Category Archives: Weddings
Agave Real/Agave Estates
Jess & Israel
Jess and Israel have a lot in common. They both share the same birthday (2 yrs. apart), had childhood years in Texas, have several siblings each, and they both joined the U.S. Navy. They met while they were both stationed in Corpus Christi, TX.
Israel proposed to Jess on Feb. 2, 2014 and she said, “Yes”!
“He bought the ring a couple weeks in advance and when he took me out for our birthday dinner, he proposed because he said he couldn’t wait any longer for me to be his. It was passionate and heartfelt!”
The wedding venue that Jess and Israel chose was Agave Real, one of three venue choices at Agave Estates in Katy, TX. Through Wedding Wire, they had browsed through many wedding venues. It was their all-inclusive package that really helped them make their decision. “Any bride with a budget can afford this venue, and there are fewer hoops to jump through. It was worth well over what we paid for it.”
SGI Photography has photographed weddings at Agave Road, the ‘flagship’ wedding venue of Agave Estates. However, this was the first time SGI Photography covered a wedding at Agave Real ~ and what an exquisite property it is! The design, materials, landscape and flow of Agave Real is aesthetically pleasing and creates a stunning backdrop for wedding photography. Huge, handcrafted wooden doors, flagstone patios, lush landscaping, flaming torches, and a mesmerizing accent pool create an elegant atmosphere with old-world charm. “The colors and the exclusiveness of it made it special. There were candles and torches everywhere ~ it was perfect!” Jess and Israel were also impressed with the service and bridal suite. “The bridal suite was awesome and the service was excellent!”
The beautiful bride was even lovelier in her gorgeous wedding gown. The handsome groom looked razor sharp in his Navy uniform. It was a joyous moment when they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day (which also happened to be both of their birthday). Israel was thinking that everything was just right, and that Jess exceeded all his expectations of beauty! Jess didn’t even have any butterflies, because she knew that her dad was giving her away to the right man. “The only one for me.” The most emotional moment of the wedding ceremony for Jess was when her Dad gave his speech. For Israel, it was when they said, “You may now kiss the bride”!
Although there were many memorable moments during the wedding reception, the newlyweds both agree that the highlight was “seeing all the people who had come to see us and talk to us. They also enjoyed the mashed potato bar. “Everyone should have one!”
Cake: The bride’s cake was created by Edible Arrangements by Jessie and the groom’s ice cream cake (Green Bay Packer’s helmet and football field) by Baskin Robbins.
Flowers: Lovely orange Lilies and Picasso calla lilies were in the bouquets and centerpieces by Agave Brothers Floral
Photography: SGI Photography
Photobooth: Agave Brothers Photobooth
DJ: Ivan Rojas – Fancy Tie Events
Catering: Red River BBQ
Honeymoon destination: Vegas
Advice for future brides and grooms:
Israel – Remember, it is a marathon not a sprint!
Jess – Don’t try to plan at the last moment! It took me a year, and I still forgot stuff!
SGI Photography was extremely honored to be a part of your special day, Israel and Jess! Your Wedding/Birthday celebration was intimate yet spectacular at the same time! You are both incredible individuals! Now united in marriage, you are even more powerful as a team!
We thank you for your service to our country, and wish you all the best in the world!
Galveston Wedding Photographer
SGI Photography LOVES Galveston weddings! The historical, one-of-a-kind venues blend well with the atmosphere of Galveston Island. No two weddings are alike! The people, places and parties bring out the best in this wedding photographer! See for yourself in this article about Ashton Villa on Galveston Island, and the wedding of Cynthia and Jeffrey.
SGI Photography LOVES it when couples get off to the right start from the very beginning!
Cynthia and Jeffrey met at church and were best friends for a while before finally admitting they were both in love. Jeffrey finally asked Cynthia on a date! His subsequent proposal took them back to a hiking trail ~ the place where they had gone on their first date. After Jeffrey proposed, he took Cynthia to the highest roof in the city so they could see the night-time city lights. “He asked me to dance with him, with no one else around. It was magical!”
SGI Photography LOVES Ashton Villa! So did Cynthia and Jeffrey. “We loved Ashton Villa for the historic and elegant feel. Being surrounded by paintings and decorations from the 1800’s made us feel timeless, like our marriage and the joy we experienced there had no beginning and no end. It is located in Galveston, Texas and it is perfect because they have added a ballroom for dining and dancing, plus the entire house.” From a wedding photographer’s standpoint, Ashton Villa is a treasure-trove of classic and vintage portrait backdrops which help create stunning wedding photography.
SGI Photography LOVES to photograph the details! From the wedding gown to the flowers and cake, a wedding photographer should photograph the details you worked so hard to select for your special day.
