The Barn

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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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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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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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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