Take a moment with us to look back at all of the amazing weddings we had this year! It was a great year for our team and 2018 is looking to be just as great! Cheers to these wonderful couples and thank you for letting us be apart of such a special day!
It is officially fall! Our last blog was "7 Amazing ideas for your Fall Wedding" and we couldn't stop there with the fall ideas. We are so excited to share some season inspired party favors your guests will be sure to fall in love with!
Pinecone Fire Starters
Looking for a favor that is easy and not very expensive? Why not having pinecone fire starters as your favor? This is easy to create and so fun and different for your guests.
Let love light the way
A personalized votive or simply a vanilla scented candle, candles are something your guests can use for those chilly nights. Add in some custom matchbooks with cute little sayings like “sparks flew” for an extra touch.
The endless possibilities of mason jars
Who doesn’t love mason jars? You can use them to drink your favorite beverage or for a country inspired vase. Fill personalized Mason jars with some of you and your husband-to-be’s favorite snacks then after enjoying the snack your guests can use the jar at their home as they see fit.
Send a cup of love with tea, coffee or even hot chocolate
Nothing screams fall like cozying up with a nice warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Packaging up some coffee or tea with shortbread cookies is a great party favor for your guests to use while sending you and yours warm thoughts.
Have S'more Love
Who doesn't love a good roasted marshmallow over a camp fire on top of Hershey's chocolate and in between two graham crackers? A good way to stay on budget and bring your guests back to times as a kid make s'mores during the Fall season.
DJ play that song!
Your DJ sets the tone for the night…literally. You want to make sure they are not only reliable, but they know you. They know your playlist and timeline, the go-to songs that everyone can dance to, and have it all downloaded and ready to go. All that is left to do is hit play and dance the night away!
Open bar or cash bar, either way make sure you have enough bartenders for the amount of expected guests because let’s face it, waiting in line when all you want to do is get back out on the dance floor is not fun! Talk to your bar vendor, they will let you know how many bartenders and bar areas you will need based on the amount of specialty drinks you will be providing and how many guests will be celebrating the night with you.
Life on the dance floor.
The dance floor is your stage. Dance props, like glow sticks, are a fun addition to any party. If you have enough reception time and not too many activities planned during the reception, hired entertainment, like professional salsa dancers or acrobats, is a unique way to surprise your guests and add a little extra pizazz to the night.
Something for the kidos.
Although kids can be entertaining, let the mommies and daddies have a break to hit the dance floor by hiring certified babysitters or providing a kids room. Have games, movies, and coloring books in the room for kids to have their own fun.
Hire a professional wedding planner and just dance!
Let your loved ones and most importantly, YOU enjoy the day and hire a professional wedding planner. Let us take care of all the moving parts and keep your day on schedule. We will ask the important questions ahead of time so we know what is important to you day of and all you have to think about is if you want another slice of cake.
As seasons may change so do wedding color trends. Let’s take a look at some beautiful color trends as we approach the fall wedding season!
Neutrals such as creams, beige, white or ivory will always be timeless. Having such neutral colors will be able to go with most any theme. Whether you want your wedding in a rustic barn, or a downtown hotel this color trend can go anywhere. Why not use those neutrals but mix it up with some metallics. Check out these inspirations.
Let's talk about the groom first and his tuxedo. These two are very good looking tuxes you can find online at The Black Tux
Then of course the beautiful bride!
Check out this inspiration of stationary.
Top it off with some decor.
This is the story of Maggie and Jose, and Haute Weddings, and Sugar Hill Bakery. Let me explain. Most of you do not know that I used to own a bakery called Sugar Hill Bakery, where I made wedding cakes for years. Maggie's sister was one of my first customers and I ended up making their families cakes for years. When I sold the bakery, I lost touch with all my customers. Who would know that years later, I would run into Maggie, while doing a facility tour, and our paths would meet again. Long story short, Haute Weddings coordinated her and Jose's wedding and it was MARVELOUS! See for yourself : )
Maggie chose yellow and navy for her wedding colors. Yellow lemons, summer sunshine, and bright yellow flowers...how could you not smile.
First dances and the father/daughter dance always get me...
The night was full of surprises. One was a video played on Haute Cocktails' video bar of their grandparents giving them well wishes and advise on how to have a long, happy marriage.
Maggie loved Olive Garden's red berry sangria, so Megan got the recipe and all their guests sipped on fresh, home-made sangria. It was a big hit!
Rafael, of Illuminating Celebrations, provided their creative lighting effects and music for the evening.
