Julia and Jeff
How did you meet? Jeff and I met online on OkCupid. We went on our first on November 5th. Jeff drove from Killeen, Texas as he is an officer in the Army was stationed at Fort Hood. We had an incredible first date and spent three hours at the restaurant talking, laughing and discovering so many similarities that we shared To name a few, both of our dad's are named Charles Lee, both are retired Military and both were born in March. My first date with Jeff was the best and most enjoyable date I had ever been on. Though it sounds cliche, I truly felt like I had known Jeff for years.
Tell us about the proposal: Jeff was getting ready to leave for a deployment to Kuwait. Before he left, Jeff took me to a local coffee shop in his hometown of Belton, Texas. Jeff knows how much I love coffee, and especially local places, so going here was a sweet surprise. We grabbed coffee and Jeff suggested we walk along side the river, which was lit up, had beautiful walking trails, greenery and geese. We made our way to a bench and sat down. Jeff grabbed my hand and then stood up, got down on one knee and said, "Julia, I love you so much and I want to spend the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?"
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? I wanted a wedding that was timeless and classic. The colors I chose were gold and white. With the help of my amazing wedding planner, Camilla Weeks (my mom), we waswereable to bring my ideas to life. She has impeccable taste and everything she liked, I went with...it was a no brainer. We chose white hydrangeas with greenery for the flowers. It was truly an elegant wedding!
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? The Westin Riverwalk for our reception venue was my mother's idea. She had planned multiple military balls there and had nothing but amazing things to say about the hotel, its staff, the ball room. When I went with her to tour the venue, I knew this was the place. The Westin Riverwalk is so timeless, with its architecture and decor. It was a beautiful.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? A unique aspect of our wedding was the lanterns as opposed to flowers on the pews, the saber arch and that it was a military wedding.
Jeff and I made our entry up the grand staircase accompanied by a mariachi band! That was a one of kind experience and it was a surprise to all of our guests. For our guest gifts, we had fortune cookies and customized matchbooks. We also gave a gift bag to all of our out of town guests, with a San Antonio/Texas theme.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Everything exceeded my expectations, from getting ready with my bridesmaids in the beautiful room The Westin provided for us to the band that had every single person on the dance floor. The ball room was so stunning, it left me speechless. It was truly a fairy tale wedding!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Enjoy the planning stages, because it truly goes fast and those are memories you will always have! Take your time with researching your vendors and meet with each vendor in person multiple times.
Remember, all the work, frustration, things not working well or going as planned, do not matter on your actual wedding day. Be present in the moment and be thankful, remember it is about who you are marrying, nothing else is more important than that.
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