Newly wed portrait of Rachel and Shawn sharing an intimate moment captured by Nick Nguyen Photo

Intimate and Delightful Wedding Weekend Fun | Rachel + Shawn

Once a busy motor court circa the 1930s, the Hotel San Jose was renovated into the minimalist paradise that it is today sometime after being purchased in 1994. With features such as granite pathways and a charming courtyard lounge, the San Jose offers an intimate and delightful location for any visitor–all while connecting them to Austin’s downtown via the vibrant South Congress Avenue. Seeking an intimate venue for their wedding ceremony, Rachel and Shawn realized that the Hotel San Jose was the perfect location for them.

A Delightful Weekend

“…it helped us create a beautiful, intimate ceremony filled with brightness and greenery.”

Rachel and Shawn had friends and family coming from all over, so they wanted to curate a weekend of events to give their guests the true Austin experience. Hotel San Jose provided the intimate atmosphere and abundant greenery that the couple were hoping for, and walking through the grounds for pictures was a memorable experience. The ceremony itself, officiated by a friend, was a thrilling and beautiful event that was enjoyed by all. This oasis within the city will hold a special place in their hearts.

An Intimate Meal to Remember

The compliments are still rolling in from the meal at Uchiko, which delighted the guests and the couple. This dinner was the capstone on a wonderful day and brought everyone together for great food, laughter, and celebration. Rachel and Shawn did as much of the wedding prep on their own as they could, but acknowledged that the teams at the hotel and restaurants were invaluable to the success of their big day. The couple advised that stress will build up as the wedding date approaches, but as long as you communicate with your partner and lean on those around you, everything will work out in the end.

“Lean on these people, and be grateful for even the smallest gestures–they often mean the most.”

Rachel and Shawn’s wedding was an intimate and delightful event, and it won’t be soon forgotten.


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Photography: Nikk Nguyen Photo

Ceremony Venue: Hotel San Jose

Dinner Venue: Uchiko

Other Venue: Koko’s Bavarian


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