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Lavender Oaks Farm

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  • Chapel Hill 3833 Millard Whitley Rd. 919-909-7417

Lavender Oaks Farm – Pristine White Wedding Barn Amid a Lavender Farm on 60 Private Acres 

Located in Chapel Hill, NC, Lavender Oaks Farm is a working lavender farm featuring several glorious acres of regal purple fields, woodland trails and historic refurbished barns. The barn venues overlook lavender fields and are used for elegant rustic Chapel Hill weddings and events.

This farm truly is a project of love that comes from owners Karen and Robert Macdonald. This husband and wife team purchased a 60 acre property in Chapel Hill with the vision of growing beautiful lavender fields. From there came the idea of creating a wedding and event venue. They are proud to be preserving a part of American history with the two historic barns that have been lovingly and meticulously restored. The Main Barn, built in 1900, is a 7,000 sq. ft rustic and refined, temperature controlled space. They carefully restored century old timber frame barns. The result is an incredible setting for weddings and events. The main barn venue has a loft that allows for extra seating and also gives the barn an intimate feel. A secondary, open-air barn is available for wedding ceremonies or cocktail hour. Both of the barns overlook 4,000 lavender plants.

The Macdonalds have thought about every detail for planning your special day – from luxury getting ready suites, to a caterer’s dream kitchen and even an area for their lavender shop! They faced the Main Barn east so the outdoor patio gets all the afternoon shade, which is perfect lighting for your event. The covered outdoor Pavilion Barn is a beautiful setting for your ceremony, cocktail hour, or even as a rain contingency plan. Since the couple are also artists and graphic designers, they are able to create welcome signs, seating charts, bar menus, and other custom pieces to bring your wedding vision to life! They allow their guests to arrive as early as they want on your wedding day, and you can end the night as late as you want as long as your vendors remain to complete their lean up.

This hidden treasure is located less than five miles from downtown Chapel Hill, NC, only 30 minutes from RDU Airport, and within minutes of the nearby cities of Raleigh and Durham. Ubers, Lyfts, and large and small shuttles are able to drive on the gravel road to the farm. The team at Lavender Oaks has worked to create a refined rural setting that captivates visitors to experience the aromatic and aesthetic qualities of several lavender varieties and learn about the history and health benefits of this wonderful crop.

The Macdonalds invite you to contact them to schedule a tour to see how they can make your wedding day spectacular. The Lavender Oaks Farm books up fast, so please consider scheduling a tour at least one year in advance of your date. Please email Karen Macdonald at to arrange your tour.

“Love is love and we welcome everyone to our farm for their beautiful wedding!” – Karen and Robert Macdonald

Community Events at Lavender Oaks Farm

This Chapel Hill farm is quickly becoming a destination venue. Lavender Oaks Farm offers tours, workshops and private dinners. They also host many charity events. Whether it’s for your wedding or for fun, we encourage you to schedule a tour, or register for one of their farm workshops and events.

The Macdonalds also love supporting a good cause, or creating an exciting event for a corporate outing or retreat. Email Karen Macdonald at for information on culinary lavender events tailored to both small and large groups, and to inquire about using the Barn to host your next fundraiser or gala.

Sustainable farming techniques are practiced at Lavender Oaks Farm. They are a member of the United States Lavender Growers Association, the North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

What Real NC Couples Are Saying: 

“What sets this venue apart from others are the amazing owners, Karen and Robert. They will make you feel like family from the moment you enter the barn; greeting you with warm smiles and their signature lavender lemonade. Karen is the most kind and caring person I have ever met. My expectations were surpassed again and again throughout the planning process. She is extremely detail-oriented and truly an expert at her craft. Please do yourself a favor and book Lavender Oaks Farm for your wedding. You will not be disappointed!” – Rebecca Ward

“From the drive onto the property down the gravel road, to the gates, to the pavilion, barn and lavender. I was sold, this place made me speechless. But I can’t forget Karen, she made me feel at home. She became a family member in the two years of planning. Karen and her team sure knows how to put on a party, the best wedding my family and friends ever experienced. Moving forward I will tell everyone to go to Lavender Oaks Farm for their wedding. Thank you Karen, you made every dream of mine come true” – Rachael Kuzy

“Working with Karen at Lavender Oaks Farm was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. She and her husband are incredibly hard-working, thoughtful, and just great people to work with. The lavender fields are gorgeous, the barn is warm and inviting and scented with lavender, and the outdoor shelter makes for an extra special place for a cocktail hour after the ceremony. Unlike at other venues, we had access to the entire venue for the entirety of the weekend.” – Burcu B.

“Words cannot express how wonderful Karen and her team is at Lavender Oaks Farm. From the second we set foot on her beautiful property, we felt welcomed, taken care of and listened to. The venue has endless options for ceremony and reception options. Karen offers her talents in graphic design and planning, she meets with you at regular intervals to make sure planning, budgets and decisions are on track. This venue and Karen are well worth the price! I would recommend Lavender Oaks Farm to anyone and everyone considering!!” – Haley G.

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