Our lates film – Where The Magic Happens

Natasha Stanbridge and I decided to pull together a team of amazing creatives who we’ve worked with in the past or whose work we admired to collaborate on this short film.

We knew how we wanted the film to look aesthetically and spent the weeks prior to the shoot deciding who we could work with to bring our vision to life.  The film was inspired by cults, witches, travellers and magic. We put together mood boards for the stylist and the MUA inspired by 60′s and 70′s bohemia. Lots of furs, animal prints and feathers teamed with dark eyes and nude lips which were executed beautifully in the film by MUA Fern Worsley.
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We wanted the shoot to have an eclectic feel, so the prop list was fairly extensive.  For the first scene I used lots of gorgeous new tea lights and domes from Vintage Style Living mixed with peweter dishes, rusty scales and goblets spillling with exotic fruits and deep purple and blue flowers.  A bureau filled with books, old clocks, an owl and a rat skull framed the table, a fur coat hung from a coat stand.

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The models Kate and Catherine wore two amazing masks made by Curious Fair and I bought some feathers to weave into their hair.

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For the filming story board we didn’t think we should be too strict, as with any collaboration with creative people, everyone has such fantastic ideas which come together on the day.

We put together the scenes, a dramatic bar set up with mixologists Salts of the Earth who also brought their own props and bar paraphernalia to create a stunning bar along with the amazing BAR sign by Argent & Sable.
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I love Ian’s close up shots of every detail, especially this delicious Rhubarb Cocktail!

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We painted the piano specifically for the shoot in a deep blue and draped it with festoon lighting.  Sam from Violets & Velvet produced a stunning display across the top.

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Lighting was very important to the finished product and we were fortunate enough to work with Dreamwave Events who rigged up some ambient lighting set ups in front of the camera as well as some set lighting behind the camera. I really wanted to take these home with me!

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Primarily we wanted to create a fashion film.  The clothes were sourced by stylist Christina Blythe, including a cool Paul Smith suit from Mark James of Leigh amongst Christina’s own fabulous collection.

When Natasha got the footage into the edit suite, she found a narrative and it evolved into more of a story.  The film depicts two girls and a striking guy, crafting spells, the outcome is ambiguous and for the viewer to decide.

We would like to thank film assistant Deniz Karpuz and Stedicam Operator Tim Russell.  Deniz did a fantastic job of our Behind the Scenes Film which we love.  Our patient models, Stefan, Catherine and Kate were perfect, I’m sure they hadn’t a clue what they had let themselves in for when they arrived at an old metal barn in the North Essex countryside.  Thanks to our photographers Nick Tucker and Ian Robinson who produced some stunning images and product shots of the day. I’ll blog about the work of each photographer and everyone involved individually in future posts.

So here it is.  Just a small click away HERE!

and do go over and meet everyone in the Behind the Scene film HERE!  I love a Behind the Scene film!

Models
Stefan Pierre, MOT Models – @StefanPierre
Catherine Hitchins – @CatHitchins
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Stefan meets Anne!

A few months ago Natasha Stanbridge, the very talented film maker asked if I would join her in producing something a little bit different!  We’ve done a lot of wedding work together.  Firstly when she contacted me about hiring props for her own wedding. This led to our first wedding film together, seen here on Love My Dress, followed by two gorgeous real weddings that I styled for Julie & James and Emma & Mark.  Emma has since set up the ever so stylist Coco Wedding Venues.

So on the 7th May, after a month or so of planning, we gathered together at Hammer Hill Barn for the shoot.  Everyone that has organised a shoot knows that things don’t always run smoothly.  Everyone offers their time for free which is a big ask and when paid work clashes. everyone understands this has to take priority.  This happened to our first choice of male model.  He was so lovely, he found us a replacement – in walked Stefan!

Stefan found himself in our barn, nothing quite as glamorous as the sets he was used to for Aston Martin and Abercrombie & Fitch! He had seen the moodboard Natasha and I had prepared for the shoot and wanted to recreate one of the shots, so got on a train heading out of London.  The shot he had seen involved a sofa, a guitar and a field.  I could provide all three.

So there we were in the wheat, Stefan in nothing but black denim, lounging on Anne (my buttoned back yellow sofa!!) It was a very tough day.

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You can find Stefan at MOT Models.  Do check out his Twitter @StefanPierre and Instagram @Stef_model.

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These amazing photographs were taken by Nick Tucker.  I was thrilled he agreed to be part of our shoot and can’t wait to share images of the film.

To hire Anne or anything else to drape upon, visit Vintage Style Hire.

You and Your Wedding Magazine

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed since setting up Vintage Style Hire is writing my blog.  I’m no literary genius, but I like to ramble.  Sadly I’m not a blogger and we’ve been surprisingly busy these past months, so the blog has been neglected.

