Save The Date – Wedding Event March 2014

Darby & Joan at Save The Date Wedding Event with a Difference Nottingham - March 2014

Ahh well hasn’t this week flown by? The sunshine is making it a whole better and that’s definitely spring I can see round the corner.  We’ve got a little bit of a round up here on the blog today, letting you know all about our whereabouts last sunny Sunday.

So, 9th March saw something pretty special happen on the Darby & Joan stand at the Save the Date Wedding event with a Difference. We’d all been talking about it for ages, getting excited about everyone’s goodies and then finally, last Sunday Karen’s great vision came to life. It was an almighty collaboration, with fantastic styling from Darby & Joan, stunning floral creations from Tineke, too good to eat sweet treats from Boutique Baking, pretty paper goodies from Best Day Ever and the most amazing tassel garlands, giant balloons and paper flowers from Pom Pom Studio! Phew…It was a wedding feast for the eyes! Karen mixed bold stripes with bronze, gold and stunning jewel tones for an elegant take on the bold colour pop trend, and in a word… Gorgeous!

It was great all working together and supporting each other and it was a massive buzz seeing it all come together and the many compliments at the event was just great! So big smiles all around!

Everything KAren showed off is available for hire, as is her wedding styling service.   She has recently won the Wedding Industry Award for Best National Venue Stylist – so you are in very safe hands.

A massive success of a day and the BIGGEST  thank you to everyone involved! When can we do it again!?   Love Mirlah. xx

Fab Wedding Suppliers Involved

Styling, Props, Vintage China – Darby & Joan

Flowers – Tineke Floral Designs 

Wedding Stationery – Best Day Ever

Macarons & Favours – The Boutique Baking Company

Tassel Garland,  Paper Roses & Giant Fringed Ballon – Pom Pom Studio

A big thank you goes out to Clare for taking these gorgeous pictures of the stand. (Photography by Clare)

Darby & Joan at Save The Date Wedding Event with a Difference Nottingham - March 2014

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7:23 14 March 2014

Sneak Peek – Dolly’s Debut in a Vintage, Boho Styled Shoot


Hello lovelies! Hope you’re all fine and dandy. We’ve got a really exciting post to share with you today. A week or so ago Dolly made her photoshoot debut and boy was she looking pretty!

If you fancy arriving in style and still need to get your wedding wheels arranged, then do get in touch with us if you like the look of our girl.  She is a real beauty and it goes without saying that she loves a good wedding.

The styled shoot will be featured in all it’s glory in the next issue of Save the Date Magazine so keep an eye out for it.  The girls will be distributing the magazine at the Save the Date Wedding Event with a Difference at The Roundhouse on 13th October 2013.  Darby & Joan of course will be there exhibiting so make sure you come and see us.

The thing is… we just can’t wait, so we thought we’d share a few behind the scenes photos taken from the day to give you a taste for what’s coming… and it’s good folks! Everyone involved, which will now be referred to as the ‘DREAM TEAM’ worked tirelessly all day and creativity was in full flow. So much fun was had by everyone and it was smiles all round despite it being a little bit nippy at times!

The Preparation

Naturally we turned to pinterest to curate all of our ideas and inspiration. We got all the suplliers involved too so they could add their ideas and get a feel for the style of the shoot.

Click here to see the full Pinterest board we put togther for inspiration.

Screen Shot from Pinterest - Dolly VW Campervan Styled Shoot

The Inspiration

To sum up this feel of the shoot in four words would definitely be Rustic, Boho, Festival & Relaxed. Inspired by corn fields, messy buns, flower crowns and festivals, we wanted to create an uber-stylish vibe with a touch of whimisical magic and an overall feel of FUN!

