Business & some love

VW camper van for wedding hire

It’s not often that I feel an urge to write a personal blog post.  Usually my posts are sporadic at best, usually shouting from the rooftops about the latest event we have hosted (because if I don’t, who will, right!?) or our super talented blog woman – (wonder woman) Mirlah will show you some wedding & styling pretty to get you in the mood.

I’m just feeling the love at the moment & want to document it.  Partly for selfish reasons as I can look back on the post to remind myself of what a great year 2013 has been to us & how far we have come.  And ok, just writing it all down makes me sound like a complete show off (I appreciate that!!) but it reminds me why I set up the business & why it should continue to grow.

This past few months have been an incredible wave of goodness.  The weddings we have hosted have been wonderful & the families we have worked with have been the best.  Some have become friends & all have been so so happy with what Darby & Joan offered them.

 

Darby & Joan motto

Our corporate clients (well ok, just the one!) – The White Stuff – were over the moon with our pop up tearoom that we did for them a couple of weeks ago and this is definitely an area of our business that I am looking to build upon.  It will hopefully be an easier task now we have a high profile client under our vintage belts & they can support us by offering glowing references.

The hen party side of the company has grown at a phenomenal rate.  Afternoon tea is still a huge hit with lots of brides-to-be & shows no sign of slowing down for 2014.  We were approached this week by A Hard Days Knight to join their recommended suppliers.  They are a Midlands based company offering accommodation & activities for families, hen parties & stag parties.  Gorgeous holiday cottages, wonderful service & some brilliant ideas to help you plan your weekend.  Our friend Richard, who owns The Bespoke Bartender, helped us on our way with these guys – so thank you!  If you girls like cocktails & handsome men to be a part of your hen do, (hello?!) then it is worth checking them out.

Deb Kendall of Fabulous Places.  She has been a tremendous support & cheerleader for us over the past few years.  We met at an event & since we have been working together I count her as a friend & someone to share ideas with & the occasional slab of cake.  We have been involved with her business for three years & her endless championing & friendship has been invaluable.  Make sure you have 16th & 17th November in your diaries to come down to The Roundhouse for the Fabulous Places Christmas Market.  Bigger & better every year.  All the exhibitors are hand picked, the best at what they do – all I can say is bring a wad of cash because you will be spoilt for choice.  We host the pop up tearooms there & it is one of the highlights of our year.  Ridiculously busy & a little stressful, but loads of fun & we love it.

Our very first wedding fair was with Save the Date in 2010.  A complete baptism of fire & I felt like an frightened imposter in the midst of so much flair & experience.  I look back now at my stand & I screw my face up (I’m doing it now!) as I remember how haphazard it looked.  I’d like to think that we have evolved, improved & become much more confident in our style now.  We exhibited with them on Sunday at The Roundhouse for the Wedding Event with a Difference & I can honestly say that we felt very comfortable there, surrounded by the best stylists, designers & retail outlets that the Midlands has to offer in the world of weddings & events.  More than anything it was just great to be with wedding peeps that we know & have worked with over the last few years & to meet new businesses who were exhibiting there for the first time.

Again, Lydia & Abi from Save the Date have been brilliant.  We meet for a coffee & spend the morning gossiping & laughing about everything but weddings.  They are another local company who have supported us from the beginning,  so thank you girls.  And Abi – I still say that you should have been in our Dolly photo shoot!  Next time I’ll get you….

This post has ended up being a lot more wordy that I anticipated – but I guess I blog like I talk – a lot, quickly & half the time repeat myself & there is far too much of it!

Finally (at last) my business would not be here at all if were not for the wedding peeps I have met along the way.  Those who I speak to every day on the phone, those who I email daily, those who keep me going with their support & laughs & business recommendations.  So I raise a glass (well it is 6pm now) to some of you guys who have made our journey possible – Tineke, Yummy Little Cakes, Emma Cleveley Photography, Timeless Couture, Matt Brown Photography, Chloe Adlington, Butterworth Photography, Save the Date, Benessamy Wedding & Event Planning.  Thanks guys – YOU ROCK.

Essay over.

 

 

 

 

 

 


17:17 15 October 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

The Vintage Wedding Fair in Leamington…

bits and bobs from blackberry 211

If I were to choose something work-related and gorgeous to do on a Sunday… it would be to spend the day in a beautiful historic building, in an equally beautiful historic town, showing off what we do to  brides and their families looking for some vintage inspiration for their weddings, surrounded by other wedding suppliers who share our passion and love for what we do.

Luckily for me, that is what I spent one recent Sunday doing, at an event organised by The Vintage Wedding Fair, over at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.   Here are some of the photographs of our stand.

I apologise now for the poor quality of these, I only had my blackberry with me and it is not the best at taking interesting photos!

The rooms were full of fabulous suppliers, offering services from wedding cakes to camper van hire, from stationery to flowers, from vintage wedding dresses to photographers.

We were really very proud to be there and met lots of lovely brides and their families.

 

Unforgettable Vintage Bridal Gowns, Meeni, Daisy Cupcakes, Lady Ella and The Flying Ducks Catering Company were all there and I can’t recomend these guys enough if you need convincing that a vintage styled wedding is for you.

A special thank you to Yummy Little Cakes for the beautiful birdcage wedding cake and to Pocket Typewriter for my lovely stationery and tags. xxx

 


16:06 7 April 2012


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