We have been photographing weddings in this area for over a decade, and I have had the pleasure to meet so many great people who work alongside of us in the industry. Sometimes, it might just be a “hello” in passing on a wedding day, or seeing someone briefly at around town. I realized that I might know the work of a wedding planner, florist, or the distinctive flavor of a caterer, but I didn’t really know the people behind the scenes. So, I’ve started reaching out to some of our amazing local vendors in the area, and have begun photographing and interviewing them. I’d like to give potential brides a great behind-the-scenes look at the wedding professionals in the area, and the amazing work that they do. I recently had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Anne Strunk & Kate Courtney from the Venue Chattanooga.
How would you describe yourself (and/or your business)?
Three locations = one Venue. Simple and straight to the point–it describes both our business and our personality. We keep things transparent and accessible to clients. Our calendar, for instance, is available online as well as our pricing. We want to make the planning process as easy as possible.
Could you characterize your style in three words?
Simple, Elegant & Unique
What sets you apart from your competition?
We have wonderful event spaces here in Chattanooga. At The Venue Chattanooga, we offer outdoor and indoor spaces within one location. Our space was created with versatility in mind, giving our clients a blank canvas to create the wedding they have envisioned. The main Venue can accommodate up to 350 guests, a generous capacity for the Chattanooga area. Outdoor ceremonies or receptions come to life under the bistro lights & stacked stone fireplace.
How long have you been in business?
After much planning and excitement, we opened our doors in the Fall of 2015.
What inspires you?
We love meeting new people and creating relationships. People are fascinating and everyone has a unique story. In this business, we are consistently meeting new faces and it is inspiring to hear the unique stories of clients and vendors alike.
What is your favorite aspect of a wedding? (or your job?)
Each client has a different vision for their wedding and we love to make their dream a reality. We love seeing a wedding come together especially when it captures the couple’s personality.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give engaged couples?
On your wedding day, don’t forget to soak things in! It is so easy to pack your day full and become caught up in the execution of the day. A wedding day goes by quickly, so prioritize some time to enjoy the friends and family around you. For most couples, this is the only day where everyone who loves you will be under one roof so try to slow down and enjoy your friends and family.