WedFest Part 1: Outdoor Ceremonies, Yummy Food & Drink & Styling Inspiration

Styling a Festival themed Wedding

 

Hello and a very happy Monday to you all.

I don’t know about you but the weekend washout has got me dreaming about Summer; being outside till the early hours, music, friends, families, BBQs and the festival season.  After a great weekend with the Sami Tipi crew we’ve still got outdoor weddings on the brain and today we’re turning our heads to all things festival inspired. Starting with the ceremony in this two-parter mini series, we’re going to be looking at all the elements to create a dream outdoor wedding and of course, as always we’ll be showing you a few ways to add our little vintage twist!

Hope you enjoy.

Mirlah xox

 

The Outdoor Ceremony

Well, for starters this mood board could have been tripled in size with all the beautiful imagery around. There are so many stunning ways to set the scene and create an altar to die for. Start with the backdrop for your I do’s by creating a large focul point. Depending on your location this could be as simple ad hanging bunting between two trees or really going for it an creating a tall structure using wood or old reclaimed ladders. Adding ribbons or hanging elements look particularly stunning as they’ll gently move in the breeze.

Of course though, as always in good old Blighty, do have a plan B! Whilst a shower or two can easily be dodged by handing out umbrellas to your guests, crazy winds and a sideways downpour (everything crossed that this isn’t the case) might mean you need a little more shelter from the elements. Perhaps consider a small Tipi (Kung) a gazebo, a marquee or perhaps your outdoor venue has some outbuildings that can be transformed just in case.

 

Styling an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony - Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Moodboards: Best Day Ever

Hanging Mason Jars: Krystal Mann via Style Me Pretty Hanging Jar Alter: The Robertsons via Style Me Pretty

Tree Stump with Flowers: Spottswood Photography via Wedding Chicks Flag Aisle: Our Labor of Love

Heart Aisle: Camera Hannah via Rock My Wedding

So many beautiful ideas right? Loving the simplicity of the bottom image. Just punch out some paper hearts and secure onto some kebab sticks and you’ll be away, the perfect aisle style.  You can also change things up with the seating, if you are wanting to create a more relaxed feel, hay bales make great pews, just cover them with some vintage tablecloths or linens for a little twist and to stop any prickly bums! :)

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies with the Ceremony Company | Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image: The Ceremony Company

Our friends over at The Ceremony Company offer a service which allows you the freedom to expand your imagination and have a truly unique Ceremony. Indoors, outdoors, or in the evening these guys are the ones who can make it happen. Of course, with everything there are legal formalities that need to be completed, but if you’ve dreamed of a festival inspired wedding outdoors on the ‘main stage’ surrounded by your friends and family, then these guys are the ones to call.

Food and Drink

Oh yes the food! When you think ‘festival food’ you’d be forgiven for thinking grey looking burgers, soggy serviettes and your 5 a day coming just from the
onions. But this is your Wedding Day so it’s time to create a wedding feast to end all feasts! I love a BBQ so by no means saying no to a good old burger and
a sausage, but these days Street Food and outdoor catering are fast becoming a new trend, so there are loads of ways to bring a little twist to your wedding
food. Think food stations, Hog roasts, Retro food vans, quirky salads and artisan breads and you’ll be on to a winner.

Wedding Festival Food Inspiration - Sharing Platters, Posh Ploughmans, BBQs and Homemade Chutneys.

Image Credits: Handmade Chutney Favours: The Little Caravan  via The Natural Wedding Company

Arrival Drinks in Dispensers: Ryan Ray Photo via Wed Society Buckets of Beer: Photographer Unknown via Pinterest

Plougman’s Platter: Louise Lister for Marie Claire Sizzling BBQ: Thomas The Caterer

Sharing platters are a great way of relaxing the mood and get people chatting and they always look so exciting when they arrive.
How about giving the festival theme a vintage twist by serving your food on vintage china plates. The poshest BBQ your guests will ever have.
I love how versatile vintage china can be, of course it’s perfect for a dainty afternoon tea, but it looks really fab amongst bright colours and streamers and giant tasseled balloons.
Darby & Joan’s Posh Plougman’s is a perfect way to combine tasty food with a relaxed feel.
We’re talking local meats, pork pies, a selections of cheeses, chutneys and pickles and a selection of breads and crackers.
Totally delicious and of course, served on gorgeous vintage china!
If you’re handy in the kitchen, I love the idea of making homemade chutneys and using them for place settings and favours. A lovely (tasty) personal touch!

