The story of Starla Elaine Ballesteros and Sean Patrick O’Connor began in a place familiar to many Texans: South Padre Island. Sean, owner of ASAP Printing Solutions, was on a fishing trip with his friends, while Starla, an assistant property manager, was vacationing with her family when they met at the tequila Sunset bar.
They were back in Padre and Sean was getting ready to take a big step. “I had not bought the ring yet. The day of the proposal, we went shopping for nice going out attire. She was looking for clothes, while I was on a mission to find an ‘island themed’ ring,” recalls Sean.
After arriving at Tequila Sunset, Sean couldn’t hold in his love for Starla any longer. “I could not help myself… I let Starla know that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, then pulled out the island ring.”
Their wedding took place April 21, 2012 – six years to the day after they first met. The ceremony, held in Chapel by The Sea, boasted floor to ceiling windows that gave an island- atmosphere to the wedding.
Grand Beach and Grand Help
Isla Grand Beach resort hosted the reception, with the help of event coordinator Patricia Blancas. “They helped us exceed our wedding reception expectations,” Starla says.
Starla glowed in an Oleg Cassini ivory strapless sweetheart neckline gown with a beaded lace trumpet silhouette.
Starla and Sean’s starfish-topped wedding cake was a four-tier Italian cream and raspberry mousse delicacy, blanketed in ivory butter cream icing. The navy-polka dot fondant details along the tiers of the cake matched the ribbon on Starla’s bouquet, Sean’s tie, and the flower vase centerpieces. The groom’s red velvet cake reflected Sean’s favorite football team’s logo, The Texans.
After the ceremony, the couple embarked a five-day cruise to Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel for their romantic getaway.
“Do as much as you can as soon as possible – don’t wait until the very last minute. ask for help from close friends and family members. remember that this is a very important day in your life so cherish every moment!”
– Augusta Neal
Photography by Ralph Zepulveda