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How to Get Creative with your Elopement

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

The beautiful thing about elopements is aside from saying “I do,” is that there are no written rules.
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Mountain Wedding Style

Posted in Uncategorized on May 02, 2019

A few months ago, we spoke to floral designer extraordinaire Evan Leggoe of Thicket Creative about doing a wedding shoot. Evan recently moved to Chattanooga from Atlanta, and is building her business locally. We had a shared dream of stringing carnations on a line, like you see on temples in India. From there, Evan pulled together the most amazing group of vendors: Dresses: Monicas Bridal | Hair: Shaina Ramsey Beauty | Makeup: Gabriella Bordo | Furnishings/Tableware: Ramblewood Events | Florals: Thicket Creative | Photography: OK Crowe (Rachael Crowe) & Wonderly Creative (YeeWon Wil...
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Events and Learning Workshops Near Chattanooga, Tennessee

Posted in Blog, Events on Apr 16, 2019

At Oakleaf Cottage, we're all about growth. We hope that our workshops are a way for creatives, teachers and life-long learners to come together in growth and connection. Our property offers a mental reset and change of pace - the perfect environment to focus and relax.
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A Wedding Vendor Dinner

Posted in Uncategorized on Mar 19, 2019

What’s better than seeing a wedding head table setting idea? How about six of them, from six different wedding pros! Better yet, this included a styled shoot, and a dinner party for wedding vendors. We work events together, but don’t really get a moment to talk or get to know each other very well. With wedding season starting in full at the start of April, the timing was perfect! Photos by Life with a View Studio unless otherwise marked. Table designed by Wildflower Wedding Planning There were so many beautiful tables! Red Roof Farm Vintage Rentals Summerfield Studio Floral Design Divine Des...
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It’s Painted White!

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Table Settings, The Barn, Wedding Blog on Mar 01, 2019

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 add...
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Our Fave Wedding Trends

Posted in Pretty Gatherings, Table Settings, Wedding Blog on Dec 14, 2018

Making the jump from interior design to loving all kinds of wedding design has been a pretty short hop-skip over. We’re always keeping an eye on the trends to see what the latest is, and to dream up our latest take on all the styles. Pampass Grass Green Wedding Shoes Long the semi-hated yard staple, these giant puffs of fluff have breathed hot new life into floral installations. We’ve found images of them flowing down the aisle, bursting in beautiful wedding bouquets, and adding billowy greatness to the wedding arbor. We love it all. Green Wedding Shoes   Green Wedding Shoe...
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Sanity Saving Tips for Planning your Wedding

Posted in Uncategorized on Dec 07, 2018

Congratulations, you’re getting married! Seconds after anyone sees your ring or hears the news, the very next questions are all about the wedding. Suddenly everything from the guest list to how the ceremony should proceed is on your plate, and what seems like a million decisions big and small are demanding your attention. How can you not feel overwhelmed? First off – take a few moments to just enjoy being a happy engaged couple, and don’t let “The Wedding” take over your life. It’s easy to let that happen, but the wedding is part ceremony, and part celebration, of your life together. Before...
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Conner + Austin Wedding

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Pretty Gatherings, Wedding Blog on Nov 16, 2018

So, so excited to share with you a few shots from Conner & Austin’s wedding the first weekend of October! The weather was just perfect — warm while the sun was up, then gradually cooling as the sun settled behind Sand Mountain. Photography: Kelsey Dawn Photo Florals: Melia Worley Chairs: Something Vintage     Share this: Twitter Facebook Pinterest2 Like this: Like Loading...
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Renovations Galore (part 1)

Posted in Before & After, Chattanooga Wedding, The Barn, Wedding Blog on Sep 18, 2018

The month of August, we undertook a few big projects. One that I will reveal later, is our new parking lot (which is SUPER exciting all by itself!). But first, I wanted to reveal the big change in the ceremony area behind the barn: IT’S LEVEL! And it has grass. And brick steps. And steps leading down to the trail where folks like to explore and some of the BEST wedding photos happen among the rocks. Here is how it looked a couple of months ago for a photoshoot — you can see it isn’t quite flat, but it also slopes quite a bit off the barn. We had added five feet of dirt earlier in 2017 and it...
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A Summer Styled Shoot

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Oakleaf Life: Drinks, Pretty Gatherings, Table Settings, The Barn, The Barn Deck, Wedding Blog on Aug 03, 2018

This styled wedding shoot was six months in planning, and just kept getting bigger! What started out as an email from photographer Hillary Leah wanting to take photos eventually grew into a bigger shoot with 10 fabulous Chattanooga area wedding vendors. Plates & silverware: Chattanooga Tent  |  Goblets, Candles: The Copper Quail  |  Floral: Creekside Flower Farm  |  Linen: Avocado Hand Dyed Runner by Nade Studio  |  Pottery: Facture Goods We love styled shoots. It’s like putting together a “dream team” of vendors you’d love to work with more without the pressure and timeclock of an actual eve...
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