Everlasting Elopements was founded by husband and wife team, the Esparzas! Husband Reverend Rene Esparza and his wife Kari Esparza met almost 9 years ago, by chance, and have been inseparable ever since. Rene asked for Kari’s hand in marriage in March 2012, and the newly-engaged couple quickly began planning their dream wedding. Kari quickly learned the true expense of a huge wedding and together the couple decided against a big wedding with all the frills and opted for a less-expensive destination wedding in the Dominican Republic with their closest family and friends. Before jetting off, the couple was advised to first get married in the states to save on costs and the trouble of getting the marriage certified once back home.
Kari scoured the internet for an affordable officiant to make their marriage official before they left for the Caribbean but to her surprise, most officiants were charging $400+ for just a quick, less than 10-minute ceremony. The couple didn't need all the frills, just someone to make it official!
How Everlasting Elopements was born…
After an exhaustive search for an affordable service, the couple found an officiant in Austin who did small ceremonies in public locations on weekends. Kari and Rene made the trip to Austin, met with family there, and were very impressed with their experience. This sparked the realization that many other couples might not want or be able to afford an everlasting payment for a big wedding or for renewing their vows. Rene became ordained by the Universal Life Church, and the couple set out on a mission to organize and officiate small ceremonies in San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas for those couples wanting an everlasting marriage but not an everlasting payment. Everlasting Elopements was born.
To extend our everlasting happiness to other couples looking for an everlasting marriage without the everlasting price!
To the couple’s surprise, Everlasting Elopements has grown leaps and bounds in the past five years! Everlasting Elopements has extended their reach to serve even more couples; they are now employing wedding officiants servicing most of South Texas from down on the coast and Corpus Christi up to San Antonio, Killeen, New Braunfels, Austin and the surrounding areas. Everlasting Elopements now employs in-house floral designers, Erin Rose with Ms. Erin Rose Floral in the SA area and LaToya Rodriguez in the coastal bend; and cake designers, Linda Cupp with Cupp Cakes in the SA area and Amy Netek of Home Sweet Home Bakery in the coastal bend, who customize each couple’s ceremony to their colors and requests. They've also brought together a team of photographers across South Texas including Jesus Fonseca, Jody Brown, Ashley RIdlehoover, Amanda Faust, Chantal Dubois, Nathan Gunn, and Kirby LeAnne also add to the team effort with their photography expertise! In addition, Everlasting Elopements enjoys numerous partnerships with hotels, restaurants, salons, formal wear and other companies to give couples the complete wedding package with exclusive discounts!
With high hopes and hard work, the Esparzas continue to unite happy couples! With 412 ceremonies performed in their first year of business (2013), the couple set a goal of 1,000 ceremonies in 2014 and beat it with 1,134, and have continued to grow each year, now having joined over 6000 couples in marriage in five years and show over 600 5-star reviews!
Each new year has brought on new adventures, 2017 showed the growth of the company, spreading down into the Coastal Bend and up into Killeen and surrounding areas. 2018 hopes to be a growth in experiences with B&B elopements coming in March 2018 and 'Extreme Elopements' to come in the summer, including skydiving, hot air balloons, ziplining and more! There is also an Everlasting Elopement Small Wedding Venue in the works- more updates to come in the new year!