Earlier this summer, we had the honor of hosting Nena and Shadi’s beautiful wedding reception at Éilan Hotel & Spa. Read about their love story, why they chose Éilan as their venue and their most special moments from the day.
Tell us about your love story. How did you and your husband meet?
It was actually quite a story. We ended up in a small town in West Texas coming from two different countries. My husband was doing his internship at the hospital and I was working as an engineer in the oilfield industry. We were new in town and did not know many people, so he made an online profile in a dating website. My little brother actually made an online profile for me and posted it in the same website because he really wanted me to find a boyfriend. He was interested in meeting me, and after I knew more about him, I agreed to meet him. The rest is history!
Why did you choose Éilan Hotel & Spa as your reception venue?
I was looking for a venue in San Antonio, and Éilan Hotel was actually the last one I saw. I visited four different venues beforehand, and I thought I had made a decision already. I still remember telling my mom, "Let's go and see this hotel (the Éilan) because we have an appointment already, but it will have to be a really amazing to make me change my mind.” When we arrived to the hotel and I stepped foot inside, my jaw just dropped. It was stunning. From that moment on, I knew I wanted my wedding there.
What was your favorite part of the reception?
Our best moment of the reception actually happened before the reception started. It was when my husband and I first walked into the ballroom during the photo shoot and saw everything ready. It looked like a fairytale, and we were very happy to see what we had pictured in our minds come true.
Which menu item was your favorite and why?
We chose the Mustard Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Herb Lemon Buerre Blanc for dinner. It was exquisite.
What aspect of the venue did you and your guests enjoy the most?
We had so many compliments from our guests about the belly dancer we had. My husband is from Syria, so we wanted to have some Arabic flare. She performed at the cocktail hour on the terrace and everybody was speechless. It was a beautiful show.
What would you tell a future bride considering Éilan Hotel & Spa for her wedding reception?
It was all worth it! All of the staff was amazing, the amenities, the service, the availability, it is such an amazing place. We were very pleased, and I would definitely recommend this hotel.
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