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Southwest School of Art and Craft Wedding by Elissa R. Photography

Oh how I love this charming, DIY San Antonio wedding! The flowers are so bright and pretty they almost seem as if they are jumping for joy and why wouldn’t they? This wedding is just that adorable. Captured beautifully by Elissa R. Photography, this wedding was certainly a lobor of love with the groom writing the vows, a close friend officiating, and the bride and her sister handcrafting the seating chart complete with little paintings of Texas wildflowers instead of numbers. Totally brilliant! See that and so much more in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…The inspiration for our wedding was our hometown of San Antonio, Texas. We love it and really wanted to highlight its charm and beauty, especially for our many out-of-town guests. Showcasing San Antonio started with our venue, the gorgeous Southwest School of Art and Craft, located on the River Walk. Founded as a convent in 1851, the school’s chapel features gleaming hardwood floors, Texas limestone walls, and Spanish-style wrought iron chandeliers.

Our cocktail hour, which took place in the school’s garden overlooking the San Antonio River, featured San Antonio-inspired food and drink. Guests sipped sangria and pineapple aguas frescas and ate savory empanadas, jalapeno chicken with chimichurri sauce, and tequila shrimp shooters. When they came back inside for dinner, a host of Mexican street foods awaited them, including gorditas, pork tacos, and quesadillas. It was also important for us to incorporate our own talents, as well as those of our family and friends, a decision that made our day more personal and that helped us save money.

Jared wrote our ceremony and vows and we created our 80s-centric playlist together. A family friend and I did the calligraphy for the invitations. My artistic twin sister/Maid of Honor Sam designed our invitations from an inspiration board that I created.  Instead of using numbers for our table assignments, Sam hand painted a variety of Texas wildflowers to lead guests to their seats, and we built our seating chart together using fabric and corkboard. We decorated our cake table with photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days that we printed and framed ourselves. Our good friend from college served as our officiant and my stepdad’s brother played the violin during the ceremony.

All of these choices helped us create a wedding that was uniquely us. It was full of beautiful details, love, and we had a ton of fun dancing the night away. It was a wonderful way to begin our new life together.

Wedding Photography: Elissa R. Photography / Floral Design: Uptown Flowers / Event Design: The Bride + Groom / Ceremony + Reception Location: Southwest School of Art and Craft / Wedding Invitations: Samantha Fisk (twin sister of the bride) / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Wedding Dress: Allure via Mayfair Bridal / Reception Dress: Nordstrom / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Rentals: San Antonio Rentals and Party Planning / Hair: Erin Jackson of  Emali Lane Salon/ Make-up: Yvette Rosenstein / Wedding Cake: Cathy Young / Catering: True Flavors / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Ceremony Music: Sam Barnett / Ceremony Coordinator: Krystle McCollough / DJ: Music Connection

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San Antonio Wedding by Elite Video Productions

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…

Darin & Kellye from elitevp on Vimeo.

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.

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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.CrewChuck Taylor / Ring Bearer Ties: Custom / Custom Ring Pillow: Giggle Room / Reception Music: Russell Boyd

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San Antonio Wedding by Perez Photography

Welcome to a stunning San Antonio swoonfest by Perez Photography. From the engagement story (a must read) to the big day – every bit is as romantic and pretty as can be. And I haven’t even told you about the cakes yet, each table had a different cake of the homemade variety free for the tasting. You could just walk around all of this prettiness eating cake! Now that’s having your cake and eating it too if you ask me. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride… Colin and I met in Brownsville, Texas in February 2009. We were in medical school, doing a special rotation focused on public health issues along the US-Mexico border. He asked me out for our first date on the day after Valentine’s Day and we’ve been together ever since!  I did my internship in Portland while he was at UTHSCSA, so we spent thousands of cell phone minutes and racked up lots of miles traveling back and forth between the two cities for a year.  Then, in February 2010, Colin surprised me with a weekend trip just for fun. I was post-call (meaning I hadn’t slept in 30 hours) and had no idea where we were going until the limo service dropped us off at the airport and we checked in for our flight to NYC! We flew first class to the city where another limo service picked us up and chauffeured us to our beautiful hotel – the Mandarin Oriental. We had a gorgeous suite overlooking freshly snow-covered Central Park. As soon as we set our bags down, Colin opened a bottle of champagne and put on some music (“Make You Feel My Love” – became our wedding song). He then got down on one knee and proposed! I was so surprised and happy!  We then got to work planning the wedding of our dreams.

I wanted it to have a vintage family garden party feel — like a special dinner in Grandma’s backyard. There were lots of vintage touches and the meal was served family style. My favorite part though were the cakes. The idea was to put a different cake (mostly made by family friends) on a vintage cake stand at every table. People then walked around and tried different cakes and talked with each other! It worked perfectly! Now we are in beautiful Paris, spending a week at a boutique hotel and enjoying all great food and wine we can find!

Wedding Photography: Perez Photography / Wedding Venue: The Witte Museum / Wedding Coordination & Floral Design: Tracy French of The French Connection / Paper Goods: Tracy French of The French Connection / Catering: Page Barteau Catering / Photo Booth: Boothography / Dinner Music: Monte Vista Strings and Jazz / Linens: BBJ Linen / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

San Antonio Wedding At Southwest School Of Art & Craft ~ Eclectic Images

If you grew up anywhere near San Antonio, you’ll know that it is full of charm ~ full of history and activity and most of all, full of romance! Package it all together ~ it’s THE perfect place for a wedding celebration!


from Eclectic Images … Sarah and Gary were married at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio.  Sarah got ready at the Hotel Havana just down the street. Sarah is a fine art photographer and Gary is a metal artist, so both incorporated their passions into their wedding. Sarah displayed vintage cameras and had polaroids available for guests to take photos and hang them on a string display. Gary made the table centerpieces and a cute wooden mechanical version of a bride and groom who kissed each other when the handle was turned. An artist friend made the unique boutonnieres, and Sarah carried a few flowers in a vase that was handmade by another artist friend. Sarah wore a vintage yellow dress. Instead of cutting a cake they cut flan (made from Sarah’s mothers Cuban family recipe). The band playing played vintage music that totally went with the vibe of their wedding.

