It snowed the night before the shoot, giving us a beautiful wintery landscape. Snow does something magical to the scenery. The shoot took place in one of the barns at stylist, Rosanna’s Smith’s family farm (Villa Smith) in Gainesville, Virginia. This farm has been in the Smith family for over 100 years. Rosanna is also the owner of Bella Villa Vintage Rentals and this photo shoot contains many antiques and pieces from her collection.
A touch of Gatsby glam meets Virginia farm in this wintery, rustic, bootleg inspired editorial photo shoot. This secret elopement style wedding was tucked away inside a rustic barn fronting as an old furniture repair shop. We used several props to make the barn look like a clandestine bootlegging facility replete with a speakeasy type door, a corn sheller, stills, a funnel, barrels to store the hooch and a hideaway bar inside an armoire. The cover of the furniture shop would explain the rustic style ripped armchair and the stripped settee we use as the cake stand. Gold embellishments, rich shades of marsala and buttery cremes juxtapose the worn, rustic wood.
You can’t bootleg without a getaway car and we found the perfect one belonging to Rosanna’s father-in-law, a 1920s vintage Packard whose marsala color inspired the accents and florals. The sequined vintage gown from Gossamer added a little bit of shimmer and glamor to the rustic setting. Calligraphy containing the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald pay homage to the Gatsby era.
“I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything.”
Thank you to the wonderful and talented team that put this together with me.
Photography: Jennifer Prophet, Photography: Sherry McNeill, Planning and Design: Bella Villa Shop, Floral Designer: Wild Green Yonder, Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina, Calligraphy: Poppy and Scotter, Wedding Gown: Gossamer, Furniture and Rentals: Bella Villa Shop, Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow , Beauty: Tmak Artistry, Model: The Artist Agency