Darling is back on the trail – the Monticello Wine Trail, that is. This stop on the trail took us to the mountains for the gorgeous, 360 degree view at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Not only is Afton Mountain a scenic reprieve in the mountains, but it is also a vineyard that produces wine as robust and beautiful as the scenery. For our afternoon at Afton, we sipped on the Festa di Bacco, the "Super-Tuscan" red blend named after the original vineyard, Bacchanal Vineyards. This wine blended perfectly with our styled shoot, from hue to history, as we walked the grounds of a vineyard established in 1978. It was a bustling late afternoon at Afton, with wine club events and a lawn full of patrons sipping on wine in the evening sunlight. From the patio and lawn to the vines and even to the stunning water below, we explored this mountain-side winery, wine in hand.
Inspired by the autumnal scenery, we styled the models in colorful, fall-toned denim, cozy sweaters, and rich patterns with a boho-rustic feel. See how we styled the looks for a chilly Fall afternoon in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and shop these items and more at Darling Boutique, located on Charlottesville’s downtown mall!
The lovely Paige Pitstick was styled in a dreamy Free People sweater contrasted with a silky blouse, adding a warm plum to the sage green sweater. The Heidi braids and boho-inspired jewelry were the perfect compliment to the look.
On Paige: Free People sweater, $32 (sold) / Loft blouse, $18 / Joe's Jeans, $64 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler collar necklace, $30, and sliced antler studs, $22 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10 / Ugg clogs (model's own)
Shea Zwerver was styled in all the fireside goodies, from a chunky cardigan to easy booties, this colorful Fall look is ready for those evenings by the fire, Anthropologie catalog style.
On Shea: Loft stripe sweater, $20 (sold) / Philip Lim cardigan, $200 / AG Denim jeans, $64 (sold) / Joie boots, $96 (sold) / Owl Ridge Farmstead antler tip necklace, $50, leather knot studs, $22, and leather bracelet, $20 / Kitsune's Closet Noir Red Lipstick, $10 / Hat (model's own)
With her bob and overall adorable, retro personal style, styling Erin O'Hare in this Anthropologie sweater was a given. I started with the sweater and the oxford heels, and found the perfect olive, faux suede dress to pair with the look for a gorgeous autumnal look, with that vintage twist.
On Erin: Anthropologie Moth sweater jacket, $38 (sold) / Sienna Sky dress, $24 / Guess oxford heels, $30 / Pip's & Co. earrings, $10 / Kitsune's Closet Decco Red Lipstick, $10
After styling the other three models, I knew I wanted to styled an outfit that would compliment the fall hues and textures I'd chosen for their looks. I started with the patterned, flowy blouse, incorporating some of the colors in their outfits, and added layers for the perfect boho outfit ready for a stroll in the vines.
On Linnea: Anthropologie Angel of the North sweater, $34 (sold) / Umgee tunic blouse, $20 (sold) / Rag & Bone jeans, $88 / J. Crew boots, $96 / Owl Ridge Farmstead hammered brass bangles, $30, and smoky topaz empress necklace, $44 / Kitsune's Closet Mulberry Lipstick, $10
We loved our mountainside afternoon at Afton! I'm not sure how many references to The Sound of Music we made, but it was many. The rolling hills and rows upon rows of vines is truly a site to see.
How much more "the hills are alive with the sound of music" does it get than this?
See you on the trail, darlings!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot possible, from our gorgeous friends/models, Sarah Craun of the Monticello Wine Trail, and Elizabeth Smith and the staff of Afton Mountain Vineyards!
“Darling on the Trail” is a series in collaboration with the Monticello Wine Trail and the many amazing local wineries. Expect styled shoots on location and feature interviews with the wineries. All photography by Megan Tiernan and shoots styled by Linnea White, unless otherwise stated.