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Just the right touch of rustic romance and country charm

A Venue for Events of All Sizes Two buildings — Open air pavilion & Rustic red barn •Full kitchen •Tables/Chairs •BBQ pit

Complimentary use of property for portraits when venue is booked.

150 acres Large pecan trees Flexible layout Spacious grounds • 14361 La Vernia Rd., St. Hedwig • 210-723-7619



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Ava ila bl e fo r re nt al s!

Special Thank You to those couples whose weddings I have officiated over the last ten years. Praying that your union continues to thrive & grow. – 1 Corinthians 13

Judge Sara Canady

Justice of the Peace, Wilson County 830-581-8410 • 830-484-2356

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Cestohowa Community Center

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Martinez Social Club 210-661-2422 7791 FM 1346, San Antonio

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Capacity 250 No restrictions on catering!

Sherrill Cain Hall Hwy 87 W in La Vernia (next to Witte’s BBQ) 830-779-2924


DESTINATION WEDDINgS Intimate Weddings With Smaller Guest Lists


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Contributing Writers Brandi Everett Rebecca Gutknecht Julie Maddock Shirin Mehdi

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Design Claire Thomas

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Destination weddings are high in demand as luxury is more attainable than ever. Places like Hawaii, Mexico, and California continue to impress and stun from afar. If you were already dreaming about a honeymoon filled with romantic views, why not go all in and bring your wedding to a dream location? Skip the stress of airports, packing, and overnight travel emergencies. After the wedding, you and your spouse will be able to slip into paradise without hassles. With the honeymoon already in tow, you will find yourself relaxed and stress-free. Not only that, you will be in paradise with friends and family. Often times, destination weddings are more intimate. Instead of throwing a huge party for a couple hundred people, you have the option to go small and choose those who are closest to you and your spouse. With hundreds of exotic locations around the world, destination weddings are hard to beat. Picture turquoise beaches, pristine mountain scapes, or tropical jungles. Transport yourself into another world. Culture and local cuisine are at your fingertips. Certain customs or traditional ceremonies will feel even more authentic. Destination weddings can be tailored to fit your every desire. BY reBecca Gutknecht

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The Golden State has much to offer with rugged cliff sides, ocean views, and natural beauty immersed in modern cities. Mendocino, California is one of the most beautiful communities in the United States with towering redwoods and crystalline beaches. It is a 6,385 square foot hideaway with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an award-winning chef ’s kitchen, as well as other fanciful luxuries. Modern beauty awaits.


Cabo, mexico

a beautiful Mexican villa with stunning ocean blue views awaits you. Tucked into one of Mexico’s secluded beaches is Casa Bellamar, Baja’s hidden gem, decorated with exquisite interior and exterior modern designs. There is nothing more intimate than a destination wedding on a private beach surrounded by peaceful waves and dreamy skies. The property can accommodate 150 guests, with a private suite and salon for the bride. The main house is accompanied by four guest casitas, sleeping eighteen total guests. Beach views are visible 100 meters across, along with a mosaic heated pool, two palapas, a swim-up bar, solar tennis court, and a plethora of beach activities. Cabo is the place to be for beauty and serenity.

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Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii is synonymous with tropical luxury; palm trees, heliconia, and plumeria make up the allure of the landscape. Hawaiian Archipelago is just one of many gorgeous resorts on the Mauna Kea Coast. The idyllic property boasts 5,358 square feet with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two halfbathrooms. It is complete with a state-of-the-art gym, private tennis court, art collections and PGA golf course. It is the perfect wedding destination for island lovers.

From Cabo, Mexico to the Big Island, Hawaii, Destinations in Paradise offers pure bliss in luxury villas. Nothing is short of perfection with five-star accommodations and unparalleled service. Expect to be pampered with provided transportation, an in-house butler, house-cooking, and private chefs. The luxury retreat company is now providing the opportunity for destination weddings. Lush nature and private beaches with the benefit of world-class services and amenities makes for paradise. From anything like weddings to intimate receptions or vow renewals, Destinations in Paradise gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. Your marriage deserves an unforgettable experience filled with love and laughter. You can bring your dreams to life in paradise. For booking inquiries and more information, please visit: Destinations in Paradise. 9

Tablescapes Captivating


BY Julie Maddock

It’s going to be a dazzling decade!

