The 51st Issue: Behind the Scenes
For the January 2016 cover, we wanted to bring our readers some Spring color in the midst of gray winter months. RW’s Assistant Editor, Shalese, had a vision for a very bohemian, bright shoot complete with an overflowing basket of wildflowers, and boy did our team of vendors deliver!
At Bliss Bridal Consignment Boutique, we were able to find the gown of our dreams! After a quick call to the gown’s owner to get approval, we walked out with a gorgeous Watters gown and sparkling sash to complete the cover look. That’s right – our cover look would have only cost us $1,650!
Our next stop was a visit with Shari Hoyle at Flowers Make Scents. After seeing the floral crowns they had on display at our July 2015 Expo, we knew FMS was the perfect choice to create some wild, free floral designs. Shari absolutely nailed this look and even provided matching boutonnieres and a bouquet so we would have plenty of options.
On the day of our shoot, we met Abigail and Josh, our lovely models, at Virginia Barn Wedding/Adams International School right outside of Short Pump. Lou, owner of Lou Stevens Glam Squad, was there to get our models camera ready. She perfected the easy, natural look we had in mind.
After scouting around the lovely grounds at Adams, Kristine of Kristine Pringle Photography chose the perfect spot to shoot the image we would eventually choose for the cover. It wasn’t an easy decision because of course, we wanted to include Josh. However, he’s a great sport and totally understood because hey . . . his wife is absolutely gorgeous! You can read their love story and see their real RVA wedding on page xx in the magazine and later this Spring on our blog!
As always, we had to make a stop at Diamonds Direct in Short Pump to pick out some bling! We love these boho chic bangles that can be worn as bracelets or armbands. None of us wanted to return this stunning stackable ring set!
Now, we mentioned that we had a really tough time choosing THE cover image and wanted to show you why! Here are some more of the gorgeous options from Kristine that we were absolutely in awe of!
If we could have printed different versions of this issue with ALL of these photos, we would have! But we hope you love the final result complete with a something a little different. You’ll have to FEEL the new issue to understand!