Canapes by Darby & Joan Vintage

Image: Darby & Joan Canapes by Kate Henderson Photography

Styling & Decor

As with anything, there are lots of different types of festivals, some can be a bit more boho, some a little more rock n roll. So by all means you don’t have to stick to big bright colours, we just happen to be in love with them at the moment, so our focus is all making a big statement with colour.

Darby & Joan loves a blank canvas, from Village Halls, to Tipis and Marquees, there’s something really fantastic and rewarding about starting from scratch to create the perfect look for creative couples.

For creating that festival vibe we love bright bold colours, mixing up patterns and teaming big ‘in your face’ decor with the finer details.

Big! Think hand painted signage directing your guests where to go, cascading streamers from the trees, pom pom or lantern installations and cool VIP chill out areas with a mix of colourful cushions.

Small! We’re talking bright coloured table runners and napkins, ribbons tied onto chairs, striped straws, and tables named after your favourite songs.

 

Styling and Decor Ideas - Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Streamer Chandeliers: Anushe Low via Style Me Pretty 

Colourful Lanterns: Photo Glow via Love My Dress Striped Table Setting:  Matt Brown Photography via Darby & Joan 

Hand Painted Wedding Signage: Sarah Tamagni via Ruffled Blog  Balloon Decorated Marquee: Darby & Joan for Kate Halfpenny

So there we have it, part one of our WedFest! What do you think? Tempted to say I do outdoors Glastonbury style? Stay tuned for the second instalment where we’ll be talking entertainment, quirky outdoor ideas, and inspiration for when the sun goes down.


11:20 12 May 2014

Country Vintage Wedding Styling at Bawdon Lodge Farm

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Hello! I think you’re going to need to stick the kettle on for this post today. We’ve got some gorgeous images from not one but TWO vintage styled wedding shoots that we worked on to share with you. If I said the words, rustic, country, vintage, hay bales, afternoon tea, roses and hydrangeas. Would your heart be set a flutter? Well, there is all that and more in the shoots today.

The props, china, linens, furniture and styling are all from us at Darby & Joan – get in touch if you are looking to create something similar for your day.

So grab that cuppa (maybe a cheeky biscuit) and indulge yourself in a little vintage country wedding inspiration.

Mirlah x

The shoots, organised by Val at Benessamy Weddings and Events was put together ahead of a brand new Wedding Venue opening in the wonderful East Midlands. Bawdon Lodge Farm is a family owned country farm in Nanpantan, Leicestershire, and is due to launch as a country wedding venue later this year and is available for weddings in 2014. The owners, Richard & Lynn Bailey were passionate about working with local suppliers to showcase the venue’s versatility and Darby and Joan had the pleasure of styling the shoots alongside a fabulous team of talented suppliers. Creativity was in full flow and a lot of fun was had by all down on the farm. A big thank you to Val at Benessamy for superb co-ordinating, Alix at Lumiere Photography for capturing the beautiful images and to Bawdon Lodge; we wish you all the success in the world, we just know your stunning venue will be a success.

A Vintage Country Wedding

The inspiration behind the first shoot was Vintage Country Wedding. Featuring a hay bale ‘theatre’ (pretty darn fabulous) and beautiful blooms this shoot oozes country sophistication. You’ll also spot a selection of our props and vintage china throughout the styling, all of which can of course be hired from us. Enjoy.

