Words by Tracey Campbell
Images by Jess Petrie
During Autumn last year I got together with photographer, Jess Petrie, and created Women of Steel - a styled wedding shoot which contrasts Sheffield’s industrial landscape and heritage with the ultra feminine and glamorous look of the late 1940s and early 1950s which provides vintage inspiration for our lovely local Brides.
The gritty beauty of the Kelham Island Museum’s interior and grounds was the backdrop which hosted a team of talented Yorkshire based suppliers and a host of fantastic fellow creatives. Shortly before our inspiration day, Kelham Island Museum had received a licence to conduct weddings and were absolutely thrilled to be featured.
The original vintage dresses were 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 our amazingly talented hair and make-up artist, 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 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. We also featured 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. Earrings fashioned from vintage sugar tongs and rings from spoons, completed the look.
Bouquets were all designed using British and locally grown seasonal flowers in our trademark ‘just picked’ natural style and included bright clashing colours and romantic pastels, along with gorgeous pom-poms of pretty hydrangeas.
I hope you’ve gained some inspiration from our ideas – we’re certainly thrilled with the results and if you need any help in choosing seasonal blooms, then do get in touch and I’ll do all I can to help.
Credits for the shoot
Floral Design & Concept: Campbell’s Flowers
Photography: Jess Petrie
Make Up and Hair: Victoria Farr
Dresses and Hair Accessories: Glory Day Vintage
Jewellery, Tankard and Tea Set: The Famous Sheffield Shop
Location: Kelham Island Museum with thanks to Richard and Sharon
Models: Alice Lindley and Georgia Symonds