And your one-of-a-kind love story deserves its own unforgettable moment at your wedding reception. What’s trending in 2020 tablescapes? The “Wow” factor. A mixture of bold, modern, and simplistic style. Whether a sweetheart table just for the couple, head table for the entire wedding party, or the guest tables — it’s all about telling a story, creating a mood, letting your personal taste shine through.

Breaking All the Rules

The only rule you need to abide by is to be true to your personal style. Integrate your forward-thinking approach to life by mixing dark colors and a bold pattern. add an overhead installment of white lights or hang string lights vertically behind the head table for added drama. Adding delicate flowers in clear glass vases provides a visually softening effect.

Simplistically Bold

Couples are choosing to infuse their own creative touch and whimsy to every aspect of their wedding. and creating a truly unique and dazzling tablescape can easily be achieved on a budget. a bold pop of color can be stunning when set against a neutral background. Inexpensive, yet rich in drama: pair a white table and place settings with bright red zinnias, roses, or hibiscus. The singular red splash of color, although simplistic in style, conveys a modern elegance.

Festive Flair

Mix and match orange and pink napkins and vibrant flowers to create a festive yet uncomplicated tablescape. Colors can create the mood you want for your reception — upbeat, happy and ready for fun. perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! To add an artfully contrived flair to the tables, push multiple tables together to create a “snake” shape or curve. Or, arrange them into an “X” or the first letter of your last name. forget the “rules” — this is your day to let your imagination run wild; let your friends see your style and voice shine through. It’s time to let your inner artist and architect out of the box and guide you in designing the wedding reception of your dreams!



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— Private, intimate setting — No restrictions on catering — Fully furnished space — Large, covered patio & manicured courtyard for music & dancing — Stunning venue for wedding portraits

Restored by the Wilson County Historical Society – located in southern Wilson County, five miles southwest of Poth, off of FM 541 and CR 206 on a 130 acre park. For information or reservations, call Nancy 830-534-6197, or LaJuana 830-391-7612.




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Daisies Just in case you are planning a traditional wedding, daisies are the perfect flowers for you. They are simple, delicate and are available in various colors. The themes of purity and innocence associated with daisies make them spectacular.


Orchids These exquisite flowers are your go-to flowers for nuptials. Their delicateness and unrivaled beauty make them perfect for your wed wedding. If your eyes are a shade of green, you can carry a full arrangement of green orchids to accentuate your regal look.

Tulips a delicate arrangement of long stemmed tulips can make the whole difference in your wedding ensemble. They are not too big or small, they are perfect. Red, purple, yellow or white tulips have striking color patterns and they are enchanting in their simplicity.

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By shirin mehdi Wedding cakes today can be the focal point of your wedding, but did you know that this opulent centerpiece has a long history? A reflection of the tiered cake we know today was first seen only in the 1900s. In this day and age, couples go all out to make a memory out of this age-old tradition. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with wedding cakes.

This year is all about simplicity and sophistication as things take a more modern approach from the rustic theme that dominated 2019. A traditional cake is the first and the best choice, but 2020 is all about monochromatic themes. The all white on white cake is back and it’s making a statement. White cake, white pearls, white flowers, white piping are all going to be the must-haves for your show-stopper cakes this year.

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Fun Fact: The origins of the wedding cake were seen in ancient Rome where the groom crumbled a piece of bread over the bride’s head as a symbol of fertility. All the guests would take a piece home for good luck.

Fun Fact: Layered cakes probably evolved from the idea of a stack of spiced buns served at weddings in Medieval England. It is said that if the bride and groom could share a kiss over these buns, they would enjoy a lifetime of togetherness. Fill them with the flavor trends for 2020 like pistachio, lime, pink champagne and Earl Grey and your guests are going to be talking about your wedding cake for years to come.


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Tapas Bar

A tapas bar is a culinary mini moment! Vivid and colorful in presentation, offering a little something for everyone, this is a delicious and budget-friendly way to break bread with your wedding guests. It’s all about the presentation, flair and flavor.

