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“Viva el Amor” The Wedding Celebration of Fabio and Kryzta {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

Villa at Cibolo Chase

November 6, 2016


Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Such a future became a reality for Fabio and Kryzta on their wedding day.

The dream started when Fabio proposed to Kryzta on a beautiful boat on the serene waters of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX on December 5th, 2015.  Friends and family were excited for them, especially since their relationship had begun nine years prior.   Kryzta was working in the event industry, so much thought had already gone into the details of their big day.

Throughout their relationship, they experienced many hardships such as Fabio’s separation from his father due to immigration, and Kryzta’s mother Blanca battling a deadly form of inflammatory breast cancer.

During this time, Fabio and Kryzta stood by and supported each other. Tragically, on February 3, 2012, Blanca passed away after her experimental chemo treatments were no longer effective. This experience was very painful to Kryzta, Fabio and their families.

Kryzta fondly remembers her mother’s very last words to her:

“Mija, I love you so much! I am going to try to make it to your wedding and make your wedding dress too. ”

Kryzta was then six years into her relationship with Fabio, and the idea of marriage was prominent.  She always dreamed of planning and sharing this special day with her mom.  But the tragic reality was that her mother would not make it to see her wedding. This broke her heart.

Prior to Blanca’s passing, Kryzta was obsessed by the glamour side of weddings. In her eyes, it was just lavish party, and if you did not have an opulent wedding then it wasn’t real.  It was only through her grieving that her eyes opened to a new way of thinking.  A wedding was not just about the bride and groom individually or the expensive details. A wedding was about the celebration of two hearts joining as one love.  It would no longer be about “I alone,” but rather “we together.” LOVE was the essence of a beautiful wedding, and a virtue to be celebrated.

“Viva el Amor” or “Long live love” was the central theme to their colorful wedding celebration. With Fabio’s Colombian roots and Kryzta’s Mexican-American heritage, they wanted to combine their cultures in a way that would flow from their spiritual, bilingual ceremony to their festive reception. A common detail in their wedding included the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This folkloric symbol, along with the bright colored artwork that exists within their cultures, inspired the wedding design.

The ceremony took place outdoors overlooking oak trees with a breathtaking view of the Hill Country.  A fuchsia and violet floral arbor centered among the trees supported a Sacred Heart ornament, creating spiritual symbolism that made the outdoors feel like holy ground.  Bright colored floral gave added color down the aisle, while hints of green succulents and mini cactuses from the Northern regions of Mexico adorned the tables. Touches of gold at the reception were reminiscent of Colombia’s natural resource.

Guests indulged in traditional Mexican sweet bread before savoring the lunch inspired by Colombian and Mexican cuisine. From the start of the ceremony to the end of the reception, Latin songs and rhythms played, rousing the guests to move to the music.

Kryzta honored her mother’s memory in many small details, from wearing her fourteen foot wedding veil to creating a memorial chair at the ceremony.  They were delighted to see a double rainbow during their reception, which they viewed as a blessing from Kryzta’s mother.

Because of the physical absence of Blanca, the couple turned to their family and friends in the event industry for support.  It was their friendship, love and team effort that allowed the couple to experience their greatest life changing moment to date.  It was their highly appreciated presence that made Fabio and Kryzta’s dream wedding one they will remember and cherish for a lifetime.


The Amazing Vendor Team!

Panache Event Group (Design, Planning, Coordination and Stationery)

Diamond and Dreams (Day of coordination)

Villa at Cibolo Chase (Ceremony & Reception Venue)

Eden’s Echo (Floral)

Mark Thomas Pro Photo and Video (Photography & Video)

Magno Events (DJ)

Marquee Event Group (Linen & Dinnerware)

Freesia Designs (Fuschia Linen)

Mikes in the Village (Catering & Bar)

Cake Crumbs (Wedding Cake)

Bella Bride (Wedding dress)

A&D Alterations (Bridal dress Hem/Bustle)

Sew Chic (Custom Bridal Sleeves)

Posh Party Supplies (Acrylic Glassware)

Milk Tea Mochi Designs (Ribbon Wands)


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500 Roses for Buttercup {San Antonio Event Planner}


Few things fascinate me like a strong, independent woman who has lived 100 years.  Hence my adoration with Buttercup.

Buttercup hired us to plan her 100th birthday party for 200 of her closest friends.  This woman inspires me.  Heck, she inspires everyone who meets her.  She lives on her own in a charming town home that she purchased with her late husband in 1971.  She still drives her Cadillac, although just around Alamo Heights because “she knows her limitations” (her words.)  I freely admit that most of our conversations were driven by me probing into her life, which included sailing to America from Denmark on the SS Frederick when she was 11, and becoming one of the first Navy WAVES during World War II.  I was intrigued when she told of being a single woman purchasing her first home after the war.  My imagination went wild as I envisioned her dancing the night away to the popular big band tunes at the time.

And in between taking strolls down memory lane, we managed to plan a party.

