our wedding story part 8: how the barn came together


I spent the entire week of our wedding transforming the barn from a church facility and gymnasium to a reception hall for our wedding.  There were unique challenges, high ceilings, a narrow stair case and basketball hoops to creatively navigate and cover up.

These pictures document the process of the transformation and really show what the event design portion of Steven Moore Designs is capable of.

  1. Jaime says:


    I’m really impressed with the transformation of the gym! My fiancee and I are getting married in a similar venue (barn-like church gym) in Chicago next May, and I was wondering what the process was like transforming the gym (gym floor covered and carpeted, draping to cover the walls and hoops). I see that you hired a design company to create the space.


    • steve says:

      Hi Jaime,

      Thanks so much for you nice words about our wedding. The design company that created the space is actually our company (Steven Moore Designs) and so we did the work ourselves. We did have to rent some of the necessary items for the transformation, but much of it came from our own personal collection.
      Transforming a space is not cheap… we would have saved money by going with a pre-existing venue. Covering the floor with carpet, draping the walls and basketball hoops, hanging chandeliers… it was all really time consuming. We were lucky to have the entire week to work on the space. In the end, it was very reward to see it come together, and it was so special for us to have it in that room.
      I would advise hiring a planner/ designer or call your local rental company and see what they can do for you and what your options are.
      Let me know if you have any other questions at all. Also, we are available for travel if you can’t find anyone local to create the space just as you like it.
      Wishing you the best of luck. Congratulations on your engagement.

  2. Selena says:

    Hi Steve,
    You 2 are an amazing couple with impeccable style and grace! This transformation is beyond! I was wondering if you could tell me the type of fabric you used for the draping? I am working with a client who is on a rather tight budget and she is having her wedding at her home. I am hoping to drape the inside and outside of the house. I live in Santa Barbara and plan to go and source fabric in Los Angeles this weekend. Upon the recommendation of our lighting guy, I have checked out Fabric.com and purchased a small amount of some Charmeuse Satin Ivory, but I think it’s a bit to heavy and I want more of an airy and elegant quality. I just need it to hide the stucco walls outside and conceal windows and gutters. On the inside I want to conceal the homes different paint colors of purple, yellow, and terracotta. The MOB has rather eccentric taste and the inside of the house is going to be used as a corridor. Thank you so much for any information you can provide me and again you 2 are amazing!

    • Steven Moore says:

      Hi Selena, Thanks so much for your sweet comments! I am happy to help you with the kind of fabric we used. It is called voile. Voile is rather inexpensive, and it comes 110″ wide, which means you don’t have to sew as many panels together. This is a link to the exact fabric we used: http://www.moodfabrics.com/white-sheer-voile-hp13355.html Hope this helps! Feel free to e-mail us if you have any other questions at all!

      • Selena says:

        Hi Steven,
        Thank you so much again for your assistance with this. I found some fabric that is very similar to the one you mentioned on fabric.com! I am ordering it today. I will definitely email both of you if I have any questions! You both are such a talent! I love your blog, and your IG feed! LOVE! Many blessings to both of you.Thank you again.

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