February, 2011

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Feb

St. George Maronite

Selecting a venue was probably one of the most difficult tasks when planning my wedding. Like most brides, I wanted it to be absolutely perfect. I wanted to walk into a venue I was considering and be blown away. It took 10 site tours to find "the one." And ironically, our choice was a "let's-just-see, it's out-of-our-price-range anyway" (or at least we thought) detour. Without an appointment or prior communication with the Catering Director we stopped by for a surprise visit and it's an understatement to say that I was "blown away." I was in love...with this venue. 

So maybe it was a little (ok, a lot) out of our price range, but I NEEDED to get married there. This is it. This is the only wedding/marriage we'll ever have, and the biggest/most expensive party we'll ever throw--let's do it right and the way we've been dreaming of. Well like several people, we got caught up in the planning of such an event that we let the real reason for this celebration slip our minds from time to time. While I have no regrets on our choice, your dream venue doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. And you certainly shouldn't get into debt to have such an elaborate affair.

Selecting a venue isn't just about the color of paint on the walls or the fancy chandelier--it's about the convenience, location, service, price, among other things too. But if you want the grandness of a high-end hotel ballroom without the cost. Well, one San Antonio venue that offers all that for a price that's very reasonable. Welcome St. George Maronite Center. 

This place has nearly everything a couple is looking for--free parking, convenient location, lush greenery, experienced staff, reputable chef, and a upscale, luxurious ballroom (think a four-star hotel downtown). As I was meeting with the Events Manager KT today, she showed me around and shared several photos of the space done up. And after it all when she told me how much it would be to have a wedding there. I was floored. Really? All that for that price? I could not believe it. It was great to hear. I thought to myself "brides could really have a very beautiful wedding and still have money left over to spend on the honeymoon." 

So if you're in the market for a venue. Consider St. George Maronite Center. Set up a consultation and see for yourself. Tell KT The Wedding Lady sent you. Here are a few photos I took today. Please note, that it's winter and today was a gloomy day. 
 


You can have your ceremony out in the courtyard, or a cocktail hour, or set up lounges, which by the way they can provide. The possibilities are endless. 

 

Look what was on the table in the foyer. :)



The ballroom is beautiful. 



And look at all the fancy lighting fixtures the space has. 


These old-fashioned lamp posts lined the way to one of the ballrooms. How romantic!

Read more about this location here

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posted by The Wedding Lady at 1:41 PM (2/2011)

 

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Picks of the Week

Wow it's been a very busy day. But I'm finally able to get photos up of CJ's picks for wedding dresses this week.  

Available at Bridal Connection 
Style: Maggie Sottero Prestyn


For a simple yet glamourous look incorporate some bling into your head piece, like this ornate headband from etsy


Available at Debi's Bridal 
Style: KittyChen Couture "Amanda" 


I might be biased to orchids since they were the main flower at my wedding, but orchids are a great way to add a touch of color without being overdone. Like this piece from etsy. Of course you can have your florist make you a real arrangement. 


Available at Julian Gold 
Style: Watters "Sydney"


Pair this beautiful dress (above) with a few accessories from Twigs and Honey available at Bella Bridesmaid with this hair piece for a romantic, vintage look.

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posted by The Wedding Lady at 2:47 PM (2/2011)

 

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Feb

Designs that wow

What a beautiful day outside isn't it? The perfect weather for feeling inspired. Well, were does one go to do such a thing? Everywhere--Japan, India, Hawaii. :) While I can't literally be on my way to one of these beautiful destinations just like that, I can visit the wonderful World Wide Web. And one of my favorite sites to check out is Yvonne Design-a very talented designer based in Hawaii. 

Above images courtesy of Visionari.


Above images courtesy of Sieber Studio.

This one is probably one of my all-time favorites. 

Above images courtesy of Kevin Lubera.

 

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posted by The Wedding Lady at 3:33 PM (2/2011)

 

February 19, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Janet said...

That is so freakin' gorgeous!

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