Passport to Love Open House

Haute Weddings and Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings invites you to join us at the Kendall Plantation on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. To 8:00 p.m.

Passport to Love Open House

Come see our favorite vendors show their wedding wow! Including delicious food, table decor, cocktails, entertainment and so much more!! 

Passport to Love Open House

Join us at the Texas Hill Country’s Award Winning Premier Wedding Venue
Kendall Plantation.

Passport to Love Open House

Perfect Beginnings is giving away a 3 night all-inclusive honeymoon stay at any one of the beautiful Couples Resorts in Jamaica.

Passport to Love Open House

And that’s not all! We will also be giving away a Colin Cowie Collection Destination Wedding Ceremony from Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection. Valued at $3,000!

Passport to Love Open House

You Don’t Want to Miss Out!
Come see our favorite vendors show their wedding wow!  Including delicious food from around the globe, table decor from the inspirational and whimsical to the casual and elegant, libations from some of San Antonio’s best mixologists, fireworks, music and so much more!!
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and learn about some amazing destinations and resorts for your destination wedding or honeymoon.

Passport to Love Open House

Vendors Include:

Passport to Love Open House

For more information on this one-of-a-kind wedding event please visit: http://pbdwedding.com

You can also stay up to date with the latest updates and vendor features on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PassportToLoveOpenHouse/ 

Click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!!!


Maggie and Jose - Kendall Plantation (san antonio wedding planner)

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 & Trey - Kendall Plantation, boerne tx (san antonio wedding planner)

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 Jon at the Witte - San Antonio Wedding Planner

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.                               

          

tiffany and stewart - southwest school of art (san antonio wedding planner)

"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.

        

         

                                 

         

    

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.....

My Favorite Haute San Antonio Venues - san antonio wedding planner

One of the most important decisions you will make in the planning process is, where to hold the wedding ceremony and reception.  Choose correctly and you will have a fabulous event, but choose wrong, and you will be stressed and over budget.  Haute Weddings has had the pleasure of working with numerous facilities throughout San Antonio and the surrounding areas, BUT we definitely have our favorites.  Hiring a wedding planner early on in the process to help with this decision, will allow you to know all the in's and out's of the property, find the hidden hosts, and make sure it fits within the budget along with everything else you will want and need.  Here are a few of our favs…(in no particular order) : ) La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom, formerly knows as the International Center

Reasons we like it:

  • Ceiling to floor windows allowing natural light to stream in during the day and the romance of the city lights to shine through at night.
  • Huge wrap-around balcony brings the outdoors in
  • Sleek, cool, modern décor gives a great sexy ambiance
  • Right off the river.  Guests can actually travel b y river

Photo #1 by Caroline + Ben Photography, Lighting by Illuminating Celebrations
Photo #3 by Infinity Video and Photo

Southwest School of Art

Reasons we like it:

  • Right off the river as well, but on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of downtown
  • The perfect spot if you want something close to downtown, but still want that romantic, garden, old-world feel.
  • Free parking
  • Lots of character and charm with hardwood floors and beams, historic chandeliers, stained glass and tapestries inside, and beautiful, lush garden courtyards outside

         

Photos by Jules Bianchi

The Pearl Stable

  • Formerly the Pearl Brewery and located in the hip new area, now knows as The Pearl.
  • Lots of architectural detail.  A hint to the décor which made it a brewery, but updated with a beautifully crafted iron chandelier, lots of wood accents and rich carpets.
  • Lots of space but decorated in a way that feels intimate, lots of character, lots of charm
  • Free Parking

   

Photos by Limelight San Antonio, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Witte Museum

Reasons why we like it:

  • It’s kind of like the movie, A Night at the Museum, where you kind of feel like you’re not supposed to be there, but you’re so glad you are.
  • Beyond the exhibits are multiple ballrooms and numerous romantic outdoor ceremony sites
  • Large space in which to design a personalized floor-plan
  • Lots of flexibility
  • Lots of windows allowing for natural light
  • The staff is amazing to work with – shout out to Autumn!!!
  • Free Parking

   

Photo #1 and #2 by Photographically Ever After, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Photo #3 by Raven Red, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Kendall Plantation

Reasons why we like it:

  • Just outside SA, so you feel like you’re miles away in the quiet country, but you’re really just down the road and around the corner.
  • Extremely unique venue with all the character and charms of the long forgotten Southern colonial mansions.
  • Shutters, wrap around porches, wooden floors, elegant chandeliers, (not just one, but four), and a large grand staircase, is only a hint of the grandeur and elegance this property contains.
  •  Views of the hill-country and beautiful Texas sunsets
  • Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies in front of an emerald blue pond
  • Lots of parking !!! : )

   

Photo #1 by elan Imaging

Photo #2 & #3 by Infinity Video and Photo

So, call me to schedule a tour at any of these fabulous venues!  210-215-5820

Kim and michael - Witte Museum (san antonio wedding planner)

I work with some of the BEST clients and Kim and Michael definitely fit the bill.  We first met to discuss Day Of Coordinating and they ended up also hiring Haute Weddings for catering, bar and beverage service, and chocolate fountain.  Then they used our recommended vendor list to secure flowers by De Vinnie's Paradise and lighting from Illuminating Celebrations.  There was a little anxiety as the Witte Museum was adding on a new extension.  But it was finished right on schedule as Autumn, facility coordinator for the Witte, had promised and they had the outdoor ceremony they dreamed of.  Photos courtesy of Photographically Ever After.

alison and Ben - witte museum (san antonio wedding planner)

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.

zaza gardens event facility - san antonio wedding planner

Hosting the open house at this new downtown facility was a blast.  My preferred vendors donated their services and products to dress the facility for it's San Antonio Wedding Magazine debut.  They even videotaped the room and outdoor areas to show on their Virtual Tour link.  The facility is close to downtown, lots of free parking, high ceilings, limestone walls and wooden beams.  Lots of space to roam and dance while still keeping it warm and intimate.  Accommodates @ 200 with a dance floor.  Call Lisa @ Haute Weddings 210-215-5820 for more information.

I also want to give a big shout-out and thank you to Teresa of elan Imaging.  She always does an amazing job!  And Masquerade DJ for filling in at the last minute, and Infinity Catering, for providing their scrumptious food for my guests.

janie and lawney - The McNay - Rio Plaza

This event is dear to my heart for it is my in-law's 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They started the day by renewing their vows in front of their children, grand children and great-grandchildren.  Then, headed off to the wedding reception they never had at the Rio Plaza, downtown, San Antonio, TX.  Photography by www.araphotography.com