Local Venues: The Hunter Museum of American Art

Allie & Garrison Bone  |  The Hunter Museum of American Art


When Allie went to visit her best friend who was off at college one weekend, she never imagined she would meet the love of her life. After a mutual friend introduced the duo, she and Garrison immediately hit it off. 


Photos by Taylor English Photography


Bridal Party outside the Hunter Museum of American Art


When it came time to plan their boho-inspired wedding, Allie and Garrison turned to a Chattanooga icon that has a special place in their hearts. “The first time I heard that you could do weddings at the Hunter, I was sold,” remembers Allie. “I love the beautiful art in the venue, and I really liked that it could be naturally incorporated into my wedding.”


Dining Tables at Wedding Reception at the Hunter Museum

How He Proposed

“Garrison is in the Army, and we were both traveling home for the holidays. He told me he would be getting to town two days after I arrived. When I got home, my two best friends took me shopping and out to dinner at Tony’s. The Christmas tree was up, and we went over to take pictures. Little did I know Garrison was behind the tree ready to propose!”


The Bones’ special ceremony, complete with a string quartet and personal vows from the couple, was officiated by one of Allie’s lifelong mentors. Afterward, guests transitioned from the museum’s grand foyer lobby outside for a cocktail hour. “It was an easy transition,” says Allie. “Everyone knew exactly what they were doing.”


Bride and Groom outside the Hunter Museum of American Art


An hour of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation ensued, followed by an intimate pasta dinner back inside the museum’s grand foyer. The room had been transformed with circular tables topped with white linens and floral arrangements full of fresh lavender, blue thistle, dahlia, and eucalyptus. Later in the evening, after a night of dancing to a set of greatest hits from their DJ, the Bones’ guests lined up just outside of the museum’s entrance for a breathtaking sparkler sendoff. 


Wedding reception from above at the Hunter Museum


“Everything went perfectly, and there were absolutely no hiccups. All of the vendors did an awesome job with making my wedding a dream come true,” says Allie. “I think I will remember this entire day forever. It was amazing to have my family and friends around me and have the best crew to make our day so special.”



Bride and groom kissing under canopy at the Hunter Museum of American art


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