A Casual Wedding at Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom in Austin, Texas

Carly Ferguson (27 and a 6th grade teacher) and Mike Ferguson (32 and a regional sales manager) met on New Year’s Eve at a mutual friend’s party in Columbus, Ohio. Mike was living in San Francisco at the time, so the couple started a long-distance relationship, traveling back and forth between Ohio and California. After over a year of dating, Mike took Carly back to the place where they met on New Year’s Eve to pop the question. The couple knew they were moving to Austin, Texas for Mike’s job, so it was the perfect city for their country chic wedding. They tied the knot at Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom, a farmstead with an old Victorian mansion, ballroom and expansive manicured grounds. Carly’s favorite flowers are sunflowers, so they based the wedding colors on the flower’s energizing yellow and the colors of wildflowers. Following the ceremony, the cocktail hour took place under a sweeping pecan tree with Texas-style fare at sunset followed by an all-organic dinner. Later on, guests enjoyed campfire-style mini s’mores and dancing to the tunes of Joel Giorgio, including musical homage to the couple’s Ohio roots. At the end of the evening, guests were invited to take a sparkler and lined the outside of the mansion for the couple’s send-off. “This was a magical moment for the guests and us as a newly-married couple,” says the bride.