Well howdy! Welcome back to the Doris Loves blog in time for a brand new “Getting to Know You…” and this week we’re meeting the lovely Sorrel from Sorrel and Steve vintage prop hire!! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom as Sorrel has some fabulous advice for bride and grooms to be!
The basic bits…
Q. Well hello there! How the devil are you? First things first… who are you and what do you do?
A. Hello lovelies! My name is Sorrel and I’m the creative director of Sorrel & Steve prop hire and styling. In case you’re wondering, Steve is not a dog or a boyfriend, he is my dad, I included his name in honour of my parents who have helped me enormously in getting this far, but also because I thought it sounded cute!!
Sorrel & Steve is a creative, design-led prop hire business, specialising in antiques and vintage items sourced from all over! We have everything from vintage china for afternoon tea to an antique Italian easel to display your table plan!
Q. And how did you get into the prop-hire business?
A. After graduating from Chelsea College of art and design I interned in interior design and styling, while working on a photoshoot I dealt with a lot of hired props to style the sets and realised what a wonderful idea that was, you could have the perfect item for that event without having to store it or always reuse the same old props. And well I’m a girl through and through so I’ve always been obsessed with weddings!
Q. What do you enjoy most about being the boss at Sorrel & Steve?
A. I love having design freedom and the challenges, when a bride asks for something specific I’m like a kid on an Easter egg hunt, so excited to go out there and source the perfect items for them, when I find it it feels like such an achievement!
And the fun stuff…
Q. If you could jump on a plane tomorrow… where would you go?
A. I love doing a city break and the top city on my bucket list is San Francisco, I love architecture and wandering the streets discovering hidden gems, café’s and hopefully more antiques to add to my ever-growing collections!
Q. It’s Sunday… what’s your all-time favourite thing to be doing?
A. I love an antique or flea market, I’m slowly making my way around the country! But I’m also a huge fan of a rainy day watching movies by the fire cuddling my gorgeous nephew with lots of tea and chocolate!
Q. Do you have a TV show you’re currently addicted to? (Not a goggle-boxer? How about a favourite book right now?)
A. I’m currently obsessed with the programme ‘American Pickers’ it’s about these two guys from Ioha who travel around America in their van finding back roads and strange deserted places where people live with their barns, warehouses and front yards full of old antiques and memorabilia, they find the coolest stuff, I’d love to do something like that some days!
Q. You’re home alone… guilty pleasure song: go!
A. Too many to choose from!! But probably a One Direction, their songs are just so catchy!
Q. Which would you rather be: a care bear or a unicorn?!
A. Oooo tough choice, although my current phone case is covered in glittery unicorns I’m probably gonna go for Care Bears, I loved them when I was little, I had their movie taped off the telly and a birthday cake with a Care Bear on!
Q. Do you have a top tip, hack or any advice for brides and grooms planning their big day?
A. From a styling perspective, although I’m totally Pinterest obsessed I would say find the things you like and choose your favourite few, stick to the big things don’t get carried away with the little cute stuff too much because on the day you wont have the time to notice it!
From a relationship perspective plan it together, I know it’s easy for the little girl within you to get super excited about making your big white wedding dream come true but the best weddings I’ve been a part of have been planned as a couple, thinking about what you both love and having the day reflect you both. It’s not ‘my’ wedding it’s ‘our’ wedding!
And of course ENJOY it, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it, so remember why you’re doing it, think about the end result of being with the person you love.
Thanks a bunch Sorrel for coming over to let us quiz you and for your great advice!! If you’d like to find out more about Sorrel and Steve then head on over to their site!
Miss out on last week’s “Getting to Know You…”?? Read all about Caroline and Jess from Fox and Partridge right here!