I am a BIG advocate for wedding cinematography. HUGE. Why might you ask? Because I was one of those people that was super close to not having our day captured on video, and that would have been a BIG mistake. HUGE. Because I literally watch our video multiple times a week. Do I cry every.single.time? Why yes I do. Don’t judge. Anywho, Elite Video Productions sent over yet another example of why it’s so important – they captured this sweet San Antonio soirée to such perfection I could almost feel the warm Texas sunshine. And please don’t miss this couple’s fabulous first kiss at 1:41 – now that’s how it’s done people. Before I ramble off into the sunset, get cozy and let’s soak up some wedding video goodness…
And now that we are all crying together, let’s take a look at some of the gorgeous images from Anne Marie Photography. From the five flower girls and five ring bearers to carefully thought out details, everything was wrapped up in one pretty little photography bow and there is even more in the full gallery.
From the Bride… We always envisioned our wedding day as very intimate feeling, with a strong emphasis on “merriment” (a word used throughout our invites, signs, and program). Also, FAMILY! We had 10 little ones (everyone told us we were crazy), 5 flowergirls and 5 ringbearers.
When choosing a site we wanted a place where we could do both ceremony and reception. The Southwest School of Art and Craft proved to be the best of both worlds. We wanted an outdoor ceremony (another reason people told us we were crazy; given the January date and unpredictable Texas weather) and with the forecast calling for rain, we didn’t know until hours before what the call would be. It turned out to be perfect weather and the ceremony was better than we dreamt it could be. One of the most special moments of the day, certainly the thing we’ve gotten the most comments about, were the vows we wrote ourselves.
Our style was updated classic/ traditional with a twist. Our ceremony was held outside in front of a gazebo flanked by the San Antonio Riverwalk, 100-year-old oak trees, and a lush garden. Our reception was held inside the former Ursuline Convent Chapel, a beautiful 150-year-old chapel with stone walls, stained glass windows, and original wooden details. The main focus of the reception décor was the flowers and candlelight, everything else was kept clean and simple in order to bring the emphasis to the three different styles of red floral centerpieces.
Special touches we infused into our day were the champagne pass to welcome guests before the ceremony, sister harpists during the ceremony, the pashminas & bells on guests seats at the ceremony, the bride & groom cookies placed at each guests plate at the reception and the grooms cake was a brownie served with a cold milk shooter.
Wedding Photography: Anne Marie Photography / Cinematography: Elite Video Productions / Wedding Venue: Southwest School of Art and Craft / Event Design & Coordination: Fresh Horizons / Floral Design: Statue of Design / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via The Bridal Salon of San Antonio / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Reception Dress: Carmen Marc Valvo via Saks Fifth Ave / Bride’s Earrings: Borrowed / Wedding Invitations: Anne’s Stationery Studio / Wedding Cake & Brownies: Cakes by Cathy Young / Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic / Groom’s Tie: Custom / Custom Bride & Groom Cookies: Lily’s Cookies / Wedding Rings: Moses Jewelers / Pashminas for Guests: Fashion Anything / Bells: Bells Online / Flowergirl Dresses: Best Friends / Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew + Chuck Taylor / Ring Bearer Ties: Custom / Custom Ring Pillow: Giggle Room / Reception Music: Russell Boyd