Autumn Wedding at Greysolon Ballroom – Duluth, MN | Sara & Matthew

Sara & Matthew | Elegant and Original Autumn Wedding at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, MN

There’s no city better than Duluth to marry autumn vibes with sea shanties. That’s exactly what Sara and Matt did for their eclectic wedding at Greysolon in Duluth, Minnesota.

There’s some amazing history in the ballroom at Greysolon. The ballroom was built in 1925, as part of Hotel Duluth. The venue features hand-carved mahogany, beautiful ornate chandaliers, and hand-painted ceilings. Over its years as a hotel, many famous guests, including Pearl Bailey and Liberace, actor Henry Fonda, the Crown Prince Olaf (Norway), and President John F. Kennedy, stayed at Hotel Duluth.

Now a space for events and private residences, this venue is one of my favorite spaces for its beautiful architecture, which I LOVE to use and showcase in wedding photos.

The devil was in the details for Sara and Matt’s wedding. Autumn leaves, candles, and tiny dragons—yes, dragons—adorned the tables of the reception hall. Matt’s smoking jacket was just that, smoking, with a red and black floral pattern. The wedding party also sported red and black.

Tradition also met its match. During the ceremony, Matt sang a sea shanty, a kitty toy was tossed instead of a bouquet (after which a donation was made to an animal shelter in receiver’s name), and Matt and Sara literally tied the knot.

My favorite part of the day: They served breakfast for dinner, and had a pie bar for dessert.


Venue & Catering: Greysolon Ballroom –

Hair: Fitger’s Salon –

String Quartet: Sound of Strings –

Sara & Matthew – Favorite Wedding Moments at Greysolon

Groom stares in awe during first look photo before wedding at Greysolon in Duluth.
Matthew’s reaction to seeing Sara at their first look!
Bride and groom hold hands and stare into each other’s eyes on a balcony at Greysolon in Duluth, MN.
Taking photos in the historic mezzanine of the Greysolon building, with the gold filigree hand-carved ceiling in the backdrop — this elegant building was once the pinnacle of elegant hotels in Duluth (and it’s still the pinnacle of elegance…just no longer a hotel).
Bride and groom tie a literal knot with fabric during wedding ceremony at Greysolon in Duluth.
Literally tying the knot at their wedding ceremony!
Bride and groom raise glasses during wedding reception at Greysolon in Duluth, MN.
Toasts at the reception dinner!
Portrait of bride and groom’s first dance at Greysolon in Duluth, Minnesota.
A flowing first dance to kick of the rest of the celebration!

Sara & Matthew | Complete Wedding Photography Highlights @ Greysolon Ballroom – Duluth, MN

Photo of wedding venue Greysolon in Duluth, Minnesota.
Close up stylized photo of wedding and engagement rings before ceremony at Greysolon.
Black and white photo of reflections of the bride and groom in individual mirrors.
Bride looks back at groom as they cross a street in Duluth, Minnesota.
Bride and groom pose for a family portrait after wedding at Greysolon in Duluth, Minnesota.
Bride and groom pose for another family portrait at Greysolon.
Black and white photo of newly wed couple kissing under a chandelier in the ceremony space at Greysolon.
Groom leads wedding attendees in singing a sea shanty during ceremony at Greysolon.
Groom kisses bride after exchanging vows at Greysolon in Duluth, Minnesota.
Bride and groom walk down aisle arm in arm after wedding ceremony at Greysolon.
Newly wed couple kiss on rocky outcrop above Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota.
Groom throws stuffed animal into crowd wedding attendees at Greysolon.
Black and white photo of bride and groom sharing first dance and Duluth wedding reception.
Bride and groom kiss during dance during wedding reception at Greysolon in Duluth, MN.

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Rachel Lahlum is an award-winning Minnesota wedding photographer with experience in hundreds of weddings and engagement sessions. She takes a guided approach towards working with couples, from helping with planning and scheduling, to guiding with poses and prompts during the session. From the moment you connect, her goal is to help you have a great photography experience.