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Austin Outdoor Brunch Wedding: Mary and Paul

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by admin No Comments

We’re so pleased that Mary and Paul chose Barr Mansion for their April wedding! Top hats and typewriters abounded in this joyous vintage event, and the bride looked lovely in her classic pearls and tea-length gown with bold floral accents. We wish Mary and Paul all the best in their new life, and thanks to Jeff Fitlow for the fantastic photos!

Austin Summer Wedding: Monica and Edward

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Monica and Edward brought the party to Barr Mansion for their June wedding! In addition to enjoying our seasonal Second Harvest feast, the bride and groom brought along a little piece of downtown Austin in the form of the “Peached” food trailer. And the party didn’t stop there- guests relished a rich array of gourmet cakes and chocolates, amid gorgeous crystal and white-flowered centerpieces, all the while being serenaded by a mariachi band! Thanks to Stella Alessi for the fantastic photos.

Interview with Amy Jones, Our New Horticulturist

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by admin No Comments
We’ve recently had to hire a new gardener and we found more than we bargained for with the amazing Amy Jones.  Read our interview with Barr Mansion’s newest gardener, horticulturist, and fourth generation farmer.  We are so excited to have her join the family and can’t wait to see the beautiful transformation of our grounds!
How long have you been a gardener and what is your experience with gardening, landscaping, botany, etc?
I have been a gardener and horticulturist for as long as I remember. I was the kid who made my mom wait for me to cut roses in the morning before  grade school so that I could take them to my teacher. I also remember pulling weeds from the lawn for fun or at least without be asked.  I grew up vegetable farming and consider myself a fourth generation farmer, albeit without a farm at present, although the mansion will substitute nicely.  I worked on the  family farm since at least age 12, if not earlier, and from 2000 to 2009 I developed, with my family, and manager our family farm market and a 20 acre vegetable garden. I attended Texas Tech University for undergrad and grad school studying horticulture and all it’s nuances, microbiology, pedology, entomology to arboriculture and greenhouse management. I have been involved in horticulture in so many ways from landscape management and design, floral design, interior plant maintenance and they are all a labor of love. I would say my professional experience envelopes 21 years.
What brought you to Barr Mansion?
The Barr Mansion was ready for me at the same time I was ready for her. I look forward to cultivating the gardens and bringing exciting and inspirational design and color to the property.
What are your favorite Texas native plants?
I have always loved the Burr Oak Quercus macrocarpa and when it comes to a field of wildflowers one without the others would be “not fully dressed.”  I had about 2.5 acres behind a former home and never sowed a seed and over 10 years had 25 genus reappear. It was exiting to see the unfolding of a low grass prairie. This doesn’t even include all the beautiful prairie grasses. I can’t say enough about a beautiful buffalo grass Buchloe dactyloides lawn!
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
I think initially it will be bringing the soil into balance with the delicate microcosm necessary to grow a diverse and lush garden. When the soil is healthy it really facilitates a license to grow almost anything in it’s proper season.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I am enamored to be part of the symbiosis of a garden, the rise and fall of seasons and the fruit and flower shared through my cultivation and partnership with nature.

Featured in Austin Wedding Blog: Amy and Richard

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

Check out Amy and Richard’s feature in Austin Wedding Blog for their beautiful, vintage wedding complete with pew seating in the garden for guests, a gorgeous tea-length dress, and all the beautiful sunny weather you could ask for for a daytime spring wedding.  This wedding was shot by the immensely talented Julie Wilhite.

Austin Outdoor Wedding: Chris & John

Posted on: August 20th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Date  |  June 23rd

Palette  |  Bright, loads of purple and white

Ceremony  |  Pecan Tree

Menu |  Second Harvest

Photography  |  Stella Alesi

Five Reasons to Have a Brunch Wedding

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by admin 4 Comments


If you need more convincing than the mouth-watering photo of our Buttermilk Biscuit with House Smoked Pork above (thanks, Steven Noreyko!), here are our top five reasons for having a brunch wedding:

  1. Better Dates.  Most popular wedding venues, including ours, book up to a year to a year and a half in advance during our peak seasons.  However, if you’re willing to do an earlier, daytime event, your options open up considerably and this can help you ensure you get your special date.
  2. More Affordable.  At most all venues, brunch and daytime events can save couples in upwards of 20-30% off venue rental and associated costs.  Additionally, brunch can mean a lighter meal than a full multi-course dinner, helping you save on your catering bill as well.  Other vendors may also be willing to budge on their numbers given that they can still do an evening event.
  3. Beautiful Photos.  Beautiful daylight, lush gardens, and clear skies can make for phenomenal photographs of your wedding party.  Having a daytime wedding opens up a number fantastic photo ops, especially at a versatile, indoor & outdoor venue like ours.
  4. Casual Dress.  Looking to let your guests (and your wedding party) go more casual?  A brunch wedding can still be upscale and glamourous, but there is also flexibility for beautiful tea-length dresses, lovely sun hats, linen suits, and more.
  5. Food, Food, Food.  As you can see from the photo above, brunch foods can be absolutely decadent and delicious.  If your find that your favorite foods tend towards classic brunch staples like coffee cake, deviled eggs, and smoked salmon, a daytime wedding is the perfect option for crafting your menu of favorites.  And don’t forget, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee are also brunch classics and can help make your bar tab easier to manage as well.


Vote for Us: Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards

Posted on: August 13th, 2012 by admin 1 Comment
We’re in the running for the Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards for Best Wedding Venue – All Inclusive.  Show your love for Barr Mansion by voting for us today by clicking on the logo below!

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Shannon and Reggie

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by admin 4 Comments

In a classic sunset ceremony with unique touches including succulence boutineers and black and white anemones, Shannon and Reggie‘s wedding was a beautiful spring affair.  Check out their lovely wedding, featured recently on Style Me Pretty Texas, photographed by the talented Carlea J Photography.

The Tea-Length Dress: Best Pick for Summer Weddings

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The choice of wedding dress can be one of the most personal decisions a bride makes about her big day.  In the sultry summer, it can be tough to pull off the full-length fairy tale gowns, but we’ve loved seeing a number of brides lately trying on the tea-length dress.  The perfect mid-calf length frock can be flattering for many different body types and still presents a classic and beautiful option for a summer garden wedding.