Amber + Robb 04.02.11

Every once in a while, I get a client who really challenges me.  I love it!  Amber and Robb have been so cool and fun and different since day one, challenging me to be creative and think outside the box while working with them.  I have be sooooooo looking forward to their wedding, and it was awesome!  Their black, white, and apple green color scheme was gorgeous at the La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom, with touches of vintage elegance.  I don’t know how you combine vintage and modern into one concept, but somehow they did it perfectly.  And I just couldn’t believe how amazing Amber’s dress was….drop dead gorgeous!  This was one of the few weddings where the groom actually had some cool duds to match the bride—Robb’s cool black attire with little touches of embroidery embellishment, the green tie, and not to mention, those great green shoes!  Have I gushed enough?  Probably not….

Amber was cool and collected when I arrived that afternoon, just finishing up the final touches on her hair and makeup.  Robb seemed a little more stressed as he ran around making sure all was in place and ready to go.  We got Amber dressed (in that amazing gown) and then the two had a special meeting on the balcony in order to get all of the portraits done ahead of time.  The schedule worked out great—we had plenty of time to get everything done without being stressed or rushed, without too much sitting around, either.  After their special meeting, we had a jaunt along the Riverwalk for a few shots, and then came back to the ballroom to prepare for the ceremony.

Did I mention that this couple was unique?  They substituted the traditional candle lighting or sand ceremony with a Wine Box.  I may not have all the details exactly right on this, but I thought it was such a cool idea.  The handmade box (from the Bride’s father, if I remember correctly) was accompanied by two glasses and a bottle of wine, which they placed inside during the ceremony.  The bride, groom, and pastor each hammered one golden nail to close the box up.  And (this is where I may not have my details right) they will open the box in 5(?) years to celebrate the aging of their marriage together.  Not only did they have the unique wine ceremony, but Robb went with a bracelet instead of the traditional groom’s ring.

The ceremony was beautiful.  The rings (and bracelet) were passed around to each guest to be blessed before the exchange, and then Amber and Robb did a little dance down the isle.  Instead of being announced in, the couple walked in with their guests.  They had a heartfelt speech, thanking everyone who helped (and even gave a shout out to me, wow!), and urging people to donate in their name to the San Antonio Food Bank (who they used to cater).  The speech was followed by an announcement that two chairs had a pen attached to the bottom, and the lucky people who had those chairs got to be the witnesses for the marriage license…which caused frantic chair overturning.  The night went on with lots of dancing, some fun at their photo booth, and Robb revealing that he wore his “Game Over” shirt under his suit all day.  What a great night!

Vendor Shout Out:

  • Floral: Unforgettable Florist (friends of B&G)
  • Stationary: Me! 
  • Cake: Meg’s Cakes (friends of B&G)
  • DJ: Chad and Bo (friends of B&G)
  • Caterer: Catalyst Catering from the San Antonio Food Bank
  • Bartending: Cocktails
  • Hair/Makeup: The Vanity Room, Kellie
  • Pastor: Rev. Kit Tomlinson from University United Methodist Church
  • Rentals: Absolute Rentals, dance floor and cocktail tables
  • Photobooth: Memento Photobooth
  • Day Of Coordinator: The French Connection
  • Hotel: The Hotel Contessa


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  • Amber Faw-Rivera - April 14, 2011 - 10:09 am

    OMG LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!! You were so right that we would!!!! WOW I just want to carry my laptop around now and make people look at them with me so I can talk about it all over and over and over again! :) he he he ok i could really go on gushing, but I should get to work!

  • Caitlin - April 14, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Lol. I don’t mind if you want to go around showing them off! :)

  • Kassie - April 14, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Hey! I go to that church! I thought that pastor looked familiar. This wedding looked like a ton of fun! ps I loved that dress! it was so unique and beautiful.

  • Jen - April 14, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous! And I LOVE the wine box idea! SUPER cute! :) Grats to the two of them!

  • Patty - April 15, 2011 - 6:02 am

    Grandma Ireland loved the wedding. Both of you are gorgeous! The photos are wonderful!!! Grandma wants copies so she can brag to all of her friends! Caitlin you are extremely talented!!!

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