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Mexican Flair at the Jack Guenther Pavilion

Veronica & Kyle

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    Mexican Flair at the Jack Guenther Pavilion

    Veronica Vargas & Kyle Shoup

    How did you meet? It was summer of 2013 in Chicago. I was a regular at Richards Bar and was catching up with another regular, Marwin, when Kyle comes walking by. Marwin grabs Kyle and says, "You two have to meet, this is one real good guy, you would get along great." Kyle immediately introduced himself. When he was leaving, I grabbed his phone, entered my number and told him to call an uber. The next day, he texted asking if I was the girl I met or his uber driver. Needless to say, the rest is history. e met while we were in college. We actually have two different stories as to how we met. Jason says that I left him on the dance floor, but I don't remember that ever happening. I remember us meeting when I was dating one of his best friends and we all hung out.

    Tell us about the proposal: Any opportunity I get to bring Kyle to experience the holidays San Antonio style, I jump at the chance. For New Year's Eve, my sister hosted a downtown party and Mariachi Jazmin arrived near midnight. It was not until the clock struck midnight when we were all watching the fireworks go off that Kyle had the mariachis play one last song and then dropped to one knee. With fireworks, my family and friends all around, I said "Absolutely!" 

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? The design needed to be a balance between Kyles clean, modern aesthetic and my Mexican flair. We settled on white papel picado touches throughout the venue and fresh greenery for our florals. U Our cake topper and table numbers were also papel picado. 

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We picked the Jack Gunther Pavilion for its sleek, modern aesthetic and location on the riverwalk. A majority of our guest were flying in, so it was important to us that they felt like they'd been whisked away for a complete experience and not just another wedding.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Instead of a huge wedding party, we made one of our closest friends our officiant. Kyle's oldest friend translated oru ceremony for my Spanish speaking family. Kyle's cousin, Brandon Faris composed all of our music for the ceremony on his ukulele.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The most important thing to me was that everyone enjoyed the day as much as I knew we would. Coordinating a wedding from out of town can be a challenge, but once my planner was on board, I only had to enjoy the day. 

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Take advantage of our beautiful downtown and its walkability to everything. For vendors, do  your homework, check the reviews and limit the amount of vendors you consider. It can get overwhelming, so only look for the top five or less in each category. 

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