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The Spanish Missionary, Father Damian Massanet, conducted the first Catholic Mass on this spot on June 13, 1691. He went on to rename the river after Saint Anthony of Padua to honor his feast day. Rolando Briseño was commissioned in 1991 to create a sculpture to commemorate this Mass. The island is now the root ball of a cypress tree that was planted over 100 years ago. The island was originally kept so as not to cause permanent damage to the historic tree.Marriage Island has remained a place of worship and celebration for hundreds of years. It is said to bring good fortune to any couple married on the Island. Marriage Island is located in downtown San Antonio on the Riverwalk between Presa and Navarro streets.
Marriage Island provides an enchanting setting, is listed among the worlds top 10 most romantic destination wedding locations, and recieved the 2011 San Antonio’s Downtown Best Award for best place for a downtown wedding. Marriage Island is perfect for formal weddings or San Antonio Riverwalk elopements. Learn more here.