Elissa + Bryan
How did you meet? Bryan and I met at blue box bar located in the Pearl Brewery. After a flirtatious conversation, we decided to see each other again.
Tell us about the proposal. Bryan proposed on Thanksgiving Day in front of my family. The afternoon started off rocky after I whined about being hungry and couldn’t understand why our Thanksgiving meal was prepared, but we were not going to the dining room to serve ourselves. Little did I know the reason dinner was delayed was because Bryan had worked with my family to serve champagne and try making the pending proposal special and memorable. After my mother forced me to come out of my room, Bryan said he had an announcement to make and he began to express his love and happiness in our three years together. He got down on one knee and proposed with a sapphire and diamond ring in an antique setting, which was purchased at the same jewelry store my father purchased my mother’s engagement ring.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Our wedding was a December wedding with a Winter Wonderland theme. Willow branches, twinkle lights and silver accents adorned both inside and outside venues. Hints of sparkles, white shimmering pinecones and snowflakes were used tastefully to bring a touch of winter magic to the evening. White, floral arrangements gave the venue a sweet scent, and projected snowflakes falling on the walls gave the final essence to the Winter Wonderland theme of our wedding.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? ZaZa Gardens is full of history and beauty, leaving an impression of elegance and refinement to both an indoor and outdoor setting. It seemed the perfect location to encompass the Winter Wonderland theme to enjoy with our closest family and friends. Our vendors came very highly recommended and made us feel comfortable when we had concerns or requests we felt may be difficult for them. Our desserts were made by the Food Network Spring Baking Champion and his spouse who was runner up on the second season of the same show. Additional desserts were provided by Felizsta Authentic Mexican Cookies to bring an additional feeling of my Mexican roots.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Notes of history were incorporated into the evening with wedding imagery of the bride’s grandmother’s 1940s nuptials as well as imagery of her great grandmother’s 1920s nuptials. The bride’s veil was passed down to her by her mother who wore it in 1980. The bouquet was wrapped with lace provided by the groom’s mother who used it at her 1986 wedding and clasped with an antique broach passed down from the bride’s grandmother. The warehouse on the premises of the venue, The Nauwald Warehouse, was built in the late 1800s and operated as a pickling factory at the turn of the century. The essence of historical touches throughout tied in beautifully with the theme.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The bridal gown exceeded all of my expectations. I was not a traditional bride in many senses and knew a white dress was out of the picture. The Bridal Connection located in the Stone Oak area was a random walk in, but proved to be written in the stars, so to speak. Angelita Sorensen had a beautiful blue/grey Nicole Milano gown in the window with an underlay of sparkles. My one real must-have for my dress was sleeves, which this particular gown did not have, unfortunately. Angelita was able to arrange additional materials to be sent by the designer for custom sleeves to be made for my dress. Compliments came pouring in throughout the night on how unique and beautiful my dress was.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Weddings can be a stressful time for any couple. The true meaning of a marriage is spending your life as partners who will love each other no matter what surprises lay ahead. Though you may find yourselves in an argument over invitations or floral arrangements, always remember that those are the tiniest pebbles in the large road ahead. San Antonio will offer a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, but how you spend your lives after the wedding is what really matters.
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