Sally & Martin / Middleburg, VA

Dear Flower Friends,

I met Sally last year, in the middle of a tornado warning.  She was doing some modeling for a photoshoot and I was immediately struck by her natural beauty and kindness.  Fast forward to earlier this year to when Sally reached out to me to do flowers for her wedding to Martin (Hugh Jackman's younger twin brother!).  The wedding was held at her family's farm by the most idyllic pond nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia Hunt Country.  On the edge of the pond was the most perfect ruin of a stone house.  Of course I immediately tried to convince Sally that her guests didn't need to eat and drink - all of her resources should be spent on flowering the stone house and sail cloth tent.  She laughed and talked me down from my floral fantasy.  Their wedding day went off without a hitch and the flowers were a celebration of local blooms in wooden boxes on bare farm tables.

Soon after the wedding, Sally and Martin decided to do a relaxed wedding session with my good friend and collaborator Krysta Norman.  This time, it was just the four of us on a friend's farm just outside of Middleburg, VA.  When I say four, I mean four of us with two legs and one with four legs - the most beautiful palomino joined in.  By sunset, I was ready to take that beautiful horse home with me and pick up where my riding lessons ended when I was eight years old.

The light was perfect and as we were getting started, I was thrilled to see Krysta put her digital camera away and shoot entirely in film.  The results are soft, romantic and leave you wanting more from this delightful couple.

All photos Norman Photo and Paper / Photographed on Fuji400 film / Scans via The FIND Lab


Jane & Tynan / The Barns at Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA

Dear Flower Friends,

Where to start with Jane?  I met her and her mother in a high school classroom at an extension class taught by planner Jean Welsh.  Let's just say that despite the less than fabulous surroundings, the way Jane described the vision for her wedding, she had me at vintage inspired dress and lots of color.  While there is nothing more delicate and romantic than soft tones of blush, some couples live in technicolor. 

Jane and I talked watercolor tones exploring purple, red, pink and green.  I must admit I was giddy buying flowers but then slightly scared when I was putting everything together in the studio.  Would it be too much?  I looked through my notes and found the words "loves color" underlined twice in the margin.  No more fear!

Jane and Tynan are one of the few couples I've designed for who married in a church and then went on to their reception.  When I arrived in the church garden to deliver her bouquet, her 'maids were lined up serenading her with the Wilson Phillips' song Hold On.  This was going to be an epic celebration.

Jane's vintage inspired dress and birdcage veil were perfection.  I couldn't imagine her wearing anything else. 

All photo AE Landes Photography