Katherine Crouch and Brandon Swain
How did you meet? Brandon and I met on a blind double date, set up by our younger siblings. We met in December of 2015 and were married less than a year later. It was an instant connection and we knew almost immediately that we would get married. We dated for eight months and were engaged for just four months!
Tell us about the proposal. Brandon proposed in August at Mission Espada. It was a quiet Sunday morning and he led me into the chapel of the mission. Candles were lit and music was playing as he got down on one knee to ask for my hand. Even though it was raining, it was a perfect day.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? We wanted a classic, timeless feel to our wedding. Our colors were whites, greenery, and accents of gold. With such a small wedding party, I knew we didn’t have enough people to incorporate lots of color. We both tend to gravitate towards neutrals; so white with the fresh greenery was the ideal palette for us.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We chose the venue because Brandon and I both found it independently from one another, each thinking it would be the perfect place. When we went out to the site, we fell in love with the rustic elegance and the people that we met. Additionally, the personalities of everyone we worked with were outstanding and they made us feel completely comfortable. Every vendor we used felt like a friend and this was an important factor for us.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
It was an honor because over 50% of our wedding guests came from out of town. We loved having a classic San Antonio theme with Lost Mission looking like a true mission and Don Strange bringing in a flair of Mexican food with items like the corn soufflé, margaritas, and avocado bar. It made it that much more special for our guests who weren’t familiar with San Antonio as a city. I feel like they got a great taste of who we are as a couple and of the city as well.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Although we did not want it at first, the fire wall at Lost Mission was amazing. It was a surprise for Brandon and I, planned by both of my parents. We look back at our pictures and love the atmosphere it created.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Our advice would be to start early! There are a few vendors who can get booked months (and even years) in advance. We lucked out because our wedding was on a Sunday, leaving many vendors available. When planning, make sure that you begin as quickly as possible and book the big things first!
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