Nearly a month ago, I had the opportunity to style a shoot with New York Times bestselling author Matt Moore. Matt’s book, Have Her Over For Dinner, provides tips for gents to create simple meals for hosting a dinner date. It’s genius. Together with Cupcake Vineyards, Matt shares his favorite recipes and tips via a Valentine’s Day microsite and a series of six videos. I was lucky enough to be in on this fun project, and just this week, the Cupcake Vineyards Valentine’s Day microsite went live, and I’m finally able to share some photos and details with you!
The day began early – prepping for six videos in one day is no small task. There were flowers to arrange, food to prep/style, and scenes to set. Luckily, in between a few of the first shots I remembered to grab my camera, but I’m afraid I only took a few photos as I was a busy bee from start to finish of the shoot.
One of my favorite styled scenes was in Matt’s “Table Setting” video where I had the chance to create a mini tablescape. I like the wax dripping from the candles….total accident. Love when that happens!
Matt was just as darling and lovely in person as he apppears on camera. He was professional, funny, and embarrassed all the ladies in the kitchen with his top-notch cooking skills. I not only learned a thing or two about cooking (anyone ever heard of a ricer before?!), but I also learned that a delicious home-cooked meal doesn’t have to take lots of time.
Friends, if any of your men need help and/or hints in the kitchen…direct them to these videos. Matt’s the king of no-fail dinner dates. Promise. Special thanks to Matt and the Cupcake Vineyards team, and cheers to a fabulous Valentine’s Day (it’s only 3 weeks away)!