So, who saw us in Mollie Makes? Sam and I were thrilled when we heard that Rosaria, a journalist from Mollie Makes was coming to our styling workshop along with Emma Nunn from Wedding Magazine. Two titles attending our first workshop, no pressure there then!
So we eagerly waited publication date. Sam has a subscription so was first to see our names in print. Sam even got her face in print, if slightly blurred to focus on a bouquet!
If you have got a copy, feast your eyes on Page 12.
If you haven’t got a copy, read on …
Rosaria Sgueglia visit Hammer Hill Barn in Essex for some inspirational tips on the perfect vintage nuptials.
Woah there, single ladies – no need to skip this page. You won’t have to be getting married anytime soon to attend a vintage wedding workshop by Vintage Style Hire and Violets and Velvet. What you’ll learn from wedding stylist, Kate Fletcher and florist, Sam Cotterrell, will go beyond any nuptials and can be applied to any fancy shmancy shindig you’re planning.
We are in the middle of the countryside where a beautiful barn offers the perfect scenery for a heavily packed day of vintage activities including practical demonstrations of table plans, flower compositions, guest books, dessert tables and bouquets.
Within Sam and Kate’s breathtaking vintage studio – where most of the activities take place – we soon learn about their story. After working together for years, the pair decided to leave London and start their workshops. “There’s so much accessibility here in Essex,” says Sam. “The setting is so idyllic, it seemed perfect – especially now I have the opportunity to grow my own flowers. It’s been a dream of mine for years, so I’m really happy that I’m finally doing it.”
While Sam teaches you all about flowers, bouquets and buttonholes, Kate shares her precious tips on creating effective moodboards for your big day; presenting sweet treats; upcycling picture frames and revamping objects with paint and wax in order to style them in a more contemporary way.
From jars and biscuits, to cakes to die for (plus complimentary sweet treats throughout the day) you’ll certainly leave Hammer Hill Barn on a sugar high, as well as a feeling of cosy nostalgia for the good ol’ days – not to mention a serious craving for Kate’s yummy macarons (fear not, you’ll find a selection in your goody bag).
Just a couple of amends:
1. I have never lived in London
2. Whilst I am very protective over any macaron that enters the building, they are infact made by the gorgeous Sarah from Chateau Macaron.
A few links to the images featured.
1. Sam from Violets & Velvet demonstrating a hand tied bouquet
2. Lemonade sign by Russett & Gray
3. Cakes by Love Little Cakes on a Vintage Style Hire dresser
4. Emma Nunn from Wedding magazine painting with Annie Sloan paint.
5. Macarons by Chateau Macaron
6. Nila Holden in an attractive Wizard of Oz pinny and Emma Nunn - it was particularly cold that day – the barn is now heated and insulated, fear not!
7. Our favourite cheap vase – a Sanpellegrino can.
All these gorgeous images were taken by Claire Naylor Photography, thanks Claire.
We are planning more workshops in the Autumn, which include:-
Styling Workshops – £125 per person
Includes styling your table and decorating inexpensively, transforming your dinner party or event. Learn how to make your own hand tied bouquet. Ideal for brides planning their wedding.
Dates: SEPT Sat 7th, Wed 11th, OCT Wed 2nd Sat 5th
Blogging Photography – £140 per person
From styling, through to what camera settings to use and basic photo-editing for your blog or instagram. Can be customised to your own business needs.
Dates: SEPT Wed 4th, Sat 14th, OCT Sat 19th
Furniture painting – £95 per person
Mother and daughter Anne and Kate will show you different paint techniques to transform the furniture around your home. Includes a small piece of furniture.
Dates: SEPT Sat 21st, OCT Wed 16th
All workshops will be held in our stunning new second floor studio, 10-4pm and include coffee & cake on arrival, a delicious lunch, refreshments throughout and all materials.
Book up to EIGHT friends on a course and get your place FREE!
We can tailor make courses to suit your requirements such as half day painting/half day floristry, half day styling/half day painting – you choose!
If you are interested in booking on any of the courses, just drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. More detailed information will follow.
We look forward to seeing you at the barn soon.