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Archive for February, 2012

Gardens in Bloom: February

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Had to share these photos from our gardens.  The mountain laurels are in bloom, and they smell amazing!  We couldn’t resist clipping a little bouquet for the office…

Carly & David

Posted on: February 26th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Happy Anniversary to Carly & David.   One year later, the ballroom is complete — but still the photos from this feature in Style Me Pretty are gorgeous!  Thanks to Magan Blasig at Urban Grey Photography, and to STEMS Floral Design for providing such photogenic anemones and ranunculus….   : )     Click on below to see the full story!


Mariana & Glenn

Posted on: February 25th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Featured in Style Me Pretty in December, we’re thrilled to (finally) share this lovely September wedding with you…   We wish all the best to Mariana & Glenn, and can’t thank Matthew Moore Photography enough for the images.  Check the SMP feature for more details on Mariana & Glenn’s vendors…

Click here to see the feature on Style Me Pretty.


Shay & Michael

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Photography by The Mill Photography Studio

Layla & James

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Date  |  September 2

Palette  |  yellow and ivory

Ceremony  |  Pecan Tree

Music  |  The TJ Funk

Blooms  |   STEMS  |  billy balls, roses, dahlias

Menu |  Third Harvest

Appetizers  |

Pear Cowgirl Creamery Cheese & Olive in Walnut Tartlets

Mozzarella, La Quercia Prosciutto & Native Greens Pesto Bruschetta

Creamy Artichoke and Greens Dip with Garlic Crostini

Buffet  |

Roast Top Sirloin Crusted with Grey Sea Salt

Roasted Potatoes with Gouda

Spicy Macaroni

Pear Apple and Blue Cheese Salad with Thyme Dressing

Videographer  |  Adam Grumbo Films

Photography  |  Caroline + Ben Photography


Organic Source Spotlight: La Quercia

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012 by Adele No Comments

With our First Harvest Tasting coming up for couples getting married between April 15 – June 15, I thought it’d be nice to showcase some of our organic sources in the kitchen.  La Quercia supplies us with American-made, organic prosciutto — and has received many awards for their deeply flavored, melt-in-your-mouth cured meats.  Bon Appétit Magazine says “their products are served by perfectionist chefs like Mario Batali and Alice Waters” and Vogue says it’s “the best domestically-produced or imported prosciutto I’ve tasted.”   Check out their website for more about their (many!) awards, accolades and words of praise.  If you’re looking for the best of the best, this is it.

We believe Kathy and Herb and their team at La Quercia are doing what is imperative but also natural: returning an authenticity to our nation’s food production.  This authenticity and quality is what drives our recipe creation and sourcing in the kitchen — as well as the gardens and all other aspects of event production.

We’ll be testing recipes in the coming weeks for our First Harvest menu…   Do you have a favorite recipe featuring prosciutto?   We’d love to hear it!

More on La Quercia’s organic prosciutto:


Prosciutto Green Label, Organic


Fruit forward, builds to nutty, umami flavors then returns to fruit tones for finish


Berkshire male on a white female (Danbred or Chester White)


Certified organic, all pigs born on one farm


Becker Lane Organic Farm, Iowa


Rear leg/Ham


Pork, Sea Salt


Savor by itself, on sandwich with butter, wrap asparagus or fruit, especially figs


Parmigiano, Piave Vecchio, Ascutney Mountain (Cobb Hill Creamery, VT)


Champagne, dry Alsatian white


All images courtesy of La Quercia 

And finally, one of our many menu items:
Mozzarella, La Quercia Prosciutto and Native Greens Pesto Bruschetta  [photo by Katherine O’Brien Photography ]

Barr Mansion does instagram does austin monthly bridal bash

Posted on: February 19th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

I snapped a few quick instagram photos at the Austin Monthly Bridal Bash.  Did you?   If so, I’d love to see your photos!  (email


Bridal Bash this sunday 2/19

Posted on: February 17th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

We hope to see you at Austin Monthly’s Bridal Bash this Sunday…   Our Executive Chef, Chris Coleman, will be preparing the delicious food you see below on-site in the Bridal Bling Lounge; it promises to be a mouth-watering affair!  In addition, there are a ton of amazing vendors participating.

Don’t forget to purchase your entry ticket to our VIP Bridal Bling Lounge, which is where  we’ll be serving up tasty treats….   Here’s a few mouth-watering images from the talented Lisa Shepard at Aimage Photography Studio, who came out while we were testing recipes for the Bridal Bash…

Juliet & Ben

Posted on: February 16th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

Date  |  May 29

Palette  |  white

Ceremony  |  chuppah under the pecan tree

Planning  Liv by Design

Music  |  Full Circle Media

Blooms  |   STEMS  |  hydrangeas, ranunculus, tulips, calla lilies & peonies.

Menu |  First Harvest


Stawberry Pizzas

Crostini with Shockingly Pink Hummus

Lighting  |  ILIOS Lighting

Cake  |  Butter & Lemon Cake with Cuttercream Icing.  Chocolate Zucchini with Chocolate Buttercream Icing.

Videography  |  Adam Grumbo Films

Photography  |  à la Vie Photography



Gardens in Bloom: February

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Adele No Comments

All this cold, rainy weather excites my anticipations for a verdant and stunning spring.   Of course our gardens are far from bare even in February; take a peak below at the highlights from the garden this week….


And finally: do you recognize these little sprouts?   We’re going to have amazing bluebonnets this year!