Amanda and John

November 21, 2020

Tell us your love story!

How did you meet?

You won’t believe it! We met on an online slot game and began dating and dated for two years. It initially was a long distance relationship. He lived in Pittsburgh, and I lived in San Antonio. It was meant to be!


How did you know he was “The One?”

It was just so easy and felt like we had known each other our entire lives. The connection we had from the first day was like no other. It’s hard to explain. But when you know, you know.


How did he propose?

He proposed in downtown San Antonio three days after our one year anniversary. We went to dinner at Paesanos and then went on a horse and carriage ride. Afterwards, I was surprised to find my family and best friend there. He got down on one knee on the corner of Crockett and Losoya, and with cars driving by honking, he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said, “YES!!!”

Tell us about your wedding planning process.

What planning tools did you use?

The Knot and Bev with Jupiterhill Creative Design. Bev was my lifesaver and kept me calm throughout the planning process.

What was the easiest part?

Finding my dress was definitely the easiest part. It was the second dress I tried on out of five and the only one that made me cry.

Who helped with the planning?

I had so many helpers. Our families were great through it all, but my mom, my sister-in-law, Chelsea, and my best friend, Heather, are the ones that dealt with all my levels of crazy. 

Did you hire a planner or day-of coordinator?

Bev Mahnke was my day-of coordinator, but she helped more than just day of. She is an amazing woman. We are blessed to have met her and her family and feel we have built some lifelong friendships.

Did you have a specific theme, and if so, how did you bring it to life?

I wanted a rustic fall-in-love vibe! I used wood rounds and lots of burlap that gave everything an outdoorsy feel. 

Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?

Yes, we made the centerpieces.

Where did you save the most?

We saved the most on my dress, the tuxedos and the cake. I suggest going to the wedding fairs. You will find a lot of savings there. 

Where did you splurge?

We splurged on our venue and flowers which were completely worth it. 

Why did you choose your venue?

Old Mill was the first venue we went to see. From the moment we drove onto the property, we were in awe of how beautiful it was on the outside. Then we went inside. WOW! It was everything and so much more than we had dreamed. Then we met the staff. Bev and Jennifer were so nice and made us feel so welcome. After that, no other venue compared to Old Mill. We knew it was THE ONE!

Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?

I carried a locket in my bouquet of both my grandmothers’ photos, and we also had a memory table of our loved ones who have passed. 

What was your most stressful decision?

Figuring out centerpieces was stressful. I changed my mind so many times. 


Tell Us About

Your Dress

David’s Bridal is where I said, “Yes To The Dress.” It was a strapless ball gown with a beautiful hand beaded bodice, a lot of sparkle, and a sequined layer beneath the tulle skirt.

Your Flowers

We went with real flowers for the most part. My bouquet was a gorgeous array of wine dahlias, mauve roses, cream spray roses, wine berries, mauve estrangea, wine spray roses, cream ranunculus English ivy, lemon leaf and silver dollar eucalyptus finished in champagne satin ribbon. A matching spread went across the arch. My flower girls had baby’s breath halos for their hair. Boutonnieres and corsages for the groom’s crew and parents of the bride and groom were perfect. Everything was absolutely gorgeous and exactly what we wanted. 


The Food

We went with a traditional Texas meal… BBQ! We had brisket, potato salad and green beans. The guests are still raving about it. 

The Cake

Delicious! The wedding cake was a three-tiered almond butter cake with a Bavarian cream middle with an almond butter icing. It was decorated with burlap flowers & ribbon, topped with a wood round cake topper. The groom’s cake was a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing topped with the Ford symbol.  

Recap your big day for us

What made you laugh?

Watching my junior bridesmaids, my daughter Abigail and my niece Harlow, practicing how to walk down the aisle made everyone laugh. Trying not to be seen by John made me feel like I was sneaking around which was totally fun!

What made you cry?

John and I did a “no look” picture before the ceremony. We held hands and said a prayer. The father-daughter events are such great memories. As soon as my dad saw me, he started crying. Our father-daughter dance to I Loved Her First was very emotional.

What were the most memorable moments?

When I finally saw John for the first time, I was completely overcome with love and joy. I can’t describe the feeling, but it will definitely be a moment I’ll remember forever. Also, it was emotional when our families met for the first time. John being from Pittsburgh and me from Texas, most had not met. It was like they had known each other for years. Watching everyone celebrating together, having such a great time, made our hearts so full.  

What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?

Choosing not to cancel or postpone due to Covid was definitely it! John and I refuse to live in fear. We put all our faith in God. We prayed about it and felt confident in our decision. We took all the appropriate precautions. We are happy to say that not one person got Covid. 

Is there anything you would have done differently?

Nothing. Everything was perfect.

What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?  

Go to wedding fairs and shop around. Envision your perfect day at every place. Is it everything you dreamed of? Don’t settle. Most importantly, plan together. If you can get through planning a wedding together, you can get through anything.

Local Vendors used






Venue Old Mill Resort Event Venue
Photographer   Love is Red    Photography
Wedding Planner Bev Mahnke, Jupiterhill Creative Design
Florals Uptown Flowers




The soundtrack for our wedding day




Can’t Help Falling In Love


Vitamin String Quartet
Presentation of the Bride  A Thousand Years  Vitamin String Quartet


Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder
First Dance Keeper of the Stars Tracie Byrd
Father/Daughter Dance I Loved Her First  Tim McGraw
Mother/Son Dance Unforgettable  Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Last Dance Last Dance  Donna Summer





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