Christmas in July - Noel en Juillet Workshop

Jul 8, 2015

Photography + Video by Luisa Brimble. Photography Assistant. Jess Kneebone. 

Christmas In July//Noel en Juillet comes to Royalla Luxury Farmstay in Robertson. 
Have you ever wanted to host a soulful gathering but don't know where to start? Many people have asked me about the process of hosting intimate gatherings over the years, so I decided to create a special workshop to encourage others to collaborate and host events, while learning the art of styling and photography along the way. It was a feast for the senses, and a brilliant opportunity for like minded creatives to come together, share and learn, without having to rush. As you probably know I do love to host a gathering and have been doing so for the past three years with the 'eat read love pop up' dinner series and as the host of the Kinfolk Dinner Series in Sydney. With the help of some of my special creative friends and event partners, we created a soulful 'Christmas in July' gathering workshop at Royalla - a stunning luxury farmstay in Robertson in the Southern Highlands. 

With all of the event partners experienced in hosting small and large gatherings, myself and the team shared some of their favourite tips and tricks from creating event themes, styling an event space and table, preparing a menu, photographing events, sharing on social media and more. Myself and Jaclyn Carlson (of Blog Society Fame) spent the morning chatting with the group about collaboration and event social media. Artist and Stylist Lisa Madigan shared some insight into the role of the stylist in creating events and the creative process, as well as creating and sharing some beautiful florals and menu cards for the table, and decorating a Christmas cake class. Mario's Kitchen prepared an amazing French inspired 'Christmas in July' feast for us to not only enjoy, but the perfect opportunity to hone in on our food photography skills. Luisa Brimble with the help of Jess Kneebone spent the afternoon teaching the group about manual photography, the art of food, landscape and interiors photography. We shared, we ate, we wandered, we foraged and most of all we connected. We were blessed with a beautiful and crisp Winter's day in the Highlands with a brilliant sunset and marshmallow bonfire finale to enjoy.  

Thank you so much to the entire group of wonderful and special ladies who attended this event, and for making such an effort to connect and enjoy the process. I loved meeting and chatting to each and every one of you. To my special event partners, thank you for joining me and helping me to make this dream Christmas in July workshop a reality. I loved working with you all!! 

Luisa Brimble has created a short film about the workshop, and a little insight into what we got up to last weekend. I hope you enjoy. 

Noel en Juillet | Christmas in July Workshop Hosted by Natalie Hayllar of Eat Read Love from Luisa Brimble on Vimeo.


A huge thank you to Nicole Lenord from Royalla Luxury Farmstay, we cannot thank you enough for opening your wonderful home to us. 

Event Management + Host: Natalie Hayllar, Eat Read Love
Styling and Florals: Lisa Madigan
Guest Speaker: Jaclyn Carlson, Blog Society
Catering: Mario's Kitchen
Photography + Video : Luisa Brimble
Photography + Assistance: Jess Kneebone
Wine: Vinden Estate Winery

Thank you to our wonderful gift bag sponsors
Atom Boutique
Anise Skincare
Bhumi Organic Cotton
Black Pantry Marshmallows
Urban Nest Design
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