Category Archives: Weddings
The Hotel Galvez
High school sweethearts, Katie and Travis, have been together since the 11th grade! Travis proposed to Katie on a cruise to Cozumel. “When we walked into our room for the first time the room was decorated with lots of goodies including a bottle of champagne, roses, and chocolate covered strawberries. I turned around to look at him and he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. I said Yes!
The elegance and historical ambience of The Hotel Galvez made them want to choose this particular wedding venue. The history of Galveston’s Hotel Galvez is romantic. The Victorian era Hotel Galvez was named after the Spanish Colonial governor, Bernardo de Galvez, who first chartered the Texas Gulf Coast and for whom the city of Galveston was named.
There is a rich, vintage feel to the Hotel Galvez, and it has gorgeous settings for wedding photography. You know when you’ve found the right wedding venue; it just feels right.
150 friends and relatives joined the celebration on their wedding day. Katie borrowed several sentimental items for her memorable day: her Grandmother’s locket necklace, a bow that her mother had taken off of Katie’s baby dress and her mother-in-law’s Great-grandfather’s wedding ring from the 1800’s.
These special items were either sewn or pinned underneath Katie’s new ivory wedding gown! When Travis and Katie saw one another on their wedding day, they both felt complete, loved and excited! Isn’t that the perfect way to feel on your wedding day?
SGI Photography was happy to be there to capture those wonderful moments for Katie and Travis, so that they can continue to enjoy their wedding day and pass the exciting moments on to their future family as they continue to create their own history!
Cakes were from Cakes by Jula in League City. Katie’s bridal cake was ivory color; French vanilla white cake with strawberry filling. Travis’ cake was a chocolate poker cake with chocolate Bavarian cream filling.
Flowers & Co. provided the elegant pink, ivory and guava colored flowers.
Honeymoon destination ~ The Virgin Islands
Enchanted Cypress Ballroom
Houston Wedding Photographer
If you have searched high and low for just the right venue, a visit to the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom must be the next place you tour. As soon as you step onto the red carpet, you’ll know that the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom is a wedding venue like no other. The atmosphere is stunning. The entire location is a dream backdrop for a wedding photographer, and for the bride and groom, family and friends ~ a truly enchanting location for the wedding of your dreams!
Sheryl and Carlos hadn’t even heard of Enchanted Cypress Ballroom until they came across their booth at the Houston Bridal Extravaganza. When they went to the open house at the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom and saw it set up for an actual wedding, “we were blown away! It was very much ‘us’ and what we had always pictured our wedding reception looking like. From the moment we saw the extravagant chandeliers, beautiful draperies, openness of the space, and the 6+ video screens that were available to personalize the event, we knew that the other places we’d seen were no longer options! Needless to say, we booked the hall 2 ½ years before our wedding.” That was quite a good first impression for a venue to make on a young couple!
Carlos must have made a very good first impression on Sheryl as her boss at work. They both worked for Kohl’s; “Carlos was an Area Supervisor, and I was his Shoe Department Supervisor. So, technically, he was my boss.” His proposal was mighty impressive, if we may say so! Sheryl was under the impression that they were going out on a long overdue date night, but Carlos proposed to her on the ice at the Galleria ice rink ~ in front of both of their families (and hundreds of other onlookers)! He even had a banner made which read: My little buttercup has the sweetest smile. Dear little buttercup, will you stay awhile?
When Sheryl and Carlos first saw one another on their wedding day, they had very powerful first impressions. They described their feelings so beautifully ~
“We felt relieved that, at that point, there was no more planning to do. We felt proud that we’d accomplished exactly what we set out to, without having to sacrifice or settle for anything. And we felt privileged to have found the person we were about to spend the rest of our lives with.”
The celebration included 150 guests, consisting of immediate family and close friends. Everything about their wedding was absolutely gorgeous! The beautiful bride wore a diamond white, corset-style, taffeta gown embroidered with metallic accents, crystal beading, sequins, and a semi-cathedral train. The bracelet Sheryl wore was extra special – it belonged to her grandmother, and had also been worn by her Aunt Karen and her twin sister, Shelli on each of their wedding days. The wedding cake was a 3-tier, white, butter cream cake with ivory scroll work, red roses, and black pearls of chocolate. The flavors were Italian Cream Cake and Vanilla Amaretto. All of the flowers were red and white roses.
We were also very impressed by the words of wisdom that Sheryl and Carlos had for future brides and grooms: “Even though I grew up knowing, like every other girl, what my wedding would eventually look like, the idea of actually planning for and paying for a wedding wasn’t something that excited me. In fact, I was more inclined to have the Justice of the Peace marry us and call it a day. After all, that would be money saved and headaches avoided. However, I can honestly say that I would definitely recommend the wedding planning/budgeting process to every bride and groom, simply because of what it has to offer. If nothing else, it’s an exercise in decision-making, team work, communication and compromise. Carlos and I learned so much about each other during this process, and it’s only made us that much closer!! So, ignore those well-intentioned people who tell you “save your money”; a wedding should be more than a monetary investment.” Their wedding and reception was one that SGI Photography was definitely honored to be a part of. We thoroughly enjoyed capturing wedding day memories for Sheryl and Carlos that will last for a lifetime!
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George Ranch Historic Park
Gareth and Amy met in the Fall of 2010 in their Sunday School class at church.