Whether it’s cocktail-hour hors d’oeuvres or an innovative alternative to a formal, sit down meal, tapas-style food bars offer your guests delectable treats and numerous small plate options to feast their eyes and taste buds on. Tapas bars lend themselves to relaxed conversation, a chilled-out atmosphere and the ability for guests to mingle about freely. Embrace a Venetian theme with a cicchetti bar. These bite-size delights are easy to eat while standing and moving about conversing with guests.

Have an array of offerings: Six to eight pieces make a meal. But don’t be surprised if your guests sample more of these irresistible treats — crostini topped with gorgonzola, sliced pears, and walnuts, polpette (fried meatballs), slices of roast beef with salsa verde, fig and ricotta, or crispy calamari with lime and chili salsa. Break tradition and say hasta la vista to crackerand-cheese plates and surprise your guests with a festive Mexican themed guacamole bar. Provide crisp, sturdy tortillas for dipping and scooping multiple versions of guacamole — creamy, chunky, or even spicy charred pineapple guac. Additional Mexican dip options such as chili queso, chipotle street corn dip with goat cheese, and hearty warm shredded chicken or beef nacho dip will keep this bar hopping. Don’t forget gluten free chips and lots of sliced green, red, and orange peppers to satisfy everyone.

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he first dances at a wedding are some of the most memorable experiences of the evening for both you and your spouse. Imagine looking into the eyes of the person you love most in the world and getting completely lost in the moment and the music. Nothing beats the feeling. It’s like Disney’s Sleeping Beauty when Aurora and Prince Phillip dance off into the clouds, unaware of the world below. Dreamy and magical. That’s the kind of moment you want with your beloved. Dances are just as special for mom and dad too. With this list of top 10 first dance wedding songs, you’ll be giving all of your guests, friends and family alike, the sweetest memories.

First Dance Timeless and beautiful. The first time you make an appearance with your new bride or groom needs to have a great opening song. Choose something that is both romantic and reminiscent of the quirks in your relationship. Go romantic with Taylor Swift’s “Lover” or classic with Etta James’ “At Last.” Some couples go for a choreographed dance to wow guests. If that’s the case, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams will do the trick. Either way, pick a first dance song that is meaningful to you, and will swing you back into the memory of a perfect night years from now.  Perfect-Ed Sheeran  10,000 Hours-Dan + Shay feat Justin Beiber  Lover-Taylor Swift  Marry Me-Meghan Trainor  Beautiful Crazy-Luke Combs  A Thousand Years-Christina Perri  All of Me-John Legend  Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran  At Last-Etta James Happy-Pharrell Williams

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Father Daughter Dance There is nothing sweeter than being whisked off your feet by your dad. This is the last time you will be his little girl, the last time to cherish that special bond as father and daughter. There are perfect songs dedicated to the beauty of this relationship. Steven Curtis Chapman gets it right with “Cinderella.” You will truly feel like dad’s princess again, maybe even remembering the last time you danced on your father’s feet when you were small. Give dad a blast from the past with one of these tender songs.  Daughters-John Mayer  My Little Girl-Tim McGraw  All You Need Is Love-Beatles  Make You Feel My Love-Adele  Cinderella-Steven Curtis Chapman  I Wish You Love-Frank Sinatra  I Loved Her First-Heartland  My Wish-Rascal Flatts  My Girl-The Temptations  Sweet Pea-Amos Lee

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Mother Son Dance Your future mother-in-law deserves a chance to swing or waltz with her baby boy. It will be a night to remember with a sentimental melody or soft tune.You know she has been waiting for this moment, for the chance to hold onto her precious son before he goes off to become a husband. “What a Wonderful World” is always a big hit, but “Sweetest Devotion” can be just as charming. With these top 10 songs, you’ll be sure to see a few tears.  What a Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong  Sweetest Devotion-Adele  I Got You-Ciara  You’ll Be In My Heart-Phil Collins  You Raise Me Up-Josh Groban  Here Comes The Sun-Beatles  93 Million Miles-Jason Mraz  In My Life-Beatles  A Song For Mama-Boyz II Men  Unforgettable-Michael Buble

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