This photo series first appeared in the April 2020 issue of Middleburg Life.

Our lives may be socially distant in the flesh, but spring roars on, and country life, exquisite taste, and style is not dead. Spring’s full bloom offers a soothing escape from the uncertainty of our world.

The season often represents rebirth, renewal, love and hope. With that sentiment, we celebrate Middleburg Life’s 37th anniversary this April by showcasing some of the undeniable beauty in the Virginia countryside. ML

“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period.

Emily Dickinson

Tailgate Menu by Jessica Shields  

Spring Snacking Board

Marinated goat cheese, aged manchego, loaded roasted beet hummus, marinated olives, radishes, pickled spring vegetables, crostini, pistachio duck pâté, salami

Chilled Pea Mint Shooters

Crème fraîche, micro greens

Shrimp, Shishito Peppers and Chorizo Skewers

Garlic scape salsa verde

Lamb and Pita Sliders

Mint, tzatziki, roasted pepper harissa

Argentinean Steak and Roasted Vegetable Baguette Sandwich

Arugula, pickled red onions, chimichurri

Asparagus Salad with Spring Herbs, Black Quinoa

Feta, toasted pistachios, radish

Meyer lemon vinaigrette

Spring Baby Potato Salad

Tarragon dressing, pickled mustard seeds

Blueberry Lavender Hand Pies

Cherry almond pie

Mint Juleps and Champagne

Private catering provided by Jessica Shields – [email protected]

Creative Team:
Photographer: SAS Equine Photography, Shawna Simmons
Creative Direction and BTS Photos: Jennifer Gray, Middleburg Life
Models: Anastasia Vakula, Taylor Hale and Nickolas Barylski
Catering & Florals: Jessica Shields – [email protected]
Hair: Hannah Lessard, Salon Aubrey
Make-Up: Stevie Haight, Beachy Mama Beauty
Clothing: Chloe’s of Middleburg and Tri-County
Tailgate Basket: The Fun Shop
Vintage Cars: 1931 Packard deluxe 845 convertible coupe by LeBaron and a
1933 Packard 1102 Phaeton