For Emily and Dustin’s engagement session in Saint Paul, Minnesota, we first went to a natural and historic park, which was designed to preserve Minnesota’s heritage, located under the interstate. For the second part, they chose another historic building: the Minnesota State Capitol!
- Historic and urban style for your engagement session in Saint Paul, MN
- The Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, MN, A European Style
- Let’s use the architecture!
- Using the Marble
- Take Some Pictures Inside
- Ending the photo session at the James. J. Hill House
While the first location was in nature, the second location was in the city. It’s a good idea to mix nature and monuments for a more modern appeal.
After we easily parked on Cedar street and were walking up to the state capitol building entrance, I had a curious feeling: to feel at home, in Europe.
If you grow up in Minnesota State, you will probably take a guided tour and you will know the architect of the Minnesota State Capitol: Cass Gilbert. But did you know he found his inspiration in the Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome? That’s why this marble piece of artwork with its staircase and column and the capitol dome looks so beautiful to me.
But one big difference stroked me that day regarding such a building: there was nobody, no visitors! We were alone and enjoyed this amazing place to take engagement photos without being interrupted by tourism. In France it would have been impossible!
This architecture style comes from the Italian renaissance when artists were copying great antique monuments. Through the time the design evolved by including more bronze, golden leaves and granite statues. But from the beginning, the unique goal of the architect is to give to people the feeling of being small in front of the building.
Here, the capitol makes the citizens and the employees (governor, legislator) feel small and humble in front of the Senate, the Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
Another goal of this massive architectural construction is offering to the people a scenic view on Saint Paul Downtown.
Taking pictures in such a place was like the respect toward the Capitol building was transferred to the love linking these two lovebirds. It creates timeless environment for timeless pictures.
I like to use the perspective, and I also like marble. It’s almost a light grey photo studio background where the lovers’ bodies can contrast. Also, I enjoyed playing with the stairs and columns of the Minnesota state Capitol building.
When we arrived, the Minnesota State Capitol was unfortunately already closed. But it is worth coming again and take some pictures inside for the engagement session. Indeed it is easily accessible and they don’t require permit. But must of all, the inside is pretty amazing.
Then we decided to head up to another historic building on Summit Avenue, just after the Cathedral, the James. J. Hill House, a big mansion. We enjoyed this great edifice.
It was funny to see the contrast between the dark Rugged Stone of the James. J. Hill House and the white marble of the capitol, especially because these two landmark historic monuments have been constructed more or less at the same time. I mean, they could have used the local underground limestone for the construction.
Finally, we took pictures until the last sun ray. The bride and groom-to-be were exhausted! I hope that they had a lot of fun. I was pretty excited to cover their wedding in Saint Paul, MN, downtown a couple of months later at another renovated historic building, the Saint Paul Athletic Club.