It’s not often that I feel an urge to write a personal blog post. Usually my posts are sporadic at best, usually shouting from the rooftops about the latest event we have hosted (because if I don’t, who will, right!?) or our super talented blog woman – (wonder woman) Mirlah will show you some wedding & styling pretty to get you in the mood.
I’m just feeling the love at the moment & want to document it. Partly for selfish reasons as I can look back on the post to remind myself of what a great year 2013 has been to us & how far we have come. And ok, just writing it all down makes me sound like a complete show off (I appreciate that!!) but it reminds me why I set up the business & why it should continue to grow.
This past few months have been an incredible wave of goodness. The weddings we have hosted have been wonderful & the families we have worked with have been the best. Some have become friends & all have been so so happy with what Darby & Joan offered them.
Our corporate clients (well ok, just the one!) – The White Stuff – were over the moon with our pop up tearoom that we did for them a couple of weeks ago and this is definitely an area of our business that I am looking to build upon. It will hopefully be an easier task now we have a high profile client under our vintage belts & they can support us by offering glowing references.
The hen party side of the company has grown at a phenomenal rate. Afternoon tea is still a huge hit with lots of brides-to-be & shows no sign of slowing down for 2014. We were approached this week by A Hard Days Knight to join their recommended suppliers. They are a Midlands based company offering accommodation & activities for families, hen parties & stag parties. Gorgeous holiday cottages, wonderful service & some brilliant ideas to help you plan your weekend. Our friend Richard, who owns The Bespoke Bartender, helped us on our way with these guys – so thank you! If you girls like cocktails & handsome men to be a part of your hen do, (hello?!) then it is worth checking them out.
Deb Kendall of Fabulous Places. She has been a tremendous support & cheerleader for us over the past few years. We met at an event & since we have been working together I count her as a friend & someone to share ideas with & the occasional slab of cake. We have been involved with her business for three years & her endless championing & friendship has been invaluable. Make sure you have 16th & 17th November in your diaries to come down to The Roundhouse for the Fabulous Places Christmas Market. Bigger & better every year. All the exhibitors are hand picked, the best at what they do – all I can say is bring a wad of cash because you will be spoilt for choice. We host the pop up tearooms there & it is one of the highlights of our year. Ridiculously busy & a little stressful, but loads of fun & we love it.
Our very first wedding fair was with Save the Date in 2010. A complete baptism of fire & I felt like an frightened imposter in the midst of so much flair & experience. I look back now at my stand & I screw my face up (I’m doing it now!) as I remember how haphazard it looked. I’d like to think that we have evolved, improved & become much more confident in our style now. We exhibited with them on Sunday at The Roundhouse for the Wedding Event with a Difference & I can honestly say that we felt very comfortable there, surrounded by the best stylists, designers & retail outlets that the Midlands has to offer in the world of weddings & events. More than anything it was just great to be with wedding peeps that we know & have worked with over the last few years & to meet new businesses who were exhibiting there for the first time.
Again, Lydia & Abi from Save the Date have been brilliant. We meet for a coffee & spend the morning gossiping & laughing about everything but weddings. They are another local company who have supported us from the beginning, so thank you girls. And Abi – I still say that you should have been in our Dolly photo shoot! Next time I’ll get you….
This post has ended up being a lot more wordy that I anticipated – but I guess I blog like I talk – a lot, quickly & half the time repeat myself & there is far too much of it!
Finally (at last) my business would not be here at all if were not for the wedding peeps I have met along the way. Those who I speak to every day on the phone, those who I email daily, those who keep me going with their support & laughs & business recommendations. So I raise a glass (well it is 6pm now) to some of you guys who have made our journey possible – Tineke, Yummy Little Cakes, Emma Cleveley Photography, Timeless Couture, Matt Brown Photography, Chloe Adlington, Butterworth Photography, Save the Date, Benessamy Wedding & Event Planning. Thanks guys – YOU ROCK.
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