends were taking pics and cheering from the staircase. The icing on the cake, though, was the video Stephen took of my 9-year-old son Evan wishing us congratulations. Seeing his little face and hearing his little voice melted my heart.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? We wanted a fall wedding, and after asking their permission, we chose the wedding anniversary of Stephen’s best friend/best man and his wife. The funny thing is: mine and Stephen’s first date was at his best man’s wedding five years earlier where Stephen caught the garter! Our inspiration also stemmed from my dream of having a classic, simple, yet romantic celebration. I chose black, white, and red for our reception colors but made sure the red didn’t take over. Our vendors did an amazing job of bringing my classic black-and-white wedding to life.
How did you choose your venue and vendors? Our engagement was 18 months, so we had plenty of time to research and attend three bridal extravaganzas, which were extremely helpful in our vendor selections. We got to sample food, see décor, and taste cake from multiple vendors all in one place, and we came across great deals and booked our DJ, cake/catering, and photo booth.
What was the most trying part of the planning process? Setting the budget and guest list, two important factors that go hand-in-hand. We are both rich in friends and family, and we would have liked to invite everyone. However, based on budget, we decided to only include family and friends who have been a part of our lives as a couple or who are very close to our individual lives. We also decided that once the guest list was set, it was permanent since adding guests later effects the overall budget.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Stephen escorted both mothers down the aisle to light the unity candle as a representation of the joining of two families. Many of our song choices were nontraditional, which is exactly what we wanted. For our recession, we chose The Rock’s WWE theme song because Stephen is a mega wrestling fan. At the reception, the wedding party was introduced to Rhianna’s “Diamonds” song, and then our first dance was to T.I’s “Bring ’Em Out.” The father-daughter dance was to Pink Floyd’s “Time,” while Boyz II Men’s “A Song for Mama” serenaded the mother-son dance. And the mariachi group played a few unexpected songs including Guns N Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine.” There were also three cakes: the traditional wedding cake, the groom’s cake (UTSA), and my son’s cake (NBA design). We made sure Evan was included in all aspects of the wedding from planning to taste testing and even having his own cake.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? All of our vendors exceeded our expectations. The Rosenberg Sky Room staff was amazing from beginning to end. Our wedding coordinator Nikki was awesome—she reminded me of Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner. She handled everything throughout the day, and even some things I am just finding out about. Let’s just say: she was thebomb.com! We were also especially fond of how bold and beautiful the rose table arrangements looked. And our photo booth was a blast. It was fun to look at all of the pictures that were captured. Such good memories.
What are your favorite memories from the day? My favorite memory was being escorted into the ceremony by my dad and seeing all of our friends and family there to support us on our special day. As I looked forward, my groom and son looked absolutely stunning—the most handsome guys in the room. But above all, everyone looked so happy and had a great time, and that is exactly everything we could have hoped for.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Seek vendors who are willing to go above and beyond to make your day special without breaking the bank. Explore your options and plan ahead to allow time for adjustments. The wedding planning process can be trying, stay grounded as a couple, and remember why you are getting married. Support each other through the process and revisit things, if necessary. Be happy, loving, make good memories, and look forward to your happily ever after!
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