Our August Vendor spotlight is on The Astin Mansion. A timeless and classic venue with 1920’s vibes. We loved getting to know more about the venue, and venue manager, Christopher!
Taylor and Derek are something straight out of Vogue magazine with their exciting and care-free personalities. Taylor + Derek not only opted for first look, but for a private vow reading pre-ceremony. We love this idea for those looking for an intimate moment on their wedding day. The way Taylor’s hair and dress flowed with her movement, and their stunning smiles - you can’t help be feel 100% joy radiating from their images. And they are so damn beautiful you almost think there is no way this is a real wedding, it has to be styled! But NOPE. Real life couple goals right here, y’all! Prepare to swoon + be inspired!
What should the groom + groomsmen do when getting ready on the wedding day? What better than enjoying drinks & lunch at a local brewery, Jester King Brewery, and then getting dressed and ready with your favorite pals? That is exactly what Derek & his groomsmen did on his wedding day. We loved the relaxed & joyful atmosphere that surrounded this wedding all day long.
Taylor and Connor’s spring wedding at The Vine at New Ulm was an all around family focused event to remember. Consisting of gorgeous earth-tone wedding party attire, surrounded by the perfect amount of wedding white florals! Taylor and Connor got our month-of coordination package, and while I wish I could have walked with them through the whole journey, I was so thankful that we got to be involved during the final stretch toward their happily ever after.
The Vine has some of the best cottages for you and your wedding party to hang out and get all pretty. Some of my favorite pictures to look through are the getting ready images. They show pure joy as everyone prepares to celebrate the couple. My favorite moments are always those involving the couples parents, so I try and make time for images for the bride getting ready with mom. Thankfully, we had more than enough time for some sweet moments on the back porch with Taylor and her mom, as well as one of the sweetest first looks with her dad (enjoy the pictures...I sure did!).
We also got to fit in some sweet time with Taylor’s bridesmaids! One of the big things Taylor wanted was a moment before all the crazy started for she and her bridesmaids to pray together. You can also peek behind the door and see Taylor and Connor’s sweet little boy joining in on the prayer time. The biggest thing I desire for my clients is that they have enough time on their day to enjoy the smallest of moments. After all, you chose your wedding party because they’re the ones you want by your side on your special day!
We can’t just focus on the girls though, because this group of groomsmen was particularly special. They had the very best time together, and were some of the most interesting group to hang around. Groomsmen are always the most entertaining part of the day, because they really don’t care what’s happening, they’re just there to celebrate their boy and have a great time doing it. I so appreciate how they just go where they need to be, and focus on making everyone around them as happy as they are! This group in particular did just that all the way through to the reception (more on that later…).
Okay first, I have to talk about how much I adored Taylor’s altar decorations!! They were perfectly understated, and instead of taking away from the special moment of the ceremony, they just perfectly added to it. I also have to take a moment to sing praises to her amazing florist ( Petals by Design ) for making Taylor’s dream come to life! Make sure to check out the great work that she does. She is definitely someone you want involved in your wedding day!
Second, the wedding party -- I know I already gushed about the groomsmen, but the whole party was amazing! You could tell that they were there for the bride and groom, to make their day as special as possible. I also have to mention the rockstar flower girl and ring bearer. Those kids made my day. I love kids, and personally think that they are the best part of the wedding party. Mainly because they’re so darn cute, but also because they bring such life to the group!! I may also be partial to these two because of how connected the little flower girl and I were (pictured…). I also loved our ring bearer, because no matter how slow the flower girl was walking, he stuck with her until the very end.
Oh so many things to mention about this reception, but we’ll start with the decorations. Taylor’s choice of white florals with dusty blue napkins made the upscale rustic charm of The Vine pop in just the right way. Everything down to her cake was perfectly sleek! Well everything except for our Grooms Cake ( which you can read more about in our blog on Groom’s Cake Inspiration ), and even that was perfectly crafted!
The designs were just the beginning of this awesome reception. Once we got through the “formal” part of the evening, the party really got started! Every single person got their time on the dance floor, including wedding party, ring bearer, parents and especially our bride and groom. I already told y’all how energetic our groomsmen were, but here is some photographic proof. They had an absolute blast out on that floor, and somewhat undressing sure did liven up that dance floor twice as much!!
We ended the night with a favorite, a sparkler exit!! But before our bride and groom could leave, Connor decided that he needed to change out of his suit. So he danced their private last dance in his camo button down and jeans...and I absolutely loved it! He and his beautiful new wife were sent off toward their new life together as 100% themselves!!
So here’s to the new Mr. and Mrs. Collins. I wish them the very happiest, love filled life!!
Looking for inspiration for your wedding day first look with the bride and groom? Kaleigh and Riley’s first look was beautifully photographed by Brittany with Velvet + Wire at a Brenham wedding venue called, “Rockin’ Star Ranch”. This gallery of images are pack full of a beautiful couple, gorgeous smiles and inspiring attire for rustic grooms and brides alike.
Looking for a College Station Wedding Photographer? Search no further than San Angel Photography! Read our amazing vendor spotlight featuring this talented husband and wife team before hopping over to their site to inquire!