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A Festive, Mariachi-Filled Wedding Weekend in San Antonio, Texas

By Alexandra Macon | Photography by 

Chris Bailey Photography

You could say it was foreshadowing when Allegra Pitt, an interior designer and real estate agent in San Antonio, caught the bouquet at the wedding where she first met her future husband, Hunter Hawkins, a commercial insurance broker. “It was a small three-day wedding weekend, which made it so fun and special. We met the first night at the welcome party,” Allegra remembers. “I was living in New York and he was living in San Antonio at the time and we already had our next date lined up one month later at another wedding in the Texas Hill Country.”

During a vacation in Harbour Island, Bahamas, Hunter and Allegra went for a drink at The Dunmore Hotel. “We got to the hotel bar to have a glass of wine and walk on the beach,” she says. “Out of nowhere he asked me to marry him. After, we met my family and some friends at the Rock House for dinner and celebrated the rest of the week.”

Allegra had always dreamt of getting married on the front lawn of The Argyle, a private club in San Antonio built in 1854. “My parents’ wedding reception was there and Hunter’s parents’ rehearsal dinner took place there as well,” she explains. The couple chose to tie the knot in the spring and wanted the wedding to feel like a garden party. “I love pastels and anything lavender,” Allegra adds. They hired Richard Flowers and Katie Mullins of the Events Company of Houston, to help plan their big day.

When planning her weekend wardrobe, the bride was adamant about not wearing anything white except on her actual wedding day. So for her rehearsal dinner, she chose a festive, printed Dolce and Gabbana dress. “I wanted to wear something fun and colorful that I could dance in throughout the night,” she says. As for her wedding dress, she chose an off-the-shoulder illusion Oscar de la Renta gown with silk organza floral embroidery. “Once the dancing started to pick up, I changed into a dress by a local San Antonio designer, Angelina Mata, and paired it with white and pink Ranjana Khan earrings and Sophia Webster floral heels,” she adds. Her bridesmaids, meanwhile, wore celadon green Lela Rose dresses.

When the wedding weekend arrived, the couple really wanted to show off their hometown to their guests. They hosted a River Barge Party on the San Antonio Riverwalk with Mariachis, and a rehearsal dinner at their favorite Mexican restaurant, La Fonda, where they served margaritas and listened to speeches from friends and family members.

On March 25th, the couple was married by a reverend and close family friend. The bride walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.” “I hadn’t seen Hunter that whole day and wanted our first look to be when I was walking down the aisle with my dad,” she says. “I still can’t believe how amazing the weather.”

Once they were pronounced husband and wife, guests were then treated to a food station style dinner, and the band, Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters, played non-stop music for hours. “They had everyone on the dance floor throughout the night,” she adds. “One of my favorite parts was dancing on stage with my siblings and cousins.” For their first song, the couple chose the very apropos “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” by Stevie Wonder. “After the reception, Hunter and I made our exit to the music of a Mariachi band while our family and friends tossed rose petals on us,” she shares.  “I was worried we were going to overdo it with the Mariachis (since we had them every night!), but they really did make everything so much more festive!”