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A Classy Soiree

Kristen & Nick

Photography by: Ara Photography / Wedding Date : March 19
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    A Classy Soiree

    Kristen June Carroll & Nicholas Adam Guinn
    Hometowns: Marietta, GA & San Antonio

    How did you meet? 
    We met at the Flying Saucer after exchanging multiple correspondences the old fashioned way—online! A pint later, things were off to a great start, and we decided to go two-stepping at a nearby honky-tonk.

    Tell us about the proposal. 
Knowing how much I love the beach, Nick made plans for us to stay in Corpus Christi for Valentine's Day weekend. I had never been to Corpus and was excited to relax on the coast, even if it wasn't quite beach-going season. Nick suggested we get up early to walk on the beach and watch the sunrise Valentine’s Day morning. As we were walking down the shoreline, I noticed some lights off in the distance. Once we approached, I saw a display of candles spelling out "Will you marry me?” Nick quickly dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes! Nick had planned a surprise engagement party where our family and close friends were waiting to celebrate with us when we returned to San Antonio. I was so touched that Nick coordinated with my family so that they could fly to San Antonio and celebrate with us. Having both of our families there made the day incredibly special for us.

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Spring is my favorite season. Also, Nick and I share classic and conservative tastes. Gelling these interests together inspired our theme.

    How did you choose your venue and vendors? A friend previously told me about The Southwest School of Art. When we visited for the first time, we knew then and there it was perfect us. Our wedding planner Lisa Morales of Haute Weddings introduced us to great vendors who understood our vision.

    What was the most trying part of the planning process? Picking a venue. This is one of the most important decisions you make when planning. Choosing a venue impacts your guest count, decorations, and other variables you might not have considered at that stage in the planning process. Between juggling visits, preliminary pricing, and working full time, this step was incredibly stressful for us both and it's what ultimately led us to hire a wedding planner.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Sadly, Kristen’s grandmother passed away a few months before our wedding. As a way to remember her in the wedding, Kristen wrapped two of her charms around her bouquet. It was special for Kristen knowing she had a piece of her grandmother with her during our wedding. We also wanted to recognize Kristen’s grandfather, who passed away two years earlier. We used vintage stamps from his collection on our wedding invitations. I was ecstatic to wear a pair of gold cufflinks passed down from my grandfather that he had received as a gift from President Johnson in the 1960s. Additionally, one of our friends shared a fun table decoration idea that we incorporated. Each table had a photo of Kristen and I at the age corresponding to the table number. For example, Table 4 had photos of us when we were four year olds.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Our pastor Reverend Laurinda Kwiatkowski from University United Methodist Church did an amazing job personalizing our ceremony. She told stories about each of us and read excerpts from love letters we had written each other. We couldn't have asked for a more meaningful and special ceremony to say our "I dos" and begin our journey together as husband and wife. All of our vendors were wonderful and easy to work with, but Holly from Anne Marie’s Catering and our band really went above and beyond!

    What are your favorite memories from the day? The whole day was so incredible, it’s hard to choose just one! The ceremony, specifically seeing each other for the first time and our love letters to each other, was the most meaningful. We also had a blast dancing the night away with all of our family and friends!

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Nick: Plan the wedding you want! Try not to let other people dictate too much. Kristen: Choose a few things that are the most important to you and focus on those. And most importantly, remember your wedding is only one day, but your marriage is forever.

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