Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Anna and Sam - Beautiful Blushes for an English Rose

Well hello there!!!

So as the nights draw in and the winter weather looms grab a hot chocolate, put your onesie on and have a read of our blog.  Today I am counteracting winter with a lovely wedding from this spring.  Anna and Sam got married last May at Heathy Lea on the Chatsworth Estate, if you have never been it is well worth a trip out as its absolutely beautiful.  Such a great location for an outdoor wedding.

Heathy Lea decorated by Campbell's Flowers for a spring wedding.

Anna is a massive fan of flowers and was very clear that they were to play a huge part in her wedding and we were only too happy to oblige.  It was like a dream come true for us.  Anna wanted a wild, oversized bouquet with trails and wanted to keep with flowers that were in season if possible.  Being a fellow flower lover it was hard for Anna to choose but in the end the bouquet included lily of the philadelphus, David Austin roses 'Patience' and 'Keira 'varieties, white lilac, stocks, larkspur, 'creme gracia' spray roses, cream wax flower, asparagus fern, green bell and 'hypnose' rose.

An oversized, just picked wild flower bouquet in a cascading style.

Anna also went with a stunning bridal crown which complimented her dress and bouquet beautifully.

A natural looking floral wedding crown for a beautiful bride.

For the bridesmaids Anna chose a more rounded design for the bouquets but wanted to keep that open very natural look.  We used more whites and creams to contrast with the dresses.

Bridesmaids bouquet natural just picked style by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

Bridesmaids at Heathy Lea with floral designs by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

Again the button holes were very much in keeping with the wild and natural theme.  We used flowers similar to the bridal bouquet and designed them in a sprig style to keep the 'just picked' look.  The ladies buttonholes being slightly bigger with more foliage as you can see.

Natural sprig style buttonhole by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

Natural sprig style buttonhole by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

Last but by no means least are the venue flowers.  Anna and Sam went for a the prettiest arrangements in jars with lace ribbon around, which Anna and her Mum sourced.  The colour pallet was more pastels to make them stand out against the back drop.

Just picked venue flowers in jam jars by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

And what better picture to finish on than a picture if the gorgeous bride and groom!

Natural flowers on the bride and groom and Heathy Lea by Campbell's Flowers in Sheffield.

Thanks for reading everyone and I hope that warmed your cockles on a cold winters eve.  If you have been inspired by the blog then there are plenty of ways to get in touch  via our website or through facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube.

Until next time...........
Amy xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 - T and Amy's Big Night Out!


It's not often I get to open a blog post with a whoohoo, but I can hardly contain my excitement at the moment!  As I'm sure many of you know, on Monday Amy and I travelled up to North Yorkshire to attend this year's TWIA awards at Middleton Lodge.

A few weeks ago, scarily close to the deadline, we were nominated by one of our fabulous brides in the Best Wedding Florist category for this year's awards.  So, Team Campbell's rose to the challenge and got in touch with as many of the wonderful couples we'd worked with as we could. And they voted. Lots and lots of them. It was really wonderful. The alert on my email just kept on pinging away every time someone voted. So, although we don't get to see what you've said, it is just lovely to know who's taken time out of their busy lives to vote for us.

For which we'd like to say a ludicrously huge, THANK YOU!

It's been an amazing year. Our awesome team has grown and we've had the real honour and pleasure to work with more of you than ever. And we just can't believe that we've managed to win this highly prestigious award two year's in a row. Astonishing!

So thank you once again to Mel, Amy, Soph and Izzy and all you lovely people who make this the best job I've ever had.  Roll on London and the nationals and up the North!

Much love


Oh, the anticipation!

We made some really lovely new friends ...

.... who also won!

Along with old friends too ..

Receiving our award on behalf of the team ..

Just over the moon!

All images by Adby Creative

Here are a few more of both of us which various kind people took ...

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Carlton Towers & The Whiting Collection Photo Shoot - A Sumptuous Summer Setting

Hi all!

So, it's been a little while since I have I have had the time to bring you a blog (we have been rushed off if our feet here at Campbell's HQ) and what better than a photo shoot to get back into the swing of things.  T was lucky enough to involved with this stunning shoot at Carlton Towers with the amazing KMR Bridal.  Here is what T had to say about working on the shoot and the inspiration behind her floral designs.