They can be so sentimental, and a quality photograph can help preserve the memories of these items to enjoy and share with future generations. Cynthia’s wedding gown was chosen with her mother and grandmother in mind. “I chose an all-lace gown because my grandmother and my mother have always created beautiful lace tapestries, and I felt it was perfect with the vintage feel of the venue. I was lucky to find such a beautiful gown, and my grandmother made my lace jacket, which was perfect for the cold rainy weather on our special day.” The cake was made by her Uncle Armando, “who makes the best chocolate cake I have ever had. This was the first wedding cake he ever attempted, and it was the most beautiful gift I could have asked for.” For the flowers, she selected blush pink and white, with some greenery. “I have always loved simplicity, and I loved the tall glass centerpieces with the delicate flowers. My Aunt made all of them by herself. She also had never made wedding centerpieces.”
SGI Photography LOVES true love! As a wedding photography, it is imperative that the emotions and the ‘look of love’ on the bride and groom’s faces are captured. Cynthia and Jeffrey are truly in love. The sentiments were priceless. “When Cynthia first saw Jeffrey on their wedding day, she describes feeling a sense of calm and peace. “This means a great deal because the whole day is chaos. But when I finally saw him, I felt a quiet assurance mixed with the greatest excitement to start our journey as husband and wife.” When Jeffrey first saw Cynthia, he thought, “I made the right choice. That’s the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I win.” The most emotional moment of the day for them, however, was when they spoke directly to each other during the ceremony. “Everyone else was there, but the words were meant for only us. I am pretty sure no one else knew what we were talking about anyway.”
SGI Photography LOVES wedding guests! There were 220 guests attending Cynthia and Jeffrey’s wedding celebration at Ashton Villa! They made the day unforgettable for this amazing couple. “ We most enjoyed seeing all of our most beloved friends and family looking so fancy and beautiful! They made our wedding day something we will never forget.”
SGI Photography LOVES Galveston! The history, the ocean, the beach, the Strand, the cuisine!
When a Bride and Groom are married in a Galveston Island venue, it only makes sense that they start their honeymoon in Galveston! That’s exactly what these newlyweds did! “We had two honeymoon destinations. The first one was right there in Galveston. We got to enjoy an ocean-view balcony honeymoon for a few days before our semester of classes started. Once school is out, we will be traveling to Italy, Austria and France to experience Europe for our first time, together.”
SGI Photography LOVES good advice! Check out this pearl of wisdom:
“Don’t worry about everyone else having fun, it’s your day and they are all so excited to celebrate with you! Just make sure YOU have fun, and that you have fun together every day for the rest of your life.”
Contact your GALVESTON wedding photographer about your wedding TODAY!
Bell Tower on 34th
Houston Wedding Photographers.
Our Bell Tower on 34th clients are always fascinating people.
No two stories are the same. Masha and Mike met at an information session for Mike’s company – Masha was looking for a job and Mike was recruiting!
Bell Tower on 34th couples are full of surprises. Mike’s proposal to Masha was during a surprise trip to NYC that was full of surprises. He popped the question at Shakespeare Garden in Central Park!
Bell Tower weddings are unique and can be customized.
“We tailored the ceremony to represent us so every moment would be special and meaningful. Saying our own vows may have been the best moment!”
The Bell Tower on 34th in Houston, Texas is a premier location for wedding photography. Discerning couples consider their wedding photography when selecting their wedding venue. Masha and Mike realized at The Bell Tower on 34th, that everything would photograph well. “It was so grandiose and perfect for a very romantic high end affair.”
Bell Tower clients have great style and taste! Masha’s stunning wedding gown was Romona Keveza. The gorgeous flowers were created by Weddings In Bloom. The collection of macarons, cake balls and cupcakes were by Petite Sweets.
The Bell Tower brides and grooms are highly satisfied with their wedding day experience. Masha and Mike loved everything! From the magical moment when Mike saw his Bride walking towards him down the aisle with her dad, to being with the people they love, dancing and having a wonderful time at their wedding reception.
Bell Tower newlyweds are adventurous. Mike and Masha honeymooned in New Zealand and Australia for 3 weeks!
The Bell Tower on 34th Street married couples are wise. Mike and Masha want to remind future brides and grooms that “your wedding is a special moment that captures the love you two share, so be supportive and don’t let little things bring you down.”
Shirley Acres Wedding Photographer
Chris and Tonya met through some mutual friends. His best friend from Texas A&M went to her church.
Chris proposed to Tonya at the Hilton with “Will you marry me?” written in chocolate on a dessert plate! They were on their way to see ‘The Eagles’ on February 21, 2014. What a memorable occasion!
When planning a Houston wedding, there are a plethora of wedding venues to choose from.
Chris and Tonya needed a big enough place that would hold all of their friends and family (190 guests) but would still be elegant and comfortable. They felt that Shirley Acres would be a good fit for them, especially since they would do all the setting up and there were many ‘extras’ included. Location was another deciding factor. “It was also close enough to us, that we didn’t feel like we had to travel far from the church in order to have a beautiful reception. What a beautiful venue and great people to work with! We loved their food as well!” Shirley Acres is on a 13 lovely acres in North Houston, along Cypress Creek. An ideal setting for beautiful wedding photography.
