Verity + Joey’s Backyard Soiree at Cordillera Ranch

Verity and Joey gathered friends and family from all over the world to celebrate their big day at home in Cordillera Ranch. The wedding began with a welcome cocktail hour and a live classical pianist performing at the baby grand in the foyer. After perfectly poured libations and superb music, guests were seated on the lush lawn overlooking the couple’s infinity pool and the famed Texas Hill Country at Cordillera Ranch.

The bride’s step-father performed the ceremony and opened the couple’s first bottle of champagne immediately after the “I Do’s”. Valeria Farm to Table catered the wedding with gorgeous salads and delicious paella. After a gourmet meal to die for, pie was served! Now, who doesn’t love pie?! Honestly, our favorite new wedding cake is now pie!

The couple and their 80 closest family and friends danced the night away with the Royal Dukes Band playing their hearts out. It truly was a perfect at home wedding for Verity and Joey. We so enjoyed working with you and your families. Many blessings for a lifetime of happiness together!

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Photo Credit: Steven Anthony Photography

Florals: Wild Whisk – Stephanie Goldsmith

Caterer: Valeria Farm to Table

Rebecca + Kurt’s San Antonio Riverwalk Wedding

From the exquisite backdrop of the historic San Antonio Riverwalk to the beautiful interior of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, everything about Rebecca and Kurt’s wedding was classically elegant. Family and friends gathered at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk to get ready for the big day, where guests later celebrated the couple’s nuptials with a rockin’ wedding reception with The Drywater Band. Chrystina Straughan photography beautifully documented this amazing couple’s wedding day. Congratulations Rebecca and Kurt! We were honored to be a part of your wedding and meeting your wonderful family and friends.

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The Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210-510-4420
Photo Credit: Chrystina Straughan Photography
Florals: DeVinnie’s Paradise

Katherine + Barron’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding

It was a perfect summertime wedding for Katherine and Barron. Festivities began at the Omni de la Mansion, where the family and the wedding party gathered to get ready for the big day. Kirsten Wilhelm Photography captured the pure excitement of the day with the historic Omni de la Mansion as the backdrop. The bride and groom were married at their church, and afterwards a grand party at The Witte Museum was led by The Grooves Band. It was a midsummer’s night dream wedding.
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The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway Street
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 357-1900
Photo Credit: Kirsten Wilhelm Photography
Florals: DeVinnies’ Paradise
Venues: Omni La Mansion Del Rio & The Witte Museum

Amanda + Jaime’s Hill Country Wedding at the Marquardt Ranch

Although the weather posed to be a concern, it turned out to be the most perfect wedding day for Amanda and Jaime at the Marquardt Ranch. The backdrop at the Marquardt Ranch provided the fairytale, whimsical scenery that Amanda had always envisioned for her big day. The lovely couple even had the opportunity to have a kiss under a rainbow.

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The Marquardt Ranch
238 Marquardt Road
Boerne, Texas 78006
(830) 324-6599
http://www.marquardtranch.com
 
Photo Credit: Lauren Moffett Photography
Florals: Blume Haus

20 Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

Courtesy of Lauren Moffett Photography

Courtesy of Lauren Moffett Photography

Looking for the perfect venue is not a simple task, but knowing the right questions to ask will help you navigate through these unchartered waters with ease. In the end, you will feel confident in knowing that you have selected the perfect place to say “I Do”. Here is the list of of the “must ask” questions when visiting wedding venues:

1. What dates are available in the month I’m considering? TIP: If the venue has every Saturday available in the month you would like to get married, don’t use this as a excuse to postpone a contract. Dates fill up quickly, and procrastination could cause you to miss out.

2. How many people can this venue comfortably and spaciously accommodate? NOTE: Sometimes venues will sell themselves by telling the client that the room fits 200, while in reality 200 is a very tight fit. You want to make sure that your guests are comfortable in a room with plenty of room for dancing and mingling. 

3. May I hold my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional charge?

4. Are there dressing rooms for the bridal party? If so, how many people do the rooms accommodate?

5. What is the rental fee and what is included in that price? For instance, complimentary rehearsal time, tables, linens, chairs, glassware or decor?

6. How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable? What’s the payment plan for the entire bill?

7. What’s the cancellation policy? NOTE: Some venues will refund most of your deposit if you cancel far enough in advance, since there’s still a chance they can rent the space. However, after a certain date you may not be able to get a refund.

8. How long will I have use of the event space I reserve? Is there a charge for extra hours?

9. Are there decoration guidelines/restrictions? May I use real candles, rose petals, sparklers?

10. What time can my vendors start setting up on the day of the wedding? Is it possible to start the setup the day before? How early can deliveries be made?

11. Can the venue accommodate a DJ or live band?

12. Is there parking on site? If so, is it complimentary? Do you offer valet parking, and what is the charge? If there is no parking on site, where will my guests park?

13. How many guest restrooms are there? TIP: You should have at least 4 restrooms per 100 people.

14. What security services do you offer? Do I need to hire my own security guards, or does the site hire them or have them on staff? What charges will I be responsible for?

15. Does the venue have liability insurance? NOTE: If someone gets injured during the party, you don’t want to be held responsible—if the site doesn’t have insurance, you’ll need to get your own. For info on insurance, check out WedSafe Wedding Insurance at Wedsafe.com

16. May I hire my own vendors, or must I select from a preferred vendor list?

17. Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of preferred caterers, or may I provide my own? If there is an in-house caterer, do I have the option of using an outside caterer? If the venue does offer in-house catering, you will want to ask:

-What is the food & beverage cost on a per-person basis? What are the tax and service charges? Is there a food minimum that must be met?

-May we do a food tasting prior to finalizing our menu selections? If so, is there an additional charge?

-May I bring in a cake from an outside cake baker, or must I use a cake made on the premises? Is there a cake-cutting fee? Do you provide special cake-cutting utensils?

-May I bring my own spirits, wine, beer or champagne, and is there a corkage fee?

-Do you provide bartending services? If so, what is included in your bar packages? Is alcohol priced per person or by consumption? Are there additional charges for bar staff? Is there a bar minimum that must be met before the conclusion of the event?

18. What overnight accommodations do you provide? Do you offer a discount for booking multiple rooms? Do you provide a complimentary room or upgrade for the newlyweds? What are the nearest hotels to the venue? TIP: Some venues have partnerships with local hotels that offer a discount if you book a block of rooms.

19. What’s your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?

20. Will there be a venue staff member present during my wedding? How long will they stay on property during my event? What will be there their role for the evening? Will they be available to my wedding planner in the event of an emergency?

•If you really love the site, ask the venue representative to put together a proposal with all the pricing and policies—including the tax and service charge—so you have an idea of the basic cost.

•Pay attention to the venue as a whole: Check out everything, including the restrooms, the foyer, the dressing rooms, the outdoor lighting and even the kitchen. You want to be sure your wedding vision can become a reality at this location. If possible, make arrangements with the site representative to visit the venue when it’s set up for a wedding.

•Get everything in writing. Your date is not officially reserved until you sign a contract, and in many cases, give a deposit—even if a site contact says “you don’t need to worry about it”. Once you’ve found the perfect place to say “I Do”, make sure you ask what is required to get your booking locked in, and then follow through on satisfying those requirements. Before you sign a contract, read the fine print and make sure it includes everything you and the on-site coordinator agreed on. As new things are added or changed in your contract, have the updated version printed out and signed by you and the site representative. Also, document all your conversations in emails and keep your correspondence.

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