Grand Galvez Sets the Stage for a Picture-Perfect Tropical Wedding

Bride and groom wearing sunglasses and smiling on the Center Lawn of Grand Galvez.
Photo: CivicPhotos | Venue: Grand Galvez

Karen and Paul first crossed paths at their high school in Austin, forming a friendship that summer after graduation. As Paul attended SMU and Karen went to Auburn, their paths diverged for college.

After college, both moved to Dallas to launch their careers. One morning, Paul spontaneously asked Karen for drinks, rekindling their bond and compelling an instant connection. “Everything was just right at the right time,” the bride says.

When Paul invited Karen out for a romantic dinner, she anticipated a special evening between the two. While en route to dinner, Paul detoured to a park where he got down on one knee. After joyful celebrations with friends and family back at the site of their first magical date, the couple’s Grand Galvez¬†wedding plans began.

On October 15, 2022, Karen and Paul celebrated their love with a sweet first look before exchanging vows in a local Galveston church. Guests then enjoyed cocktail hour inside the historic hotel before entering the reception space decorated in tropical hues. The bride says, “When we were planning the wedding, I realized the cocktail hour would be for the guests, and we would miss it. I was really sad thinking about it. I wanted to see everyone, but then I also realized this would be the only point in the night for Paul and I to spend together, so we enjoyed champagne at sunset and had so much fun taking photos in front of the Grand Galvez. It was low pressure and allowed us to relax and enjoy a little downtime.”

The Veranda’s floor-to-ceiling windows provided serene views of the Gulf’s tranquil blue-green waters, accentuating the couple’s coastal theme. Vibrant florals and lush greenery adorned the reception tables, creating a tropical oasis for friends and family to celebrate the newlyweds.

Continue scrolling to see all the sweet moments from this tropical wedding at the Grand Galvez.

Congratulations, Karen and Paul!

Black and white invitation suite with silver jewelry.

A bride in white and her bridesmaids in tropical robes laughing on a bed.

A groomsmen helping the groom put on his bowtie.

The bridesmaids reacting to the bride's wedding gown in the entryway of the Grand Galvez.

A bouquet of pink, orange and white florals with greenery.

The bride standing behind the groom at the Grand Galvez.

The bride and groom smiling at each other in front of the Grand Galvez.

Tropical floral centerpieces on a long reception table.

White napkin, name tag and menu on a gold dinner plate.

A tropical floral centerpiece on a white round table.

Three tier white cake with orange flowers and a dog peeking out of the first tier.

The bride and groom dancing in front of the band.

The bride and groom kissing as the guests wave glow sticks on either side of them.

“Grand Galvez Sets the Stage for a Picture-Perfect Tropical Wedding” Spotlight WiH Partner- Venue: Grand Galvez

Contributing Vendors- Photo: CivicPhotos / Eventology Weddings / Knapp Flower Shop / Cakes by Jula / John Manigold / Royal Dukes Band / Shine Wedding Invitations / Galveston Limousine / Angela Keith / Allure Bridals / Bridal Boutique Lewisville

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