As you may know, our new studio is based on the beautiful Hawkesyard Estate, in Armitage near Lichfield. And to my surprise I discovered that a brand new vintage tea room was opening up on the grounds! After contacting the lovely Kelly, the owner, I went along to photograph some of the gorgeous details of the new team room.
The first thing that strikes you is the location. The winding drive which leads through Hawkesyard Estate, shows off the beautiful gardens which I am familiar with from taking families around for my family photo sessions. It provides the perfect backdrop for family and wedding photos and a peaceful location for the tea room.
On entering the team room, I was struck by the classy, vintage decorations, and the beautiful light pouring through the wide windows at the front. Vintage has become very popular over the last few years, but I do think it can be hard to get it right, without looking 'chintzy' or 'over done'. Kelly has created the perfect balance of vintage class, and has incorporated the vintage theme throughout the business, even down to the smart uniforms worn by staff.
It's no surprise that Kelly is no stranger to the theme of vintage, as she is also experienced in making hand made vintage items which are on sale in the cafe. The items are unique, simple, and beautiful and is a great place to pick up handmade gifts when popping in for a coffee.
The main selling point for me was the laid back atmosphere, and the provision of 'Afternoon Tea' - who doesn't love afternoon tea?! And with the Royal Wedding being only a month ago, and the World Cup on the horizon, there's no better way of engaging in something that is so quintessentially British.
Afternoon tea can be a great idea for a birthday, baby shower, girls get together, or maybe just a self-care induced de-stressing alternative!
It was a pleasure to photograph Kelly's new venture, and I strongly believe in supporting small local businesses.
If you would like to find out more, please check out Kelly's Facebook page @vintagetearoomhawkesyard