The Shoooot! Behind The Scenes & The Inspiration

Darby & Joan Styled Shoot

Last week something pretty special happened and I can’t believe a whole week has past since we invaded the stunning venue Amalfi White with a whole heap of pretty and set up shop for one of the biggest shoots Karen at Darby & Joan has organised. Boy did she do good! 60 hours in the planning, 2 different looks and a bunch of talented and awarding winning wedding suppliers, I’ve got to say I was SO happy to be a part of it!

So just what did we get up to? Let’s take a look!

Mirlah xx


Image Credits, unless stated: Best Day Ever

Hey! Who needs an excuse to start a new pinboard! Not us! I think most people know of Karen’s addictin to Pinterest, turns out the rest of us involved are just as obsessed! We created a pinboard where we could all pin our ideas and inspiration onto and between us we clocked up nearly 250 pins of pretty! Karen wanted to showcase 2 contrasting styles. One, a glamourous rustic affair, less shabby and a bit more polished around the edges with a very neutral palette. The second look was a completely different ball game, lots of colour, bold stripes and with underlying tones of navy and coral! Here are a few images that inspired each of the looks. If you are a Pinaholic like us, feel free to go and check out the full board for more of a flavour of what’s to come!

Pinboard – Glamour Puss, Chic, Stylish


Glamourous Hair | Big Bouquet | Striped Table | Rustic Table Setting

The whole day was so much fun and everyone was a real joy to work with, it’s pretty cool when everyone is so creative there were ideas being thrown around left right and centre. A big thank you to everyone involved and Amalfi white for being so accommodating and even letting us bring a shiny metallic blue Vespa into their Prosecco Bar! Oh YES!!


Styling: Karen worked her creative magic across the whole shoot and the different looks turning a blank canvas of a table into something so beautiful I now want 2 other styles of wedding! Cheers Karen! Absolutely amazing work as always. The above picture is a sneaky look at the bold colour pop table, we just love the bright Orange against those Navy stripes!

Dennisson Classic Cars

Beautiful Daimler from Dennisson Classic Cars

Dennisson Classic Cars

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Venue & Catering: What a venue, we can guarantee you’re going to be seeing a lot more more of Amalfi White! A stunning blank canvas with a ceiling adorned with chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, giant mirrors and the food looked to die for, we even had a chance to sample a few cheeky cocktails. It’d be rude not to eh!?

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Photography: Oh Emma you absolute star, a massive thank you from all of us for your patience and hard work, we are all so excited to see the final edited shots! Here’s Emma Cleveley in action shooting some of the details on the glamourous rustic styled table.

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Hair Styling: Here’s the one and only James White doing his thing! We wanted to keep the look very chic, and glam with a touch of vintage class, the result was just amazing and the girls looked stunning!


Make Up: Cristina created a fantastic dramatic look with dark smoky eyes and bold lips. The girls looked so stunning and Cristina was always on hand to titivate and top up the lips gloss! Great work!

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Flowers: Tineke strikes again with the most beaut blooms EVER! Creating bouquets and flower centrepeices for both styles Tineke did a fabulous job and Avie always had her eye on the bouquets making sure they were in tip top condition. How gorge is this bouquet for the rustic glam style, just beautiful and it smelt divine!


Dresses: WOW ladies you really pushed the boat out for this one! Launching their new collection the girls worked tirelessly creating the most stunning dresses we’ve ever seen! These photos don’t do these gowns justice but just you wait for the final shots!

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Cakes: Nat is an absolute star, when she arrived with her cake boxes we were all dying to see what she had created and she absolutely hit the nail on the head! A simple two tiered cake, which we dressed with foliage and white roses and a fabulous striped cake with coral flower and navy bow! Perfect! There are also some beautiful iced biscuit favours, but this a sneaky peek so you’ll have to wait for the final shots! Ohh I’m mean!

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Stationery: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this shoot! I created two brand spanking new collections for the shoot and picture above it a little looksie at a new collection I’m naming ‘Tuscan Romance’ It was great to see the stationery in action dressing the table and I also created the cutest little favours of rosemary Sea Salt and Herb infused Olive Oil!

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Light Up Heart: Possibly the start of the show! This heart is absolutely amazing! We’ve admired it on twitter and to finally see it in the flesh was pretty darn cool! This fabulous light up heart formed the back drop or many of the shots and guess what it even turns pink! I know! Big thank you for Typical Type for coming such a long way to join in the fun!


