This beautiful day? It’s gorgeous. The kind of gorgeous that can only be planned by the talented In Style Weddings & Destinations and features one of the sweetest love stories you’ll ever read. Think two young loves going their separate ways, only to be reunited years later over a song and a memory. It’s a fairytale beginning to what is sure to be an epic love story. See it all captured by Amanda Hartfield right here and the sweet film from Jacob Bondesen below.
From the Bride… Bradley and I both were born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. We met when I was seventeen, a senior in high school, and he was one year into college. His little brother and I were friends, which brought me to his parents’ house one Super Bowl Sunday. We dated a couple years and into my sophomore year of college, and then went our separate ways. Our paths took us in different directions as I eventually moved to Denver, Colorado and he stayed in our home town and worked on starting his own business. He was at a Texas country concert and heard a song that reminded him of me. The next day, he called me. It was like we were never apart. Soon after, we made plans to meet in Austin for dinner. Our relationship was rekindled and less than nine months later he proposed while visiting me over Valentine’s Day weekend in Denver.
This ultimately brought me back to Texas where we spent several months planning our long-awaited wedding (I had wanted to marry him since we first met). We wanted our wedding to reflect our journey and crooked path toward our special love story. We decided that it was only appropriate that we get married standing underneath Texas Oak Trees in the Hill Country right outside of San Antonio. We got married on the seventeenth, the age I fell in love with Bradley. Lost Mission was the timeless venue we had been looking for. We also had Texas Country singer Jeffrey Charles play an acoustic set at our cocktail hour. Music had been such a large part of our relationship and we knew it helped tell our story.
Since Colorado was the backdrop of much of our “falling back in love” moments, we knew we had to incorporate it in our wedding. We picked (biodegradable) fake snow as our send off, which was one of my favorite moments of the night. Seeing all of our family and friends waving goodbye and sending farewells, was such a huge moment for us. We walked with gratitude as each guest played such an important role in our love story.
There are bridal sessions, and then there is this stunning masterpiece captured by the ever-talented Jeanann Wilkinson, which takes everything you l.o.v.e about these intimate shoots and kicks it up a notch with a breathtaking bouquet from Statue Of Design, a lovely lace gown fromElie Saab and one of the prettiest brides you will ever see (truly). Soak in every 1920’s-inspired moment right here.
From Jeanann Wilkinson… This Bridal Session was designed by the photographer Jeanann Wilkinson of J Wilkinson Co. It started with the design of the wedding gown selected by a fantastic stylist, Mike Rodriguez. The dress was designed by Ellie Saab, the 1920’s hair design was created by Erin McReynolds at Twirl Salon and the Make-up was by Jade, also at Twirl. The shoes were by Reve Caviola and the bouquet was created by David Garcia of Statue of Design.
Our session had to be taken at our 1909 Historic Landmark Luxery Hotel, The St. Anthony, in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Our Bride Kati Trautman is having her wedding in the peacock alley of this lovely hotel on March 21, 2015.
I absolutely adore a unique and inspiring venue. They never fail to make my heart pitter patter just a wee bit faster. So this whimsical shoot at San Antonio Zoocaptured by Diaz And Diaz Weddings and beautifully designed by Statue Of Design is so up my alley. Trust me, it’s sure to inspire your entire day, and you can see what I mean right here.
From Statue of Design…Inspiration for our photo shoot at the San Antonio Zoo came from a combination of various elements. We had been itching to do a styled shoot at the zoo, but wanted to make sure that our details were cohesive but not overpowering the star attractions at the venue…the animals. With the San Antonio Zoo’s upcoming centennial anniversary, we thought the time was perfect to gather together some of our colleagues and work on a vintage zoo inspired shoot. We worked with Bella Bridesmaids in selecting a muted pastel color palette as a throwback to the vintage “carnival” era. The bridal party featured various floral elements complementing the soft color palettes, from pink to yellow’s and even soft blues. We worked with the team at Spice of Life catering in developing a whimsical themed menu highlighting the catering company’s bold flavors. Our colleagues at Event Ignition highlighted the venue’s unique space with their superior lighting skills, while Luxe Event Décor provided stunning rentals from chameleon chairs to their raj tents. And lastly we worked with Girl General on all of our paper products from invitations to menu, tying in zoo elements as well as paying homage to the vintage theme.
Every now and then you come across those couples whose joy jumps right off the page. The bride and groom who couldn’t stop smiling if they tried, and in this case, an amazing photographer named Taylor Lord there to document it all. It’s a day built on laid back charm – with two miniature ponies thrown into for good measure – and the party goes on the gallery right here.
From Lindsey Brunk…With infectious smiles and a love that touched everyone involved, Heidi & John’s wedding was joyful in every sense of the word. They celebrated with friends and family at The Settlement, a sprawling new venue in San Antonio. Heidi & John wanted glamour and romance, but with laid back charm. Heidi’s three sisters served as her maids of honor while John’s dad was his best man.
After an emotional ceremony, the party kicked off with prickly pear margaritas and two very special guests, white miniature ponies to celebrate the bride’s love of horses.
One of the many personal details of their Big Day was their sweetheart table for the reception. Heidi’s dad Dave tracked down the very table they sat at on their first date in Austin at a little Italian cafe and surprised the couple with it as an engagement present. It now serves as their kitchen table in their new home.
Other details of their big day included gold hand painted succulents as favors, ceremony music by John’s band, and the invitation suite custom made by a family friend to include a watercolor of the ceremony tree by the bride.
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.
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!