"I was thrilled when Kelly contacted me about the shoot - we'd met a few months previously at a wedding fair where my daughter was wearing one of my floral crowns!  We'd both loved each other's design style and aesthetic and had agreed to collaborate at some point.  When she told me the shoot was to showcase her latest collection, at the fabulous Carlton Towers, I jumped at the chance."

"I designed several bouquets for the shoot, all in my very relaxed, soft, natural, 'just picked' style in different shapes to suit the different silhouettes of Kelly's gowns.  Bouquets featured a meadowy cascading, almost sheaf style design in lovely bright locally grown, summery blooms using wheat, lavender, daisies, nigella, ammi, lysmachia and sweetly scented herbs such as clary sage, mint and oregano.  I also created a slightly smaller more posy-style bouquet using similar flowers but with the addition of an alternative variety of daisy and lots of pretty thistles."

"Here at Campbell's, we've found that many of our brides are looking for an unstructured, slightly asymmetric bouquet using seasonal blooms.  This I created in muted tones of soft pale pinks. lilacs, lavenders, all of which are very much on trend at the moment.  Flowers and foliage were highly textured and included 'memory lane' roses, peonies, hydrangea, spray roses and campanula teamed with lots of soft trailing ferns, gorgeous silvery senecio and jasmine vines.  To complete the look I designed a really full bridal crown using more of the roses and pretty green eustoma, along with wheat and white thistles."

"For my final bouquet, I put together stylish, classic 'balls' of the babiest shell pink hydrangea to work alongside a slightly more elegant, formal gown, along with a 'pom - pom' buttonhole to match, for our groom.  Kelly had also dropped off a stunning silver candelabra which had belonged to her grandmother, which seemed to cry out for balls of hydrangea, softened with wispy asparagus fern!"

"Lastly in keeping with the grand, historic surroundings, I designed a really soft, flowing design into an urn I'd brought along with me filling it full of lush, opulent, open peonies, hydrangea, roses and lots of gorgeous foliage kindly donated by the lovely gardeners at the Carlton Towers estate."

Full credit for the photographs goes to  RJH Wedding Photography who took some amazing shots as you can see.

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Thanks for reading and I promise not to leave it so long next time!
Amy x 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How to get the Best from your Blooms

Hello all!  Today, rather than talk about all things weddingy, I thought I'd bring you a feature I wrote recently for my good friend, Kelly at Boho Weddings.  I met this lovely lady shortly after I started Campbell's Flowers.  We immediately hit it off and since then I've been lucky enough to be asked to write for her on a fairly regular basis.  So, on the off chance you missed my latest post, I've put together a list of handy hints and tips of how to get the best from your beautiful blooms, whether it’s your special wedding day bridal bouquet or if you’ve been lucky enough to receive a gorgeous hand tied thank you or anniversary bouquet.

1. Re-cut the stems

If there’s one golden rule about looking after flowers, it’s always, always re-cut the stems before you pop them into water.  Without going all technical on you, the fact is that once out of water, flower stems start closing up which restricts their absorption of water.  Re-cutting the stems opens all their little cell up to having a good drink – the key to a happy long life methinks!

2. Clean water, clean vases

Flowers are a bit like people really, they don’t like dirty water or dirty vases so it’s best to make sure your vases are spotlessly clean and that you change the water every day or two to minimise bacteria.

3. Fruit and Flowers don’t go

It’s not a good idea to put your lovely blooms next to your fruit bowl as fruit gives off ethylene gas (used to artificially ripen tomatoes) which will mature your flowers faster than you’d like.

4.  Feed me, feed me

If you’re given one of those little magic sachets of flower food, then do use them. They contain a heady cocktail of all the nutrients flowers need to keep them going for as long as possible.  However, not all flowers respond well to flower food, a good florist will let you know which flowers do and don’t like food but a general rule of thumb is don’t feed cut bulbs as you pretty much only need to show them light and water for them to do their thing!  Tulips, daffs and iris will all bolt like mad if you feed them flower food and you’ll only have them for a day or so which makes me sad. L

5.  I’m best undressed!

Always remember to unwrap your flowers, especially if you receive them aqua-packed (in a bubble of water) as the packaging is there to look lovely and enhance your flowers. Be sure to take them out of the bubble of water too as this is just meant to keep them fresh for a day or so or while they make their way to you – it’s not meant as a substitute vase!

