CONCEPT STYLING: ATELIER CORNELIA
STYLING & GREENERY: FLORAL CULTURE
DESIGNER: SATIN SICKLE
PHOTOGRAPHS: CHRISTY CASSANO-MEYER
The vision for the Harvest shoot came from a desire to see a more masculine, minimalistic and rustic feast, a table gathering that combined simplistic foods, and hosted a color palette and elements truly representative of the season. I wanted to showcase an aesthetic I find truly intimate and none-the-less celebratory, a tablescape aesthetic I was unable to find. So I decided to create it.
The shoot transitioned from a fall-esque dinner, serving ham, sliced meats & crackers, to a wintery dessert, slicing up a delectable dark berry pie and pouring hot coffee into china cups.
Working with the wildly impressive, Judith Edwards of Floral Culture, Kyle Morris of Satin Sickle and photographer Christy Cassano-Meyer was a fantastic success. Each of us was given creative and artist freedom to (literally) bring to the table our best skills and ideas.
We spent a week gathering and preparing props for the shoot. Kyle hand constructed wooden crosses with deer antlers and religious accents. Judith crafted a reclaimed wood tabletop. I scoured specialty food stores for unique edibles, right in color and texture. The bone, ceramic, linens, hand-selected greenery and richness of the foods perfectly captured the vision I craved to see. The teams successful collaboration demonstrates the glorious balance of the season’s darkness and decay, but also a humble celebration of life, feasting and the Holidays.
Thank you Judith, Christy & Kyle.
Happy Holidays from Atelier Cornelia
From Floral Culture:
When Caroline, of Atelier Cornelia, explained her vision for this collaborative seasonal photo shoot, it was like listening to a passage in a favorite novel that you just want to read over and over again.
Everything about it resonated with my feelings and attachments to this season, from the symbolism of death and darkness, to the antiques and hardy foods that remind us of tradition and harvest.
It isn’t often that four creatives can get on the same page and create something so effortlessly lovely, but somehow I think we struck a really magical note. Christy Cassano Meyer
, my friend and a lifestyle photographer in Portland, went above and beyond in understanding Caroline’s vision and as a result, I think her photos not only eloquently capture the scene but reinforce the underlying theme in a really refreshing manner.
Kyle Morris, a local artist who curates an amazing collection of antiques and embellishes animal skulls and bones, provided some stunning focal pieces to sit amidst my backdrop of natural elements like cotton, waxflower, evergreen cuttings, and a reclaimed table (an old work bench Evan
found in our garage).
What truly made this shoot so enjoyable for me was the freedom Caroline gave me to interpret her brilliant concept of this tablescape. This is by far my favorite process—to sit enraptured by a description of a person’s dream wedding or arrangement or tablescape and figure out how to make it a reality. When I finally get to put all of the little pieces together, I feel most like myself, and the rest of the world gets a blurry for a while.
I hope you can find a little inspiration in these photos for your own holiday table.