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The Dream Team

Photography: Lumiere Photography

Planning and Co-ordination: Benessamy Weddings & Events

Venue: Bawdon Lodge Farm

Styling: Darby & Joan Vintage and Fabric Theatre

Flowers: Tineke Floral Designs

Stationery: Paperknots

Dresses and Accessories: Giling & White Bridal

Menswear: Christopher Scotney

Hair Stylist: Alison Jenner

Make-up Artist: Cristina Lazzarotto

Cake: Dominic at David North

Props: Delightful LivingLove Umbrellas and Dominic at David North

Furniture: Shires Event Hire

Models: Jack Stovin, Nicola Marie Stokes and Catherine Bosworth

 

A Rustic, Afternoon Tea Styled Wedding

Next up, we have a slightly different feel for the second shoot. Inspired by Vintage Afternoon Tea this look is a little more rustic, with simple burlap table runners, mismatched china, and soft hues of blue and pinks. Capturing all of the charm of an English Afternoon Tea, this shoot is relaxed, subtle and oh so pretty.

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The Dream Team

Photography: Lumiere Photography

Planning and Co-ordination: Benessamy Weddings & Events

Venue: Bawdon Lodge Farm

Styling: Darby & Joan Vintage and Fabric Theatre

Flowers: Tineke Floral Designs

Stationery: Paperknots

Dresses and Accessories: Giling & White Bridal

Menswear: Christopher Scotney

Hair Stylist: Alison Jenner

Make-up Artist: Cristina Lazzarotto

Cake: Dominic at David North

Wooden Signage and Table Numbers: Delightful Living

Furniture: The Country Home

Models: Jack Stovin and Charlotte Wood

So there we have it, what do you think? We’d love to hear from you. We’re delighted with the images and had a ball making it all come together. Thanks again to everyone involved, great work. High Five!


17:27 24 June 2013

Autumnal, Rustic Wedding Shoot

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond.

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. How time has flown – it has been 12  months since we did this shoot and somehow I never wrote a blog post about it.

If you are planning a wedding for next autumn, than this one is for you. Get pinning girls!!

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. The shoot took place at the stunning Georgian manor house which is home to Hannah from Unforgettable Vintage Bridal Gowns.  The top floor houses their studio where you can lose an afternoon in this treasure trove, trying on their vintage and antique gowns, dresses and jewelery.  Its not just for brides, they have a huge selection of frocks for parties and “just because you can’t live without them dresses…”

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. Lucy Stendall was our photographer, she is awesome, gorgeous, funny and just generally brilliant.  She specialises in “taking photographs of good old fashioned sweet love.”

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. We were a bit excited that Sanni Sorma came from Paris to work her magic with hair and makeup.  She also does the best make up tutorials on YouTube and is a fountain of knowledge for girly glamour.

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. The cakes were made by Daisy Cupcakes and were divine.

We wanted a seasonal, rustic and shoot and  the warm  colour palette worked so well against the orchard and the garden.  Rich Edwardian china, paired with vintage crystal and silver added glamour to the tables and sat perfectly with the simple flower arragements where we used berries, greenery and crabapples picked from the garden that morning – roses added to the relaxed, easy styling.

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. I stole some oak chairs from the dining room, added some old mirrors and masses of romantic  lace.

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. The dresses were to die for, just beautiful.

What can I say about our model, Ayo – a star is born. 

Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond. Watch this space for another shoot with the same girls – we had such a great weekend and I hope you find some inspiration from our photographs.  Who knows, maybe one day there will be a couple who hires all of us to work on their wedding together!Darby & Joan style photoshoots, hire vintage tableware & china, have an extensive collection of vintage props & accessories for you to hire, love baking afternoon teas, offer a styling service & help with planning your event, have some pretty gorgeous waitresses to serve you & your guests & would love to hear from you if you are plannning a wedding, baby showers, hen party, garden party or any kind of event where a touch of vintage glamour & nostalgia is needed. We cover the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & beyond.

 


10:47 20 October 2012


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