An Unconventional, Intimate Handfasting Wedding at Los Patios, San Antonio- Rebekah and Lisa- Lasting Impressions by Design


Introducing Rebakah and Lisa!   These two fun loving people allowed us the honor of planning and assisting them in their June 23, 2018 wedding!  The vision as we began our searching for the perfect venue was greenery, outdoor, and whimsical. Rebekah is very much into the earth,  magical fairies and butterflies. Lisa wanted something near water! Finding a spot was not going to be an easy task. After several venues with a lot of trees a lightbulb went off and we took them to tour Los Patios.   Providing not only indoor and outdoor spaces for events, it is also right along Salado Creek.


Los Patios is a hidden gem in in the city that if you don’t know about it, well, you wouldn’t know it was there!  Right off of 410 and Starcrest, you can find this lovely complex with a restaurant, shopping and several other services.   Los Patios has been a part of San Antonio for over 50 years!  The ceremony site is right along the river and the Hacienda was able to accomodate the guests and then some!


Lasting Impressions by Design set up some custom made signs so the guests would know where to go and then began working on getting the ceremony and reception spaces set up.  Butterflies have huge meaning for the couple and so not only did we hang several butterflies from the ceremony gazebo, we also surprised the couple with napkins that had been folded into butterflies.


The girls arrived and were carted away from each other before their first looks.  Rebekah was able to be pampered with her makeup while Lisa sat in a cool room drinking beer and dressing in her camo vest with her wedding party.


The spaces, at Los Patios gave Ema with EmaReide Photography, not only numerous places to choose to have their first look but also great spaces to utilize the colors and elements to make the rings stand out.  We scouted the area with Ema and found the perfect spot for the excitement to commence! 


As the sultry evening commenced, guests began to show up.  Family and friends witnessed an intimate handfasting ceremony performed by Natashca Ravenheart and Archer Ravenson.


A short walk to the Hacienda building and dinner was served while Dominic with At Last Entertainment played music (Dominic even had a little helper at one point in the night)! The buffet included Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, roasted potatoes, vegetables and rolls. It was delicious!  Drinks were flowing and everyone was having fun! Lasting Impressions by Design provided greenery, a lantern and a lovely little fairy met guests at their tables.


The backdrop for the selfie photo booth was created by Lasting Impressions by Design according to the clients wishes.   Everyone had a great time taking selfies and having other guests take photos for them. It was a great way to get people who didn’t know each other to interact and become friends!


Rebekah’s niece had a birthday and she actually ordered an oversized cupcake to celebrate with her niece!  We all sang Happy Birthday to the newly 13 year old! Thanks to Cakes Rock SA, Shanna Miller the happiness in the room grew!  Shanna not only delivered an amazing oversized cupcake and small desserts but an amazing three tiered cake that fit not only with the theme but showed the couples lives together and their interests.


Dancing continued through the night with At Last Entertainment at the helm until it was time for the bubble send off!  It was an amazing evening and we were so excited to be part of creating this day for Lisa and Rebekah! We wish them all the happiness in the future!

“We would love to thank you two wonderful lady's at Lasting Impressions By Design for helping make our day perfect. Even with the complications and minor setbacks, you guys rock. I will miss having you message and call to get updates, and I'm so glad that you have been a part of our memories and wonderful day. I recommend this company to anyone for any type  of celebration. They have the imagination to work with you and it's fun to watch it all come together.

We love you guys”

 -Rebekah and Lisa M.




Venue:  Los Patios

Planners:  Lasting Impressions by Design

DJ:  At Last Entertainment

Photographer:  Ema Reide Photography

Cake/Desserts: Cakes Rock

Handfasting:  Natascha Ravenheart/Archer Ravenson

Room Blocks:  Four Points Sheraton San Antonio

A Touch of Boho - Fall Elopement Styled Shoot

The wind was blowing as we came upon the beauty that is The Villa at Cielo Vista!  It wasn’t a cold wind but it was a wind and it made for a fun time in keeping things down in place!  Who knew what we would be ultimately blown away by would be with the images from EmaReide Photography that came from this amazing shoot!  The idea behind the design was to incorporate some beautiful rich colors in a classic, yet whimsical way.  Perfect for a small wedding or elopement celebration!


It was quiet and the view from the grounds was breathtaking, but we weren’t able to enjoy it long!  Affinity Floral arrived with the beautiful flowers and we hit the ground running!  Talk about stunning!


Shortly after Stephanie, from Vanity Eliand, showed up with all her make-up and hair supplies to begin the process of making these already beautiful ladies even more beautiful! The fun had started...we had no idea how much fun the night would bring us!


Then gentlemen came in...funny, nice, and good looking!   Since all the models were actual friends, the feeling was relaxed and one of great energy!   A huge speaker with access to an iphone started pumping jams and we all started getting into the groove.

Shanna’s Creative Cakes arrived on scene with the cake and the sun started to set!   The colors on the cake were organic and amazing!  Perfect to fit with the overall feel of the evening. Once the floral elements were added, it truly stood out as a stunning detail of the event.


