About Us

From our luxury accomodations to our waterfront location and rentals, everything about The Barn is designed to meet your unique requirements for the perfect getaway or event. You dream it up—we’ll make it happen for you.

Meet Our Team

Meet our event management team, a dynamic duo who exist to make everything smooth sailing for you and your guests. They’re here to make your life easier.
Shelly Gary

Shelly Gary

Lead Wedding Planner

My name is Shelly Gary, born and raised in California. I spent a lot of my life in the state of Washington. I met my husband seventeen years ago and his hometown is here in Alabama. We live close to the Barn Smith Lake and absolutely love it. 

I have been in the hospitality business my entire life. I consider myself a people person. I love to meet people from all over the country and help plan weddings. Weddings can be extremely stressful, so I enjoy creating a less stressful and less difficult process for brides and families from start to finish.
Having coordinated or planned the last 130 plus weddings, I am passionate and driven to provide the best service and experience for all who enter our property. 

Dianna Dean

Dianna Dean

Event and Retreat Coordinator

Hello there, to all of our fabulous guests inquiring and booking here at The Barn Smith Lake! I am Dianna Dean, better known around the barn as "D".

I was born in South Carolina, raised in Kentucky, and have lived on Smith Lake here in Alabama with my husband and children for the past three years. I have never met a stranger, have a big heart, smile, and an accent as thick as you would imagine for a Southern lady!

For over a year now I have been working closely with all of our guests coordinating, touring, and planning events with the best staff and venue around. Being a part of so many special occasions week after week, my goal is to ensure you have the best experience possible. So, when you are ready to start planning your special day or event, I'll be here to help you every step of the way. 

See you soon! 

Brittany Walser

Director of Operations and Wedding Planner

Ben Gary

Maintenance Chief