CLEAN LINES AND GEOMETRIC SHAPES.

Well HELLO there! It’s been a while, if you haven’t seen my Instagram or Facebook you may not know I became a mummy to a gorgeous girl, Della Joanie, about 6 months ago now. I will be writing a post up about running my business with a babe and some of the huge changes that have taken shape behind the scenes but I thought it was about time to share some wedding inspiration with you, because that’s really what you’re here for, right? And this ones all about geometric shapes and clean lines, this look is not going away and is set to be pretty big for next year too.

So today we have a guest blog post from my new super super stylish assistant Laura of Rose and Weston fashion blog. We met when she helped me with the Most Curious Wedding fair in the Spring and was basically the biggest help ever. She just got what I was looking for and we clicked. You might even meet Laura on some styling set ups with me from time to time too.


Large Hexagon for hire. Image Camilla Andrea Photography.

I’m going to hand over to Laura now…
‘So when Penny exhibited some new amazing pieces at The Most Curious Wedding Fair a few months back, I knew she was on to yet another great styling idea that you brides-and-grooms-to-be need to see more of – Geometrics!

The emerging trend of bringing an ultra modern touch to your big days in the form of sharp lines and shapes is something I’ve spotted more and more of over on Pinterest too. From wedding stationary to lanterns, but most notably in the form of amazing ceremony structures and backdrops, the clean, minimalist lines styled alongside masses of fresh greenery gives a strikingly modern vibe yet at the same time still feels completely timeless and elegant.

Maybe you’re not wanting geometrics as a full theme across the wedding can pick and the beauty is choosing features to make it work for you… but just imagine brass faceted terrariums flickering with candles paired beautifully with the aged wood of the hexagonal backdrop, picked up again in elements including table numbers or place card settings, what’s not to love?

So if you’re wanting to explore the geometric trend have a look below for a few ways you can create this vibe…

CEREMONY OR TOP TABLE BACK DROPS: These paired back wooden shapes contrast beautifully with fresh florals and heavy greenery making the perfect eye catching focal point for your vows.


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Images sourced from Green Wedding Shoes.


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Image by Camilla Andrea, Hexagonal Structure available for hire.

BRASS TERRARIUMS: Faceted lanterns look perfect holding anything from florals, to succulents to candles, and can be placed as centre pieces on table tops, along the aisle or to decorate doorways and alcoves.


Available to hire in bulk from us. Enquire here.


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STATIONERY AND SIGNAGE: An easy way to bring the whole day together is with uniform colours and geometric shapes across name cards, table plans and numbers and invitations. Add linear shapes and elements to signage and banners for added wows.


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Is this a little bit of you? If you’re into clean, modern styling this could be the way to style your day.

Penny and Laura @ The Little Lending Co. x

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WHITE ON WHITE IS ALRIGHT.

I’m finally made some time to bring back one of our favourite shoots of last year to our little blog. One of the biggest collaborations back in May was with the super cool Festival Brides blog, I can’t tell you how much I loved working with this awesome UK wedding blog. Here’s how our white on white shoot came together….

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The idea of a modern, simple white wedding has been something I’ve been obsessed with for a while. So many stunning white-on-white images we’re flooding my Pinterest and it had been on my radar for a while to work on something very minimal and play with the idea of layering all the whites. White symoblises purity; a cleanliness and innocence, it’s a stunning colour in its own right and if you’re looking for a minimal timeless palette for your wedding, just keep it easy with all white tones and a tonne of greenery to boot.

 

I was keen for all the suppliers involved to bring their creativity to the shoot, I really wanted to capture lots of subtle textures. I worked with the florists and talked about lots of white seasonal flowers, from big blossomy blooms to more modern leafy and whispy stems to really create something a little unruly, home-grown and wild on the flower front. Emma at Buns of Fun on the cakes made a trio of cakes, something we’d been thinking about for some time. I love the idea of a mix of textural finishes on the cake stacks and created a platform display for the 3 cakes. It made for some really interesting shots that were captured in the candle light.

 

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Our table scape was draped with an organic white cotton muslin, and also had a spotty white net sheer fabric; they really helped create the base once rouched to nestle props among.

The stationery was super modern, clean and cool. It fitted into the table setting perfectly. Emma Jo also made the most delicate little paper fern leaves for the plates.

 

We went for 3 big backdrop set ups at the venue. A very soft chalky grey marble effect cotton backdrop. This was a DIY effort from myself before the shoot. Created by using a large cotton sheet, make sure its damp to start with, then using fabric paint that was watered down mixing black and white paints I created a type of cloud/marble effect with a large brush in super soft greys. Darker grey was used with a smaller brush to create outlines within the brush shapes. On the day we then used trailing clematis with pins onto the draped fabric for the ultimate romantic frame.

