Elegant & Classic Wedding at The Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis | Sophie & Patrick | Rachel Lahlum Photography

Minneapolis Wedding Photography | The Lumber Exchange | Rachel Lahlum Photography

Built in 1885, the Lumber Exchange was once the tallest building in Minneapolis. The building’s construction portrays grandiosity and the lumber industry’s dominance in Minnesota in the nineteenth century. Years later, the building is now an award-winning wedding venue with touches of modern elegance juxtaposed with historic brick walls and spaces. 

Sophie and Patrick held both of their ceremony and reception in grand open space in the center of building. We took portraits and first-look photos on the marble stairs and grand stone archway serving as the entrance to the Lumber Exchange. There’s no shortage of locations for intimate photos. 

When the vows were exchanged, wedding guests retreated to another room for cocktail hour—the cocktails were works of art. As the guests enjoyed their treat, the  wedding party posed and brought laughs with dips and poses that might make you look twice. There may have been a second proposal (don’t tell Sophie)! We even made time to wander to the Bob Dylan mural. 

Ceremony chairs were swapped for reception decor—deep blues and blacks accented by white flowers and pink lighting accented the tables and brick walls. 

It started to drizzle at the end of the night, so we brought Sophie and Patrick outside for a slow dance in the rain!

Congratulations, Sophie and Patrick!



Close up detail shot of bride’s shoes, rings, and accessories.
Sophie’s beautiful bridal details in silver, blue, and pearl — she definitely had “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!”
Bride looks out to the street from the lobby of the Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.
We’re in love with the Lumber Exchange foyer’s stunningly elegant architecture!
Bride and groom kiss for wedding photos during first look photos outside of The Lumber Exchange.
Wind sweeps the bride’s veil away while outside The Lumber Exchange building’s historic entrance!
Silhouettes of wedding couple double exposed with flowers from their wedding.
A double-exposure silhouette of the bride and groom against their wedding flowers!
Wedding party poses in front of the Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.
The couple’s amazing wedding party includes their closest friends and family members!
Ceremony space with chairs, flowers set against original brick wall of The Lumber Exchange.
Floral pillars set the backdrop for Sophie and Patrick’s ceremony.
Bride, son, and groom share tender moment during unity ceremony at The Lumber Exhange.
A tender moment between the bride, her son, and the groom during the unity ceremony.
Bride and groom embrace during wedding ceremony at The Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.
A first kiss in the Fountain Room between the bride and groom!
Ceremony space converted to reception hall for Sophie and Patrick’s wedding at The Lumber Exchange.
The Fountain Room is flipped during social hour, completely reset for dinner!
Bride and groom kiss while groom flips the bird  during wedding reception at The Lumber Exchange.
What’s a glass-clinking kiss if you don’t tell your guests exactly how you feel about this incessant tradition?
Bride and groom have their first dance during wedding reception at The Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.
After dinner, a first dance together to kick off the party!
Bride and groom's slow dance in the rain on a sidewalk in Minneapolis.
A slow dance in the rain on the Minneapolis streets to end the evening’s wedding photographs!

Patrick & Sophie | Complete Wedding Photography Highlights – The Lumber Exchange – Minneapolis, MN

Close up of wedding invitations and save-the-dates for Sophie and Patrick.
Groomsman fastens a cuff link.
Bride shares a first look with her son before wedding at The Lumber Exchange.
Bride and groom embrace in marble stairwell at The Lumber Exchange.
Bride and groom share an intimate moment in the lobby of Minneapolis’s Lumber Exchange building.
Bride and groom kiss in front of revolving doors and stone walls at The Lumber Exchange.
Wedding party poses in front of The Lumber Exchange.
String quartet plays during the ceremony of Sophie and Patrick’s wedding.
Bride walks down the aisle during unity ceremony at The Lumber Exchange.
Newly wed couple walk down the aisle together at the end of ceremony.
Close up of tiered wedding cake with floral decorations.
Groom gives speech as bride laughs beside him during reception at The Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.
Bride gives speech beside groom during reception at The Lumber Exchange.
Black and white photo from balcony of newlywed’s first dance.
Bride and groom hold hands during first dance at The Lumber Exchange.
Bride, groom, and son dance together during wedding reception at The Lumber Exchange.
Newlyweds kiss in the rain on a Minneapolis street.

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Rachel Lahlum is an award-winning Minneapolis 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. Her photography is crisp, clean and bright, with true-to-life colors and a mix of traditional poses and candid moments