Kayla Thompson & Jose Saldivar
Hometowns: Eagle Pass, TX & Acuna, Coahuila, MX
How did you meet? Jose and I met at Eagle Pass High school in 2006. However, it wasn’t until 2014, through mutual friends, that we reconnected in San Antonio where we both graduated from UTSA. It was wonderful reconnecting after all those years and starting a beautiful friendship and relationship.
Tell us about the proposal. In 2015 we both started our careers as special education teachers, and this was our first holiday break from work. Joe surprised me with a pre-Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. While in Vegas, he planned a romantic gondola ride at the Venetian, where he proposed.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Joe and I are very laid back and love country music. We didn’t want our wedding to be stuffy or uncomfortable and Joe really wanted to wear Jeans and his cowboy hat! So we knew that a rustic, country-chic wedding was the right vibe for us.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? The landscape and location of The Oaks at Heavenly were the major selling points for us. We loved the beautiful Texas hill country backdrop and the unique rustic designs of the reception hall.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Keeping a balance of country/rustic and glam. Elegance and simplicity. Also, we wanted to keep the guest list to a minimum to create an intimate evening with only our closest friends and family to provide a comfortable atmosphere for fun, dancing and laughter.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Our photography and video blew our minds! We have not stopped receiving compliments! And looking at the photos and videos has allowed us to relive our special day over and over.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Set a realistic budget for the wedding YOU want. Look into prices for vendors before you set a budget, then after comparing vendors, decide what you want to spend per item. Also, read reviews from REAL brides! That was the most helpful thing I did when selecting vendors!
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