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Vibrant Outdoor Wedding at The Barn of Chapel Hill

Bright and Vibrant Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding

With only six months from engagement to “I do,” this California couple aimed high to pull off their dream outdoor NC wedding. Katherine and Aaron wanted a fresh, bright and vibrant look for their Barn of Chapel Hill wedding. To bring together this vision, Sally Oakley Wedding & Events paired bright flowers on the ceremony arbor, bridal bouquet and green garland table runners, created an epic reception scene underneath market lights and brought together the natural elements of the outdoors with the upscale meets rustic Chapel Hill wedding venue. These aspects and more produced a spectacularly bright and vibrant Barn of Chapel Hill wedding for the couple!

Bride and groom couple wedding photography outdoors at The Barn of Chapel Hill, Sally Oakley Wedding, Riley Maclean

Katherine and Aaron’s Love Story

Though Katherine and Aaron “ran” in the same circles due to their love of cycling and triathlons, the two did not have a formal introduction until they began training for the LA Marathon with friends. After a few long runs together, they knew there was something special there to explore. The pair had been dating for a couple years and after a tough week, Aaron surprised Katherine with a delivery of ice cream, her other true love, and a proposal!

WEDDINER PLANNER Sally Oakley Wedding & Events | VENUE AND FLORIST The Barn of Chapel Hill

Outdoor Ceremony at The Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding

The Barn of Chapel Hill is a twenty-two-acre family farm and floral design studio located right outside of downtown Chapel Hill. The barn on the property is a historic structure that was moved to the farm from New York. It was fully modernized to create a perfect setting for celebrations for present-day couples. With sky-high ceilings, rustic beauty and brilliant landscaping around the farm, the venue creates a beautiful backdrop for any Barn of Chapel Hill wedding.

When we heard there was a new venue opening in Chapel Hill – that had outdoor space and a beautiful barn – we immediately wanted to learn more.  Barn of Chapel Hill turned out to be just what we were looking for,” shared Katherine.


Modern Trousseau Gown From Tre Bella Bridal – The Best Place to Find a Wedding Dress in Durham NC

The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Modern Trousseau from downtown Durham bridal salon, Tre Bella Bridal. Unbelievable, Katherine said that this gorgeous number was the first dress she tried on! She shared, “I made my first – and only – dress appointment at Tre Bella and bought the first dress I tried on.  Nikki at Tre Bella understood what I was looking for when I described it and she gave me great advice along the way.  I loved working with her!” 

Tre Bella Bridal boutique is owned and operated by a pair of sisters. That is why it isn’t shocking when you hear a bride say how warm and welcome they feel when they go to Tre Bella.

WEDDING PLANNER Sally Oakley Wedding & Events | VENUE & FLORIST The Barn of Chapel Hill | WEDDING GOWN Tre Bella Bridal

The Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding and Reception with local NC Wedding Planner Sally Oakley Weddings & Events

Sally Oakley Weddings & Events is a full-service boutique event coordination company. They are based in Raleigh, NC and create sensational weddings and events all throughout the NC Triangle, as well as across the state. There is nothing the team behind Sally Oakley Weddings & Events can’t do and they do it all with passion and style!

When the couple met Kathy Swope of Sally Oakley & Events, they knew they met their dream planner. She didn’t scoff at a single one of their “crazy” ideas or opinions. The bride said, “We had less than six months to plan, so Sally Oakley Events helped us stay on track to pull off an amazing celebration that was just what we wanted in record time. We can’t imagine having planned a wedding without our wedding planner, Kathy Swope by our side. She was the most patient, calm and meticulous partner to us throughout the process.”

We adore the open-air, outdoor Chapel Hill reception that they designed. Guests dined al fresco on farm tables, under market lights by a specialty light and rental company based in Raleigh, ThemeWorks.

WEDDING PLANNER Sally Oakley Wedding & Events | MARKET LIGHTS ThemeWorks | CATERING Rocky Top Catering

Delicious Southern Wedding Food by Raleigh Wedding Caterer  Rocky Top Catering

The couple knew they wanted their guests to experience the delicious cuisine of the South, and Rocky Top prepared the exact shrimp and grits recipe they were after.  They wanted fresh and seasonal produce for their wedding reception and Raleigh wedding caterer Rocky Top went above and beyond showcasing their incredible cuisines using nothing but the best.

Katherine said, “We received many reports from guests that went back for second servings!”

The Best NC Wedding Music and Soul Bands – a safe bet with ECE – EastCoast Entertainment

The couple turned the inside of the barn venue at their Barn of Chapel Hill wedding into a rockin’ dance celebration with a band from ECE. Formerly EastCoast Entertainment, this company has the largest selection of big bands in every genre of music. They operate across the nation but have a Raleigh divsion. For a party band that will keep your guests on the dance floor of your wedding, they are definitely the best place to go!

VENUE The Barn of Chapel Hill | MARKET LIGHTS ThemeWorks

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