Caroline and Rumaldo
July 24, 2021
Tell us your love story!
How did you meet?
RJ and I met on a mission trip halfway across the world. We were in college, and because our two schools were collaborating during the trip, we ended up spending a lot of time together.
How did you know he was “The One”?
I can be a very logical thinker, so as we were dating I was checking things off in my head. “He’s funny. He’s cute. He has the same values as me.” When he took me home to meet his family, I saw how he cared for his family, took care of his mom, and lived out the faith I saw in him. Before we ever made it back to San Antonio, I knew I loved him, and he was the one.
How did he propose?
RJ proposed a year and a half later during Thanksgiving break on the Riverwalk. The Christmas lights were beautiful, and when he got down on one knee to propose right in the middle of the festivities, I was thrilled!
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
Who helped with the planning?
I cannot speak highly enough of Jennifer Craft with JC Events. She helped me
find venders, solidify my design vision, created the beautiful florals and center pieces, and was my
day of coordinator.
Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?
I did ask one of my bridesmaids to help me DIY the bar sign and the seating chart. She did an amazing job on those pieces.
Did you have a specific theme?
I would say my theme was summer colorful with a Mexican twist.
Where did you save the most?
I saved on the venue by booking in the off-season. I also saved with the photography and videography by bundling through Dark Lab Photography.
Where did you splurge?
I splurged on florals, design, as well as hair and makeup.
Tell us about the venue.
It was important to us to get married in a church. Once we found a church that allowed outside weddings, we needed to find an affordable reception hall. Thankfully Old Mill Weddings and Event Venue was a beautiful option that was close to the church.
Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or
We incorporated three sets of padrinos or sponsors and gift giving during the ceremony. This Mexican tradition was unfamiliar to my family, so we chose family members to read an explanation of each gift along with the prayer over us. We had padrinos of the cross, padrinos of the Bible, and padrinos of the lazo. It was a really special time for us. We also had a picture of RJ’s late father at the reception which made us all feel like he was there with us.
What was your most stressful decision?
The seating chart was probably the most stressful part. It was difficult to fit all of our friends and family into even groups of eight.
What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
I think the friends we chose as bridesmaids, groomsmen, house party, and flower girls were our best decision. They truly made us feel loved and celebrated throughout the day.
Tell Us About
My mermaid style dress had a beautiful train. Lace covered the fitted section which then tapered down the train. I wore a medium length veil with beading around the edges that matched my dress.
In keeping with our wedding theme, our flowers were bright, vibrant colors in pinks, oranges with hints of red, blue and yellow.
Guests were served chips, queso and salsa for appetizers. A margarita bar was provided with summer flavors: watermelon, habanero, wild strawberry, mango, coconut. A flavorful chicken and beef fajita bar was enjoyed by all.
A three layer cake each with different flavors: white chocolate, butter pecan, and stawberry, was covered with white beaded icing and beautiful cascading flowers. We also had a huge selection of pan dulces. I’m actually not a big cake person, so the pan dulces were my favorite while RJ loved the cake.
Recap your big day for us:
What made you laugh?
RJ and I grew up in very different cultures, and we asked our DJ to reflect our cultures in the music he played. I had such a blast watching all of our friends and family try new dances all night long.
What made you cry?
Hearing RJ read his vows to me was very emotional. I love him so much, and it meant so much that he would commit before God to care and love me ‘Till death do us part.’
What were the most memorable moments?
I loved small moments with my three flower girls. They were enamored with my dress, but they also kept showing me their dress and trying to get in front of each other to line up first. It was so calming and adorable to interact with them before I walked down the aisle. The singer for the mariachi band was one of RJ’s groomsman, a friend from high school. He sang a song especially for RJ and his mom as RJ’s dad passed away unexpectedly this year. It was such a touching memory, and I know RJ and his mom will treasure it forever.
Did anything unexpected happen?
We had two minor hiccups which I will laugh about forever. Before the wedding the elevator at the church to the bridal room broke. So I waited with my bridesmaids in the church industrial style kitchen for the ceremony to start. We were dying laughing at our gorgeous dresses, heels, hair and makeup in a kitchen. RJ and I also wanted a couple of minutes alone together to talk about the ceremony before the reception. So my dad left his keys at the church for just the two of us to drive back to the reception. However, we had forgotten to bring a phone for navigation. We slowly made it to the church with the befuddled memories I had of where the reception hall was. RJ was very impressed I was able to eventually navigate us back.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
My advice is to consider your own priorities, strengths and weaknesses. Design and florals were two of my top priorities. However, even though design was important to me, I am not a great executioner of design. Many people online encourage designing your own invitations, table tops, and signage, but I knew that would be frustrating for me. So I spent money on my weaknesses and priorities: design, invitations, and signage. I LOVED how my wedding turned out, and it was totally worth saving money in other areas to allow professionals to fill in my weaknesses.
What did you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
I couldn’t wait to come home to RJ every night.
Local Vendors used
|Venue||First Protestant Church New Braunfels and Old Mill Weddings and Event Venue|
|Photographer||Dark Lab Photography|
|Florals||J C Events|
|Bridal Attire||Coreena’s Bridal|
|Hair and Makeup Artist||Viva La Glam|
|Wedding Coordinator||J C Events|
|Rentals||Great Event Rentals|
The soundtrack for our wedding day
|Presentation of the Bride||Can’t Help Falling in Love|
|First Dance||Tenerife Sea||Ed Sheeran|
|Father/Daughter Dance||Count On Me||Bruno Mars|
|Mother/Son Dance||I Knew I Loved You||Savage Garden|
|Last Dance||Tenerife Sea||Ed Sheeran|