Built in 1903 by Minneapolis architect, William Channing Whitney, the Charles J. Martin House is a stunning example of early twentieth century urban estate. The estate was built for Charles J. Martin, a prominent Minneapolis businessman involved in the development of the Minneapolis flour milling industry. Knowing the history of this beautiful home made it all the more incredible to have the rare opportunity to photograph a wedding here! Every detail of this home has been meticulously cared for and entering its doors is like stepping back in time to an era when everything was simply beautiful.
Ashley & Tyler knew they had chosen a gem of a wedding venue and we were in awe all day over how the beauty, the details and the colors of their day blended perfectly with the architecture and setting! Ashley’s contagious smile and laughter brought pure joy to everyone around her and the way Tyler looked at his bride was absolutely breathtaking. The first look in the grand staircase remains one of our favorites to this day! Not even a rainy wedding day could dampen the spirits of a young couple in love!
We traveled from the mansion to Bethlehem Baptist Church for the ceremony and back again for the reception and the couple’s grand entrance down the stairs to greet their guests. The friends and family gathered for this wedding were a dream to work with – everywhere you turned there were smiles and laughter! As the evening continued, the rain slowed enough to enjoy the reception and dance outdoors. The lighting surrounding the pool at this estate could not have been more epic for the dance! Nothing is more romantic than dancing beneath the stars surrounded by pillars of light and the smiling faces of your closest friends and families! This is what makes a wedding day a true celebration!