Erica Keever & Vince Callender
Hometowns: Pineville, LA & Ennis, TX
How did you meet? Vince is a pilot for Southwest Airlines and I am a flight attendant for Southwest. I met him in San Antonio on an overnight for work. We began getting to know one another better and eventually started dating. We dated approximately one year before Vince proposed.
Tell us about the proposal. My two sisters, Valerie and Vanessa, are both flight attendants and we fly together as much as possible. On March 28, 2016, my sisters snuck Vince into the cockpit on our flight. We were on flight 1 to Houston from Dallas at 6 a.m. I had no idea he was on our plane, as he had plans to fly to Atlanta that day to visit his parents, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw his smiling face emerge from the cockpit. I was slightly confused at first but began to get extremely nervous as he began speaking over the intercom for the entire plane to hear. He explained to the people that the three flight attendants on board were all sisters and I happened to be his girlfriend. He asked me to come up to the front of the plane so I did and he proposed to me in front of 143 passengers at 30,000 feet in the air. It was a very magical morning. We were both excited beyond belief.
What were some of the unique details from your day? Vince is a huge LSU fan and that is where he got the idea for the groom's cake. We had our cake topper custom made to look like us in our Southwest uniforms. We wanted our wedding to be very classy but rustic in a way. I carried a handkerchief that was made for me by my cousin. She made it out of a piece of the wedding dress my mother wore on her own wedding day. That was my something old. My maid of honor bought me a locket that clipped to the front of my flower arrangement that had trinkets inside that represented my marriage—that was my something new. My something borrowed was a pearl necklace from my mother. And my something blue was a sexy new pair of unmentionables for my new hubby after the wedding (worn under my wedding dress, of course).
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? Vince actually picked Castle Avalon because it was close to where we met and he thought it was fitting to marry his princess in a castle! Susan at Castle Avalon was fantastic—she helped make my day perfect! The grounds looked great, the ballroom was beautiful. Heavenly Gourmet's food was amazing! They did such a great job—it was well-worth it to have cater and we would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married in San Antonio. The Exclusive Cake Shop did a wonderful job on our cakes! Vince is a huge LSU fan and we showed them a picture of what we wanted and they did not let us down. Besides looking fantastic, the cakes were delicious!! Spring Garden Flower Shop did amazing with our arrangements! I described what my ideas were for the tables and she created pieces that were just breathtaking! Not only did they look beautiful, the ballroom smelled wonderful!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Make time to visit different vendors. There are so many options and people to help you find the right vendors for your wedding. All the vendors we chose did a fantastic job and I would recommend them to anyone having any event!
What are your favorite memories from the day? Everything! The entire day was perfect! I especially loved our final dance where it was just Vince and I right before we left the castle through our guests holding sparklers. We had the opportunity to just hold each other in the quiet and relish in the fact that we were now husband and wife forever.
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