How did you meet?
We met our junior year of college at Texas A&M University (Class of '15). We had a lot of mutual friends, but never crossed paths until 2013. We met because we were leaders in Fish Camp, a student organization. In fact, Tyler and I were paired together as Co-Chairs to run a camp of 24 counselors together. We were paired together because others thought we would get along- it appeared we could be good friends and work well together. I spent the majority of my time with Tyler that next year. and we became each other's best friend. Everybody could recognize our chemistry. Our friends actually joked we would get married one day. Eventually, after a year of best friendship, Tyler asked me out on a date.
Tell us about the proposal:
Our engagement was simple. Tyler proposed to me on the riverwalk in San Antonio on December 29. It was cold (my favorite weather), we were alone, and I was surprised. At the time, we had been dating for three years four months, (the same amount of time my parents dated before they got engaged) and we knew we would get married one day for a long time. I always told Tyler I wanted his proposal to be a surprise- in fact, he did such a good job surprising me that the first words I uttered, after the most joyful and heartfelt words Tyler had spoken, were "Tyler, what the heck?!". Of course my next words immediately following was "Yes". In hindsight, there were a lot of signs that Tyler was going to ask me to marry him that day, but I was so happy spending time with him (day hike, fancy dinner, then riverwalk) I didn't even notice!
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding?
We wanted our wedding to be classic, somewhat minimal, with a splash of green/flowery. Interior decorating is a hobby of mine, so the aesthetic of the building was really important for me to carry out my "theme". Simple elegance!
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did?
The venue speaks for itself. The Chandelier of Gruene is beautiful. I wanted an elegant and simple building and was specifically drawn by the distressed brick and white drapes. The functionality of the venue worked with the kind of reception I wanted and the property was ideal for photos. After several tastings with several caterers, Heavenly Gourmet proved to be the tastiest -our guests were delighted by the meal! Heavenly Gourmet is high quality food and service for a reasonable price. Julie is great to work with. I wouldn't change my decision and highly recommend them. Power Sounds was a recommendation from our coordinator as well as the DJ we initially wanted who was booked. After a warm, natural, and exciting phone conversation with Power Sounds, we knew we could trust them. Power Sounds kept the dance floor packed all night and were very accommodating with our very specific cocktail hour and dinner playlist. The events throughout the night were very smooth and Power Sounds was a lot of fun! We chose Serendipity cakes because Kami makes the best wedding cake I have ever had.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
Instead of Groom's cake we had banana pudding. Serendipity also made the banana pudding and it was fantastic. We got married at a church and drove to the reception at The Chandelier -- this isn't very common and Heather did a great job of creating a timeline that worked for this unique situation. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss and garter toss, we let the night pan out! Many drinks and dances were had instead.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations?
The entire day exceeded my expectations!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio Wedding?
There are some great venues in the city and in the hill country. Decide what vibe you want to have and select your venue first. Then, everything else will come naturally. San Antonio is a romantic city -- treat yourself on your wedding night and stay at a nice hotel on the River Walk. One of my favorite memories was walking alongside the river the next morning for the first time as a wife!! Don't worry if your ceremony and reception are in different places -- San Antonio is a large city but doesn't have the high volume of traffic that Houston, Austin, or Dallas has. This opens up your venue possibilities.
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