Category Archives: Weddings
The Tuscany Villa in Katy, Texas
The Tuscany Villa topped Houston’s ‘A-list’ for wedding venues in 2013. This premier wedding venue is highly spoken of by brides, grooms and wedding guests! The classy, upscale look to the grounds and facilities of The Tuscany Villa are a wedding photography plus! Newlyweds rave about how well they were treated by the outstanding staff of The Tuscany Villa, and that the coordinators made them feel the way they should on their wedding day! The old-world charm and modern luxury collide into a spectacular setting for wedding photography! The reasonably priced packages make The Tuscany Villa an even more attractive venue for weddings, receptions, private parties or other events.
Nazly and Matt were searching for a wedding location that was elegant and very intimate. They found what they were looking for at The Tuscany Villa. “We also loved the personnel! They were so helpful with everything from the beginning and gave us the wedding we always dreamed of!” Their experience with all of the vendors at The Tuscany Villa was very positive. For everything that was included, this happy couple was very pleased with the great results!
Before Nazly and Matt exchanged vows at The Tuscany Villa, the journey to their wedding day began 4 years earlier while playing a game of volleyball in Dallas. It was in a park next to one of their favorite coffee shops that Matt proposed to Nazly. “It was so beautiful!”
On her wedding day, Nazly wore Maggie Sottero’s ‘Priscilla’ gown. The first time she saw her beloved husband-to-be on their wedding day, she felt very relieved! It had been after a long day of anticipation and being apart. During the touching exchange of their wedding vows, Nazly remembers seeing tears in Matt’s eyes.
150 guests witnessed and celebrated the marriage of Nazly and Matt.
Nazly’s aunt handmade all of the décor! She even designed all of the flower arrangements herself! “Everything turned out perfect and looked amazing!”
Their wedding cake was made by Jessie from Edible Designs. “It was amazing!”
What the newlyweds enjoyed the most during their wedding reception at The Tuscany Villa was having everyone on the dance floor together with them! “That made it a night to remember!” Soon, they were off on their honeymoon cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Reflecting on their experience of wedding planning and the big event itself, Nazly and Matt offer the following words of wisdom for future brides and grooms: Don’t worry about the small details! They aren’t important, and they aren’t what you will remember. Just relax, enjoy the day, and laugh about the small things that may go wrong!
Memorial Student Center
Texas A&M University
Wedding Reception Venue
We just got our 4 children off to their perspective schools today. We have one child in elementary, one in intermediate, one in high school, and one starting college! After our ‘boo-hoo brunch’, it was time to get back to work. It’s hard not to think about how fast the kids are growing!
It probably seems like just yesterday that my clients, Katherine and Brad, were in high school. They actually met one another when they were a freshman and a sophomore! They’ve been together ever since! Brad proposed to Katherine after a romantic dinner. He took her to one of their favorite parks where they frequently took walks together. About halfway through their romantic stroll, Brad said that he had a question for her. Then he got down on one knee! It was a really sweet and private moment.
Katherine and Brad were married in the beautiful church that Brad grew up in. It made the wedding ceremony extra special to them. They both graduated from Texas A&M and were excited to include this part of their lives by having their wedding reception at the recently remodeled Memorial Student Center. It was the perfect location for the reception. It looks amazing! They also loved the dressing rooms, elegant décor, the landscaping and the great service for the 175 wedding guests.
Katherine looked beautiful in her gown by Bill Levkoff; Kalea. The floral designer was Post Oak Florist, and the cakes were made by Cakes by Blondie.
As Katherine saw Brad for the first time on their wedding day, she was really happy and nervous at the same time. “While I was walking down the aisle, at some points I was fighting back tears and had to look for just a moment at my brother and sister, who were both in the wedding party, so I wouldn’t cry.” Brad was absolutely speechless at how amazing Katherine looked! He was also “proud and happy that she was going to marry me”.
The most emotional moment for Katherine during the ceremony was when her dad gave her away. “My whole family is very close so this moment was really meaningful and emotional for me.” Brad got emotional right before he entered the sanctuary and when he saw Katherine start walking down the aisle!
“Being in the midst of all the people we love the most at our wedding reception was the most fun! We loved seeing everyone having a great time and really enjoying themselves.”
The newlyweds set off for their honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. “We loved it!”
Take note of this wonderful couple’s advice for brides and grooms to be: This is supposed to be fun so let it! Don’t get caught up in making everything perfect because no one will remember the little things anyway.”
Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us and letting SGI Photography be a part of it!
Blessings on your married life, Katherine and Brad!
The Green Event Center
Warning: If you are a parent of teenagers, you may want to skip reading this article completely. However, if you are a hopeless romantic or believer in young love, by all means continue!
