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A Timeless Winter Wedding at The Witte

Amy & Brian

Photography by: Lauren Cowart Photography
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    A Timeless Winter Wedding at The Witte

    Amy McClellon & Brian Hill

    How did you meet? Brian and I originally met through a mutual friend during Game 7 of the 2013 NBA finals. Brian stopped working for the Spurs in January 2013, and I started in April of the same year. Unbeknownst to either of us, our friend Luke invited Brian to the game with the intention of setting us up. We hit it off rather quickly, but mid-conversation, Brian was swept away by old co-workers wanting to catch up. I didn't intend on waiting around for him, so I went to my seat to watch the rest of the game. Fast forward a month to a 4th of July party, and Brian approached me. Again, we hit it off, exchanged numbers and have been inseparable since!

    Tell us about the proposal. My mom passed away when I was 16 years old, and my dad and I are extremely close. Knowing that, Brian contacted my dad months ahead of time and the two planned for my dad to fly in from North Carolina to surprise me during Thanksgiving weekend. That's my mom's birthday and can sometimes be a difficult time for me. Brian and my dad picked me up from my apartment, and we headed to his mom's house where his parents and little brother were. Before eating, Brian asked to show me some of the work he'd done for his mom in her backyard. We got out there and he started pointing out flowers he'd helped plant, the new furniture, etc., which I thought was strange, so I turned to head back in after seeing it all. I turned back around to see if he was joining me and he was down on one knee. He shared how thankful he was to have me in his life and proposed to me with the ring my dad used to propose to my mom. After a few happy tears, we came in for a champagne toast.

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Honestly, I went to my college roommate's winter wedding in Memphis, TN a few years ago and that wedding has always stood out to me. It was so chic and the cold weather made it feel like more of an "event" than any wedding I'd ever attended. I wanted to try to recreate that feeling for our guests, especially since over 85% of them were coming from out of town. I love dark, neutral colors, so I thought the winter theme with gold, black, white and a touch of ice blue would help create the atmosphere I was looking for. Knowing that neutrals could potentially become boring, Lisa and Michelle at Haute Weddings, were wonderful with suggesting different textural elements to spice things up. In the end, my goal was to create a design that would be ethereal, memorable and timeless.

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? Brian actually chose our venue. I am extremely Type A and knew I wanted an indoor wedding in an effort to not stress over something I had no control over. With that said, Brian LOVES cool crisp air and natural settings. The Mays Family Center met all of our major requirements in that it's a great setting for a Black Tie event. Its large windows provide a wonderful view of the river and the indoor event space enabled me to have one less detail to stress about.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? I think one of the most unique elements of our wedding came in the form of our first dance. I was in a professional tap ensemble growing up, so I knew I wanted to include jazz music and tap dancing if I could, without being cheesy. We ended up having Mario from Arthur Murray Dance Center choreograph a dance for us. He and I actually carved out a section for Brian and I to do couple of time steps and other tap moves to a beautiful jazz song (There is No Greater Love) which Joe Caruso and his band performed to perfection. We included other personal elements like transitioning from our band to our DJ by playing 'Jump Around'—the tip-off song played before UNC basketball games—in an effort to honor both my alma mater and the sport that brought us together.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Where to start!? I can't think of a single thing about that day that didn't exceed my expectations. From Annette at Luxe Salon pampering my friends and me all morning, to my photographer, Lauren Cowart, going above and beyond on our wedding photos. RK Groups food and SERVICE was worth every penny, and our florist, Angie with Evember, took my vision and made it more than I could've hoped for. Joe Caruso's band sounded like an absolute dream and our DJ was fantastic. Growing up dancing and being on UNC's dance team made a full dance floor an absolute must for me. There wasn't an empty spot on the floor the whole night. I know all of this is a direct result of the out-of-this-world job that Haute Weddings did.

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Hire a planner, have a vision and work together! The planning process is one of the most exciting and most stressful projects Brian and I have ever done together. Lisa and Michelle with Haute Weddings did an amazing job cutting through the clutter and pin-pointing our priorities/vision. They advised us to have an idea of what we wanted and pictures to share before every vendor consultation. That was such wonderful advice that helped make our appointments smoother.

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