Hundreds of roses (her favorite flower)  decorated the San Antonio Garden Center, including rose gobos on the ceiling.  True Flavors Catering did an amazing job providing upscale hors d’oeuvres while Monte Vista Strings provided fun and fitting music.  Bartenders4You served their signature margarita bar while Dan Holman did a fantastic job capturing the moment, as always.  Great Event Rentals and AVTS made it all possible with their state of the art AV and rentals.  Sue from Alamo Plants and Petals brought the entire room to life with the most luscious rose centerpieces and decor.  Enjoy the eye candy courtesy of ever great Daniel Holman Studios, and if you see Buttercup tootling around the ’09 area, please tell her I said “Hey.”

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Fall Wedding at Don Strange Ranch {San Antonio Wedding Planner}

So I’m totally embarrassed at my apparent disregard for my blog lately.  No excuse.  New Year’s resolution, share more pictures on my blog.

This beauty took place at Kendall Creek at Don Strange Ranch.  That is the cozy little spot tucked way in the back on the ranch.  So much potential for this place, and it’s so much fun adding special touches.  Thanks to the magic of Sue at Alamo Plants and Petals, we were able to transform rustic charm into floral magnificence.  We think you’ll agree too.

BIG Thank you to Diaz & Diaz Photography for capturing and sharing the beautiful photos with us.  Thank you also to the team that put this together!

Venue and Catering: Don Strange of Texas

Florals: Alamo Plants and Petals

Lighting and draping: DPC Media

Band: The Chris Story Band

Cake: Bird Bakery

Hair and Makeup: Salon 605

Linens: Great Event Rentals

Chairs: Aztec Events and Tents


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The new Cowboy Hat Bar

Cowboy Hat BarWhat better way to welcome your guests to Texas than with the Cowboy Hat Bar by Panache!  Each bar comes loaded with a variety of cowboy hats and authentic Texas girls to help your guests find the right fit and style.  Starting at just $23 a hat, this is an affordable take home gift that your guests will enjoy for years to come.  Great for corporate events. Call us today for a free quote.  Not in Texas?  No problem!  Ask about our Cowboy Hat Bar in a box, shipped to you with everything you need to create an authentic Texas hat bar, no matter where you are located (Texas girls not included.)

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We’ve Made The Little Black Book!

Cue the happy song and cue Snoopy’s happy dance!  We were overjoyed to be contacted by Style Me Pretty last week and invited to apply for membership in their Little Black Book.  After about a week of submitting a written application and a very fun phone interview with Joy, we were invited to be part of their family!  We are honored, humbled and very very proud.  We think our brides are beautiful and we are thrilled that SMP thinks so too!



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Pure Loveliness at Hofmann Ranch

36a-grande-hall-hofmann-ranch-wedding-reception-pics-photos-pictures-castroville-texas-txOkay so I haven’t blogged in a while.  I know, I really need to work on that.  My early New Year’s resolution:  Blog more, drink less wine.  Well maybe just blog more.  Let’s not go crazy here.

So let me start with this beauty.  The wedding was held at the amazing Hofmann Ranch in Castroville.  If you haven’t been out there it’s definitely worth the trip.  Impeccable property, sweet sweet owner with a cute German accent, and plenty of smiles and howdy’s from the staff and security.  The bride had pretty impeccable taste herself.  I loved the fun details such as Dr. Pepper floats served late night (they met in Waco) and the custom signs we made to keep the guests out of the dancing area until after dinner.  I was honored to help this couple bring their vision to life and everyone had a blast.

I always love working with the ladies at Bend the Light Photography.  They are a master at their craft and I know I can count on them for breathtaking photos.  They did not disappoint.

Here is the rest of the All Star Team that devoted countless hours to planning and producing this wedding:

Catering: The RK Group

Florals: Alamo Plants and Petals

Cake: Cakes by Cathy Young

Entertainment: The Emotions

Rentals: Marquee Event Group

Menus and Programs: Girl General

Transportation: Elegant Limousine and Charter

Hair and Makeup: Rosanne Harris

Cigar Roller: Bobalu Cigar Company

Lighting: DPC Media

Officiant: Scott Austin

Ceremony Music: Monte Vista Strings


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My Experience with the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

A lot of people have been asking about my recent adventure to Seattle to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.  Through my efforts with Team in Training, and because of very generous donations by my friends and family, I raised $3,723 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!  Wow!

This is my story.

My trip to Seattle was perfect. While I’m not much of a “bucket list” type person, I do recognize a once in a lifetime experience. This was one of them. The idea hatched from a simple, yet somewhat careless New Year’s resolution or “revolution” as my six year old calls them. Standing tall and proud in my kitchen and waiving my glass of champagne around like a royal chalice, I boldly proclaimed that this year I would participate in a half marathon. With dismissive looks by my sweet husband, I was made even more determined. If you know me, you know that you shouldn’t tell me I can’t or won’t do something. Willful defiance has always been a big motivator for me. He firmly denies any such looks. But I know what I saw.

And so the journey began.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has always held a special place in my heart. In 2001 I lost my Uncle Gene to Lymphoma, and that absence left a large and noticeable hole in our family. Since then, this organization has found its way into my life on numerous occasions. I can only take that as a sign.

