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

Mobile bar service taken to a whole new level - san antonio weddings - haute cocktails

What turns an ordinary event into a celebration?  Friends, Family, Good Food, Good Drinks and Fun!   I had the privilege of sitting down with Megan Morales of Haute Cocktails, and asking her a few questions about how her mobile bar service adds to this mix.  www.sapartyontherocks.com, 210-412-6381

HW: What is Haute Cocktail’s signature drink? Can you reveal the recipe?

MM: Our signature drink is our “Haute ‘N’ Hard Lemonade.”  It’s a refreshing hand-squeezed citrus drink, and it really hits the spot. It's tangy without being sour and sweet without it being syrupy.  It's perfect and everyone LOVES it!  The drink is homemade lemonade infused with vodka. We infuse the vodka with fresh fruits like watermelon, blueberry, or strawberry and then add it to the homemade lemonade.  It's a simple recipe, but you taste the difference in the freshness.  I made this because I’m not a big fan of margaritas, mainly because Tequila and I don’t always see eye to eye JJ : ), but I still wanted something fun and fruity.

HW: Did you have any prior bartending experience prior to owning Haute Cocktails? 

MM: I tended bar with various companies before I decided that this is what I was passionate about. I have always been creative in the culinary sense, and I’ve always believed that you couldn’t have a great meal without a great drink to go with it.  I love incorporating the unexpected.  So, I'm game to experimenting with South Texas flavors like jalapeños, mangos, and cucumbers, if any clients are up for it.

HW: Tell me, how did Haute Cocktails get started?

MM: In case everybody doesn’t know my mother Lisa, who owns Haute Weddings, started out in the wedding business making the most beautiful wedding cakes. Well I worked for her in the bakery and dreamed of someday being called “The Cake Lady” like my mom. Well it turns out, I can make you the most scrum-dili-umptious cake, but I can’t decorate worth a darn.  With my mom being in the wedding industry, I guess it rubbed off on me and I love the feeling of working with couples and helping to make their day super special. I started tending bar for catering companies, and at my friend’s bar on the weekends.  It really didn’t take too long after that to realize that this is what I wanted to do.

HW: What is Haute Cocktails price ranges? Do you have packages?

MM: We offer customized packages to fit every client’s needs and most importantly, their budget. We bring enough mixes and set ups for the masses to ensure we have everything available for everybody, all night long.  If someone wants 20 sodas, we have it, and it doesn’t change the overall cost because we’ve learned to not try and figure out how much people will or wont drink. We don’t estimate how many “beer drinkers,” or “hard liquor drinkers,” a wedding will have because you never really know.  You might think someone is only a beer drinker but then when a hosted bar is provided and hard liquor is provided, they always drink that first.

HW: What is your best memory/experience with Haute Cocktails?

MM: My favorite memory was the wedding with Maggie & Jose at Kendall Plantation. The brother made a special video of the grandparents giving advice to the newly weds on how to keep their marriage strong and happy. We played it on our video bar for them after the toasts were done, and it was such an emotional, intimate moment. We were very glad to be able to be apart of that.

               

HW: What drinks are most popular with guests?

MM: To pick the drinks that are most popular with guests is a hard one. It really does depend on the crowd, but I would have to go with our signature lemonade. When that is offered as a choice it’s the first one that goes.  Even before the hard liquor!. I think the guests really enjoy it because it’s something new and fresh, not something they can get just anywhere.

                              

HW: Does Haute Cocktails have any words of advice for future brides?

MM: As far as advice goes for picking a bar service?  I would say, to shop around for a good value, not just the lowest price.  Sometimes cutting corners in order to save a few bucks can really turn your big day, into a big mess.  On average you need one bartender for every 100 guests, sometimes two for every 100 if you plan on having a full bar.  Also, choosing the famous “Beer, Wine, and Margarita” package could end up costing you more in the long run. Wine is expensive and you don’t get as many servings per bottle as you would from a hard liquor bottle.  You do however; get the most bang for your buck when you choose a keg over bottled beer.  Our video bar can house two kegs on tap.

HW: You are quite young to own a business, much less a bar service. What challenges have you faced in regards to your age and how do you overcome them? 

MM:  I guess others would see me as young, but I feel like I am just coming of age.   The thing is, I have always been an entrepreneur.   I grew up with two parents who have both always owned businesses.  So I understand the importance of pleasing my clients, and providing great customer service.  I also learned that “quality not quantity” is the most important aspect to running any kind of business. I am such a perfectionist with my setups and drinks, that I will not serve anything that I don’t think is up to par with my standards nor will I hire anyone who doesn’t meet my expectations.  Now as far as being young and owning a bar service, I see it as an advantage.  I’m newly of age so I’m open to trying all different kinds of drinks and places, so I have a younger outlook on bringing my clients the hottest, freshest, most up-to-date styles in the bar world.

HW:  So, with all the mobile bar services out there, what makes Haute Cocktails different?

MM:  I believe my company is different in that I deliver quality products, a broader range of choices, professional service, and an overall great experience for my clients and their guests.  I understand that the bar is not the focal point of the event, but while their at the bar, I want them to enjoy it.  Megan Morales, www.sapartyontherocks.com, 210-412-6381

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

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.

Kimberly and Marcus engagements - downtown San Antonio (san antonio wedding planner)

Kimberly and Marcus will be getting married in November at the Kendall Plantation.  They have chosen Teresa with elan Imaging as their photographer.  She has done a fantastic job with their engagements and I can't wait til the big day when she shoots their ceremony and reception.  Thanks Teresa!  www.elanimaging.com

Marcy & Alex - Marquardt Ranch

Marcy and Alex tied the knot Jan. 15th @ The Marquardt Ranch.  I had been working with them for the past two years, but time really did fly by.  Of course, everyone was happy when their wedding day finally arrived, but it was bittersweet for me.  Don't get me wrong, I am ecstatically happy for them, but I will indeed miss them.  Photos courtesy of Teresa @ www.elanimaging.com