Local Wedding Venues: Waterhouse Pavilion

Elyssa & Matt Yantis: 4.14.12

Elyssa and Matt were brought together by a mutual love for medicine and a biology lab. After dating through four years of med school, they tied the knot last April, celebrating at the posh Waterhouse Pavilion in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.


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Line_ElyMatWedEd-422For her wedding Elyssa recruited the expertise of local wedding planner Foxy Events and with exceptional attention to detail, Elyssa worked with them to bring elegance and sophistication together with a relaxed charm at thePavilion.

“I love peonies and lace and a lot of girly things, but I’m not really one of those ‘pink!’ girls either,” Elyssa says. “I wanted something natural and homemade.”

Elyssa got ready at the Sheraton Read House with Elea Blake managing the cosmetics. Her dress was an exquisite lace gown tailored and remade to fit Elyssa’s petite frame by Marilyn’s Alteration and Design. The fresh flowers were provided by Grafe Studio.

The wedding took place in the chapel at Baylor School, Matt’s alma mater. After the ceremony, the wedding party took a spin on a double-decker bus to give guests time to arrive at the Waterhouse Pavilion for the reception. Waterhouse Pavilion was everything she wanted, Elyssa says: the pavilion provided an “indoor” option in an outdoor setting that had a breezy and relaxed Chattanooga flair. Food Works set up three food stations around the pavilion, featuring pork sliders on sweet potato biscuits, crab, corn and avocado salad, and grilled chicken pesto among other mouth-watering treats and signature cocktails. Guests enjoyed the spread chatting at tables around the pavilion and spilling through the thrown-open doors onto Miller Plaza.

“I wanted our guests to be able to hang out and have a good time! The location worked perfectly, merging the outdoors with the beautiful structure of the pavilion, allowing guests to move around freely.”

The white chocolate cake with almond icing was made by Kimmee’s Cakes, and instead of a groom’s cake, Elyssa made chocolate cupcakes herself!

One of the most important parts of the wedding for Elyssa and Matt was the music. The Pavilion was filled with tunes played by the Love Peace and Happiness Band. “They kept everyone on the spacious dance floor for hours and hours,” Elyssa says. “We loved it.”

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