Bohemian Love at Barr Mansion

There are so many wonderful wedding styles for brides to choose for their weddings, but what makes a wedding truly special is when the bride knows what she loves and wants her wedding to reflect all those things. I work with brides that love the classic, timeless look, others love the vintage touches and others like the clean lines of a modern wedding. When I first discussed Jaclyn’s wedding, I knew it was going to be so special. First off, she is stunning and her sense of style was stellar. She wanted to marry Joe, her very handsome groom, honor her beloved grandparents, incorporate vintage touches, enjoy a relaxed fun atmosphere and be surrounded by her large circle of friends.  Thanks so much to her photographer, Jessica for capturing all the details. http://www.jbirdphoto.com and being so easy to work with.

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Thanks to Brooke with Pollen Floral, Loot Rentals and Transportation Consultants for helping to complete the day.

I wasn’t speechless after receiving Jaclyn’s wedding review and was reminded once again why I loved working with her so much.

Barr Mansion wedding – Austin, TX   posted 2014-09-07
Barbara was a vital part of making our day absolutely magical! We got married in July at the Barr Mansion in Austin, TX and she went to great lengths to ensure that we were 100% happy. The Barr Mansion was going through some staffing changes near our wedding that left many a details completely undone and forgotten. Without Barbara there to remind the venue/enforce what we had decided upon our day most certainly would not have been the dream I had envisioned. As someone who is high ownership and highly organized, I thought I would be able to handle all the details and dynamics leading up to our big day and the day of. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I would have been lost without Barbara! Trust me when I say your time as a bride should be focused on the important things – relishing in this sweet time, spending quality time with friends and family that you don’t get to see much and having FUN! Barbara and her staff allowed me to do just that. Additionally, her role as liaison/chief operations officer served us well as we have very opinionated/dramatic families :) She was able to respond and resolve things among our families leading up to, day of, and even after our wedding with the utmost of tact and professionalism. God bless her for that. Barbara’s genuine desire to please manifests in her strong work ethic and ultimately her successful final product – beautiful weddings and happy brides. I am a product of that and can testify to her relentless efforts, amazing talents and overall caliber of woman. Barbara is a woman of her word with loyalty and integrity and I knew that she would have gone to the ends of the earth to make sure I was happy….

Happy planning,

Barbara

http://www.barbarasbrides.com

 

Summer Wedding at The Driskill

It is no secret how hot it is in Texas, so once Memorial Day weekend hits, we work pretty exclusively indoors for weddings until the cooler late fall weddings. We want your guests and the two of you to be comfortable and not fainting from the heat in your beautiful attire. Trusting your Austin wedding planner to know which Austin venues have the best options for your wedding is an important skill to have. I have worked with Austin brides for over 20 years and after hearing your vision for your wedding day, I will make recommendations on the perfect location for your wedding.

We planned long distance with Lauren and Colby working with limited time in Austin, but all the details definitely came together for a beautiful wedding. They did not believe they could have a wedding at The Driskill, but I work there often and the Driskill team worked with us to find the perfect date at the right price. Many thanks so much to photographer, Pam Hults for knowing the Driskill so well and capturing the day http://alaviephoto.com/

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I always tell my groom’s at the cake cutting that the bride looks beautiful, she paid a lot to have her hair and makeup perfect that day so the last thing he should do is break the trust during the cake feeding by putting cake in her face. When the groom doesn’t listen and puts icing on the bride’s face, pay back is bound to happen which is what happened here. Sorry Colby, but we did warn you not to and Lauren reacted accordingly.

Thanks to all the florist Wendee Sawran for such beautiful flowers http://wendeesawran.com

Are you planning an Austin wedding? I hope you will visit our website and see if we can be of assistance for your wedding planning needs.

Happy planning, Barbara

http://www.barbarasbrides.com

Perfect Villa del Lago Wedding on the Lake with Barbara’s Brides

I had such a great time planning this wedding with Chrissy and her mom. I had assisted with older sister, Jenny’s wedding a few years earlier and just like many other sisters Chrissy wanted me to know her style and wedding vision was very different from Jenny’s. Since all my brides have their own vision, I knew I could deliver just what Chrissy wanted. We worked to find the perfect vendors for her wedding, including Royal Fig Catering that really respected that the bride and groom wanted a Paleo menu. We created a fantastic menu that their guests thoroughly enjoyed.  Thank you to http://www.dianamlottphotography.com for taking such fantastic photos to capture the day.

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We worked with such great vendors to make this day just perfect. Many thanks to:

Lighting: http://www.filodesigns.com/

Flowers: http://www.bouquetsofaustin.com/

Rentals: Marquee and Premiere Rents

Stationery: http://www.pinktulipinvitations.com/

Music: Austin DJ, Stafford Jones

Happy planning to you and if you find you need assistance with all the details or just day of, give us a call.

