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I am just going to take a second to take a nice long breather before jumping here guys. This wedding was a serious knockout! You’re here because you’re planning your wedding (yay congrats!!) and you have good taste, haha! The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch is one of my favorite venues near Jacksonville!
Located in Callahan roughly 40 minutes away from Jacksonville, this venue feels like another world.
Let me start here by saying this is a huge property (759 acres!). If having a private wedding away from a busy street is important to you, this is the place!
Every detail from the Bridal Suite to the Grooms suite is picture-perfect (a photographer’s dream!) and set up in a way that you can truly enjoy every moment of your wedding day.
The Barn is grand, y’all. Built out of the hardwoods found on the property, this space was literally designed for weddings. Calling it a barn is a stretch, haha. It’s beautiful, thoughtfully designed, and drenched in southern charm.
“The owners of The Barn are the absolute sweetest people and so easy to work with! My guests are still raving about how beautiful the property, venue, the attention to detail, just everything! Our photos are absolutely stunning! A lot of our guest’s Facebook profile pictures updated to the photos of they took at our wedding! Thanks again Karen & Larry!!!” – Brittany
Very few words describe exactly how gorgeous Cottonwood Ranch is. Flowing green pastures, an uncountable amount of black cows and beautiful horses greet you as soon as you turn into the entrance. The barn is just incredible too! The workmanship and detail that went into it is amazing! You can tell the owners put their heart into building the barn! Speaking of the owners, Karen, Larry, and Jane were the best people to do business with, so down to earth and just fantastic all around! Easy to get in touch with and exchange information. They made sure we had the best day and it was just incredible!” – Jennifer
“Jane was incredible with helping get everything organized and flowing well on the day. Both Jane and Karen were very responsive with answering all of my questions prior to the day and scheduling any visits that I or my mom wanted to make ahead of time. The whole team at the Barn made sure everything went smoothly on the day of and was amazing the entire time. Would 110% recommend this venue, and not just because it is stunning, but because the staff will help make your day as perfect and stress-free as every bride needs!” – Kassie
Hiring a professional wedding photographer you absolutely love and click with is such an important step to make sure that you can capture all the amazing moments you will have at your wedding. These photographs will act as a ticket for traveling back in time and having a look at all the beautiful memories you created with your loved ones.
I have been working as a professional photographer for over 8 years. Throughout that time I realized that the intimate moments in between the poses were the ones most cherished. My wedding work has been seen in places like The Knot, Wedding Wire, The Carolinas Magazine, Embrace Beauty Magazine, and many other leading industry publications. I’m sincerely grateful for every single one of them, and for the others yet to come. But none of that matters without the experience, the fun, and the results that everyone feels when they look back through their photographs. If you think we’d make an amazing fit contact me today and let’s chat about your wedding!
I created this blog to be a space filled with valuable information and inspiring stories. I want the words I create to bring value to this world and your life. Have a look around the blog and make sure to contact me ASAP! Let's get your incredible day on my calendar, and we will create memories that you'll remember for a lifetime.
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