Welcome 2017!

It’s January 4th and 4 degrees – brrr. The wind is howling outside and all I can think about is warmer weather and our upcoming season. I’m so looking forward to planning and preparing with our 2017 couples! I’ve been reading all about the top 2017 wedding trends and I’m excited to see them in action at Oak Hill. Some of my favorites include eclectic decor, lots of greens (think eucalyptus runners!), bold colors coming back into the mix, unique invitations, flower crowns, off-beat place settings, metallic accents and interesting food stations. I literally can’t wait!

Winter is planning season…not just for the Oak Hill team but for all couples getting married this year. By now, the venue, date and master guest list have probably been established. So what’s next? Establish your theme (your wedding dress and dresses should reflect your wedding day style), hire your vendors (photographer, band/DJ, florist, caterer, baker and officiant) and reserve hotel blocks for your guests. Don’t forget to send those Save the Dates also! Developing a timeline for your day is helpful to your vendors, guests and wedding party. Be sure to consult with your caterer and me as you map out your day. Once your major decisions are made, the designing of all those fun details will kick off. Enjoy every crazy moment and don’t ever hesitate to contact with any type of question. Happy planning!

Ahhh, Spring!

Finally, Spring! We are so happy to see blooming flowers, green grass and sunshine. Wedding season is in full swing at Oak Hill and we are thrilled to be back in action! Our 2016 brides are bringing new inspiration to the venue and we love it. Some of the trends we are seeing are:

  • Couples today want a wedding that showcases who they are, that’s a fun experience for their guests,  and that won’t look or feel dated — ever. 22-KalinBrian-2034
  • Couples are increasingly looking for ways to bring in elements of places that hold special memories — no matter where the actual wedding is being held. Naming tables after places they’ve traveled or including keepsakes from special vacations is becoming popular.18-130039687652325120
  • Lighting is key. Couples want to create a more romantic and intimate environment and the right lighting can create both. Oak Hill features plenty of warm, bistro lighting in the reception tent, tree path, fire pit and a (new) lighted canopy over our raised bed garden.IMG_3802
  • Seating arrangements are changing and the traditional round table of 8 is going by the wayside. Mixing the style of tables to include both round and banquet tables is popular as well as designing a pattern of tables in the reception space. Farm tables are all the rage – linens not necessary for these!farm table
  • Metals, coral, blush and navy are popular color and texture trends.f5f101232514703c762174975d82323f

Can’t wait to see what new tabletop, food and beverage trends arise in the next few months!

Change of Seasons

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of October, which also is the end of our tented reception season at Oak Hill. Our last event under the canopy will be this Saturday, October 31st.  Season endings are always bittersweet. Here are few peeks into autumn days at Oak Hill…

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Summer days…

Summer is in full swing at Oak Hill and couples are loving the long days, warm summer nights and lush gardens. Some of my favorite shots of the Oak Hill grounds were taken early last Sunday morning at the end of a full holiday weekend. Warm weather, sunshine, a cup of coffee and a camera…