The Bryan Museum | Coastal Heritage

As a photographer with an interior design background, I am fascinated by unique venues with a stunning aesthetic. Located in a historic neighborhood along the Texas coastline, The Bryan Museum houses one of the world's largest collections of artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the American West. The collection spans more than 12,000 years, with antiquities ranging from ancient Native American cultural heirlooms to modern twenty-first century pieces. 

Upon arrival to the property, I was drawn to the lush tropical landscaping, immaculate grounds, European-inspired conservatory, and storied past of this landmark. The design of the photo shoot merged the museum’s rich heritage with elements of the seaside nearby. The ethereal white tablescape stood gracefully against the intricate metalwork and emerald glass of the conservatory. Driftwood and mercury glass details mimicked coastal textures while a custom leather invitation suite and wooden subtleties paid respect to the museum’s western influences. Eucalyptus, plumosus, and variegated pittosporum were woven into a fragrant garland of greenery punctuated by white garden roses. An organic, wooden pedestal featured a rustic semi-naked wedding cake. With glowing skin, face-framing curls, and a playful smile, the bride exhibited a delicate lace and chiffon dress with flowing cathedral veil – a work of art all her own.

Similar to the calming serenity felt near the ocean’s tide, I feel an overwhelming peace when I am behind the lens. Photography has brought great fulfillment to my life, and this editorial shoot at The Bryan Museum allowed me to stop and reflect on my artistic journey thus far. A special thank you to the team of incredible friendors (listed below) who came together to make that experience possible.

MUAH: Beauty Call Hair and Makeup

Paper Suite: Bluebonnet Press

Venue: The Bryan Museum

Design, coordination, photography: Jacquelyn Nicole Photography

Floral: Poison Ivy Floral Events

Linens: What's the Occasion Linens and Decor

Cake: Whisk Bakery

Model: Anh Watson