Nicholas & Ana

Celebrate on The Riverwalk

Sometimes You Have to Tell a Lie

How did you meet?

Nick and I met in medical school, as we randomly were in the same anatomy tank group. That’s just where things started, however, we got to know each other even better through our faith and going to St. Mary’s Catholic Center together.

Cassie Stricker Photography

Tell us about the proposal.

Nick used the excuse of an MD/PhD retreat to dupe Ana into coming to College Station, where he had a small setup on the Breen Deck outside St. Mary’s (where we first kissed). Of course everything did not work quite according to plan, as we both caught COVID the week before, and Nick had to lie to Ana that he got a negative test so that she would still come up. He promised never to lie again!


What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day?

I wanted a very spring theme since the wedding was going to be at the beginning of May. I wanted everything to be more on the minimalist side and also very elegant. I picked the color scheme of coral/peach and off white with a hint of blue for the florals and a dusty rose for the bridesmaid dresses.


Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did?

It had always been my dream to get married at the UIW Chapel because it is absolutely beautiful and my parents were married there.

Funny story, Nick actually secured our date 2 weeks before the proposal because we had a small window to get married before or after med school graduation. Good thing he did because it started to fill up soon after!

Then for the venue, that was a little bit of a stressful process. When we first got engaged, I started calling around places in San Antonio. I soon realized that many of them were already booked which sent me into a bit of a panic. I started expanding my list of venue options for the reception, and I came across the Westin on the Riverwalk. I loved that this venue was nearby the church and to my surprise it was actually available! We quickly scheduled a tour and immediately fell in love with this incredible hotel and decided to book it.

For our photographer, it had always been my dream to have Cassie photograph my wedding! We both graduated from A&M the same year, and I had seen her photograph weddings for many people that I knew. Her pictures were exactly my style and everything I could hope and dream to have as a piece to remember for my wedding. I reached out to her the same day I got engaged, because I wanted to make sure that the date was available and thankfully it was! I cannot express how excited I was about this!

For DJs, my sister came across Brandon, a.k.a. Platinum DJ Entertainment on Instagram, and we got a chance to see videos from other receptions he had played at. We immediately fell in love with his style and set up a phone call. Right away we could tell that he was extremely professional, and exactly what we were looking for in a DJ.

For florals, we reached out to the same company (The Last Straw Florist) that had done the flowers at my parents wedding back in the day. To my surprise they were still in business! Diane was able to bring to life the vision that I had, and it completely blew me away.

For the cake we went with Betty Jane’s Bakeshoppe. They were a pleasure to work with and were able to create the exact cake that I wanted just based off of the photograph that I showed them. Also, it was delicious!

For planning and coordination, I took a little different route. My aunt helped tremendously with the day of coordination and my mom and I spent the last 12 months putting in lots of time and effort into making the day go perfectly. I wouldn’t change a thing. After everything was said and done, I was a little surprised that nothing went wrong. Everything was so perfect.


What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?

I think the florals were unique! I wanted neutral colors with a pop of blue. Also the bridesmaid dresses, I wanted more of a satin material to match my dress rather than chiffon.

My wedding dress was a Justin Alexander. I had seen it online and knew immediately that it would be the one. Last summer I was visiting my family in Colombia and we decided to have the tulle sleeves made there as well as the pearl veil. Both of these pieces, added unique elements to the dress.


Did any of your vendors exceed your expectations?

The DJ and photographer were outstanding!

For the music I had a very specific vision of blending pop music for now and the early 2000s with Latin hits. He did this effortlessly and our guests were out on the dance floor the entire night, I was so excited about how much they loved the music mix!

Cassie did a phenomenal job with the photos. I got really emotional looking at our sneak peaks because it hit me that these will be the memories we will look back on for the rest of our lives of our perfect day.

What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding?

Start early! Even if you don’t get what you think you want because a vendor or venue is booked, don’t be afraid to expand your idea of your perfect wedding day. The Riverwalk was not even on my radar when I started planning but once the church and the reception venue came together I could see it more and more.  It really all worked out perfectly.

Cassie Stricker Photography


  • Cake
    Betty jane's Bakeshoppe
  • DJ
    Platinum DJ Entertainment
  • Florals
    The Last Straw Florist
  • Hair & Makeup
    Khalil and Co. Bridal and Beauty
  • Photography
    Cassie Stricker Photography
  • Reception Venue
    The Westin Riverwalk
  • Rehearsal Dinner
    Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

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