Milena Pedraza-Fernandez and Israel Saldivar
How did you meet? Israel lived in the apartment right under me. In July of 2012, my restroom had a major leak that destroyed his ceiling. He came to let me know and that's how we met. Love really did knock at my door!
Tell us about the proposal: I graduated with my Master's degree in December of 2016. We planned a Vegas trip with friends since a couple of us had graduated and turned 30. Israel knows that I love the Grand Canyon, so he booked a helicopter ride and picnic to the Grand Canyon as a "graduation gift" and proposed to me by the river.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? I love flowers. Everything I own is floral print! My Grandma also had a love for flowers. That inspired me. We are both real happy people, so we wanted a colorful wedding that reflected our happiness and joy.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? Kendall Plantation was love at first sight and the owner Kristin was so nice and helpful. We loved that it had both a beautiful ceremony area and reception hall. The vendors we chose were mostly from Kristin's list. We met Four40 at a wedding show and found Ashley Medrano Photography by accident! Best accident ever!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We added a little bit of each of our cultures and home countries, Mexico and Colombia. My uncle and cousin played Colombian music, our party favors were from Colombia and the sweets table was Mexican candy. We included most of our family in all the pieces of the wedding.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Everything was beautiful. The ceremony was what we both loved the most.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Preferred vendors lists are there for a reason! Book a photographer whose style you really love. Plan in advance and always tell your vendors your vision and your plan. Don't expect people to know what you want, they can't read your mind! You only get married once. Don't be afraid to spend a little more on things that are important to you and your groom.
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