Erika Brady & Mark Henderson
How did you meet? We met through a mutual friend on a blind date for Mark’s high school senior homecoming. Mark went to an all-boys Catholic school while I went to a public school. He was so nervous when he saw me he was shaking. But I thought he was a true gentleman.
Tell us about the proposal. On the day of my graduation from UTSA, Mark took me to the Japanese Tea Gardens and proposed under the waterfall. His brother hid and caught it all on camera!
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Once we saw the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s conservatory area, we knew it was a perfect combination of “art and architecture” -- just like our college degrees and professional careers.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We are both nature lovers, with simple tastes. Since we had family coming from all over the United States we wanted the “wow factor.” The Botanical Garden is very unique. We sought vendors who would work with us. Both Anne Marie’s Catering and Cathy’s cakes were chosen—they impressed us the most.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We had a bagpiper, Sue Brannon, who led the procession down the stairs. We made hand-painted birdhouses to give as favors, and Mark made a block print of the conservatory to send as a thank you gift. We also recognized departed relatives with a table of framed photos.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The officiant, Father Mike Mayhan was great—he suggested a rose ceremony to recognize our mothers and a tree planting ceremony as a symbol of unity. The San Antonio Botanical Garden wedding venue manager Shimeyka really went above and beyond to help us make our wedding extra special. She was very professional and reliable.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? It’s your day—make decisions that make your wedding uniquely yours. Also, we decided to use “Honeyfund” to raise money for our dream European honeymoon. We were able to designate what each amount of money would be used for, such as the Louvre Art Museum, or the Eiffel Tower. People enjoyed paying for an experience. We personally chose adventure over material items.
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