Austin Wedding at Barr Mansion from Mollie Kendall Photography
March 1, 2013
DIY InspiredClassic WeddingsRustic
Lovelies, gather round, I've got the sweetest, vintage-inspired Barr Mansion wedding to share with you all this morning! Filled to the brim with mix-matched details, whimsical DIY touches and just about the sweetest bride and groom you ever did see, this fun-loving Austin fête will have you Pinning inspiration for the rest of your day. See every last image from Mollie Kendall Photography in the full gallery!
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From the Bride... Jason and I knew from the second we got engaged that we wanted an intimate wedding celebration with only the closest of friends and family. It was so important to us that everyone had a wonderful, carefree weekend with good music, great food and a beautiful setting. We knew we wanted a rustic, cozy, timeless feel that would reflect our love for the outdoors and our laid back style. Getting there was a beautiful ride. Jason owns a business and works full time at another job, and I am currently in my second year of medical school, so wedding planning with our busy schedules was a challenge, to say the least. I loved every second of it though!

As soon as I saw pictures of our venue online, I knew that Barr Mansion was where we HAD to get married! We loved the stunning wall of windows in the ballroom overlooking the garden, the old house full of wonderful antique pieces and the beautiful pecan tree. When I first saw pictures of it online, I had no idea where the venue was located, and as I clicked on a link to find out where it was, the only thing going through my mind was, “Please be in Texas, please be in Texas!” What a relief to find out it was in Austin! We live in Fort Worth, but knew Barr Mansion was the place for us, and so began the process of planning a destination wedding.

I loved the idea of having a lot of mismatched elements for our wedding. I didn’t want everything to be uniform and cookie cutter, so I took that theme and ran with it. Our bridesmaids were in different grey dresses they chose for themselves, we had a few different types of table numbers, none of the centerpieces were exactly the same, each of the DIY programs were unique, all of the bridesmaids gifts were a little different and I was able to find a company that rented reasonably priced mismatched vintage china for the place settings. All of those details added to the homespun feel to our wedding that we just loved!

The programs were one of my favorite DIY projects. I got a free template online for the cover and splurged a little and bought several different bright, whimsical fabric patterns from a local knitting/fabric shop. I lined the program cover with the fabric and tied the program insert to the inside using scraps of vintage lace and pretty twine I found at a flea market. I used the leftover fabric to line the insides of the picture frame table numbers, to line a large decorative window pane and to decorate the hotel welcome bags for our guests.

Our instant photo guestbook set-up turned out to be more of a focal point during the wedding than we had planned, which was a happy surprise. I found these beautiful old lace tablecloths (for $2 each, can you believe it?) that my mom sewed together to create a photo backdrop. We hung the tablecloths on a 7 foot tall, 5 foot wide wood frame that Jason built and stained. I ordered a beautiful handmade guestbook from Etsy that had places for guests to paste in their photos, bought an instant camera, some empty picture frames and a few nice pens. Our guests had a great time with it!

Jason and I both love live music, especially Texas Country. We had an acoustic guitarist play during the ceremony, which I think really helped to set the sweet, intimate tone for the whole evening. We had both a DJ and an amazing Texas Country musician for the reception, so our guests got a little bit of everything. One of our favorite moments from the whole day was at the very end of the reception. All of our guests left the ballroom to go line up outside and light their sparklers for our big exit. While they were doing that, Jason and I had what is called a reflection dance. The musician serenaded us with one of our favorite soft, slow songs while we shared one last dance by ourselves to soak up the end of what was the most perfect day! 


Wedding Photography: Mollie Kendall Photography / Reception Venue: Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas / Floral Design: Gala Gal / Wedding Cinematography: Adam Grumbo Films / Officiant: Larry Todd / Caterer + Wedding Cake: Barr Mansion / Ceremony Musicians: Charles Anastasiou / Reception Band + DJ: Mike Valliere +  Joel from Greenbelt DJ / Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events / Lighting: ILD Lighting / Transportation: RR Limobus + Austin Classic Limo / Guest Book: ShabbyScrap / Calligrapher: Rachel Carl & CO / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Lulu’s Bridal / Bride's Shoes: RSVP / Garter: Woomi Pyo / Rings: Read's Jewelers / Groom's Attire: D Jones / Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Goldsmith from Haute Facade