Welcome to Lindsey and Jordan’s engagement session at the Raspberry Island in a cold and windy day of spring. As a Saint Paul wedding photographer, I first met them prior to their wedding, in the twin cities, near the capitol. A couple of weeks after, I was delighted to cover their photo session.
A Park Next to a Famous Venue
On Raspeberry Island, and facing the park, you will find a well-known wedding venue, the Minnesota Boat Club. If the club is old, the park itself has been recently renovated to host events such as outdoor wedding ceremony, concert. By the way, when I arrived, there was an entire bridal party (getting married at the Minnesota boat club) having their portrait taken inside a futurist arch: the Schubert Bandshell.
But it was not the place I would choose to take couple’s photos. Indeed, except the pedestrian green line walkways that offer a nice view on the city, and a direct access to the river, there is not much photogenic amenities. Unlike the Harriet Island with old oaks and the riverboat harbored, the Raspeberry is (for the moment), pretty flat (only short vegetation) and empty (except the Hall).
That’s a great place to get married (special for outdoor ceremony), close to an event venue and having an overlook on the city as a backdrop. That said, for a photo session, I preferred to focus more on the shorefront and the massive Wabasha Bridge.
When the newly engaged couple arrived, I was pleased to see that Lindsey (who was already frozen by the fresh temperatures), followed my recommendations regarding the pre wedding session (look at the Engagement page, clothes and hair and makeup) and picked a nice dress that would catch the wind.
We started by capturing pictures on the Mississippi Riverfront, using the bench and young tree leaves around. Wind blew in Lindsey’s hair, while she was looking with complicity to Jordan. She was stunning and this magical moment led to some romantic pictures.
Quickly after, we moved to the impressive bridge to continue the photo shoot. I played with the monument architecture and the backlight.
Despite the wind, Lindsey was brave, and had a lot of interaction with her fiancé. I didn’t have to ask them to pose and that allowed me to catch candid shoots.
Then we moved forward to Saint Paul Kellogg Boulevard and the Kellog Mall parks, another spot I had previously scouted, and finally it will end with on a amazing photo session on roof top in Saint-Paul.
If you are planing a photo shoot at Rapsberry Island you may also consider the Harriet Island.