Hello everyone! We’ve got a little something to share with you today. Darby & Joan has gone and had a little makeover and we’d thought we’d share the thoughts and inspiration behind it.
So…naturally the new logo started out as a pinterest board, crammed full of inspiration and images that portrayed the look and feel of the new brand and then onto a session with lots of cups of tea discussing what Karen was after. Whilst Darby & Joan are very much vintage, Karen wanted the new branding to have a slight modern edge and we came up with the 3 S’s that we wanted to portray. Simplicity, stylish and sophisticated.
Both Karen and myself have always been big fans of the mint/pink combo and we chose the colours as they work well with the current branding and are pretty timeless. We added touches of dusky grey to tie the two together creating a rather pretty and sophisticated colour palette.
The idea behind the circles is that each circle represents the main aspects of Darby & Joan’s work – weddings and events. By joining them together we wanted to represent everything inbetween, because as you know there’s nothing Karen can’t work her magic on.
We then gave the circle elements a little makeover by adding in a little subtle texture, the vintage lace says everything it needs to without being too obvious.
The simple typeface is simplistic and modern but those little serifs (the pointy bits on the letters) bring it all back to the heart of what Darby & Joan is all about… vintage.
Karen’s new business cards are the perfect place to showcase what Darby & Joan are all about and so one side is all about saying ‘hey this is what we do’ with a selection of beautiful images from past events! Sometimes it’s easier to say things with a picture… and with that thought, here’s the new logo and inspiration behind it. We do love a good moodboard.
Branding & Moodboards by Best Day Ever
So what do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts, be sure to look out for the new business cards at the Save The Date Event this weekend.
Click below for all the details and to get your tickets! See you there!
Hello, I hope this blog post finds you well. The sun is shining here in Derby and it’s got us all excited for spring. Today on the blog we’ve got some styling and ideas and advice for putting to together the perfect industrial inspired wedding. It’s something a little different to the shabby chic and rustic styling but we’re totally loving it and wanted to share some inspiration with you. P.S absolutely no hard hats or forklifts in sight! – well unless you fancy some some pops of yellow and slow moving transport…
Let’s get on with the show!
The Bare Bones
Styling your industrial wedding starts with your venue. Unlike other themes, it’s hard to get to the industrial look and feel when the building doesn’t quite match up. You’ve really got to go all out when putting together this look, but it’s completely worth it and once you’ve found the perfect venue you’ll be half way there. There’s a few things to be looking out for in your urban chic venue quest. Bare brick walls (peeling paint totally welcome), vaulted ceilings, giant floor to ceiling windows, quirky little details, and a few exposed metal pipes for good measure! It’s all about finding the perfect shell to work your magic on.
Moodboards By: Best Day Ever
Light It Up
Lighting always plays a huge part in any wedding style and ‘industrial/urban chic’ is no exception. With a big space to fill it’s all about going big and bold and using statement pieces; not only to fill the space but to create focal points and a fab moody atmosphere. Giant letters, fairy lights and masses of candles in hurricane jars are prefect for lighting up your wedding day & night. I’m a major fan of festoon lighting. Just the word makes me smile and I love how it can be so versatile, string it up like bunting or hang vertically to really accentuate the height of the room.
Image Credits: Letters: Project Decor Ceremony Backdrop: Christina Szczupak via Chic Vintage Brides Cheers: Dan O’Day via Hello May Bar Sign: Twitter via Pinterest Hanging Installation: MSP Photography Via Style Me Pretty
You can really play around with the details of your wedding day with this industrial style. Think about mixing lots of raw materials together, the more the merrier. Mix metallics with bare wooden trestle tables, lots of flowers and foliage and add a touch of concrete, yep concrete, you might need your hard hat for that one! but it makes for great planters or table numbers. How about spray painting little trinkets, glass vases or tree branches? A total DIY’ers dream and really cheap and easy to do.
Make a Statement
The venue is likely to be a bold statement in itself but if you really want to go for it, (and hey, why not?) think about adding a statement backdrop or making the most out of those magnificent ceilings. We’re just loving some of these ideas and we reckon we know the perfect people to make your venue draping dreams come true. We’re looking at you Fabric Theatre!
Image Credits: Ceremony Backdrop: Kyle Hale via Ruffled Blog Scroll Backdrop: Tammy Horton via Style Me Pretty Salvaged Door Backdrop: Three Nails via Style Me Pretty Fabric Installation: Kate Ignatowski via Green Wedding Shoes
Amazing Industrial Wedding Venues in the UK
South: MC Motors, London
via: Castle Gibson
North: Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
via: Weekend Notes
Top 3 industrial wedding venues a little closer to home!
Here’s a little look at some of the best wedding venues in and around the East Midlands we think would suit an industrial style wedding.
Last week something pretty special happened and I can’t believe a whole week has past since we invaded the stunning venue Amalfi White with a whole heap of pretty and set up shop for one of the biggest shoots Karen at Darby & Joan has organised. Boy did she do good! 60 hours in the planning, 2 different looks and a bunch of talented and awarding winning wedding suppliers, I’ve got to say I was SO happy to be a part of it!
So just what did we get up to? Let’s take a look!