You know that guy in your 9th grade English class. No, not the one with the ego as big as the sun, the one you had a crush on with the dreamy eyes! The one you daydreamed about marrying while the teacher read Shakespeare aloud to the class? Did you doodle his name all over your notebooks, or secretly write out your full name in pencil on at the top of your page with ‘Mrs.’ in front of your first name, and HIS last name as yours ~ just to see how it would look in writing ~ and then erase it quickly before miss nosey in the seat next to you had a chance to see it? Sigh! Young love!
How about you guys, do you remember the girl who sat across the room from you in your freshman year of English? The one who made you feel like a million bucks by simply smiling at you as you read your book report out loud to the class. The one who smelled like heaven as she walked by your desk to turn in her test paper. Did you take half of the semester to work up the nerve to say something to her? And when she replied, you felt like you could fly!
Or make a point not to let your buddies know how much you were head over heels for her so they wouldn’t give you a hard time at practice?
BIG sigh! Young love!
Erik & Libby met in their 9th grade English class. However, it wasn’t until just before their Senior Prom that they actually started dating! Awww, young love!
In the months approaching Libby’s 22nd birthday, she had been talking about her desire to go horseback riding. For her birthday, Erik made two of her dreams come true. He took Libby to a place where they could go horseback riding on a trail ride. Along the way, Erik dropped his bandana that had been provided by the riding place. He went back to look for it, and was gone for what seemed like a long time. Suddenly, Libby turned around to see Erik down on one knee pulling out a beautiful engagement ring! “It was super sweet, and caught me 100% by surprise!”
These high school sweethearts were now engaged and planning their dream wedding. They chose to say their wedding vows in Erik’s home church. It had the added historical bonus of both his parents and brother getting married there. Libby found her wedding gown at Impression Bridal, with the help of her consultant, Debbie. The exquisite gown was the exact wedding dress that Libby had always wanted!
The Green Event Center held their wedding reception. The fact that everything was included in the cost, without having to commit to their contracted providers really was the selling point. “The Green Event Center made everything so easy and stress free!” One of Libby’s friends had been married there and spoke highly of the wedding venue. The size of The Green Event Center was exactly what Erik and Libby needed. There was room for a bar and buffet area that was out of the way, and did not take up room for their 110 guests to sit or dance. The design of The Green Event Center happens to be a great place for wedding photography. The rooftop garden is one of its lovely features.
The wedding cake was included with the package at The Green Event Center. It was made by Julie Moncrief. She makes her cakes out of her house and they are extremely delicious. “She was able to recreate a cake that I found online and it was absolutely everything I could ask for!”
All of the flowers were done by a family friend; Stephanie Putnal-Rodriguez. She also does her work out of her house, and worked with Libby to give her exactly what she had in mind.
Erik and Libby described seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day as being nothing short of pure joy and excitement! Declaring their wedding vows and the readings which their grandmothers prepared for them were the most emotional moments of the ceremony for Erik and Libby. At the wedding reception in The Green Event Center, Erik and Libby said that best part was getting to spend time with their friends and family! The DJ also provided a great mix of music for fun and dancing. And finally the young newlyweds took off to beautiful St. Lucia – Sandals La Toc for their honeymoon.
If you are planning the wedding of your dreams, take wise piece of advice from Erik and Libby: Don’t stress out. Little things will go wrong here and there, but if you stress out you won’t be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful events of your life!
I had a pleasure photographing at the Lyceum of Galveston Island in June here is the story of Anna and Seth.
It was Anna’s birthday. She and Seth were at The Melting Pot restaurant for dinner. Anna was wondering if Seth was about to break up with her or had simply forgotten that it was her birthday. He hadn’t mentioned it or gotten her any flowers. At the end of the meal, the waiter suddenly brought out a huge bouquet of flowers with a card! Anna read the card which said “I hope you get everything you want, love Seth” and when she looked up he had the ring in front of her! He asked her, “Will you be my wife?” That will always be a birthday to remember!
As they searched for a location for their wedding celebration, they came across an unusual place on Galveston Island.
They loved the size and feeling they got from being in The Lyceum. There are big, beautiful stained-glass windows, high wooden beamed ceilings, and lovely wood floors. Also, they will tell you that the staff at The Lyceum; Cynthia & Brenda, are AWESOME! The Lyceum is a unique setting in Galveston, Texas for wedding ceremonies and Seth and Anna were glad it was the venue they chose for their special day
Anna’s wedding gown was Enzoani Blue Formosa in Magnolia, her cake was an almond white cake with Raspberry filling, and the groom’s cake was a chocolate cake with strawberry filling made by Fiona Bakery, “By far the BEST cake we have ever had, we will use her as long as she is open!” The bride and groom’s mothers, Anna & Anne did all of the flowers! If people are interested, they are willing to make flower bouquets for them! They hope to have an Etsy store open soon. Seventy-five special guests enjoyed sharing their wedding ceremony & celebration.
