San Antonio Gay Wedding
Eddie (left) and Ulysses celebrate their vows at San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Anthony Gauna

San Antonio Gay Wedding: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Photography by Anthony Gauna

NAMES Eddie Amaya & Ulysses Oliva

LIVE IN San Antonio

OCCUPATIONS Both work for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

HOW THEY MET While working in the same building, they occasionally exchanged smirks until finally meeting in the breakroom. Eddie: “I’d just finished heating up my food, and Ulysses bumped me. My food flew everywhere. Had he not been so darn cute, this whole story may have had a different ending.” how they got engaged During an impromptu visit to the St. Anthony Hotel, Eddie proposed at sunset on the rooftop.

BACHELOR PARTY The “last fling before the ring” kicked off at Paramour Bar and culminated on the dance floor of the Bonham Exchange. The couple wore black-and-gold T-shirts printed with “Squad, He Put a Ring on It” (Ulysses) and “Feyoncé” (Eddie).

REHEARSAL DINNER An intimate meal at Paesanos Riverwalk in San Antonio. Each guest received a personalized wine bottle.

WEDDING DAY WEATHER Rainy and cloudy. Eddie: “Our rain plan was executed perfectly by our vendors.”


WEDDING COLORS Black, white, and gold

FLOWERS The centerpieces used white hydrangeas and minimal greens, with gold leaf accents.

DIY HIGHLIGHTS Eddie and Ulysses made the signage with templates they bought on Etsy and frames purchased here and there. They made the dessert table towers as well.

THE MENU The couple and caterer created a Mexican-infused menu. Signature cocktails included cucumber and prickly pear margaritas. Dinner featured a wedge salad with pico de gallo, cilantro, queso fresco, and jalapeño bacon, followed by roast chicken breast with an avocado cream sauce, cheddar enchiladas, cumin-corn relish, and poblano chile rice.

DESSERT A single-tier, seven-layer, vanilla–orange blossom cake with a fresh blackberry filling and butter cream frosting adorned with pieces of macaron and crystallized sugars. The sprawling dessert table offered nearly 400 mini desserts.

MUSIC Their first dance was to “One and Only,” by Adele, whom they’d recently seen in concert. After that, the party started. Eddie: “We love to dance, and our guilty pleasure is Spanish Reggaetón, which played nonstop all night long.”

IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have hired someone to record the ceremony.

UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY A video wall on the Riverwalk outside Tobin Center displayed photos of the couple that could be viewed from the reception. Unexpected Event Accompanied by mariachi musicians, Eddie serenaded Ulysses during dinner as the crowd went wild.

ADVICE FOR OTHERS Ulysses: “Shop for the best deals, and don’t be afraid to make last-minute changes. Make a list of things about which you will or will not compromise.” Most important, plan your wedding together.

THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Breathtaking, romantic, modern

Vendor List

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio

DPC Events/Marquee Event Group

Jonathan Amaya & Cassandra Hernandez

Lisa Morales, Haute Weddings

Anthony Gauna

Janal Wholesale

Bakery Lorraine

Helzberg Diamonds

Ashley Amaya, the Pearl Lyon

Justin Barrows & Jaime Marchan

Lumen Events/Mariachi Oro y Plata

ThePrintableShopcom on Etsy

You can find more resources for planning an LGBTQ wedding in this part of Texas in our San Antonio Wedding Vendor Guide and Texas Hill Country Vendor Guide.