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

Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

This year with Valentine’s Day being in the middle of the week, we were busy with an abundance of romance packages the weekend before and the weekend after, as well as midweek. There were balloons, rose petals, and chocolate covered strawberries galore, but the most extravagant request came from one gentleman who wanted to surprise his wife with a room filled with bouquets of roses. Gregg and I are softies when it comes to that kind of utter romanticism and we enjoyed making the room look like a setting for a romance novel.  I should have taken a picture!


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

NY Press Release Lists Inn at Craig Place in the Top 10 Most Romantic Inns!

This is starting off to be a great year! We recently received word that on Jan. 9, a special Valentine’s press release in NY listed us in the top 10 places to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

The article began “Top 10 Romantic Inns Toast Valentine’s Day with Complimentary Sweets and Romantic Treats—”

And the write up about us stated:

The Inn at Craig Place  – San Antonio, TX: How do you love thee? At The Inn at Craig Place, you can count the ways including bouquets of roses, sweet treats, champagne, spa baskets, balloons, picnic baskets with a cheese and fruit board and more. An Italian Murano glass heart pendant presented with an Italian love poem and confetti candies can be a keepsake from this romantic rendezvous.

Pretty cool!

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. :-)

December in Full Swing!

I can’t believe December is half over already, and the busiest part is yet to come! We are booked up through the end of the year. Gregg was the photographer today and although his pictures are usually quite good (of course, my editing doesn’t hurt either), this picture was extraordinary right from the camera. Cheers to everyone this holiday season! 

Christmas Shopping and Relaxation

Is Christmas shopping a stressful experience for you? It sure can be. In fact, most people wouldn’t consider the words “christmas shopping” and “relaxation” to belong in the same sentence. However, we have some guests who have figured out how to make it more enjoyable. Each year they leave their kids with a sitter for a couple of nights and come to the Inn. They settle in on the first evening with our picnic basket or a pizza from Main Street Pizza, watch a movie and relax. In the morning, after their gourmet breakfast, they head out to the mall to do some shopping. Northstar Mall is only 10 minutes north of us, and Rivercenter Mall is just two miles south. There are boutiques and specialty shops along the way. In the late afternoon, they bring back their purchases and get cleaned up and dressed up for a very special dinner out, something couples don’t get to do too often when they have little ones at home. Then back to the Inn for a little quiet time together, another rarity in the busy lives of parents (and Innkeepers!). This is when they wrap the gifts they purchased. And after the next morning’s breakfast, they pack up their things and their Christmas prizes and head home, refreshed and prepared for the craziness that often accompanies the holiday season.

Gregg and I were so inspired by the idea, that we decided to do the same ourselves. We closed down for two days and took off for our own little getaway before the busy rush of the holiday season. It was well worth it!