The Models: Ahh the models! We all had a touch of envy when the girls arrived on set looking the oppitimy of glamourous! Beautiful from head to toe oh and did we mention they sing too! Girls you are fabulous thank you for being such superstars! Also a huge thank you to Sophie, a model in the making for sure! Psst you can also spy some stunning Rachel Simpson shoes in this photo!


Image Credit: Darby & Joan

“A labour of love. 60 hours in the planning, a group of amazingly talented and awesome suppliers. Four models To. Die.For. A heartbreakingly gorgeous collection of dresses. A venue to make you want to get married again. Accessories, flowers, makeup, hair and other stuff that was just too ace to describe. A vespa, an enormous light up heart, a Daimler. A few sleepless nights. But WHAT A DAY. Here is a video that The Valentines put together. Makes me want it to be Monday 10th all over again”. – Karen Darby & Joan.

Behind The Scenes Video by The Valentines

Oh my! Are you excited? We cannot wait to see the final pics edited in all their glory! Another massive thank you to everyone involved. High Five guys!

The Fab Team Involved:

Styling: Darby & Joan

Daimler: Dennisson Classic Cars

Venue & Catering: Amalfi White Bar & Restaurant

Photographer: Emma Cleveley Photography

Flowers: Tineke Floral Designs

Hair Styling: James White Hairdressing

Make Up Artist: Cristina Lazzarotto Make-up Artist

Dresses: Timeless couture

Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes

Models: The Valentines

Cakes: Yummy Little Cakes

Stationery: Best Day Ever

Light Up Heart: Typical Type

11:20 17 February 2014

Here’s one I made earlier…

A little round-up of the craft ideas we worked on with Chloe from Adore Chloe and Becky from Butterworth Photography.

We spent a couple of afternoons with a glue gun, vintage china, glittery bits and bobs, with a lot of tea and laughs along the way.

The first idea was featured in Unique Bride Magazine.  To see a step-by-step instruction on how to make your own vintage cake stand click here – Adore Chloe

Darby & Joan hire vintage china, vintage props and offer an event planning, set up and styling service. Perfect for your wedding, party or any event where a touch of vintage glamour is required. Covering the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinhamshire, Leicestershire and beyond. Darby & Joan hire vintage china, vintage props and offer an event planning, set up and styling service. Perfect for your wedding, afternoon tea hen party, garden party or any event where a touch of vintage glamour is required. Covering the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinhamshire, Leicestershire and beyond. Darby & Joan hire vintage china, vintage props and offer an event planning, set up and styling service. Perfect for your wedding, party or any event where a touch of vintage glamour is required. Covering the Midlands, Derbyshire, Nottinhamshire, Leicestershire and beyond.

Next, we have a guide to making your own teacup clock – bear with me on this as it was so much fun that Rock n Roll Bride featured it too – click here Adore Chloe  or here Rock N Roll Bride  to see the cocktail version…

Finally glittery cake toppers – don’t say I don’t look treat you! click right here Adore Chloe .




16:46 2 December 2012

Fabulous Fabulous Places

Good morning all.  It was a good old week for Darby & Joan last week, a pretty amazing start to the year with lots of exciting project to be involved with.

I had a meeting with the lovely Deb from Fabulous Places to discuss the next event she is organising – a date for your diary – Saturday 7th July at The Roundhouse in Derby.  Just the most perfect venue for a shopping event, I am sure a lot of you reading this know exactly what I am talking about!

Since January 2009 Fabulous Places has been holding food & gift events around Derbyshire. The aim behind the events is to offer you a unique opportunity to visit an event that has been carefully put together. Deb organises events that she would choose to attend…there is always an attention detail, the venue is always stunning and there’s absolutely no compromise with the stall quality as each and every stall is handpicked by her.

Darby & Joan have been involved with Fabulous Places for some time now and have exhibited at several of their events.  They are always the highlight of our year, and, whilst the preparation leading up to the event is pretty hectic, the excitement and anticipation far outweighs the inevitable string of evenings when we are working until 2am!!  You can just see our stand in the midst of all the people in the photo which was taken at the Christmas Fair 2011.

Deb was looking for something a little different to add to her catering for this summer’s event, and that’s where Darby & Joan come in.  We are going to have a Vintage Tea Rooms so that you can all sample a selection of our Afternoon Tea menu and enjoy tea and cakes served on our vintage china.

Our staff has been picked, our menu is being tweaked and added to and I am bursting with ideas – some probably far too OTT, but I can dream!

It is early days I know, but I am so so excited about it I wanted to share it and pop it on the blog.

Victoria sponge cake

Tea pot for a vintage party





12:17 16 January 2012

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