As Nate and I started wedding planning, we only had a few must-haves. We agreed that we needed to get married in a church, we needed to have a large enough event so we could invite our family and all our friends, and we needed to have a killer reception site. The last one was so important that we ended up choosing our wedding date based solely upon the availability of our number one reception site.
We didn’t think we would be able to shift our budget around enough to afford our first choice location, but after crunching numbers and then learning that there was a rare, Saturday opening in their schedule, we booked it! Our reception will be held at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, and we are ecstatic about it for a number of reasons.
First of all, it’s an architectural gem. (After dating an architect for the last few years, I’ve grown to appreciate building styles and artistic elements so much more!) The Landmark Center is a variation on the Romanesque Revival style (Minneapolis’ City Hall is a very similar style), and it has a ridiculous amount of arches, columns, and turrets. It looks like an old fairy tale castle or like something out of Harry Potter (sans Daniel Radcliffe chasing a snitch). The most jaw-dropping part about it is walking inside to the five-story courtyard. It’s still breathtaking to me every time.
It’s also where Nate and I shared countless lunches while we were dating and working together (we met at work, if you recall). There is a restaurant called Anita’s Cafe inside the Landmark Center, and I have no hesitations about giving it five stars. The quality of the menu is way beyond the reasonable prices they charge, and I highly recommend you visit over the weekday lunch hour. We are lucky enough to be using the same caterer who runs the restaurant. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
The final reason we love the Landmark Center is because it so iconically St. Paul—full of history, with a heavy dose of class and sophistication. The Landmark Center has been around since the early 1900s and has quite a storied past. Having taken the formal guided tour (and additional self-guided tours), I know more than my fair share about the building. I’m not going to share it here though, in hopes that you’ll be intrigued enough to go visit and learn for yourself.
Our wedding is four short months away. I can hardly wait to get dressed up and celebrate at the beautiful Landmark Center with all of our friends and family!