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.


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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

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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