During the dreary, dark days of winter, we have to get our flower fix by flipping through some of the photos from the past year. This particular post features just a few of the dozens of beautiful images from a styled shoot organized by Lake Tahoe-based photographer Mandy Ford. Originally from the Lima area, Mandy was back in town to photograph the same couple's wedding for whom we were designing the florals. She contacted us with the idea of doing a creative styled shoot with other vendors in the Lima area. After a flurry of emails in just a few short days, she had pulled together a great team of professionals and a Pinterest board packed with ideas.
After just a few short hours of shooting, we had hundreds of gorgeous images--several of which were published by Glamour and Grace!
Following are a few additional details from the shoot, plus even more fantastic images that Mandy captured around our farm.
The fall foliage was virtually at its peak, and the morning light really highlighted the golden hues of the leaves. The shoot took place in late October-- just a few days after a killing frost decimated our field flowers. While our hoophouse was protected and still housed a jungle of blooms, few of those flowers were in the rich gold and deep wine and marsala color palette being used for the styled shoot. That meant we had to get pretty industrious to pull this off. Miraculously a few flowers at Cat Run Ranch Flower Farm survived the frost and my flower friends Mark and Karen graciously allowed me to come harvest the few surviving dahlias which were the absolute perfect shade of merlot. I also stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some produce that I planned to combine with seasonal blooms for a compote overflowing with flowers and fruits (and even a few veggies--hello beautiful Ohio-grown kale!). I went a little crazy with all the beautiful pears and pomegranates and papery tomatillos--I had to have them all!
Mom, neighbor Deb and I all had a ton of fun pulling together the florals for the shoot. It was so much fun having the creative freedom to choose the vases, vessels and flower used for the shoot. Each element we created was filled with lush dahlias, scented geranium, chocolate queen anne's lace, snapdragons, ninebark and cosmos that were all from our farm or at least Ohio-grown (thank you again Cat Run!) For a few of the centerpieces, I foraged hedge apples and mixed in some mums along with the fruit (not Ohio-grown...it was late October, after all!). On hand were a stylist and event planner, the photographer, the baker who made the cake, the model, plus a helper or two. We pulled together a few different tablescapes using rentals that the stylist and I brought (ahem, borrowed from my sis-in-law, Sally).