 

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The second backdrop was all from foraged branches and leaves. With Michelle from the florists we worked carefully into the walls of the barn with small pins again creating a frame work for the branches to lightly sit. We built it up almost to the top of the barn wall in one area. It was a stunning wild backdrop that gave the illusion of living plants growing inside.

 

The final backdrop was our Wallpaper from Graham and Brown taped and hung behind our table. We then white spray painted some fresh leaves and flower heads, these we’re then taped to the wall paper sporadically to create a 3D element and again creating more texture and shades of white against the crumbling painted exterior wall.

 

It was important to achieve something very uncomplicated, cool and fresh. You can be so much more creative with a simple palette because you start to think about other elements; the light, the texture and the tones and shapes that can be formed. Less is always so much more for me as a stylist. The key to the white-on-white look not being underwhelming is of course adding interest with the textures, using interesting cut glass tumblers or glazed ceramic plates on the tables. With an abundence of white candle light a white-on-white reception can be soothing and tranquil and totally breathtaking.

 
Concept & Styling: Festival Brides & The Little Lending Company
Photography: Beth Moseley
Venue: Fishley Hall
Wedding Dress & Bodysuit: ASOS
Two Piece: Otaduy
Jumpsuit: Free People
Florals: Swaffham Florist
Cakes: Buns Of Fun
Stationery: Emma Jo
Hair & Make-Up: Love Moi Make-Up
Wall Paper: Graham and Brown
Model: Chloe Manning

AUTUMNAL STYLISH REAL WEDDING DECOR DETAILS.

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I am Darina Stoda Photography’s biggest fan. Ever since I met her back at my cousins wedding in 2013 I’ve basically been obsessed. And then you might have noticed we work quite a bit with the Swaffham and Fakenham florist sisters…So, when we all found out we we’re involved with Rachel and Lukes wedding it was all a bit too exciting.

Rachel had planned a home marquee wedding, I love a simple white canvas that can be transformed entirely. Through the use of lots of seasonal autumnal flora and fauna with pops of brighter colours of the candles in antique brass candlesticks this wedding was a dream. Centre piece flowers were in copper and brass vessels on the tables providing that timeless causal luxe look.

I ‘Lent-a-Hand‘ with setting up our pieces the day before, from the extended sweets ladder, vintage trolley and cake table dotting in extra stands and jars to make it a real statement feature. I love adding additional greenery and touches to our styled stations and the Swaffham girls always provide me with a few extra sprigs to finish the look.

I had wrote the table plan and cards sign too, and guests entered the marquee through our indoor wooden arch beautifully decorated with asymmetric floral arrangements. The evening photos are so romantic with a canopy of festoon lights high into the marquee ceiling.  I mean is there anything about this not to love?!

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Huge congrats to these lovely lenders, hope you’re loving married life R & L.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

TROPICAL DECOR WEDDING AT WAXHAM BARN.

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Literally one of the best perks of having this little company is the joy from seeing the professional pictures of our props set up and looking rad in their full wedding setting. It’s just the best.
These detail shots are from a late September wedding by JMA photography at Waxham Great Barn near the cost in South Norfolk.

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The table decor was a mix of bright florals by Swaffham Florists who filled our vintage brass vessels and bowls with a mix of seasonal flowers and succulents. Mixed with pineapples and retro travel postcards this rocked. You might just spy the off loose antler too. Ecclectic table props at its best.

The ceremony saw our indoor wooden arch with popping pink blooms and an aisle with persian pink rugs finished the look. I adore this against the soft textural barn brick walls.

Our drinks station with striped straws added some fun to the welcome drinks and we helped with some hand written signage for the welcome and order of the day too.

The awesome light up signs are by The Vintage Wedding sign company, who we’re also the bride and groom! Huge congrats to Nadine and Andrew, hope you are both loving married life.

Does this wedding float your boat? Are you throwing the rule book out the window for the ultimate in relaxed wedding decor?
Penny @ The Little Lending Company X

OUR NEW ADDITION IS ALMOST HERE.

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Ok, here I am at almost 39 weeks pregnant and feeling like a beached whale (yep, I am now fully one of those people who talks in weeks rather than months about their pregnancy) this picture by Darina Stoda Photography was taken a couple of weeks back now. I’m also one of those people who vowed never to put their baby belly on the internet (!) and will definitely not be filling my IG feed with baby spam….Hmmm. These pesky preggo hormones are really something, I just feel so darn proud of housing and growing a mini human and sometimes you guys may hear about it.