There’s lots more very specific advice about how to care for different blooms but if you follow these few simple guidelines then you should find that your flowers look lovely for longer – which can only be for the best.

I do hope you’ve found this post helpful, if you have any questions or want some specific advice about an experience you’ve had, then do leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as poss.

Much love Tx

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Photo credit all Jess Petrie


Friday, 10 October 2014

Living the Dream! - A Prima Magazine Feature November 2014

Hello all

I'm just popping onto the blog with some really exciting news.  During August I was contacted by a very lovely freelance journalist who had seen our website and wanted to have a chat with me about a feature she was putting together for Prima magazine.  Some while ago, the editors at Prima had asked their readers what their dream job might be, given the choice.  One of their top four choices was a florist and the magazine was really interested in women who had had a change in career.

Cue lil'o me!

After a really long chat and phone interview, followed by a couple of additional interviews by phone and email, I heard from the picture editor at the magazine who happily was interested in featuring me so we organised a photo shoot with one of her favourite London photographers, here at the studio. What excitement! It was a really brilliant day, the photographer, Thomas, was absolutely wonderful. We hit it off straight away and he was totally brilliant at putting me at ease - we were so chilled we even got Lily whippet into a couple of shots surrounded by beautiful British grown blooms we had ready for one of that weekend's weddings.

So here are a few shots of the feature in this month's Prima ....

Before the magazine came out, I got to see a few of the really wonderful shots from our photo shoot and so I thought I'd share everything with you - hope you like them.

How cute is Lily our studio whippet?!

Well, it's back down to earth with a bump next week as we get ready for a wonderful weekend packed full of weddings. I'm still smiling as I type though!

T x

Photo credit Thomas Skovsende

PS: The writing is so fabulous do go and get a copy if you can!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lisa and Peter - Summer Sunflower Loveliness.

Hello all!!

Today we are bringing you a summery wedding which took place in the busiest month at Campbell's HQ so far!  Lisa and Peter tied the knot at the gorgeous East Lodge Hotel in Matlock, with 10 acres of breath taking landscape it's the perfect backdrop for a super summer wedding.  The theme for the wedding was light and delicate shades and as you will see, plenty of sunflowers.

I am pretty sure the groom realised he didn't need this spot of Dutch courage as soon as he saw the beautiful bride.

As mentioned before, Sunflowers were to feature quite strongly in the brides bouquet which we absolutely loved working with.  Lisa didn't want a large bouquet which to me seemed a bit tricky as sunflowers tend to be on the larger side, but this didn't phase T and Mel (which is why they're the florists and I'm not)! The bouquet also included delicate flowers and foliage such at stocks, eucalyptus, delphinium and astilbe.  So as you can see from the flowers list the bouquet was kept stylish and simple.

For the bridesmaids the couple decided to keep the theme going throughout and chose a smaller sunflower bouquet with just a little greenery and a more petit posy for the younger flower girl.

I just love the sunflower button holes.  They really contrast against the navy blue suits and were a great choice.


Ok so this may be a little self indulgent but I had to include this picture of the bride and her son.  Having just had a baby I totally understand how you have to do most things with a little person on your hip, even your wedding make up apparently.  I am sure all you mums out there will totally relate to this as I have.

As you can see this blog is pretty image rich as it was so hard to choose which pictures to use which brings me to the photographer.  Full credit for the images goes too Marcus Rose Photography, follow the link for a better look the amazing photography. They were super lovely to work with and incredibly helpful too when it came to sharing their lovely work. Our thanks to Rosie sorting everything out for us.

We couldn't resist finishing on this photograph which we think captures the bride perfectly.

As always thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.  If you would like to talk to us about ideas for your wedding day, there are plenty of ways to get in touch   facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube. .  You can always leave me your thoughts too by commenting on the blog below, it's always really lovely to hear from you!

Much love
Amy xx