Category Archives: Weddings
Bell Tower on 34th
Houston Wedding Photography
It’s true. The hottest wedding venue in Houston for wedding photography right now is the Bell Tower on 34th. SGI Photography was at it again, this time covering the wedding of Misty and Jonathan. It is well-known in Houston’s Wedding Photography industry, the perfect wedding portraits are a combination of location, subject, lighting, skill and heart. Perhaps that is why the combination of Houston’s Bell Tower on 34th, Misty & Jonathon, and SGI Photography resulted in these stunning wedding portraits.
Misty and Jonathan chose the Bell Tower on 34th as their wedding venue because of it’s perfect combination of beautiful architecture, convenient location, and outstanding service.
“We chose the Bell Tower on 34th because the architecture was so beautiful, and the venue was conveniently located in Houston. Our favorite aspect was the service. Donna Chun, our coordinator, was so helpful and took care of all the details for us. The Bell Tower was the first venue that we went to see in person. After walking into the Bell Tower and meeting with Donna for the first time, we were convinced that this would be the perfect place for our wedding. We didn’t even want to consider at other options after that.”
These love-birds have such a sweet love story! They met in their 8th grade art class!
On the first day of school, Misty introduced herself to Jonathan. He introduced himself to the bold and beautiful young Misty by nervously mispronouncing his own name. (What girl wouldn’t think that was adorable!) Awkward shyness lasted for several weeks, and they didn’t speak again until Jonathan offered to help Misty with her art project that year. She was making a human-sized paper mache ice skate. Nearly every day Jonathan offered his assistance, and they began dating a few months later. Fast-forward through the rest of middle school and high school to their college days on the campus of Texas A&M University. They used to walk under the “Century Tree” together all the time while walking around campus, knowing that one day they wanted to get married. Misty explained the significance of the Century Tree: Aggies love the many traditions at Texas A&M, and as tradition says, “if a couple walks under the branches of the Century Tree, they will eventually marry. If the proposal takes place under the branches, the marriage is supposed to last forever.
Of course, Jonathan’s marriage proposal to Misty was under the branches of the Century Tree! What a show-stopping scene it was! Jonathan was part of the Corps of Cadets at A&M. He had arranged for the A&M Cadets from his outfit to assemble and form an archway of roses for he and Misty to pass under after Misty said “Yes”! The beloved Collie mascot of Texas A&M, Reveille, even delivered the ring herself! You can imagine how special and emotional it was for them on their wedding day at The Bell Tower!
Misty: It was like my whole world stopped. We had spent eight years
looking forward to this moment, and our dream was finally coming true! Walking down the aisle with my dad and knowing I had his approval and blessing as I walked toward Jonathan, my soon-to-be groom
Jonathan: I was overcome with emotion and happiness. I couldn’t believe
how beautiful Misty looked as she walked towards me down the aisle and how happy she looked!
They enjoyed celebrating with 108 of their friends and families at The Bell Tower, even more so since most of their relatives live in other parts of the country! It was even more meaningful to have them all gathered there together on their special day. Jonathan said they especially enjoyed the speeches made by their fathers, and the toasts made by the matron-of-honor and best man.
Gown: Tulle Ball Gown with Lace-Up Back and Side Swags from David’s Bridal
Cake: Fiona Tran from Fiona Bakery in League City, Texas 3 Layer half vanilla and half chocolate
Flowers: Veronica Mendoza from La Mariposa Flowers in Webster, Texas
Ceremony decorations: Green ivy and ivory hydrangeas
Reception decorations: Ivory calla lilies and hydrangeas
Bridesmaids: Ivory hydrangea bouquets
Bridal Bouquet: Tulips, peach roses, and hanging amaranthus
Honeymoon destination: Weekend getaway or “mini moon” in Houston. Delaying a
big getaway to Germany for several months in order to enjoy the benefits of taking an off-season vacation with fewer travelers.
Now, if you are looking for sound advice on how to plan the perfect wedding, listen to Misty and Jonathan, who speak from experience!
“Start planning your wedding early! If you are on a budget, splurge on the aspects of the wedding that are most important to you and save money on the ones that aren’t. Everyone will have opinions about how to plan the
wedding, but focus on what makes you two happy because it is your big day. For us, photography was one of the most important parts of our wedding. We knew that we were in good hands with Slava Ivanov as our photographer.”
Thank you, to the gracious and very wise newlyweds, for sharing your love story, details and tips with us, our readers, and future brides and grooms! We pray for God’s blessings on your marriage.
Call Your Bell Tower Wedding Photographer about your special day TODAY!
