Our French Themed Wedding

Hello, there! It’s been a while since I’ve paid any attention to this blog, but the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about how to tie up everything that has happened over the last few (five!) months. Since the last post in February, Colton and I wrapped up wedding planning, got married, honeymooned in France, and moved into a new apartment together. I’ve decided to break everything up into several posts over the next few weeks, beginning with our wedding day.

The day was May 21, 2016. It was drizzly and humid when we woke up and started getting ready, but the dreary weather outside didn’t stop the feeling of excitement inside me and the increasing amount of butterflies swirling around in my stomach as the time of the ceremony got closer. My lovely bridesmaids met at my house to get hair and makeup done (as if they aren’t beautiful enough!).

It was so wonderful being surrounded by everyone that is special to me on this day, because it was an emotional roller coaster for me. For those of you reading this that don’t know, my mom passed away in October 2015 from a long battle with leukemia. She was able to be there through Colton and I dating as well as getting engaged, which meant a lot to me. She was also able to help me plan part of the wedding, from finding a beautiful, quaint reception location to being a trooper and going with me to find my dress while receiving chemo treatments in Houston. Everything reminded me of her on our wedding day, and even though she was not there in person I know that she was definitely there in spirit. She wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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By the time 3PM rolled around, the clouds and drizzle had passed and I was ready to get the show on the road! We had our wedding ceremony at Mission San Francisco de la Espada (commonly known as Mission Espada) in San Antonio, TX. It is actually one of the five missions in San Antonio that was dedicated as a World Heritage Site in 2015. The church is beautiful, and I loved being able to hold our ceremony in such a historically significant place. We chose this specific mission because of the rustic and intimate feel of the space and the beautiful wood ceiling. The ceremony was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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Our reception was held at the Borglum Studio on Brackenridge Golf Course, the oldest golf course in San Antonio. The building itself was actually where Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum designed Mount Rushmore. It’s like we have a thing for old, historic buildings or something. 😉 The city did a wonderful job of restoring the building and I actually don’t know how my mom found this place because it doesn’t show up on any wedding websites, but I’m glad she did and I’m glad that everything worked out and Colton and I were able to hold our reception in the place she and I picked out together.

Because we were going to France for our honeymoon (posts and pictures coming soon!!), we wanted our wedding reception to have the same feel. The theme was French garden and because Colton and I are big on wine and cheese, there was plenty of it! We brought in cheese mongers from Antonelli’s Cheese House in Austin who made us a beautiful cheese wheel cake to serve during the cocktail hour outside under the pavilion. This was pretty much the only requirement I had for my wedding: there had to be a cheese wheel cake.

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Continuing the French theme inside the Borglum Studio for the reception, we added subtle details throughout the space to keep it simple. And we even carried the theme over into dinner and dessert by serving chicken provencal with white wine beurre blanc sauce and herb-crusted inside round of beef roasted with Herbes de Provence for the main entrees and macarons along side the wedding cake for a sweet treat. For our favors, we gave out handmade jars of Herbes de Provence and a recipe card with one of our favorite homemade dishes (I’ll have to post that recipe soon!).

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The day turned out better than I could have imagined, and I want to thank all of our friends and family, as well as the vendors who came together and made it possible. Especially Natalie and Raleigh with Country Sugar Events because they saved my sanity as the wedding got closer, and Monica with Monica Roberts Photography because these photographs came out beautiful!

Wedding Dress/Sleeves: Sophia Tolli/Justin Alexander

Tuxedo: BLACK by Vera Wang – Men’s Warehouse

Hair/Make-Up: Vanity Eiland

Ceremony: Mission San Francisco de la Espada

Reception: Borglum Studio & Pavilion

Floral: H-E-B Blooms

Cheese Wheel Cake: Antonelli’s Cheese House

Catering: Fresh Horizons Creative Catering

Bartending: Cocktails Bartending Service

Wedding Cake/Macarons: Bakery Lorraine

DJ: Todd – 5150 Productions

Photographer: Monica Roberts Photography

Coordinator: Natalie/Raleigh – Country Sugar Events

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