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Garden Richmond Wedding: Joe & Adam

AE Landes Photography

June 5, 2016

It sounds a little like a movie, but Joe and Adam met at a popular coffee shop in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. It was two nights before Christmas, and the city was still crowded and snowy. Joe had been moving from cafe to cafe to try to find a quiet space to plan his first-ever course as a university professor. Adam had just gotten a fresh haircut and was feeling bold – he was in the right place at the right time. Adam liked Joe’s shoes and taste in music.

They talked for several hours, both fresh out of relationships and not expecting anything to come out of that night. But they stayed up talking on the phone until 5 am. After both going away for the holiday, they met again by chance at a New Year’s Eve party, ended up sneaking off together in the house, kissing at midnight to the backdrop of real live fireworks and have been by each other’s side nearly non-stop for the last five years. They were instant best friends.

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Joe says he knew from the moment they met. Adam wrote a song about that night, which was played by a quartet as they walked down the aisle.

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Joe had a secret, masterful plan to sneak Adam away to a cabin in West Virginia to pop the question. It was a place they had gone to on one of their first vacations, and it felt like being on top of the world. Joe even asked Adam’s mom ahead of time for permission – which surprised her almost as much as it surprised Adam.

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When choosing a venue, finding something in Richmond was important as the place Joe had grown up and where Adam had spent time as a page in the House of Delegates.  Both families live nearby, and they wanted to make sure that everyone – kids and grownups – could make it.

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AE Landes Photography

The park where they held their ceremony was a place Joe had visited after high school nearly every week, a place where he had always said he would get married. It’s a beautifully secluded rose garden with a long colonnade and gazebo for the procession and waterfalls nearby. Both were surprised to hear the venue came with a horse and carriage!

AE Landes Photography
AE Landes Photography

Their reception had an amazing view of the city. It was one of the first restaurants they went to together with Adam’s mom when they first started dating. They loved the food, the space and how it reflected both of them.

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AE Landes Photography

The most important part of planning was realizing that all of the beautiful DIY details you see on Pinterest and blogs really have to be created yourself. There was no store where you could buy those things. Though they are both pretty organized when it comes to event planning, it helped to have an encouraging and thoughtful day of coordinator to keep them and everyone else on track.

AE Landes Photography
AE Landes Photography
AE Landes Photography
AE Landes Photography

At the end of the day they both said their favorite moment was reading the vows they wrote to one another. Between that, and all of the wonderful details and touches that their officiant added, the ceremony felt really perfect and like a great representation of the couple. They were also relieved it didn’t rain, because it was very, very close. 

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Photographer: A.E.Landes Photography // Caterer: Boathouse at Rocketts Landing // Event Venue: Maymont Park // Floral Designer:  The Green Flamingo // Pre Ceremony Location:  The Jefferson Hotel

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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