A #Moody Wedding – Styled Shoot at The Astin Mansion

By: Amy Kujawa

The Astin Mansion’s “stone room” to the left when you walk in is a dream. The natural lighting coming from all angles makes for the most beautiful photographs. The fireplace is an added feature which is in the center of the room and really accentuates the true vintage construction and design of the mansion. 

Rachel Driskell Photography, Willow Lane, and Cake Junkie teamed up with us on this moody collab. Most of our rentals featured here are from Party Time Rentals’ sister store out of Austin, Premiere Select. The black velvet linen plays on the term “goth”, and the colorful floral tones it down for an overall moody vibe with a pop of color… also can we just marvel in those striking black pillar candles?

Our Premiere Select sculpted acrylic chairs with floral and greenery accent attached is such a unique feature. The different lines in the chair back allow the floral to be wired on and create a statement piece. This is similar to an aisle marker— but a chair marker!

Keeping the black just in the Black Ariana Wine Goblet, and pairing with our clear glass Valore beverage and champagne flute is the modern moody feel we are all here for! Valore is our most popular glassware line. It is simple and effortless at a good price.

The marble coupe dinner plate along with the cobbled black salad plate are the stars of the show and inspired this entire tablescape. A coupe plate means that instead of having a flat edge all the way around, it curves upwards (see our lily coupe dinnerware as well).

Also- can we also have a moment of silence for this glass platinum orizzonte charger? With flecks of silver glitter, it resembles an inward sunburst. We also own this charger in gold. It too is simply phenomenal.

We opted to cross and tie our capri gold dinner fork and knife with this cute piece of purple ribbon. We are always looking for fun ways to display your flatware besides in the traditional setting.

Overall this table setting is a 10/10 for us… be right back going to go look for any excuse to throw a party.

The closeup shot we all needed of this cute lil’ Willow Lane arrangement. Don’t the flowers look like they’re dancing to doy?

Moving outside and across the courtyard we designed the old “cigar room” that typically doubles as the bar area when you host an event at the Astin Mansion. We opted to create a lounge area with our beautiful Pewter Versaille furniture. Can you imagine a couple taking photographs here serving looks? #GOALS

Cake Junkie created this gorgeous statement cake that was displayed in the same furniture room. What better way to lounge than to look at something so beautiful and sweet?

The Astin is one of our favorite spots to showoff what we can do! Thanks to all of the vendors who participated!

The Astin Mansion
Rachel Driskell Photography
Party Time Rentals
Cake Junkie
Willow Lane

Lake Walk Town Center | Outdoor Wedding Styled Shoot | Bryan, TX

By: Amy Kujawa

When I first moved to College Station, the thing that most tickled me about this town was the fact that Bryan and College Station are essentially one little city. There is no dividing field between one town and the next. One second you’re driving down Texas in College Station and the next you’re still on Texas, but in Bryan!

Lake Walk Town Center is one of the most beautiful and serene spots located somewhere in between Bryan and College Station, to the east-ish of the city (our town is literally set up on a diagonal).

Last Summer while thumbing through local BABV venues, I realized that Lake Walk Town Center/The Stella Hotel was a member! This gave me the idea to design a mock photoshoot on the water. My inspiration was the sunset and I wanted my design to reflect it.

We created a small ceremony spot as well as a reception space. Although this was designed for a “wedding”, Lake Walk would make a great spot for a birthday, anniversary, or celebration of any kind! 

The covered pavilion can be used for concerts, parties, picnics, dinners, and much more! Although originally I was going to make this where our guest tables would go, we opted to convert this empty space into a “ceremony” spot.

Our acrylic of our ghost chairs reflecting off of the fountains and the water make such a beautiful background. Although we set up for roughly 40, the area is large enough to accommodate at least 100.

To add a little texture, we alternated rows of ghost chairs with our harvest benches. The benches are great for not only ceremony seating, but also to sit at our Harvest or Vineyard farm tables

Our clear lucite pedestals framed the ceremony space and were topped with beautiful arrangements from Tamara Menges Designs. Can you say FLOATING centerpieces?! Tamra has a beautiful eye for colors, check out her Instagram pages for more inspiration!

We carried over the wood and the acrylic from the ceremony space to the reception area. Our wood vineyard tables combined with the acrylic in the ghost chairs made the most beautiful lakeside setting.

