Thursday, 22 January 2015

2015 Flower Trends

We thought we'd bring you a blog post which first featured on the lovely +Boho Weddings - I asked Amy to pop it onto our blog just in case any of you might have missed it, so here goes .....

Here at Campbell's HQ we've had the most amazing 2014, winning awards, being on the telly and working with more wonderful couples than ever, designing abundant, 'just picked' prettiness, using many locally grown blooms as we possibly can.

So here we are again, ready with creative prettiness and to talk all about this year's colour trends.  We find that bridesmaid's dresses can quite often influence floral design, but we always check out this year's Pantone colours too, just to be sure which direction colour is going, and judging by the new season of Dessy and other bridesmaid's dresses - these colours are spot on!


So here are some up-to-the-very-minute ideas of how your flowers can incorporate the current colours.

Whites, creams and greens

Clean, classic, simple and stylish and absolutely gorgeous paired with sage-green bridesmaid's dresses or gorgeous with dove grey.  Whites, creams and greens are infinitely adaptable and can be used in so many styles.  Introduce soft grasses, dried wheat, barley and oats for a pretty meadowy-look or keep it simple using clouds of billowy gypsophila.

photo credit www.redonblonde.com

Pastels

Perfect with those soft muted aquamarine and glacier grey tones, introduce a little brightness with strawberry colours and even a pop of yellow to lift the overall colour balance by using craspedia or billy balls as they're known in the States.  Gorgeous in buttonholes, these cute little seed pods add lovely texture next to velvety roses or intricate hydrangea along with dove grey foliage and the prettiest brunia berries.

 photo credit kate waters and www.jesspetrie.com

photo credit www.redonblonde.com

Oranges are not the only fruit!

OK, so I know most of you aren't going to rush out and dress your bridesmaids head to toe in tangerine! But I couldn't resist a nod to this beautiful colour which is just beyond gorgeous when toned down using navy.  Think indigo navy suits for the groomsmen and simple classic gowns for your maids and you might just be persuaded!




Lilacs, lavenders and muted purple prettiness

I'm just a bit in love with this toasted almond colour.  I love how understated and muted it is and how it just looks gorgeously romantic with lovely knocked back colours which have a bit of a grey undercurrent.  Beautiful with grey-green eucalyptus foliage and browny-grey Amnesia roses, these colours can really work with lavenders and lilacs too.


 photo credit www.jesspetrie.com

 photo credit www.riamishaal.com


Well, there you have it.  We hope you have found our post both inspirational and useful.  If you would like to discuss any ideas there are plenty of ways that you can get in touch including our website or through facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube.

T x
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Hannah and Wayne - A Summer, Rustic,Tipi Wedding in a Meadow at Home

Hello lovelies

It's all gone a tiny bit crazy here at HQ with a record number of new couples contacting us, making appointments and coming to talk through flowery ideas for their special day.  Mel and I are loving meeting so many excited brides and coming up with ways to really create wonderfully personal designs, just for you.  Amy and Soph have been busy too, spreading the Campbell's message that seasonal is best and, wherever possible, locally grown is even better!  Without further ado, I'll hand you over to Amy's post which features lots of lovely DIY inspiration. Tx

Thanks T, I thought that it was about time we featured a summer time wedding and how better to start than with a tipi wedding from June 2014? Hannah and Wayne tied the knot in St Michael's Church which looked beautiful all covered in ivy on a gorgeous Summer's day. Hannah chose simple bunches of gyp for us to attach to pew ends which accented the venue and didn't detach from it's beauty.  After the ceremony it was then onto the stunning tipi set up at Hannah's mum and dad's house near Heaton House Farm, what a stunningly personal venue!

A wedding at St Michaels Church in Derbyshire.

Inside St Michaels Church for a wedding.

Tipi wedding in Derbyshire.


Hannah dried rose petals and popped them into rolled up music sheets, as music is of massive importance to the bride and groom, to use as confetti.  This is a great idea as it's biodegradable and doesn't harm the surrounding environment.

Natural confetti by Campbell's Flowers.

Natural Confetti at St Michaels Church.

Now for my favourite part, I get to talk about the brides bouquet.  Hannah wanted a just picked, very natural, hand tied posy using meadowy flowers and with lots of herbs.  The colour palette was mostly whites creams and greens but with a little pop of colour from the yellow centres of the daisies and a few choice blooms. We were asked by the bride to use British and locally grown where possible which suited us down the the ground.  The posy included several varieties of daisies, ammi, hops, tanacetum, vilburnum opulus, gypsophila, white thistles, rosemary, mint, alchemilla mollis, stocks, green bell, wheat, craspedia and astilbe.

