Hannah and Mason’s wedding at The Turnbull Building in downtown Chattanooga checked off boxes from so many lists! We got some gorgeous traditional moments highlighted by some super cool industrial textures and vibes. You’ll see what I mean when you scroll through their gallery!

      bride and groom kiss in front of ivy-covered white wooden wall

      A REAL LIFE ROM-COM

      You know the age-old story of a bridesmaid and groomsmen hitting it off?! Well, here it is in real life!! I’m not even joking…. Hannah and Mason met while in the same bridal party supporting friends. They immediately hit if off and hung out all night at the reception. Then, on their first official date, Hannah took Mason as her date to another friend’s wedding.

      And so here we are down the road, years later, at their very own wedding celebration. And this Turnbull wedding and reception was all class!

      ROADSIDE FIRST LOOK AND BRIDAL PORTRAITS

      While Hannah and Mason were pumped about their downtown wedding, they really wanted to incorporate some more natural Chattanooga landscape for their bridal portraits. Since The Turnbull Building doesn’t really have any great outdoor space, I scouted out a roadside field a few days ahead of their event for their first look and portraits. That’s just how easy it is to find typical Chattanooga scenery!

      Because they planned their ceremony and reception for the same location, we knew we wouldn’t have tons of time between the two for a long photo session. It really helped that Hannah and Mason opted for a first look ahead of the ceremony because we had more than enough time to shoot their portraits, bridal party photos, and most of their family photos, as well.

      OH! Check out Hannah’s VELVET SNEAKERS! I love it when my brides bring a practical shoe along with their heels. When we do their portraits, the bride and groom need to be able to move easily, freely, and much more comfortably, especially when we have limited time. Hannah was prepared to party in those sneaks, so they were the perfect comfort shoe.

      The Turnbull Building red marquee sign and metal fire escape staircases on brick exterior in downtown Chattanooga pink velvet high heels with ankle strap sitting on white fabric faded pink ribbons, white peony, and greens next to watercolor floral wedding invitation pink velvet sneakers with large pink ribbon laces sit on white fabric bride and bridesmaids standing against a white wall in silky, pink, knee-length bathrobes simple boutonnieres with white flowers and green leaves sit on a worn brick step lacy bodice wedding dress with thin straps hangs on a simple wooden hanger wedding ring with several opals sits inside a white peony bride and bridesmaids standing against a white wall in silky, pink, knee-length bathrobes lacy wedding dress hangs from a wooden hanger in a large window at The Turnbull Building woman fastens top buttons on bride's lacy wedding gown next to brick wall and large bright window at The Turnbull Building woman fastens top buttons on bride's lacy wedding gown next to brick wall and large bright window at The Turnbull Building interior of vehicle with stereo on groom wearing classic black tuxedo with black bowtie stands in front of wild greenery in a grassy field, bride wearing long veil and holding large bouquet of white flowers approaches groom with his back turned groom faces bride in a grassy field. he holds her large bouquet of white flowers bride and groom stand in a grassy field, one of her arms is around his shoulder and they smile at each other bride and groom stand facing each other in front of a large, overgrown tree and shrubbery bride and groom stand near each other. she holds a large bouquet of white flowers, and he holds her waist bride and groom stand in a grassy field. his arm is around her waist, and she holds a large Petaline bouquet of white flowers bride and groom stand in a grassy field. his arm is around her back, and she holds a large Petaline bouquet of white flowers bridal party poses for portraits in a grassy field with tall green trees behind them bride and groom kiss in a grassy field with their bridal party cheering on either side of them bride in lacy wedding gown smiles up a groom as they and their bridal party walk in a grassy field bride in lacy wedding gown and long veil holds a large Petaline bouquet with white flowers and greens groomsmen in black tuxedos walk in a grassy field groom holds brides hand and they walk through a grassy field. she carries a large bouquet of white flowers groom in black tuxedo and black bowtie stands in front of green bushes with his hands in his pockets bride and groom kiss in a grassy field surrounded by tall trees. she holds a large Petaline bouquet of white flowers groom holds bride's face and kisses her under her sheer veil groom holds bride's face and kisses her under her sheer veil groom holds bride around her waist and kisses her. she holds her hand at his neck bride in lacy wedding gown and veil holding a large bouquet of white flowers stands in a grassy field surrounded by trees bride holds groom near his chin and smiles at him. he holds her around her waist.

