October 26, 2013
Kim woke in the early morning hours to watch the sunrise; she had no idea it would be such a special day. From the time Dan and Kim met, they made lists of romantic, fun and never done events to experience together. There were quite a few items they wanted to accomplish in 2013, but Dan had a secret, special task. He wanted to watch the sunrise with Kim and ask for her hand in marriage. And he did just that on the morning of May 26, 2013 in Galveston, TX.
An ancestor of the bride, John Henry Dillard, died in the Battle of the Alamo. His remains are interred with those of Davy Crockett, William B. Travis, Jim Bowie and other soldiers in a burial tomb located in the south entrance of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, TX. Kim walked down the aisle of San Fernando Cathedral in an exquisite rich satin ivory ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and flattering ruching by Allure Bridals. After the ceremony, they enjoyed a private riverboat champagne cruise from the cathedral to their reception at the Lonesome Dove Room and Grotto. Guests were also shuttled to the reception by boat. “Our boat ride was a big hit. Instead of spending money on little gifts or monogrammed trinkets, we chose to give our guests a fun experience,” says Kim.
The five-tier white and chocolate cake had raspberry and strawberry fillings and chocolate and white icing. Instead of a groom’s cake, one of the five tiers was the “groom’s layer;” lemon with a lemon icing center. Their first dance was on a Riverwalk bridge while a string quartet played, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
Dan took Kim on a surprise honeymoon to Bora Bora. They stayed a week at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort and then a week in the Presidential Suite at The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa.
By Melanie McGinness
Photography: Philip Thomas Photography