Training for this event was fun. It was also tiring. It was exhilarating and  it was sometimes very wet. I met some fascinating people along the way. People that were so giving of their time, money and support. People that inspired me to be a better person.

So off I went to the Emerald City with lofty goals and high hopes. The weather was perfect for such an adventure. Clear and crisp. There were about 12,000 participants there, but it never felt that big. When the air horn blared for corral 32 (a little disappointed that it wasn’t a gunshot) we took off down the streets of Seattle. Miles one through three were a breeze and I was pumped! My running mate Heather kept cautioning me to slow down, but you know how that went (see paragraph two).

At mile four, a very unfortunate smelling young man appeared in our pace group. Seinfeld quotes of BBO were thrown about. I mean, it was bad. “Tacos” is probably the best word to describe him. Fortunately there was a majestic view of Mount Rainier to help keep me distracted. But just barely.

Mile seven greeted us with a long stretch of very large American flags. It was so beautiful and the people holding them were cheering and waving. It was a moment that gave you chills and made you glad to be an
American. Still feeling great and enjoying the beautiful lake view, I proudly shuffled along.

Around mile eight I started to get a little nausey. It came out of nowhere. Perhaps it was the energy jelly beans I had just eaten. Or perhaps it was the big piece of cheese I ate for breakfast. We’ll never know for sure. But it was around that time that we began the 1400-foot trek through the Mount Baker Tunnel. I didn’t care much for being trapped in a tunnel with little circulation. Or for the impending feeling that I might vomit at any minute. Fortunately, we lost Taco Boy a ways back, so I was able to avoid an embarrassing scene and hightail it out of there.

Miles 10 and 11 were very quiet for everyone. As I trudged on, my legs got heavier and my feisty disposition faded into serious questions about my mental health for embarking on such a foolish venture. It was then that I really called upon the higher powers. I also used this time to think about everyone that I had lost to cancer.

I fondly remembered Uncle Gene and all the times when I was a teenager that he would school me on the importance of good nutrition:

“You need to eat your green beans, Stacey” he would say, “They’re full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D…” and on and on he would go. I remembered his disapproving frown when I would order two servings of mashed potatoes in place of the broccoli. And I laughed as I imagined him looking down on me saying “See? You should have eaten your vegetables this morning instead of that big hunk of cheese.”

Once we reached mile 12, my spirits and my pace picked up again. Great music surrounded me and crowds of cheering fans grew bigger and louder. When the finish line appeared over the last hill, the enormity of my accomplishment hit me. I did it. I made it to the finish line. Six months of determination and hard work paid off. As tears fell down my face, Heather grabbed my hand, as if she could hear my thoughts. We crossed the finish line, hand in hand, both accomplishing more than we ever thought we could.

They gave us our medal and promptly herded us up (another) hill and out of the way. I guess to make room for the five remaining participants that were left on the course. We were greeted with water, fruit cups, slices of bread, and um, chocolate milk?

Nothing sounded grosser at that particular moment in time than chocolate milk. But as I approached a cute young girl thrusting a bottle of milk into the air, I heard her say “Get your chocolate milk here! Full of vitamin C, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, everything you need!”

So I drank the chocolate milk.


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Panache Event Group Wins two Texas Star Awards!



At a fun filled, Gatsby themed celebration last month, Panache Event Group brought home two Texas Star Awards!  The first award was for Best Marketing / Design Collateral Under $25k.  The second award was for Best Corporate Event Under $75k.

Both awards were for the same event at Don Strange Ranch last fall (see blog below about Texas Prettiness at the ranch).

The Texas Star Awards recognizes the best event professionals in Texas, and we are honored to receive not one, but two of them this year.  Entries were judged by esteemed ISES professionals from the ISES Atlanta Chapter and the winners were announced at The Texas Star Awards gala held at The St. Anthony Hotel on February 9.

We are blessed to have such amazing clients who allow us to go wild with our ideas, and beyond honored that our hard work and creativity was recognized.   txstarawards-112

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Texas Prettiness at Don Strange Ranch {San Antonio Event Planner}

Sometimes the perfect client just falls in our lap.  Ready to book, knows what he wants and is funny and charming to boot.  That was this client.  Each year this particular Mississippi corporation treats some of its best customers to an amazing dinner during a national convention.  This year the convention was in San Antonio and it was time to show what Texas was all about.

Our goal was to wine and dine the guests and give them an evening that would knock their socks off.  Many venues were toured and Don Strange Ranch ultimately fit the bill.  Everything revolved around Texas, from the Texas hero table names to the indigenous flowers, to the Hill Country wines.  It was a Texas extravaganza!  Hand picked Texas country artists played in the background as guests dined on Texas Angus beef and Redfish.  And to balance the scales, Mississippi native Skylar Laine performed.  Everything was captured beautifully by Daniel Holman Photography.

Menus, table signs and dessert signs were all created by hand by Panache Event Group, as well as the design and layout.  Many thanks to the following vendors who supported us!

Don Strange Ranch

Goen South

Luxe Event Decor

Aztec Events and Tents

Bobalou Cigar Co.

Daniel Holman Photography

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