Local Venues: The Chattanoogan

Jodi & Jantzen Claybaugh  |  The Chattanoogan


From the conference room to the wedding chapel, Jodi and Jantzen make a great pair. The duo first met while they were both working for The Ritz-Carlton near Tucson, Arizona, and have been inseparable ever since.

When it came time to plan a wedding, being able to share the experience with family and friends was a top priority.

“We actually live in Nashville, but we have family and friends spread out all over the country. Since people would be traveling from all over, we knew we wanted a destination wedding, and we just love Chattanooga,” says Jodi. “We also knew we wanted a hotel wedding because it’s so much fun to have everyone in one place.”

Jodi and Jantzen’s celebration kicked off on a Friday night, when guests met at the hotel bar to socialize and catch up.

“We loved the location of the hotel,” says Jodi. “We were able to walk to the local bars the night before our wedding, and our guests were able to go out the following day once our reception was over.”

The Claybaughs wanted their wedding to be simple and elegant. The ceremony, which took place on The Chattanoogan’s spa terrace, featured burgundy and gold accents and a striking, geometric wooden backdrop. After a moving service conducted by the couple’s pastor, guests were invited to participate in a cocktail hour with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The reception went off without a hitch, allowing Jodi, Jantzen, and all of their guests to have an evening full of love and laughter.

“The Chattanoogan provided the food, which garnered many compliments from our guests. They also staffed the bars, and we had an amazing florist,” recalls Jodi. “Overall, everything went very smoothly. Our ceremony was perfect, and we had such a beautiful day.”


How He Proposed 

“I was out getting a mani-pedi one day, and when I returned to our apartment complex, I noticed some rose petals scattered along the stairwell. When I opened my front door, I found Jantzen dressed in a suit and standing in a sea of rose petals and candles. He took a knee and asked for my hand in marriage.”


Photos by Abigail Lewis Photography

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