Thursday, December 18, 2008
For all our international brides, we must consider this fusion team.
And this was all shot with the Canon 5D Mark II!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So here is a list of blogs I read with frequency. Some of these are related to events, but some aren't...so you will seem some crazy stuff here.
Gossip blogs. None other than Perez Hilton. I used to check others out, but Perez has really blown up and actually improved over the last year, so Mario Lavandeira: good job.
Here is a tip - Perez lists a lot of cool new music my ears would have never heard of except for his blog.
The Wedding Bee
The Bride's Cafe (look for a feature on us soon)
Southern Wedding Style
Planning Forever Events
Blu Door Studios
Photography by Vanessa
Perez Photography Blog
A Magical Affair
The White Box
Friday, August 29, 2008
The local San Antonio Rape Crisis Center is holding their 2nd annual Partners for Change event on September 22, 2008 at the Pearl Stables.
In July 2008, 114 families in San Antonio were faced with dealing with one of the most horrific crimes - sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Center responded to each of these "cases" - and, on average, works with three families each and ever day who are forced to deal wit sexual violence.
The Center was established in November 1975 by a group of concerned victims and visionary leaders as part of a grassroots effort to address the needs of sexual violence victims, their families, and the community at large. Today, the Center has grown into of the largest "stand-alone" sexual assault centers in the state, serving as a community resource for San Antonio and surrounding counties by providing:
-24-hour crisis hotline services via the telephone and internet
-Advocacy and support for survivor receiving medical exams at area hospitals
-Free counseling services for children, women, and men impacted by sexual violence and their loved ones
-Community Awareness and Public Education for community groups, the business community and / or school districts
The entertainment is going to be great and I am so happy to Mrs. Perry, First Lady of Texas recognized. She has used her political clout to push through legislation for Centers across Texas and to raise funds for education and done quite a bit of work for our own local Rape Crisis Center here in San Antonio.
Click Here for sponsorship information. If you can't attend, please send a donation. Any amount is helpful.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Kimberely has a great sense of style and I can't wait to see her again when we are in Dallas in midseptember for a book signing at Nieman Marcus. Pick up our copy of Tablescapes and find some inspiration for your home, your holiday celebrations and your special event.
We'll be visiting our good friends up in Dallas and enjoying some shopping. For you Dallas brides, this might be a good little book to pick up and see some great tables. September 12th at the Willow Bend Nieman Marcus from 11am - 4 pm. There will be tablescapes by Kimberley and her friends. I am sure there will be some serious eye candy, bring your camera.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Click Here to check it out and please give them a call if you are looking for a videographer. Speaking of vendors: when planning your special day, it is important that you build a team that has synergy. This event was a classic example of great vendors working together to pull off an event. Rebecca and Joga's wedding was two full days over a holiday weekend. We were non-stop beginning early in the week and cooperation amongst the wedding professionals was key in delivering quality services. I want to acknowledge the core of our team. They are wonderful San Antonio wedding professionals with whom you will not be disappointed:
Catering: Holly, catering manager and Robbie, Chef at Anne Marie's Catering
Photography: my favorite go-to guy, Brian Tsai of Life Mosaics
Beauty: again, my favorite, Hilda of Salon Diva
Video: Our Wedding Video
Venue: Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum
Floral: in house designer at A Regal Affair
Cale: Elms Bake Shoppe
Lighting: Bishop-Petty Lighting
Update: 8.22.08 8:40 am
I've been receiving a lot of emails about the music on my website and this video. I actually first heard on this video created by Jim Rough of Our Wedding Video. It is Michelle Tumes, Lovely. You can buy it here:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Speaking of other teams I am against - Spain - home of brothers Marc and Pao Gasol who plays for the Lakers and Germany, home of the Mavericks Dirk Nowitinski.
So come on Spurs fans - rise up and support team Argentina and pray Manu comes home without an injury.
Monday, August 04, 2008
August 9, 2008
Pedrotti's Northwind Ranch
13715 FM 1560 North (just outside loop 1604 / Hausman)
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Dinner at 6:00 pm
Casino and Poker Tournament begins at 6:30 pm
Tony and Eva Parker invite you to join the First Annual Tony and Eva Parker Celebrity Casino Night Benefiting Eva’s Heroes. Eva’s Heroes was founded by actress Eva Longoria to provide support for children and young adults who are developmentally challenged. Hosted at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch in San Antonio, TX, on August 9th, the event will include traditional casino games such as blackjack and roulette, and guests will also have the chance to participate in a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament with the grand prize of a seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Here is a partial list of celebrites who have committed to attend:
- Eva Longoria Parker (Desperate Housewives)
- Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
- Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Desperate Housewives)
- Katie Chonacas (Righteous Kill, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans)
- Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
- Sean Elliott (San Antonio Spurs)
- Willie Garson (Sex and the City)
- Phil Hellmuth (11-Time World Series of Poker Winner)
- Ashton Holmes (Smart People, The Pacific)
- Jennifer Morrison (House)
- Adam Rodriguez (CSI:Miami)
- David Zayas (Dexter)
- and more...
While this list is partial - you can expect Tony and Eva to kick it up a notch. Last year at the golf tournament, there were easily more than twice that was expected.
I hope to see you there Saturday night! The dress is Casino Chic
Thursday, July 31, 2008
While I won't give away anything going on with the show, just know that it will be fun in that reality show crazy kind of way.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
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Monday, July 07, 2008
to all Gods eventually reach Keshava (One God).
