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Love at St. George Maronite

Daniela & Alex

Photography by: Ashley Medrano Photography / Wedding Date : November 11
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    Love at St. George Maronite

    Daniela Alejandra Rios and Alexander Hernandez

    How did you meet? Alex and I met six years prior to the proposal. We met through mutual friends at a Halloween party in 2011 and after I gave him a little chase (ladies, you know how it is!) we went our first date two weeks later.

    Tell us about the proposal: For our fifth anniversary, Alex suggested we recreate our first date, so after dinner we took a night stroll down Hemisphere Park and walked up to one of the center fountains directly under The Tower of the Americas. I turned to face him and there he was down on one knee!

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Alex and I both wanted to incorporate our Mexican heritage while doing something neither one of our families or friends had ever seen. We imported as many items as possible from Mexico to give our wedding an authentic feel and being so close to the border it made it much easier! To add some elegance to the wedding, Osvaldo Martinez of the St. George Marionite Center helped us incorporate embroidered and sequin linens.

     

     Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We chose the St. George Maronite because we wanted to deal with one vendor for as many wedding elements as possible. St. George organized things like a customized menu with decorations, linens and florals, and the venue has a beautiful courtyard which served as the best background for our formal pictures.

    We selected Ashley Medrano for our photographer after seeing her portfolio. Her work speaks for itself!

    St. George Maronite also offered a “day-of” coordinator who handled the coordination of vendor arrivals and their set-up times. Osvaldo Martinez was our coordinator and he is also the Assistant Event Director for The Phoenician Ballroom.

    Osvaldo provided exceptional service by always being in contact with us throughout the wedding planning and for coordinating the events during our wedding day; he helped us create a timeline which allowed us to make the most of our allotted time. Osvaldo executed all our ideas and more, since neither one of us had seen a “Vintage Mexican” wedding. We were in constant communication throughout the 18 months it took to plan our wedding. He was receptive and courteous of our budget and ideas.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Our centerpieces! These were imported from Jalisco, Mexico, through a local vendor called Mexico Lindo Artesanias located a short drive from 1604 & Bandera Rd. across Old Town Helotes. The centerpieces were hand painted in Mexico and are double-use - they can also be used to cook.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The table setups, the way the pottery meshed with the sequin linens and mauve roses intertwined with greenery.

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Choose one vendor for many items, dealing with one person was ideal! Also, READ, READ, READ reviews and ASK any questions. This is your day!

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