Editorial might be my favorite realm of styling because the pages serve to inspire readers to create the dishes, the parties and the designs featured. When I have the opportunity to invite my friends and family to be the guests in a photo shoot, and then we have the chance to eat, drink and really be merry, not just for the camera, the editorial shoot is all the more worthwhile.
Welcome to that party I dubbed “The Maine Squeeze.”
The story as featured in TABLE Magazine:
The Maine Squeeze
Friends of mine live on a quiet road lined by wildflowers in Maine. Their house is painted the red a cottage should be painted, their garden is a dream, and they’re close to the bay. In short, it’s one of my favorite places on earth, a place I would love to share with my urban farmer boyfriend. Do you know the perfect time to visit Maine? Summer! Do you know the worst time for a farmer to take a vacation? Summer! So instead I brought Maine to him via Chef Kate Romane, a summer seafood boil and the docks of another favorite place of mine- Choderwood.
I called it “My Maine Squeeze,” a lobster inspired pun I commemorated on the custom bibs I made. My bartender friend Drew Cranisky helped welcome guests at my vintage bar setup and offered a Wigle Mint Julep (a nod to our dog Julep, who unfortunately could not attend) or a Hop Farm Elderberry Saison. Continuing along the dock led to the boil buffet and the talented strummings of local artist Jenn Gooch. Guests dined at the picnic stations I created with hand-dyed shibori textiles, vintage crates and nautical accents from Toll Gate Revival. All the floral accents were starter plants which we later planted at his farm- Hazelwood Urban Farms. Somehow, we managed to save room for a sweet finale- my homemade lemon bars and a variety of ice cream flavors from Millie’s Homemade.
It may not have been Maine, but it was pretty close to being a perfect summer evening!