Chattanooga Wedding Venues: The Hunter Museum of American Art

Eleanor & Grant Tomashoff | The Hunter Museum of American Art


Photos by Our Ampersand Photography


Former colleagues Eleanor and Grant Tomashoff went separate ways professionally, but the friendship they formed led them to a future together. While they met in New York City and now reside in Dallas, Texas, they planned their wedding in Chattanooga – Eleanor’s hometown. The duo married on October 8, 2022, and held a sophisticated reception at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

“From the moment we decided to get married, we both knew we wanted to feature Chattanooga’s best qualities for all our friends and family who had never visited the town or even the South before,” says Eleanor. “The Hunter Museum offered everything we wanted: a beautiful venue featuring indoor and outdoor spaces, views of all of Chattanooga (specifically the water and bridges), and a sleek modern design.”


Bride and groom walking down the steps of the Chattanooga wedding venue.


After attending an early evening ceremony, guests were bussed over to the Hunter, where an elevated cocktail hour and exceptional views of the Tennessee River awaited them. The museum’s lobby and terrace hosted hors d’oeuvres and conversation, and its upstairs offered up a unique treat: access to one of the Hunter’s art exhibitions.

The party continued with dinner and dancing on the venue’s tented rooftop. The Hunter provided full bar and beverage services, serving wine while guests enjoyed a plated dinner and crafting custom cocktails selected by the couple.

The evening’s décor perfectly captured the garden party aesthetic the couple had hoped for. Every corner of the room bloomed with warm, romantic hues and whimsical flower arrangements, while a breathtaking floral installation floated over the dance floor and wowed the crowd.

Guests filled the checkered dance floor and stayed long into the night, energized by late-night snacks and light-up streamers. In lieu of a getaway, Eleanor and Grant ended their big day with a nightcap at a nearby bar with their closest friends.

The couple agrees that their wedding was “the best weekend of our lives.” Eleanor adds, “It felt like we highlighted the love we have for one another and our family and friends, and the Hunter perfectly captured the beauty of Chattanooga.”


Bride and groom standing at the columns out side of The Hunter Museum of American Art.


How He Proposed

“Grant arranged for his whole family to come to Chattanooga for Thanksgiving under the guise of having our families meet for the first time. We went on a little hike with nice views, and the hike ended with the proposal, some hidden champagne, a toast, and a ring.”


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