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

Take us back to: the 1920s

1920s Wedding Inspiration

Hello Hello, is everyone having a good week?. This weeks blog post is taking us back to one of the most decadent eras, and possible my favourite. We’re going to whisk off to the 1920s and indulge in the glitz and glam that the Jazz Age was so well known for. This weeks Vinspiration – that word again! Comes in the form of 4 moodboards covering all the details of 1920s wedding, from the Hen Party right the way through to the oh so glamourous Honeymoon. So, stop what you’re doing pop on some pearls and sip a little champagne. After all ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody!’

Frivolous Festivities 

Also known as the 1920s Hen Party! and the perfect place to start your journey through the roaring 20s. Get your girls together and prepare yourselves for a evening full of glitz, glamour and plenty of fizz. Start the evening off with a fabulous Vintage Tea Party and serve your cocktails alongside sweet treats like golden macaroons and glittery cake pops. The distinctive sounds of 1920s Jazz is the soundtrack to your evening and perfect for you to pull out those Charleston dance moves. The outfit? An embellished dress with plenty of fringing and a neck draped in pearls. Think sleek finger waves with feather headpieces, the smokiest of eyes and bold red or dark lips. Perfect!


Image Credits: BackstageBeauties / Polly Wreford via Brabourne Farm / Manisima

Fashioninsing / Pinterest / Marilyn Nakazato via Ruffled

Apostrophe9 / Ellen Von Unwerth via Indulgy

SouthernCinderella / Pinterest / Knot&Bow for DesignLoveFest / Esty: SilksAndScreens / Pinterest

 Glamourous Garments

On to the clothing. The 1920s were a time of grandeur and luxury and no doubt this was echoed through the fashion. It’s so fascinating how 1920s fashion was so overloaded with glitz and glamour but can look so simple and striking. Imagine silk, lace, dropped waistlines and hints of art deco patterns. A winter wedding? A dramatic feather cape or a (faux) fur coat will put the chills at bay and ooze sophistication. Accessorise with beautifully adorned shoes and delicate headpieces. Sheena Holland in Derby have the most amazing range of vintage headwear and accessories. For something inspired by the 1920s take a peek at the Great Gatsby range. Beautiful headbands, combs and tiaras that are guaranteed to set your heart a flutter.


Image Credits: Rylee Hitchner via OnceWed / Clary Photo via DustJacketAttic / Liezl Croft *

Carlyle Routh via WeddingBelles / Sheena Holland / You&YourWedding / Pinterest 

Liezl Croft * / Naomi Kenton via LoveMyDress /Rosie Parsons via LoveMyDress / Veiled Heaven

Decadent Details

The 1920s was all about the details, less is more? Not in this era. Striking black and white mixed with metallic tones mimic the opulent nature of this period. Create dramatic centrepieces with ostrich feathers and pearls and incorporate subtle art deco shapes and patterns into the stationery. The wedding venue? Imagine a grand ballroom, the ceiling adorned with crystal chandeliers. The sound of a live jazz band transporting you to a celebration that Jay Gatsby would be proud of. Subtle hues of blush pinks and mint greens compliment the decor. The champagne is flowing in the form of a champagne waterfall no doubt and the cake, well, this is the 1920s, embellish that too!


Image Credits: BlushRose / MarthaWeddings / OneAndOnlyParisPhotography / Tobiah Tayo via LoveMyDress / Chris Milner via EnglishWedding 

Allyson Magda via InspiredByThis / BellsAndBoards / QuotesWave 

Mike Carreiro via SmittenStudio / Etsy: ZCreateDesign / Sylivia Hommert / Kristy Hogan via 10oLayerCake

The Great Getaway

It would be rude not to carry on the glamour of the 1920s through to the Honeymoon. Boat, plane, car or train do it in style and pack those vintage suitcases and transport yourself somewhere fabulous!  Relax in the glorious sunshine, let the champagne can flow and do it all in a most gorgeous high-waisted swimsuit and sun hat – Hello sophistication! If you fancy a honeymoon in true decadent Gatsby style jet off New York City. Stay at the New York Plaza, who have recently designed the new Fitzgerald Suite to celebrate the release of the The Great Gatsby. Glitz, glamour and grandeur, I do think so!


Image Credits: The Telegraph / Kate Spade / OnlineBrowsing

Jana Williams via TheChriselleFactor / Etsy: Paperchat / Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel for Vogue

Mark Giusti /Etsy: SimplyHue  / WeHadFacesThen / Pinterest

Oh the 1920s! So beautiful and captivating, are you loving the glamour? We hope this post has given you plenty of ideas if you’re planning a 1920s themed wedding. Which elements would you incorporate into your big day? We’d love to hear from you! Also, if you fancy staying in the 1920s for a little while longer why not pop over to our 1920s Wedding Style Pinterest board.

*P.S Did anyone noticed Darby & Joan’s Karen on the ‘Glamourous Garments’ board? Pretty fab eh? Those photos were from a 1920s themed photo shoot a while ago that Darby & Joan styled. Set in the stunning Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and captured by Liezl Croft. Many thanks to Luxe Bridal for the beautiful dresses and Vintage Chic Wedding Fair for organising it.

Here’s a few more snaps from the shoot.

1920s Themed Shoot- Styled by Darby & Joan

12:50 12 June 2013

Here’s one I made earlier…

DIY Shoot

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

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