Image Credits, unless stated: Best Day Ever
Hey! Who needs an excuse to start a new pinboard! Not us! I think most people know of Karen’s addictin to Pinterest, turns out the rest of us involved are just as obsessed! We created a pinboard where we could all pin our ideas and inspiration onto and between us we clocked up nearly 250 pins of pretty! Karen wanted to showcase 2 contrasting styles. One, a glamourous rustic affair, less shabby and a bit more polished around the edges with a very neutral palette. The second look was a completely different ball game, lots of colour, bold stripes and with underlying tones of navy and coral! Here are a few images that inspired each of the looks. If you are a Pinaholic like us, feel free to go and check out the full board for more of a flavour of what’s to come!
Pinboard – Glamour Puss, Chic, Stylish
The whole day was so much fun and everyone was a real joy to work with, it’s pretty cool when everyone is so creative there were ideas being thrown around left right and centre. A big thank you to everyone involved and Amalfi white for being so accommodating and even letting us bring a shiny metallic blue Vespa into their Prosecco Bar! Oh YES!!
Styling: Karen worked her creative magic across the whole shoot and the different looks turning a blank canvas of a table into something so beautiful I now want 2 other styles of wedding! Cheers Karen! Absolutely amazing work as always. The above picture is a sneaky look at the bold colour pop table, we just love the bright Orange against those Navy stripes!
Beautiful Daimler from Dennisson Classic Cars
Venue & Catering: What a venue, we can guarantee you’re going to be seeing a lot more more of Amalfi White! A stunning blank canvas with a ceiling adorned with chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, giant mirrors and the food looked to die for, we even had a chance to sample a few cheeky cocktails. It’d be rude not to eh!?
Photography: Oh Emma you absolute star, a massive thank you from all of us for your patience and hard work, we are all so excited to see the final edited shots! Here’s Emma Cleveley in action shooting some of the details on the glamourous rustic styled table.
Hair Styling: Here’s the one and only James White doing his thing! We wanted to keep the look very chic, and glam with a touch of vintage class, the result was just amazing and the girls looked stunning!
Make Up: Cristina created a fantastic dramatic look with dark smoky eyes and bold lips. The girls looked so stunning and Cristina was always on hand to titivate and top up the lips gloss! Great work!
Flowers: Tineke strikes again with the most beaut blooms EVER! Creating bouquets and flower centrepeices for both styles Tineke did a fabulous job and Avie always had her eye on the bouquets making sure they were in tip top condition. How gorge is this bouquet for the rustic glam style, just beautiful and it smelt divine!
Dresses: WOW ladies you really pushed the boat out for this one! Launching their new collection the girls worked tirelessly creating the most stunning dresses we’ve ever seen! These photos don’t do these gowns justice but just you wait for the final shots!
Cakes: Nat is an absolute star, when she arrived with her cake boxes we were all dying to see what she had created and she absolutely hit the nail on the head! A simple two tiered cake, which we dressed with foliage and white roses and a fabulous striped cake with coral flower and navy bow! Perfect! There are also some beautiful iced biscuit favours, but this a sneaky peek so you’ll have to wait for the final shots! Ohh I’m mean!
Stationery: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this shoot! I created two brand spanking new collections for the shoot and picture above it a little looksie at a new collection I’m naming ‘Tuscan Romance’ It was great to see the stationery in action dressing the table and I also created the cutest little favours of rosemary Sea Salt and Herb infused Olive Oil!
Light Up Heart: Possibly the start of the show! This heart is absolutely amazing! We’ve admired it on twitter and to finally see it in the flesh was pretty darn cool! This fabulous light up heart formed the back drop or many of the shots and guess what it even turns pink! I know! Big thank you for Typical Type for coming such a long way to join in the fun!
The Models: Ahh the models! We all had a touch of envy when the girls arrived on set looking the oppitimy of glamourous! Beautiful from head to toe oh and did we mention they sing too! Girls you are fabulous thank you for being such superstars! Also a huge thank you to Sophie, a model in the making for sure! Psst you can also spy some stunning Rachel Simpson shoes in this photo!
Image Credit: Darby & Joan
“A labour of love. 60 hours in the planning, a group of amazingly talented and awesome suppliers. Four models To. Die.For. A heartbreakingly gorgeous collection of dresses. A venue to make you want to get married again. Accessories, flowers, makeup, hair and other stuff that was just too ace to describe. A vespa, an enormous light up heart, a Daimler. A few sleepless nights. But WHAT A DAY. Here is a video that The Valentines put together. Makes me want it to be Monday 10th all over again”. - Karen Darby & Joan.
Oh my! Are you excited? We cannot wait to see the final pics edited in all their glory! Another massive thank you to everyone involved. High Five guys!
The Fab Team Involved:
Styling: Darby & Joan
Daimler: Dennisson Classic Cars
Venue & Catering: Amalfi White Bar & Restaurant
Photographer: Emma Cleveley Photography
Flowers: Tineke Floral Designs
Hair Styling: James White Hairdressing
Make Up Artist: Cristina Lazzarotto Make-up Artist
Dresses: Timeless couture
Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes
Models: The Valentines
Cakes: Yummy Little Cakes
Stationery: Best Day Ever
Light Up Heart: Typical Type
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