Women of Steel

Happy Saturday everyone. When you run a blog for long enough, you have the good fortune to meet a lot of lovely industry folk in the process. Tracey Campbell (of Campbell’s Flowers) was one of the first lovely ladies I encountered and has been a fantastic friend of the blog ever since. Not only is she a fabulous florist, but she’s just one of life’s good people. So when she sent me the concept for a styled shoot that she’d worked on with a group of simply amazing suppliers, I was so excited – I knew that as long as she was involved it was going to be something wonderful to look at. I’ll let Tracey tell you all about the ideas behind this shoot, with gorgeous pictures by Jess Petrie


I’m really thrilled to present my latest collaborative project- a styled wedding shoot entitled Women of Steel, which contrasts Sheffield’s industrial landscape and heritage with the ultra feminine and glamorous look of the late 1940s and early 1950s – creating some stunning and unique images by fabulous photographer Jess Petrie.

I love to create wedding photo shoots which have a really strong concept behind them and with Women of Steel I juxtaposed models showcasing the highly fashionable 1950s, feminine, vintage wedding look with a really industrial background.

The gritty beauty of the Kelham Island Museum’s interior and grounds was to become that backdrop and hosted the team of suppliers from across Yorkshire which included a whole host of fantastic fellow creatives.  Kelham Island is an incredible place which has recently received a wedding licence and I just thought it would be a fantastic venue for a wedding shoot.

The dresses were supplied by the lovely Hayley from Glory Days Vintage in York, and included a full-length 1940s white satin gown to a classic peach prom-look dress with floral brocade. Victory rolls, loose curls and statement red lips, designed by the amazingly talented hair and make-up artist Victoria Farr, provided the perfect contrast to the industrial setting.

I wanted the floral designs for the shoot to be creative and innovative and, with a nod to all the heritage bouquets out there, had the quirky idea of keeping the industrial theme by incorporating jewellery fashioned from antique spoons by local artists and jewellers into my pretty, romantic, vintage-look bouquets, corsages and arrangements.  Spoons designed to look like butterflies,

I had the idea to showcase the beautiful cutlery still produced in and around Sheffield and have incorporated knives, forks and spoons into the bridal bouquets to create a fun and quirky, but highly creative shoot. knives nestled amongst zingy yellow and soft lemon blooms and forks popping out of bright bouquets with clashing colours. A wild bouquet with a fresh-from-the-meadow look also had a starring role, and was bursting with cosmos, eucalyptus, wheat and delphiniums.

In one bridal bouquet,  I even included spoons arranged to look like a butterfly perching on palest blue hydrangeas!  My granny’s knives (made in Sheffield of course!) nestle amongst zingy yellow and soft lemon spring flowers and forks pop out of a bright bouquet with clashing colours – very ‘50s’!. A wild bouquet with a fresh-from-the-meadow look also had a starring role, and was bursting with cosmos, eucalyptus, wheat and delphiniums.

Accompanying arrangements were styled in antique tankards and tumbling from a 1950s tea set, whilst wrist corsages were fastened on to bangles sculpted from Sheffield forks by a local jeweller. A hydrangea heart wreath in soft, pastel tones added to the vintage look.

As I’m passionate about supporting and championing the use of British grown flowers all the gorgeous blooms featured on the shoot were sourced from the UK.

The shoot was incredible and I’m thrilled with the results and am so proud to have worked with such an incredible range of talented suppliers – to get to work with such amazingly creative people on concepts like this is such a joy.

Images © 2012 Jess Petrie


Floral Design & Concept: Campbell’s Flowers

Flower Suppliers: Flowers By Clowance, Hollow Meadows Flowers

Make Up and Hair: Victoria Farr

Photography: Jess Petrie

Location: Kelham Island Museum with thanks to Richard and Sharon

Dresses and Hair Accessories: Glory Day Vintage, York

Jewellery, Tankard and Tea Set: The Famous Sheffield Shop

Models: Alice Lindley and Georgia Symonds

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