A few weeks ago I second shot a travel themed wedding for my friend Christine Gosch at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. It was a dream come true. I’m seriously pinching myself because it was so unique and awesome and once in a lifetime feeling. Billy is a pilot which is a big reason him and Lindsey decided to have their wedding reception at this particular Houston wedding venue.
The museum was dedicated in September 1940. It was designed by architect Joseph Finger, and mostly served as the administration building for the airport while also supporting airline operations and conducting air traffic control. The building was abandoned in 1978 and proposed for demolition but were opposed by acting aviation director Bill Brackley and J.D. Reed. A decade later in 1988, the city of Houston committed to restoring the building and, finally, a decade after that in 1998, the Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society was formed to save the restore the terminal.
After their church ceremony, I met the couple at Hobby Airport where they boarded a plane. We had a few minutes for some quick portraits before Billy taxied them over to the reception where Christine and all their guests were waiting for their arrival. It was freakin epic.
Their guests were spirited and it was a huge party with great music, amazing food and a lot of laughter. No one shied away from the dance floor and the tears flowed during the speeches. One of my favorite moments was when Lindsey danced with her mom. I thought why are more brides not doing this?! It’s such a great idea and sweet way to give mom her moment.
As the reception wound down, the guests were gathered outside where the wedding party was passing out paper airplanes to toss at the couple as a send off.
If you’re considering a travel or vintage themed wedding, this is a great venue, and from a photographer’s perspective, the lighting is top notch!