What an image!
And how absolutely crazy to be selected for a double-page lead-in to the “Grand Soirees” tabletop section!
Gorgeous linen puddling just right on the lawn… A thousand roses in hot summer colors at their perfect peak… Even the finiky David Austin English garden roses hadn’t wilted. The brandy-new clear lucite pedestals seem to effortlessly support the massive (OMG they were so heavy) florals.
Ha! It was at least 110 in the baking sun – AND 5 minutes earlier a rogue typhoon blew through – tossing napkins and glassware everywhere. The gorgeous Ben Verley (and her equally fine husband Anurag) from MBV Photography took the shot above, but I grabbed these few below from my camera. Excuse what must be a big smudge on the lens adding that delightful BLUR in the middle:
In the finished shot for the magazine there were three of us UNDER the table holding the linen in place. I was flipping out that the enormous -and SOOO heavy – florals would definitely go over! We held them in place and ran back at the count of 3 to get the shot.
Of course - right after the shot it was as breezeless as it had been all day (oh bastid) - with the temp right back up there just in time to pack it all up!
Flowers, White Louis Chairs, Lucite Pedestals: John Orton Events
Photography: MBV Photography
Couches, Pillows, Linens, Chaircovers: Nuage Designs Miami and NY Many thanks to owner Pablo and the NY staff for going through many last minute hoops to make this happen!
Placesettings and Chiavari Chairs: Be Our Guest Party Rentals, Boston