Campbell's CouplesIt's been the most fantastic experience working with so many wonderful Campbell's Brides since we started. We've loved meeting with you, talking through your plans and making specially tailored designs to suit each and every one of your beautiful, beautiful weddings. We seem incredibly blessed to work with so many really creative Brides who are happy to be guided by us, but also want to put their own spin on their wedding flowers.
But before you zip over and do that, why not pour yourself a cuppa and look through some of our recent bride's flowers and read why they chose them? Enjoy!
We're back feeling all rested after a fab break and thought we'd put together this blog post for you which features the lovely Briony & Phil, whose wedding took place at the beginning of August at the very beautiful Wentworth Church and then the gorgeous Whitley Hall.
When I met them earlier in the year, Briony told me she absolutely loves scent and that this was a really important feature of the flowers we chose. She also adores big, blousey, beautiful blooms and, as we were planning for mid-summer, this wasn't going to be a problem at all!
With her four adult bridesmaids wearing dresses of dusky pink and soft mink and Briony in an ivory drop A-line halter-neck with bodice embellishment of pearls and crystals - the colour scheme just had to be soft, muted shades of raspberry, shell-pink, rich buttery creams and soft powdery blues.
Here are just a few of the designs we put together ...
Here's what Briony had to say in her email ...
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Today we bring you the story of Cathy & Brett's beautiful wedding which took place at the end of May this year at the very lovely City Hall here in sunny Sheffield.
When Cathy & I met at a wedding fayre last year, we talked briefly about how she wanted really pretty, soft, feminine pastels in whites, creams, apricots and blues. Once we met up for a consultation we also talked through her idea to use silver as an accent colour too. It didn't take long to choose a stylish bouquet of soft pastels, hand tied in a posy style using blue hydrangea, creamy, scented tuberose, white ranunculus, silvery brunia, white phlox and ‘Finess’ (apricot coloured) roses. We also decided to conceal the binding point with a band of silver satin ribbon with a lace overlay to pick up the 50's styling of her gorgeous ivory satin gown with a silk georgette beaded overskirt.
We also secretly decided to incorporate some really personal details in the shape of a really fab lego man in Cathy's sons buttonhole and a funky little union-jack guitar lapel pin badge into Brett's buttonhole. Just before the wedding, Cathy dropped these off with an extra little lapel pin which she asked to be put into her Dad's buttonhole. I have to admit that it made me shed a tear when I saw it and, indeed, it had the same effect on Cathy's Dad too, apparently!
Here are a few of her designs:-
Cathy sent me some of her 'official' photos too ...
Along with this rather touching and lovely email ....
Photocredits: Campbell's Flowers & Simon Bunney Photography
Whilst Kate and I get on with lots of exciting plans chez Campbell's, I thought I'd take the opportunity to catch up with some of this year's totally fabulous weddings, beginning with the Spring wedding of Sammy & Harry.
Sammy, it has to be said, is probably one of the most laid back lovely Brides I've ever worked with. Recommended to me by my lovely friend Amy from Pure Enough, Sammy and I hit it off straight away. When she told me that her bridesmaids were wearing royal blue and that she was to be married in mid-March, I just knew that hyacinths were going to be a feature of her flowers!
On talking everything through, we decided on very natural, soft and pretty posy-style bouquet with a 'hand picked' look in lovely whites and creams for Sammy, using blooms such as cream ‘Vendella’ roses, white ranunculus, white hyacinths, white spray roses, cream wax flower, rosemary and eucalyptus cinerea. As a pretty embellishment we decided on a cream satin band overtied with a narrow blue satin ribbon in a bow with short pretty trails.
For the four adult bridesmaids we created similar bouquets but added a lovely depth of colour by replacing the white hyacinths with gorgeous Delph Blue hyacinths instead. Beautiful. We also decided upon a tiny version of the Adults' bouquets for Bethany, her flower girl.
On the day, all went well and off I set in Dory to deliver a van full of scented goodies. Unusually, I had arranged with Sammy to deliver all the buttonholes to the guys first (purely because geographically it was easier and quicker) - imagine my surprise when I got there only to find no-one home! Some odd things can happen to a flowery person on peoples wedding days, but delivering to an empty house was definitely a first! Anyway, a kindly neighbour came to my rescue and managed to locate them all and they turned up not long afterwards!
