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Dancing in the Name of Love at The Union on Eighth

Rosita & John

Photography by: Vanessa Smith Photography
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  • Bride's Dress Shop: Two Fine Seams
  • Bride's/Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: Braid N'Hairpins Makeup & Hair
  • Bridemaids' Dress Shop: Azazie
  • Cakes: Casa Costa Bakery
  • Caterer: Lupe Tortilla
  • Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth
  • Decor, Rentals & Linens: Brushy Creek Events
  • Decorations: RM Silkscreen
  • DJ/Band: Full Scope Entertainment
  • Florist: I Love Floral Design
  • Guest Accommodations: Sweet Lemon Inn & College Street Cottages
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  • Mariachi & Reception Musicians: Los Lobos Mariachi
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  • Photo Booth: Booth by Mail
  • Photographer: Vanessa Smith Photography
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  • Videographer: Ruben Grafe Productions

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    Rosita & John

    How did you meet? The two met in Virginia when Rosita was touring graduate schools. John was a current student; Rosita was a prospective student. After the tour, they went their separate ways and lost touch. A year later, each of their paths led them back home to Texas. With the help of the magic that is LinkedIn, John learned that Rosita chose to go to UT and invited her out to reconnect. The rest is history.

    Tell us about the proposal. On March 4, 2018, Rosita went on a surprise scavenger hunt that ended where they shared their first kiss. This personalized puzzle hunt recreated their first few dates and it ended with a very special sunset surprise!

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Their wedding design was simple, but elegant. The couple selected a few focus materials that were meaningful to them and built a theme around it. John loves sustainably operated green outdoor spaces and Rosita likes to craft, so their ceremony was held in a cactus garden under an altar that Rosita built. Rows of farm tables filled the inside of the urban-industrial reception hall and were adorned with fresh eucalyptus garlands atop billowing cheesecloth runners that ran the length of the table. Candles were placed inside cut Topo Chico bottles that lined the tables and filled the entire hall with romantic flickering lights. Their wedding theme was a reflection of some of their favorite things—greenery, Topo Chico, Texas charm and a large dance floor filled with family and friends.

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? The two wanted an intimate wedding attended by friends and family. Since their families live in Fort Worth and Houston, they decided to have a pseudo destination wedding and chose a neutral Texas town loaded with small-town charm. They chose an urban-industrial wedding venue outside the historic Georgetown square because it blended historical character with modern day sophistication. Rosita fell in love with their vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, industrial lighting and giant windows. They believe in supporting local businesses, so each of their vendors, from the baker to the videographer, were chosen because they were Texas entrepreneurs. The couple even rented out locally-run cottages for their family and wedding party instead of opting for a nearby hotel chain.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Rosita and John are Topo Chico fanatics and used their recycled bottles as decorations and handed out tiny Topo bottles as favors. The venue had a really cool airstream on-site that they turned into a video recording booth.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Yes, everything did! Leading up to the big day, co-workers liked to share memorable moments from their wedding day or offer up (sometimes unsolicited, but always with love) wedding advice. A common piece of advice they repeatedly received was something akin to "Nothing will go as planned, so don't sweat the small stuff." Needless to say, the couple had a healthy dosage of reality leveling out their expectations as their big day approached. However, they were ready to face any uncertainty positively because they were determined to “not sweat the small stuff”. When the big day finally came, they were excited, but also hyper alert for the moment when things would go awry and they'd have to start solving problems on the spot. Fortunately, that moment never came! Not only did things go as planned but, from their perspective, everyone seemed so darn happy that it was hard to do anything but smile. It really was the best day ever.

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? If you’re planning/funding the wedding yourselves:Communicate early and often about what you each want. At the end of the day, it’ll be your wedding not your parent’s/family’s wedding. Nail down a budget and ruthlessly stick to it. If it’s important, it’ll be prioritized. And if it’s really important, you’ll be surprised with how creative you can get! Play to your strengths and stay organized! Is the groom better at rallying the troops and motivating people? Is the bride better at organizing the logistics? You’re a team now, so show the world how well you can work together! Grant each other grace. Hopefully, this is the first (and only) time you’ll get married, so don’t expect to be wedding planning experts! 

     

    The couples' wedding makeup/hair stylist, Ronee Aguilar of Braid N' Hairpins, said that this couple is a gem to be around. “Rosita was truly one of the sweetest and most organized bride's that I have worked with!" said Ronee. "It was an absolute joy to be a part of her special day!”

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