Vintage just picked style bouquet by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Vintage just picked style bouquet by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Here is what Hannah had to say recently on Whimsical Weddings blog about us here at Campbell's: "I knew I wanted wild, natural looking flowers, again I didn't want anything too formal or 'done' looking.  We found Tracey Campbell at a wedding fair; I was drawn to her stand as it was full of wild flowers, exactly what we'd been looking for.  She even managed to get Wayne excited about the flowers as she had loads of hops on her stand and promised he could have some in his buttonhole"

We just love designing hair flowers and were so thrilled when to prepare some daisies for Hannah's hair and make a cute flower crown for the flower girl.

Vintage hair flowers by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Vintage hair flowers by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Vintage hair flowers by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

For the bridesmaids Hannah went for a smaller version of her bouquet which worked perfectly with their beautiful dove grey dresses. 

Vintage wedding flowers by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Wayne wanting a sprig style buttonhole including wheat, Yorkshire Lavender, craspedia and as promised hops, as they were really special to him, being a real ale drinker!

Vintage buttonhole by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

Vintage buttonhole by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers.

We were also asked to make up some venue flowers in mismatched vases, which we provided, filled with flowers and foliage from the theme and intersperse them with pretty little pots of daisies on the tables in the tiniest of terracotta pots provided by Hannah's Mum.


It's at this point we would like to say thanks to Red on Blonde for the fantastic photographs, pop over to their website for a closer look at their work.  The last photograph we would like to leave you with is one of our favourites and that is Hannah's dad's reaction to seeing her for the first time all dressed up for her big day.

Dad's reaction to wedding dress.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our blog today.  If you have been inspired by anything you have seen or read then there are plenty of ways to get in touch including our website or through facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube.

Thanks for reading
Amy xx
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Ella and Christopher - A Wonderful Winter Wedding at Whitley Hall

Hello all

It's so good to be back after a really well earned rest. The whole team are raring to go and while Mel and I work away booking consultations and answer our flooded in box, Amy's been busy writing this month's newsletter and lots of fab blog posts featuring our lovely couples.  We just love 'real' weddings, they offer so much sound advice and pretty inspiration too.  So without further ado, I'll hand you over to Amy. So looking forward to meeting lots of you in the next couple of weeks. Tx


Thanks T, well we love a good winter wedding here Campbell's and Ella and Christopher's was no exception.  They really wanted to embrace winter and this reflected in the floral designs. They chose Whitely Hall for the venue which made the perfect back drop and looked fab on all the photographs.  It was a very intimate affair with very close family and friends only.



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Friday, 5 December 2014

A Very Vintage Campbell's Christmas

HO HO HO! We have only just gone and got us a pop up shop over Christmas!

Amazing artisan bakery Seven Hills Bakery (who by the way make breads and cakes to completely die for) are expanding and have taken over the Sharrow Marrow premises on Sharrowvale Road.  As part of their new venture they have given us a space in their new premises for a Campbell's pop up shop over Christmas and we couldn't be more delighted to be working with them.

We are feeling super festive here at Campbell's HQ, here is a brief selection of what will be lovingly made by our Christmas fairies T and Mel and on sale:

Table centre pieces ranging from £20.00 - £35.00.


Christmas Centre piece by Sheffield Florist Campbell's Flowers.


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Campbell's Christmas Wreaths

IT'S CHRISTMAAAAAAAAS!

So this year at Campbell's HQ we have been busy little elves making Campbell's very own Christmas wreaths ready for the festive season.  They are very much in keeping with the Campbell's style and ethos using natural materials where possible, some of which we will be foraging locally so keep your eye out for us and say Hi.  We do have to use a bit of wire to keep it all together and a bit of ribbon, well, because it's pretty so bear that in mind before you pop it into the compost heap in a couple of months.

We are making them to order so they are nice and fresh for you and will last you well into the New Year.  They are available in a choice of two designs, with a choice of ribbon too.

Firstly there is a medium size rustic style wreath including cinnamon sticks, pine cones, wheat and choice foliage.  These are £30 each.


Rustic Christmas Wreath by Campbell's Flowers


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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.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

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

Whoohoo!

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

Tx


Oh, the anticipation!


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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."



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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.



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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 ....





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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.


