Today we’re going behind the scenes of our summer issue! We began to plan for this issue back in March, and brought on some great contributors to be a part of it. We hope you enjoy this bonus content and behind-the-scenes shots.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may remember this shot of Siobhan standing in the lake at Red Gate Farms. Always willing to do what she needs to do to get the shot, the result was our beautiful cover image.
Our cover shoot was styled by Carol Jensky, who created a sophisticated summer story with red, white and blue threading through the looks. We were inspired by the location to imagine the shoot as a bohemian Tuscan vacation. Carol brought her pup, Harper, who was a champ in her modeling debut.
We were joined on set by Megan Proctor, owner of Sea + Stone Jewelry, located in Charleston. We were introduced to Megan by Kristen Baird-Rabun, who is profiled as a tastemaker in our summer issue. Megan brought tons of nature and Lowcountry-inspired jewelry to play with and we had a fabulous time looking through her inventory. (Megan also featured Bevin and Siobhan in her newsletter recently if you’d like to check it out!)
Hair and makeup for the shoot was done by Megan Mateo, using Jules – More Than Makeup products. Additional clothing and accessories were also provided by Civvies, Harper, Kendra Scott, Red Clover, and Terra Cotta, and the model was Vy Dang.
Also featured in the summer issue of Paprika Southern is our Lowcountry Boil shoot, styled by Kim Daniels. Kim is a fabulous stylist and photographer from Bruinswick, GA who brought us several vendors for the shoot from the Golden Isles area, including Feathered Heart Prints, Tree House Macarons, Hope Farm Co. and Dot & Army. Furniture was provided by Savannah Vintage Rentals and the florals were done by Colonial House of Flowers.
Kim, assisted by Sara Brown, created a lovely menu for the shoot and recipes for her Lowcountry boil, honeycrisp apple slaw, pimento cheese, mini tomato pies and a lavender julep are all included in the issue. The idea was for an elegant evening gathering set off by the beauty of the marsh landscape, and we found the perfect location at Point Pleasant IPC Retreat and Summer Day Camp. We devised a color scheme based off of the lavender provided by Colonial House of Flowers and accented by the seersucker napkins from Dot & Army.
In addition to the tablescape and food we invited some family and friends to come play partygoers. Kara, Kyle, Carol, Josh and the Fritz family all were wonderful additions to the shoot, enduring the sand gnats and mosquitos like troopers, and we couldn’t get enough of them.
Another wonderful addition to this issue was new contributor Stephanie Tallevast. Stephanie shared a home tour with Brooke Thomas of Clutter (also our newest stockist!) and styled out three different interior looks with one piece of furniture at Cohen’s Retreat. In the home tour piece, Stephanie focuses on the Thomases’ art collection and how they integrate it into their home and family. We’re loving adding this interior home aspect to the magazine and can’t wait for you to see it in the issue.
The summer issue of Paprika Southern also features a personal essay by Omkari Williams focusing on race dynamics in America, our picks for summer road trip destinations with Grace McWilliams, illustrations by Kate Paul and we reveal our summer tastemakers–jewelry designers Kristen Baird-Rabun, brand designers Erica Kelly and Caty Cote of Flourish Collaborative and author of La Americana Melanie Bowden Simon.
Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photos by Siobhan Egan