To layer another texture on to the table, we opted to go with velvet napkins in a variety of colors. We switched shades of velvet napkins at every setting in an ombre effect of the beautiful sunset. 

These orizzonte chargers are my personal favorite in our sister store, Premiere Select’s, charger collection. The foiled gold makes a starburst into the center (or sunburst for the purposes of this look!). Set on top of that were orange fiestaware plates. Fiestaware is so underrated! It comes in a variety of colors… purples, yellows, greens… it doesn’t have to be used for a “fiesta” themed party. It can add a pop of color to any table setting.

The gold flatware we chose was our American Sentry flatware. As opposed to our Capri Gold flatware, American Sentry is a shiny more yellow gold. To accentuate the gold we pulled glassware from our Charlotte line. The gold rim glasses add just enough design elements. 

The last space we did was at the end of the dock. We created a little cocktail area and used our majestic burnt orange linens. It’s not very often we use orange here in Aggieland, but man did the sunshine make these linens stand out! The saturation of colors was so beautiful. We paired the cocktail tables with the square back ghost chairs from Premiere Select and WOW! 

Lake Walk is definitely a beautiful spot that I would love to shoot at again. Shoutout to a great team that made this possible!

Lake Walk Town Center

Tamara Menges Designs

Party Time Rentals

Premiere Select (sister store)

Fannin Oaks Open House (Party Time Rentals + Green Teams)

By: Amy Kujawa

On Sunday March 8th we were asked to participate in an Open House at the newly renovated Fannin Oaks wedding and event venue in Madisonville, Texas. From the Party Time Rentals Showroom in South College Station, it is about a 40 minute drive.

Fannin Oaks has recently been remodeled and is such a beautiful blank space. When you walk in, you immediately take note of how giant the room is. This is definitely a venue that can accommodate a “small town wedding”… which ironically and quite literally means a giant wedding where you invite the entire town. 

The room is lined in windows that look out over the Texas Hill Country. The walls are stark white with accents of stained wood to frame the windows and the ceiling beams. A beautiful black chandelier is perched in the center of the room.

Along with Green Teams, we were asked to be the featured rental and floral companies for the mock head table. My favorite thing about Open Houses is that they allow us the opportunity to explore different designs. For this particular event we went with a modern-whimsical-boho look. Mixing textures is my favorite… and quite frankly I would consider it my specialty! I love stepping out of the box and trying new things.

The first thing you will notice about the table is the gorgeous statement floral arrangement by Suzy Ghallager at Green Teams. Suzy is always excited to try new designs and anytime I send her a mood board of a crazy idea she never turns me down! This tall black floral stand brought out the black in the black capri flatware. The arrangement appears to be “floating” by being held up between two boards and LOADED with fun flowers and pampas grass. The goal was to add height to the head table as well as breaking up the GORGEOUS white shiplap wall that greets you immediately when you walk into the venue.

For the tabletop- our gorgeous rose velvet was a showstopper. Party Time’s velvet linens are everyone’s favorite and we frequently get complimented on the quality of them… they are very heavy too! When setting the tables you have to be careful to make sure the grain of the velvet is facing the same direction on each linen or else it will look like two different tablecloths!

For plates I really wanted to layer fun glass designs to mirror in the twists and turns of our sister store, Premiere Select’s, reef acrylic chair. This chair is a fun alternative to the standard round back ghost clear acrylic chair if you’re wanting a modern and unique place to sit. I’ve never paired a clear glass charger with a clear glass plate. Pictured here is our oasis glass charger and ocean breeze I wanted to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone! Our clear glass carousel goblet went perfectly with the charger and dinner plate. Our carousel goblets are a current 2020 take on a cut crystal glassware. For the salad plate we paired our Tara plate which has a floral border and a small golden ring. The flowers on our Tara plate incorporate almost all colors so it can go with whatever color palette you choose! To add a pop and bring a wow factor, we pulled the bright turquoise out into our hemstitch napkin. Paired with our black capri– this setting was a hit!

I also had the opportunity to meet with lots of prospective couples and mingle with other fellow members in the Bridal Association. Broadway Bridal (sparklers & fireworks), Buppy’s Catering, and San Angel Photography to name a few!

Thank you Suzette and Liz for having us out! 

Photos are courtesy of Katelyn Mizell (fka Southern Charm Photography)