Engagement Portrait by Fontainebleau Sugar Mill Ruins
Michael Caswell Photography

Engagement Portrait by Fontainebleau Sugar Mill Ruins

This Pearl River, LA couple had great chemistry and was a lot of fun to work with! Whenever I'm photographing an engagement portrait at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, I almost always like to get some shots by the brick ruins of the sugar mill that once operated at this site, as I just love the look of the old weathered bricks, softly out of focus in the background.

The Historical Marker at the site reads as follows:

These ruins are all that remain of Fountainebleau Plantation, once the summer home and plantation of Bernard de Marigny. Born in 1785 to a family closely tied to the earliest colonial efforts in Louisiana, Marigny accumulated and lost a fortune in his lifetime. The grounds that make up Fountainebleau State Park are just a part of the vast land holdings he acquired on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. He operated Fountainebleau Plantation, brick kilns and a sugar mill between 1828 and 1852. Although his major residence was in New Orleans, he chose to spend much of his time at his summer residence, cooled by the breezes of the lake and free to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. During his ownership of the plantation he participated in the early development of sugar cane and the refinement of sugar. The nearby town of Mandeville was owned and developed by Marigny as part of his extensive real estate interests. An unsuccessful candidate for governor three times, he remained active in politics until his death in 1868.

Location: Mandeville, LA.