One of my favorite places to shoot weddings is at private estates! In Minneapolis I loved shooting at The American Swedish Institute & The Glensheen Mansion and I am so excited to be back on the East Coast because of the large amount of estates here in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and beyond! Wedding venues that are private estates usually have so much detail and character that you just can’t get at a normal wedding venue.
I was so excited to visit The Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts during early Spring. At first you think that it’s just the strong, stately, European inspired mansion with it’s light red brick that is the highlight of the grounds but as you walk around you’ll start to notice that every inch of entire grounds have intricate details etched into them and are meticulously cared for. There’s a lawn, dappled with statues, that rolls on for what seems like forever into the ocean, a private white sand beach, an oversized chess board, another building down further on the lawn with perfect stairs and landscaping, and views of the ocean from almost every side. The perfect spot for a classic and elegant wedding that will entertain and wow your guests because of the sheer history and uniqueness of it.
From a wedding photographers point of view, this venue is nothing but a dream! With a million different backdrops for portraits, a vacant beach for intimate shots of a bride and groom, large open spaces made perfectly for bridal parties and family formals, and the never ending lawn that is perfect for hosting cocktail hour this venue has so much to offer. If you are looking into an estate venue for your wedding, specifically The Crane Estate, I would love to chat with you!