Date | 4.21.12
Florist | Wildflowers

Ceremony Location | Messiah Lutheran Church

Reception Location | Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

Wedding Planner | Indra Russell (Butler’s Pantry) Diane Colvin (my mom) :o)

DJ | Ray Moffitt, Millennium DJ

Dress Designer | Maggie Sottero

Dress Salon | Clarice’s Bridal

Other Details/Vendors |

Hair: Lisa Jackson

Make-up: Makeup Artistry by A & C

Tuxedos: Savvy

Photography | Sal Cincotta & Gage Williams

Our Story |

1) Tell us how you first met? Who, what, when, where, why? Give us the dirty details.

We met through mutual friends at Saint Louis University.

 Emily: Luis was spending a semester at home in San Antonio and our mutual friends constantly spoke of Luis. His friend Tim even went so far as to name his cat “Little Luis Garcia”, at which point I knew I had to meet such an infamous person. When Luis came back to school for the Spring semester, I saw him in passing several times, but we never really spoke. That was until he tagged along with his friends to my 21st birthday party. After some celebrating, I proceeded to point at him from across the table just to tell him that I did not find his strong/silent type act intimidating in any way. I guess he thought I was more cute than obnoxious. :o) In the days to follow we started talking and soon after began dating. I knew very soon into our relationship that I wanted to spend my whole life with this amazing person.

 Luis: At the time I met Emily, my plan was to move back home to San Antonio after graduation. Emily’s birthday was in March and graduation was only a couple of months away. The night my buddy Joe asked me come over and hang out for this random 21st birthday party, I hesitated but had nothing else going on. Going into the night, I knew who Emily was, but had never really interacted with her. If I am being honest, it was a little more obnoxious than cute that she was yelling at me from across the table. BUT, there was something about Emily that I could not shake for the night of and the days after we had met on her birthday. Not moving back to San Antonio after my graduation was the greatest decision I had ever made.

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2) When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

Our first time spending time together was sort of impromptu. We stopped and got coffee as an excuse to extend the “date” we found ourselves on. Months later, I was already head over heels crazy about Luis. He asked me to go into his glove box to find his car manual and I found a sugar packet. It was a sugar packet from our first cup of coffee together. I knew that we’d be together for the long haul and that I’d feel blessed and lucky to be with him every single day.



3) Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

How we got engaged

Most importantly, I wanted Emily to be surprised. She would have figured out any sort of proposal dinner plans or hot air balloon rides by sheer telepathy. In the end, I surprised her not once, but twice. First was the proposal, where her guest bedroom was transformed from an extra closet into a walk down memory lane. I displayed all the sentimental items that we had tucked away in our “relationship box”. Second, I had our loved ones show up that evening for a surprise celebration. On a scale of one to ten, Emily cried a lot. :o)


4) Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

Emily: I love that Luis is so deep and thoughtful. He is slow to judgment, quick to empathy, and always makes life’s milestones special by being sentimental.

Luis: I love that Emily has the biggest heart of anyone that I know and that through tough times she will always see the best side of people. She has pushed me to become the best version of myself, and for that I love her dearly.


5) Besides getting married – what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

We are most looking forward to having one incredible day (and party) surrounded by the people who love us. Also, we are both excited to get the wedding bands that we’ll wear forever!