Lowe’s tells our story, just in time for Father’s Day

If you’ve been reading the blog, then you know our back story- that owners Katie and David wanted to renovate Katie’s grandfather’s barn for their own wedding and Katie’s dad, Cliff, took a lead in the actual renovations. That’s it in a nutshell, but here’s the story in a beautifully-done video by Lowe’s ! They heard about the barns’ amazing transformations and knew that we relied heavily on Lowe’s for our materials so they came up and interviewed dad (Cliff) and took some beautiful video of the property. If it wasn’t already apparent how much love went into this property, I think you’ll see it now. Thank you Lowe’s for giving us this gift. And Happy Father’s Day Dad (Cliff)! Thank you for all that you did to make Overlook Barn everything it is today.

Overlook Barn Weddings Featured in regional magazines!

We are thrilled to have multiple of our 2016 weddings published in some wonderful magazines in the high country! If you are planning a High Country wedding, these are great magazines to explore for all your vendor needs.

Tyson + Molly’s September 23, 2016 wedding is featured in the WNC Magazine Feb/March 2017 issue. By the way, if you are interested in having your wedding announced in the WNC Magazine, submit it at http://wncmagazine.com/wedding-announcements.

Molly and Tyson in WNC Magazine
Sam + Haley’s June 11th, 2016 wedding is featured in the High Country Wedding Guide Contact the High Country Wedding Guide to receive your complimentary copy today!

Amber + Ethan’s September 9th, 2016 wedding is featured in the High South Weddings Magazine 2017 issue This couple’s wedding was a true community affair with friends and family pitching in to make a beautiful day for these two sweethearts!

Amy + Troy’s August 14th, 2016 wedding is also featured in the High South Wedding Magazine 2017 Issue

Last, but not least, did you happen to notice where that High South Weddings cover photo was taken? Yep, that’s right! That’s Valerie and Josh at Overlook Barn on their big day.

High South Weddings Overlook Barn Cover

Overlook Barn Featured in Martha Stewart Magazine!

Last year when we were planning our own wedding and renovating the barn for it, we could have never imagined this. Martha Stewart Magazine chose us and three other venues across the country as top mountain venues! Wow! What an honor. Thank you, Martha! 😉 Pick up your own copy of the 2016 Style Issue in your local store or check out the feature here .

Martha Stewart Wedding Cover on iPad

“Small Barn” Grand Opening and Surprise 70th birthday!

Surprise! Katie’s father, aka our general contractor, aka the birthday boy, aka Cliff had no idea he was putting some of the final touches on the small barn for… his own surprise 70th birthday party! With a little trickery and coordination, we threw a surprise party for Cliff with friends and family from all over. We had BBQ from Pedlin’ Pig, music from the High Country Boomers, and most importantly to the birthday boy, a table full of his favorite desserts from Sweet Tooth Bakery. The best part of the evening was when we revealed the name of the previously-known-as ‘Small Barn’… Cliffside Barn it is!!


Overlook Barn in High Country Wedding Guide

We are so excited to announce that the Overlook Barn is included in this year’s High Country Wedding Guide . Also check out the feature that was done on our wedding in the Real Weddings section. We are in great company with some other gorgeous weddings! If you don’t yet have your copy of the 2016 High Country Wedding Guide you should get it now. Whether you are looking to make Western North Carolina your wedding destination, are looking for some inspirational ideas, or just enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures of the High Country you won’t be disappointed.

Breaking ground- we’ve started renovations on the small barn!

We are happy to announce that we have started renovations on the “small barn” on the Overlook Barn property! Check out some of these before pictures and start dreaming with us about the after pictures ?. We are going to build a covered deck on the side of the barn and open up the back with windows so you can see the beautiful view. We think this will be an awesome spot for cocktail hour, ceremonies, or small intimate gatherings.


What do you see here? We see a ton of potential!! Catering prep area? Restrooms? Storage? Let’s try it all!

Cliffside Catering Prep Area Before Renovation

Finding the One (dress)

David and I had a relatively short engagement of 8 months, especially considering that we were renovating our venue in that timeframe in order to be ready for our wedding. The barn renovation project was so fun, challenging, and consuming that we found ourselves focusing on it more than the details of our wedding itself sometimes. So, here’s where I found myself a few months before our wedding:

The right guy? Check! Easiest choice, ever.

