Melissa Konstanzer & Brad Trevino
Hometowns: San Antonio
How did you meet? Brad and I have known each other for a few years through mutual friends but never imagined what our relationship would become. In January 2014, while I was on a business trip and he was on his way to Mexico, we ran into each other on the 6 a.m. flight to Dallas. We said our hellos and went our separate ways. Then, like every year for my birthday, I went to Wild West with some friends and ended up seeing Brad again. He bought me a celebratory drink and again we went our separate ways. Same sad story in May at a Josh Abbott concert. For the 4th of July, I went to our friend Josh's house and little did I know that night would change my life forever. At about midnight, just as I was about to leave, my future husband stumbled into the party. After a little convincing (and lots of liquid courage), my sister gave him the little push he needed to ask me to dinner and the rest is history!
Tell us about the proposal. Brad's sister Stephanie had called me the week of Christmas and invited my mom and I to a “luncheon” at Canyon Springs the day after Christmas with her and Brad's mom Norma. Norma met my mom and I outside and said we had to wait on Steph to bring us the tickets to the luncheon. After about 10 minutes, Norma led me to a golf cart and told me I was going on a little ride. As we turned the corner by the water fountain, I saw Brad standing there looking so handsome in his suit. It felt like a million steps getting to him and all I could muster once I got there was: "What is going on?!" (even though I CLEARLY knew)! After saying everything a girl dreams of hearing in that moment, Brad got down on one knee and asked me to become his wife! We shared a champagne toast by the waterfall and went back to the clubhouse where our closest friends and family we're waiting to celebrate with us.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? I’ve always known I wanted to get married in the Spring and that I wanted several different shades of pink. After going to several bridal shows, searching all through Pinterest, and looking through thousands of magazines, I found the perfect bouquet. It was full of corals and pinks but with a beautiful succulent that added a small hint of turquoise. Once I knew the colors I wanted, deciding the rest of the details was a piece of cake!
How did you choose your venue and vendors? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the type of girl who had my wedding planned when I was 5 years old. I knew exactly what I was looking for. When we walked into The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls, Brad and I just looked at each other and knew this was the venue where we would get married. I know I’m biased, but I really do feel as though we had the BEST vendors. They went above and beyond to make this day completely unforgettable.
What was the most trying part of the planning process? To be completely honest, I didn’t find one bit of the planning process to be stressful. I was such a lucky bride to have a groom who wanted to be a part of the whole process with me. He went to every tasting, every meeting with vendors, and did it with the sweetest smile on his face because he knew I wanted him to be there. That in itself relieved every bit of stress because we were doing it all together.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We have gone to so many weddings where the couples just follow tradition because you’re supposed to, but I wanted to make sure we did things the way we wanted to. Rather than having a guest book, my dad made us a beautiful personalized rustic piece that we could hang in our home. All our guests signed it and we get to look at it every day. We also did a unity cross rather than unity candles during our ceremony. We had our moms bring us the pieces that symbolize us as individuals so we could put them together as husband and wife. It’s displayed on our bookshelf in the living room. For the reception, we chose to do stations for dinner and allow our guests to choose between several different options. We served everything from beef tenderloin to shrimp paninis to a pasta bar. We also handed out personalized shot glasses during the toast with our signature cocktails in them rather than champagne.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? This experience was one that I’ll never forget. To plan a wedding for more than a year and finally see your dream come to life, all of it exceeded my expectations! There were a few times where I questioned the choice I made in certain decisions but I am so glad I stuck with what I originally wanted.
What are your favorite memories from the day? Our wedding is a day that will forever be embedded in my heart. I’m sure every bride feels this way, but I couldn’t have dreamt of a more beautiful wedding than the one Brad and I got to have. Our biggest priority was to just soak it all in and enjoy every moment of the day because we kept hearing how quickly the day would fly by. The moment I stepped out from behind the double doors to walk towards my soon-to-be husband was by far my favorite memory of the day. I passed by 180 of our closest friends and family and the only person I saw was Brad.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? There are so many incredible vendors in San Antonio but do your research to find the one that suits you best. Once you make a decision, don’t second guess yourself. You only get to experience this once, so enjoy every moment and remember the reason you’re doing it!
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