Our mini-getaway to remember our wedding day at The St. Anthony Hotel.
It’s difficult to believe that almost six months have flown by since Dan and I said “I do” in front of Peacock Alley’s fireplace at The St. Anthony Hotel, where we became one instead of two.
Life has been moving so quickly. We returned from our honeymoon to a full-speed pace at work and we slid back into our busy lives as seamlessly as possible. We purchased our first house, settled into our new Morrison Bungalow, and have adjusted to the mundane but heartwarming daily responsibilities of home ownership and domestic partnership.
Thanks to the extreme generosity and unconditional love of our friends and family, we have been able to spring board into our new lives together without a single force to drag us down. Realizing that we jumped and never once looked back, we were hoping to find some downtime to reminisce and reflect on all of the happiness our big day brought into our marriage.
Just in the knick of time, before the tidal wave of competitive Texas marching band season sucks Dan into its undertow until December, The St. Anthony invited us back to the hotel to unplug and relive our big day once more.
The service was excellent throughout our entire stay, beginning with the moment we pulled up to the curb in the rain upon arrival. We checked in at the front desk and the concierge greeted us with a friendly, “The Morrisons! We all remember your beautiful wedding- welcome back to The St. Anthony.” We felt welcome, loved, and kind of like Royalty.
We arrived prior to the official time of check-in, so the bellhop kindly stored our bags and we ascended up the grand guilded marble staircase to brunch at the Library Café. It was quiet- the perfect atmosphere for us to unwind. Our food hit the spot: satisfying and delicious; it was so special to be dining in the same room Papa and I waited in before he walked me down the aisle.
After brunch, we made our way to the St. Anthony Club for a beverage to cheers each other, our marriage, and our mini staycation.
After our cocktail, the concierge came to notify us that our room was ready. The bellhop had already delivered our luggage, caught us in the hallway, and offered to also bring us ice and anything else we could have possibly needed. We opened the door to our room and discovered that they had given us the same Superior Suite we stayed in on our wedding night. It meant so much to us. By then, the rainy afternoon cleared up so we jumped into our suits and darted to the pool.
After our day at the pool, we ate dinner at Rebelle, the hotel’s new restaurant. The atmosphere is like Vegas. Very dim lighting with purple hues to set the mood, plenty of glitz and glamour, and very modern décor. The design choices and the contemporary cuisine are a great juxtaposition to the historic space. Dan ordered the duck and I ordered the beet salad and the green salad. The food was excellent. My two dishes may seem like boring choices, but I needed my greens and each salad was a party on my palette. I ordered a pistachio cake with home made ice cream for dessert…I intended to take only a few bites, but I devoured most of it. We will definitely be going back for many a date night to come.
After dinner, we spent time walking up and down Peacock Alley reminiscing about our romantic wedding ceremony. We even snuck into the ballroom to relive memories of our unforgettable reception.
I retraced the steps I took down the marble staircase before starting to walk down the aisle of Peacock Alley. Leaning on my Papa during these moments will always be one of the highlights of my life.
We retired fairly early for some much needed rest. The bedding is so luxurious and comfortable, and the heavy curtains block out sunlight in the morning. The perfect environment for not setting your alarm and being able to recoup from the commotion of daily life.
Our most sincere thanks to our friends at The St. Anthony for hosting us this past weekend. We received a complimentary room in exchange for this post. We were also sent a delicious complimentary charcuterie plate by a meat and cheese fairy while we were at the pool. Obviously, all of these opinions and anecdotes are my own.
If you live in San Antonio and need a staycation, book your room ASAP. If you will be visiting San Antonio in the near future and you are looking for a place to stay that is bursting at the seams with generations full of history and elegance, this is the place for you. The recent renovations brought the accommodations into the 21st century, but the bygone Gatsby-like grandeur of this Texas jewel will always remain.