How did you meet? After a night at the San Antonio Rodeo, on February 7, 2014, a group of friends and I went to a local country club. As soon as I walked in, Eric’s gaze caught mine and I was enamored with his smile. I got nervous, as I had never been good at the whole eye contact thing, and went about my business. Later, my friends were talking to his friends and we were introduced. Eric asked me to dance and I said yes with confidence, but as he spun me onto the dance floor, I fell straight on my back! He picked me up and we danced as if nothing happened. When we got back to our friends, he said, “Well, we just made our first memory!” We tell everyone I instantly “fell” for him.
Tell us about the proposal. My birthday is on Christmas Eve and due to the holiday we always celebrate on the 23rd. On December 23rd 2014, which was also our 10 month anniversary, Eric threw me a birthday party at our home. All of our family and friends were there, even his mom and sister who live in the Corpus area, I felt so special! When it came time to sing “Happy Birthday” Eric brought out cake and it said “I hope you get your wish”, it was also a chocolate cake and everyone knows that I LOVE white cake! He handed me a package and when I opened it up in front of 40 people I thought to myself, this is a trick, there is a ring in here, and I pulled out slippers! I was speechless, but being the nice person I am I said thank you and I loved them! At that very moment my dad came out with a larger cake and everyone broke out in a second song of “Happy Birthday” I was confused and as my dad passed the cake to Eric I read what it said “Will You Marry Me?” I was in shock and when Eric got down on one knee and pulled out the ring I knew it was real! I screamed out “Yes!” before Eric even said a word. He put the ring on my finger and the rest is history, by the way the second cake was my favorite, white cake! J
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? We met at a country bar, our first dance was to a country song, Eric plays country music, and one of our favorite things to do aside from listening to country music, is to see live country music shows! It just made sense to have a country wedding; we also love Texas Country music, which is almost a mix of rock and country so we wanted to add a little twist to it my having a vintage country feel at the wedding. I wanted to look like a modern Loretta Lynn with my ball gown and tattoos and Eric of course was my handsome cowboy! It was a dream come to life!
How did you choose your venue and vendors? We visited several venues and none of them had the space we wanted with that old country feeling. As soon as we walked into Kendall and saw the gazebo with the swing and the pond we were sold! Kristen at Kendall Plantation was a huge help narrowing down the vendors with her preferred list. We pretty much picked everyone from her list except the musicians. Eric’s biggest concern, being a professional musician, was the music so he handled that and did an amazing job choosing!
What was the most trying part of the planning process? I would have to say the most difficult part of our wedding was getting together all of the addresses of our guests, sending out save the dates, then a few months later sending out the invites! These are small things you don’t think about until you actually have to do it!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We had a few unique elements in our wedding from our ceremony, where our dear friend and Eric’s fellow musician married us. We were also surprised with letters from our family members to Eric and I with their blessings and well wishes. Another unique element to me, was how our love for music shined, we had a beautiful classical acoustic guitar soloist play our ceremony, an amazing vocalist and guitar player during dinner, and a special DJ that did not miss a beat all night!
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The smoothness of the evening thanks to our wedding coordinator, Chante!!! Once again the amazing talent that was show cased at our wedding!
What are your favorite memories from the day? Getting ready with my bridesmaids and our mothers. Walking down the aisle with my father, seeing Eric’s face, and trying to control my emotions. How much love we felt as we introduced as husband and wife and the little dance we did walking down the grand stair case to “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Our first dance to Stoney Larue’s “Us Time” we were there for his live debut performance of that song and we just knew it was the one! Our great send off with all of our loved ones lighting up the way with sparklers, those pictures came out amazing! The surprise of my dad’s pickup truck decorated with Mr. and Mrs. written in shoe polish and handmade cans hanging from the hitch!!
What are your plans for the future? Eric and I will continue with our careers: with his passion for trucks working at Planet Pickup and playing music and mine of beautifying the city as I am a local makeup artist and making other brides have that special feeling I had while being pampered and getting ready! We definitely see babies in our near future and hope to pass on our talents in the arts to them!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Do your research, visit places, ask for tasting and trials, and make sure you LOVE what you pick! Take your time planning and I absolutely recommend a coordinator because there is a lot that goes into a wedding that you don’t think of as a guest!
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