Enjoy your day,

Barbara

http://www.barbarasbrides.com

 

 

 

 

Pure Glamour Wedding at The Driskill with Barbara’s Brides

Oh, what a wedding this was.  Casey took months to decide to hire me. Her mother in law had worked with me years earlier on her own daughter’s wedding and knew I could help give Casey peace of mind on pulling it all together. Casey had such fantastic taste and as an interior designer she had a clear idea of all the elements. She just needed reassurance that all she was hoping for would happen while she was busy being the bride.  Although there is no such thing as a true “day of” planner, we do offer brides the chance to start handing the details over to us as well as contacting us with the countless questions that come with planning a wedding. Many thanks to http://www.lastpetal.com for working so closely with Casey on her vision. I love all the photos captured by http://www.jennydemarco.com showing a romantic evening with bling dripping from the pillars, the bride’s stunning bouquet and dancing through the night.

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I love the Driskill and have had countless weddings there, but this is definitely one of my top 5 Driskill weddings.

Happy planning,

Barbara http://www.barbarasbrides.com

Beautiful, Relaxed and Fun Barr Mansion Wedding

I loved working with Jayme on her wedding at Barr Mansion. She was such an easygoing bride and she wanted her wedding to reflect that. Not an ounce of stuffy and filled with fun flowing ribbons, her family’s favorite desserts and ending the evening with a pinata. The entire evening had laughter, wonderful family and friend moments and a packed dance floor thanks to DJ, Stafford Jones.

Abby with Stems captured Jayme’s design vision perfectly. http://www.stemfloral.com

I loved the photos that Paige Newton shared with me and I am glad I can share them again. http://www.paigenewtonphotography.com

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Are you planning a wedding or recently engaged? Contact us today and see if we have a good connection. We have been planning weddings with couples for over 20 years and love that each wedding is new and different. barbara@barbarasbrides.com

 

Stunning and Timeless Austin Driskill Wedding

This wedding was one of our all time favorite classic weddings. We planned long distance with only a few Austin visits. Having trust in your planner is very important to keep your stress level down.  I love it when a bride knows basically what she wants, but the bottom line is comfortable with me working with her vendors to create her wedding vision. All brides are different and they each have a different interpretation of what “pretty” is. I was tickled when a photographer told me she loves working on my weddings because “I do pretty really well”. That may seem simplistic, but don’t all brides want their weddings to be pretty? I had a recent bride actually thank me during our consultation when we were talking about all the timeless elements she wanted and I had so many ideas for her. She had been upset at other interviews because she was finding it challenging to find vendors that were not on board with her classic vision for her wedding. Yes, there are a lot of trends out there, but the bottom line is this is the bride’s day and if she wants elements that we’ve seen hundreds of time before it still boils down that the bride just loves it, so it is my job to pull it together and help her balance it out.

Please enjoy some of my absolutely favorite classic photos from a Driskill wedding with Pam Hults http://www.alaviephoto.com

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Thanks to http://www.bouquetsofaustin.com for doing what our brides want in such a beautiful way.

Happy planning,

Barbara http://www.barbarasbrides.com

Gathering Austin Wedding Planner Information

It has been challenging re-building my blog since so much content was lost, but then I realized that I remember the content of wedding tips and of course my actual weddings. So although the posts are repeats to some overall they will be new for all newly engaged couples looking for a wedding planner.

For my first non-wedding post, I thought I would share how you find a wedding planner when you are not sure where to start in the planning process. I know it sounds bias, but the best place to begin your planning is with an Austin wedding planner. Whether you want just a little guidance with “day of” assistance or full service planning, Austin has over 75 wedding planners of all levels of experience, broad range of personalities and various vendor connections. Start by asking recently married friends who they used, ask your venues for their preferred vendor lists when you go in for site visits and research online wedding sites for actual bride reviews.

Here are over 60 of our reviews from “the knot” from our past brides, grooms and family members online http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Barbaras-Brides/Profile/WCS/191/228304/profile?sid=nTl7xSZuIc6hGzt7g9l5Mw#reviews

We have also participated in venue bridal shows. One of our favorites was when The Driskill hosted a fabulous bridal event with their preferred vendors creating beautiful settings as teams in all the different rooms at The Driskill. We were very fortunate to have the Driskill Ballroom to decorate. Here are some photos from www.millphotostudio.com by Tyler Schmitt

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Thank you to Stephanie with http://www.bouquetsofaustin.com for their beautiful work with me on this event. Love working at The Driskill and you will most likely see a great deal of Driskill posts coming up since I work with Driskill brides so often.

Happy planning,

Barbara

http://www.barbarasbrides.com