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Romantic Mexican Fiesta at McNay

Stephanie & Byron

Photography by: Wilson Parish Photography / Wedding Date : June 20
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  • Bar Service & Caterer: Fresh Horizons Creative Catering
  • Bride & Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: Madame Make-up & Hair
  • Reception Venue: McNay Art Museum
  • Rentals & Décor: Marquee Event Rentals
  • Bride's Dress Shop: Patsy's Bridal Boutique
  • Bridesmaids' Dress Shop: Nordstrom Wedding Suite
  • Cake: H-E-B
  • Ceremony Venue: St. Mark's Episcopal Church
  • Florist: John Romo
  • Guest Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
  • Photographer: Wilson Parish Photography
  • Reception Musicians: Uptown Drive
  • Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Alamo
  • Transportation: Elegant Limousines
  • Wedding Planner: Royalty Events Planning

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    Romantic Mexican Fiesta at McNay

    How did the two of you meet?  Byron and I met through mutual friends while at Texas Christian University. We hung out several times before discovering we were both going on the same environmental science study abroad trip to Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, Byron kept asking me out. At first, I declined, but I quickly realized he was not going to give up. I finally agreed to go on a date with him, and it was the best date I had ever been on! I’m sure being in Costa Rica didn’t hurt, but I quickly got to see the thoughtful, sweet, romantic side of Byron I had not seen before. We had dinner at a place called Ron’s, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at sunset. Byron always jokes that, "The best way to get a date with a pretty girl is to take her to a beautiful, non-English speaking country, and your odds go way up!"

    How did he propose? After dating for nearly eight years, Byron proposed in Costa Rica. He and his brother went fishing and Byron told me we had to go eat dinner at a restaurant in another town because they were cooking his catch. The restaurant was beautiful, high up on a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I had mentioned to his brother that my mom really wanted a good picture of my sister and me for her birthday, so Byron suggested we walk out to the cliff at sunset so his brother could take some pictures. After my sister and I took pictures, Byron’s brother said he would take a picture of Byron and me. I had no idea it was coming when he dropped down to one knee! I was totally surprised! He proposed with his great-great-grandmother's ring. After the proposal, we headed back to the restaurant where we had a beautiful table decorated with flowers and candles. We are both very close with our siblings so it was all too perfect that they were there to celebrate with us!

    What three characteristics made you fall for your husband? His intellect, sense of humor, and huge heart!

    What was the inspiration behind the design of your wedding? Byron and I love Mexico and considered having the wedding there. However, we ultimately decided to use Mexico as our inspiration and have the wedding where I grew up in San Antonio. We wanted our wedding to have all the bright colors reminiscent of the Mexican culture as well as the romance a Mexican Hacienda evokes. The McNay was the perfect backdrop for our “Mexican Hacienda Fiesta." We fell in love with the Spanish architecture and the colorful hand-painted tiles at the museum. We also loved that the Leeper auditorium was a blank canvas for us to transform! Bright florals in loose romantic arrangements and vineyard furniture helped us create the elegance and romance of a Mexican hacienda.

    How did you decide on the vendors you chose? Most of our vendors were recommened by our coordinator. The band was extremely important to us so Byron and I spent lots of time searching the internet and watching YouTube videos to find a band we liked.

    What was the most trying part of the planning process? I found several things to be challenging during the planning process. First, Byron and I live in Fort Worth and I completely underestimated how challenging planning a wedding from afar would be! Secondly, I was not only working but was also in school for my MBA so finding the time for wedding planning was tough. I quickly became overwhelmed in the early stages of planning and making decisions was taking way too long. That is when Trudy from Royal Events Planning stepped in and made the process so much more efficient and fun! Her experience in the industry helped and her network of vendors took the guesswork out of planning a wedding from a different city. She also helped us make the most of the weekends that we were in San Antonio by setting up several vendor visits so we could minimize the number of times we had to come to town.

    Did either of you have a bride/groomzilla moment? Not really. We are both really laid-back.

    What element of the wedding exceeded your expectations? The way all the little details came together exceeded my expectations! Trudy did a fantastic job helping make sure the evening had a cohesive look and feel. I am the type of person who will get a picture in my head but have a hard time putting it into words. Trudy was able to somehow take the picture in my head and make it come to life. I am pretty eclectic and she made sure all the special little details were executed in a way that fit in with the overall vision.

    What was your favorite memory of the day? This is a hard one. I would have to say the first look. I am really glad we decided to do a first look. We had been so busy the whole weekend leading up to that moment that it was amazing to take a few special moments to ourselves before we walked down the aisle. Everything leading up to that moment was very surreal. It wasn’t until the first look that it really hit us that it was our wedding and we were about to become husband and wife. Another favorite memory was dancing with our guests and seeing everyone have a good time. Even my 85-year-old grandfather was up dancing with us!

    If you'd been a guest attending your wedding, how would you have described it? It was totally me and Byron. Fun! Friends have told us it was like something from a fairytale or a movie! They loved the unexpected touches like the Spanish guitarist during cocktail hour, the hand-painted maracas, the boxes of chocolates made by Byron’s great aunt, and the ice cream bar!

    Besides marrying the love of your life, what was the most important part of the day? Spending it with him. Most of our friends are married so we had many people giving us advice, but the best advice anyone shared with us was to try and spend as much time as possible together during the big day. We stayed by each other’s side almost the whole night and truly got to share the experience together. We really tried to create special moments together throughout the night so that it would not just be a big blur.

    What are your plans for the future? Our plans for the future involve lots of travel! We love experiencing the world together and are focusing on creating goals in life that will allow us to travel.

    What advice do you have for brides and grooms planning a San Antonio wedding? Try not to get overwhelmed in the early stages! I remember looking at a checklist and wondering how I was going to get everything done. Luckily, I had a great coordinator who made selecting the right vendors easy! When things get stressful, just remember what the day is all about! Let that be the focus of your planning and everything else will fall into place. 

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