A Night at the Museum, San-Antonio-Style
Imagine cutting your wedding cake in a room filled with Picassos and Gauguins, or savoring your first dance as a married couple in an iconic building designed by Renzo Piano or Mies van der Rohe. If this sounds unattainable, consider that Texas is home to some of the nation’s most acclaimed art museums, and that many of these stunning spaces welcome weddings.
Renowned for its stellar collections of glass art, medieval sculptures, French Post-Impressionist works, and American modernist paintings, San Antonio’s vaunted McNay Art Museum exudes romantic grandeur. “It’s hard to beat the old-world charm and exquisite beauty of a Spanish Colonial mansion on 25 acres of lush gardens and fountains,” says Louis Cloud, of Events by Reese, which designed this artsy, elegant, but whimsical tableau using the McNay’s indoor and outdoor reception spaces. “It’s truly a magnificent jewel,” he says.
Although there’s magic in celebrating your big day in a space decked out with priceless art, “make sure you fully understand the policies and procedures when procuring this type of venue,” Cloud advises. In these special settings, inquire well in advance about such potential logistical matters as facility hours, wedding insurance, extra security, and prohibitions against burning candles and open flames.
If you’re planning a wedding in a world-class art museum, you may not be permitted to light up the sky with a fireworks show, but do you really need pyrotechnics at a celebration set among Alexander Calder stabiles or Salvador Dalí originals?
Radiant floral highlights include ruby roses and scarlet hydrangeas—reminiscent of a Renoir still life—rising from a sparkling mirrored base at the head table, and ivory-white calla lilies encased dramatically in a soaring glass vase with a custom-designed acrylic square cap containing white candles and crimson crystals. With a cheeky groom-groom cake topper, the five-tier cinnamon-chocolate cake with white chocolate–mousse filling is wrapped in a pair of real black bow ties. Alternating bands of turquoise, red, and black argyle add bursts of color.
Victoria Stemware with crystal and silver detailing, and napkin rings fashioned from dazzling chunks of aura geodes, make an opulent statement alongside Luxe Dinnerware artisan-glass chargers in titanium-square silhouettes. The black-and-silver–beaded linens are custom made, part of the Reese signature collection. Invitations with detailed maps to the McNay repeat the reception’s buoyant color scheme.
McNay Art Museum, mcnayart.org, 210-805-1782
Event Ignition, eventignition.com, 210-319-4520
Event Planning, Design & Production
Events by Reese Group, eventsbyreese.com, 210-340-4088
Limelight San Antonio Photography & Video, limelightsanantonio.com, 210-842-6620
Lily Reese Floral Design, eventsbyreese.com, 210-340-4088
Decor, Linens & Rentals
Reese Luxury Linens & Rentals, eventsbyreese.com, 210-340-4088
JC Invitations, jcinvitations.net, 210-775-1935
Sweet Traditions, sweettraditionscakes.com, 210-287-4022