We began placing the gorgeous details from Marquee Rentals and Cru Vintage Rentals around the venue and on the table to set the scene.  Did we say it was windy?  It’s always a great time when we have to rethink how to set to keep items on the tables.


CalliRosa Calligraphy joined us for the shoot with her beautiful stationery.  The colors touched on the table design perfectly!  Her design of the invitations, place cards, and menus were the most amazing addition to the details of the photoshoot.


EmaReide Photography began shooting all of the stunning details and the venue!  Then it was time for the the ceremony!  The models were cracking jokes, enjoying themselves and having a great time enjoying the company of each other!  We were smiling from ear to ear as the sun continue to set!  You could feel the love as the models were moved into different settings and the fun as they enjoyed the evening!

We absolutely love how all of the details of the evening came together to showcase a beautifully elegant combination of details!

A Special Thank You to...

Venue: The Villa at Cielo Vista

Planner/Coordinator: Lasting Impressions by Design

Photographer: EmaReide Photography

Floral: Affinity Floral Designs

Vintage Rentals: Cru Vintage Rentals

Rentals: Marquee Rentals

Stationary: CalliRosa Calligraphy

Cake: Shanna’s Creative Cakes

Dresses & Accessories: Celebrations Bridal and Prom

Hair & Makeup: Vanity Eliand

Carol & Coby - July 8, 2017


It was a hot, humid day in July when these two amazing people, Carol and Coby, chose to have their vow renewal ceremony!  They were one of many couples who chose to get married at the courthouse but now wanted to share their love for each other with a ceremony and celebration among family and friends.

Two years of love and marriage between these two has included many ups and down, as well as a serious illness, but they have continued on with their joy and happiness.  The joy that oozes from these two spreads like wildfire to everyone they meet...including us!

We arrived to Ms. Betty’s quaint ranch in the middle of Bulverde.  You know...the kind of ranch that doesn’t even have an address!  Thank goodness for coordinates and GPS!  Coby and his son were out placing signs and lights for that evening’s events.  The hay bales were set facing the most beautiful old tree.  Talk about the most perfect setting!


The trees were sprawling and the cows were mooing at us as we worked to set up the tables and create an aisle for the ceremony.  Speaking of the cows, someone left a gate open the night before and we lost three hay bales due to hungry cows!  Luckily there were still plenty of places for their loved ones to sit!


After all of the main set-up was complete and everyone was ready for the ceremony, the photographer put Coby and Carol in place for the first looks, in front of the most beautiful old barn.  We think that one of us may have shed some tears when he turned around and saw her for the first time, but if you ask us...we will deny, deny, deny!


The day progressed and family and friends began showing up.  Love again tangled it’s fingers through everyone there.  Everyone was laughing and having a wonderful time.  The happy couple said their “I Do’s” and the party began!

BBQ, drinks, family and friends!  The amazing Dominic, with At Last Entertainment, did his magic and the dancing commenced!  Did we mention to you that it was hot???  The heat didn’t matter!  Love and laughter was in the air and it all landed on the lovely couple, Coby and Carol!  Even the flower girl joined in the celebration and serenaded the group with some of her favorite tunes.

We want to thank Carol and Coby for allowing us to be part of this joyous event!  We feel as though everyone brought us into the fold as family and friends!   We want to wish them many days of happiness and love, but don’t forget to close the gate!!


Venue: Ms. Betty’s Ranch

Planner/Coordinator: Lasting Impressions by Design

Photographer: Dawn Elizabeth Studios

Floral: Eden’s Echo

DJ: At Last Entertainment

Officiant: Weddings by Janine

Catering: Smokey Mo’s

Cake: Cake by Kim

A Night of Laughs

Lasting Impressions by Design had the honor of planning and coordinating a wonderful fundraising event for the Andy Mireles Charitable Foundation.  "A Night of Laughs," featuring Cleto Rodriguez, was a huge success, with over 200 people in attendance.  The evening began with the fantastic music of Joe Posada and his trio, as they played their way through the cocktail hour with some amazing hits, while guests found delicious refreshments and looked over the raffle items.  You could hear the excitement in the room as guests mingled and anxiously awaited the laughs to begin.  The sponsors for the evening even had the opportunity to pose for a photo op with Cleto himself.

Once the main event began, guests couldn't help but laugh at the hilarious offerings of Jessica Ramirez, who told of the joys of motherhood and how we all just need a "Mom-cation" to HEB sometimes!  Her relatability to real life and the numerous stories she told of living life had the crowd laughing out loud.


Jessica set the stage for Cleto, and the laughs continued to roll.  Guests were treated to more real life stories and wonderful visuals of the many stories he shared.  Hilarious doesn't even begin to cover it!  After all the laughs, some wonderful raffle items were won and guests made their way home.  The entire evening was such a huge success and we are grateful that we were able to plan and coordinate this event for the foundation!  We are looking forward to many more events in the future with the Andy Mireles Charitable Foundation! 


If you would like to learn more about how to contribute to this wonderful foundation, please visit their website at