Everyone loved their flowers and the bridesmaids were just blown away by the gorgeous scent of those amazing hyacinths. You just can't beat Spring flowers for a Spring wedding!
Here are a few pics ...
I loved working with such pretty, scented flowers and hope that they've given you some fab ideas if you're planning a Spring wedding next year too!
If you're looking for a bit more inspiration then try downloading our latest issue of Inspire or pop over to our website and check out our blushing brides for much more.
We'll be back very soon with Jenny & Matt's story of succulents, purple flowers and snow!
Hello all, well the wedding season for 2013 has really kicked off here at Campbell's Flowers and HQ has been awash with flowery gorgeousness ever since Rachael & Wayne's Spring wedding at the beginning of March.
Rachael originally got in touch after a visit to the lovely Chloe at The White Room where she bought the most fabulous Claire Pettibone gown which features gorgeous dark lavender-grey detailing and a wonderful silk floral corsage at the back. During our consultation, Rachael told me that the whole colour theme of the wedding would be a fabulous Spring-like yellow and that daffodils were an absolute must! She also wanted to feature colours such as slate grey and the lavender-grey colour from her dress.
Sometimes, working seasonal blooms into colour schemes can be a bit tricky, but not this time. I suggested we use bright yellow open daffodils in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets and combine this with softer creams of sweet scented narcissus. To balance the colour between the soft creams and bright yellows, I recommended some pretty lemon ranunculus. Then we could bring in detail colour from her gown, by using scented dried lavender, seasonal lilac for texture and more scent and finally, an absolute favourite of mine, dark moody helebores! Just gorgeous!
The bridesmaids, we decided, would carry the same bouquet as Rachael, just a little smaller and the buttonholes would be a really simple, stylish, vintage-inspired lemon ranunculus with a little lavender. As any of you who have worked with me will know, I'm a stickler for detail. So, I suggested a gorgeous dark lavender satin ribbon for Rachael's bouquet teamed with a very simple, vintage brooch. The bridesmaids' bouquets featured lemon organza ribbon and the buttonholes were finished with a tie of the same, to complement the cravats the groomsmen were wearing.
Tables were to be kept gloriously simple but incredibly striking by using the sunniest, Springtime open daffodils packed into slate grey pewter jugs (which caused some headaches of their own, trying to get them to open perfectly for the day!). As Rachael and Wayne's ceremony and reception were both at Whitley Hall we decided upon a statement design in a pewter chalice, using all the flowers from the theme, which would double as a ceremony and top table arrangement.
Here are the final designs, which I just absolutely loved creating ...
I'm just so happy that everything worked out just how we wanted it to, buy working with amazing seasonal flowers and I even managed to get some lovely British grown blooms into the designs too!
Rachael also sent me some shots by her wedding photographer Shakespeare Photography - here are just a few ...
A HUGE thank you to Rachael for sending these through to me - congratulations to you both.
Photo credit: Shakespeare Photography
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Katie & Adam - Red Lippy & Winter Berries
Today I bring you one of our lovely real weddings from last year featuring the fabulous Katie & Adam, who were married here, in Sheffield, in mid November.
Katie and I hit it off the first time we met - she's the wedding co-ordinator at one of the top hotels in Sheffield and we got chatting at my first ever wedding fair, at her place of work! I was so excited when she mentioned she was getting married, I'm afraid I was a bit over-enthusiastic (something she reminds me of when I see her!!). Luckily though, Katie really loved my designs and so we got together for a consultation and just completely hit it off.
She adores gorgeous red, velvety roses and so I suggested using red Naomi, a deliciously scented, absolutely stunning, big, beautiful rose. We teamed these with her favourite purple tulips, some hypericum berries for texture all offset everything with pretty lilac and magenta roses, creating a fabulous rich and sumptuous bouquet. To make sure the bouquet worked with her 50's styled gown, we kept the bouquet quite compact and a strong 'ball' shape.
I'm so happy to say that the lovely Jo from Creative Images photographed the day and has been incredibly kind and generous by sending me some really gorgeous shots of the day ...
We created a similar, smaller bouquet for the bridesmaids and left out the berries to make Katie's bouquet a little different and the weeniest bit more special!
The boy's buttonholes were really simple and elegant, using the gorgeous roses and a little berry
Their venue was the stunning City Hall in Sheffield, with it's Art Deco fabulousness - everything looked so beautiful. Candleabras were decorated with simple corsages of flowers, as were the backs of the chairs and it was wall-to-wall candles everywhere!
