Local Venues: The Turnbull

Local Venues: The Turnbull

Jennifer Holder & Walter Chapman

The Turnbull

 

This Chattanooga romance began at Track 29, where Jennifer was working the box office when she first met Walter. The two quickly bonded over a love for Bonnaroo, music, and whiskey. “The first time we ever hung out was at the Chattanooga Whiskey Repeal Party, which happened at what is now The Turnbull!” Jennifer reveals.

When it came time to tie the knot, Jennifer and Walter didn’t think twice about their wedding venue. Jennifer says, “The Turnbull is gorgeous, and we wanted to be downtown to go to Bitter Alibi afterward. But really – the light in The Turnbull is just perfect.” The couple planned their ceremony for the third floor, using colorful paper pom poms and metallic tassel as a backdrop to contrast the venue’s exposed brick and wooden beams.

For her special day, Jennifer wore an elegant, cap-sleeve dress laced with intricate beading and her grandmother’s ring. Walter, donning a dapper velvet blazer, awaited her at the end of the aisle, surrounded by their closest family and friends. “Will, one of our officiants, made sure that we turned and looked at everyone there and made the point that this group of folks will never be in the same room again,” Jennifer shares. “It’s something that I’ll never forget.”

Heading to the fourth floor for the reception, guests were met with a full bar and a buffet of fried chicken with all the fixings. Orange and gold dahlias, hand-sewn flag banners, and a towering, confetti-themed wedding cake brightened the space, while flamingo décor captured the couple’s fun personality. A DJ got the party started, and the festivities continued for hours (five, in fact). “There was no getaway; we just danced until we had to stop dancing,” Jennifer says. “It was always my dream to do it that way, and I’m so glad we did.”

 

How He Proposed 

“We were hosting our annual Friendsgiving Talent Show (yes, it’s the best) in our backyard, and he proposed right after that. He actually proposed three times in a row because I was holding a bag of trash the first time!”

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Photos by Taylor English Photography