When a client comes to us with a vision, it is our job to make that vision a reality. Approximately 8 months ago, an Atlanta based event planner came to us with an unusual request. She was working with a bride and groom who were having their wedding reception at the Hunter Museum and were in need of a tent. The couple was looking for a structure that showcased the scenery and was large enough to comfortably accommodate dinner and dancing for their 300 guests. They loved the views of the river and the surrounding area that the museums’ terrace offered and wanted the scenery to be on display during the event.
The question was how execute the couple’s vision. The project presented a number of challenges for our team. Because the terrace is located on a high bluff overlooking the river, we were only able to access the terrace from 3 sides. Using a forklift, freight elevator and ballast we were able to move all the components, including 38- 2,000 lb. concrete blocks through the museum and around an 8 foot glass wall. Once all of the materials were in place our team spent 3 days moving the tent weights in place and building the structure.
Mother Nature was another obstacle between vision and reality. In the days leading up to the event the weather was very dreary with temperatures in the low 30’s. On the day before the wedding the forecast called for snow showers, so two more small tents were added to cover the bar area.
The event planner wanted to create a space that looked and felt like an extension of the museum, not just a tent on the terrace. Keeping this in mind, our team built a 15m x 40m x 3m main tent and installed 131 feet of glass walls to highlight the views of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. To truly create an extension of the museum, the structure was erected around an existing large stainless steel and glass skylight. A custom tent liner was then added to mask the beams and create a more intimate feel.
It was the combination of our planning and adaptability that truly made this project come to life. As the event planner put it, “I appreciate how hard everyone worked, your flexibility and your willingness to do whatever it took to make our client happy and make this weekend a success. I know all of us will remember this weekend for a long time.”