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.....

Mary and Adam - 6th Street Studio

Mary and Adam met in high school and dated for five years before deciding to tie the knot.  Adam has such a tender heart that even when he showed up to ask Mary's baptist parents for her hand in marriage, with piercings in his ears and other places, they were overjoyed.  And so their journey begins.  They wanted to graduate college first, but just couldn't hold off. Two months before their graduation, they married at 6th Street Studio. They are both sweet as apple pie and have the All-American looks to go with it.  They are two peas in the same pod.  They both love music, are adventurous (the jumping out of airplanes kind), smoke cigars, and they even have birthmarks in the same spot.  Anyone who knows them, knows they are meant to be together - forever.

Mary and Adam are eccentric with eclectic taste.  They are old souls in a new age.  Their theme was modern-vintage and their colors were muted tones of silver, blue and green.  The space at 6th Street Studio is industrial, yet awesomely intimate.  High ceilings, lots of natural light, white washed walls lined with brick work and wooden beams.  The centerpieces were tall curly willows infused with canary yellow carnations that sat upon gunmetal gray pin-tuck linens.

The ceremony was a family affair with brother, Caleb, officiating and brother, Ben, playing guitar.  They wrote their own vows and Caleb was sure to incorporate their personalities as well.  Instead of "with this ring," it was, "with this tattoo," and instead of the traditional "I Do's," they simply stated, "I choose you."  It was the sweetest of moments.  To top it off, Ben played and sang the lovely ballad version of The Cure's, "Just Like Heaven."  It was a prelude for the rest of the evening.

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