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

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.

        

         

                                 

         

    

Karla and Adrian - Kendall Plantation (san antonio wedding planner)

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 - 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.....