The Bell Tower on 34th
Houston Wedding Venue
The Bell Tower on 34th is reminiscent of a romantic storybook castle.
The wedding that SGI Photography covered recently at Houston’s Bell Tower on 34th was nothing less than straight out of a fairytale! If you envision your wedding photography to reflect your love on a grand scale, consider The Bell Tower; Houston’s premiere wedding venue.
Read about Lyndsay and Russell’s story and how they came to celebrate their wedding day at The Bell Tower on 34th.
Lyndsay and Russell met at a hotel in Houston which they both happened to be staying at on business trips. Lyndsay had been living in Denver, Colorado at the time and Russell lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.
They struck up a conversation at the hotel restaurant and bar, and months later began a long distance relationship. Eventually, their relationship had grown to the point that Lyndsay moved to Texas to be with him.
Russell had a grand plan to propose to the love of his life.
He took Lyndsay to Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, TX a huge, beautiful rock formation in a state park. “He woke me up before sunset one morning and we hiked to the top of it. Once we got there, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We were the only people in sight and had the beautiful Texas scenery in the background. It was so special and romantic!”
As they searched for the perfect wedding venue in Houston, they discovered The Bell Tower on 34th. “We knew minutes after being at the Bell Tower that we would get married there. The venue is so unique and has beautiful architecture. It took us to a different time and place. We forgot we were in the middle of one of the largest cities in the United States! It had everything we needed including a romantic chapel to be married in, a beautiful water wall and courtyard to have a cocktail party at and a stunning, large ballroom that made us feel like a king and queen. We knew it would make an impression for our guests and give them a great experience and we were right. We have had such great compliments on it!”
The morning of her wedding day, Lyndsay had been full of emotions. With so much going on, things had become a little stressful. She felt nervous and anxious prior to walking down the aisle. But then her eyes fell on her groom! “When I first saw Russell at the altar, I felt completely at ease. I felt like I was home. I knew I was walking toward someone I would spend the rest of my life with, and I felt so comfortable with our decision to marry. I was excited and tried to take everything in.”
The pastor had asked the couple to write their own vows to one another. During the ceremony, the pastor read them aloud. Lyndsay was deeply moved by what Russell had written. “Hearing Russell’s promises to me were so special and romantic!”
During their wedding reception at The Bell Tower on 34th, Lyndsay and Russell described how they were feeling. “There is so much work and stress involved in planning a wedding. After the ceremony, we felt like we could finally relax and enjoy the rest of the night! It was great knowing we were officially married and that we had our closest family and friends to celebrate with for the remainder of the night. It was also amazing to see how the room came together- the flowers, cake, decor, linens, lighting, etc. You have a vision when planning a wedding but seeing it all together on the big day was so impactful.”
Flowers: Weddings In Bloom by Pat Hermes “I wanted the flowers for our ceremony to be soft and romantic, so we had light peach and ivory arrangements made with hydrangeas, roses and other seasonal flowers. The flowers for our reception were more vibrant and included pink, peach and gold roses and hydrangeas. The arrangements had hanging crystals and along with the candlelight from around the room, it created a beautifully romantic and feminine look!”
Honeymoon destination: St. Lucia. An island in the Caribbean.
Most importantly, consider taking the advice of those who have been where you are going. The newlyweds, Lyndsay and Russell, encourage future brides and grooms: Never lose sight of the real importance of your wedding. Ultimately, you are vowing to spend the rest of your life with the person you love. Of course it is important to create a beautiful experience for both your guests and yourself to remember for years to come, but try not to get too wrapped up and distracted with the details. Enjoy the experience, take it day by day and try not to sweat the small stuff. It goes by so fast and at the end of the day you will accomplish your main goal- marrying the person of your dreams!
Call your Bell Tower wedding photographer about your wedding today!
Houston City Club Wedding Photographer
April and Adam met online on EHarmony in 2010. They didn’t start dating right away, but reconnected about a year later. For months, April was anxiously for Adam to pop the question! However, he still managed to totally surprise her!
“I was expecting it to happen on a weekend and he proposed on a Thursday. I’d gone out to dinner with his sister after work and thought that Adam was out with friends watching The Cowboys vs. Texans game. After dinner with his sister, I came home and found a note on our door in the garage that read “Welcome home April, meet me in the backyard, Love Adam”. I immediately knew what was about to happen and starting to cry! When I walked into the house, it was covered in red and pink rose petals. I went out onto our back patio and there he was, waiting for me. He had candles lit all over the patio deck and was standing under a metal altar that was decorated in twinkle lights. He also got the entire proposal on video. It was perfect.”
