The Astin Mansion is an Antebellum-Georgian Revival-style mansion built in 1920 located in Bryan, Texas. The Astin Mansion is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and stands alone against the backdrop of a barn and rustic venues in central Texas. Whether you envision an intimate or spectacular wedding, look no further than the Astin Mansion. For this Evening of Elegance shoot, we were striving to revive the romantic fairytale wedding aesthetic. From the very beginning of planning, we knew we wanted to create a glamorous design that stepped outside the box by pairing extravagant details with the elegance of our 99-year old historic venue. We melded modern glamour with grand 1920’s style by tying in dazzling pops of fuchsia into a classic black and gold color palette. The entire design came together once we found our bride and groom, Dominique and Grace Messer.
The Messers were high school sweethearts who have been happily married for three years. When we found out they never had professional wedding photos taken, we knew we had to make this experience unforgettable cue fireworks no, really, we brought confetti cannons, smoke bombs, and actual fireworks to this shoot! Each vendor truly went above and beyond which translated into a stunning evening that exuded passion, personality, and flair.
~ Kate Karam of Astin Mansion
Photographer: Jamie Hardin Photography
Venue: Astin Mansion
Catering: D’Vine Cuisine
Rentals: Party Time Rentals
Pyrotechnics: Broadway Bridal Sparklers & Fireworks
Floral: Urban Rubbish
Jewelry: Montelongo’s Fine Jewelry
Bridal Attire: Coreena’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear
Lighting/Cloud Machine: Downtown Event Services
Hair & Makeup: Yasmin Negrete
Cake: Top That! Cake Design
Barber: The Hudson Barber Emporium
Transportation: Parked In Waco
Models: Dominique & Grace Messer
FEATURED ON MUNALUCHI BRIDE
Whether you’re newlyweds or longtime loves, seeing your partner dressed to the nines is a great reminder of just how good you’ve got it. On a rainy day last January, Utah photographer, Emma Dunn- of Em & Co. Photography – had the chance to witness that magic from behind her camera lens.
Garrett and Sydney have been married for five years now, but according to Emma, the way Garrett looked at Sydney when he saw her in a wedding dress would’ve made you think he was watching her walk down the aisle. The couple’s backdrop – Liberty Park – had been completely cleared out because of the rain, which allowed Emma’s sole focus to be on how in awe Garrett is of his wife and the love Garrett and Sydney share with one another.
Lexi Rabelo – of Lexi Rabelo Films – styled Garrett and Sydney’s dreamy urban shoot with enough tonal contrast to create an air of drama while maintaining the couple’s natural elegance. By choosing primarily understated tones with occasional pops of muted rose and green, Lexi was able to make the billowing crimson smoke bomb that appeared as a backdrop in some of the shots even more striking.
This shoot’s biggest success was its capacity to capture Garrett and Sydney meaningfully and honestly while incorporating props as a means to elevate and add interest to the photos.
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Photographer: Emma | @em.co_photography
Videographer and Stylist: Lexi Rabelo | @lexirabelofilms
Hair and Makeup: Amanda Payge Beauty | @amandapaygebeauty
Couple: @sydneykay.garcia & @garettgarcia
Dress: Bridal Brilliance Rentals | @bridalbrilliancerentals
Earrings: Shop Blondee | @shopblondee
Sparklers & Smoke Bomb: Broadway Bridal | @broadwaybridalsparklers
Men’s Tie: Dazi | @daziusa
Bouquet: Kathy Lewis | @katharinaevents
This styled shoot was featured on Utah Bride & Groom
Samantha has been mixing weddings and sparklers since she was a young girl. She brings over 16 years of experience to each and every customer she works with. She also boasts a sharp attention to detail that makes her uniquely special when it comes to adding that special "touch" to making an experience ordinary to extra-ordinary!