This Couple Used a Muted Color Palette to Incorporate Their Love of the Desert into Their Barr Mansion Wedding in Austin

September 26, 2018 | Junebug Weddings

Carrigan and Jared’s wedding at Barr Mansion was a beautiful mix of boho and rustic vibes in muted tones that totally transformed the Austin venue. Their outdoor ceremony was framed with an a-frame arch created by the groom’s father and pampas grass arrangements done by Remi + Gold. Their indoor reception was full of cascading florals, natural textures, whimsical table decor, and handmade place cards. For an additional treat for their guests, Carrigan and Jared also hired one of Austin’s most beloved creative teams, Typewriter Rodeo, to write on-the-spot poems for everyone to take home. We’re totally in love with Carrigan’s romantic lace-top gown from Blue Bridal Boutique and Jared’s stylish velvet suit jacket, which gave the overall feel a modern yet timeless feel. John David Weddings did a phenomenal job capturing every moment of this beautiful Austin wedding!

The Couple:

Carrigan and Jared

The Wedding:

Barr Mansion, Austin, Texas


em>We really wanted our wedding to feel and reflect us: a harmonious blend of nature and the outdoors, retro, yet still formal and elegant. We also wanted our wedding to feel almost like another world — from the moment our guests arrived to the moment they left — we wanted everything to be ethereal. It turned out almost medieval, which was totally okay. Guests were greeted with hand-painted banners and a quartet, velvet ribbons, and cascading flowers. We had a feast-style dinner by candlelight and drank wine from goblets. Everything was chosen with a purpose and made it a lot more meaningful to us.

We originally chose very simple white and greys as our wedding colours. Yet, we both love the outdoors and wanted our wedding to reflect deep canyons and wide desert spaces. We used orange and mauve flowers mixed with pampas grass, as well as emerald velvet table tops and rust accents. Who cares that it was spring? We went for the fall colours anyway.

Our photographer was incredible. He got all of the detailed and candid shots you could ever want on your wedding, yet did so unobtrusively. Most of the time you didn’t even notice he was there, yet when you look through the photos it seems like he was in ten places at once. When doing portraits he knew exactly how to pose us efficiently so we didn’t have to take away too much time from our wedding day. on top of that his editing style is exactly what we wanted. I recommend him to everyone!

Poetry and hand-written letters was a large part of our relationship. For our wedding favors, we hired on-the-spot poets who wrote poems for the guests on typewriters! The guests would tell the poets a word or an idea, and within minutes have a lovely poem typed on vintage parchment paper to take home.

The week before the wedding, my mother and I made all of the place cards. She painted them deep green and copper, and then I handwrote everyone’s name and embossed them. It was my little way of personally recognizing everyone that attended. The groom’s father also made the arch that we got married under. Nothing we found fit the vibe we wanted, so he made the large triangle structure for us.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – John David Weddings
Event Planning – Bespoke Events
Venue – Barr Mansion
Floral Design – Remi + Gold
DJ – DJ Aaron Ward
Live Music – Terra Vista Strings
Videography – Sarah Stipanovich
Stationery – Lazywood Lane
Makeup Artist – Lola Beauty
Wedding Dress – Blue Bridal Boutique
Bridal Accessories – BHLDN
Rentals – Loot Rentals
Banner – Boarding School Collective
Favors – Typewriter Rodeo


Congratulations to Carrigan and Jared, and a huge thanks to Junebug member John David Weddings for sharing this gorgeous Barr Mansion wedding! Want to see more desert-inspired wedding color palette ideas? We’ve got southwestern wedding color palette ideas for your desert-inspired affair!

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  1. Wow!
    I love all the photos of this wedding!
    I wish I got to photograph weddings like this in GA :)

  2. Every team, every person we worked with was both professional and personal. From Soraiya at LaPatissorie who incorporated Carrigan’s favorite dessert, macaroons into her wedding cake, to Lindsey Meier with Bespoke who is so detailed oriented she made sure I still had lipstick on throughout the wedding day- such small things for such an important day. it was a magical.

  3. What a lovely Bride!

  4. All the photos are Magnificent. Great work <3

  5. Great work, I love this picture !

  6. Stunning wedding. Great photos.

  7. Loveee this wedding.

  8. This wedding is amazing.

  9. Great bride and amazing dress ! :)

  10. Nice details and lovely colors!

  11. These photos are gorgeous. We love photographing weddings at Barr Mansion. It’s definitely one of our favorite wedding venues in Austin.

  12. Such a cute Wedding ;-)

  13. Photographs published on this site are absolute stunning. I will look here more often

  14. Great photos, I like the colors, the frames are brilliant. I will definitely come back here.

  15. All these photos are great. Beautiful bride and wonderful colors.

  16. Stunning work! Love this mood!

  17. Great mood and that smile!

  18. What a style!!! Dream wedding.

  19. Great photos and frames of details are what I love the most.

  20. Brilliant! Great inspiration

  21. PS. Gret colours and postproduction!

  22. I love muted colours. Greate amount of inspiration here.

  23. Great photos and decorations!

  24. Great photos, great inspiration!

  25. wonderful pictures! Great colors.

  26. wonderful pictures! Great colors.

  27. Awesome photos and colors :)

  28. Amazing couple, love that!

  29. wonderful pictures! Great colors. wowowowowo !

  30. Perfect as always! Love the natural look of those photos!

  31. Great! Amazing couple.

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