A Fairytale Wedding

Amanda + Andrew

Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio

How They Meet

Andrew and Amanda met through a mutual friend and bonded over their joint passion for education. Amanda was pursuing her teaching certification while Andrew was substitute teaching at the time. The pair spent hours talking and getting to know each other. From there sparked their friendship which grew to something much more profound.

Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio
Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio

The Proposal

On the night of the proposal, Andrew planned for him and Amanda to go downtown and see the lights on the Riverwalk, knowing Winter was Amanda’s favorite season because of the lights and decorations. Once at the Riverwalk, the pair found a secluded nook near the mall where Andrew got down on one knee and made Amanda’s dreams come true.

Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio
Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio

Inspiration for the Wedding

Amanda always viewed her relationship with Andrew as a fairytale, so the couple decided to draw inspiration from that when planning their wedding. Once They found their wedding venue, The Gardens of Cranberry View, Amanda’s vision started to come together. Since the venue is a rose garden, the pair incorporated their favorite colors and roses, giving life to their Fairytale Beauty in the Beast-themed wedding.

Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio
Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio

Unique Elements

Amanda and Andrew wanted to encompass love and laughter, which they consider the foundation of their relationship; for their wedding. They wanted to do this by bringing in different elements to make that connection. Amanda, along with the help of her mom and sister, created the décor and flowers (bouquets, arrangements). Amanda stated, “They have always been my rock, so having pieces of them throughout was special.”

Amanda’s sister painted the background canvas of the couple’s welcome sign, which they plan on hanging in their home. The couple was married by Andrew’s long-time best friend, Jack Mack. To incorporate lost family and members who could not make it to the ceremony, Amanda had her necklace made from her great grandmother’s engagement ring that was passed down to her. Her something borrowed was created from one of her grandfather’s handkerchiefs that her mom sewed a piece of her grandmother’s wedding dress into.

Finally, Amanda’s favorite unique piece of her wedding was the song she walked down the aisle to. Amanda was able to work with her ceremony musicians, Sonya and Nathan, to record a version of Turning Pages by Sleeping at Last with her singing.

Raul's Photography, Andrew and Amanda, San Antonio

Words of Advice

“Be patient, and ask all the questions!! Everyone is so sweet and willing to help. I was able to find amazing vendors just by asking! Enjoy every step of the process. It may feel like you have all the time in the world, but it will speed by. Enjoy your day! It will be over in the blink of an eye! It’s okay if not everything is perfect. Just have fun, laugh and love during every chance you get!”


  • Bartending Service
    Elite Bartending Services
  • Bride's Dress Shop
    Impression Bridal of San Antonio
  • Bridesmaids Shop
  • Cake
    2Tarts Bakery
  • Caterer
    Heavenly Gourmet Catering
  • Ceremony Musicians
    Sonja Westberg & Nathan Sharplin
  • Cotton Candy
    Sugar Cloud Cotton Candy
  • DJ
    Maximum Grooves Sounds: Chris Saucedo
  • Decor
    Bride & Family
  • Dessert Bar
    2Tarts Bakery
  • Florist
    Brides Mom
  • Groom's Attire
    Men's Warehouse
  • Makeup Artist
    Southern Tease Hair, Makeup, & Boutique
  • Photo Booth
    Nostalgia Photobooth
  • Venue
    Gardens of Cranesbury View
  • Wedding Officiant
    John Robert Mack
  • Wedding Planner
    Stephanie Carrier
  • photographer
    Raul’s Photography

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