      LUSH WEDDING FLORAL DESIGN BY PETALINE

      When I heard that Petaline was designing the florals for Hannah, I contacted them in advance to bring extra flowers so I could style the invitation suite. Petaline created the most lush designs for The Turnbull Building. Their work looks so natural and still somehow so polished. Hannah’s bouquet was absolutely next level. Insane. So beautiful. I’m obsessed. The end. I really can’t say enough about the flowers! Petaline is truly a step above the rest with an incredible eye for design.

      bride in lace wedding gown holding large, white Petaline bouquet beneath wedding arch made of greenery and white blooms bride taps father on his shoulder for a first look at her lace gown at her wedding at The Turnbull Building in Chattanooga bride and groom stand in front of a tall, white curtain beneath a wedding arch made of greenery and white blooms bridal party stands in front of a tall, white curtain beneath a wedding arch made of greenery and white blooms bride crouches to show her white Petaline bouquet to three flower girls in white dresses and flower crowns bride and groom pose with family members beneath a wedding arch made from greenery and white blooms simple centerpieces of candles, greenery, and white bloom sits at the center of a round table at The Turnbull

      WEDDING AT THE TURNBULL BUILDING

      Ok, here’s a fun bit of history for you. As the story goes, W.W. Turnbull visited the World’s Fair as a boy and saw people eating ice cream out of rolled waffles (I know, right? I can’t believe I’ve not done this before!). Years later, in 1907, Mr. Turnbull invented the world’s first ice cream cone-making machine. His company, Turnbull Cone and Machine Company, relocated from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Chattanooga in 1918. The company eventually became one of the US’s largest ice cream cone producers! The building itself was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, but the company closed a few years later.

      The Turnbull Building is located on the edge of downtown Chattanooga between the Southside and the Riverfront. Over the past 20 years or so, Chattanooga has worked to develop and beautify its riverfront. While this development started at the heart of downtown, Chattanooga’s Southside has seen incredible growth and revitalization in more recent years. These days, the Riverfront and Southside are edging closer and closer to each other with fantastic reformation happening on just about every corner.

      After being rehabbed for modern use, The Turnbull has been restored and is enjoying its second life as an event venue! The interior features tons of natural light and exposed brick and beams, and is a perfect mix of old industrial and sophisticated charm.

      The historic warehouse loft has two floors dedicated to hosting events, either large or small. The 3rd floor can host a seated reception of 150 or standing reception of 250. On this floor, you’ll find the private dressing room and prep kitchen. The 4th floor is able to host a seated reception of 250 or a standing reception of 300 and includes additional catering prep space as well as a small accent loft area.

      Something I really appreciate about a wedding at The Turnbull Building is that the rental period is from 11:00am until 11:59pm! This means, if you time your wedding well, you can fill the entire day without the stress of having to be out before folks are done partying! (One thing to be aware of is that The Turnbull Building requires an event planner or on-site day-of contact person. So if you’re leaning toward booking the venue, make sure you’ve got that detail on your radar. I’m happy to make recommendations if you need a coordinator!)

      The Turnbull is such an adaptable space, y’all. I’ve seen it richly decorated, but, as you can see here, the building’s details can be teased out with a gentle touch and simple, classic decor. For Hannah and Mason’s wedding at The Turnbull Building, I love the contrast of the 100 year old heart pine and the iron windows with the event’s soft fabrics and lush white florals.

      groom smiles as he escorts his grandmother down the aisle to her seat two small boys wear dark pants, bowties, and suspenders and carry small glass boxes with rings in them bride stands with her father in front of a shiplap wood wall. she carries a large bouquet of white flowers bride hugs her father while groom and bridesmaid watch bride and groom hold hands and face each other under wedding arch of greenery and white blooms while officiant reads to them flower girls drop petals along wood floor aisle beneath the exposed rafters and beams of The Turnbull Building bride and groom stand beneath exposed rafters and wedding arch made of greenery and white flowers as officiant reads to them bride in lace dress slides wedding band onto groom's finger while officiant leads them in vows wedding guests sit in wooden chairs bride and groom kiss beneath Petaline greenery arch while bridal party and guests watch bride and groom hold hands as they smile and walk under The Turnbull Building's exposed rafters during their recessional

      THE TURNBULL BUILDING’S BIGGEST WEDDING DAY SECRET

      Just kidding, you guys. It isn’t a secret–but it always feels like one to me! I’m talking about the alleyway behind The Turnbull. I LOVE photographing in this alley. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot, especially when it’s overgrown with ivy like it was in these shots of Mason and Hannah.

