If you’ve ever read a word of my blog, you know I’m a sucker for a good love story and I’m a big fan of symmetry. Erin and Brian gave me both.
When I shot their engagement session at the Peace Gardens at Lake Harriet, I knew that they were my kind of couple. They’re fun, genuine, don’t take themselves too seriously, and are perfectly at ease with being schmoopy in front of the camera. They’re the kind of couple that I can put in good light, take a step back, and give them a two-word direction: snuggle up. And they are champion snuggle-up-ers.
Although I would have been more than happy to photograph Erin and Brian in the basement of the local VFW, when I met them at the Calhoun Beach Club for their final consultation, my jaw literally dropped. It’s a beautiful facility with a very unique style. Elegant and contemporary with an abundance of natural light, I became positively giddy thinking of all the possibilities. As fellow photographer Michael Overbeek recently quoted from Top Gun – it’s a “target rich environment.”
Of all the places I’ve photographed, there are only a handful that really put attention and thought into the bride’s room. The bride’s room in Calhoun Beach Club is one of the loveliest I have ever seen. It has four separate stations for hair/make-up, gorgeous mirrors, two beautiful white couches with crisp clean lines, and ornamental hooks high on the wall, perfectly placed for handing a wedding dress.
But even better than being a gorgeous building with beautiful light and a lovely bride’s room, The Calhoun Beach Club has personal significance to Erin and Brian. This is where their story began. Right outside the gated pool area is where they spoke to each other for the first time. So of course on their wedding day, to bring their story full circle and pay homage to the god of symmetry, we had to sneak away for a few minutes and go to the place where it all started.