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Celebrating Forever at McNay

Christa & Mike

Photography by: David Sixt Photography / Wedding Date : March 12
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    Celebrating Forever at McNay

    Christa Acuna & Michael DiSerio

    How did you meet? Christa spent her last semester of college in Washington, DC, and was looking for a reporting job. One night she met Mike's friend, who said he knew just the person for her to network with. When she finally met Mike, no networking happened but the sparks were flying!

    Tell us about the proposal. Mike's goal was to plan something special without Christa finding out (she finds everything out). On November 1, 2014, there was already a big party planned for Christa's 25th birthday and her dad's 70th. Mike proposed with all of her beloved family in attendance.

    What was the inspiration behind your theme/design? Classic and elegant while emphasizing colorful San Antonio flare. The coral color palette at the McNay, dripping flowers, mariachis, dinner with a Latin twist, and late-night breakfast tacos (on homemade flour tortillas) wowed the out-of-town guests, many of whom had never been to San Antonio.

    What were some of the unique details from your day? The historic ceremony and reception venues. Keeping our wedding classic and elegant while incorporating Latin elements such as a mariachis, empanada, tostada and Mexican street corn hors d'oeuvres, and Fiesta flower crowns and sombreros for guests at the reception.

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We wanted venues and vendors that captured the history, culture, taste, and flare of San Antonio. The historic San Fernando Cathedral was where Christa was baptized. That fact, in addition to the history of the Cathedral and its central downtown location, helped us make our decision for the church. Secondly, McNay Art Museum is such a unique venue—when driving up to the venue, it has a wow-factor that is unmatched. It's almost as if you've left San Antonio and landed in Spain. Needless to say, it brought to life the Spanish flare we wanted. The courtyard was the perfect backdrop for our cocktail hour and the auditorium was spacious enough to accommodate our guests and was a great canvas for our colorful florals. The beautiful and historic art pieces at the museum were another bonus!

    In our vendors, we looked for uniqueness. What kind of unique experience could they give us and our guests who were traveling? That approach guided our wedding planner Stacey DeWine of Panache Event Group, who helped make our vision a reality and coordinated our day flawlessly. True Flavors provided a great dinner with Latin flavors—and nothing beats late-night breakfast tacos on homemade flour tortillas! Statue of Design designed a dramatic, dripping floral arrangement with every color in our palette. Mariachi Los Caporales put on an unforgettable performance for our guests, some of whom had never experienced this type of music before, and In10City kept the dance floor full all night long. And capturing it all was David Sixt Photography and videographer Jim Rough who provided us with beautiful and timeless photos and videos we'll value forever.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Our whole wedding was more than we could have ever imagined—it surpassed all our expectations. The energy at our reception is something we'll never forget.

    What are your favorite memories from the day? My favorite memories from that day were seeing my dad for the first time as a bride, seeing Mike for the first time as my dad walked me down the aisle, sitting with our entire immediate family and best man/maid of honor during dinner and enjoying every bite of our food, and our first dance as husband and wife. I also remember jamming out with inflatable guitars to "Don't Stop Believin'" at the end of the night. I don't think we've ever seen each other so happy, aside from the day Mike asked to marry me.

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding?
    General advice: The camera and videographer will follow you everywhere on your big day, but be sure to take mental snapshots and take in everything happening around you. Thirty years from now, hopefully you'll remember being walked down the aisle by a loved one or the look on your husband's face after he sees you for the first time, but one thing you are certainly not going to remember is if every last detail didn't turn out perfectly.

    Advice for a San Antonio-specific wedding: San Antonio has so much to offer. It's a historic city with so much warmth, energy, and color. Play that up in your wedding details when you can. Try to pick one detail that's unique to the city, whether it's swapping the traditional cocktail hour music for mariachis or reserving a wedding guestroom block at a hotel on the Riverwalk.

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