The Inspiration - Dolly VW Camper Van Styled Shoot

 boho girls - vintage styling

Setting up the vintage catering area for potlatch foods, derby

The girls enjoying their vintage picnic

The Styling

We wanted to create a really relaxed, fresh feel to the shoot, not too ‘done’ but still gorgeously pretty. David  & Vicki did an absolutley fabulous job creating the festival look. Messy buns, boho waves and fishtail plaits complemented the feel of the shoot perfectly and the make up? Perfect. Fresh faced with a rosy glow.

The Styling - Hair & Makeup - Vicki Marriott

The Styling - Hair & Makeup - David Peck

Stunning Countryside at Shottle hall, Derbyshire

behind the scenes Sneak Peak - Dolly's Debut in a Vintage, Boho, Festival Styled Shoot - Darby & Joan

The Flowers & Vintage Styling

Can we all just pause for a minute and say how fabulous the floral crowns and in fact all the flowers are!? Big thank you to Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs for supplying them, they couldn’t have been more perfect. They were all a little bit different using Daisies, Hydrangeas, and Gypsophila. They were simple, elegant and just the right amount of rustic.

The Styling - Hair & Makeup - floral crown

Vintage Daisy Boquet

The Glamour of Modelling - Vintage Styled Shoot

We created a range of different areas each with a different feel. We had a fun picnic set which had colourful streamers drifting in the wind. For other shots, we kept it simple using the stunning fields as a backdrop to create a relaxed, free-spirited look. Of course Dolly was the star of the show! We draped bunting inside and the girls had fun eating yummy cakes and sipping out of jam jars. The sun started setting around 6pm which made for some fantastic dreamy shots in the open countryside.

Handmade drink stirrers with Jam Jar Glasses

Dreamy Lighting with Dolly the VW Campervan - Darby & Joan

Setting up the vintage picnic area

Having fun in Dolly the VW Campervan - Darby & Joan

Oh The Glamour of Modelling

The models, it goes without saying are drop dead gorgeous but above all, absolute troopers. It got a little chilly whilst on set but they were amazing and it’s fair to say that red blanket came in handy!  High Five girls and thank you so much for your hard work.

The Glamour of Modelling - Vintage Styled Shoot

The Glamour of Modelling - Vintage Styled Shoot

The Glamour of Modelling - Vintage Styled Shoot

The Dream Team

What a fantastic bunch of suppliers we worked with. We can’t thank you enough for your time, help, talent and general fabulousness!

DOLLY! - A beautiful split screen Camper Van
Vintage Props & Styling – Us! Darby & Joan
Photographer - Emma Cleveley
Catering - Potlatch
Cake Maker - Yummy Little Cakes
Jewellery & Accessories - Canopy, Derby
Flowers & Crowns - Tineke Floral Designs
Hair Stylist - Vicki Marriott
Makeup Artist - David Peck
Models - Jess, Pheobe, Abi T, Abi C, Sophie and Georgia
Wedding Dresses - Lori G
Venue - Shottle Hall
Glamourous Assistants – (& Chief Dolly Driver) - Matt Brown Photography , Val at Benessamy Weddings & Events & Mirlah Thornley

The Snaps

Here’s a round up of the pictures from behind the scenes, we don’t want to give too much away but we couldn’t be more thrilled with the way the day went. These photos won’t have a patch on Emma’s shots but gives you a little flavour of what’s to come! Hope you enjoy and we’d love to get your feedback.

Ok so how excited are you to see the professional shots by the fabulous Emma! Not too long to wait and make sure you grab yourself yourself a copy of the Save the Date Magazine when it’s out in October! Why not pop on down to the Save the Date Wedding Event with a difference where they’ll be available.  We will be there to talk all things weddings.


A BIG big thank you once again to everyone who was involved, thank you for your time, talent and expertise in making the shoot such fun and a success.

13:29 23 September 2013

5 Must Have Props for a Most Vintage Affair

5 Must Have Props for a Vintage weeding or Event

Hello Lovelies! I hope you are well and enjoyed the weekend. We’re back with some more ‘Vinspiration’ for you, and this week we’re taking a closer look at Vintage Styling, in particular the props. I’m a total fan of the little details and using a variety of props and decor really do help set the tone for your vintage affair!

