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