Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bell Tower

Do you believe in coincidence?  Random events occurring here and there?  We don't!  We believe that everything big and small occurs according to God's plan.  He places us in exactly the right place and time with exactly the right people.  So when we met Christine Hill and found out that she and her husband Wes own and run a wedding chapel in Ozark, we knew that God had a hand in it.  After finding out that we are wedding photographers, Christine invited us out to tour her wedding chapel and we were very happy to do so! 

The bell tower Wedding Chapel story began one day when Christine happened to drive by the old church and she thought, "Wow! That's a cool building!"  When they bought it in June 2005 they were actually thinking of turning it into an antique store.  But the church that was built in 1912 had so much beauty, so much character, so much potential that they decided to turn it into a wedding chapel. 

It took 1 1/2 years to renovate the building.  Some walls were removed and stained glass windows replaced.  A new wall was placed behind the alter.  New carpets and beautiful tile floors were put in place.  The addition in the back that was built in 1961 was opened up and turned into a lovely reception room with a brand new fully functional industrial kitchen that was built onto  the building just before opening for business.

The Bell Tower Chapel is one of those buildings that you just can't wait to see the next room!  The detail in construction and decor was meticulously planned.  "I wanted every place in the building to be a beautiful back ground for wedding pictures."  Mission accomplished Christine! 

Most places have a very small room for the guys to get ready in.  This holds true for the Bell Tower as well but one of our favorite features is the Gathering Room in the basement.  It is a larger very comfortable room with large leather couches and chairs and yes, some games that the guys can go hang out in until the wedding begins!

Another great feature is the children's play room.  A sweet room to keep the kiddo's entertained when needed.

Extensive gardening surrounds the entire building, also making beautiful backgrounds for pictures. 

In My Heart Photography gives two thumbs up for the beautiful 102 year old Bell Tower Wedding Chapel!  Thank you so much to Wes and Christine Hill the incredibly nice owners who were so sweet to invite us in to tour and see all of the hard work that they have put into renovating and growing their business.  And thank you to God for introducing us that day!  We look forward to future weddings together! Bell Tower is located @ E. Elem at N. 3rd Ave. in Ozark, MO. 417-725-9054