Local Venues: The Commons

Abigail & Gary Green  |  The Commons

 

When Abigail and Gary met at their church’s small group for college students, it didn’t take long for their love for God to blossom into a love for each other. Four years later, the duo married on a beautiful autumn day at The Commons. 

 

Photos by Alexis Dimmer Photography

 

“This was our No. 1 choice and is one of Chattanooga’s best-kept secrets,” says Abigail. “It’s located right between downtown Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee, and it’s one of the most photogenic venues in the area.”

 

bride and groom praying with parents at wedding ceremony outside of the commons

 

How He Proposed

“Gary proposed at his family reunion at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. It was great to be surrounded by family for something so special.”

 

Doors and greenery wedding arch outside the commons

 

With the weather in their favor, the Greens held their gorgeous ceremony on the property’s back lawn, while the mountains, which were sporting prime fall foliage, served as their backdrop. After a special, Christ-centered ceremony, it was an easy transition to the reception in the Founders’ Hall.

 

Bride and groom holding hands and walking outside the commons

 

“We liked the versatility of the space and how smooth the set-up process was,” adds Abigail. “The Commons already has beautiful twinkling lights in the venue, so we were able to then add draping to the ceiling that really tied the whole space together. We kept the table decorations simple using local greenery and candles to achieve the rustic yet timeless look we were going for.”

 

Bride and groom entering at wedding reception at the commons

 

The simple yet elegant reception was a hit and provided guests with a delicious barbecue dinner, beer and wine bar, and plenty of dancing. An assortment of Bundt cakes big and small offered a little something sweet to those in attendance, and the couple made their getaway through a tunnel of sparklers before driving off in a shiny Bentley. 

 

Bride and groom with the bridal party at the commons

 

“Our favorite part of the day was just being surrounded by most of our family and friends and getting to feel all that love,” says Abigail. “It was a truly magical and great way to start our life together.” 

 

Wedding bundt cake at the commons