Such a fabulousness, and what I want to know is how did that gorgeous lippy stay on all day and night?!
My thanks to Katie and Adam for choosing me to be part of their day - I was also lucky enough to be asked along to the evening, which was just the best fun ever!
Photo credit Creative Images : http://creativeimagesphotography.co.uk/
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Joan & Jim - Love is all you need
Hello lovelies, a couple of week's ago, we had the pleasure of designing beautiful rich, opulent, vintage-style flowers for Joan and Jim's lovely, simple, understated wedding.
The first time I met Joan for a consultation, she told me that her favourite colours were gorgeous plums, deep purples and lilacs and she brought along with her Jim's rather fabulous silk tie to show me just what she had in mind!
Talking through her ideas, we quickly settled on a dark 'Cadbury's' purple double lisianthus, lilac freesia (an absolute must for its scent), beautiful 'Purple Power' roses (again, fabulously scented) and a scattering of violet coloured lisianthus to bring the colours together.
Both Joan and Jim had unexpectedly found themselves falling in love in later life and so wanted their day to be a very stylish but quiet celebration with all their friends and family and chose to get married at the Town Hall and follow this with a fabulous wedding breakfast at one of Sheffield's top hotels.
Ascenza & Franco - Lilacs, Lavenders & September Flower
Hello all, today's Campbell's couple are the lovely Ascenza and Franco who were married on a very wet and windy day this week.
When Ascenza came to visit me she told me her theme was lilac and lavender and that she especially wanted a bouquet with lots of scent and that her wedding was in September. Now, I'm not sure if you have noticed, but we have really pretty pale purple daisy type flower which is a member of the aster family and grows wild along our roadsides at this time of the year. It's aptly nicknamed September flower and when I mentioned this to Ascenza, she absolutely loved the idea of including it in her bouquet. We both also loved the idea that when she saw it growing every year, she would be reminded of her wedding day.
As Ascenza wanted a really soft, feminine and romantic hand tied posy I suggested we go for a 'just picked' style and showed her some of the bouquets I had made this year - she loved them all, so I knew it would be really easy to find just what she wanted.
We finally settled on pale lilac freesia for scent and its gorgeous shape - I love the tendril-like quality of its shape. This was teamed with dried lavender, cream spray roses, the aforementioned aster, a little green bell and some gorgeous eucalyptus which complimented the colours beautifully. The bouquet was kept very simple and was finished with a lovely cream satin band of ribbon, fixed with pearl headed pins. Here are a few photos of the finished design and I can't wait to see the 'official' ones soon!
Congratulations to such a lovely lady - I know I will think of her every time I see September flower in the hedgerows each year!
Do you have a particular flower which reminds you of a specific time of year? If so, I'd love to hear from you - I might even feature your story in one of our posts too! Email me, or leave me a message below and I'll get back to you asap.
Clare & Brian - Kilts, A Ceilidh and Purple Prettiness
However, I needn't have worried. We managed just fine to juggle Harry's needs around our discussions. A perfect example of multi-tasking!
Clare told me that Brian is Irish and that he and his Best Man would be wearing Irish 'Black Spirit' kilts and that in the evening they were having a Ceilidh. She also told me that she really loves lisianthus and particularly the really dark, beautiful 'Cadbury's' purple colour. She also felt sure that she wanted a very pretty, delicate, unstructured, natural bouquet.
With these ideas as I starting point, I suggested a very simple hand-tied, posy style bouquet of dark purple single lisianthus, dried lavender for texture and scent, blue nigella for softness, creamy spray roses to 'lift' the colour and white astrantia (which is actually limey-greeny-white) for a very 'just picked' meadowy look. Finally I suggested eucalyptus as a lovely bluey-grey-green fragrant foliage to link all the colours and bring the design together.
Clare was really happy with my suggestions and we decided that as she is really petite, and her dress is a really simple, elegant fitted satin ivory gown, her bouquet shouldn't be too big and should look very light and almost ethereal.
Now as you will all know, flowers are my absolute passion, but with my job comes a certain level of responsibility to deliver on the day what has been agreed upon in advance. I always add a proviso that substitutions may have to be made, but it's not something I often or ever like to resort to.