Sweet treats and a photo booth were also big hits. Here are friends from, "back in the day" enjoying the fun and leaving Maggie and Jose sweet sentiments in their photo scrapbook.
The evening was full of even more surprises! A beautiful gift from the best man and maid of honor, an exceptional thank you speech from the groom, and an unexpected announcement of a surprise honeymoon to California. It was a great, great day and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it. Best of Wishes you two!!
Photos courtesy of www.elanimaging.com
Sarah and Trey were married in the summer and their wedding colors of pinks and greens accented the season and the day perfectly. From the very start, planning with Sarah was a breeze. She really had a clear vision of what she wanted, and we just helped her execute it. She ordered the catering, flowers, cake, linens, wooden table rentals and her bar and beverage service through Haute Weddings, in a customized package tailored to her preferences.
No peeking.....the bride and groom right before leaving for the church...
Trey was as cool as a cucumber before the ceremony. His love for Sarah out shined all we had put together that day. Sarah was so nervous! So, right before the ceremony, I went over to where the guys were and videotaped a sweet sentiment from Trey and my phone. I then played it for Sarah and it instantly calmed her nerves, and melted her heart. She was getting married...
Mr. and Mrs.
The bride chose a neutral pallet of linens in lattes, creams, and mochas, which really made her floral stand out.
A grand entrance down the grand staircase of the Kendall Plantation and right into their first dance
as husband and wife.
Sparklers and smooches end the night...
Photos courtesy of...
Erika and Jonathan tied the knot back in May at St John's Lutheran Church downtown and held their reception at the Witte Museum. Her colors were cobalt blue and white, with touches of lime green. Perfect colors for a spring-time event! Their event was quite traditional but with modern surprises such as an array of food stations from Spice of Life catering, creative lighting from Illuminating Celebrations, and a video bar from Haute Cocktails. Photos courtesy of Gary Gibson Photography.
"Well I should say my husband and I had different ideas on how we wanted the day to look. Lisa was able to take both of our ideas and create a beautiful and perfect day that I know my mother would be proud of. She knew what vendors would work for us, and handled all of the negotiations and contracts. She has packages for any budget, and helps choose which one is best for you. We chose a full-service package because we were planning the wedding from out of state. Most of our meetings were via e-mail. She was always prompt with her responses, and handled the issue or offered her advice based on what you wanted for your day. The day of the wedding was PERFECT! All of our guests were blown away by how beautiful and organized everything turned out. All we did was show up, and the Haute Weddings team took care of the rest. They had every detailed covered." March 2012
Tiffany and Stewart are such a gorgeous couple, it was difficult to choose only a few pics to share. Caroline + Ben Photography didn't make it any easier.
I met my bride and groom over a year ago, during one of their visits to SA to visit with family and friends over the holiday. It was a dreary, rainy day as we sat in a local Starbucks. My two teenagers were out of school on break and were sitting at a table right next to us, minding their manners, but with looks of boredom evident on their faces. But we sat, drinking coffee, and talking, and me, listening to their ideas, and planning what comes next....And then it just clicks, and you feel like old friends, and I fell in love with them.
"I contacted Lisa about two and a half months prior to my wedding date. At that time I had booked a church, reception venue, photographer, and dj ... But NOTHING else. Lisa went straight to work helping us create our perfect day. She was fun and professional to work with. But most importantly, Lisa went way above and beyond our contract to insure our happiness!!!" Beth - February 2012
Talk about vintage! Beth's wedding dress had been handed down through generations. It was previously worn by her mother, Grandmother and a Great Aunt. She displayed photos of these lovely women wearing the gown on their most special of days. Alongside their photographs, Beth had Texas roadmaps with hearts placed at the locations which had a special meaning to her and Colin.
Beth readied at the Kendall Plantation and took her time getting her hair and make-up done. She was relaxed and just kicking back until it was time to head for the church.
I love this photo of them right after they've tied the knot. Simple, romantic, elegant, time-less. I love her vintage dress, the blue handkerchief wrap around her bouquet and those cowboy boots!
The decor...and of course, family, friends and the fun...
Congratulations Beth and Colin!
One of the perks of my job is that I get to hear the most fabulous love stories. As a hopeless romantic, I cherish each one. Each one has me on p ins and needles, smiling ear to ear, thinking how lucky they are to have found each other; however, its a rarity that one will actually bring me to tears. This is just what happened as Karla and I sat in my office while she spoke of her and Adrian's story. For over a decade, these two young hearts were "best friends." They dated others, discussed relationships gone wrong, celebrated each others joys, and most of the time, just hung out. Then, one day it clicked. A little over a year ago, they went on a "date," just for fun and their status of "best friends," took on a whole other meaning. They are my lovies and I am theirs. Congratulations Lovies!
