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Bell Tower On 34th wedding photography

Bell Tower on 34th wedding photography

The Beginning
Young love is so sweet. Especially when you find your life-long love! Kristine and Garrett met in high school. She was only 15 and he was 17. By their wedding day, they had been together for 8 years! Prior to Garrett’s proposal, some wedding plans were already taking off!
Kristine had already picked out the perfect wedding venue ~ Bell Tower on 34th ~ and she even purchased her wedding dress! One lovely day, they went walking through a beautiful park in the Woodlands. Garrett playfully teased Kristine and asked how embarrassed she was to buy her wedding dress and not even be engaged yet. “By the time I turned around to answer him he was down on one knee and said “Let’s change that”. It was very sweet and romantic!”

The Venue
Every client SGI Photography photographs at the Bell Tower on 34th wedding venue has been highly satisfied with their choice of venue! Kristine and her mom set out to search for a wedding venue with 3 or 4 places to visit on their list. Their first stop was the Bell Tower on 34th in Houston. They immediately fell in love with it. “The main reason I picked it is because I didn’t really need a whole lot of decor. It already had so much beauty in it even when nothing is in there. Also, the service was awesome! They definitely made me feel like a princess but they also catered to all of my guests. Everyone was complimenting on how amazing the service and staff was.”

The Big Day
The best part of my job is witnessing a bride and groom experience authentic joy & love on their wedding day. It was an honor to watch Kristine and Garrett enjoy true love & sheer happiness as they became one. “We were both so happy to see one another on our wedding day. He had the biggest smile on his face and I couldn’t stop laughing because I was so happy to finally marry my best friend.”
Special, unscripted moments of a wedding day become precious memories. Kristine shares one such touching moment for her and her parents, “The only real time I got emotional was when I gave my parents their gifts. I had handkerchiefs made for them and they were both embroidered with sweet messages from me. As soon as I saw my dad start crying, I did too. It was an awesome moment that I will always remember.”
The highlights of the reception for the new Mr. & Mrs. included dancing, the red carpet photo booth, and spending time with friends and family that they hadn’t seen in a long time.

The Details
Guests ~ 150
Cake ~ “My aunt’s best friend/neighbor made my cake. She works a full time job so she only does this on the side. She did an amazing job.”
Flowers & Decor ~ The Bloom Room “My theme was 1920’s/ Old Hollywood. The color scheme was black, gold and ivory.”
Honeymoon ~ Carnival cruise to Cozumel, Cayman Islands and Jamaica


Words of Wisdom
The Newlyweds had this advice to offer future brides & grooms, “Soak up every bit of the planning and the wedding day as much as possible. I didn’t believe anyone when they said that it would go by in the blink of an eye. But it does. Also, get the planning and all the details out of the way months before the wedding day. That was one of the smartest things I ever did. I never once stressed about anything, nor did I find anything go wrong on my wedding day.”

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Bell Tower on 34th Houston Wedding Photographers

Bell Tower on 34th Houston Wedding Photographers

One of the joys of a Houston Wedding Photographer is getting to meet so many wonderful people from all over the Greater Houston area and beyond. Every couple is unique and I find it fascinating to hear their stories. My recent clients, Blair and Matt, celebrated their wedding day at The Bell Tower on 34th. This wedding venue happens to be one of my personal favorites in Houston. I’m so glad Blair and Matt felt the same way about The Bell Tower that I do! It helped make their wedding portraits turn out even more spectacular! I really enjoyed being their wedding photographer. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. First let me back up and tell you how they got to their special day!

The Couple
Blair and Matt met in 2007 during their very first weekend in college at the “greatest university ever” [their quote], Texas Tech. They quickly became friends after meeting at Matt’s fraternity house. They never dated, though until after graduating from college and they were both living in Houston.

The Proposal
Blair had a few requirements for the proposal that Matt was aware of:

  1. Ask my mom for permission
  2. Make sure my nails were done
  3. I wanted it to happen in a gazebo.
  4. I wanted our dog to be there.
  5. I wanted it to be a surprise.
  6. And I wanted it photographed.

Matt made all of those things happen! He proposed on August 19, 2014

in a gazebo in the Briar Grove Park neighborhood. The dog was there, my nails were polished and it was all photographed.

The Venue
When it came to choosing their wedding venue, Blair knew right away from seeing pictures of The Bell Tower on 34th that she just had to get married there! Easily one of the most dreamy, romantic settings for a wedding in Houston, Texas, The Bell Tower on 34th will take your breath away. “It is just so beautiful! The day after we got engaged, I called and made an appointment to view The Bell Tower and a week later our wedding was booked.” They loved everything about The Bell Tower, and are certain that they could not have picked a better wedding venue.
That’s quite a compliment, if I do say so myself!

The Details
Guests: 150

Gown: Alfred Angelo ~ Cinderella

Cake: Supreme Kakes – A white cake with intricate details, the letter M on the second tier. The cake topper was used at my mom and dad’s wedding in 1987.

