Jen and Adam are from Chicago but wanted a San Antonio wedding back home where Jen’s family lives. I really love this couple, and was excited when it finally came around to wedding day. We arrived at the quaint little church that Jen’s mom is a member of on Saturday afternoon and found Jen and her girls comfortably ensconced in the Bridal room just in time for Jen to open up a letter from her fiance. A few tears and a Chicago Bean neclace later, Jen was ready to get dressed. I have to say that there was no stress–everyone was happy and relaxed, and Jen was SO ready to see her sweetheart fro their reveal before the ceremony. Adam was pretty ready to go, too, and I also found him chilling out with the guys ahead of time. After finding a place with no traffic in the background for them to meet (it took some interesting logistics that included the my assistants ducking behind a wall after getting Jen in place), they were finally able to see each other at last. I really love doing these special meetings. It’s the one time during a wedding where the B&G can just enjoy each other without worring about a bunch of people watching. Jen and Adam spent several minutes hugging and talking while I squished myself into a corner and tried to be quiet. After a bit, they turned around and Adam looked a little surprised, saying, “Oh, I forgot you were there!” (I get that a lot after these moments). We walked across the street and got a nice shot in from of the “Alamo” mural and then a few on the grounds while waiting for the flowers to arrive. Their bridal party and families were, again, just so calm and relaxed and happy. It was great! We finished everything with time to spare, and everyone got to relax again before the ceremony.
A few months ago Jen had sent me a very short email that said I would not be able to take pictures during the ceremony, due to church policies she had just found out about. After I finished hyperventalating and picked myself up off the floor, I wrote her back (a very long email) to try to figure out what had happened (that was not the original plan) and why they had those policies. I have to admit that I went from panic to boss mode. It turns out that Jen was secretly freaking out inside, but wasn’t sure if it was wierd or not, so she was finally able to have her mom go to the church and ask about it. Apperantly it’s an older church that has not had a wedding in a very long time, and they just never got around to changing policies. Boy was I glad when I was finally given the go-ahead! It was a beautiful ceremony (but pretty quick), and I am just so relieved we didn’t miss it.
After the ceremony, Jen, Adam, and their close families and friends took a river barge down the riverwalk to greet their guests at the cocktail hour. I was able to ride on the boat while one of the girls captured the cocktail hour (and us arriving), and it was a blast. The whole ride was filled with people cheering and clapping, the B&G kissing under several bridges, and even a concert at the Arneson Theater that we boated through. We arrived at the La Orillia Del Rio Ballroom–a very San Antonio themed reception of Mariaches, tiny pinatas, little tacos, and a fiesta flare to the decor. There were special moments during the toasts and dances, and then people PARTIED. I have never seen a dance floor so packed for so long. This crown really loved to dance, and the floor was never empty once things got started. They topped the night off with an exit to cascarones confetti and a great getaway car, and he girls and I headed home, brushing off little confetti’s as we went.Share on Facebook