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Martha’s Vineyard

    An Approachable & Fun Fall Table

    September 12, 2018

    We are just back to the Vineyard after traveling down to New York this past weekend to photograph a huge wedding weekend.    It was a beautiful and joyful few days with the most loving (and in love) couple who have become fast friends.   I spent most of the day culling and editing, I like to get cracking as quickly as possible, and after a long evening run and a visit to the market, threw together this simple, easy table for our supper.

    When we drove on to Martha’s Vineyard at the start of this month, it felt like entering a movie set:  sail boats drenched in the last light of day, balmy perfect weather, polished streets and old cars.   This time, we arrived to sixty degrees, pouring rain and whipping wind — and I loved it!!   We had a cozy stormy night with a hot soup and crusty bread with melted cheese — hit the spot.  The market is full of autumnal hues of dark burgundy, dirty pinks and mustard yellows.   Dahlias and sunflowers are in full swing.

    I have been collecting colored candlesticks since I arrived.    I usually favor ivory but I love these salty gray blues which mirror the sea right behind the stone wall at the edge of the garden.    This is just a a simple set of five vases with mixed wild flowers, four candle sticks, a handful of votives, white plates and floral napkins — but a moment to pull together and endlessly romantic as the candle light flickers next to the rich, vibrant flowers.   Big, squishy pillows make the rustic chairs more tolerable for late evening chats, and there are a few spare wool blankets off to the side as the night air is a bit nippy (and I tend to run cold).

    We drank a full-bodied chardonnay and a bottle of light red wine, perfect for the transition into fall, and had leftover soup, garlic bread and a salad full of vegetables from the farms.    Xx!

  • Romance by the Sea

    I love this dock, and being by the sea, in all weather.   We have spent many summer nights here gazing at the stars and cozy freezing nights snuggled up under what feels like a…

    August 30, 2018
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    August 29, 2018
  • Last of Summer Pies

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    August 28, 2018
  • Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard

    Martha’s Vineyard is an incredibly special place to me.    I spent my childhood summers coming here, and I met and married my husband Will here.   What a treat it is to carry our…

    August 27, 2018
  • Dock Party For Two

    Will and I met and married on Martha’s Vineyard so it is a very special place to us (check our our Martha’s Vineyard guide here). We had our first date here on a dock! …

    August 7, 2017