Between lots of weddings and events, bar styling & sourcing, photo shoots and films, we have been working on setting up the Vintage Style Living website.  We had a set back over Christmas when my web designer decided not to design my website!!  Two months work down the drain I had to muster up the energy and start again.  We are very nearly ready, we will start with a small selection and build up from there!

We’ve been featured in a few magazines lately, including You and Your Wedding.  This was a fantastic photo shoot at Le Manoir with the Pocketful of Dream girls.  Two amazingly talented wedding stylists, it was great to be part of it.  We also got to meet Raymond Blanc!

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Maggie has taken over as the face of Vintage Style Hire with this image.  Marjorie has gone into retirement, although still available to hire for photo shoots!

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I’ll blog more details and images soon, but a shout out to the fabulous team:-

Designer & Stylists  Pocketful of Dreams
Venue  Le Manoir
Photographers  Nicola and Glen
Furniture  Vintage Style Hire that’s me!
Bridal Dress & Accessories  Kate Halfpenny
Groom’s Suit & Accessories  October House
Models  Souyma & Barry
Hair & Makeup Sarah Elizabeth for Claire Hanson
Floral Design  Euphoric Flowers
Cake & Sweet Treats  Cakes by Krishanthi
Paper Goods – Gemma Milly
Décor Items – Amara
Props – Farley Prop Hire
Brollies – Brollies Galore

In my next post, I’ll be introducing you to Gemma, who is invaluable and one of the few people I don’t mind bossing me around and Georgia who has just joined us to expand her portfolio as a stylist.  From what I’ve seen so far, she will be amazing too.

Enjoy your sunny weekend xx

Spring Fling – Wedding Magazine

Who has seen the latest Wedding Magazine?  I love this latest shoot Spring Fling.  ’A pastel palette will set the scene for a cool, country celebration brimming with seasonal blooms’.

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A selection of pastel chairs around the dining table, which included our painted Church Chairs, Windsors & Ercols.

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(please note, we do not have enough for wedding ceremonies and dining.  We are only planning a collection that will complement our upholstered furniture.)

We have a growing collection of pretty pastel tables, which as you can see look amazing with a selection of cakes.

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Something so simple, looks so effective!

When Cassy popped along to our barn to select products for the shoot, she spotted this pretty stool for sale.  I’m sure it will star in many more shoots!  We will have lots of furniture for you to buy through Vintage Style Living, the website is almost there!

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Gorgeous flowers by Euphoric Flowers.

Photo Shoot Location

As the rain subsides and tins of Tete a Tete fill the barn, I feel optimistic Spring is on it’s way! Will I be saying this at the end of the week when I’m still wearing my wellies!?

With enquiries for engagement shoots landing in my inbox, I thought I would write another post on shoots at the barn.

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We have delivered van loads of props to many shoots.  These have to be planned with military precision.  You can only use what you have booked and from my experience this doesn’t allow for flexibility and spontaneity on the day.  We are of course more than happy to travel and last year had the pleasure of driving through the gates of Le Manoir.  No hope of me ever meeting Raymond Blanc any other way!

If your shoot doesn’t require a Michelin Star location or a stately home as a back drop, why not book Hammer Hill Barn?  With all the props to hand this is much easier and much more cost effective for you and certainly much easier for your stylist and photographer.

The view from the barn is stunning and nearby Thaxted offers lots of quirky spots such as the Windmill, Church and the Guildhall.  There are also many wooded areas I can take you to.  Take a look at our village website www.thaxted.co.uk. It’s actually a town, but very small, some say not dissimilar to Balamory!

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From styled fashion shoots, engagement shoots, product shoots – we can provide as much or as little as you need.  A full day at the barn is just £250.

This includes assistance with choosing props for your day, visiting locations and hot and cold refreshments.  It doesn’t include lunch or any additional styling such as flowers, balloons, cakes etc., although these can be arranged at an additional cost.  We can also advise on booking photographers, makeup artists etc.  I will be onhand to help with prop selection, but if you require me to style the shoot, that comes under extras too!

Some of the shoots at our barn.

A Provence inspired shoot by French Made, photographed by Naomi Kenton
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Our Mannequin shoot, photographed by Violet & Green Photography
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An Engagement Shoot, photographed by X-Quisite

Behind the barn (yellow rapeseed unfortunately not to order!)

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In the woods!

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Down the lane!

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Whatever your requirements, give us a shout, we would love to see you at Hammer Hill Barn.

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A little strange to write a post on figs, but I adore them.  To eat and to style!  On one of our shoots at the Barn, I offered to provide lunch. Just something simple which included the obligatory fig!  Never one to miss an opportunity when Charlotte Griffiths has a camera in her hand, I decided to style lunch!

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When I was planning weddings, I always suggested to couples if they didn’t have any extra guests arriving in the evening, a simple cheeseboard served with cake would suffice and can always look spectacular.  ’Cheese’ cakes are now very popular at weddings, as are dressing sweet cakes with fruits.