Finding the right wedding venue in Houston can be a challenge. Not because of the lack of selection, but because of the endless possibilities! For the wedding ceremony, April and Adam exchanged their vows before God and many witnesses at Houston’s Memorial Lutheran Church on Westheimer. After searching high and low for a reasonable wedding reception venue, The Houston City Club was recommended by a good friend. “After meeting with them, we knew it was the right place for us. The level of service and quality of The Houston City Club was exceptional! Plus, it wasn’t that pricey compared to other places who offered comparable services. We wanted a city wedding, and with the city club being located in the heart of Greenway Plaza, it was an amazing location. Our favorite aspect of the venue was the food! The food was just as amazing at our wedding as it was at our tasting. I’ve been to so many weddings where the food falls sub par, which is unfortunate because of the amount of money that is being spent. I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about this at The Houston City Club. We still have guests raving about how much they enjoyed their dinner.” April found her beautiful wedding gown at Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands. It was the Benicarlo by Pronovias. Their wedding cakes were made by none other than “Who Made The Cake”. Flowers by College Park Flowers (also of The Woodlands).
It was an emotional and exceptionally joy-filled day for April and Adam! Just before the bride entered the sanctuary, her groom arranged for one of his groomsmen to deliver a letter he had written to her. “I couldn’t even get through the first sentence before I was overcome with joy and emotion.” As Adam watched April walk towards him down the aisle, he describes the feeling as being happier than he ever knew he could be! “I was overcome with joy and I was amazed by how stunning she looked.” All he kept saying as she walked down the aisle was “Wow”! He was fighting back tears! April says she remembers the feeling of “pure happiness as I walked down the aisle to the love of my life, my husband, and life partner!”
At their wedding reception, during the father daughter dance, there wasn’t a dry-eye in the place. “My father passed away of cancer in 2010 and so we did a memorial dance in honor of him. The song that we played was one of my dad’s favorites.” The reception at The Houston City Club was the perfect venue to celebrate and make new memories. “We enjoyed most getting to visit with all of our friends and family and have everyone who loves us and supports us all in one room. We both just felt surrounded by love and happiness. It was a great feeling to have everyone all together.”
For their honeymoon, they were off to St. Lucia where they stayed at a Sandals resort which they definitely recommend! “We will be visiting another Sandals resort next summer in Antigua for our 1 year anniversary!”Last, but not least, these happy newlyweds offer a few words of advice to future brides and grooms. “Enjoy the process! I’m sure a lot of recently married couples say this, but it is true! This is a once in a lifetime event and you must soak it all in and enjoy it. Our wedding day went by incredibly fast. Before we knew it, it was over. On your wedding day at the reception, take a minute to stop and look around and really be in the moment.”
Lyndsey and Scott
Humble First Assembly of God Church
East Montgomery County Civic Center
Lyndsey and Scott are a remarkable couple! Serving as their wedding photographer was sincerely an honor. They genuinely show love and care for one another and for others. We asked them to share their love-story and wedding day details. If you are searching for a wedding venue or reception venue, check out First Assembly of God and the East Montgomery County Civic Center in the Humble area.
Scott and I met in college at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He was studying to become a pastor, and I was studying business administration. With that being said, we did not have any classes together. I met him through some mutual friends. I originally wanted to be with Scott’s best friend, but in the meantime I fell for him instead. He was super charming, and he made me laugh a lot more than the other guy.
Scott proposed in a closed-off tower in a historic building on campus. Both sides of the family were able to be there for the proposal (this was a big deal considering how far away they live in Wisconsin).
After climbing tons of stairs, we reached the top. His family was lined up beside mine! There were rose petals in the shape of a heart, stained glass windows, balloons, and my man was on his knee with a pretty little black box.
I was in shock, and I grabbed the shiny ring right out of the box while screaming,”YES!”, before Scott could even ask me the question (whoops)!
I chose to get married in my home church, Humble First Assembly of God, because I love everything about it. Also, because my grandfather was able to officiate the ceremony alongside my pastor. I think the church has beautiful architecture as well.
When we chose the reception venue, I was looking for a place that was large enough to accommodate 200+ people and still feel cozy. The 223 guests who attended our wedding celebration had ample room, at the East Montgomery County Civic Center. I loved the fountains outside, the spiral staircase, and all of the windows. I think the elegant decor worked so nice with all of the other aspects.
It felt awesome when we first saw each other on our wedding day.