So without further ado, here are 5 must have props for a Vintage Style Wedding, Party, Afternoon Tea and just about any event you want something a little special for.  All the images are from events we have styled.  If you see anything that catches your eye and you would like to hire, get in touch.

Mirlah x


1) Vintage China

Definitely top of the list! When it comes to Afternoon Tea vintage mismatched china is the must have accessory to any tabletop. I don’t know about you but drinking tea out of a china teacup just somehow tastes better than an ordinary mug. Maybe it’s because of their dainty nature and the fact that you can really take your time perfecting your brew. Starting by pouring from a wonderfully patterned teapot, stirring with an ornate teaspoon and adding a drop of milk and sugar from the pretty little pots and jugs.

The charm of vintage china lies in the fact that it doesn’t have to match. Once part of a matching set somewhere along the way different pieces get collected or misplaced and you end with a collection so eclectic that when mixed together just, well, works!  It’s like each piece has it’s own little story which adds to the magic of an Afternoon Tea Style Event. What’s better if you fancy adding a bit of vintage to your Hen Party, who says those teapots have to hold tea? Mix up some delicious cocktails and feel oh so classy whilst supping in a mismatched teacup. Cheers! (Hic!)

5 Must Have Props for a Vintage Wedding - Vintage China

Darby & Joan have a variety of Vintage pieces to hire. Whether you want to just opt for teacups and saucers or add a few cake stands and vintage platters, we can help tailor your needs from our extensive and, if we do say so ourselves very pretty range. All our prices include washing up, so you don’t have to! Just take peek here to view our vintage china hire list and prices.

2) Vintage Typewriter

It’s always a good idea to have your guests write you a little message at your wedding or party to look back on, but if you’re fancying something a little bit different and want a real talking point then a Vintage Typewriter may be the way to go. Many of your guests may never have used a typewriter and so it adds a bit of fun and with no undo button you might be in for some unusual messages. We have both working and non working typewriters available to hire. Just take a look here for more information.

5 must have props for a vintage wedding/event - Typewriter Guestbook

3) Vintage Suitcases

What can’t you use a Vintage Suitcase for? Stack them up and just use as props or tables, open them up and store goody bags or favours or simply use as a place to collect your cards and gifts. With so many uses you might not want just one and we have many suitcases and vanity cases available to hire.

5 must have props for a vintage wedding/event - Vintage Suitcase HIre Derbyshire

4) Vintage Bunting

I don’t think there’ll ever be a day where we tire from bunting. There’s just something so fun about it. When you rock up to a wedding or event and you spy some bunting, it instantly puts you in a good mood and you just know you’re in for a good time! Drape it from the ceiling, hang it over furniture, hook it to the tables. Go crazy! We totally approve, more is more! Although relatively easy to make, you do usually need reems and reems of it, so if you don’t fancy DIY’ing, you can hire Vintage Cotton Bunting from Darby & Joan from just 50p a metre.

5 must have props for a vintage wedding/event - vintage bunting hire Derbyshire

5) Vintage Tablecloths & Linens

Now we’re not one to shy away from a wonderfully rustic bare wooden trestle but we do love a well dressed table. We’ve got cupboards full of beautiful patterned, lace and plain linens to dress your tables and we’ve got plenty of vintage doilies too! Teamed with Vintage China and a vase full of your favourite blooms your table setting will ooze sophistication and most definitely look the part! Take a look at our Props and Hire list for more information and prices.

5 Must Have props for your Vintage Wedding or Event - Vintage Tablecloth Hire derbyshire


So that completes the list, what do you think? Would you add anything else or perhaps you tried a Vintage Typewriter Guestbook? Let us know! For information on pricing or prop hire just get in touch we do love a good vintage affair!

For more photos of events we’ve styled just hop on over to our Facebook Page, and do come and say “Hello!”


12:14 28 August 2013

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