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Hollywood Glamour at the Westin Riverwalk

Melissa & Joel

Photography by: Ryan Hamilton Photography / Wedding Date : May 20
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    Hollywood Glamour at the Westin Riverwalk

    Melissa Trott & Joel Cavazos

    Hometowns: San Antonio, TX

    How did you meet? Joel and I met on Zoosk in November of 2015. I was on the site less than 24hrs when I came across Joel’s page. I thought he was cute so I sent him a “wink” and he sent me a message shortly after that—he was actually the only guy I talked to on that site. We’d been messaging for a bit when he asked where I worked and we discovered that I worked with his cousin—she’d actually been a good friend of mine for years. That connection was the only thing that gave me the confidence to actually go on a first date with Joel, and I’m so grateful for it.

    Tell us about the proposal. Joel and I were in Los Angeles visiting his brother in September of 2016. We had one day to ourselves so we drove to Santa Monica, spent the day at the pier and then went to Zuma Beach. When we got there, Joel set up his phone and camera to get a picture of us with the self-timer—which is a normal thing for us, so I didn’t think anything of it. Turns out, he was setting up a video and as soon as he got back next to me he dropped to his knee and proposed. It was absolutely perfect and I’m so happy that we will have that video forever!

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Joel and I both wanted a classy, elegant event that was different from today’s common rustic-themed wedding. We decided to go back to the old tradition of having a hotel ballroom reception and incorporate a little bit of Hollywood glam since Joel is a filmmaker. 

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We stumbled upon The Westin Riverwalk when another hotel pushed our walkthrough back by an hour. We were both overwhelmed by the elegance and grandeur of the Westin. It was the sleek look we were hoping for and even more glamorous than we could have imagined.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? To help tie in the Hollywood feel we had a red carpet with a step and repeat for our photo booth to help it feel like you were at a movie premiere.  The self-playing piano at the top of the stairs played piano only versions of popular songs from movies.  I also ordered custom directors chairs for Joel and I to use at the head table.  To really kick off the party our DJ shot off confetti canons onto the dance floor about two songs in.  And our favors were timely red Trump-inspired hats that read “Make a Marriage Great Again.” Regardless of party affiliation everyone loved the hats and still send me pictures wearing them around town.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The cakes were beyond gorgeous and tasted even better. Nicolette with Chic Concepts went above and beyond with the flowers, décor and all her hard work.  She stayed in touch with me every step of the way to make sure it was our dream day. Rueben at the Westin was a God-send!  He was so helpful and surprised us with so many added treats the day of. I could not imagine my wedding without Rueben and Nicolette. Ryan Hamilton worked so hard to capture every moment of our wedding and Joel and I look back on those pictures almost every day.  I'm so grateful for the amazing shots he got to help us relive this incredible night.  DJ Ray was the best!  The dance floor was full at all times and he was extremely attentive to the energy of the crowd.  He even met with us the week of the wedding to get our song requests, but more importantly, the ones we didn’t want played!

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Our vendors were the greatest!  With their help, Joel and I had the wedding of our dreams. San Antonio has so many incredible venues and vendors so make sure whoever you choose to book is willing and able to maintain open communication, I promise, you will need that!

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