Spring Break Anniversary

Whew! Spring break week is over – filled with weddings and booked up every night. On top of that, Gregg and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this weekend. I guess if we would have known we were going to own a bed and breakfast, we might have chosen another date for our wedding other than spring break week. However, as a former professor, I could either get married over spring break, or wait until the summer, and we didn’t want to wait. :-) This year we managed to squeeze in a nice, romantic dinner out.

The biggest surprise was a beautiful flower arrangement and card from one of our couples, who happened to be celebrating their anniversary at the Inn this weekend! Thanks to everyone who stayed with us this year. Have a wonderful spring!

Spring has sprung in San Antonio (for weddings, anyway)!

February showers bring March flowers and weddings (or something like that here in San Antonio – by May it will already be 100 degrees :-) ).

Gregg just informed me yesterday that we have done over 500 weddings since we purchased the Inn (562, to be exact). Wow! That’s incredible. And March is already booked up for weddings since it’s such a beautiful month here with all the flowers in bloom and the trees budding and blooming. Brides are thinking spring also, as seen in this assortment of gerbera daisies.

Daisies in various colors

More Purples

After I posted the Popular Purple entry, we have had some brides ask about what a more “traditional” bouquet may look like in purple. Although I have done many of them, I realized that I didn’t really have a picture on file. I found this one (with the bonus of a cute little flower girl). This is an example of the white and lavender roses with the dark purple filler flowers. Sometimes the lavender isn’t so true and actually clashes with the purple, in which case I don’t use the lavender roses and add more of the filler with white roses, but still in the traditional, formal ball bouquet, rather than the looser-looking bunch of flowers. Hope that makes sense.

Traditional purple/white bouquet

Popular Purple

This month has brought many purple weddings! Each one is unique because florals in purple are different every time they arrive at the floral shop; sometimes the lavenders are pale with just a hint of purple and sometimes the purples are so rich and dark that it makes the contrast against the elegant, antique white roses absolutely stunning.  We create bouquets in the traditional ball with lavender and white roses, adding deeper fillers here and there, or in a more fresh-from-the-garden look as shown below, with a few roses and a variety of fillers. Either way, it makes for a beautiful mixture for today’s bride.

Purple Bridal Bouquet for the Wedding Social

Fresh-from-the-garden look for the Wedding Social

Elopement/ Elope/ Eloping

Holiday engagements turn to wedding planning in January, and more couples are considering the idea of eloping as a way of saving money and lowering stress. As a former English and French professor, I must admit that I wish I could tell other wedding venues who post up elopement packages for the bride and groom and 10 or 15 guests or more that the word “elope” doesn’t mean taking along an entourage. That’s called a Destination Wedding.

The word “elope,” more than likely comes from an Anglo-French word “aloper,”  and means the couple runs off alone, often in secret; it often refers to those young couples who escape to get married without parental consent. Although historically couples eloped to the courthouse to be married by a JP, more recently couples are opting for something a bit more romantic and memorable. Gregg and I eloped. We left our families and friends behind and escaped to Aruba to be married on the beach. It was perfect.

Not everyone can get all the way to Aruba (heck, we haven’t had the time or money to return ourselves) and many opt to come to San Antonio, so Gregg and I have made it our personal goal to provide a beautiful, romantic place for couples to elope, and we try our best to make the experience perfect for them too. We even take pictures and put them on a CD for them because we realized that was the one thing we were lacking — we don’t have any pictures of us on our wedding day, except for the ones we took of each other. :-)