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Chattanooga Food: Why We Love Food Works

Posted in Uncategorized on Apr 21, 2018

  Dave and I don’t get out to eat very often. When we do, it’s generally a pretty short list of places we love and are willing to go back to. We’ll try any new place once or twice, seeing as we need to be able to recommend a great place to guests and ensure they have the best gastronomic delights in town while here. Food Works is one of the places we do recommend to folks — and they cater, and cater VERY well, so we absolutely love it when they are catering at an event at our barn. We decided to have a short chat with Troy and his catering director, Amy, and get the inside scoop on what to con...
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Oakleaf Cottage Wedding Featured in Junebug Weddings!

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Pretty Gatherings, Table Settings, The Barn, Uncategorized, Wedding Blog on Apr 10, 2018

We have to tell you about an amazing couple — more than once we have gushed at how incredible it was that they had hiked to the bottom of Cloudland Canyon State Park for those waterfall photos … without breaking a sweat, messing up makeup, or even slightly staining that beautiful dress. They came out looking as fresh and amazing as when they left! But what we haven’t said much of is this — when Rachel and Josh first came to see our barn, it looked like this: No concrete. No walls. No deck. There may not have even been rocks in the section of driveway out to the barn, meaning they had to wal...
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Styled Shoot with our New Farm Tables!

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Pretty Gatherings, Table Settings, The Barn, Wedding Blog on Mar 22, 2018

We are soooo excited to say this: we built farm tables for our barn! And even more exciting, they are stepping out in style thanks to a photoshoot pulled together by Molly of Molly Nicole Details, flowers by Christy of MayFlowers, and photographed by adventure and elopement photographer Alyssa Smithley. Molly brought in chairs from Luma Designs to complement the aged gray tones of our tables, and created the beautiful setting. We adore her — she has such an eye for pulling together the unusual — we are in love with the copper flatware! Word among the Chattanooga wedding vendors has it that ...
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A Pear Cocktail for Spring

Posted in Oakleaf Life: Drinks, Uncategorized on Mar 17, 2018

I think it may be just us, but maybe not. Sometime in late summer, you get your hands on a lot of pears from say, your Aunt Shirley’s farm up in Illinois, and you decide to can them all up in a light syrup, dreaming of them in cobblers and dribbled over pancakes all winter. Only now it’s Spring. And you still have a number of jars of canned pears in your cabinet. Not enough cobblers and pancakes were consumed over the winter months. Now, I won’t lie. Dave and I love making cocktails. In fact, we will be enjoying one tonight. A few months ago (because that is how fast we move around here) I tho...
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Why You Need a Day of Wedding Coordinator

Posted in Chattanooga Wedding, Wedding Blog on Mar 01, 2018

Back in January, Dave and I had an idea that it would be nice to do more of an “introduction” to the vendors on our preferred vendor list so our engaged couples could get a better sense of who these folks are and why they are on our list. For this initial Wedding Blog post, we’re talking to Jessica, of Jessica Ann Wedding Co.   Jessica is a Day of Wedding Coordinator (DOC) who moved to the Chattanooga area in 2015 and bravely but excitedly stepped out into this new world that is the South. You started offering DOC services in California, where you used to live. Can you tell us what drew you i...
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Shinrin-Yoku – Learning to Take in the Forest

Posted in Pretty Gatherings, Workshops on Sep 30, 2017

I hadn’t heard of Shinrin-yoku until last winter, when I came across an article explaining the restorative, calming, benefits of the practice. There are full studies on the effects of forest bathing being held in Japan, noting reduced blood pressure, improved mood, increased energy levels, improved sleep, an increased ability to focus and even accelerated recovery from surgery or illness. Having purchased this property while working in a fairly stressful job, I can attest to how just taking ten minutes to breathe outdoors here, staring up at the tree canopy or sitting on the ground did far mo...
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Summer’s Last Hurrah Dinner

Posted in Pretty Gatherings, Table Settings on Sep 23, 2017

Confession time: I, Cris, am a tableware hoarder. I’ve wanted an excuse to create an “ocean” themed table for ages, ever since I first found this vase some years ago. As time went on, I found more pieces that related to it — flower holders, salt and pepper shakers… And then it just happens that my family has three birthdays in September. And that one of those persons is usually not in town. And it also just so happens that Mom and Dad come back from the Bahamas with yummy things like lobster and crab that Dad found while snorkeling. And suddenly a table concept was born. With only a day left...
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Revealing the Barn

Posted in Before & After, Chattanooga Wedding, The Barn on Sep 01, 2017

Well, kinda revealing. It’s not finished — but considering where we started a few months back, the transformation is coming along well. We had a deadline that we never expected would be tight, but with all the rain this spring it took for-ev-ah to get dirt and rock up here. Also, due to our location, a lot of work has to be done by hand. Mostly by two people. Myself, and Dave. I’ve got some pretty cool muscles going after slinging a pickaxe so often. Who needs a gym, when you are remodeling a barn on the side of a mountain? Our deck is complete, save we will be changing out the farm-fence l...
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Deck and Barn Progress

Posted in Before & After, The Barn, The Barn Deck on Jul 03, 2017

The passage of time is a strange thing when you are working on a big project, because every day you see one more small thing finished or changed and it seems like progress takes forever, until you look at your photos from a week or two ago and realize how far you’ve come. This was the MOAD less than two weeks ago (Mother of All Decks, which is what we are jokingly calling the massive deck we are building off the barn’s stall doors). Dave and I now have added the beginnings of stairs, considerably more posts, cross bracing and more cross bracing, and the board aprons. When the Cottage isn’t r...
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Year One

Posted in Before & After on Jun 17, 2017

We cannot believe a year has passed since we purchased Oakleaf Cottage. A year ago today, we left the title office, packed a tiny overnight bag, an air mattress, a bottle of wine and our favorite celebratory glasses: a pair of gold-decked champagne flutes Dave’s mom found at auction. We treated ourselves to dinner at Canyon Grill, still trying to absorb what we had done, and what we needed to do. We dozed off with the full solstice moon shining blue through the uncovered windows, lulled by the sound of a pair of owls talking to each other across the night, and a soft breeze in the treetops. Da...
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