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.