Y’all, we’re so glad to have been able to work with Carmen and Vance.  They had an incredibly fun wedding with lots of personal touches.  Their goal was simple, they wanted a laid back and rustic yet elegant wedding.  A celebration that represented where they’re from and how they live their lives. It was such a pleasure working with this amazing couple and we loved being part of it from the start.     

Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?

When we were planning the wedding we constantly heard that weddings are basically a party for everyone else, not so much for ourselves. Which in someway it can be. We made it our mission to make our wedding day about us. About our love, our love story, and about us having a beautiful night together with our family and friends being there. 

How did you envision what the overall look or feel of your wedding day would be (ex.rustic, shabby chic, laid back, etc..)

We are from Somerset Texas. It is a tiny town with the population of 1,400, a very small country town on the outskirts of San Antonio. We love being in the country and outdoors and have visited Gruene many times. It has become our favorite town to getaway to, with the same feel as back home. We always imagined getting married somewhere outdoors near Gruene. Gruene Estate ended up being the perfect venue. 

What aspects did you incorporate into the plan of your wedding to enhance your guest’s experience? (ex. cigar rolling table, specialty drink, yard games, special guest favors etc.)

We are really into supporting local craft breweries. Not a lot of our friends and family are familiar with craft breweries, so we we served some craft beers we thought they might enjoy. For our dessert, we served pan dulce. Growing up in a hispanic culture we always had pan dulce with coffee.  Since our wedding was a destination event we thought pan dulces and coffee would be a nice touch for guest that had to drive home after the event.

Was there any special touches that were religious or had special meaning (ex. remembering loved ones, unity candle, etc.)?

My mom gave me my grandmothers wedding ring so I had it pinned on my bouquet to have with me. 

Who made or designed ya’lls rings, where were they bought?

My ring was custom made by Medlar Jewelry in San Antonio. My ring is not a traditional diamond, it is a Morganite gem stone.  Morganite is said to be healing to the soul and is a high vibrational, universal stone of uncoditional love. My husband, Vance, chose this specifically for me, and it means the world to me. His ring was purchased from Staghead designs which he was able to custom design himself. His is a whiskey barrel lined titanium ring with a granite inlay.  Titanium is the hardest metal and granite is one of the hardest stones. This is a metaphor for our relationship, strong and not easily broken. 


Who made or designed your dress, where was it bought?
My dress was bought from Bridal Galleria of Texas in San Antonio. They were the best! Featuring a lot of lace and  thin material, it was not the easiest to alter. Every single time I went for a fitting, I was stressed about potential alterations, but they made it their mission to always put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier which my choice in dress and boutique.   
Who did hair and makeup?

My hair was done by Charish the Day Boutique.  They are the sweetest ladies! From day one,  they were so patient, kind and sweet. I was so impressed with the final product. My makeup was done by Jax Studio San Antonio – Kim is amazing! Everything was custom done from start to finish I couldn’t have been happier with the fisnished product. 

Who were your vendors?

Photography – Whitewood Photography Sarah Owens

Flowers – HEB Blooms
Catering – Heavenly Gourmet
Bartenders – Bartenders 4 you 
Photo Booth – shastagram photos 
His Suit – Men’s Warehouse
Her Ring – Medlar Jewelry 
His Ring – Staghead