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Brett & Travis/ Barr Mansion Wedding

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I love this age- you can set them down and they stay in one place.

Brett's cousin is an amazing wedding photographers too ! Check out her work here!

  I am not a great writer- I struggle with each post so this time I've decided to have the bride tell her story in her own words:

"Travis proposed to me in our spring garden, hiding my ring in a red lettuce plant.  We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to be married in the fall, that we wanted to be outdoors, and that we should incorporate things we love as a couple:  fresh local food, good cocktails, Texas music, and a home-grown feel.  Barr Mansion was a natural fit, with its herb and flower gardens, amazing ceiling-fan laden pecan tree, organic food, and gorgeous barn where we would hold our reception. 

Two months later, that barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground!  After a little panic and much deliberation, we decided to stick it out with Barr Mansion; so much of what we loved about the place was still intact, and we trusted that the day would be perfect anyway, even if our reception had to be in a tent.   

Travis and I both love graphic design and good paper. Early on we found a simple lovebird rubber stamp, around which we coordinated our save-the-dates, invitations, cake topper, and place cards. Travis’s grandfather’s 1940’s typewriter was refurbished to type all of the text for our various pieces.  We also used a beautiful Chiyogami Japanese paper with a bird and tree motif for our envelope liners and program, as a nod to our upcoming honeymoon in Japan (not to mention that the colors coordinated well.)

We decided to have a Sunday brunch wedding, as that’s the time to which we most look forward every week.  Guests arrived to Bloody Marys and mimosas, and were able to mingle under that amazing pecan tree before heading out to the lawn for our ceremony. 

Bonni and Madeleine at Posey blew us away with their flowers, which complemented the venue and season perfectly.   We were married under an elegant arbor, adorned with magnolia greens and hydrangeas.  Our good friend Jack, a non-denominational minister, officiated.  My childhood best friend was my maid of honor, while Travis’s sister served as his “Best Woman.”  Both Travis’s high school friend, and my closest friend from graduate school (where Travis and I met -- UT Architecture) read poems during the ceremony.

We danced to “Come Rain or Come Shine” - our favorite version is by Ray Charles - which the band learned just for us.  We loved having a band that also played classic Texas swing songs, since so many of my friends and family were experiencing the state for the first time that weekend. 

Through planning the wedding, Travis and I gained a better sense of who we are as a couple, and were able to express that to our friends and family on that amazingly beautiful fall day."

Cheers to Brett and Travis and their Spring honeymoon in Japan! 

Venue: Barr Mansion
Officiant: Jack Worthy
Flowers: Posey Floral and Event Design
Food and Bride’s Cake: Barr Mansion
Groom’s Pecan Pies:  The Deutsch Apple,  Blanco Texas
Band: Tony Harrison & Hot Texas  (band members played the ceremony) http://tonyharrisonmusic.com
Letterpress Invitations: Designed by Brett and Travis, printed by OneBlossom
Bride’s Dress:  Emerald, from Blush Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid and Best Woman’s dresses: JCrew
Hair: Kendall Kibby-Deck
Wedding Rings and engagement ring: The Menagerie http://www.themenagerie.com
Getaway Car (1940 Cadillac): Antique Limousines of Austin

3 Responses to “Brett & Travis/ Barr Mansion Wedding”

Patrick Larson said...

Katie, loved all the photos. I love how you make the film and digital merge into one cohesive look!

Unknown said...

that's Patrick ;)

kisa said...

The photos are awesome! You really did an amazing job of capturing the feel of the wedding, the lively, fun personalities of Brett and Travis, and the whole crew that attended. I especially loved the photos of my little boys (the tattoo boy and the baby amidst the croquet set). Thanks for the shout out too!
Cheers! kisa