However, because I deal with a product that is natural, it doesn't always perform in the way you might expect. Clare particularly had her heart set on blue Nigella (or Love-in-the-Mist) but, try as I might, I just couldn't get any. I tried four different British and Dutch suppliers but without any luck at all. It transpires that at this time of the year it is grown outdoors and the terrible rains we had have rotted the flowers in the fields, so none was available.
So I contacted Clare and suggested a couple of changes and bought instead some wonderfully fragrant and simply gorgeous mint, which has a really short growing season, it just couldn't be any more seasonal. I also bought a pretty little blue thistle, again for texture.
Here are the designs which, happily Clare loved when I delivered them to her
I loved making Clare's flowers, she's such a caring Mum - she even told me she's made a lovely dark purple silk sling to carry Harry in, if he needs a bit of 'Mum' comfort later in the day. I can't wait to see the 'official' photos and will post them for you, once I get them and hope that Clare, Brian, Jack and Harry all had a truly wonderful and memorable day.
Have any of you or your friends had experience of last minute changes to your wedding plans and were they to your liking? Would you be devastated if something wasn't as you planned? Or, like Clare, would you trust your floral designer to make something you would be happy with?
I'd love to know your thoughts, and will, of course, get back to you if you have any queries about seasonality.
'til then, enjoy!
Olivia & Stephen - It's A Family Affair
Feeling a little nervous at my first ever wedding fayre as Campbell's Flowers, Olivia came over with her little girls to look at my vintage inspired wedding flowers. Beaming at me, she told me that not only was my style exactly what she was looking for, but the colours I'd chosen were perfect too ... and could she book me to design her wedding flowers? There and then. Just like that!
Emma & Peter - Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Emma's described her dress as a full length gown of lace and her bridesmaids were to wear 50's style dresses in cream with yellow sashes. She really wanted to emphasise the yellow and absolutely loved the idea of incorporating bright yellow roses into her design. She'd liked the designs she had already seen of mine and was certain that she wanted an unstructured hand tied design finished with lace ribbon. We looked through a few magazines and came up with some pretty daisies to soften the roses and then decided upon some cream lisianthus for texture. We also incorporated freesia for scent.
For the bridesmaids we decided to keep the designs really simple and a little more structured to work with the 50's styling and so kept it really quite vintage with gorgeous cabbagey roses. I ordered 'Cream Dolmitti' which are absolutely beautiful and smell heavenly and teamed them with some lovely crinkly yellow 'Ilios'.
Emma's mum chose a wrist corsage on a very glamorous diamante and pearl bracelet which used all the elements from Emma's bouquet and Peter's mum had a more traditional corsage. When I delivered the corsages and buttonholes I so glad that I always use corsage magnets as Mum-in-Law was wearing a very beautiful shot silk jacket which would have definitely spoiled had I pinned her corsage to it.
The guests all had simple yellow rose buttonholes with a tiny sprig of foliage and the groom had a few extras from Emma's bouquet by way of lisianthus buds and daisy.
We talked at length about table decorations and Emma decided upon some really pretty sweet little posy arrangements in tiny goldfish bowls which she bought so she could give as gifts to her special guests who had helped with the wedding. They looked gorgeous at her venue and were a little replica of her own bouquet.
Here are a few snaps I took of the designs before they were delivered:
I love the bright sunny colours Emma chose. What would you choose? Are you all about soft, delicate pastels or are these vibrant colours more your thing?
Natalie & Karl - Happily Ever After
They chose their venue for a number of reasons - they wanted somewhere inexpensive, the freedom to do their own catering (they've close relations who could do it for them) and somewhere a bit different and a bit quirky. There was a fabulous new bowling alley there and talking to Natalie, I remember the two of us laughing about how great the photos would be of all her guests in their finery complete with blue and red striped bowling shoes!
Alas, it wasn't to be ... days before they were due to leave for Gretna, the Ski Village sadly burnt to the ground and Natalie and Karl were left without the prospect of the huge party they had envisaged. As I wrote at the time, the local media were brilliant and eventually The Magna Centre came up trumps and offered to put on a night to remember, complete with buffet and music.
Natalie got in touch recently to let me know that all went really well with the journey up to Gretna and that the flowers travelled perfectly in their little vases of water, wedged into a sturdy box packed with cellophane and tissue paper. The party afterwards on their return was fantastic and she attached a few photos of the day - which I thought were so lovely, I just had to share them with you ...