The Alamo City
is home to many romantic sites perfect for exchanging your vows.
Texas – Paseo del Rio, the River Walk along the San Antonio River,
is the city’s most picturesque offering. This is saying a great
deal, since San Antonio is famous for that shrine to Texas Independence,
the Alamo, as well as a wonderful trail of Spanish missions, a spate
of fine museums, and many other attractions.
food are to be found along the winding river, along with fine hotels,
shops, cafes, and the excitement of being part of the throngs strolling
along the river.
Nestled 20 feet
below street level, the cobblestone and flagstone paths of the walk
border both sides of the San Antonio River as it winds through the
very heart of downtown,the center of the business district. Stretching
for about 2.5 miles, from the Municipal Auditorium and Conference
Center on the north end to the King William Historical District
on the south, most of the walkways, arched bridges and entrance
steps were completed between 1939 and 1941, making the River Walk
of San Antonio a romantic destination for visitors to the city.
But most romantic
of all is the Marriage Island. Around the bend from the tourist
attractions, this small island had been discovered by lovers as
an unforgettable spot
to make their vows. As many as 80 weddings a year take place on
this green wedge of land, surrounded by the waters of the San Antonio
River and sheltered by a high stone wall.
Then, to top
off an unforgettable ceremony, it’s possible to have the wedding
breakfast or wedding dinner aboard one of the Yanaguana barges that
cruise up and down the river at a leisurely pace. All you have to
do is pick the River Walk restaurant of your choice, indicate that
you want the meal served aboard the Yanaguana Cruise, and the restaurant
will handle all the details from there. (Reservations: 210/207-3138;
$100 for 30 minutes, and of course you must bring your own Justice
of the Peace. Allow at least two weeks to reserve the Yanaguana
more: San Antonio has another romantic wedding spot, none other
than the beautiful McNay Art Museum. The museum is housed in the
opulent Mediterranean-style mansion, lovely grounds and exquisite
courtyard that was the home of art patron Marion Koogler McNay.
Weddings can be on the lawn of the museum, by the main fountain,
or in the gazebo.
Dozens of weddings
are held every year, and thousands of brides have been photographed.
A favorite background is under the arches of the museum, off the
garden. (Reservations: 210/805-1761; 30 minutes are allowed for
a wedding, which are standing services for no more than 50 people.
Contact: Kay Sharpe, Special Events coordinator.)
Eleanor S. Morris is a freelance travel journalist and photographer
based in Austin, Texas. She has been widely published in national
newspapers and magazines and is the author of numerous guides to
the region. Eleanor has an extensive stock photography business
featuring over 25,000 slides from around the world. Eleanor is a
member of the Society of American Travel Writers.