One beautiful Saturday, on a quiet beach on Galveston Island, Gareth recited a poem he had written to Amy and the final line was “Amy, will you marry me?” At that point he dropped down on one knee and held out the ring!
They knew they wanted a quaint and rustic but elegant, country-themed wedding as they love the outdoors and live in Texas. The barn at George Ranch fit our ‘theme’ perfectly! We then chose a nearby church, Richmond First Baptist, to have the ceremony with 130 of their friends and family.
The bride’s cake was created by Geri’s Cakes; Delicious butter cream cake with raspberry filling.The groom’s cake was chocolate with an Arkansas Razorback’s head on top.
Amy’s Wedding Gown was a delicate antique lace gown from Bella Deur.
The lovely flowers were designed by HEB in Richmond.
When they first saw each other on their wedding day, Amy and Gareth said they felt “Awe-struck, thankful, elated, blessed!”
Their adventure of a life-time together continued as they honeymooned in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
The wisdom they would share with others is that “Unconditional love is a choice. Choose to love each other more every day. Ask the Lord to give you that love, because only He can provide it!”
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You are a unique individual. There is no other bride on the face of the earth exactly like you. You are planning the wedding of your dreams. This is not going to be a wedding like any other you’ve been to. Imagine an unexpectedly beautiful, Mediterranean-style venue with old-world charm near uptown Houston! The Gallery is a gorgeous setting for an outdoor or indoor wedding and reception. The architecture is fantastic as well! Quite the hidden gem near the Galleria, The Gallery is a classy, yet comfortable location for the bride with exceptional taste in her wedding venue backdrop.
A wedding photographer with an artistic eye appreciates the beauty of the backdrop chosen for your wedding as well. With SGI Photography as your wedding photographer and The Gallery as your wedding venue, you can be confident that you will enjoy exquisite portraits for years to come!
Allissa is one such bride. She has an eye for the best! (She must have! She chose SGI Photography and The Gallery for her special wedding day!) Her groom, Mitch, is an outstanding young man, and they are a joy to be around! Not only are they a good-looking couple, they are full of impressive character qualities that are rarely found in this day and age. Respectful, compassionate, patient, and wise, they embody a rich and deep love that blesses everyone around them! It was our honor to photograph Allissa and Mitch’s wedding at The Gallery in Houston, Texas. We declare that their marriage is anointed and that they are equipped to overcome every obstacle in their new life together as one!
Courtyard on St. James Place Houston wedding photography
The story of Jenny and Jeff
You never know when you’re going to meet ‘the one’. Jenny and Jeff were set up on a blind date by mutual friends and it was the start of something very good! It wasn’t long before their lives were intertwined. Being with one another made the vision of their future life together much clearer.
While babysitting their friend’s little boy together they stayed at the Tremont House in Galveston. Jeff proposed to Jenny that Saturday morning during breakfast, and little Ben eventually became their ring bearer!
SGI Photography loved working for this special couple! They are strong individuals, but united – their love is solid as a rock! In spite of challenges and change, they showed that by being flexible and loving each other through the ups and downs, things can turn out even better than planned. Their wedding date had to be changed from November to September, and the location from Galveston to Houston. The Courtyard on St. James Place was contacted by Jenny’s mother with only a two week notice, and the venue was available!
Wedding Day Details
150 friends and family members joined Jenny and Jeff at The Courtyard on St. James Place to celebrate their love and marriage! There was “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”; a diamond and amethyst (something old) pendant that Jenny’s father gave her mother when she was born, her mother’s diamond earrings, borrowed; Dallas Mavericks blue garter, and Jenny’s new shoes and wedding dress!
Jeff was absolutely blown away when he first saw Jenny walking down the aisle. She looked strikingly beautiful and “it took my breath away!” He insists that by not seeing Jenny for a few days before the wedding, it made everything that much more special.
Jenny’s exquisite wedding gown was Enzoani “Ghislaine”: a strapless A-line, soft sweetheart with scalloped neckline with beaded appliqués on an empire waist, and a tulle overlaid full skirt with lace scalloped hemline.
Their friend’s son, Ben, was the ring bearer. He did a really great job and was a perfect little gentleman. Ben brought the ring pillow to the groom. Everyone thought it was so cute. Jenny and Jeff were so happy to have Ben in their wedding.
The bride’s cake was chocolate with raspberry filling covered in white butter cream designed like the lace of her dress complete with buttons down the side of the cake! The groom’s cake was yellow cake with chocolate frosting in a stucco like texture with a Dallas Mavericks logo on the top.
Floral bouquets were designed by Island Flowers of Galveston, TX and the reception floral decor was provided by Flowers By Lisa of Houston, TX.
Jeff and Jenny’s words of wisdom: The day will feel like it is over before it begins. It goes by so quickly, so enjoy every moment. Make sure that the two of you step away and have a private moment in the midst of the chaos to relish in the fact that you just got married! Definitely consider being traditional by not seeing each other for a couple of days before the wedding. Seeing each other on opposite ends of the aisle will be worth the wait, we promise.
Postponed Honeymoon Trip: Here’s an idea for the ultra-busy modern couple. Consider just an overnight celebration after the wedding, and save the 7- 10 day honeymoon trip for a time when your schedules are less hectic and you can really enjoy the experience!
Our love, prayers and best wishes to Jenny and Jeff. Thank you for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding day!