Fall is here, football games are in full swing and that means tailgating! The tailgate staples are always in attendance… the chips and dip, the burgers, the beer, the cookies, corn hole games, etc. And if you happen to be at a tailgate with me there will be a coordinating flower arrangement to make it pretty! Typically we associate tailgating with college and professional football games but there are other events where spectators pull out all the stops such as horse racing events like the Virginia Gold Cup, Foxfield Races and Montpielier Hunt Races. Attendees pay big bucks for rail side spaces or tented receptions for their guests and they often dress up the buffet and cocktail tables with flowers. Below is an image of the small arrangement I designed for a recent tailgate styled shoot. Yellow and purple are very high contrasting colors therefore I tried to incorporate various shades of each color and softened it with the little white and yellow fever few.
When Johnna Hetrick, the editor of Twila & Co. digital magazine, announced that she was doing a tailgate focused fall edition I threw out an idea about doing a styled shoot with a college themed tailgate spread. Being a James Madison graduate I suggested the purple and gold color palette and all things DUKE DOG appropriate! Johnna and her business partner Jeri recruited various small business owners in Virginia to donate their products for the shoot. We were lucky enough to have two professional photographers capture some great images of everyone enjoying the tailgate. Instant de Vie Photography and Jeff Ianncinelli. We also included some fun fashion ideas for what students and alumni wear for tailgates and football games. Our friends and their families graciously agreed to dress in their school colors showcasing some of Virginia’s well known colleges. Here are some of my favorite photos from the tailgate photo shoot along with a link to the full online magazine where you can find great tailgate recipes and learn about the great small businesses that helped contribute to this fun event!