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The Foundry Knoxville

There’s something about old brick buildings that have survived the test of time. When used as a wedding venue, these buildings provide a rustic yet elegant setting that makes for great photography. As a professional wedding photographer based in Knoxville, I marvel at the brick buildings like that of The Foundry and appreciate the historical charm they add to a celebration of love. The Foundry On The Fair Site is a great choice for a unique wedding venue in downtown Knoxville.

The History

What makes this venue so unique is its history as an industrial complex and as a venue for a World’s Fair. Built in 1865, The Foundry used casting to form railroad spikes and nails from cannonballs. The building eventually fell into disuse, burned, and was later renovated as the Strohaus Restaurant for the 1982 World’s Fair. The property’s inclusion in the World’s Fair is why the site is now often referred to as The Foundry On the Fair Site.

In 1993, Marianne Greene purchased The Foundry with the goal of creating a premier space for Knoxville weddings and events. With support from the local community, the Foundry now serves as a popular choice for couples and their special day. 

bride and groom kissing on wedding day

The Downtown Venue

The Foundry can accommodate weddings of different sizes. For weddings and receptions of 150 or more guests, you have the option of renting 3/4 of the building. Larger ceremonies and receptions can occupy the entire building and accommodate a large guest list. The Foundry also offers options for hosting just the ceremony, just the reception, or both. 


On-site catering helps to streamline the menu choices for your special day. Chinaware is available for plated meals and additional food choices include a buffet or hors d’oeuvre. 

Set-up and takedown of tables and chairs are a part of most wedding packages. The Foundry provides linen tablecloths for the gift table, buffet table, cake table, etc.

Wedding Decor

It is important to note that the Foundry does have certain rules when it comes to wedding decorations. A few examples include:

  • Candles—The Foundry has strict rules regarding candles. Be sure to check with them before including any in your ceremony or at your reception. Balloons—All helium balloons must be secured and weighted down. If a wayward balloon makes its way to the ceiling, expect a $50 fee.
  • Confetti and Glitter—These types of celebratory items are a no, so leave them at home. Fireworks, including sparklers, are also a no. 
  • Send-off—Any send-off items that you intend for guests to throw must be approved by The Foundry staff in advance. Any petals used during the ceremony must be cleaned up immediately. 

Dedicated Staff

When in doubt, just ask. The Foundry staff is dedicated to making sure your day goes as smoothly as possible. They are friendly and professional and there to help you.

Depending upon the time of year, you may want to include the add-on feature of a lighted fireplace. Other popular add-ons include:

  • Candleabra and ferns in the fireplace (for the warmer months)
  • Bar service for up to four hours
  • Cake set-up and cutting fee

The Foundry On the Fair Site has more than 20 years of experience in planning a variety of wedding receptions. This building, once a place of industry, is now a place of celebration and a great place for creating memories. 

bride and groom kissing on street in Knoxville

The Foundry Knoxville Photographer

A lot of planning goes into your special day. Once it is over, all you have are the memoriesit may sound cliche, but it’s true. The framable moments and the memories you treasure remain in the professional photography of that one day. 

I love the brick foundation of The Foundry and how the windows let in great light for photography. The setting of this 1865 building and the fact that it remains in use for others to experience is amazing. 

The Foundry Knoxville

Places like The Foundry book fast so be sure to secure your date soon. The location in downtown Knoxville makes it an easy venue for guests to find. Area attractions make this city a great place for your out-of-town guests to explore, so encourage them to come a few days early or stay a little longer. If The Foundry sounds like the right rustic yet charming venue for you contact them.

Professional Wedding Photographer

Speaking of creating memories, professional photography of your special day remains long after your reception ends. Capturing the magic moments shared between you as a couple, your family, and your friends are what I do best. I’m Erin Morrison and I’m proud to call Knoxville home. To date, I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings throughout the Knoxville area, including weddings at The Foundry on Fair Site.

Securing a professional wedding photographer should top your wedding to-do list. If I sound like the type of photographer you want, reach out to me today. As soon as you know your wedding date, contact me!


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