Flowers: Weddings in Bloom- La Pearla roses and Hydrangeas

The Big Day 

Seeing Matt for the first time on their wedding day, Blair describes feeling more in love than she had ever felt before! “It was like coming home.”
There were many touching moments, even moving Matt to tears.

People came from all over the world to attend their wedding. Blair and Matt really enjoyed dancing and spending time with so many friends and family members.

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds took a cruise out of Galveston on the Carnival Magic.
The ports included Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

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This wise Mr. & Mrs. have plenty of excellent advice to offer future brides and grooms: Plan ahead! Even if you think it is too far in advance, do it anyway. You do not want anything to sneak up on you at the last minute. Also, if you want something to happen on your wedding day that you have planned for months, find someone to make it happen for you. My person was my wedding coordinator, Angie. Also, don’t forget to have fun!

Lakeside Country Club Memorial United Methodist Church Houston Wedding Photography

Lakeside Country Club Memorial United Methodist Church Houston Wedding Photography

The Couple

Lauren & Cole met at the public accounting firm they both used to work at. Although they never worked together, they did notice each other at events and passing by one another in the office. It wasn’t until a going away happy hour for a mutual friend that a conversation was struck up, and boy did they hit it off! Cole asked Lauren out to dinner and the rest is history!The Proposal

Cole’s marriage proposal to Lauren was truly like a fairytale. “I was assigned on an international work trip in London so Cole and I planned a week long Europe trip for fun the week before. We traveled to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. The proposal happened in… you can guess where… the one and only romantic city of Paris! We were near at the Trocadero Fountain right next to the Eiffel Tower. We had just finished a nice dinner and had walked to the Eiffel Tower. I thought we were aimlessly walking around until Cole asked a random person to take as many photos of us as she could in 5 minutes. Next thing I know, he was down on one knee!”

The Venue

The wedding ceremony was held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.
For the wedding reception venue, Cole and Lauren really liked Lakeside Country Club.
“First and foremost, because it is absolutely beautiful! It has a feel like you are in a different city that isn’t Houston. The outdoor area is so gorgeous. My mom and I loved the spanish moss. Also, the size could hold a larger wedding and we knew ours would be a pretty big one (275 guests). The people we interacted with were also really great.”

The Details

Gown: Jenny By Enzoani. Purchased at Brickhouse Bridal.

Cake: Cakes by Gina. Bride’s cake was a white cake with amaretto and raspberry filling. Groom’s cake was a yellow, butter cake with chocolate filling.

Flowers: Donna Senter from The Senterpiece. Colors were light pink and light yellow. The bouquets were a pretty mix of these colors and a little bit of coral for a pop of color. Bride’s bouquet was lighter than the bridesmaids’ bouquets and had a few white tulips in it. Tulips were the bride’s favorite flower.

The Moments

Lauren was so happy to finally get to see Cole on Saturday. “I missed him all day! Though I had plenty of fun getting ready with my wedding party. I couldn’t wait to see him and it was so special seeing him smiling as I walked down the aisle.”
Slava, from SGI Photography, photographing Lauren and her Mom together at Lakeside Country Club before they all headed to Memorial Drive United Methodist Church for the ceremony. “My mom is my best friend and she was so much help throughout the wedding. Getting to take pictures with her on the Big Day really struck a chord with me. I was fighting back tears because I didn’t want to mess up my make-up!”
Being on the dancefloor at Lakeside Country Club with friends and family. “I also enjoyed watching all of the guests interact and have fun. It’s like watching everything that you have planned finally come together seamlessly. It is really cool. Especially seeing all of these people from different walks of life in the same room.”

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds celebrated in Cabo, Mexico. “It was actually a back-up honeymoon because of a hurricane in the Carribean affecting our trip to St. John. It ended up working out fabulous! We had such a great time and the weather was amazing!
We stayed at the One and Only Palmilla and were treated like a King and Queen. Nice way to relax after a wedding.”

The Advice

Lauren shares her wisdom from experience with future brides to be:
“Well, I can’t speak too much to marriage since we have only been married for 9 days now, just kidding! I would just emphasize that you don’t let the planning process get in the way of your relationship or marriage. If you need take a break from it and just have a date night it’s probably a good idea. I was really relaxed on my wedding day and it allowed me to really enjoy everything and just sit back and have a good time. There is no reason to worry about anything on your Big Day!”

Lakeside Country Club

St. Laurence Catholic Church and Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land Wedding Photographer

St. Laurence Catholic Church Sweetwater Country Club Sugar Land Wedding Photographer

It’s true that great minds think alike. I could tell early on that I was really going to enjoy being a wedding photographer this brilliant couple. Candice and Nick first met in undergraduate school at Texas A&M University. They were both doing research down the hall from each other in biomedical engineering.

Nick’s genius came in handy as he planned to ask Candice to marry him. He proposed at the Houston Zoo accompanied by a violinist. He even hired a photographer so he could capture the moment ~ smart move.

