This week I got to do one of my absolute favourite “things that Katie Alice does” – order pretty flowers, pick out lovely props and generally be a bit of a stylist for the day.
It was the Spring-Summer 2015 photoshoot for the new Creative Tops catalogue which will be featuring a brand new Katie Alice collection – which I happen to be jumping up and down on the spot excited about and I rather think you should be too!
We shot at a location in Oakham, Rutland at the house of a lady named Patricia who is a vintage wedding stylist and florist. Patricia lives in a modern house but has completely transformed it inside from the ordinary square box that she bought it as 15 years ago. A clever use of wood to create authentic looking panelled walls with traditional paint and gives the house a real soul that usually only comes with period properties. Retro furniture, vintage decor, a pretty summerhouse and beautiful garden as well as access to all the props that Patricia uses for weddings made this a perfect location for the Katie Alice spring-summer 2015 photoshoot. And not only did she let us take over her lovely home for the day, she also stuffed us full of cakes from the local bakery, washed up our endless supply of coffee cups and is donating all the money we gave her from the photoshoot to charity. Cue immense warm, fuzzy feeling. Thank you Patricia!
The new Katie Alice collection is so very, very exciting because it’s quite different form anything I’ve done before. The inspiration came from a charming little bracelet made out of vintage lace that my boyfriend bought for me from a quirky little boutique in Paris – I know, how bloomin’ romantic does that sound! It’s a lovely shop actually – if you happen to find yourself in the (eh hem) red light district in Paris it’s well worth a visit – amazing clothes and jewellery and all sorts – Paperdolls. The new dinnerware has a de-bossed lace-style pattern and is made out of terracotta with an off white glaze and it’s beautiful! I love the way the darker material comes through underneath the white glaze where the pattern is, it’s a look I’ve always been very fond of. There is a setting of a dinner plate, side plate, small bowl and mug and then a large serving bowl and vase and it’s all beautiful! Oh, I think I already said that. But it really is beautiful – especially when nestled in amongst one of Miss Pickering‘s lovely floral arrangements as we did for the photos. It also looks lovely with the Highland Fling wine goblets from this season, and with lots of other bits from previous Katie Alice collections. I wanted to create a new range that wasn’t quite as pattern heavy and was much more neutral so could be mixed in with whats already in the cupboards. I certainly can’t wait to try and jam some in to mine amongst everything else.
We also did some lovely new shots for the Cottage Flower and Bird Song collections which have some new products joining them for spring.
Here’s a little taster of what we were up to with an exclusive first look and the new terracotta dinnerware … professional photos to follow soon!
To contact Patricia for her wonderful Vintage wedding flowers and styling services please send me an email through my contact form on the website and I’ll pass on your details.