Upanayanam, Sacred Thread Ceremony
Snathakam and Kashi Yatra
Mehndi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration that is applied for special occasions, especially weddings. The tradition of henna started in India in the early days when bridal decoration was scarce. The patterns of mehndi are quite intricate. Henna is applied to Rebecca, female family members, and her closest friends in the late morning of the wedding day. Rebecca has good reason to look after her henna, for she is not expected to partake in housework until the henna is gone. This means she will not be rubbing, scrubbing, or tubbing.
Hinduism accepts all religions as true and valid paths to God. In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says, "Whenever there is a decline in dharma (righteousness) and an increase in adharma (unrighteousness), at that time I manifest Myself." In this way, all religions are seen as the manifestation of the Divine into this world.
Welcoming of the Groom
Accompanied by his parents, Joga arrives at the site of the ceremony, and is greeted by the bride’s parents. The mother of the bride, Patricia Welker, welcomes the groom with an aarti (prayer). After receiving the blessings of his elders, Joga is escorted by Rebecca’s parents to the mandap (wedding altar) accompanied by his parents.
The priest begins the ceremony with an invocation to Lord Ganesh so that his divine grace, power, love, and spiritual strength may remove all obstacles for the bride and groom. Ganesh puja is considered auspicious for any important occasion as it ensures the successful completion of the wedding ceremony.
Kanya Agaman (The Bride’s Arrival)
Daniel Welker joins the hands of Rebecca and Joga, declaring to all gathered that he hands her to the care of the man of her heart. Dan seeks a pledge from Joga of his enduring love, fidelity, and security in caring for his daughter. Once Joga has agreed, He and Rebecca both pledge to support each other in fulfilling the four goals of human life: Dharma, the duty to lead a moral life; Artha, the duty to lead a joyous and fruitful life; Kama, the duty to lead a pleasant and productive life; Moksha, the duty to obtain enlightenment.
The Purohit seeks the blessings of the couple’s ancestors as well as the blessings of God. Thereafter, Joga and Rebecca apply the paste made from cumin seeds and jaggery on each other’s hands. The bitter taste of cumin seeds and the sweetness of jaggery cannot be separated, applying this paste communicates that the relationship of the wedded couple is unbreakable and inseparable. The Antarpat between the two is removed at this stage. As the fabric is brought down, the couple greets each other as a gesture of their willingness to accept each other as partners in life.
The bride changes into a white cotton sari with a red border. This is called Mandhuparkam. White signifies purity and chastity and red signifies strength. Rebecca returns accompanied by eight married women (Sumangalis). Some hold plates full of rice and turmeric powder mixed together. The others hold plates with small lamps m ade from a mixture of rice flour, sugar and milk. Rice, the staple crop of the south, signifies abundance. The lit lamps represent sweetness and light, two qualities that the bride brings with her to this new phase of life.
Joga ties two strings (each with a golden disc representing the mangalsutra) separately around Rebecca’s neck, each with three knots to represent the strength of their union on every plane - physical, mental and spiritual.
Having tied the mangalsutra, Joga and Rebecca now exchange garlands. Those present at the wedding shower their blessings on the couple by sprinkling flowers and turmeric-coloured rice (Akshata) on them.
Step 1: To love you and be faithful always. I take this first step with you.
Step 2: To put our love and marriage in front of all social, cultural, and religious difference, with you I take this second step.
Step 3: To always respect your family. I take this third step with you.Step 4: To be your best friend and eternal partner. With you I take this fourth step.
Step 5: For an abundance of pure and nourishing food and a life that is noble and respectful. I take this fifth step with you.
Step 6: For the welfare of all entities in the universe and for begetting noble and healthy children. I take this sixth step with you.
Step 7: For a long and joyous life that is filled with loyalty, harmony, unity, and trust. With you I take this seventh step.
Rebecca and Joga gaze up at the pole star (Druvaloka) and meditate on stability in the marriage union. Each night as the stars rotate in the sky, the pole star (north star) always remains fixed. In the same way as life is constantly changing the union of the bride and groom should remain fixed like the pole star, Druvaloka.
The priest offers his final blessings and good wishes to Joga and Rebecca and declares them husband and wife.
Anne Marie's Catering
Hilda DeHoyos of Salon Diva, Rebecca’s Hair/Make-up
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
It's this thing. We had 100 raffle tickets custom made similar to these above. We had 100 printed and they sold for $10 per ticket. So we raised $1000 for the bride and groom that evening. The prize was tailored for our family demographic - oh, yeah, did I mention this was for my baby brother's wedding this past November - back to the demographic: drinkers.
Wow, that's $2300 on a basket of booze. Like I said, know your target demographic.
Here is Joe, telling his Uncle, my dear Dad, that he would have gone higher because he wasn't leaving the reception without the basket. He made my father proud that evening. It was a family rivalry of sorts. Joe is from my Dad's side of the family, his sister's Virginia's son and Uncle Jorge, the doctor from New Mexico is my mother's brother. It was fun all around.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
If you are interested, please forward a resume to us along with the requirements from your university's department. For this summer, we are looking for an intern majoring in marketing or public relations. We are gearing up our Fall marketing campaign now, design ads for national publications, and working on a new website. Intern will also be required to assist with major fundraising gala.
Internship compensation: $1000
Additional opportunities available.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Louise Blum Bridal Salon is probably my favorite place for bridal fashion in Texas. You can find all the couture gowns you need here. They have excellent customer service and an exquisite collection. One of my favorite things besides a trunk show is the sample sale. If you are a street size six or close to it, a sample sale is a great way to get a couture gown.
I know when you look at the samples, you can see the dirt. What do you think your dress will look like at the end of the evening? Have it professionally cleaned and altered and voila! brand new gown for a fraction of the price.
Louise Blum Bridal Salon
1801 Post Oak Boulevard
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I would hate to be the director of special events for the new orleans hornets.
I will post pics when we return to san antonio.
GO! SPURS! GO!