When this couple’s favorite wedding venue was struck by lightning, and burnt down, they were nervous. But the brave couple continued planning this absolute dream of a wedding throughout the rebuild of the Barr Mansion, and I am SO happy they decided to hold out for their perfect venue. Captured by Kelly Hornberger Photography, the whole wedding – from the sweet color palette, to the amazing flowers from Verbena Floral Design, to the gorgeous venue – is so sweetly romantic, I just can’t get enough. And when you just can’t get enough, click here for the rest of this beautiful fête in the gallery!

The main inspiration of our wedding was the city of Austin as well as the Barr Mansion itself. We wanted it to have that unique, quirky Austin feel we both love but also be very personal to Derek & I. Our signature cocktail was sweet tea-flavored vodka and lemonade, served in mason jars. Our colors were bright pink & apple green.

We looked at about ten different venues in Austin, Texas, but fell in love with the charm of Barr Mansion. It was by far the most unique place we visited and we knew right away it was the place for us. We booked it in late March 2010 and in June, the ballroom of the facility was struck by lightning and burned down. It was crazy news and definitely not what you want to hear about your wedding venue but we remained in good spirits and kept going as planned… monitoring the rebuild along the way of course. It was a much longer process than everyone originally projected, but we held out hope that it would be completed prior to our wedding in April 2011. Sure enough, Barr Mansion hosted their first wedding in the new ballroom about 2 months before our wedding. To say we were relieved would be an understatement!

Derek’s uncle is a Pastor and married Derek’s brother & his wife in May 2010. We were blessed enough to have him marry us as well and hope to maybe start a family tradition!

One of my most vivid memories from the day was waiting with my dad to walk down the aisle. I was incredibly nervous but so excited. The sun was about 45 minutes from setting and the lighting outside was absolutely gorgeous. We were hidden away behind the mansion itself and when we rounded the corner and I could suddenly see all of our guests, it took my breath away and I knew it was a moment I would never forget. As I got closer and could finally see Derek, tears filled my eyes, as I was finally about to marry my best friend.

Venue: Barr Mansion / Photographer: Kelly Hornberger Photography / Floral Designer: Verbena Floral Design / Event Planning & Design: Keegan ‘O Connell, with Barr Mansion / Invitation Designer: Maria Navarro / Cake: Barr Mansion / Wedding Gown: Marisa, Weddings By Debbie / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Watters / Jewelry: Nordstrom / Entertainment: Look No Further Entertainment / Hair: Black Orchid Salon / Make-up: Carl Crenshaw

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