Today is all about vintage.. We just love Kate from Vintage Style Hire and a few weeks ago she opened her studio doors for us to take a tour around her super stylish barn in Stanbrook, near Thaxted. Kate works alongside Sam Cotterrell from Violets and Velvet and together they have styled some stunning weddings and events…

All images credited to Mark Ammon Photography

Kate Fletcher launched Vintage Style Hire, hiring props and vintage pieces to style weddings, events, photo shoots, exhibitions, shop window displays etc. The business quickly took off and she has worked with large corporate companies such as Oxfam, Pitcher & Piano and Dr. Martens. She recently designed an exhibition stand for a new fashion label at Olympia and has enquiries from the national press for props, the most exciting for the front cover of a supplement for the Olympics. 

Sam Cotterrell launched Violets & Velvet in 2008 after a career in costume and textiles. She is a preferred supplier for English Heritage and enjoys working at many glamorous venues around London and the Home Counties. Sam, like Kate, has an unhealthy passion for vintage and antique finds and also hires vintage china for weddings and parties.  She too had outgrown her own studio at home, “initially joining up with Kate provided the perfect opportunity to expand our own businesses individually as well as doing lots of projects together. It’s really exciting that we have both grown over the last year and now have our own space.”

Kate added “Sam and I have very similar tastes and styles so our work really complements each other. It’s great to discuss the look of a wedding or event with someone else. We did a lot together this year, including an amazing wedding at The Walled Garden on the Cowdray Estate in West Sussex. Lots of outdoor seating areas and quirky displays inside the venue.”

If you fancy having an eclectic vintage twist to your festival wedding, then be sure to contact these ladies for styling advice and prop hire!!

For further information contact:

Kate Fletcher, Vintage Style Hire – t: 07875 667642

Sam Cotterrell, Violets & Velvet – t: 07866 754913


Wedding beauty on its way!

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