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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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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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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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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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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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New Year 2017

Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 02, 2017

Old houses are a funny thing. I find myself wondering what past holidays were like. Were they happy? Was there a real tree in the living room, or an artificial one? What were the traditions, the favorite things shared, were the gifts handmade, was there a big meal or a simple but traditional breakfast? Of course, people vary in what they think about homes with any history. Some say it’s silly, houses don’t have a soul or a past. Others say every life ever in it leaves a bit of themselves behind. As we remodeled Oakleaf, we found a lot of past marks, some of which we kept, some, like the LEGO ...
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Sneak Peek

Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 08, 2016

To say the last few weeks have been eventful would be an understatement. It’s been a whirlwind of paint, finishing, more paint, furniture installs, accessories and more paint. Did I say paint? Cookie, our three-legged dog (or tripod) opted to pose in front of the cottage for this photo. The roof is actually black — the skies are so blue this time of year that the roof is like water, reflecting the color back to us. The Cottage is nearly finished. We have some areas, namely the laundry and the downstairs bathroom that we still want to redo, but to see the final product has been exceedingly sat...
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Of Paint and Raspberries

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 17, 2016

We continue to work on Oakleaf Cottage — this past week my family was here, and Dad worked hard helping us get all the rooms and all the new trim from JB Millworks painted. The place is a mess of painters tape, Dexter-esque plastic sheeting and brown paper covered windows. In short, I didn’t take interior photos this week. We did, however, pick a few raspberries from the cottage garden and munch on them as a pre-dinner, “it’s 8:30 PM what are we going to do about dinner” debate. The long days of summer have often seen us pushing through the daylight hours until suddenly, our bellies announce t...
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Meeting Oakleaf Cottage

Posted in Uncategorized on Jul 07, 2016

I’m still mentally trying to process how fast life changes. I’m sure Dave is, too. Since March, we have been on the hunt for a property. Dave has spent many days checking out listing after listing, driving distances and evaluating possibilities. We came close a few times to making offers, but each time, something would happen… and, I just wasn’t excited about the properties. We can make a lot of things work and go toward our dreams, but I always said to Dave “We would know the right place when we found it.” About 2 months ago, a house on 27 acres popped up on the market. As I skimmed the listi...
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