A Coastal Living photo shoot isn't all play and no work. Senior Editor Julia Rutland shares pictures you didn't see on our pages―such as 12-foot ladders and chefs in swimming trunks.
Setting a table for 130-plus people in the middle of a cornfield isn't something you'd want to do alone. It took Jim Denevan, three Outstanding in the Field staffers, and a few local volunteers a couple of hours to turn a tractor path into a breathtaking dining experience.
Guests met at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm for a local beer and shellfish reception prior to the dinner. Nantucket restaurateur Angela Raynor grilled clams and mussels for them, surrounded by the farm’s cutting garden in full bloom.
After the reception, guests traveled to the cornfield via tractors and hayrides. To foster a sense of community, guests sat together at one long table with family-style service.
To get the bird's-eye view of the entire table, Senior Photographer Jean Allsopp climbed up and down a 12-foot ladder. We had to squeeze our way into a cornrow to get the best angle. Senior Editor Julia Rutland provided counterbalance―and practice smart sun protection with her wide-brim hat.
Restaurateurs Seth and Angela Raynor finished dinner service by lantern.
Dozens of votive candles cast a luminous glow along the table as the last of the sunlight disappeared. A brilliant full moon in the cloudless sky provided just enough light for guests to find their way back to their cars.
The day before the big event, Jim Denevan and Katy Oursler visited the local fishers and farmers that provided the goods for the meal. Here, Jim gets instruction on how to harvest and wash mussels from local “mussel man” Neil Cocker.