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.
Viviene Accessories sent us some stunning handmade hair accessories (which Ally sells in the boutique) so that was another tick off the list.
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.
Hello D&J’ers hope you are well and ready for your next dose of wedding inspiration. Today’s post is a little different. We usually write about different themes or colour inspiration which hopefully gives you loads of ideas to incorporate into your big day, but this time we thought we’d focus our inspiration a little closer to home. Right here in Derbyshire in the treasure trove that is Darby & Joan HQ. I don’t know if any of you have ever had the pleasure of stepping inside Karen’s beautiful home and exploring the Aladdin’s Cave of vintage wedding fabulousness but I can assure you it’s something pretty special.
Today I thought I’d focus on specific items that you can hire from Darby & Joan for your upcoming wedding and give you a few ideas too!
In case you missed it, Karen won the Best National Venue Stylist Award for 2014, as awarded by the National Wedding Industry Awards. So if you needed some help with the planning and styling of your day…
Right, let’s get on with show, queue the pretty…
Lots of Love, Mirlah xox
Table Runners, Linens, Doilies & Napkins
When Karen styles a wedding it all starts with the blank canvas that is, the table. Often a tired old trestle the first thing to do is give it a new lease of life with a table cloth. Crisp white linen is the perfect starting block to build your theme on and is practical too. From there you can start to add a bit of character, a runner is great way to add some colour or texture without it getting the way of your guests. Darby & Joan have got an array of lace edged hessian runner that work so well with rustic style weddings, or, if you wanted to go for something a little more classic then a simple white lace runner would look stunning and adds just a subtle hint of vintage without being too overpowering.
To add some more interest, doilies are great for building layers of colour, pattern and texture and they’re not pretty for the sake of it, they’re practical too and are great for putting underneath vases and jars to mop up any spills. Karen literally has hundreds of those little lace beauties, all a little bit different.
Moodboards by: Best Day Ever
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Drinks Dispensers & Jam Jars
Ohh I love these! I think they should be made mandatory at all weddings. Visually they’re fab and you can really go to town creating a beautiful drinks station and they’re just perfect for creating a bit of interaction on your big day. Guests love the fact they can happily serve themselves and come back for a top up. You can fill these guys up with anything from Pimms, Lemonade, flavoured sparkling water, the world’s your oyster! Still going strong is the humble jam jar, now you could decide to buy tons of jam on every shopping trip, but an easier way would be to hire them and team them with their best friend, the stripy straw – of course!
Vintage Suitcases, Palettes & Crates
Just look at these beauties! I lose count of how many suitcases Karen has in her studio but they are all drop dead gorgeous and just perfect for a vintage wedding. A really popular way of incorporating a vintage suitcase into a wedding day is to use as a place to collect cards and gifts. Open it up and hang a little sign showing your guests where to pop they’re cards of congratulations and you’re sorted, it’s a really simple way of using up those empty corners of your venue but sis still in keeping with your style. They also look great stacked up, filled with flowers or, for the smaller ones, you could even use them as centrepieces. The crates and palettes are spot on for rustic style weddings and provide a bit of pretty storage space for cutlery, serving food or adding height to your displays.
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Vintage China, Cake Stands, Trays & Crockery
The star of the show and where it all began for Karen at Darby & Joan, vintage china! The ultimate way to pretty up your tables with layer upon layer of mismatched plates, cups and saucers. We’ve often had the conversation that goes “couldn’t we just do it ourselves?” And in truth, of course! In fact it would be lovely to know that by the end of it you have hunted down and collected all the china pretty yourself, but the beauty of hiring is the sheer quality and amount of pieces that D&J has to offer, plus it includes the washing up!
There aren’t any set packages when hiring from Darby & Joan so each ‘package’ is completely tailored to you. Need a few cake stands and teapots – you go it. Some silver trays and teacups – coming right up! If you’re styling a vintage wedding there’s no doubt a few pieces of pretty patterned china will set your theme off right.
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So there you have it a lovely list of beautiful vintage things you can hire from Darby & Joan, this is by no means a definitive list, oh no ladies and gents! There’s ladders, vintage books, custom chalkboard signs, bunting, easels, typewriters,mismatched vases and more! For more information, prices or to arrange a visit to the fabulous D&J HQ just get in touch!
Just a lil disclaimer, all of these images are 1. stunning and 2. feature props that belong to Darby & Joan.
Ahh! Well we loved Tipis before but now our love may be borderline obsessive! It’s been over a week since we set up camp at Bawdon Lodge Farm and made our mark on the wonderful Tipis at the Sami Tipi Open Weekend, and we’re still buzzing from a brilliant event!
2 days, 2 big hats, 1 chill out tent, so many fabulous suppliers and even more fabulous couples the weekend was an event to remember and it was fab to be a part of it all.
The weather was good to us, but we did have a bit of a downpour on the Sunday which we think was actually a GOOD thing. Something couples can’t control but worry about on their wedding day is the weather – in particular, rain. It was good to see the Tipis in all conditions and I think it put people’s mind at ease when the saw how they stood up to the weather. The Tipis were so cosy inside and with the band playing and the great atmosphere you felt a million miles away from whatever was going on outside.
Here’s a little look at what we all got up to!
Image Credit: Best Day Ever
We went for 2 different styling concepts for dresing the tipi’s. One a bold, colouful striped theme with festival vibes and the other, a classic rustic style with inspiration from Tuscany, Italy. Both were loved and we had some great feedback
The images below are from the fabulous Matt Brown Photography, stay tuned for more images soon. We just love this first picture, Tipi’s are the perfect option if you’re thinking of a relaxed party atmosphere!
Thank you to everyone who made this Open Day a success, it was a pleasure to work with such a creative, dedicated and friendly bunch, when can we do it again?
Do you want to see what the event was like from the other side? Have a read of this fab post over on the Sami Tipi Blog written by a lovely couple who are getting married later on this year. We can’t wait!
The Sami Tipi Crew
Tipi Hire – Sami Tipi
Venue – Bawdon Lodge Farm
Planning/ Event Co-ordinator – Benessamy Wedding & Events
Styling & Vintage China – Darby & Joan
Pom Pom & Balloons – Pom Pom Studio
Bunting – Emma Bunting
Cakes – Yummy Little Cakes
Photography – Matt Brown Photography
Videographer – Lara Elliot
Bar – The Bespoke Bartender
Flowers – Tineke Floral Designs
Stationery – Best Day Ever
Hair & Makeup – Ben & David Peck-Whiston
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