Industrial Chic

Industrial Shoot Blok Knives

Hello lovely people.

I love to be involved with a styled shoot and themes I have worked on in the last 12 months have included a 1950’s high tea, a relaxed picnic in the sun with a camper van and a super glamorous Italian style shoot.    All these have needed a fair few props, weeks of pulling together suppliers and hours and hours putting together ideas and shots.

My most recent shoot was quite different and I loved it all the more for being so.  Minimal props and distractions to let the dresses, the venue and the models speak for themselves.

This all happened within a week.

The wedding industry is a small world and to try and keep the family tree brief  ….

Ally from a new bridal boutique Alexandra Anne called up Matt Brown from Matt Brown Photography to introduce herself and put it out there that she was launching her beautiful new bridal shop and would love some promotional images.  He said yes, called me and Kerry from Tineke and Nat from Yummy Little Cakes.  They were in.  Me too.  This took around 48 hours.

I met Andrew from  The West Mill in Darley Abbey last year and we hope to be working together on a project – He was more than happy to let us use his awesome new wedding venue as a backdrop – he was in.

Ally got Claire-Elizabeth make up artist and the hair maestro James White on board and we were good for hair and makeup.

Viviene Accessories sent us some stunning handmade hair accessories (which Ally sells in the boutique) so that was another tick off the list.

Obviously we were sorted for dresses – Charley Brear, Eliza Jane Howell and Lynn Ashworth .. Heaven.

I wanted some great lighting for the venue and of course Fabric Theatre were first on my list to call.  They were ridiculously busy (we had worked on a wedding together the previous weekend which was crazy busy) but they moved heaven and earth to be with us.  Thanks ladies.

Next on the list were models.  Ally has a beautiful and very sexy friend, Grace,  who is also a talented seamstress and fashion designer who was a perfect fit for the dresses.  One down.

Two of my amazing staff who work with me are stunningly gorgeous and they jumped at the chance to be pampered and play dress up for the day.

We needed a man – or two.  I  had met Ben from Blok Knives through his lovely wife, Suzanne, who runs the catering company Potlatch, and he immediately sprang to mind when we were planning the style of the shoot.  I had only spoken to him a few weeks previously and seen him in action in his workshop (opposite the West Mills) and had spied his motorbike.  Male model #1 sorted.

Ally’s handsome friend Alex joined us for the shoot.  Male model #2 sorted.

Here is what we did on a Tuesdsay in Darley Abbey.

Over the moon with what we all did that day doesn’t even come close.


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20:52 29 September 2014

High Street Bridesmaids Dresses We Love!


Hello lovelies, hope we’re all well! It’s been a bit soggy this past week but.. .good news news, today’s blog post will give you some wedding ideas that you don’t even have to leave your chair for! Inspired by my latest Hen Party antics for a close friend, I started to think about those special ladies in our life, those we love and cherish so much that we ask them to be part of our special day. I’m of course talking Bridesmaids.  So, today’s dose of wedding inspiration comes in the form of wedding styling trends and bridesmaids dresses to suit.

I’ve scoured the internet for pretty dresses from the boho to the colourful and best of all these dresses are all on our fab High Street. Loads of the dresses featured are budget friendly too! With the exception of couple, oh Ted, why do your pretty patterns come with a pretty hefty price tag?

But… whatever your budget or wedding style, I hope you find some inspiration here and if not in the dresses but ideas of non-traditional places to shop for your best girls dresses.


Mirlah xox

Colour Pop Bridesmaids Dresses

Inspired by bright blooms and the rainbow, this look is all about fun, colour and standing out. Match your maids in all the same colour, or really embrace the colour pop trend and have your bridesmaids wear different colours to match your theme. If colour has no boundaries on your big day, then how about letting them choose their favourite colour? We love Mint, Coral and Fuchsia Pinks, they work really well for Summer weddings.

Colour Pop Wedding Inspiration | High street Bridesmaid Dresses | Darby & Joan Vintage

High street Bridesmaids Dresses £50 and under:


Vintage Floral Bridesmaid Dresses

Always guaranteed to bring a touch of whimsy and vintage to your wedding day, floral dresses are both gorgeous and flattering too! Go flirty and fifties with an A-line skirt or floaty and ditsy for a more relaxed feel. We’re still a firm fan of mismatching bridesmaids dresses and mixing up floral prints is a great way to go if you don’t want to be restricted to a certain colour palette.

Vintage Florals Wedding Inspiration | High street Bridesmaid Dresses | Darby & Joan Vintage

Floral Print High street Bridesmaids Dresses:

ASOS | Ted Baker | Dorothy Perkins | French Connection

Boho Vibes Bridesmaids Dresses

A perfect look for relaxed outdoor weddings but a look that can carry us right through to autumn. Think earthy deep colours of navy, mustard and burgundy and incorporate lace, crochet or embroidery to add texture. Team boho bridesmaid dresses with wild bouquets and gorgeous floral crowns for an elegant festival inspired style.

Boho Vibes Wedding Inspiration | High street Bridesmaid Dresses | Darby & Joan Vintage

Budget Friendly Boho Bridesmaids Dresses:

Jarlo at ASOS | Forever 21 | New Look | Zara

So there we have it, 12 gorgeous dresses and 3 wedding trends we are just loving at the mo! Which is you fave? Come and let us know over on Facebook!

