Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Maddie and Adam - Summery Seasonal Blooms, Gold Shoes & Cigars!

Today we are bringing you another amazing Campbell's wedding.  We are starting to get quite a few pictures sent to us from weddings that we did back in the summer which we just love to receive.  Today is the turn of Maddie and Adam who tied the knot last June and the beautiful Stancliffe Hall in Matlock.  A stunning venue with great surroundings, making a great backdrop for some amazing photographs.  Usually I start you off with a picture of the venue but I thought I would get started with a lovely picture of Maddie getting ready for her big day, you can just feel how happy she is!

For her bouquet Maddie chose an unstructured, pretty, natural bouquet including craspedia, cornflowers, acquilegia, wheat, daisies, bear grass and panicum grass and Queen Anne's lace, all finished with a shell pink ribbon with a lace overlay.  Maddie wanted soft, delicate colours but with a bit of a colour pop as she didn't want really pale pastels. We just adore the mustard yellow craspedia she chose, which became a bit of a feature of the florals.

Vintage bouquet at Stannage Hall by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers

Vintage bouquet at Stannage Hall by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers

Vintage bouquet at Stannage Hall by Sheffield florist Campbell's Flowers

For the bridesmaids Maddie kept with the theme and chose a smaller version of her own bouquet for them with hair flowers too for the smaller bridesmaids.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

When 'The Fixer' (almost) Came to Town!

Hello all

It's been a little while since I've written a post without Amy's assistance and so today I thought I'd share with you our story of last night's edition of 'The Fixer' which saw Jo and her family working with Alex Polizzi to re-brand their wedding events business and tell you of our part in the programme.

Pretty much a year ago to the day, I was contacted by the production company as they were making an episode about a wedding and events company based in West Yorkshire who had fallen on hard times, mostly due to them not keeping up with current trends in a very competitive market.  They went on to say that Alex would like to send the business owner on a floristry course to learn some basic skills, gain a greater understanding of flowers in general and would like to film Jo at the start of her journey, leaving it to her to follow up with any additional training she felt she needed. They loved my website and would I be interested in being involved in the programme?

As you can imagine, I was pretty excited at the prospect, so had a chat with the researcher who said they'd get back to me and let me know if they wanted me to put on a workshop.  It all went quiet for a while, as these things often do, until I suddenly heard back that they wanted to film at least half a day  but weren't sure about what the format should be.  So I made a few suggestions.  A couple of which involved perhaps going to the market together to buy the flowers or maybe Jo coming to set up a wedding with me.  Eventually they settled on me teaching Jo as much of the basics of floristry as I could in an afternoon and could it be with other people in the workshop and oh, could it be all done three days later on the same day that I actually had a wedding to deliver?!

Never having been one to 'know my limits', we pressed ahead.  I initially thought that as the whole emphasis of the programme was meant to be about trends, then surely it would be a great thing to have people at the workshop who were movers and shakers in the industry?  So I set about getting in touch with some of the lovely bloggers I've had the pleasure to work with in the past and who are based here in the North, thinking that their contribution would be really invaluable (and it might even be a nice day off too, designing with flowers)!  Sadly, none of them were available at such short notice so I roped in some lovely industry friends who stepped up to the mark at really seriously short notice.

The day was amazing. We took over the upstairs function room of the very wonderful La Patisserie (as we needed quite a bit of room for the crew) and were treated to the most exquisite French pastries by Hoosh, the owner.  Jo was lovely and very willing to learn, the crew were fantastic, in fact a really wonderful day was had by all. One of my fab friends, and ace photographer, Sarah Ropke of Key Reflections Photography took some great shots in between also creating a design of her own too!

You'll see from the shots she took, we had a really wonderful time  ....