Landscape designer Emily Ang and architect Leonard Ng worked in the same office for three years, but never on the same project. Then one day, they finally got to collaborate—on their wedding. “The vision of a modern enchanted garden really intrigued us,” says Emily, who says they jotted down words like “luminous” and “rich moss” during a brainstorming session. To bring the dream to life, they booked the modernist Valley Presbyterian Church, where a glass wall overlooks Portola Valley’s redwoods, and chose the Beaux Arts–style Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for the reception. Their entrance up a marble staircase was dramatic, the menu featured an eclectic Asian mix (Thai chili scallops, rock shrimp), and the flowers and greenery would have made any landscape designer smile.

Emily and Leonard in San Francisco, CA

When a landscape designer marries an architect, brilliance ensues

Landscape designer Emily Ang and architect Leonard Ng worked in the same office for three years, but never on the same project. Then one day, they finally got to collaborate—on their wedding. “The vision of a modern enchanted garden really intrigued us,” says Emily, who says they jotted down words like “luminous” and “rich moss” during a brainstorming session. To bring the dream to life, they booked the modernist Valley Presbyterian Church, where a glass wall overlooks Portola Valley’s redwoods, and chose the Beaux Arts–style Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for the reception. Their entrance up a marble staircase was dramatic, the menu featured an eclectic Asian mix (Thai chili scallops, rock shrimp), and the flowers and greenery would have made any landscape designer smile.

During their reception at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, Emily and Leonard danced, without irony, to the 1970 birds-and-moondust classic “Close to You,” by the Carpenters. Says the bride, “We’re both loved the song since we were young.”