About Us

Ellee Douglas


A note from Ellee: "As a young girl, love was all I wanted in life. Hallmark movies were my go to, love stories were my everything, and my heart longed to find the person Jesus would put in my life to love forever! I have cried and still cry at the thought of looking into my person's eyes one day and saying “I do”. Every wedding I go to, every movie I watch, and every love story that is told is something that brings me so much joy. I would always walk around the house as a teenager screaming at the top of my lungs, “I love, love.” It is something so important to me and it became a part of a dream I have had for about three years now."

The back-story...
While in highschool I came up with the idea that I wanted to open up my own wedding venue one day! I was so serious about this idea and even made up a presentation to present to future investors. This was a dream that I wanted to make a reality in my life. Although it was a huge risk to take, I started praying about it every night and knew that if that is what God intended for my life, then it would happen. In September of 2020, I started my journey to learn more about running a wedding venue, when I got asked to work part time at the Mighty Oak Lodge. I was so eager to get started and to be involved in making a couple’s special day PERFECT! I would come home after every wedding and tell my parents that I had the best job in the whole entire world. It was a job I loved and a job that I never wanted to end…the rest is history!

The Property

Mighty Oak Lodge has been open since September 2015. We have hosted over 250 weddings + various events! Several already on the books for the coming new year...

We are located on 40+ acres of the gentle rolling hills of Missouri, surrounded by large oak trees. Featured on our property we have the indoor reception "Lodge"; outdoor ceremony area with benches surrounding the "Mighty Oak" tree; 7-acre spring-fed lake with small private dock; covered pavilion and back patio with bistro lighting. 


Photo by Christine Bonnivier Photography


Our venue features beautiful stamped concrete outside + marbled, acid-stained concrete inside. The owner of the venue has put so much detail into every aspect of our grounds. Custom-made light fixtures, unique antique finds for furniture, creative wood-work, and much more!

Photo by Ashley Wills, LLC

Our wooden chairs are another unique find! We love that every piece at Mighty Oak has a unique story to tell...

Book a tour today to learn more about the experience you receive when reserving your special day with us! 


Photo by Ashley Wills, LLC

Mike Palmer

Owner + Founder

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Mike is retired from a lifetime of coaching and teaching Physical Education in the Lebanon School District. He is currently pursuing his Construction Classics business of designing and building luxurious outdoor spaces for families to enjoy…stamped concrete patio, porch, pool house, you name it!

Why Mighty Oak?
Several years ago, Mike was doing his devotional under what is now known as "The Mighty Oak", but long before it was ever built around or the grounds were kept up. He had a vision from God to build what stands today. The vision began to unfold and fall into place…Through many trials along the way, Mike pushed through and leaned on his Rock. God has provided for every moment, just in His time. 

Photo by Kellie Michelle