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Friday, 29 August 2014

Rachel and Steven

So today I get to do one of my favourite tasks here at Campbell's Flowers and that's write about a real wedding!  The one we are bringing you today is that of Rachel and Steven who got married this time last year at East Riddlesden Hall for the ceremony then onto Newton Grange for the reception.  It was such a relaxed atmosphere full of hay bales, teepee's and bunting.


The bride and groom came and collected her flowers from us here at Campbell's HQ which is quite a popular choice with brides who are DIYing their table decorations.  Rachel is a graphic designer from London, (we get lots of fab enquiries from London these days as they tend to love our style and the amount of detail that we put into everything - which is a huge compliment to us).  Rachel wanted a very loose and open looking hand tied full of small delicate flowers in pinks, purples, blues and creams.  As far as possible we used British grown flowers which was very important to them and so suited us down the the ground - it's whatowe love to do!  The florals included Astrantia Roma, Yorkshire Lavender, Waxflower, Larkspur, Stocks, Delphinium, Gypsophelia, Aster and pink Lisianthus all finished off with a band of string.


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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Feature Flower - Sunny Sunflowers

Yep you guessed it, it's that time again, it's feature flower time!  This month we have chosen the sunny sunflower.  This happy little flower has become quite popular this year and we are predicting it will continue to remain a favourite coming into next summer too.



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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Pinterest Inspiration & using your Campbell's Board

Hi all!

As you'll know by now, all of us at Team Campbell's love looking after you the best way we can, so as soon as you book with us, as a little extra inspiration for you and your wedding day, we make you a Pinterest board and even get it started for you with ideas based on your theme (if you have one) and flowers. We love finding you just the right colours, styles, shapes and types of flowers so you have a really good idea of what's in our heads!  It is then yours to add too as you wish.  

Just recently, we have been contacted by a few brides now wanting to take advantage of this but not quite sure how it works or how to use it, so this is where this blog comes in.  If I do my job right, this blog will give you a better idea of how to get started with your boards so you can pin away to your hearts content. And believe me, once you start, you'll find it strangely addictive!

This may seem obvious but the first thing that you need to do is sign up to Pinterest and create an account.  If you type Campbell's Flowers into the little search bar in the top left we should pop up below and you will be able to click on us which will take you to our Pinterest page (this is my Pinterest so please excuse all the crochet - it's a hobby of mine).



When you get to our page just click follow.  As you can see below I already follow Campbell's flowers but all you would have to click on is follow all.  Then just scroll down and find your board.



When I create a board I then have to invite you to pin onto the board.  This all seems pretty straight forward I know, however, the problem that I tend to come across when doing this is that some of you may use a different name on Pinteres, or might have called your Pinterest account something different like 'Wedding Inspiration' so I have trouble finding you to invite you to pin to the board.  I can type your e-mail address in and I can see there is an account linked to that address but I can't find you.

If you go onto our Pinterest page and see your board but can't pin or haven't received an invite to do so then the best thing to do is contact me with your Pinterest name and I can invite you ASAP so you can get started.  There are plenty of ways to get in touch with me the main one being my e-mail address which is amy.campbellsflowers@gmail.com.  

Here is a list including the many other ways you can get in touch  facebooktwitterpinterestYouTube.  There is also an option to comment on this blog, so no excuses if you are unsure get in touch and do let me know how you get on too!

I really hope this helps, but as I say, any problems - just email me.

Thanks for reading.

Amy xx
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Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy Anniversary Darling

Hello all,

The phone has been red hot here at HQ as we've had a lot of husbands get in touch recently regarding bouquets for their beautiful wives one year on from their big day.  So I thought I would put together a quick blog for all of you out there looking for some inspiration for your first anniversary celebrations.




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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Team Campbell's

So things are really hotting up here at Campbell's HQ and we are so pleased to announce that we now have a team!!!!  That's right T no longer has to run around like a crazy woman doing everything all by herself as we are now here to take over some of the work, hurrah!!  This blog is pretty much an introduction to all of us so you can get to know and love us.


T set us a few questions so you could find out a bit more about what makes us tick and we all took part in a photo shoot which we all managed to pretty much giggle our way through.  

Here are the results ...

The lovely lady below is Queen Campbell herself (er, those are Amy's words - not mine Tx) Here is what she had to say:


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Feature Flower - Everything's Coming Up Roses!

So this month after much deliberation we have chosen the rambling Rose as our feature flower. They are a firm favourite with our brides, a classic flower which changes with time and never seems to go out of fashion.  The oldest Rose is thought to be over 1000 years old and still grows on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.




We adore roses as they're so versatile, working well for lots of different designs from buttonholes to hair flowers as they perform really well out of water.  



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