League City, Texas may not be the first place that comes to mind when planning your dream wedding, but if you are a Texan or a Texan at heart, it should! Located half-way between Houston and Galveston, conveniently near I-45, the historic district of League City is a picturesque Texas hot spot! League City is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for engagement and bridal portrait sessions. A wide variety of elegant, rustic, country club or western-style venues are available for weddings and receptions. Originally developed around the Butler family’s Ranch on Clear Creek, League City was the birthplace of the Butler Longhorn bloodline.
One area in particular along Main Street near League Park has been beautifully preserved and renovated to accommodate an ideal Texas wedding; Butler’s Courtyard. Butler’s Courtyard is a collection of cottages, gazebo and ‘great hall’ inside the restored brick building from 1908. 100 year old majestic oak trees surround the property. Butler’s Courtyard now serves as a fantastic wedding venue that offers outdoor and indoor spaces for a unique wedding ceremony and/or reception.
SGI Photography captured the magical moments of Jennifer and Jeff’s wedding in League City at Butler’s Courtyard. When searching for the perfect wedding venue, Jennifer and Jeff wanted to have an outdoor wedding and fell in love with the intimate charm of Butler’s Courtyard. “The ambiance is elegant and beautiful, the staff is wonderful, and they handle the coordination of a lot of details. If there is a glitch in any detail, the staff handles it seamlessly!”
Jeff is a native Texan, but Jennifer is from Boston. They met in a country-western dance hall of all places and Jeff asked Jennifer to dance. She said she didn’t really know how, but Jeff persistently asked two more times until she agreed to dance with him! Like a good country boy, he spoke from his heart when he eventually asked Jennifer to marry him. He got down on one knee and said, “I’ve been thinking of a million ways to do this, but… it’s plain and simple… I don’t want to wait another day without asking you to spend the rest of your life with me.” That was next to the bottle of vino and desserts he had waiting for her after work before they headed to the airport on a vacation. A couple of months later, Jeff wanted to have her diamond placed into a different setting and when the ring was ready he baked her a three tiered wedding cake from scratch and had the engagement ring dangling from a statuette on top. He asked her to marry him all over again! Looks like this could become an anniversary tradition for Mr. and Mrs. Romance!
On their wedding day at Butler’s Courtyard, there were two equally emotional moments ~ when Jennifer saw her dad waiting at the foot of the stairs to walk her to meet Jeff, and when she and Jeff were reciting their vows. The song “At Last” by Etta James expressed how Jeff and Jennifer felt when they first saw one another at the wedding ceremony. “We both waited to find each other and are so happy we did!” Such a happy and emotional moment!
The beautiful bride wore the Bella Deur gown ‘Ella’ and a bolero created by a seamstress, the flowers were by Clear Lake Flowers, and cakes created by Cake by Jula. 100 guests celebrated their union in the elegant and intimate reception hall while the dj played all the right songs. Everyone said they had such a great time! Since family members had flown in from out of town, they wanted to enjoy spending time with their company after the wedding. That means the tropical and relaxing honeymoon is soon to be. Have fun, you two lovebirds!
If you are still in the planning stages of your wedding, take these pearls of wisdom from these newlyweds: Enjoy this time in your life! Breathe…Take it all in and remember that it’s about your love and starting your future together!