ˈwändərər/a person who travels aimlessly; a traveler.
That is a google translation.
I’d like to be seen as a wanderer or called as one. Well, most of the time. A wanderer, to my own definition, is someone who goes out and does things without a definite goal or purpose, who lets things happen naturally, who lives for the moment, who always says yes to things and opportunities, who opens herself up to feel the world whenever or however she wants to, who doesn’t follow strict rules yet still has her standards of living right and do good. A wanderer never lets the world tell her what to do and how to live life.
Last Sunday, when shooting for an outfit at the Walker Art Center, my boyfriend noticed this English Gothic style church nearby with its open balcony. Per usual, he wanted to go on it. Well, I guess since higher up in the balconies or rooftops meaning more sunlight, and more sunlight means better photography. So we drove across the freeway to the church. It’s the Hennepin Methodist Church. I remembered stopping by and had an outfit shot right in front of the church once last spring. I was drawn to not only the architecture of the church but also there were a few blooming crabapple trees right in front of it. But I didn’t go in until last weekend. We were greeted by 2 ladies at the front desk, very welcomingly. To my surprise, it wasn’t only a religious establishment. My boyfriend and I walked in the church from balcony side, looking down to the stage-like altar. I didn’t remember seeing any religious figures, God or Saints. You certainly can do more research about Methodism. But to my understanding, Methodists’ way of worshiping to through singing, lots of singing.
We were greeted by 2 ladies at the front desk, very welcomingly. To my surprise, it wasn’t only a religious establishment. My boyfriend and I walked in the church from balcony side, looking down to the stage-like altar. I didn’t remember seeing any religious figures, God or Saints. You certainly could do more research about Methodism. But to my understanding, Methodists’ way of worshiping is to through singing, lots of singing.
There was a big room upstairs filled with paintings and artworks, donated by the Walker Art, opened for public as well. They call it’s an art gallery. I think it’s more like a room filled with ‘unwanted’ art. We walked around trying to find a way to get to that open balcony. Right at the door before heading out, we saw a tall White man wearing jeans and a red polo. I asked. Without any hesitation, he said, “follow me!” So we did. He took us to the back of the building, opened a door with his key. We climbed a few stairs, and there we were, on the balcony. It looked out to the entire downtown of Minneapolis, and the Walker Art Center was right there. Pretty amazing! At the end of the tour, we got a chance to ask for the guy’s name. Bill. Bill told me he has just retired from being a music conductor, working for the church for the past 15 years. We took people on this tour like twice a year. We were lucky!
The Hennepin Methodist church was designed by Edwin Hawley Hewitt, modeled after the famous church in Cambridgeshire, England, Ely Cathedral. Hewitt also built a Cathedral church nearby on Hennepin Avenue, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. It was completed in 1916, 238 feet high. And it was the second tallest building in Minneapolis, just after the Minneapolis City Hall. -WIKI. According to Bill, painters had to climb 2 more steps of stairs from where we were to paint the spire, that very pointy roof as seen below. You can also see a tiny window if you look hard enough.
that’s Bill! →→→
I can’t end this post without talking about my outfit. I hope you’ve also enjoyed the outfit with the view. This outfit sums up the summer style. I would wear the same combination in a heartbeat. Besides crop tops and shorts, bodysuits and bottoms with longer hem length than short shorts are my secrets to elevate any looks. Just go with a more streamline, body fitted, darker colored top and some longer and looser bottoms. I like to go for a more tailored look, so I own tons of pants like the ones I’m wearing here, just different fits and different fabrics. I’ve added my brown canvas Gucci bag to match. I love that the bodysuit adds a nice surprise to the whole look with an open back and 4 thin straps running down the back. This outfit is perfect for any summer outings or weekend brunches.
OUTFIT DETAILS: bodysuit: Urban Outfitters (old) | pants: Banana Republic (on sale in store, bought for $10) | heels: Vince | bag: Gucci | sunglasses: Ray-ban
I hope you’ve enjoyed this photo series. The reason why I’ve titled it as ‘#wanderer’ is that it speaks to me and this church tour story. Without us being so curious and no shame in asking questions, we wouldn’t be able to find go up to the balcony of this church, see this incredible view, and learn the incredible history of the church and its amazing architecture. I hope you’ll go out and do the same.
as always | stay inspired and curious
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