Sami Tipi Spring Open Weekend

Tipi styling by Darby & Joan Weddings and Events.  Doris Loves letters at the Sami Tipi Open Weekend

Hello everyone – today we are talking Tipis.  We LOVE a tipi wedding and have featured them a lot over the last three years.

They are such versatile and wonderful event space – chose one single hat for a small gathering or go for broke and create the ultimate wedding space – link in three hats with a chill out tent and you have enough space for a few football teams!  Pull up the sides to let the outside in and see how they can create a truly unique space.

They are pretty breathtaking as they are and are such an big blank canvas to add your personal stamp to, but turning these hats into a beautiful wedding can be quite daunting  – where to start!  Retro or country chic?  Rustic or Scandinavian?   Vintage or festival? Nautical or monochrome?   

We regularly work alongside the lovely folk at Sami Tipi and you can see some of our weddings we have styled and caterered for under their big hats here  – Mark and Chris / Bec and Matt.

Here you can see their launch weekend that we styled in 2014 – where has that time gone?!

We pulled together some ace suppliers to help us to set and and style the open weekend back in April 2015 and here are there the results.  I hope you like what we did!

Huge thanks a million times over to all the suppliers who worked with us on this project and for all your input, time and talent.


Karen xx

























Photography – Matt Brown Photography
Tipis – Sami Tipi
Venue – Bawdon Lodge Farm
Styling, concept, tableware and props – Darby & Joan Ltd
Flowers – Tineke Floral Designs Limited
Catering – Thomas The Caterer
Light up big letters – Doris Loves
Small table top light up letters – The White Bulb
Wedding Planner – Benessamy Weddings & Events
Cakes for peach tipi – The Organic Wedding Cake Company – Nottingham
Cakes for balloon tipi – Green Kitchen Cakes
Staionery – Best Day Ever
Videography – Lara Elliott
Paper lanters – The Hanging Lantern Company
Helium balloons – Bubblegum Balloons
Vintage caravan – Clementine the Cream Tea Caravan
Photobooth caravan – Vintage Caravan Photo Booth
Wooden signage and tags – @benaberry
Evening photography – Christopher Terry Photography

Natural flower petal confetti and favours Natural Favours




19:10 19 January 2016

Gold vs. Silver – Winter Wedding Inspiration

GOLD vs SILVER Winter Wedding Inspiration | Darby & Joan Vintage

Hello lovelies.   A good while ago you may remember I did a post all about Spots vs. Stripes, this time round it’s the battle of the metallics! That’s right it’s Gold vs. Silver – Shimmer Vs. Sparkle both utterly gorgeous in their own right and both equally as stunning for a winter wedding. In today’s post we take a look at all the key details of a wedding day and give you a good dose of wedding inspiration for your big day. So without further ado… let the games begin… which are you? #team GOLD or #teamSILVER


Mirlah xox

Gold vs. Silver – The Wedding Dress

Well, this is an interesting one, if you’d asked me the question without seeing any pictures I would have hands down gone for an all sparking and shimmering, gold sequin number but I think this time #teamSILVER is winning, there’s just something so elegant about silver beading that adds a timeless Gatsby edge. That said gold and glamourous is also beautiful and works well with earthy tones and rustic decor.

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Gold vs. Silver – The Wedding Accessories

Gold or Silver, let’s face it we don’t need an excuse to go shoe shopping but I think for me that #teamGOLD has pipped silver to the post in the accessories round. Maybe its because I tend to wear more gold or the fact I’m head over heels in love with that gold star veil (!) but either way as beautiful as the silver accessories are (those shoes!) gold is little more subtle which gets my vote. How about you?

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Gold vs. Silver – The Wedding Flowers

Gold and Silver flowers you say? I’m totally undecided here. On one hand, I love the statement that spray painted pinecones and ferns make in a leafy bouquet (that bottom left!!) but on the other, I adore the simplicity of the silver bouquet which simply uses grey foliage to add a silver effect. Ok… #teamSILVER it is, as much I’m a ‘succa’ for a succulent and spray paint, the classic beauty of the silver wedding bouquet is pretty perfect for a winter wedding.

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Gold vs. Silver – The Wedding Cake

Mmm cake! These days it’s just as important to have your wedding cake looking jaw-droopingly gorgeous as well as tasting delicious and these metallic beauties are all kinds of wonderful. So, what will it be silver or gold? For me personally, I think in this round gold has this one in the bag. That glitter effect (!) although it looks stunning in silver I do have a bit of a soft spot for gold glitter… and that shiny gold drip cakes is just oozing so much gorgeousness it’s ridiculous! Hurrah for #teamGOLD!

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Gold vs. Silver  – The Wedding Details

So here we are, the final round and it’s all about those extra special finishing touches. This was a tough one as I’m totally crushing on mercury glass at the moment and those tea light holders are quite something! But I’m just going to put it out there and crown #teamGOLD the details winner. I think it feels little less bling and more understated, especially if you paired it with rustic wood and other raw materials. I do love the modern look of the silver sequin table cloths though, they would look pretty fab in a sun drenched wedding venue.

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So there we have it, three cheers for #teamGOLD! What do you think? Are you feeling the gold or does a silver wedding tickle your fancy?  If you can’t decide, mixing metallics is a winner too so feel free to throw some copper, rose gold and zinc into the mix for some gorgeous metallic loveliness.

18:50 21 December 2015

Simple & Organic Winter Wedding Styling Ideas

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Well hello there lovelies! How are we? Hope you’re not too chilly. Now, I’m not sure how it’s happened but it’s less than a month till Christmas (!) and although I’ve gone into a slight panic about christmas presents I’ve still had  a little time to delve into some yummy winter wedding inspiration. Forget the bells and whistles, today’s blog post is all about keeping it simple. A neutral and natural colour palette of greens, whites and greys teamed with lots of organic textures and candles a plenty. Whether you’re planning for a winter wedding or in need of a few ideas for Christmas table this year, I hope you can find a sparkle of inspiration.


Mirlah xox

1. Winter Wedding Table Decor

It’s only right that a delicious feast should be accompanied with equally delicious decor and the best thing is with this style just a few details can get your table looking beautiful. The easiest way to achieve a natural tablescape is by adding some foliage. Eucalyptus, rosemary or even snippets of a christmas tree are all great and will add a gorgeous scent to the room too. Linen napkins and table runners add a little texture, go for crisp white or a light grey and load up on candles to add a soft glow.
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2. Winter Wedding Candles & Lighting

The dark nights of winter are the perfect opportunity to create a cosy and twinkly wonderland. Think about mixing different materials together – a mix of glass votives, wooden and brass candle sticks and pillar candles are perfect for creating a natural look. Add more greenery and fairy lights, (the more the better) and when the lights go down there’ll be the most gorgeous glow.

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3. Winter Wedding Finishing Touches

Although this style is fairly fuss free there’s still some room for those finishing touches and details. Mistletoe is a must for a winter wedding and big bunches are widely available and really affordable. Chalkboard signage is also a nice touch too add – love quotes, christmas carol lyrics or a simple Merry Christmas would be perfect. Thinking of giving favours? How about some stylish christmas crackers or homemade mine pies or christmas cookies as a treat? I absolutely love the hanging advent calendar it’d be fabulous as an escort card style table plan. you could even pop a little chocolate in each pocket.

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So there we have it, some simple and organic inspired ideas for your winter wedding or Christmas table. I hope it’s got you in the mood and feeling christmassy. What do you think, is simple and fuss free up your street or are you into a more red and green kinda style? Come and let us know on Facebook.

14:12 27 November 2015

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