Kelly Alexander & Danny Gallegos
Hometowns: San Antonio
How did you meet? Danny and I met on September 10, 2011. I didn’t even realize we met on 9/10/11 until a year or so later! My friend invited me to a birthday barbeque for her co-worker’s boyfriend who also happened to be Danny's friend. When Danny initially arrived at the barbeque, we introduced ourselves (mind you, I had a mouth full of food when we shook hands…very ladylike) and then we went on our merry way. It wasn’t until the very end of the night that we actually started conversing with one another. Before leaving the barbeque, Danny didn’t ask for my phone number; he asked if he could look me up on Facebook! From that night on, we were inseparable.
Tell us about the proposal. Every time Danny and I have a weekday off from work, we like to have lunch at Fogo de Chao. It’s “our place.” In 2014, we had planned months in advance to have lunch at Fogo on July 4. We had a great lunch, good conversation, everything was normal. Once we finished lunch, Danny said he wanted to go down to the Riverwalk and walk the food off. I was not a happy camper—it was July in South Texas, needless to say, it was hot. Reluctantly, I said okay. We walked for what seemed like an eternity all around the Riverwalk and I complained the entire time. How he didn’t just push me into the river to shut me up, I don’t know. Then we started walking to a less populated, newly constructed area of the Riverwalk where there was a waterfall and lush greenery. It was extremely beautiful and peaceful. It was just the two of us. Suddenly Danny stopped and hugged me. He said, “You know I love you, right?” I replied back, “Most days.” We always say that to one another. He then responded with, “Well, today I love you a little more.” He pulled an Americus Diamond box out of his pocket (which I had no clue was even there), got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I was in complete shock! We were both crying. I don’t even remember saying yes.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Danny and I knew early on that we wanted something simple, yet elegant and intimate. We wanted no more than 50 people total. Other than that, we didn’t have a clue what we wanted. Actually, I wanted a San Antonio Spurs’ themed wedding, but that idea was immediately shot down! I ended up picking the colors of silver and eggplant, because I absolutely love how those colors look together and then I began researching different décor and center piece ideas that incorporated those colors. I also knew I wanted a few personalized touches for the reception. Eventually, ideas came together and the end result was so much better than we could have ever imagined.
How did you choose your venue and vendors? Originally, Danny and I were going to go the super simple route: ceremony at a quaint little venue near Austin with our closest friends and family, then dinner at a restaurant. No fuss, no muss; however, that all changed roughly a month after the proposal. My mother and I attended a bridal fair in August with the intent of just trying to find a photographer. Towards the end of our time there, we stumbled upon a booth for Rio Plaza on the Riverwalk. There we met Melanie Planas who completely changed what we had originally envisioned for our wedding. She was so full of energy and provided so much information regarding the different options for us at Rio Plaza, my mom and I knew we had to have the wedding there. I was a little nervous about selling the idea to Danny once I got home, but when I told him about the various options and showed him the information Melanie provided us, he immediately jumped on board. Besides, Danny and I got engaged on the Riverwalk, it made perfect sense to also get married there! Deciding upon Rio Plaza for both the ceremony and reception is a decision we absolutely do not regret. Choosing the vendors was fairly easy. Melanie provided a packet full of preferred Rio Plaza vendors and we literally went off of that list to choose the majority of our vendors, which helped tremedously.
What was the most trying part of the planning process? The most trying part of the planning process was definitely remembering all of the details and the little things here and there that had to be taken care of. I’m a super detail-oriented person, but even I was forgetting things. Just when I thought I had everything completed and was about to give myself a pat on the back, something else would come up that I had completely forgotten about.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? There were three unique elements of our wedding that really stood out: our wishing tree, our birdcage, and my bouquet. My mom is a very creative person and she came up with the idea of having a wishing tree at the sign-in table rather than a standard sign-in book. I never would have thought to do that. The idea of a wishing tree is nothing new, but the way she decorated the tree made it unique. She incorporated both of my colors and honestly, the end result looked like a million bucks! It was absolutely beautiful! My uncle is also very creative and he came up with the idea of having a birdcage for our guests to place envelops in at the sign-in table. That was another idea I never would have come up with. He placed beautiful purple flowers and brooches on it that made it look like much more than just a birdcage. It was amazing! Both my mother and uncle came up with the idea of my having a brooch bouquet rather than a standard flower bouquet for the ceremony. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea, but once the bouquet arrived, I absolutely did not regret it one bit—it was stunning. I had to keep a close eye on it at the reception because several of my friends wanted to steal it! I’m so happy I went that route with my bouquet.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Although the planning process was a bit stressful, the end result was so much more than I had anticipated. Melanie Planas and the entire staff at Rio Plaza far exceeded my expectations! You go into things having a vision, but you never really know how it’s going to turn out. When I initially saw the ceremony and receptions areas on the day of the wedding, I immediately started crying. Melanie and her staff did such an amazing job bringing our vision together. Danny and I got exactly what we wanted: simple elegance.
What are your favorite memories from the day? There are a lot of memories from that day, it’s hard to pick just a few! I’ll never forget how emotional my family and I were right before the ceremony. We were such crybabies! They were happy tears, of course. I’ll never forget how beautiful my mother and Maid of Honor looked—eggplant is definitely their color. I’ll never forget having my uncle there to walk me down the aisle. It was so important to me to have him there.The look on Danny’s face when he first saw me walking down the aisle is one of my favorite memories. He said he wasn’t going to cry, but I could tell he was holding back tears. The reception was a blast. Danny’s younger brother, Joe, completely stole the show on the dancefloor. He showed us moves we didn’t know existed! The entire evening was wonderful. Danny and I really wanted everyone to have a fun time and I think we were able to accomplish that.
What are your plans for the future? Danny and I are going to continue keeping things simple. Our life was good before we got married and it’s even better now that we are married. We plan to continue traveling. Our honeymoon reminded us that there are so many other places we have to visit. We plan to buy a bigger house within the next few years.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Do what makes you happy! It’s so easy to get caught up in the planning and the drama, as well as the demands and wants of others that you end up losing sight of what that day is really all about: the union of and the love between the two of you.
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