Kristina Guadiano and John Bertels
How did you meet? Believe it or not, we met on a dating site. We both thought we would never actually meet someone, but had our first date a few months after our initial conversation. I reached out to him first and when he asked me a couple of times to go on a date I declined. Finally, I said yes. On our first date he took me to a sushi restaurant, one of his favorite foods and I had never had it! And if you know me, I'm not one to try new things. That's kind of how I knew something was different. We just clicked. I think we definitely took each other by surprise. But darn it, it has been the best surprise ever!
Tell us about the proposal: Kilian proposed to me at Comanche Lookout Park. He had taken me there on one of our first dates to watch the sunset. The day before my birthday, July 20, 2017, we went to dinner with my family. Little did I know he had already asked my dad for my hand in marriage and my family was aware he would be proposing! After dinner, we all took a walk up the hill to watch the sunset. He grabbed my hands and started expressing his feelings. I was nervous and not sure what was going on, I thought he was joking. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He knew I would want my family there and he made that dream come true!
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? As soon as Kilian proposed, I knew what kind of wedding I wanted. I knew I wanted an outside ceremony, in the open hill country. An inside reception with chandeliers. I knew I wanted something slightly different so I tied all the things I love together. I love rustic and I love vintage! I love lace and burlap so I incorporated those things. When it came time to picking our invitations, I decided to make my own. I went with Kraft paper, which reminded me of burlap, and doily's, which gave the lace look and tied it together with twine. And I made our wedding programs to match our invitations.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? I'm very fond of Boerne and the Hill Country, so when we went to visit The Milestone at Boerne I instantly knew this was the venue! I loved everything about it. The stairs, the chandelier, the aisle, the waterfall, the view! The venue included a bridal and groom suite, which made it convenient for us to prepare for our big day.
When it came to Abi Perez (Cupcake Photography) and Chantel Aboytes (Elite Event Planning), when we first met them I felt very comfortable. I can be shy sometimes so one thing I wanted in a photographer was that comfort, she provided that for me. It was the same with Chantel. She is easy going, easy to talk to and has good energy. It was just like being around a friend. When meeting our vendors I wanted to feel that confidence that we would be taken care of. And I did.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Our center pieces! We decided not to have the traditional center pieces and went with crates, liquor bottles and pearls instead. We also chose to use mini pub-style glasses for our toast instead of champagne flutes. We personalized the glasses with our names and our bridal party's names and titles, which provided extra love!
For the boutonnieres, we had bullet shells with twine wrapped around and flowers. Our wishing well was a mini white barrel. I also made the flower basket that my niece Moxie, our flower girl, held while walking down the aisle. I wore my mothers veil, which meant so much to me! Last but definitely not least, my grandfather married us!
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Honestly, everything! When I walked out of my bridal room for the first time and saw the amazing job Chantel did, I was in awe. When I took a walk to see the chandelier hanging in the tree with the couch and trunk, I loved it! There was nothing that I did not like, would change or that I was not happy with. It was just how I imagined it. I chose every detail for my wedding and to see it all come together was simply beautiful and breathtaking. I was and still am totally in love with my wedding! It was truly rustic meets vintage.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Don't settle for anything less than what you want! This is your wedding! Be confident in your vendors and having a good relationship with them is a plus! You want to be able to look around on your wedding day and have your heart full.
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