Many wise choices were made as they planned their wedding day. They decided to be married in the church Candice had grown up in; St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Selecting Sweetwater Country Club as their wedding reception venue was another bright decision. Sweetwater Country Club is delightfully elegant and conveniently close to St. Laurence. Sweetwater is an exceptional location for weddings, wedding receptions, and events. There are plenty of great backdrops for a wedding photographer to work with. Candice and Nick were very impressed with the wedding coordinator at Sweetwater. “Jennifer was very nice and happy to make our day special!”
The Details
Guests: 120

Gown: Justin Alexander

Cake: Supreme Kakes

Flowers: Dream Bouquet
On their wedding day, Candice had nothing but pure and profound love for her groom!
“I thought Nick was the most handsome man I had ever seen! I couldn’t wait to spend my life with him!”

Not every groom has the discerning perspective Nick had on his wedding day. Nick was fully confident in his bride-to-be. “There were some timing issues with her walking out to a certain song… Evidently some people thought she might be getting nervous, I didn’t have a worry in the world, I just couldn’t wait to see her in that dress!” It was no wonder that saying their vows and exchanging wedding bands was their favorite part of their wedding ceremony! The highlight of their reception was Candice watching Nick’s dance moves to take off her garter. Of course Maui, Hawaii was an outstanding honeymoon pick.
Now, a golden nugget of advice for future brides & grooms from our wise newlyweds ~
Enjoy your wedding day because it FLIES BY!
So true, so very true!
Enjoy your new life together, Candice & Nick! It was an honor to be a part of your wedding day!

Sweetwater Country club St. Laurence Catholic church wedding photographer

Call your Sugar Land Wedding photographer about your wedding TODAY!

Briscoe Manor Wedding Photography Houston wedding photographer

Briscoe Manor Wedding photography

Sheree & Alex met in their 7th grade English class and started dating at the beginning of their 8th grade year. Fast forward ten years to July 12th, 2015, when Alex popped the question on a spiral staircase under a beautiful chandelier after a formal dinner. He convinced everyone that this was all about having a family portrait taken. Prior to the pictures, he had arranged for just the two of them to eat dinner at the Diamond Steakhouse. “We both describe that meal as one of the best we’ve ever had. Not only was every course delicious, but we were also provided a complimentary bottle of wine. After dinner, we went to join our families during their meal so we could all walk together to go take pictures. We started by taking a family picture on the staircase.  After that picture, Alex told me to wait on the stairs so we could take one by ourselves. When I had my back to Alex, he dropped to one knee and revealed a little white box. When I turned around to see what he was doing, he presented me the ring. He went on to recite a well prepared speech expressing all his love followed by the words “Will you marry me”? I instantly I said “yes” and the crowd that had gathered around the staircase during the event erupted in cheers. It was all so unexpected!”

The wedding venue they chose had everything they were looking for. Briscoe Manor is located just outside of Houston, Texas in Richmond. From a wedding photographer’s perspective, this wedding venue was created with stunning wedding photos in mind!
“We both love how Briscoe Manor has a rustic/elegant look, beautiful landscaping, spacious dressing rooms, and that the chapel and reception hall were on the same site. The venue has so many unique aspects about it, but the deciding factor and our most favorite aspect about the venue is the huge dance floor located in the middle of the reception hall. We both love to dance and the one thing that we wanted was to keep our guests on the dance floor and for everyone to have a good view from their seats.”

The Details:

165 guests

Eve of Milady Boutique Collection Wedding Gown

The Sweet Tooth Wedding Cake

Dream Bouquet Floral Arrangements
The Big Day:

No wedding day jitters for this amazing Bride and Groom, but there were some intense emotions!
“I was so calm and relaxed on my wedding day and there were no nerves from either of us. But once those chapel doors opened and I saw him waiting at the altar for me, all my emotions built up inside me and my eyes instantly filled with tears of joy. No matter how hard I tried to hold back the tears, I felt like I had no control. I had been waiting for that moment for 10 years, and the excitement I felt walking down the aisle toward the man who was soon to be my husband was very overwhelming.  When I got to the altar, I found that I was not the only one that was over-joyed with excitement. That moment was more special than I had ever imagined it to be. The happiest moment was walking back down the aisle with my husband, after we were announced man and wife!”  Dancing, by far, was their favorite part of the reception, and finally, the newlywed couple was off to celebrate their honeymoon in Sandals Antigua.
Words of Wisdom:
Sheree & Alex say that wedding planning is very stressful at times and people may put a lot of pressure on you to throw an amazing wedding. Undoubtedly, some people will offer you their opinions or even question you if they aren’t invited. Always remember this is your big day.
Focus on the two of you and what you really want. Don’t stress out trying to make everyone else happy! Remember, this is about you! Most importantly, enjoy your wedding as much as your guests. This is the one day you are the star of the show, so you deserve to enjoy the big party that you spent months preparing for!


Briscow Manor