08-01-2015 J&W Wedding at Semple Mansion in Minneapolis


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They met at an office holiday party in 2013 after Jay had arranged an introduction from a friend. By the end of the night they had a dinner-date planned that started with Jay’s home-cooking and ended with a moonlight stroll along a frozen river. A year later later they were engaged when he proposed on the shore of Lake Calhoun.

Whitney took great care in planning their romantic, vintage-inspired nuptials. That careful thought shined through in every detail. The Grand Palladian Ballroom was elegantly decorated and so was the wedding party, right down to the cuff links made from real coins. The guests enjoyed the stylish surroundings and danced the night away to the music of Hookers $ Blow, the best live band ever! They were energetic, got the party started, and then kept it going strong.

Semple Mansion is a beautiful historic venue. However, when the foyer is at capacity it can be a bit hard to maneuver. Tip: Be sure to use the Grand Staircase for a spectacular entrance. The Billiard Room, Wine Grotto, and front veranda make great places for guests to mingle. There is an elevator available for guests, though it can be a little slow.

Overall Semple Mansion should be at the top of your list if interested in historic venues in Minneapolis.

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