The cover of the holiday issue of The Magnolia Journal features Joanna Gaines in a long beautiful dress, standing in a lot of snowy powder, freezing temperatures and staring off in the distance, looking very confident.
“Seeing it now, on the cover, I think I look graceful. I look like, ‘Oh, it’s just another day in the woods with snow.’ But I was actually slowly sinking, and couldn’t feel my toes,” Joanna reveals in a video interview with WSMV Nashville. “It was pretty crazy,” Joanna told People about the Magnolia Cover.
This shoot was shot over a three day period at Lake Tahoe, Gaines says the dress was so big it was difficult to move in, much less walk through the snow. With their toes freezing, Joanna sinking into the soft powder and fears mounting that their car might get towed, they took as many photos as they could.
“We didn’t know where exactly we were gonna go. We just thought, ‘Okay, it’s snowing here,'” she recalls. “We parked on the side of the road, and we started running because we knew someone was gonna tow our car. But you can’t really run in snow that is four foot high. So the whole thing was an adventure.”
Her voluminous gown didn’t help matters either. “The dress was so big it didn’t even fit in the car,” she says. “I remember even having to go to the bathroom, and it was like trailing out of the stall. Everything about it was cumbersome.”
Luckily, when they had to get the shot, she says, a sled brought along by one of the crew saved the day. “I had to stand on that because I kept sinking in the snow.”
You can read more about Joanna Gaines and her family traditions in the new holiday issue of the Magnolia Journal, which is on newsstands now.