Imagine the possibilities: exchanging vows on a magnificent hillside, savoring a sumptuous ballroom dinner under sparkling chandeliers or hosting a moonlit dance on a breezy terrace. At the La Cantera Resort & Spa, the magic of these dreams comes true.
“Here, the allure of the Hill Country meets the sophistication of a premier resort,” says Stacey Chrisman, associate director of catering. “Our Texas chic events offer the best of both worlds—picturesque landscapes at every turn and ballrooms with sterling elegance.”
Nestled upon one of the highest points in San Antonio, the La Cantera Resort & Spa has garnered acclaim for its deluxe accommodations, two championship golf courses, shimmering pools and breathtaking vistas.
“Our marvelous setting unfolds an array of indoor and outdoor wedding experiences,” Chrisman says. “Every space offers an opportunity to capture the grandeur of the Hill Country.”
For a formal affair, the San Antonio Ballroom shines brilliantly with chandeliers that drop from 20-foot ceilings. The ballroom’s expansive foyer opens to the stone terrace that looks upon rolling hills. Refreshing ambiance makes the terrace an ideal spot for cocktails accompanied with a jazz ensemble or the region’s beloved mariachis.
Set upon a glorious vantage point, The Palmer Clubhouse displays stunning scenery and Spanish Hacienda opulence. Showcasing the 18th green of the Palmer Golf Course and boasting a 4,000-square-foot patio, the clubhouse provides an awe-inspiring locale for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners.
Exuding Texas charm, the Palo Duro Pavilion features a stone fireplace, teardrop chandeliers and soaring wood beamed ceilings. From the venue’s windows and gorgeous terrace, guests indulge in views of the lush resort course.
An unforgettable ceremony site, the El Fortin Lawn reveals dramatic golf course slopes and ridges. Brides and grooms says, “I do,” in front of limestone arches that frame the heart-stirring landscape.
The resort’s superb restaurants supply unique venues for rehearsal dinners.
“The panoramic windows of Francesca’s at Sunset exhibit the state’s legendary evening skies,” Chrisman says. “Cozy occasions are celebrated at the La Cantera Grille which features fireplaces, stone columns and a terrace with golf course views.”
Whichever venue wedding couples select, they can rely on the planning guidance of Chrisman who suggests respected vendors, collaborates with wedding planners and is present throughout the big day itself.
She also helps couples create a menu that reflects their distinct taste, from American, Mexican and Italian favorites to Indian, kosher and vegetarian cuisine. Delectable signature dishes include chili-rubbed filet mignon, jalapeño-stuffed firecracker quail breast wrapped in bacon and porcini mushroom-dusted chicken breast. Texas-themed receptions are also a huge hit.
“We can present an entire Lone Star State spread, including trays of locally-made cheeses and venison jerky, Texas beers and wines and a bountiful barbecue buffet,” Chrisman describes. “For the finishing touch, our talented pastry chefs prepare our signature chocolate chip pecan pie.”
To give brides much-deserved pampering, the resort provides a ready room appointed with mahogany-framed mirrors. The ladies can relax with a massage, facial, nail services and a bridal lunch at the resort’s tranquil Castle Rock Spa.
At the end of the newlyweds’ wonderful day, they retreat to a complimentary honeymoon suite accoutered with a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Most of the premier accommodations flaunt amazing views and all are appointed with Texas-style touches such as hand-tooled leather headboards.
Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the property is a member of an elite group of independent hotels. In addition to the top-rated golf courses, plentiful amenities abound, including waterfall pools, a leisurely nature trail, fire pits for evening s’mores and kid-friendly crafts and activities. Shuttles transport guests to the nearby Shops at La Cantera and Fiesta Texas theme park.
“Our wedding couples really can have it all,” Chrisman says. “From charming hilltop ceremonies to grand ballroom soirees and the attentive service of a world-class resort, the enchantment of the Hill Country awaits.”
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