      As you can see, the light is so even back there! You get tons of sun pouring in from every direction because the building is covered with windows. And it’s texture overload, which is so so appealing to me as a photographer. It brings wonderful depth to my photos, and you know I’m completely digging the contrast of textures once again!

      bride and groom smile at each other in a gravel alley in front of rough brick wall and distressed paneled garage door bride and groom kiss in front of ivy-covered white wooden wall bride stands with her hand on groom's shoulder in front of an ivy-covered white wooden wall bride and groom hold hands in a narrow brick alleyway behind downtown Chattanooga's Turnbull Building groom kisses bride on her forehead as she smiles bride rests her left hand with wedding band on groom's shoulder as they smile at each other bride holds large Petaline bouquet of white flowers and kisses groom in narrow brick alleyway behind The Turnbull Building

      WEDDING RECEPTION AT CHATTANOOGA’S TURNBULL BUILDING

      After we finished their alleyway photo sesh, we returned upstairs to Mason and Hannah’s reception. The couple danced the night away with the help of a live band and Lee Towery Catering! At the end of the night, they headed out in style in Mason’s dad’s vintage Pontiac GTO convertible. Swoooon!

      bride carries the train of her low-back lace wedding gown next to groom carrying her long, sheer veil in his hand Tabletop Reserved sign next to candles and short glass vases with white flowers simple 3-tier white wedding cake decorated with flowers and greens sits on a gold cake stand near two champagne glasses man and woman stand at a railing overlooking the lower level of The Turnbull Building wedding guests stand at a high top table under the tall open-rafter ceilings of The Turnbull Building silver buffet platters hold selection of fruits, cheeses, crackers, and bread wedding guests select food from buffet tables next to exposed brick walls and tall windows Four small girls in white tulle dresses sit on a wooden floor holding hands with each other bride and groom enter The Turnbull Building holding hands while guests clap bride and groom dance under exposed rafters and large windows at their wedding reception at The Turnbull Building three band members in dark vests and ties sing while playing guitar, bass, and drums bride dances with her father under exposed rafters and large windows at her wedding reception at The Turnbull Building man in dark vest and tie plays drums next to black metal spiral staircase at The Turnbull Building The Turnbull Building set for a wedding reception with white-clothed tables under exposed beams and high windows groom dances with his mother under exposed rafters and large windows at his wedding reception at The Turnbull Building standing in front of shiplap wall at The Turnbull, bride and groom hold a plate of cake next to 3-tier white wedding cake elegant 3-tier wedding cake decorated simply with flowers and greens sits on a gold cake stand woman helps a small girl choose a piece of cake from a table wedding guests dance in the evening light at The Turnbull Building while live band plays bride in low-back lacy wedding dress dances with groom in white shirt, black bowtie, and black suspenders white cocktail napkins printed with Eat, Drink, and be Married sit on a black table next to bottles of wine groom and groomsmen sing and dance near a tall window bride in lacy wedding gown dances with her hands in the air while friends cheer nearby after their wedding bride and groom walk between friends with sparklers outside The Turnbull Building in downtown Chattanooga wedding guests cheer as bride and groom kiss in a red antique Pontiac GTO convertible with the top down bride and groom drive away in a classic Pontiac GTO convertible with the top down and Just Married sign on trunk

      Special thanks to the vendors and venue that made Mason and Hannah’s day so memorable:

      Venue – The Turnbull Building
      Caterer – Lee Towery Catering
      Florals – Petaline Floral
      Dress – Lillian West from Sweet Elegance Bridal in Decatur, GA
      Suit – Jos A Bank 
      Hair – Korian Bradley w/ Steel Magnolia Salon
      Makeup – Katie Hulgan w/ Steel Magnolia Salon
      Band – The Atlanta Wedding Band
      Cake- Sweet Angel Cakes
      Event Design- Me 🙂
      Linens – White Table Specialty Linens

      Man, I do love shooting in that alley behind The Turnbull. I live just down the street from downtown, so I’m extra familiar with hidden spots like that! If you dig Hannah and Mason’s gallery, check out other weddings I’ve documented at The Turnbull Building. We always have a great time! I’d love for you to read through my other Chattanooga wedding blogs for more ideas and inspiration!

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