Throwback to one of the first styled shoots I participated in as a fledgling calligrapher. @lynndunston created a garden dream at this estate near the Potomac. 🙌🏼 Everytime I look back at these images I feel nostalgic and inspired. .
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings 🎶.
Parcel wrapped suites are a favorite around here - for a forest wedding near Tel Aviv, magical 🙌🏼 I love this petite suite, the Antiquarian from our semi-custom line.
A few miles from our house, if you jump on 280, get off at Como and follow the winding road to Luther Seminary, there’s an old library, the campus library. Open the door and ignore the signs pointing up the few steps to the lobby - turn right and head downstairs. Walk past the overflowing garbage container full of old books - not old enough or relevant enough to be of value to the library at the moment - turn left and stroll over to the bookshelves labeled - 25¢ sale. This is where I find all my old book paper. Students rarely pass these shelves, and only staff-hands stock these tomes. But they’re practically free, their content is dubious and their pages smell of dust and dry parchment. I take a few home each visit and use only the blank bookend pages from each volume. I have quite the collection, now. “Electrical Engineering” from 1973 and “The Handbook of Christian Etiquette by Mrs. W. B. Riley” from 1968. (That last was a real find 😂🤦🏻♀️ written by the late wife of the first president of my alma mater, we keep it around to do dramatic readings at parties)
But, this bi-annual ritual of paper foraging in the bowels of Luther Sem. is more about the adventure than the treasure at the end - sneaking onto a campus I don’t attend, admiring the old buildings - I feel as if I were on some covert operation, as I secret away these precious pages.
For #afdworkshops .
Concept, Styling and Florals @ashleyfoxdesigns
Invitation suite, place cards and ribbon @shastabellcalligraphy
Killer shot by Photographer @amandanippoldt
Workshop attendees @kristopherandco
Model Elle @ignitemodels
Hair accessory @corbielle_by_ada