Engagement Session Marjorie Mcneely Conservatory Photos

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If you are looking for a great covered location for your engagement session and surprise proposal in Saint Paul and Minneapolis you should consider the Marjorie McNeely conservatory (better known as the Como Conservatory). Let me showcase below the pros and cons.

 

— Engagement photos with Plant and Flowers at St paul zoo and conservatory —
— Engagement photos with Plant and Flowers at St paul zoo and conservatory —

A Stunning GlassHouse

The Marjorie McNeely conservatory is simply the most beautiful glasshouse (I have seen) in Minnesota. Built by the architect Frederick Nussbaumer, it’s all about windows and natural light. The design of each room is slightly different and they all host different plants. On the center stands the majestic Palm Dom above the tropical botanical garden. The lavish building design reminds us royal oriental palace architecture from Eastern Europe. Finished in 1915, this classy greenhouse is a heritage of Minnesota history.

Open all year, it will delight all kinds of visitors. What’s more, the entrance is accessible to everyone (wheelchair included). Furthermore it’s free for visitors (even if the donation is “appreciated”). Nevertheless a photography permit will be required if you want your engagement photographer to take pictures inside.

Several Botanical Gardens in the middle of the Twin Cities

The conservatory is part of  the St Paul Como Zoo Park. It’s located in the west of St Paul, at 15min from Minneapolis. In other words, it’s one of the famous park of the Twin Cities.
The Marjorie McNeely conservatory is height major galleries. A map is available that will guide you, and help you choose the best one.

Palm Dome

You will first enter in the Palm Dome, which is one of the best locations for close portrait photography. It holds tropical plants, such as orchids and bromeliads, and is covered with a path you will enjoy strolling on. You will find a fountain in the middle. All that offers a bunch of photo spots to take great engagement photography. The lush exotic vegetation (lots of palms) isolates you from other visitors, but also prevents any photography taken from far away (if you plan your proposal).

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken garden is designed with apsidal glass walls, in the shape of the arc. It provides stunning natural light, from dawn to dusk! In the center of this gallery stands a long fountain using the rules of perspectives and creating the illusion that the gallery is even longer.

On each side are cultivated flowers like roses, lavenders and many other specimens of plants and ornamental flowers. Beware, the gardener constantly adjusts seasonal plants. Indeed they have many showing up during the year! On the entrance of the Sunken gallery you will find a terrace facing a hotel on the other side. This other hotel is surrounded by conifers (Italian cypress) and has glass windows as a background.

The North Garden

The North Garden has also plants from tropics and exotic species. It’s very dense, and can even create some shade. It could work greatly depending on the natural light.

The Orchid House hosts plenty of orchids. But even if it has nice collections of floral and ornamental orchids, the room is quite small and not so picturesque for engagement photos.

The Fern room

The Fern room is full of lush fern with their tropical shape. Those perennial plants (the first in the natural botanical world) always work well for the pictures!

The bonsais exhibit may not work for you except if you are the size of a hummingbird.

There is also a butterfly garden, with grasses and shrubs, but honestly I have no memories there! It’s probably too small for good pictures.

Japanese Garden

And finally the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden is located outside and offers a lot of good photo spots.

In summary, you probably understand that the two main advantages of the Marjorie Mcneely conservatory:

  • A glass structure (offering good natural light in every season)
  • A large plant diversity offering a magnificent landscape as the backdrop of your engagement pictures in Saint Paul.

Now let’s see the cons of this Glasshouse

The best covered location for engagement pictures (in some condition)

The major criticism we can do against the Como Conservatory is that it attracts too many visitors! It’s a victim of his own success and therefore you may have some tourist groups in your pictures.

To catch candid and stunning portraits during your engagement session, the best wedding photographers want you to feel at ease and relax. It’s pretty obvious that you need a minimum of space to move.

Indeed, timeless pictures are captured when you are performing some real actions such as walking or making jokes. Consequently, the risk at the Marjorie Conservatory is to have only posed pictures. So we may have to “fight” (in the Minnesotan way) to keep a good spot for few minutes.

That’s why I strongly recommend you to carefully choose the day and the time for your engagement session or proposal! Try to avoid crowding-Sunday afternoons. Instead, try to come early in the morning during a week day. You may have a chance to be surrounded only by the natural world.

— Shots by St Paul Professionnal photographer —
— Shots by St Paul Professionnal photographer at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— Photograph of a Couple Kissing troug exotic plants at zoo and conservatory —
— Photograph of a Couple Kissing troug exotic plants at zoo and conservatory —
— madly in love kiss at the St Paul zoo and conservatory —
— madly in love kiss at the St Paul zoo and conservatory, MN —
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— garden features at the Suken garden como conservatory —
— In love couple on camrea during engagement photo shoot —
— In love couple on camera during engagement photo shoot at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— Kiss under the blue sky of the Suken glass —
— Kiss under the blue sky of the Suken glassv at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— Engagement photos Suken garden St Paul —
— Engagement photos Suken garden St Paul —
— Suken dome engagement session —
— Suken dome engagement session —
— pre wedding session st paul conservatory —
— pre wedding session st paul conservatory —
— two lovers kissing with horticulture and sun —
— two lovers kissing with horticulture and sun at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— couple stanging in font of Foutain and horitculture background —
— couple stanging in font of Foutain and horitculture background —

How to prepare your engagement session at the Como Zoo Conservatory

Here is a list of few tips to well prepare your engagement session.

  • pick a week day
  • make sure there is no flower festival, lecture or concert
  • make sure it is not a too warm day (or the temperature inside the Green House may be too warm)
  • come early (to avoid the tourists)
  • take a photo permit at the Zoo entrance
  • use the bathroom to change (if needed)
  • have fun
— On camera memory at the St Paul zoo and conservatory —
— On camera memory at the St Paul zoo and conservatory —
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— kissing infront of conservatories at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
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— couple posing at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— couple kissing at Suken garden marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— couple kissing at Suken garden marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— Photography of truly in love couple marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— Photography of truly in love couple marjorie mcneely conservatory —
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— unobtusive shots of in loved couple rmarjorie mcneely conservatory —
— fiance kissing at marjorie mcneely conservatory with exotic plants —
— fiance kissing at marjorie mcneely conservatory with exotic plants —
— priceless couple moment hold hands at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— priceless couple moment hold hands at marjorie mcneely conservatory —
— beautiful photos among plants and flowers at marjorie mcneely conservatory mn —
— beautiful photos among plants and flowers at marjorie mcneely conservatory mn —
— candid shot of child of the groom with fog on glass at the Conservatory mn —
— candid shot of child of the groom with fog on glass at the Conservatory mn —
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— wedding hedl a small ceremony at marjorie conservatory como park st paul —
— happy bride groom zoo St Paul and conservatory —
— happy bride groom zoo St Paul and conservatory —

The Map:
The MAP : http://www.comozooconservatory.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Como_Map2.pdf