photography

impromptu photo shoot.

Our latest adventure here at 224 has been on the fourth floor. Because it has been the only part of the building we have yet to touch, it was time to get going and get the dirt out. Paul and a few friends went to work and cleared out all of the interior walls which really opened the place up and let the light in. My friend Elizabeth Seeger and I were so inspired by the new space that she decided to shoot her new line of satchel. bags right there the very next day, before the plaster was replaced with the brick underneath.  Here are a few pictures I took of local photographer Mary Britton Senseney hard at work.

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Looking through magazines while sipping on a cocktail in the newly “opened-up” fourth floor.

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Taking advantage of the late afternoon light.

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The satchel team Elizabeth Seeger and Mahala Lewis watch to make sure every shot is perfect.

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At one point the model was wrapped in a 20 foot python skin that is soon to become next seasons hand bags!

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screened-in porches and rocking chairs.

Summer weddings are always tricky because you can never really predict when an afternoon thunderstorm will sneak up on you.  Last weekend was no exception, except in this case the weather was less “afternoon sun shower” and more “tropical depression”.  Because the wedding was supposed to be held on the beach, some last minute changes had to be made to keep the guests happy and dry.

Luckily, the house that was rented for the reception had a huge screened-in porch that was plenty big for the intimate gathering of forty people and after placing a few rocking chairs around and throwing up a make-shift “arbor” the charm was undeniable.  When the candles were lit and the champagne began to flow it almost seemed like the rain was just a planned accompaniment for the violinist.  Very romantic indeed.

Location:  The Historic McNeal House in Tybee Island, GA       Colors: Blue and green.

Queen protea, purple coleus and umbrella sedge.

Queen protea, purple coleus and umbrella sedge.

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Limelight hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, blue thistle and roses.

Limelight hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, blue thistle and roses.

Borrowed and salvaged glass bottles in green and amber.

Borrowed and salvaged glass bottles in green and amber.

Consulting with the bride before she heads out to get dressed.

Consulting with the bride before she heads out to get dressed.

Deciding the best way to create the illusion of an arbor inside the screened porch.

With the rain coming down outside, I had to decide how to create a space for the ceremony inside the screened-in porch.

To create an arbor to frame the ceremony I suspended a garland of variegated Japanese pittosporum with a length of linen and hung cream ribbons from either side.  For the illusion of columns I filled two white pillar vases with tall dried willow branches and filled them in with hydrangeas.

To create an arbor to frame the ceremony I suspended a garland of variegated Japanese pittosporum with a length of linen and hung cream ribbons from either side. For the illusion of columns I filled two white pillar vases with tall dried willow branches and filled them in with hydrangeas.

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Theses teal ceramic vases created a pop of blue against the mostly green arrangements and neutral linens.

Theses teal ceramic vases created a pop of blue against the mostly green arrangements and neutral linens.

What could be better for a porch wedding than rocking chairs?

What could be better for a porch wedding than rocking chairs?

A bridal bouquet sitting on a painted ping pong table that was converted into a banquet table for the night.

A bridal bouquet sitting on a painted ping pong table that was converted into a banquet table for the night.

Flowers waiting on a large farmhouse sink in the kitchen.

Flowers waiting on a large farmhouse sink in the kitchen.

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on the grill

rainbow trout.

Last weekend I made a trip to one of my favorite places: The Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur, GA just outside Atlanta.  It was quite a trek to get there from Savannah but well worth it.  I came home with a truckload of organic grains, cheese and vegetables along with some fresh rainbow trout.  I have always wanted to try cooking a whole fish on the grill and since these were so fresh and beautiful I decided to give it a try.

I left the skin and heads on and stuffed the bodies with lime, olive oil, garlic and rosemary and cooked them for eight minutes on each side when the grill was nice and hot.  I then served them with poached radishes and green brinjal eggplant.  Very tasty indeed.  It really was so simple that I am already planning to do it again and try a similar recipe with a larger fish like a salmon or snapper.  Can’t wait!

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I stuffed the trout with rosemary from my garden, organic limes and garlic along with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

I stuffed the trout with rosemary from my garden, organic limes and garlic along with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

I poached some Cherry Belle radishes in butter, garlic and rosemary with salt and pepper by placing everything in a little foil, folding it loosely and placing it on the top rack of the grill.

I poached some Cherry Belle radishes in butter, garlic and rosemary with salt and pepper by placing everything in a little foil, folding it loosely and placing it on the top rack of the grill.

Fresh rainbow trout being grilled with green brinjal eggplant from India and poached radishes from the farmers market.

Fresh rainbow trout being grilled with green brinjal eggplant from India and poached radishes from the farmers market.

Each side only took eight minutes to cook.  I watched it like a hawk so that the skin would stay intact and keep all of the juices in.

Each side only took eight minutes to cook. I watched it like a hawk so that the skin would stay intact and keep all of the juices in.

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