When Anna first saw Seth on their wedding day she felt a peace at first, but then started to giggle nervously! He thought she was crying but others noticed that Anna was giggling. Seth was completely blown away & overwhelmed! “It was like seeing your first girlfriend walk down the stairs to take her to the dance, just how beautiful she is it blows you away!”
The most emotional moment for Anna happened right before the doors opened for the bride to walk into the sanctuary. “My cousin, Joel, who walked me down the aisle, said that my dad would be really proud of me. My dad passed away when I was 18 so that meant a lot that he thought I was making the right choice in marrying Seth.”
Seth got very emotional when he saw the doors open and Anna began walking towards him down the aisle!
At their reception, Anna and Seth enjoyed: EVERYTHING! “the photo booth was a blast for everyone who got into it, the people, the music by DJ Spin Majic, the toasts, and listening to everyone tell us about how they know too that we are meant to be.”
They did not go on a honeymoon right after the wedding, as they had too many guests from out of town that they wanted to spend time with. They plan on going to Hawaii around October.
Anna’s advice for future brides and grooms? Elope! Just kidding! No, seriously though, make your wedding what you want it to be. Don’t let other people ruin what you want. It’s your wedding, so stand up for it. Everyone is going to give you their opinion, even if you don’t ask for it. Enjoy your time together as a couple.
Seth’s advice? No matter how hard you think it is going to be when you start the process of planning your wedding, it will turn out much better in the end!
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Oak Tree Manor
Houston Wedding Photographer
It all started with a map.
It was only Katy’s second week of work. She sat at the break room table studying a map of the refinery, trying to figure out where the sample pick up points were. Andrew came and sat at the break room table with Katy. He took her map and mapped out all the points for her. Unfortunately, Katy was dating someone else at the time but she thought to herself, “He would be cute if he just cut his hair!” Andrew and Katy worked together off and on and became good work colleagues. A year later, in the map of life, their paths crossed again. They were placed on the same shift and began to see more of each other. After a little time, a haircut, and break up, Andrew and Katy became inseparable.
If you notice in their wedding photos, you can see the very same map from work that Katy kept all these years! She even wrote her wedding vows on the back of the map!
Andrew had some special navigating to do when proposing to Katy.
“It is a little difficult to surprise some one when they live with you and they are expecting a ring . . . Katy even knew the delivery date and kept checking the door every hour on the hour and making sure that the doorbell worked. I tried to let her sleep in as much as possible, telling her that a confirmation email was not sent so it must have been delayed.
Luckily, the ring arrived while Katy was sleeping and was quickly hidden away. That night at work I set everything up. The following day, when Katy left to go to the gym, I ran out picked up an ordered floral arrangement, a dozen cake balls from her favorite bakery and her favorite Italian dish and had them all ready for her. When she came home she saw everything and was so excited that she just started hopping up and down not able to eat anything! The food went to waste but the cake balls were all eventually eaten (with help from me).”
Who could resist the beauty and symbolism of being joined together in matrimony under a huge, beautiful oak tree?!? This is what attracted Katy and Andrew to their wedding venue; Oak Tree Manor in Spring, Texas. Oak Tree Manor is located just north of Houston, under the quiet, peaceful oaks on the property of this quaint bed and breakfast on Spring Stuebner Rd. The setting is picturesque for Houston wedding photography!
When they first saw each other on their special day, Andrew said that he couldn’t be happier! Katy was overwhelmed with emotion and began to cry. She was excited and overjoyed! Even though Andrew lost his voice and many people did not hear his vows, Katy heard him loud and clear because his actions spoke louder than words!
100 guests joined the celebration of the Katy and Andrew’s union.
Katy wore a stunningly beautiful gown from David’s Bridal. Gorgeous floral décor and bouquets were created by Dream Bouquet. Cakes by Gina made their wedding cakes, with an especially delicious Italian Cream groom’s cake.
Katy had multiple items for ‘something borrowed, something blue’.
“For my blue I had my shoes, my opal ring, and blue on my garter. For borrowed, one of my garters was borrowed from a bridesmaid and the opal ring I wore was my great grandmother’s. My new was my dress and pearl jewelry that Andrew bought me for my birthday. My old was my great grandmother’s ring and the map of the refinery that I wrote my vows on. Also, my bridesmaids surprised my with a scrapbook and sixth pence for my shoe.”
Their advice for future brides and grooms would be to hire a wedding planner if you can. “They are wonderful ~ especially if you don’t know what you are doing. Plus, they give excellent recommendations such as SGI Photography. Also, try to keep the decision making between you and the groom. Andrew and I were very adamant about no one else influencing our decisions. We picked the dress, the cake, the tuxes, and venue, pretty much everything with little or no input from friends or family ~ just us and our wedding planner, Lindsay. This way we got exactly what we wanted. Most importantly, by the time the wedding day arrives, everything will fall into place.”
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