We waited to see each other until the actual ceremony. I loved watching his expressions. He is not usually an emotional guy, and I saw a tear or two float down his cheek. It made me feel so special, and I could not wait to get to the end of the aisle!
The most emotional moment for me was watching Scott get emotional. There was also something so grand about the orchestra’s beautiful pieces. I got choked up listening to them, and my bridesmaid (Meredith) singing. I really enjoyed the “Shoe Game” at our reception. I was not sure about how well that would go over with the guests, but I think everyone had a good laugh.
Scott and I went on a tropical cruise to the Caribbean! We were able to zipline for the first time as well.
Remember that the wedding day is going to FLY by.
Enjoy every second, and remember that no matter what goes wrong,
you will still be married at the end of the day. It is so easy to get consumed with wedding details, family drama, hair, makeup, etc. but a wedding is about the COUPLE. Keep your focus on each other!
Details about some of the details:
Gown ~ Once Upon a Time Bridal-Maggie Sottero (Willow Ballgown)
Cake ~ Elite Treats in Kingwood
Flowers ~ My mother purchased all of the fresh flowers, and she arranged them all herself (with a couple of friends).
San Luis Hotel
Galveston Wedding Photography
What is better than a wedding on Galveston Island! One of Galveston’s premiere wedding venues, The San Luis Hotel, is where Krysten and Joe were married! Like many of us, they love the beach and the ocean. “Nothing gets any better than the water for us!” Galveston is their favorite place to go. When life seems to be taking over, they like to get away and make time for each other! Choosing The San Luis Hotel as their wedding venue was naturally a great idea! “By doing it at the San Luis, it allowed us to have the beach in our pictures yet the ease of set up and food done by a facility! For as many weddings as SGI Photography has covered in Galveston, this wedding party stands out as an exceptionally fun bunch! They were cooperative and up for adventuring out onto the beach in their full wedding attire which resulted in a memorable experience and ideal Galveston wedding photography! The San Luis Hotel sits adjacent to the ocean along Seawall Blvd. Its pristine property, professional staff, and premier setting make for an outstanding wedding venue.
Krysten and Joe met at the Buzzfest concert on April 27, 2008. They’d attended it with mutual friends, and have been together ever since!
Joe proposed to Krysten on her favorite holiday; Christmas! On Christmas morning, Joe presented her with a huge wrapped box. He insisted that she stand up to open it. Krysten kept questioning why she had to stand, and Joe answered, “Because I have to kneel.”
After that, “I was too nervous and excited to remember all the nice things he said, but he pulled out the ring from his pocket and asked me to marry him. The box was just a trick so I wasn’t suspicious!”
The Dress ~ after 3 dress shops, we found the one. First dress I tried on there! It was white and simple with a side-draped train and a sweetheart strapless neck line. Only a few crystal jewels on the side near the hip.
The Flowers ~the ceremony was all bright spring colors with light pink stargazer Lillie’s and turquoise & purple orchids as the focal points. The reception center pieces were all white flowers with candles, glass, and silver accents. It was absolutely perfect; exactly how I had envisioned it!
The Cakes ~ the goal was simple, yet beautiful. It was 3 layers with white hydrangeas in between the top two smooth layers and white chocolate starfish. The large bottom layer was a simple swirl design that resembled coral. Joe’s groom’s cake was our favorite though! Chocolate/chocolate chip; it was a Texan designed ice chest cake with rock candy as ice and Coors Light inside. Sitting on the water with a fishing pole & fish jumping out of the water!
Leading up to her wedding day, Krysten thought she would be so nervous with all eyes on the Bride as she walked down the aisle, but when the big moment finally arrived and she saw Joe ~ he was all she noticed! “It was so surreal to finally be marrying that man!” When Joe first saw Krysten walking down the aisle toward him, all he could think of was how beautiful Krysten is and that he is the luckiest man in the world! As they slipped their wedding rings onto each other’s fingers, they described it as being “the most perfect feeling”!
The San Luis Wedding Venue has ample room for a large group of guests. There were around 140 friends and family celebrating Krysten and Joe’s marriage! Their wedding reception was so much fun!
“The photobooth was a blast for everyone. But I think the dancing was definitely the highlight! From our ring bearer breakdancing, to our 80 year old relatives dancing to rap music; it truly kept us entertained the entire night!”
So where did the fun-loving newlyweds spend their honeymoon? You know it had to be someplace with a beach!
“Costa Rica! The black sand beach, monkeys, sloth, and rain forest zip lines were unbelievable!!!”
Call your Galveston Wedding Photographer about your wedding TODAY!