How did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend. She and I went to graduate school together, but she grew up with him. One day she told me she knew a guy that I needed to meet. So, we met at Max’s Wine Dive and he was so funny and kind! Then he ordered a really great bottle of wine and that’s when I knew we had a very promising future!
Tell us about the proposal:
He proposed in Boerne under the gazebo. It was December 29, so there were still Christmas lights out, and it was just us. He had broken his knee cap 2 months prior, but still managed to get down on one knee and ask me to spend the rest of my life with him!
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day?
The Dominion is already beautiful so we wanted the decor to complement the venue, but we also added some of our personality to it. Overall, we wanted our wedding vibe to feel like us- happy, fun, and in love! For the layout, we used only one dining area, instead of two, to create a more intimate space for our guests to interact. We kept the lighting warm for a romantic touch. We had several personal aspects as well, including a displayed painting that was created for and given to us as a wedding gift. It is titled “Two Hearts in One” and the artist was in attendance which made it extra special!
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did?
Elliott’s dad has been a member at Dominion Country Club since it opened- Elliott had his first haircut there! We had our first date there, and have spent a lot of time there as a couple; it’s a very special place for us. We did not look at any other venues because we wanted to add our wedding day to the memories we already have at Dominion. All of the vendors we chose came highly recommend from friends and they were all amazing! We had the absolute best vendors!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
The most special thing about our wedding was that my dad married us. He walked me down the aisle, then proceeded with the ceremony that was very personal and tailored to us. One of my favorite things was our baby’s breath arch. I had only seen it on social media, but I loved the soft, romantic look it provided at the alter and during the reception. Our ring bearers rang bells for us before I walked down and after we were pronounced. We also had bells on our cake. I love the sweet tradition of bells at a wedding and am glad we were able to incorporate it since we weren’t wed in a church. Our guest book was a 3-liter bottle of champagne. We had stickers for guests to write and attach their toast to the newlyweds.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations?
The whole day did; it was everything I dreamed it would be and so much more! Specifically, though, our day of coordinator Krista, with A Significant Event, was unbelievable. We only had her the day of, but she went above and beyond- met with us multiple times before the wedding to make sure things would run smoothly day of. She kept everything on schedule, made sure my lip gloss was always touched up, and even had our late-night taco truck food boxed up for us to take to our hotel after the wedding! The food at Dominion was delicious at the tasting, but I knew it would be difficult to maintain the day of because it was a beef filet with a seabass filet entree plated for over 150 people. However, all of our guests raved about the food! Our DJ/ MC was also amazing - he was so fun, dancing ALL NIGHT while playing music that kept everyone on the dance floor.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding?
Use all of the vendors we used; our vendors were amazing! On a more practical note, your wedding is about you and your significant other, but it’s also a party for your family and friends. I think it’s important to include elements that you and your spouse love, but also take into consideration those in attendance. For example, my (now!) husband and I thought about choosing a more exotic dinner option, but we knew most of our guests weren’t very adventurous eaters, so we chose a meal that was sure to satisfy everyone. We allowed people to request songs, but we also gave our DJ a do not play list because there were a few songs that we didn’t want to hear. We had drinks flowing and people dancing all night, so we surprised our guests with a taco truck, coffee service, and plenty of water at the end of the evening!
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