This has been our other little baby. We’ve been nurturing it with love and tender care. We are now excited to share it with the world… Finally, after much ado, we are happy to announce that we have a special partnership with the Kemper Center. We have been given exclusive access to areas previously unavailable to the general public. For those of you who don’t know the rich history surrounding the Kemper Center, it was originally built in 1861 as a private mansion to Senator Charles Durkee, then in 1865, it was converted over to an Episcopal girls’ school. In 1871, the name was changed to Kemper Hall. It functioned in that capacity for 105 years before closing their doors in 1975. Since then, the old dorm rooms have remained virtually untouched, showcasing their beauty in their simplicity.
As soon as we saw this huge bay window, we knew that a wedding dress had to be placed up there. Although these rooms aren’t available for the bride getting ready on the wedding day itself, it still is a gorgeous place to display the dress for a bridal session before or after the wedding.
Spencer and Sarah have been married for 2 1/2 years, but they still look absolutely stunning in their wedding apparel. We also love how the worn flooring and patchy paint are in stark contrast to their beautiful clothes.
As you look down the mini-hallways or gaze through the doors, you wonder what kinds of conversations happened, what tears were shed, what laughter ensued as the girls were cautiously governed by the nuns roaming the halls.
At one point, the Kemper Center thought about turning the third and fourth floors into extra space for a reception, so they tore down walls and prepared to remodel. However, they lost funding in the process and the rooms remained as they were, showing the skeleton behind the beauty of the design.
There is so much natural light that allows for amazing shots. We had so much fun staging the room to show off its natural beauty.
Even a seemingly bad paint job adds contrast and color to this beautiful portrait. All you are really able to see is the richness of color that the person wanting this color in their room was trying to go for.
One of our favorite places that we were allowed access to is the spiral staircase that is typically closed off. The railing on most parts of it come at about knee height, but that was typical for that era. It is so gorgeous that it speaks for itself.
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