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Elegant Wedding at Southwest School of Art

If I could sprinkle bits of gold on everything, I would do just that. It’s my belief that gold accents make everything better. But combined with black, and we’ve reached a whole new level. This elegant affair at the Southwest School Art is pure style, and has me reconsidering my own wedding color palette. Christine Sargologos snapped every chic detail, all available for your Pinterest pleasure right this way.

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From Christine Sargologos Photography… Callyn & Eric are so easy going and relaxed, with an obvious and enormous love for each other. It meant the entire day was full of sweet little moments and tons of laughter. Both ceremony and reception were at the Southwest School of Art, a former convent with plenty of San Antonio heritage. With that backdrop they added a classic ivory, gold and black palette, along with playful fiesta-themed touches as homage to the city; the perfect balance of elegance and party. Guests loved the the mariachi band and table numbers, and the sombreros and paper floral crowns that were given as party favors. Dinner was served under the vaulted ceilings of the former chapel. The French Connection beautifully transformed the space so guests dined at vintage church pews in candlelight. Of course, nothing is more memorable than the dance party that followed. I think it’s safe to say everyone made it to the floor for at least a song or two. There’s nothing better than a celebration that blends sweetness, romance and a little silliness!

Photography: Christine Sargologos Photography | Floral Design: Uptown Florist | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Caterer: Signature Catering | Bridesmaid Dresses : Alfred Angelo | Cake : Seventh Heaven | Invitations & Table Cards: The French Connection | Linens: Elegant Notions | Mariachi Band & Strings: Monte Vista Strings | Rentals : DPC | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Planner & Event Design: Tracy French, The French Connection | Wedding Venue: The Southwest School Of Art

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Whimsical Coral + Turquoise Tex-Mex Wedding

When Friday starts off with a little Tex-Mex lovin’, you know it’s going to be a happy morning. Captured by Anne Marie Photography, this backyard fete is filled with fun, and the best part? The entire family rolled up their sleeves to make it happen. From the tree-hung poms to the colorful maracas (shaken for a kiss!) to the giant papel picado backdrops, this day of love turned out to be a sweet homemade party.

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From the beautiful Bride…My wedding was a mesmerizing merger of dreams – mine, my (now) husband Rick’s, and both of our families’ – especially our dear mothers. In the end, though, it could not have been more perfect, and I had very little to do with it. My dream “whimsical Tex-Mex” wedding was a true team effort, and my gratitude to every person who contributed will never fade.

Rick and I had toured all the major wedding venues in San Antonio before choosing to have the wedding at his parent’s beautiful home. It was an easy choice: a sprawling yard, no set vendors, no curfew, and, of course, it fit our budget! Rick’s older sister Thea had been married in the backyard in 2009, and it was so utterly lovely. We felt truly blessed when Rick’s parents agreed to host. Then, we started planning.

When I say “we,” I really mean everyone except for me. I was the anti-Bridezilla: the rarely opinionated, remote bride. I was off at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts while my future husband and our mothers did all the heavy lifting. I really cannot emphasize how much they did for me. I would express a vague idea – “I would like the yard to glow” – and my mom procured hundreds of mason jars, candles, and twinkle lights within days. Rick and his brothers personally strung the trees in the yard with the twinkle lights. It took almost two months of weekends dedicated to this task to complete it. Thea had the brilliant idea to use potted flowers as the base for poles to string up festoon lighting over the dance floor, another key element of the wedding I envisioned.

Rick’s mom, Laura, and her dear friend Keith, an event designer, were the most instrumental in creating my dream of “whimsical Tex-Mex” in the back yard. Laura had the brilliant idea to frame the decorations around papel picado, Mexican paper doilies. She found beautiful pastel papel picado to hang in the tent. Her most genius idea, however, was to create three giant foam-core papel picado pieces, customized for the wedding with our names and wedding date, and set them along the fence. Although this was Mama Menchaca’s brain child, it took literally the entire extended family, including many dear friends, to make the project happen. Setting up the giant papel picado and hanging the decorations in the dinner tent on the day of the wedding took the manual labor of a small army of Rick, his brothers, and some of their closest friends. When I saw the final product as I walked down the aisle, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy and gratitude. It looked perfect!

The wedding was full of heartfelt touches that made the night unforgettable. My mother had the inspired idea to order maracas in my wedding colors, and to add little tags that said “shake at the kiss.” During the ceremony, as Rick and I first kissed as husband and wife, we were surrounded by the cheerful thrum of those colorful, festive maracas, enveloping us in the love of friends and family. Rick’s parents had arranged for a mariachi band to play during dinner, which was gloriously festive (and generated some of my very favorite photos). Rick’s brother Ryan and my sister Taylor gave amazing Best Man’s and Maid of Honor speeches, which had us in happy tears the entire time. For the first dance, my father-in-law came to the rescue. I couldn’t decide between two songs: Ben Fold’s “The Luckiest,” one of my favorite songs of all time, and the Ronette’s “Be My Baby,” the song Rick and I consider to be “our song.” Rick’s father had the perfect solution: do both songs! Our DJ spliced them together, and we cried profusely and laughed hysterically throughout the first dance.

When I say the wedding was a team effort, I really mean it. It would not have happened without the blood, sweat and tears of the Menchaca and Mallory families. Because of all the inspiration, resourcefulness, creativity, and pure manual labor poured into my big day, it was a dream come true. Lucky for us, the dream was captured perfectly by Anne Marie Photography, so we can relive it for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Coordinator: Your Wedding Your Way | Cake: Cakes By Cathy Young | Catering: Absolutely Delicious | DJ: Flipside Productions | Bride's Dress: Blush Bridal Lounge | Floral: Kelly Lovell | Music: Terra Vista Strings | Rentals: Aztec Rentals | Venue: Private Residence

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Rustic Romance at Mission San Jose

Mission San Jose is dripping in old world elegance; the kind of place that easily lends itself to a romantic affair. And this inspiration crafted by Without Wax, Katy, Mayhar Design and Taylor Lord Photography knows what’s up. With rambling hand-written stationery by The Left Handed Calligrapher and the prettiest pastel color palette, this photo shoot has romance by the bucketful.

From Without Wax, Katy & Mayhar DesignWhen we decided to jointly collaborate on a photo shoot, we were unanimous in our desire to create something that was authentic and timeless and above all, honored and enhanced the original beauty of the environment. Our hearts fell immediately in love with the breathtaking backdrop of San Antonio’s Mission San Jose. After an initial site visit, we quickly set to planning, basing all color and design direction around the color palette and detailing of the mission itself. We quickly brought on a team of local artisans that we dearly admired and are so thrilled with the gifts and talent that each person brought to the table!

It is always our ultimate goal to create a product that is elegant and honest and that portrays a genuine beauty. We cannot thank our amazing team of collaborators enough and hope that you enjoy what we came up with!

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Design: Without Wax, Katy | Design: Mayhar Design | Floral Design: Katy Bohls Of Without Wax, Katy | Cake: 2tarts Bakery | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Antique Pewter, China And Silverware: La Belle Vie | Custom Dress Cape: Kathleen Lothringer | Dining Chair And Velvet Stool: Furbish | Hairpiece: Lacielle Rose | Lace Table Drapery: Heirloom Bed Company | Location: Mission San Jose | Makeup And Hair: Beauty And The Blush | Match Pewter + Monogrammed Linens: Lin Marche

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