Capturing Love in Bloom: A Garden Party Wedding at Cloverlea Farmhouse

As a wedding photographer, every assignment is special, but there’s a unique joy that comes with capturing the love stories of friends. Recently, I had the privilege of photographing the union of my dear friend and talented hairstylist, Emma Hurt, and her now-husband, Anthony Hurt. Their wedding, held on, November 12, 2023, at the picturesque Cloverlea Farmhouse and Memorial Gardens in Virginia, was a celebration that blended tradition with a touch of whimsy.

A Garden Party Extravaganza

From the moment I stepped onto the grounds of Cloverlea Farmhouse, it was clear that Emma and Anthony were crafting a wedding day unlike any other. The couple decided to eschew the conventional timeline, opting for a garden party theme and vibe. The ceremony unfolded gracefully at noon, surrounded by the natural beauty of the memorial gardens. The enchanting atmosphere was heightened by the gentle melodies of two live violinists, setting the perfect tone for a day filled with love and joy.

Creative Touches and Artistic Flair

Emma and Anthony’s wedding was a canvas of creativity. A live painter, the talented Madelyn Hinkley, added an artistic dimension to the celebration, translating the emotions of the day onto canvas. The result was a breathtaking masterpiece that captured not only the picturesque surroundings but the essence of the couple’s love.

In lieu of a traditional cake cutting ceremony, the couple opted for a sweet and unique touch—strawberry cream puff pastries. The delicate and delicious treats from caterer SuzyQ added a delightful twist to the dessert table, proving that love, much like these cream puffs, is best when sweet and unexpected.

A Symphony of Vendors

Every detail of Emma and Anthony’s day was meticulously planned and executed, thanks to a dream team of vendors who turned their vision into reality.

  • Videographer: Makayla Kincaid from Linen & Lace Studio beautifully captured every moment, creating a visual narrative that will be cherished for a lifetime.
  • Hair and Makeup: Michaela Lambert and Ashleigh Cascio worked their magic, ensuring Emma looked radiant on her special day.
  • Florist: The stunning floral arrangements by Bloom by Doyles added a touch of nature’s elegance, transforming the venue into a blooming wonderland.
  • Dress and Suit: Emma’s gorgeous gown from Ashley Grace Bridal and Anthony’s dapper suit from Suit Shop reflected their individual styles while harmonizing perfectly.
  • Cake/Dessert Provider: SuzyQ’s cream puffs were a delectable highlight, proving that wedding desserts can be as unique as the couple themselves.
  • Additional Vendors: Madelyn Hinkley’s artistic flair, the soulful melodies from Black Water Creek Coffee’s coffee truck, and the lively yard games added layers of enjoyment to the festivities.

#AmericasSweetHurts

The couple’s wedding hashtag, #AmericasSweetHurts, perfectly encapsulates the day’s blend of sweetness, charm, and the enduring commitment between Emma and Anthony.

Capturing Emma and Anthony’s wedding was a privilege, and I’m grateful to have been a part of their love story. It’s weddings like these that remind me why I’m passionate about what I do—the ability to freeze moments of love, laughter, and joy, ensuring they last a lifetime.

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and may your love continue to bloom and flourish!


Vendor Information:

  • Videographer: Makayla Kincaid – Linen & Lace Studio | Email: mailman@honeybook.com | Instagram: @linenlacestudio
  • Hair/Makeup: Michaela Lambert – Instagram: @Michaelachalaine.hair / Ashleigh Cascio – Instagram: @Ashleighcascio_mua | Email: ashleighcasciomua@gmail.com
  • Florist: Bloom by Doyles | Email: weddings@doylesflorist.com | Instagram: @Bloombydoyles
  • Dress & Suit: Ashley Grace Bridal – Instagram: @ashleygracebridal / Suit Shop – Instagram: @suitshopofficial
  • Cake/Dessert Provider: SuzyQ – Instagram: @suzyqetc
  • Additional Vendors: Madelyn Hinkley (Painter) – Instagram: @madelynfaith.art / Black Water Creek Coffee (Coffee Truck) – Instagram: @blackwatertrailer

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