Mariachi Mariachi...Karla is a member of Almas del Sol, Adrian is with Las Corporales. Both awesome groups!
A friend painted this beautiful picture and Karla had guests add their "thump-print" leaves to complete their sign in. Pretty signature cocktails for their first toast.
Karla and Adrian chose Haute Weddings' all-inclusive package which included the catering, floral arrangements, rentals, cake and wedding coordinating.
A December wedding, the temperature was in the 50's, a cold and crisp winter night. Her colors of winter white, with silver and crystals, were the perfect accents to set the tone. We even had hot cocoa, coffee and cookies on the patio after the outdoor ceremony.
The Kendall Plantation has a gorgeous and spacious bridal suite with a full bathroom that includes this claw-foot bathtub. The girls couldn't wait to jump right in.
Getting primped and ready for the ceremony.
The flower girls wore tu-tu's and held flower wands. Magical.
The officiant was Karla's father and he performed a beautiful ceremony. Her brother played the guitar and violin for her ceremony music.
This couple can dance! This is the big dip at the end of their first dance, but they danced and twirled and salsa'd all night long.
The mariachi's played magnificently. Lots of pressure, but they're pros. That's Karla's brother on the right. The groom opted for a dessert buffet of assorted cookies, bundt cakes, mini pecan pies, and his special request, Krispy Kreme donuts.
A late night snack of Prime Rib sliders anyone?
At the end of the night, the family and guests lit Wish Lanterns and they floated into the sky.
And they lived Happily Ever After....
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.....
Wes, Emily and I, kinda connected on a bet. Not a Blackjack 21 bet, but a bet that I could help them get an elegant, Southern Charm themed wedding on a fixed, tight budget. Hahahaha! Guess who won? Winna winna chicken dinna! I lovingly call them my Barbie and Ken couple because they are both so drop dead gorgeous. But, what is really beautiful about these two, is their tender hearts. They are both so loving and giving and generous, that they definitely deserved the wedding they wished for. They opted for a custom Haute Weddings Service package that included the catering, china settings, floral arrangements, linens, design and decor, and cake, and saved a fortune. Photos courtesy of Infinity Video and Photo
When I first met Alison, I was instantly intrigued. She had a natural beauty, athletic build, and Goldilocks hair. She was quiet and reserved. Quite the mystery. Then, she told me she was currently living in Washington DC and working for the FBI. My mind instantly took me to images of covert affairs and dangerous missions. Although, Alison has an adventurous spirit, this was not the case. In her heart, she is a Texas girl, in love, wanting to settle down with the man she loves. Alison and Ben married in September at the Witte Museum. She loves the color purple and wanted everything purple, so I nick-named her wedding the Purple Passion. Passion, not only for her desire to have everything purple, but for the passion she and Ben shared for one another, their family, and for their faith. They wanted an outside ceremony and the day of the rehearsal was sunny, bright, and beautiful. The actually day of their wedding, not so much. We were actually anticipating heavy rain and thunderstorms right at the time of her scheduled ceremony. About an hour and a half prior to starting, she had to make a decision, and with a heavy heart, we persuaded her to move the ceremony inside.
This happens more often than we'd like to admit, and the goal of the Haute Weddings team is to make every decision look like Plan A, and not Plan B. With the help of Alison's family and friends who were doing all the floral decor, we moved and set up everything inside, and it was absolutely beautiful. I know she ultimately wanted it outside, but afterwards, she was happy with the intimacy and elegance the inside setting provided.
Professional photos by www.ravenredphoto.com as noted on image.
I'm not sure which I was more excited for - to witness and help coordinate my cousin's wedding or the chance to get a break from this Texas heat. LOL I know I'm always commenting on how one wedding is the sweetest, or cutest, or most fun...well, this one was, hands down, the most funniest! With my cousin living in California, I had only had the chance to meet Ritchie a couple of times and I didn't realize how much of a character he is. With that being said, the ceremony and wedding was just as beautiful as it was entertaining. Here are a few non-professional photos.