On their wedding day, the happy couple decided to have “First Look” portraits taken.
Both the bride and groom were a little star-struck and excited when they first saw one another!
“So happy that we did the first look pictures! I think we both felt a sense of relief as well!”
As Tonya and Chris said their vows to one another, they both teared up and cried tears of joy! It was a genuinely touching moment, and SGI Photography was glad to be there to capture these moments in portraits that they can enjoy for generations to come!
Their lively reception at Shirley Acres followed the ceremony, and the toasts and first dance were the highlights!
The Dress ~ Tonya wore an elegant ivory, strapless, fitted, lace trumpet dress with little light pink flower appliques. She wore fuchsia heels and pearls for my jewelry. Chris gave her a special pearl bracelet to wear on their wedding day as well.
The Flowers ~ The bride and her friend, Karen Smith, shopped for the flowers. They were all white/ivory silk flowers, some with a touch of fuschia on the tips. The bride’s bouquet was full of roses and peonies, with a fuchsia ribbon and her mother’s rosary wrapped around the stems. The bridesmaids had an ivory rose posy, wrapped with fuchsia ribbon attached to a black lace purse. Chris and the groomsmen all wore ivory rose boutonnieres.
The Cake ~ Unfortunately, the cake was a disappointing display. It was supposed to be half white elegant wedding cake, and the other was supposed to be chocolate with a chocolate drizzle and chocolate covered strawberries. This was not how it turned out.
Never-the-less, Tonya and Chris had a superb wedding celebration, and remind future brides and grooms to “Pray. Sip and Smile! Remember, at the end of all of it… you will be married and that is all that really matters!” SGI Photography was grateful to be a part of their special day, and wishes them all the best in their married life!
Call your Shirley Acres photographer about your wedding TODAY!
Galveston Wedding Photography
The Story of Jane and Travis
You never know how or where a romance can begin! Every married couple SGI Photography covers has a unique story. We love hearing about their history, and what brought them to their wedding day!
Jane and Travis met thanks to Travis’s sister-in-law, Kristin.
Kristin was a pharmaceutical rep in the doctor’s office where Jane worked and she set them up on a blind date and the romance began!
It wasn’t long before Travis proposed to Jane.
“Travis and I were headed to Galveston for Memorial Day weekend on his sailboat. Along the way there were many adventures that happened and lastly we were at Redfish Island when he got down on one knee at the helm of the boat and asked me to marry him. Redfish Island is very special to his family. It is where his grandparents had their first date over 50 years ago.” Now that was a historical moment! How special!
Because they both love the water so much and all things nautical, Jane and Travis thought Galveston was fitting for their wedding location since that is where they were engaged. They decided upon the picturesque and historic Hotel Galvez for their wedding venue. Jane had been to a wedding many years ago at Hotel Galvez and remembered how beautiful it was. The night Jane and Travis were engaged, they stopped by the Hotel Galvez for a drink and it just felt right.
“We could picture hanging out with family and friends in the hotel lobby having drinks, walking the beautiful grounds and the having the gulf right in front of us. My favorite aspect of the venue is how elegant and beautiful the Hotel Galvez is and the old-world feeling it still has.
The catering and wait staff who took care of the reception that evening were so professional and did an excellent job. Everything went so smoothly.”
If you are in search of a memorable wedding venue with a beautiful setting for wedding photography, rich with history, and outstanding service, the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas may be the right wedding venue for your special day!
Jane & Travis’ Hotel Galvez Wedding
Number of guests: 210
Gown: Maggie Sottero – Hannah
Cake: Cakes by Gina
Flowers: Special Arrangements by Lori
Occasionals Event Planner: Emily Escobar
When we first saw each other on our wedding day, there was an overwhelming calmness. The day of the wedding is so crazy and hectic, people coming in and out of your room while you are getting ready and then when I saw Travis at the other end of the altar all the craziness of the day just went away. I missed him so much that day and it was such a relief to finally hold his hand and be by his side.
There wasn’t really one particularly emotional moment. I did not cry, I was just filled with so much joy to finally marry my best friend and say those very special words to each other!
I enjoyed so many different things on our wedding day. From being just in awe of how beautiful the ballroom looked with the gorgeous linens and the incredibly elegant arrangements Lori made to seeing how happy people were and what a good time everyone was having and getting to enjoy all of it with Travis!
Our honeymoon destination was Italy (Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Venice).
Our advice for future brides and grooms would be to try and slow down your wedding weekend and take it all in. More so for the brides, the grooms have a pretty calm wedding day. It was over in a flash,
I remember crying on the way to the airport that Sunday because it was over and I felt like I hardly got to see anyone because so much is going on. But everyone told me that is what happens when you are the bride. Also having a wedding coordinator made everything so much easier that weekend. I didn’t have to worry about anything going on. I definitely recommend having a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding.
Congratulations, Jane and Travis! Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! Best Wishes as your romantic story continues.