The perfect venue? Check! Even though our renovation wasn’t complete, I had the vision of what it would look like.

An amazing DJ that would keep the party going? Check ! Yes, I locked down my DJ before any other vendor because I’m obsessed with music.

The dress? Absolutely no clue where I should start, what I wanted, how much I wanted to spend, or how on earth I should find “the one.”

I found myself paralyzed with indecision and fear about the entire process (meanwhile time continued to sneak by- funny how that works) so I tried convincing myself that a dress wasn’t that important- surely I could just show up on my biggest day ever in sweatpants and no one would notice, right?

Cue my best friends and bridesmaids. I was hearing it from all angles – Lindsey and Jess who are local managed to ask me about my dress every time we’d get together, Whitney and Kate who are on the other side of the country kept saying super subtle things like “Katie, you really should figure out your own dress before worrying about ours.” And still others who weren’t aware of my mental paralysis would innocently ask “So what does your dress look like?” Finally, Lindsey and Jess got me to commit to just checking out some bridal shops with absolutely no expectations – just to get the process started. We had a gameplan: start out at David’s Bridal where they have all dress sizes and shapes under the sun to get an idea of cut and then go to a boutique bridal shop to try on more unique dresses.

So, we booked our bridal appointments, armed ourselves fully for the day with snacks, water, comfortable shoes (on), and heals (in tow). David’s Bridal was overwhelming but incredibly helpful. There were so.many.dresses. The lady who assisted us was no-nonsense and she took me through the process like a champ. Had me try on all the different dress cuts, get a feel for what I liked, and narrow down what I definitely didn’t like. It was like wedding dresses 101. Just what I needed. That said, I realized there that I really wanted a romantic, flowy, unique, and comfortable dress and I wasn’t quite finding it.

Katie Elder in Modern Trousseau Dress
Katie dancing in Modern Trousseau dress

Next up was a boutique bridal shop in DC that had been incredibly helpful during my bridesmaids dress search. We went there and met up with our lovely sales associate and she fully listened when I described what I was looking for in the most abstract terms ever. We walked around the store and pulled approximately 20 dresses down to try on- as we were about to head to the dressing room, my friend Lindsey picked one out and said “what about this one? It looks just like what you’ve been describing.” She was right and we headed back to the dressing room. As a reminder, my intention for the day was to just dip my toes in the water of picking out a dress and end my indecision paralysis. I had zero intentions of falling in love with a dress and finding the one. Well, after trying on all 20 dresses- I ended up with four I really really liked. The shocker? They were ALL the same designer- Modern Trousseau . Ok, so clearly we were on to something. A couple of then were absolutely gorgeous gowns, but were more on the formal side- so after reminding myself what my vision for the day was (romantic, sincere, sentimental- but not too formal) I was able to narrow those out of the running. At that point I was deciding between the romantic (sweetheart Italian lace on top), flowy (individual silk voile panels that all flowed separately on the bottom), unique Fawn gown that Lindsey had picked out and the stunning Honey gown. The Fawn gown made me smile ear-to-ear when trying it on, but I loved the sleeves on the Honey gown. After talking it over with the sales associate, she let me know that Modern Trousseau frequently allows customizing the dress- so we reached a solution- the Fawn gown with added sleeves like the Honey gown. It was match made in wedding dress heaven!

Katie walking through the Overlook Barn field in her wedding dress

Overlook Barn Now Open!

Now Open!

After months of construction we are happy to announce that the Overlook Barn is now open for business! We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. You can see from the pictures in this post that it has come a long way from where it was at the beginning of this year. The inaugural wedding was a surreal experience and we are so excited to be able to share that with other couples. The Overlook Barn really is a unique venue that offers breath taking views of the blue ridge mountains and upscale accommodations. The barn sits high atop Beech Mountain just outside of Banner Elk, North Carolina. We hope you’ll come in and see for yourself.

Before and after photo of the front of the Overlook Barn
Before and after photo of the interior of the Overlook Barn