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.

Our Fave Wedding Trends

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.

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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.

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Green Wedding Shoes — and we LOVE that bright dress!


Shaped Wedding Arches

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Be they diamonds or triangles, circles or even asymmetrical, these seem to be fast becoming a staple of boho wedding design. Dave insists the triangle is too simple and then starts doodling in his sketchbook. A new arbor design is on its way for us, but it will have a definite ‘Dave take’ on this trend.

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So unlike the wedding headdress worn by my great-great-great grandmother for her wedding, these floral creations challenge even those famously worn by Carmen Miranda – minus the fruit, of course. We love everything about the next image —

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Floral, or Patterned Suits:

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A fresh take on traditional attire! It takes a confident fellow to step out in a floral suit, which is why we think we’re seeing more with patterns. Maybe paisley will make a comeback? Dave and I agree though – a patterned jacket and coordinating tie would be a more approachable option.

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Outdoor Receptions

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Well, you KNOW we love these! DUH. We’re surrounded by outdoor gorgeousness. I’m besotted with the long, neverending table concept.

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Big Floral Installations

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These big, showy greenery installs are stunning in every way. Gracing arbors, showcasing the aisle or changing a ceiling into a display of color perfect for photo ops.

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What’s your favorite trend?

Images courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Martha Weddings, and Junebug Weddings


Conner + Austin Wedding

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

 

 

Renovations Galore (part 1)

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:

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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.

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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 compacted enough for use just in time for weddings last November, but over time it was still settling and nowhere near as level as we wanted it to be. Plus the grass from seed kept dying. We went for sod this time.

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I went digging for how much this space behind the barn has changed since we bought the land just over two years ago — I found this one, from January 2017 (with Cookie in it, which made me sad all over again).

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You can see how MUCH it sloped — there was barely a useable area back here at all, certainly nothing for ceremonies.

And now, with 2 feet more of dirt in some places, plus rock — we treated it like a golf course, after a friend’s excellent suggestion. We have a couple inches of rock below the topsoil — that way, the ground dries faster than if it were only dirt alone. Drainage considerations on a mountain are serious stuff:

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We did most all of this leveling by HAND you guys. That means shovels, and wheelbarrows, and sore bodies. There’s no way to get equipment through the barn, and to go around back is a little dangerous for machinery… and still slow. So by hand it was. We have the muscles to prove it. For a while we were looking pretty svelte too… but I think a few quarts of ice cream may have caught up with us since then.

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The first little set of stairs are reclaimed brick from an old chimney in St Elmo, set with railroad ties to make them pretty long. They were not leveled yet in this shot– just placed down so we knew we had enough of them.

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Same view, from a few months ago with our photoshoot with Hillary Leah.

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One last before and after! We’re so thrilled to have it looking like…. an event space!

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Next post… parking!

A Summer Styled Shoot

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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.

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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 event. The creativity flows, everyone has a little time to visit and get to know one another… and they’re just fun.

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Creekside Flower Farm is a stone’s throw away from us. Morgan grows all the wildflowers AND makes arrangements and floral decor – isn’t this bouquet stunning?

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Kerry Dransoff is the bomb! She created this stunning wedding updo, tucking in a few leaves as accent

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We are in love with these little gold and marble tables, paired with vintage furnishings from The Copper Quail. They made our deck look so styling!

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We were delighted to meet Steve of Decor 1601, and to see our barn draped in soft white fabric! There are so many visions we have for this place, it was delightful to see this come to life.

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The invitations were jaw-dropping, on specialty paper, watercolored and gold leafed… and even wax sealed. Laura of Laura Lines Calligraphy is so beyond talented.

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The “ceremony” took place on our Front Lawn, in front of our massive old oak tree. We’ve no idea how old this tree is, but three people would be needed to circle it.

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Ghost chairs from Luma Designs allow the forest to take center stage. Draping by Decor 1601, ivy from our grounds added by Creekside Flower Farm.

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‘Reception’ was held behind the barn — we never grow tired of those rocks…

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Bs Sweets made the ombre & gold cake — looks so perfect on The Copper Quail’s bar cart!

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It was our model’s 2nd wedding anniversary on the day of the shoot. They stayed the night at the Cottage and we made arrangements for their sweet pooch to join on the fun!

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Makeup by Haley Settles

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Links and special thanks to allllll the vendors and artists whose work is in this shoot!

Photography: Hillary Leah

Cake: Bssweets

Vintage Furnishings, candlesticks, goblets: The Copper Quail

Ghost Chairs: Luma Designs

Plates: Chattanooga Tent

Draping: Decor 1601

Design Coordination: Khloe and Bailey with Wildflower Wedding Planning

Makeup: Haley Settles

Hair: Kerry Dransoff

Wildflowers: Creekside Flower Farm

Invitations: Laura Lines Calligraphy

Gold-edge Pottery: Facturegoods

Dyed Linen: Nade Studio

Oakleaf Cottage Wedding Featured in Junebug Weddings!

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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!

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But what we haven’t said much of is this — when Rachel and Josh first came to see our barn, it looked like this:

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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 walk through some mud.

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They didn’t blink. They trusted us. We never once received a panic message or call.

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Their day was beautiful — the stage of Fall where all the golds are out, and the deep russets and tangerine-like hues are still holding back, letting the filtered sunlight fall golden. They and their family and friends spent the day before and the day of setting up everything they had brought with them. It looked like magic.

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Head over to Junebug Weddings to see more!

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Photography: Amber Phinisee Photography, videography by her husband, Tyler  Dress: Daughters of Simone via The Sentimentalist  Florals: Luella Floral  Furniture: Heirlooms Vintage Rentals

Styled Shoot with our New Farm Tables!

We are soooo excited to say this: we built farm tables for our barn!

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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.

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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!

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Word among the Chattanooga wedding vendors has it that Christy is one of the BEST florists around — we have a wedding or two coming up with her, and we couldn’t be more excited. Aren’t these florals stunning?

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Want to see more? And maybe more images around our Cottage? Alyssa wrote up a blog post about the shoot and included gobs more beautiful photos than what you see here (this is a teaser, straight up).

Getting married? Contact us about our wedding packages! We are perfect for elopement and destination weddings, our Cottage sleeps 9 guests in style, we include shuttle service to and from our parking area (so our 28 forested acres feel like an exclusive park!), are on hand throughout your planning process and with you the day of — and now we have… TABLES!

More good things coming!

Cris & Dave