Barr Mansion Wedding by Caroline + Ben Photography
January 16, 2012
We liken this to a garden party kicked up about a billion notches. And the Bride's love of all thing delicate and vintage blends seamlessly with the backdrop of Barr Mansion; one of our favorite little spots in Austin. The victorian mansion that had us at hello mixed with the sustainable green design that we whole-heartedly adore and an array of scrumptious florals by Last Petal make for one gorgeous affair and Caroline + Ben Photography were there to capture it all. Now add to that a lovely little film by Brett Hardeman Films and you might as well stick a fork in us because we are DONE. DEAD. DONEZO. See it all here.

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From the bride... I've always been a hopeless romantic. You can find me wearing pink and pearls a little too frequently. I love all things delicate ... flowers and lace for example. Truth be told, I was in love with the victorian look of Barr Mansion and the classic elegance and the warm glow of the ballroom. When Jason and I were out "venue scouting" the GPS had us take a wrong turn just past the house, and Jason said, "What a cool house". Little did he know that was where we were headed, but since he liked it, it was done deal. The venue really lends itself to a romantic wedding in the garden, and I was so excited to be getting a wedding I had been dreaming about since I started wedding blog stalking! Also, it was the perfect setting to welcome our guests as they joined us to share in our new journey together. Our officiant sent us questions to answer about each other. What attracted you to them, if you had to describe them, etc. He built this into our ceremony and it was such a special thing to hear those words and to have them shared with our closest friends and family.

I DIY'd the "Mr. & Mrs." signs for our chairs and the laced votive holders. I also selected the antique glass ware that our centerpieces would be contained in. I put pearls on invitations, floral details on placecards and the welcome table. I'd venture to say it was all "do it yourself" because it was such a personal event, and I tried to put my heart into everything that was selected. I also had some friends with amazing talents (like Lari who created rosettes for my hanger and my rosette garter) that helped along the way.

To the grooms, have an opinion on at least one aspect of the wedding, it'll show her you're invested in the event, just as she is. Or you could just say what Jason said to me... "Sweetie, I did pick something for our wedding day, I picked you... and of all the things on our wedding day, you will be the one that will be with me the longest". I guess I gave him a get-out-of-jail-free card after that. Seriously though, having an opinion will make her feel like you care about the things she cares about. Brides, just know that it's going to be an amazing day, and no, things won't go perfectly. When rain threatened, my wonderful photographer told me what great lighting cloudy days were and that it'd make for great pictures (she was right). Surround yourself with people who support you, and that will help you see the bright spots when something minor happens. You're going to get married that day to your best friend. People will come, share in your joy, laugh, dance, toast the two of you and make it a day to remember. That's what I remember the most, and the candid pictures show it — we all laughed and had a great time!

Photography: Caroline + Ben Photography / Cinematography: Brett Hardeman Films / Flowers: Melanie Tipton at Last Petal / Event Planning: Rick Rabon at Barr Mansion / Venue: Barr Mansion / Groom's Attire: Hickey Freeman / Shoes: ZiGi Soho / Dress: Maggie Sottero / Makeup: Kelli Toal of Keep Austin Gorgeous / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters / Table Numbers: Mason Rabbit's Paperie / Personalized Hanger: wisconmon