Fiona Gorostiza & Matthew Caldwell
Hometowns: Nevada, TX & Manila, Philippines
How did you meet? I got a free ticket to see a Ranger's game through a friend. Matt sang the National Anthem. Afterwards, he was sitting in the row in front of us, turned around and asked me about the weather. (I was a weathercaster at the time.) Suffice to say, we didn't date until years later.
Tell us about the proposal. Matt proposed over the Christmas holiday, at sunset, in the penthouse at the Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas. He had a band play "The Way You Look Tonight" before bringing me out to the terrace where he got down on one knee. He had spelled out "Will You Marry Me?" in tea light candles.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Since a country boy met a city girl, I wanted intimate elegance with a little bit of country sprinkled in. We wanted to keep it to 100 guests so that we could really enjoy the day and spend celebrating it with our closest family and friends.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? Matt had found a beautiful, vintage diamond engagement ring from the 1940's from local vendor NACO Gold & Silver. He loved that it had history, so choosing a venue with a beautiful history was important to us, which is why we chose the St. Anthony Hotel. The sprinkles of country throughout the ceremony and reception were pulled together by all of our vendors.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? History was an important theme for us. Matt proposed at a hotel with history, with a ring with history, so I wanted to keep the theme going throughout the ceremony and reception. The wooden pallets lining the ceremony aisle are a custom order done by Lisa Ibarra with Burlap Junkies. To keep with the history theme, and the fact that we are both in the entertainment industry, Lisa used salvaged wood from the Majestic Theatre’s first renovation back in the late 80’s, early 90’s. So, the all the wood is from the original trim boards from the theatre. In addition, I commissioned 8x10 wooden table signs with titles of Matt's love songs by Victoria Oscari from CraftHouse SA to serve as table numbers. I kept both those finishing touches a secret from Matt. He was pleasantly surprised when he saw it all on the wedding day.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? The live band! Rat-pack crooner “Ricki Derek” and his trio were worth every penny! We are huge Sinatra fans and he was amazing!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? San Antonio is the city of love and was named the most romantic city in the country this year. With so many amazing choices from venues to vendors, go with your gut instinct. Make sure you have someone, like a hired wedding planner or trusted friend who has been with you every step of the way, designated to give a final walk-through of all the important details of exactly how you want your ceremony and reception to look for your guests before they enter. You will need an extra pair of eyes because you will not be able to notice details with everything going on around you. Don't let others sway you from what you truly want, and don't...forget...to...BREATHE.
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