Wedding planning is a ton of work, and when you're planning a San Antonio wedding from Spain it's all the more complicated. That didn't slow Andrea down one bit, and when I arrived at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard on her wedding day just one glimpse of the reception area told me everything I needed to know about how much work Andrea had put into her wedding day. One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is just getting to know so many different people and hearing stories about their life. As a child, Andrea had collected the beads to form her bracelet while visiting family in Portugal. The back of the charm on her bracelet is engraved with her grandparents' names. Sean's mother had a poem written by his great grandmother printed onto a scroll, the same poem she (Sean's mother) was given on her wedding day. This is one of those weddings with so many gorgeous details I was DYINGGGGG. During bridal prep Andrea kept bringing more and more details to photograph, like her gorgeous cork shoes. Did you konw that Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork? Now you do. I was in wedding photographer heaven. All of these tiny details are what made Andrea and Sean's wedding theirs, and I think that's why I'm so obsessed with photographing the details. They are what make each wedding so unique and personal.
During a short and beautiful ceremony the wind tried to do its worst, but their love for each other (and Andrea's veil weights) kept the focus off the weather and on the gorgeous couple getting married. With sun shining into their eyes, Andrea and Sean held hands and repeated vows to each other. They exchanged rings, and not-so-patiently waited for the "By the power vested in me by the State of Texas, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride!"
After walking back up the aisle, surrounded by family and friends, we took some stunning portraits of the bride and groom right as the sun was getting ready to set. The guests and a cat enjoyed cocktail hour on a beautifully decorated patio area. There was even an area dedicated to how Sean and Andrea met, at Airborne school back in 2006! This was my first time shooting at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and I am so happy with the gorgeous portraits we were able to create! Cocktail hour was ending as Andrea and Sean were ready to join their reception. Even though it was November, no one expected the weather to be quite as cold and windy as it was. In fact, by the end of the night it was down to 50 degrees, an inhospitable climate for San Antonioians, and everyone was very grateful for the outdoor heaters the venue provided. Portuguese food for dinner, wine, toasts, and the best chocolate I've ever had, thanks to Copper Kettle Chocolates, lead the way for the rest of an amazing evening as Andrea and Sean relaxed and partied with their loved ones!
Huge congrats to this gorgeous couple, I'm so happy for you and so so so excited to be able to share you wedding with the world!
This wedding was held at, and catered by, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard. (Shout out to Lisa, one of my previous brides, who was working at Sandy Oaks during Andrea and Sean's wedding!) Hair and makeup services were provided by My Makeup Movement and all the beautiful flowers were created by Fresh Urban Flowers. Entertainment for the reception was provided by Toast Entertainment.