Did you know that you can order individual services from Haute Weddings? Haute Weddings is already known for outstanding event coordinating, but we are branching out and expanding to also offer individual services. Lauren and her family were "DIY" wedding coordinators and met with Haute Weddings to discuss linen rentals, floral arrangements for the ceremony, and bar service. Her colors were black, white and purples. For linens, she chose a contrasting color scheme of black and white. She ordered ceremony and wedding party flowers in pretty purples and lavish greens. For bar service, they decided on keg beer and a soda service. TABC bartenders included. Photos courtesy of Nancy J Photography
I must say, this wedding was one of the most funnest weddings I have ever coordinated. A lot is due to the laid back, no worries, creative and fun energies of the couple, their friends, and their families. Katie has such a free spirit and her guests benefited from her generosity. Awesome food served family style, cupcakes in red velvet, lemon and vanilla, a candy station, chocolate liquor milkshakes, great music and lots of shenanigans. By the end of the night they were planking, and dancing and skipping imaginary rope to techno music. Take a peek at some of her design and decor.
About two months ago, I received a call from a production company that they were doing a feature docu-series on the Swanderosa event facility. They needed to add a few more events to their time-line and wanted to know if I had any couples in mind or if any of my current clients would be interested in changing their date. This scenario would normally sound pretty crazy to a wedding planner. I don't get phone calls from brides stating they are getting married in two months, but Lord and behold, I DID have a couple in mind! My friend, Patty Lujan, with Infinity Catering, had just mentioned to me that her cousin was looking for a venue, la-la-la-la, etc..etc...and so it came about that Jami and Michael were getting married at the Swanderosa and we had two months to plan it. This was quite a challenge because I'm used to working solely with the couple and their vendors, in planning their big day. In this situation, I had to collaborate with the facility (who did most of the design and decor), the caterer (who had a vested interest in the project), and the production company (who had their own agenda and time-line). Ugh!
When it was all said and done, the day was beautiful, the event was beautiful and Jami and Michael couldn't have been happier. So, it was a win-win for all!
These were just a few quick photos I could capture. Professional photos to come by www.mymintphotography.com
This wedding was actually coordinated by Josie Aboytes of San Antonio Floral Design. She and her husband, Trini, did most of the design and decor and it all turned out FAB-U-LOUS. For such a big production, she called on a couple of other wedding coordinators to help out. I was so happy and honored to be asked. : ) It was a pretty big production as you will soon see in the pics below. Colors: Black and Red, 300+ guests, a band, DJ, mariachis, ballroom dinner, party on the terrace, 10 lounge sets, an ungodly amount of LED, shimmer lights on the dance floor, a cigar roller, hoop dancers, burlesque show girls and a red wedding cake. It was a blast!
Thanks Josie! Congratulations Alex and Sabrina!
I can't tell you about the after-party as it was 1:00 am and time for me to go, but I know it involved tamales and menudo. : )
During one of my first meetings with Katrina and Jonathan, Katrina told me her father is the famous Tejano singer, Michael Salgado. With Jonathan's last name being Leija, I would have fallen out of my chair if he had also told me he was the son of Jesse James Leija. BUT, that wasn't the case. Katrina and Jonathan already had all the "hook-ups" and sponsors for their big event, so she hired me for Day Of Coordinating. She was still in need of a florist, so my Recommended Vendor List came in handy. I must confess something. Although I have lived in San Antonio for over 15 years, I am not familiar with the Tejano culture. I know, I know...shame on me. Well, I got a heavy dose of it and you know what.... I LIKE IT! Everyone was so warm and welcoming. Helpful and friendly. You could tell that these people knew, not only how to work hard, but also how to play hard. Michael Salgado sang a lovely song for the bride and groom and the band played throughout most of the event. And then the big surprise.....wait for it...wait for it....another Tejano star, Elida, arrived to finish off the event! Everyone danced, I mean, cumbia'd the whole night. It was so much fun! And even I couldn't help but go out and dance to at least one song.
Congratulations Katrina and Jonathan!
Good times...good times...
Chesney and Craig are my "power" couple. Both hold time-consuming, exhausting careers, yet, they still jet (not literally a jet) around the world and run marathons and Iron Man's. They both actually competed in an Iron Man only a week after their nuptials. Although, they have lived here and there, Chesney is a true-blue Texan and well, we'll make Craig an honorary Texan by marriage. : ) The couple chose to host their ceremony and wedding at the family ranch. With all the unpredictable weather in May, their wedding day weather couldn't have been more perfect and the best setting for their lit trees, candle trailing ceremony area and outdoor, chic tent. And although I call them my "power couple," their wedding day couldn't have been more sweet, more romantic or more tender. Congratulations Guys!