It’s not often I have the chance to feature friends’ weddings here, but it’s always such a treat when I do! Katie and Daniel are two of my favorite people, and their Texas wedding was full of color and joy. The way Katie writes about the day, you almost don’t need photos to imagine it – of course InTandem‘s beautiful images speak for themselves, and capture the vibrancy of the day perfectly…
For the invitation suite, Katie gave Lucky Luxe freedom to design with only a few words for direction: colorful, Texas, fiesta, playful, fun. Says Erin from Lucky Luxe, “Katie chose our Souvenir Destination save-the-date postcard so we could really pack lots of kitschy, fun Texas imagery into the design, and I worked with a papel picado motif for the actual invitation.”
Says the bride: “I wasn’t especially picky about my hair, other than wanting it up and pretty, but I had to have baby’s breath in it because my mom wore baby’s breath in her hair when she married my dad. Our drastically different heights prevented me from wearing her wedding dress (despite a hilarious fitting attempt the day before we went dress shopping), so this was the simplest way to copycat my adorable mom.”
“We had a full Catholic mass, so the ceremony was a tradition unto itself. The music – one of the few areas of flexibility – really thrilled me. Mission San Jose is well known around here for its weekly mariachi mass, so we asked a very talented mariachi band to put their spin on the traditional and Spanish hymns we’d chosen. Their version of songs like ‘Softly and Tenderly’ was familiar enough to recognize but gorgeously unique.”
“Daniel took advantage of the military tradition that allows service members to be married in uniform. He won’t be in the Air Force forever so wearing the uniform was another way to mark where we were in our lives at the time. The Air Force is the reason we met, after all, and we owe it a debt of gratitude for that, as well as for all the dear friends it brought us. I can already imagine looking back at the wedding photos as an old lady and recalling the adventure of it all.”
A favorite moment from the day? “We walked into our reception down the grand staircase (where Selena herself once filmed a music video!) to the Friday Night Lights theme by W.G. Snuffy Walden. Clearly, neither of us has any shame about being FNL superfans. The music swells perfectly for the type of moment where you just married your best friend and look into a crowd of all your favorite people. Plus, it felt like the greatest TV couple of all time – Coach and Tami – were smiling upon us in Texas. Your marriage can’t really go wrong if those two approve.”
Katie’s inspiration in wedding planning? “When I really think about it, I suppose the inspiration was the city itself. I never had a grand vision for the wedding, which sounds like heresy in the age of Pinterest, but it’s true. The upside of my lack of vision was that it gave me lots of leeway to incorporate everything I stumbled upon, whether it fit into a ‘theme’ or not. I liked the simultaneous austerity and grandeur of Mission San Jose where our ceremony took place. I liked the ornate insides of Sunset Station for our reception. I especially liked bold colors, so things like bridesmaid accessories and flowers were as bright as possible.”
A sparkler sendoff was the perfect way for the newlyweds to make their exit.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We chose San Antonio, Texas because this city, more than any other I’ve lived in, feels like my hometown. So much so that I didn’t think twice about having an August wedding in the heart of Texas. San Antonio is so rich with color, culture, and a festive spirit – it was perfect for the joyful day we pictured. Plus, selfishly, there’s no city I like to show off more than San Antonio. Larry McMurtry says San Antonio transcends Texas the same way San Francisco transcends California and New Orleans transcends Louisiana. Couldn’t agree more. There were also some practical considerations that made San Antonio a good choice, like needing a geographically central spot for our friends and family, who are spread out across the U.S. and beyond. I was previously in the Air Force and Daniel is currently in the Air Force, so the friends we’ve made over the years are scattered in too many places to count. No matter if we got married near my parents in Bellingham, Washington or in his hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, people were going to be traveling. San Antonio seemed like the best halfway point.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My childhood friend David, who is now a deacon, gave the homily during our wedding mass. Hearing Davey deliver the sermon – which struck the perfect balance of humor, gravitas, and love – was a precious moment.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. My sweet mother refashioned my first communion dress into a ring pillow for us. She made the dress when I was 7 years old and kept it all these years. At the last minute she tried to convince me not to use it, probably because she didn’t want to make me feel like I had to, which was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard! Of course we used it and I think it’s so, so beautiful.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t expect to have the energy to leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding. Build a day into your plans to be utterly exhausted (in a happy way!). Anything beyond eating, saying goodbye to friends and family, and laying poolside sounds too ambitious to me.