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I hadn’t planned this, so I just added what I found at the barn – everyone has nests of quails eggs! It’s not perfection, but we ate well!

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We have lots of tables for displaying your cheese board or cake at Vintage Style Hire and unusual things such as tins and boxes for crackers and bowls for chutney. We can also style it all for you – happy for you to skip the nests!

Water for Elephants

I was asked recently to send a proposal to style a shoot inspired by the film Water for Elephants.  The film stars Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the trailer HERE.

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I looked at scenes from the film and suggested props to style each scene.

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Chairs, desks, record player.

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Galvanised buckets and lanterns.

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Hostess trollies, armchairs, standard lamps and accessories.

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We have just a few suitcases!

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If you have ideas to style your photo shoot, or perhaps a unique theme for your wedding, I would happily take a look at your pictures of inspiration. Maybe you have a Pinterest board or have sourced images from the internet – send them over and I’ll suggest some things!

 

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saison

Well, it’s not often on a Friday I find myself in the gardens of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saison!

Le Manoir has been on my Bucket List for as long as I can remember.  I have done quite a few things on this ever expanding list, but I was quite surprised to be ticking this one off last week!

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Why was I there?  Well I had an email from Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams. We worked together on Annabel’s ‘Style Me Vintage: Weddings‘ book.  Michelle was amazing.  She worked on stunning concepts for the book and provided me with the most gorgeous visuals, all I had to do was suggest a list of furniture and props that would go with each era.  We spent a night drinking wine in Dalston after the first day of the shoot, I’m not drinking wine with her again!!

So the main reason was Michelle, but I’d be lying if the venue didn’t have something to do with me accepting before I read to the end of the email! A few emails, and a few months later, I found myself pulling into the driveway of Le Manoir.

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I will refrain from divulging anything about the shoot, as this is secret for now, but it was lovely to meet everyone involved.  It was a very relaxed shoot, all down to the exceptional planning and detail that Michelle and Vicki put into all their work.

I did take a few snaps in the grounds.  I loved all the sculptures and would like a bronze sitting on my stairs at the barn!

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The highlight of the day was meeting Raymond Blanc. I didn’t imagine he would be there and I certainly didn’t imagine I would be asking him if I could have a picture taken with him!  Anyone that knows me, knows I run a mile from a camera.  He was so friendly and even stopped to ask how we got on when we were packing the van at the end of the day.

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I’m hoping to work hard enough so I can afford to stay the night next time!

Daisyley Photo Shoot

The building work is nearly complete on the second floor of my barn space.  To say I am excited is an understatement.  My landlord John has worked his magic building an office, a store room and a gorgeous space to expand my growing collection!

We are painting everywhere white!  The vaulted ceiling, maybe even the floor.  Although I’m not sure that will be the most practical in a barn, we will see.  The plan is to offer the space for product and catalogue shoots. I’ve been to a few of the gallery spaces in London and I think our location along with all the props to hand will be perfect for shoots.

Despite the building work going on around them, the first to use the space was Jo from Daisyley.  She wanted to photograph her new products that she sells on Not On The High Street.  Jo and I started our businesses around the same time and it’s been great to watch them grow.  We used to go to exercise classes, shopping trips and regular nights at the pub.  Now, it’s all work!!

Here are just a few of the products photographed by Claire Naylor .

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Do head over to her SHOP and shop!

Engagement Shoot – Sav & Lavinia

I am styling Sav & Lavinia’s wedding at the beginning of July at Northbrook Park and they asked if they could have their engagement shoot at Hammer Hill Barn.

With all this unpredictable weather, they chose a beautiful warm day.  Their photographer Milad arrived early and I showed him around the props and furniture and took him on a tour of Thaxted.  We are spoilt!  Thaxted has a Windmill, HUGE church, Guildhall, coloured houses, cobbled streets, woods and lots of fields!

One of the best views, in my opinion, is from my window at Hammer Hill Barn.  An uninterrupted view across the countryside and at the moment, it’s a riot of yellow rapeseed.

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Sav, Lavinia and Milad rummaged through the props and furniture and I showed them a wooded area for a picnic scene.

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Weighing scales, glass cake stands, macaron tray and pretty cupboard, all from our collection.  Macarons from Chateau Macaron.

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They found a few books in our vast collection, including my special Marriage book!  How gorgeous does Lavinia look with this pretty pink ruffle cake from Love Little Cakes?

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I can’t wait to style their wedding.

If you are planning an engagement shoot and need to find a special location, Hammer Hill Barn is perfect.  A large white studio space upstairs and all the props and furniture to hand, all you need to bring is your photographer!  We can also organise cakes, macarons, flowers, we can even provide lunch if you wish.

For further information email kate@vintagestylehire.co.uk