Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley Photo Shoot

Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley Photo Shoot

It’s hard to believe, after all that’s happened recently, it was only days ago that my husband and I were at beautiful HALL Wines doing a photo shoot for our friends, Carolina and Mercedes of Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley who are revamping their website.


HALL Wines is a stunningly beautiful property that features 35 pieces of contemporary art, a garden, a modern tasting room and this stately building used for events – all on 33 scenic acres.


We arrived in the morning before the winery opened to the public and went right to work getting ready for the shoot. We hung our clothes on racks while Mercedes unpacked dozens of hats from several containers, and photographer John Bedell set up his equipment with the assistance of fellow photographer Shannon Warf.


As a hat lover, this was a delightful and thrilling sight!


My husband, Bill and I weren’t the only hat models at the shoot. Christy Logan, a friend of John’s and Art Director for Napa Style, also agreed to put her fantastic style and model looks to work.

When Bill wasn’t being photographed, he was playing photographer. Thanks to him, I have lots of action photos to share with you today!


For one of my first sessions, I changed into my navy blue ABS dress and this beige and brown Lady Golf Hat. I do love navy and brown together.


I was immediately taken with this Gaby hat. It’s so feminine and versatile.


After another wardrobe change, I donned this beauty (not featured on the website yet).


I fell hard for this hat. It made me feel instantly more sophisticated and now it’s in my closet, a gift from Carolina and Mercedes. Thank you, ladies!


Christy brought an ideal photo shoot wardrobe and just happened to have the perfect outfit for her hat, a wide-brimmed straw hat with rusty orange and brown colored flowers.


We were given glasses of HALL Sauvignon Blanc to use as props while we posed and may have enjoyed a sip or two during this portion of the shoot.


You couldn’t blame us. HALL wine is pretty irresistible!


While I changed clothes again, Christy modeled a brown and ivory wide-brimmed hat.


John and Carolina checked the photos on John’s laptop between shoots to make sure they were getting the images they wanted.


And Mercedes takes care of business via cell phone.


Bill was busy, too, modeling this Classic Western hat.


With a quick wardrobe change, Bill was ready to model this Planter Classico hat.


As the day started heating up, John realized he needed a hat too!


One of the most eye-catching hats I modeled was this bright yellow wide-brimeed number with an interesting knotted embellishment.




We were lucky to have Shannon with us to help fix stray hairs and small wardrobe problems. Shannon is also an accomplished and very busy photographer herself.

Isn’t this Panama Extra Fino in white a stunner? I adore this hat.


The next two photos are part of the first small batch that John has finished editing. I was so excited to see these images. I love having photos of us together. I am thinking about getting these two framed. John did an amazing job!

In this photo, I am wearing the Cordovez Brown hat. Bill’s hat is not featured on the website yet.


Here, Bill is wearing my very favorite men’s hat, a Planter Double Roll in white. It’s his favorite, too. I am wearing a Lady Panama with a long brim.


Eight hours flew by! Before saying our goodbyes, Carolina took a parting photo of us with Shannon and John, who worked the hardest, by far!


I will be sure to let you know once the redesigned Montecristi Panama Hats website is up and running!

Until then, the current site has loads of hats to choose from.

Montecristi Panama Hats offers free shipping on orders going to U.S. addresses. Just enter “freeship” at checkout.

And if you don’t know your hat size, use these easy instructions to find out.

And a big “Thank You!” to Carolina and Mercedes for including us in your photo shoot!


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Make it a rich day!




  1. August 26, 2014 / 9:43 am

    I would have been in total heaven, hats, wine, a vineyard, my awesome partner and someone taking pictures. Looks like you had a perfect day

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 26, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      I was in heaven…all my favorite things too. An awesome day all the way around!

  2. August 26, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Oh you and your husband are just too adorable! Love all the hats! Looks like you guys had a blast!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 26, 2014 / 4:40 pm

      We did have a blast. Want to do it all over again!

  3. August 26, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    I really love everything about this post, Adrienne…but I have to say, their hats are fabulous. I love each style for you and your husband. Great hats, wonderful settings, beautiful photography…an excellent post!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 26, 2014 / 4:41 pm

      Their hats are so fabulous. I love them all. Every time I go in there, practically, I end up walking away with another hat. I am running out of closet space!

  4. Kathy
    August 26, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Wow – incredible hats! Wish I lived in London when I see this. I did buy two hats for the winter from them, and I can’t wait to wear them – I think it’s just going to take some getting used to for me, as they’re so eye catching, and that’s not generally my style. I think everyone looks so great in hats, and I do remember even in LA, when women and men weren’t properly dressed without one, my grandmother had gorgeous hats!
    You and Bill are the most perfect models and Bill looked like her really enjoyed himself. I’m sorry for the damage that Montecristi had in the earthquake and hope their store is almost back to normal.
    Yes, get those photos of you and Bill framed for sure!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 26, 2014 / 4:43 pm

      You will love your hats this winter. I wear mine all the time.
      I think the shop is open now. They are probably just waiting on a new display case for their jewelry.
      I am going to get photos made for sure! I like to pretend that we are winery owners – just hanging out drinking our wine 😉

  5. August 26, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Wow what a beautiful location and I adore all the hats!! Looks like a fun day. You and Bill couldn’t be better models. I am excited for Carolina and Mercedes and their new site. My Monecristi Panama is one of my favorite things I own. Seriously as beautiful as it is comfortable. I am hoping to come back in fall and buy another… Don’t you want to own them all? The brown and yellow hats were lovely too! xx Kim

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 27, 2014 / 7:50 am

      Aren’t their hats wonderful, Kim? I love them…please do come back in the fall and get another one. I’ll go with you!

  6. August 29, 2014 / 9:41 am

    I can totally see how you felt you were in (hat) heaven. They couldn’t have chosen a better model, seriously. Two models, actually because Bill did a remarkable job himself. Seeing you in those hats would make any women want to jump over to thier site immediately and own a few for herself. I’m definitely going to need (not want) to add that lady golf hat, it doesn’t matter that I’m a terrible golfer, right? It’s actually all about the style, I normally sit in the golf cart and try to look as cute as possible anyways. And that bright yellow brim hat, oh my! Great job, beautiful lady!

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