Abrianna Salazar & Domingo Villarreal
How did you meet? Domingo moved to San Antonio and began attending the church I grew up in and eventually began to sing in the church worship team. I noticed him, but had never actually met him. One day, Domingo's older sister asked me if I wanted to join the team as well as a vocalist and I accepted the invitation. His sister and I became close first and of course, I was introduced to Domingo. I guess you can say that music and the church were a huge part of how we got to know each other and spend a lot of our weekends together. After one year of friendship, he asked me to be his girlfriend on 11/05/2015.
Tell us about the proposal: In November of 2016, he asked my parents for their blessing to marry me. What's funny is that he already had a ring. I had a feeling the time was coming close, but I was still left guessing. On New Year's Eve, Domingo took me to the Retama Park Festival of Lights and it was one of the best dates we had ever had, complete with a firework finale. I thought for sure it would happen then, but it didn't. One week later, we went back to the festival with our families and Domingo stopped me in front of all the beautiful Christmas lights, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? When we thought of a December wedding, we didn't necessarily want anything that gave off a "Christmas" vibe, but more so "winter." We choose the colors of burgundy and blush with hints of gold to give a warm feeling without screaming Christmas, complete with a candle-lit lantern centerpiece, gold votives and flowers laying on green moss. The venue itself had the most beautiful chandeliers that gave it that hint of glamour. Everything truly felt like a fairytale.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? We looked at a few places before we found the one. The day we visited the Chandelier of Gruene, it was still under construction, but we knew it was the perfect place to have our wedding. The chapel was what really sold us, and of course the beautiful chandeliers. We also loved that everything was in one place as far as getting ready, ceremony and reception.
The best part about choosing our vendors was that we knew a lot of them personally and were excited that they were willing to be apart of the big day. The catering, florist, DJ, ceremony musicians and cake vendors were all good friends of ours or the family and helped us in any way possible. It was a blessing to us and also rewarding knowing that we were using local businesses.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Something that was unique, but also special about our wedding day was the string quartet that played during the ceremony. They were friends of the family and the exact same quartet that played at my parents' wedding eighteen years ago. Another unique element was when both my stepdad and biological father were able to walk me down the isle. They are both important to me and I know it meant a lot to them both.
One of our favorite elements was the photobooth. Instead of a normal photobooth, we had a "mirror." It was about a 5 foot, touch screen mirror that stood on the floor and interacted with guests taking photos. It even let them sign the pictures and place them in a photo guestbook after they were done.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? It was honestly the best day of our lives. The weather the day before and after our wedding was pouring rain and no sunshine, but for our day it was perfect. Even the deer came out and joined us for our ceremony. My parents, our church family, friends, vendors and coordinator went above and beyond to make every detail exactly how we wanted it. The venue was beautiful, the bridal party looked perfect, the cakes and food were on point. Like I said, best day ever.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Do not be afraid to ask everyone for help. Planning takes hard work and time, but is so much easier when you have any helping hand you can get and most of the time people who love you are willing to be there for you in any way possible. If you ever feel stressed or overwhelmed, just take a break from the planning. Our coordinator Keri Weber was so helpful with planning and she had us think of every single detail, even the ones we wouldn't have thought of on our own. She also helped the day go smoothly and on schedule. Most of all, don't forget to have fun and enjoy this time because it goes by way too fast.
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