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Tales of the Traveling Tote: San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Tote, San Antonio, Texas Edition!  

{Plus I'm hosting a super-cool giveaway: a A MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check light switch cover (above).}

Trip and I traveled to San Antonio for my best friend's daughter's wedding.  I cannot even begin to tell you how nice it was to do something normal again, and visit with Susan and her family.  I loved seeing her children, her sister Lisa and family, and other family members.  We visited, laughed, cried (tears of joy), and had the most wonderful time!

The wedding was held at the lovely La Cantera Resort.  

The resort has at least four pools.

La Countess de Monet is enjoying our balcony view at the resort.

We had a pretty view of a formal garden from our room.  The weather was beautiful on Friday, and I'm happy I was able to get a few photos because it poured down rain on Saturday, the wedding day.  

Fountains in the garden

A rill runs through the garden.  I actually took this photo on Saturday, right after a downpour.  

This is the ruin of a fort on the property.

Most of the vegetation around San Antonio was killed during last winter's snowstorm.  Most plantings around the city are new and not very mature, but the resort was still beautiful.

La Cantera Resort & Spa - Architecture from La Cantera Resort & Spa on Vimeo.

I was a hostess for Lauren's bridesmaids' luncheon on Friday.  Susan's sister Lisa did an amazing job with the planning and implementation: She is very talented!  The luncheon was held at the beautiful Dominion Country Club.

Susan with Lauren and Lauren's brother Mitch.  Mitch was on standby because his daughter Layla is three years old and very, very busy.  She was a flower girl, and the flower girls were guests at the luncheon, too.
Susan and I have been friends our whole lives: we attended the same schools, church, and college.  We even share the same birthday!

I enjoyed meeting and getting to know Lauren's bridesmaids, too.  Lauren's joy was infectious, and her friends were all darling!

The bridesmaids enjoyed their gift bags from Lauren.

Lauren was a stunning bride and wore one of the prettiest dresses I've ever seen.  The wedding was meant to be outside, but due to the inclement weather, it was inside.

We had a wonderful time!  I miss Susan already, but I will probably visit her in Texas soon.

It's giveaway time!  

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win!
Also, please don't forget to visit the other ladies and their traveling totes.

The giveaway is now closed!  

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box 
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Coming September 1, 2021:

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. WHat a fabulous trip and resort at La Cantera! How special to have a twin sister from another mother?! Your paths in life were destined to parallel, it sounds. Even through the rain, just being able to gather and be with friends made for a very memorable time. I'm happy you were able to share that with your friend Susan. Happy June!

  2. I have never been to San Antonio - What a great venue for a wedding - the video is amazing! The table was set so pretty for the luncheon and I imagine the wedding was beautiful! Happy you were able to get away and hope you have more in the future!

  3. I was typing away and then my sister called, and boom, my comment disappeared.
    How wonderful to enjoy seeing your longtime friend and enjoying the wedding in San Antonio. I loved reading about by our friendship and seeing all the happy pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Wow, the resort La Cantera is gorgeous. How fun to have the wedding there. The tablescape is so pretty, love the colors. San Antonio is fabulous. I so enjoyed the video. How fun to see the fort. I am so glad you were able to get out and enjoy family and friends.

  5. I'm so glad you got to go to the wedding! After what you've been through this Spring, you really needed a great getaway and how great it was to see your best friend and help with her daughter's wedding. I've always wanted to go to San Antonio, I know it's a beautiful city full of wonderful things to do and great restaurants. The resort where you stayed looks fabulous! I'm so looking forward to seeing you soon!

  6. I am a "first time" visitor to your blog recommended by Rita! OH MY---what a lovely post! The colors, the view, the beautiful smiles.....what a wonderful event.

  7. You girls have such a fun time with your totes and travels. Glad the wedding even with weather issues was beautiful. Happy June. xoxo

  8. I look forward to travels soon. Yours looks fun!

  9. How wonderful you were able to attend your friend's daughter's wedding for a much needed getaway! After the tornado this is just what you and Trip needed. This is a beautiful location and wedding venue and the perfect place to gather with old friends. Your tote was the perfect helper and poses beautifully with all those gorgeous flower arrangements. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Happy June and here's to get togethers soon..........

  10. Your wedding adventure looks like fun. Thanks for the opportunity to win your fabulous giveaway.

  11. What a beautiful place to spend time! And I'm wishing the best for this happy couple! Hugs!

  12. Ricki Jill, your luncheon looks lovely. I'm glad you got to visit San Antonio. I know it was a packed few days with all the wedding activities. I wish you had better weather to enjoy, but spring in Texas can be wet. In fact we had had rain for days and days and looks like this week will be the same. Texas took a hit with the winter storm. It will take some time for our vegetation to return. My own garden is slowing returning, but I'm still waiting on plants to fill the urns and new trees for several areas. What an experience.
    Hope you get back to visit again1

  13. How fun, to have a best friend with the same birthday. I love it.
    What a lovely venue. And beautiful young ladies.
    I am so glad you were able to travel and get away after so much stress as of late with the tornado and your daughter finishing school. So happy for the young couple and you!!

  14. Thank You for hosting this lovely giveaway and sharing the these photos.

  15. Glad you had a nice time traveling. Thank You for the giveaway.

  16. What lovely photos you have posted. Our roses are starting to bloom. We had a lot of rain these last few days. Thank You for the giveaway.

  17. Great post and thanks for sharing your adventure with us. San Antonio is now on my bucket list to visit! Katie Wyatt

  18. Doesn't it feel good to do something normal again? And San Antonio looks like a terrific place for your inaugural trip. The wedding things are so bright and cheery and it all looks lovely!

  19. La Cantera is a lovely place and perfect for a wedding. The flowers and garden areas are gorgeous!

  20. The switch plate is a fun little way to celebrate all that is M-C! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    The wedding venue looked wonderful.

  21. How wonderful to have a lifelong friend, and be a hostess at the bridesmaid's luncheon. Our son and DIL used to live in San Antonio. So much history. La Countess de Monet is a wonderful travel companion. The wedding venue looked wonderful!!

  22. Well that was quite a trip! It looks like a lovely celebration, with friends who are truly more like family. How wonderful!!

  23. What a gorgeous setting and the flowers were stunning ! I would love to go there and visit ! Raining on the wedding day is considered good luck for the marriage ! ( I am a florist). Sara xo


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