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.
Scroll on for more urban-chic inspiration from Em & Co Photography:
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
Free-Spirited West Texas Elopement Inspiration in the Monahans Sandhills FEATURED on JUNEBUG WEDDINGS
Give us all the dunes and adventurous vibes! Flowermouth Photography and Light as Gold dreamed up this “bohemian meets desert style” Texas elopement that’s making us feel all those free-spirited, unconventional bride feels. The photographers partnered with Epoch Co Events to emulate a modern, minimalist elopement with boho rentals from Vestige Event Rentals and lost of dried florals and pampas grass creations from Urban Rubbish Weddings. We’re obsessed with this bridal style--Rue De Seine Bridal via Unbridaled and a perfect touch of glam with the bride’s Blue Jean Revival headpiece. If you’ve been dreaming of a simple, stunning Texas elopement in the sand, this one’s for you!
Many thanks to Flowermouth Photography and Light as Gold for sharing these incredible photos with Junebug!
THE TALENTED TEAM:
Photography – Flowermouth Photography, Light as Gold
Event Planning – Epoch Co Events
Location – Monahans Sandhills, Odessa, Texas
Floral Design – Urban Rubbish Weddings
Stationery – Owl and Envelope
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – K Malynn Beauty
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine Bridal via Unbridaled
Hair Piece & Earrings – Blue Jean Revival
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Rentals – Vestige Event Rentals
Smoke Bombs & Sparklers - Broadway Bridal
We know you have a multitude of choices when it comes to selecting your sparklers for your big day and believe it or not, not all sparklers are created equal! So, we’ve put together this article to detail how sparklers work and showcase the differences between the many options available in an effort to help you find the highest quality, brightest burning and safest sparkler for your special day.
Let’s start with the chemistry of a sparkler. Don’t worry, we won’t go too deep but if you are the type who is interested in a deeper dive into the chemistry of a sparkler then check out the article the team over at Compound Interest has put together by clicking the link here.
Sparklers are comprised of 4 parts. A shaft, metal fuel, binder and an oxidizer. The shaft is typically wood or iron and is coated with the other 3 components. There are several different metal fuels and they are responsible for the color of the sparks and the sparks themselves. Some of the most common metal fuels are iron, magnesium and even titanium. The binder keeps everything suspended and coated to the shaft and also helps to slow the reaction making the sparkler burn longer. A typical binder found in most sparklers is dextrin.
The oxidizer is what makes the magic happen. The reaction we see when a sparkler burns is an oxidative reaction, and this is supplemented via the oxidizer. The most common oxidizers are metal nitrates, chlorates and perchlorates. These oxidizers are often used in aerial fireworks as well. Of these oxidizers the chlorates and perchlorates are the most volatile while nitrates tend to be more stable.
So, now that we have your head spinning you might be asking yourself, how does this help me in choosing the right sparklers for me? Well, here at Broadway Bridal, your safety and satisfaction are our number one concern. As such, we only offer the highest quality and safest sparklers. All of our sparklers are chlorate and perchlorate free making them the safest sparkler option available on the market – especially if we’re shipping to you! Our sparklers have also been formulated and tested with the perfect balance of fuel, oxidizer and binder to offer the slowest available burn time with maximum sparkle effects! By using a more stable and safer oxidizer in combination with a precise amount of binder not only can we offer slower and consistent burn times from sparkler to sparkler, but the effect is virtually smokeless!
We hope we have been able to share some meaningful information and have helped make your sparkler selection a little easier!
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!