The last few weeks whilst I have been waiting for my film scans have been excruciating, but now they’re here I’m really excited to publish the first of my posts on my amazing time in Mexico and have more features, all shot on film, to come in the next few weeks. The Jose Villa workshop welcome dinner at the 17th century Hacienda El Carmen in Jalisco, Mexico was the first experience during that week in November that I was utterly in awe of in terms of the inspired design, beauty and immaculate presentation. I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend an amazing week with such a renowned film photographer, where I and the seventeen other attendees from all over the world came together to learn and be inspired by Jose and his incredible, talented team who created such beauty at every turn.
The first of these breathtaking experiences was the welcome dinner held on the Sunday night, which opened with tamarind margaritas and canapes in the main courtyard, with a mariachi band playing by candlelight. You simply cannot go to Mexico and not have a band! The welcome dinner table was truly stunning, set on the hacienda’s main front terrace with a backdrop of hand cut papel picado. The rich Autumnal colours combined delicate florals with tropical fruit, breathing life back into the traditional idea of Autumn, could really work well for European weddings.
Workshop Concept: Jose Villa | Planner & Art Director: Laurie Arons | Design Direction: Amber Moon | Floral Design: Saipua | Local Florals Sourcing: La Musa de las Flores | Table Flatware: Casa de Perrin | Artist: Karina Puente | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Candles: Creative Candles | Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa | Venue: Hacienda el Carmen Hotel & Spa