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downtown erie, pa

Downtown Erie, PA has tons of amazing architecture and history. There are tons of wonderful options for both wedding and reception venues, bridal portraits, and engagement photos! Read on to learn more about our top picks. 

Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Dowtown Erie, PA

union station

Erie's Union Station, constructed in 1927, was a symbol of the railroad's power. Today, it plays host to several cool businesses, including the Brewerie. The Brewerie is a brewpub serving up local craft beer and delicious food. The Art Deco styling contributes to a perfect backdrop for portraits while the Brewerie itself provides great options for wedding receptions. They pride themselves on being able to accommodate pretty much any party, including catering. The Concourse of Union Station makes a beautiful venue for a ceremony; it can seat up to 300. 

sheraton erie bayfront hotel

Overlooking the bay, the Sheraton makes wedding planning simple and streamlined. Their seven available venue spaces can sit anywhere from 25 to 260 guests. It's also conveniently located near the Maritime Museum and the Bicentennial Tower, both of which are great spots for a few bridal photos.

the warner theatre

This stunning, historic Art Deco space will certainly help create an unforgettable celebration for up to 250 guests. Their expert staff will help ensure your wedding is perfect. 

the masonic temple of erie

With several beautiful spaces to choose from, the Masonic Temple is a perfect location for your ceremony or reception. You could easily choose to do both here, and you would not be disappointed.

The Camelot Room is cozy, described as having a "wine cellar feel." It can accommodate 300 in banquet seating or 400 with theatre style seating. The Lodge Room offers a rehearsal before the ceremony with an on-site attendant, as well as dressing rooms for bridal parties. It sits up to 300 with both floor and balcony seating. Finally, the Grand Ballroom is perfect for your reception, featuring a hardwood dance floor—it sits up to 255 in banquet seating.

erie art museum

In terms of wedding or reception venues, the Erie Art Museum has several spaces available. The Patio seats up to 100, the Founders Gallery up to 190, and the gorgeous Hagen Gallery up to 80. They also offer in-house catering options. 

The Erie Art Museum is stunning inside and out. This makes it ideal for engagement or bridal portraits for art lovers.

Our Favorite Portrait Spots in Downtown Erie, PA

modern tool square

A quaint residential area in downtown Erie, Modern Tool Square has plenty of red brick and lush climbing greenery. This makes the perfect backdrop for portraits that are modern yet slightly rustic. 

perry square

This area is an expanse of historic city squares in central downtown Erie. Beautiful trees, statues, fountains, and countless cute street corners create ample opportunities for the perfect engagement photoshoot. 

bicentennial tower

Set on Lake Erie, this observation tower is renowned for the stunning views it provides. What better backdrop for a local couple's engagement photos than a panoramic view of downtown Erie, the lake, and Presque Isle State Park? The gritty, industrial structure of the tower itself can provide some cool, urban photo-ops too. 

maritime museum

Maritime artifacts, sails, art, and, of course, the U.S. Brig Niagara herself create a dynamic setting for portraits. For couples who love sailing, boating, or otherwise spending time on Lake Erie, the Maritime Museum is a no-brainer for portraits.  


Contact us for inquire about availability and to learn more about our personalized approach to wedding and engagement photography in Erie, PA. We can't wait to hear from you!

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