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Candlelight at La Orilla del Rio Ballroom

Denice & Eloy

Photography by: MAG Photography
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    Candlelight at La Orilla del Rio Ballroom

    Denice Rivera & Eloy Cavazos 

    How did you meet? We met in our hometown of McAllen, Texas the summer of my freshman year of college. I had just moved back from San Antonio to attend UTPA and we instantly connected. We began a long distance relationship that turned into an engagement shortly after Eloy relocated to San Antonio.

    Tell us about the proposal: We were engaged shortly after a girls weekend I had in Las Vegas and during Eloy's birthday weekend in Austin. It was definitely a wonderful surprise considering we were celebrating his birthday! Our proposal was featured on SA Weddings Magazine Instagram page.

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? December in San Antonio is beautiful and we really wanted our guests to celebrate the beauty and history of our wonderful city in a modern romantic setting. We decided to incorporate the best of both, by hosting our ceremony mass at Mission San Jose Catholic Church and ended the evening with a modern candle-lit reception at La Orilla del Rio Ballroom on the historic River Walk.

    The rich burgundy and blush tones of our floral arrangements perfectly complimented the mixed metal/marble tones we selected for our reception. Our wedding cake, which was also marble themed, transformed the reception space, and the wrap around balcony displayed stunning views of downtown. It truly struck the perfect balance of classic, modern and romance.

    Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We decided to work with a lot of small business owners to support our local wedding industry. From early morning make-up and hair services from JAX Studio to late night nacho bar snacks for our guests from our caterer PG Special Events, each vendor made sure we enjoyed our wedding.

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? We tried to make it a memorable weekend for our parents, bridal party and guests. We hosted a rehearsal luncheon at Paloma Blanca to kick off festivities and after rehearsal at Mission San Jose, guests joined us in the evening at our host hotel the Westin Riverwalk for a private charter tour to see the magical lights of the Riverwalk courtesy. On our wedding day, just before departure to our ceremony, my parents gifted a custom designed necklace to me made with the diamond from my mother's original engagement ring. It is a beautiful heirloom I will cherish.

    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Everything went absolutely beautifully. We are so grateful for our photographer MAG Photography, who was there every step of the way on this journey. 

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? We definitely encourage you to enjoy the planning process! It takes time and patience, but with the right setup and timeline your day will be bliss! Our coordinator, Love Story Wedding Addicts -Heather Gafke, had me and our entire vendor entourage set up for success!

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