Whew! That editorial was quite the party, wasn’t it? On the day of the shoot we joked that it felt like we had just pulled off an entire (intimate) wedding – 30+ guests and all! For that reason in particular, we were so thrilled to have Blueberry Fusion on hand to capture all the merriment and hard work. Take a peek at what went on behind the scenes, and see if you can count how many helping hands went into pulling off this large and in charge shoot!
Today’s the day, y’all! V5 officially debuts on news stands today and we couldn’t be happier to share our features on the blog. Yesterday, y’all got a sneak peek of our Family Heirlooms shoot with some behind the scenes shots. Judging from your comments, you’ll be positively giddy to see these amazing images, styled by Lora Elaine and photographed by Eric Kelley!
Though we nicknamed this shoot the “Tomato Shoot,” it means far more to us than that. Inspired by the family traditions centered around home-grown food and the history of the heirloom tomato itself, we set about creating an editorial that combined the vibrant colors of those delicious fruits with the family we associate with it.
We were thrilled to see what gorgeous floral arrangements Mary Stevens at Fearrington Village created for us. The bouquets in shades of red, orange and yellow were perfectly wild and warm.
The shot below is one of Emily’s favorites from this feature. We loved the idea of creating an ombre bridal party and Emily made sure we got a gorgeous shot of it!
A fun tomato tasting station gave us the chance to highlight the tomato varieties that we adored and proved to be a crowd pleaser — how could anyone pass up those gorgeous colors? They look delicious.
We just loved the idea of boxed meals with gingham napkins and a calligraphy message inside! The food — biscuits, sweet potato wedges, tomato sandwiches and more — were equally appealing.
In lieu of traditional favors, we opted for a produce stand of sorts, letting guests pick out their favorite fresh vegetables to take home. We love how it reflects our Southern upbringings in that no guest ever leaves the house without something to eat!
Ta-da! The cherry cake that Ashley Cakes whipped up for us was beautiful. The happy rainier cherries lining each tier were too cute!
We were joined by some very special guests for our shoot. Miss Georgia 2012, Jasmyn Wilkins acted as our “bride” for the day and our good friends from around town came in to party at our “reception.” We were privileged that our local bluegrass favorite, The Bloomsbury Boys also joined us, providing music for most of the shoot!
Stay tuned for more from this shoot tomorrow!
Though V5 officially debuts on newsstands tomorrow (and, as such, we’ll start rolling out editorial images on the blog soon after that), we couldn’t resist sharing a little behind the scenes actions today! Family Heirlooms (or, The Tomato Shoot, as it was known around our office) was one of the biggest shoots we’ve produced for the magazine, with dozens of reader models, vendors, helping hands, and good friends coming together at Fearrington Village to bring it to life. We are lucky to have such a beautiful venue just down the street from our office, which made it possible for more of our team to attend than usual!
These photos from Faith Teasley and Jenni Bailey will only whet your appetite, I’m sure, so make sure you’re tuned in tomorrow for the final images!
Y’all, sitting in that freezer above are sweet tea popsicles with sugar cane sticks that Lara made for the shoot. Seriously, try it. You won’t regret it.
It wouldn’t be a tomato shoot without freshly picked tomatoes, now would it? Lara and I stopped by a patch right down the street from the office to find the juiciest additions to our produce-packed feature before heading over to Fearrington.
Doesn’t that duct tape label crack you up? Our “bride” for the day was Miss Georgia 2012, so it makes sense!
We were lucky enough to have our good friend Stacey Lanning (that’s her below) with us on shoot day to put together some last-minute crafty details. She even brought a bucket of mason jars filled with ice water, lemon, oranges and basil to keep us hydrated! Her thoughtful gifts were so cute we ended up using them as a prop in one of our photos.
YUM. Heirloom tomatoes are one of the most beautiful produce items we’ve ever seen. More than their bright and bold colors, their history helped us form the storyline for this shoot.
The photo above is what we all like to joke is a still from Emily’s own cooking show. Are y’all seeing that cake?? Look for an amazing close-up shot on Wednesday!
We can’t wait for y’all to see what’s on the other side of these behind-the-scenes shots! Big thanks again to Faith Teasley and Jenni Bailey for tagging along with us on that hot day in July to bring us these images.