corey and manuel - international center - la orilla del rio ballroom - (san antonio wedding planner)

Corey and Manuel met in the Domincan Republic (Manuel's native land), while Corey was there for a quick stay helping build houses over the summer.  He was one of the project managers and they hit it off and stayed in communication with one another via the internet.  Corey soon found herself visiting the Dominican more often and a budding romance soon flourished.  If this sounds like the beginnings of a cheesy romance novel, it kinda is...they call it, Dominican Passions.  lol.  This is all an inside personal joke that soon became public, as Corey's father, held up the book during the wedding toast, and began telling of Corey and Manuel's love story... Photos courtesy of Caroline + Ben Photography

                

Although the venue has a sleek, sexy feel, Corey still wanted to incorporate some natural romance.  She chose pinks, ivory, and green as her colors.  I think we pulled it off well.  : )

      

The ceremony took place on the outside balcony, room for two large wrought iron trees, wedding party, a guitarist and 100 of their closest friends and family.

The ceremony decor was simple with wooden chiavarri chairs, and two wrought iron trees adorned with flowerettes made from wood shavings.  She bought these by the bucket full and we placed them anywhere we thought needed a special touch.

 

Corey and Manuel love to dance merengue and bochata, and wanted to give their American guests a little dance class before the festivities began.  Cocktails and passed hors de'voures were also a big hit.

Here's the romance novel I spoke of earlier.  He read it word for word and it was exactly as Corey and Manuel had lived it... : )

If you can even fathom the thought, Manuel had never had a brownie before Corey came into his life.  Instead of a dessert table, he opted for brownies in every flavor imaginable.

The bride and groom were actually both sick the evening of their wedding.  All night they downed glass after glass of WATER!  This didn't stop them from having a great time and dancing the night away.

   

We were originally going to have an all outdoor event at a different location and hang these frames from the trees; however, a change in plans didn't stop us from incorporating this fun guest activity.

and I know they'll live, Happily Ever After.....