2013 has been a great year…

Looking through images of the weddings and events we have worked on over the last 12 months is a heartwarming way of spending the afternoon.

Our wedding season has now finished for the year, our last wedding being the middle of September.

We have met some truly lovely families and have worked with them to pull together a wedding day that they dreamed of.

Our style is very much focussed on vintage props, personal touches and we encourage our clients to get involved with DIY ideas to ensure they day reflects them both and isn’t something that is a copy of another wedding they have seen or attended.

We have worked in hotels, barns, marquees, village halls and a National Trust property and our vintage china, props and accessories fit each of these very different venues.

To see more of our weddings and events, click on our Gallery page or check out our blog archive for Kelly & Ant, Caroline & Gareth, Ian & Emma


Kelly & John marquee wedding

Kelly & John marquee wedding


Village hall wedding

village hall wedding


National Trust, Kedleston Hall wedding


National Trust, Kedleston Hall wedding


National Trust, Kedleston Hall wedding


Marquee wedding


marquee wedding


Louise & Stuart


Marquee wedding


Some of our staff


marquee wedding at Yeldersley Hall


marquee wedding at home

marquee wedding at homeRebecca & John


Hassop Hall wedding

Country marquee wedding


Country marquee wedding

Photographers – James Melia, Jade Alana, Kate Henderson, Jinx Photography, Butterworth Photography


13:05 9 November 2013

Village Hall Love

I met Kelly and Ant at Jack Rabbits around Christmas 2011 during an event.  A really good looking couple, the kind that makes you sigh and think that they are perfect for each other.  Clearly they adored each other and were so great to work with during all the planning and the day itself.

They came to see me a few months later once they were ready to start making some firm and exciting plans for their wedding.  Kelly had some really strong ideas about the style and theme of the day and those, together with the creative drive of her husband to be (and us of course) meant that their day was every bit what they wanted it to be.  Relaxed, fun, afternoon tea and a party were all words that were used a lot during our meetings.

Ant is a musician and also the creative force behind Drawingsbyhersanmine -a bespoke drawing services outfit offering hand drawn framed pieces, greeting cards and digital imagery.  Worth checking them out.

We set up and styled Shardlow Village Hall with the help of the couple and a big group of their lovely family and friends.  We provided our classic afternoon tea for their guests which we served on our vintage china, naturally.  They asked their guests to bake a cake for a Bake-Off which was judged by Kelly and Ant after the speeches had finished (great speeches and amazing cakes they were too!).  Guests were greeted with Pimms in the sunshine and there was plenty of laughter and fun during the reception.

The flowers were beautifully done by Helen at The Flower Mill and hay bales were the perfect seating for the drinks reception.

Kelly looked drop dead gorgeous in a vintage slinky dress set off perfectly with a pair of brightly coloured heels.  Her bridesmaids wore a perfect mix of sorbet shades, cute knee length dresses that suited all the beautiful girls to perfection.

I put them in touch with The Flying Ducks Catering Company who came along in their amazing caravan to feed everyone for the evening party and guests danced the night away to the small hours.

One of the highlights for me was seeing them arrive from church in their wedding car – they wheel-spun into the car park to much laughter and cheers from everyone.  I know we have a VW Camper van which we hire for wedding transport, but their Citreon was definitely one of my favourite means of arriving in style this year.  It suited them perfectly.

These photographs were taken by Kate Henderson Photography.

Shardlow Village Hall wedding


Shardlow Village Hall wedding


Shardlow Village Hall wedding

Shardlow Village Hall wedding

Shardlow Village Hall wedding


Shardlow Village Hall wedding


Shardlow Village Hall wedding

22:07 6 November 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 looking forward to 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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