Top Featured Image : Assassynation via Whimsical Wonderland weddings

23:14 26 August 2014

10 Easy Ways to Use Jam Jars at your Wedding

Vintage Inspired Drinks Station by Darby & Joan | Save The Date Wedding Event With a Difference Nottingham

Well hello there D&J readers! I do hope you are all well! We seem to be steaming through August like nobody’s business and Karen is working hard spreading the Darby & Joan magic, styling weddings all through the glorious East Midlands. We’re almost at the peak of wedding season and with that in mind there’s a great Afternoon Tea Giveaway up for grabs over on Facebook.

Today we’ve got 10 really simple but creative wedding ideas for you, all based around the humble jam jar or Mason Jar  as our American friends better know them as. Karen has loads of these available which you can incorporate into your styling and decor, but if you fancy taking on a simple DIY task then this is a sure fire way to get creative.

So next time you finish your jam, or pasta sauce, forget chucking it in your recycling and up cycle it instead; turning it into something really rather lovely for your wedding day!

Lots of Love

Mirlah xox


Fill Them

1. Centrepieces

The perfect way to dress your tables for a country, vintage or rustic wedding. Whether you opt for a cluster on round tables or a row on a long trestles, jam jars just look effortlessly stunning filled with your favourite blooms. Jars are also great if your flower budget is limited as you can reduce the number of flowers needed by not having large arrangements.

2. Favours

Fill them with crayons for the kids, layer up the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, or even turn them back into their original purpose and make some homemade jam or chutney. Just pop a sticky label on them and you’ll have yourself a quirky thank you present for your guests.

3. Pew Ends

Whether you’re getting married in a church or having an outdoor ceremony, adding some florals to the chairs or pews is a great way to add a splash of colour. Fill them with wild flowers and hang with twine or wire and, ta-da the ceremony venue will be transformed. It’s also an easy way of transporting them over to the reception venue to use them there too!

4. Cocktails

So the next idea is nothing new but it had to be on the list. I still get excited when I get to drink out of jar and a stripy straw! I love the idea of the jar being a gift to guests with their name on and their’s to fill up for the night. This would work really well if you were having a DIY bar with lots of drinks dispensers full of your fave cocktails.

Fill Them |10 Easy Ways to use Jam/Mason Jars at your Wedding | Darby  & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Moodboards by: Best Day Ever

Jam Favours: Buzzfeed | Jam Jar Cocktails: Poppy and Pearl Co

Mason Jar Glasses: The Big Beez | Jar Centrepieces: Cute et Cute | Jam Jar Flower Arrangements: 100 Layer Cake

Ceremony Pew Ends: The Knot | Children’s Crayon Favours: Justin & Keary Weddings via Ruffled

Hang Them

5. Backdrops & Table Plans

Photobooths are still a great way to add a bit of fun and interaction into your big day and lots of people like to get stuck in a create a DIY backdrop. You could hang them from a tall rail or hook them up on wood to create an eye catching backdrop. Or how about using it as a table plan? Just pop some labels on the jars and let your guests know where they are sitting in style.

6. Candles

So simple but so effective and very pretty! Take one jar and a tea light some wire and you’ve got yourself a twinkling lantern that will look great when the sun goes down. To save relighting opt for bigger candles instead of tea lights and even consider filling the jar with lavender to create a lovely aroma.

7. Statement Decor

Let’s think even bigger! I’m seeing lots of statement floral arrangements these days with fantastic hanging elements drawing your eye up. They are all kinds of fabulous but can be expensive so hanging jars of flowers is a great way to still get the wow factor on a smaller budget! I just love the image below with the rustic ladder – beaut!

Hang Them - 10 Easy Ways To Use Jam/Mason Jars at your Wedding |Darby & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Hanging Candles: Indulgy | Hanging Jar Backdrop: One Fab Day

Hanging Jar Light Bulbs: Unknown Source | Hanging Jar Flowers: We Heart It | Hanging Jar Candles: Unknown Source

Statement Decor with Ladder: Caught The Bouquet | Hanging Jars in the Trees: Gideon Photo via Frosted Petticoat Blog

Decorate Them

8. Glitter

Ok, this WILL get messy, no matter how many layers of newspaper you put down or if you do it outside, things will get sparkly! But, let’s face it, it is worth it!. A jar, glitter ,PVA & (a Hoover!) and you are good to go!

9. Lace & Twine

The ultimate way to decorate you jars is simply by adding some rustic twine, ribbon and lace. If you’re going for the vintage feel then this look is definitely for you and so easy to create and add a personal touch.

10. Paint

A little more time consuming but with colour popping bang on trend at the mo, the result of this DIY will be worth it. The paint is usually poured and brushed on the inside of the jar and creates a gorgeous glossy effect on the outside. Another idea is to use a hot glue gun on the outside and write your message, once dried you can paint the outside and it creates a wonderful embossed look! How about using this idea for  your table numbers?

DIY Them | 10 Ways to use Jam/Mason Jars in your Wedding | Darby & Joan Vintage

Image Credits: Hand Painted Jar: The Frisky | Glitter Jam Jars: Birds Party Blog

Animal Lid Mason Jars: Land of Nams |Paper Heart Jar: WV Weddings | Lace & Twin Jars: Post Road Vintage

Colourful Painted Jars: Griottes | Painted Jar with Glue Gun Writing: Unknown Source

So there we have it, 10+ Ways to incorporate jam jars into your wedding day. I hope you are feeling inspired. Now…What are you waiting for? Get saving those jars, even get you family and friends on the case, you can never have enough candles in jars.

11:16 20 August 2014

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