For more of Sarah and Gary’s wedding ~ head on over to the Eclectic Images blogPart One and Part Two

Photography: Eclectic Images / Location: Southwest School of Art and Craft, / Dress: vintage / Florist: Janal Florist / Caterer: Leave It To Us / Musicians: Johnny P and The Wiseguys

To see more from Eclectic Images, take a peek at some of her favorite wedding shots from 2010 on her blog!

San Antonio Wedding by Spink Studio

We are mixing these up this week with a full day of real weddings. We’re talking one wedding on the hour, every hour. Kind of like real wedding crack for the super chic bride. And with each wedding, we’re only giving you a little tidbit to fall in love with. You’ll have to click on the gallery link to see more. By doing it this way, we get to share a little bit more of the goodness that is coming across our desk and you get to choose the weddings you want to devour. A little something for everyone if you will. First up, this perfectly lovely San Antonio fete photographed by Kayla Barker at Spink Studio. Click here to see the full gallery.

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The ceremony was located at the San Antonio Botanic Gardens which were SO gorgeous and the reception was held their at the gardens at this cute, old, German style cabin. People sat inside and outside. The colors were brown and ivory with touches of blue which was perfect for the October Texas wedding. After the reception, we headed to the San Antonio Riverwalk to take some photos.

Wedding Coordinator: Alisha Reyes / Florist: Botanika / Band/DJ: Allegretto Music / Caterer: True Flavors / Other: Transportation Elegant Limo & Charter/ Cake: The Cake Shop / Photography: Kayla Barker of Spink Studio

San Antonio Garden Inspired Wedding

I happen to be a die-hard fan of poufy veils. Long, short, pink – doesn’t matter. I love them all the same. So I literally began drooling when this San Antonio wedding crossed my path as it involves quite an assortment of frothy head gear.

Melissa and Patrick, the adorable couple, wanted to create an evening garden party topped off with lots and lots of dancing and festivities. I think they hit the nail on its pretty, pretty head, don’t you? Anne Marie was the woman behind the lens and the result is magical to say the least.

A bit about the day from the bride:

The concept for our wedding was a vintage inspired evening garden party. My grandmother, Anne Slevin, and my mom are the upmost women I know.  I looked at pictures from my mom’s wedding and wanted ours to have a similar feeling. I remember my grandmother as soft and pastel, and very 50’s and wanted to incorporate this into the day as well. My grandparents loved dancing and would go once a week in their younger years. They are no longer with us so I wanted to celebrate them at our wedding….Dancing and fun!  My parents drove off in a station wagon that my dad’s parents had given them the night of their wedding.  About five months before the wedding my parents were driving back to Fort Worth and my dad saw the Woody Wagoneer on the side of the road and bought it for our wedding gift.

xoxo, Erin of Erin Ever After

Venue: Southwest School of Art and Craft / Photography: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Leave it to Us Catering / Cake: Mad about Cakes / Flowers: HEB Blooms / Day of Coordinator: Angela Atwood of Lucies Events / Reception Music: Wilbert Beasley Body and Soul / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet / Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew / Hair Accessories: / Accessories: Anthropologie / Flower Girl attire: Crew Cuts / Invitations: Carrot and Stick Press

San Antonio Riverwalk Wedding ~ From Stella & Leon Alesi

We have a day filled with Texas sunshine and love from Stella & Leon Alesi! Three weddings ~ three color palettes, three gorgeous couples, totally different takes on what a dream day can be … but most of all ~ a day filled with beauty!

First up is Julie and Ryan’s San Antonio Riverwalk wedding from this past October. The best wedding month in Texas!

On the Alesi’s blog, Stella says she has a theory. Her theory is that part of being a great wedding photographer is having the ability to attract great clients. And that, my friends is what we are hoping to do with Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog! Developing relationships between the LBB vendors and the SMP readers. That’s what it’s all about!

She goes on to tell us a little about Julie and Ryan ~ how fun loving and creative they are, how lovingly they treated each other that day.

They were married at the Southwest School of Art and Craft alongside the riverwalk.

Congratulations Julie & Ryan on a beautiful day!

More wedding from Stella and Leon Alesi coming up in a bit!

We JUST learned that one of our fantastic LBB members, Mika78 did the stationery for Julie and Ryan! We knew we loved it … now we know why!!

Just checked Mika78’s website … looks like this invitation is named The Quote. “We had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches, we found that we were one tree and not two.” ~ from de Bernieres’ novel, Corelli’s Mandolin

The entire Mika78 ready made letterpress design catalog is on their website. LOVE. You should totally take a look {twenty-two ink colors} LOVE!

Florist: RTC Floristry, Bakery: Seventh Heaven Cakes, Caterer: Fresh Horizons, Ceremony Music: Marshall Ford Swing Band, Reception Music: T Bird and the Breaks, Videographer: Michelle Millette, Photography: Stella & Leon Alesi, Venue: Southwest School of Art and Craft, Stationery: Mika78