White barn Oakleaf Cottage white painted barn

It’s Painted White!

For several months… ok, a year… maybe more, I’ve wanted to paint the barn white inside. To me, the dark rustic-ness didn’t fit the Cottage or feel seamless with it. The Cottage is bright and happy inside, and a little trendy.

The red oak in the barn didn’t feel that way. We had the trendy lighting (which is easier to see now, and I loooooove that) but it didn’t jump out well against the natural walls.

Now I feel like all of our black hardware makes a statement, and the brick in our floors is more apparent as well. Brick will be in a few places throughout the venue as we keep adding.

It adds a more modern vibe too. It’s so light, bright and happy in here, even on a SUPER cloudy day. Our location under so many trees in the forest puts us in the shade much of the year.

These are all iphone photos, which (for me) are not the easiest to edit — I prefer to shoot in raw and edit in lightroom nowadays. Our lovely couple from yesterday’s wedding left the flowers from the arbor behind just so I could come up with a quick tablesetting for this blog post. We seriously have the best couples.

Florals were by Creighton’ Wildflowers, over in Chickamauga. Faith is so talented — isn’t this beautiful?

Stay tuned for more — we have a few fun photoshoots lined up with some of Chattanooga’s best, most talented wedding vendors!

White barn wedding venue with tablesetting ideas for the head table. White and pretty deep pink flowers, mixed china and glassware.

If you ever want to be the first to know the changes out here at Oakleaf, follow our Stories on Instagram! Dave is working on a super cool new change for our front ceremony area (it’s going to rock!) <—- yes that’s a clue.

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