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For all our dear friends who have been enduring such a mean, frigid winter, Madeline and Hunter’s wedding will warm your heart right up! With their pretty pastel palette, their wedding at the Barr Mansion looks exactly how I think spring should feel–warm sun shining down, the loveliest blooms, and tons of joy! And how neat is it that they said their vows under a huge pecan tree that is over a hundred years old? So very, very Southern!

I’m so glad Sarah McKenzie shared this sweet day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My only criteria for the dress was that it couldn’t be strapless. The first place I went was Nordstrom, and I picked five to try. Despite one being strapless, I immediately knew the dress was the right one when I put it on!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? No, I am very traditional. I wanted to see his expression the moment that I was walking down the aisle.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We did pre-marital counseling through our church in Houston.

As I was looking at pictures of other weddings in Austin, every picture that I liked was taken at the Barr Mansion. The venue is absolutely gorgeous, and I have always loved historic houses.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The vintage furniture that was set up around the cocktail area really sticks out in my mind, especially the pink couch!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Choose the things that you care about most and spend time working on those things. Do not stress over the tiny details; you will not even remember the small stuff the day after the wedding (and neither will your guests).

We had an all-organic carrot cake frosted with cream cheese icing, featuring no artificial dyes–the color was beet-juice based–and real flowers.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through mutual friends during our senior year at Texas A&M University. My mother was always telling me that I would never meet a man if I didn’t get out of the house more, but he came right into my kitchen one day! Over the course of several months, I drew him in with baked goods and home-cooked meals. He eventually invited me to dinner at his parent’s house in Houston. After that night, we officially began dating.
Tell us all about the proposal! He proposed on Valentine’s Day. We went to dinner at a nice restaurant, and then went to a local park. When we arrived, he pulled a backpack from the car, and when I asked what it was for, he just said, “You’ll see.” After strolling along one of the paths, we stopped to rest on a bench. He then opened the backpack to reveal a thermos of hot water, mugs, and a variety of tea bags. We made tea and enjoyed the quiet of the night. After he finished his tea, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his bride.
When did y’all get married? Summer 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our ceremony took place under a huge pecan tree that is over a hundred years old. Right in the middle of the ceremony, one of the limbs began to crack and fall. Fortunately, it was on the other side of the ceremony and some of the lower limbs caught it, preventing it from crashing to the ground.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are expecting our first baby this summer!

Photographer: Sarah McKenzie / Venue, Cake Baker, and Caterer: The Barr Mansion / Florist: STEMS / Rentals: Bee Lavish / Band: Terra Vista Strings and Royal Dukes Band / Paper Products: The Stationery Bakery and Minted / Bride’s Gown: “Mila” by Hayley Paige / Bride’s Accessories: BHLDN and Veils by Studio Alma / Hair and Makeup: Celeste at Austin Wedding Hair & Makeup / Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Heidi” by J. Crew, “In Due Corsage” by Modcloth, “Mikado Corded Lace Illusion Neckline Dress” by David’s Bridal, “Annabelle” by BHLDN, ASOS / Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Sarah McKenzie reply

    Awwww yeah!!! Thanks for the feature!!!

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Surprise! We have an extra Valentine’s treat for you this morning. Nancy Ray and Caroline Joy recently completed their fourth Branches & Light photography workshop at the Winfield Inn in Texas, and this is the set-up the lucky attendees got to practice on. So happy we get to share it with you today!

Beautiful bouquet by Sweet Sunday Events!

Hope y’all are still feeling the love this weekend!

Nancy Ray and Caroline Joy are delightful members of the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love the picture of the couple on the tree (branch?).

  2. avatar Danielle Honea reply

    I love the use of the pop of color!! Fur, yummy feel….and the written details are delightful!

  3. avatar clair estelle reply

    I really like the hints of black and white as theme tones to this shoot – lovely x

  4. avatar Emily reply

    I love the quote in this shoot! It fits my fiance perfectly. He’s said we’d get married since he met me 12 years ago. 42 days until we finally say I do!

  5. avatar Robyn reply

    It was such an honor to host this event for these amazing photographers! We have worked with Caroline a number of times and just LOVE everything about her. Seeing this shoot featured is beyond exciting! Congratulations!!!

    PS: yes, that is a branch :) It’s an awesome photo spot!

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  8. avatar Adrienne Pitkin reply

    It was a pleasure to collaborate with the creative talent from this shoot! So pleased with the results!

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  10. avatar Kathleen reply

    I LOVE the fur wrap! Where is that from?

  11. avatar Lindsey McClennahan reply

    Love this, so light and airy.

  12. avatar Devon Wedding Phoography reply

    A lovely set of photos – I expect the couple were thrilled. I like the light feeling that enhances the emotion of the photos – good attention to small details that can mean so much.

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  14. avatar katie reply

    That quote is by Arrigo Boito, not Shakespeare.

  15. avatar Makenna reply

    Very lovely pictures! Beautiful!
    But, that quote isn’t by Shakespeare.

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  17. avatar Paige Hatfield reply

    I love the font that was used! What’s the name of it and where can I purchase online? (If you know).

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