I’m filled with anticipation, anxiety and of course a tonne of excitement for baby B’s arrival but I also know that becoming a mum will take me away from Little Lending for a while.

I adore what I do and have loved building up my little company for the last 3 and a half years, but I need to be realistic too, my life is about to change massively. I’ve always been super active on social media and I really hope to keep posting all the inspo I find but the likeliness is that there are going to be a few gaps while we adjust. Your emails and enquiries may take a bit longer to get back to you on too, but if you’re already pencilled in the diary for styling or hire, please be assured you’ll be Little Lender this summer, or next. If you’re getting in touch for the first time we’re almost fully booked through from May-September now for 2017, but have good availability for this Autumn/Winter and we’re taking 2018 bookings too.

It will be the biggest juggling act of my life, but I will find a way to make it happen and still give all my couples the best service I can this coming season.

So this is just a little post to say, thank you so much for your patience and support. I’ll continue to do my best for you guys while enjoying this little life that’s currently kicking me in the ribs!

I have scheduled some content for the blog and our Facebook page though so be sure to check it out to keep those W-day ideas flowing.

See you on the flip side,
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

MIDNIGHT LUXE STYLED SHOOT.

So I suddenly realised it’s been a while since I co-ordinated and styled this shoot, over a year in fact so it’s about time I shared it here after it’s been fabulously featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine, the new issue of Norfolk Brides magazine and on The Wedding Bazzar blog.

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Dark, moody and full of casual opulence was the feeling I wanted to capture. Looking to darker palettes of charcoal greys, aubergine purples, deep reds and proving black is totally a wedding palette choice.

Highlights of brass and copper we’re used amidst the tablescape from the brass vessels and candlesticks to the back drop through modern geometric copper himmelli hanging shapes amongst a soft green foliage garland.

Deep purple with gold leaf macaroons we’re our favours set down on the place settings. Bowls of cut fruits and nuts we’re laid in little tarnished silver dishes for more opulent detailing with trailing silk ribbon through the tablescape.

The bridal looks we’re kept classic with fishtail silhouettes with lots of embellishment on the dresses but with modern styling of the accessories, from leather jackets to patent pointed shoes. The hair and make-up was also very modern with a slicked back low chignon for the hair and dark, moody eyes in smokey tones and plum lips. Who says you can’t go for a little drama on the big day with your bridal look?

A second look was then shot in a mini black sequined dress and black veil. White isn’t for all brides so it felt great to create something a little more daring but ultimately stunning, it would make for an amazing evening change.

Our guy wore a classic tux and also adorned a floral scarf rather than a traditional button hole. Suede brougues moderninsed our gents look.

A black forrest mix of colours and tones were used through the use of flowers, two tone burgundy Hydrangea, deep red tulips, dusky pink cymbidium orchids, burgundy dhalias, black baccara roses, white anemones, finisher, deep black/aubergine calla lillies, skimmia with eucalyptus, ferns and French ruscus within the table arrangement and bouquet.

The cake was designed to match in with the stunning array of rich coloured flowers and used the watercolor effect from the stationary as a backdrop on a plain white background. We wanted the cake to contrast with the rich, dark hues that were being used bringing in golds and coppers to add a touch of glamour.

Stationery was beautifully dark with subtle watercolour tones and a written modern calligraphy font. We created a hanging escort table plan using silk ribbon ties from a floral arrangement.

Details of cheese boards laid with dark chocolate and fruits and cocktail trolleys all add to the casual luxe vibes we wanted to create.

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All the suppliers and their details :

Venue : Unique Norfolk Weddings : Sedgedford hall.
http://www.uniquenorfolkvenues.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/norfolkvenues
INSTAGRAM : @sedgefordhallestate

Styling and Props: The Little Lending Company. http://www.thelittlelendingcompany.com
FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/thelittlelendingco
TWITTER : @littlelendingco
INSTAGRAM : @thelittlelendingco

Photography and Videography : DK Photography. http://www.dkweddingphotography.co.uk
FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/norfolkweddingphotographers
INSTAGRAM : @timedoylephotography

Florists : Swaffham Florists. http://swaffhamflorist.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Swaffham-Florist-Fakenham-Florist-Ltd
INSTAGRAM: @swaffhamflorist

Make-up Artist : Paula Daynes. http://pauladaynes.co.uk
FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/PaulaDaynesMake-UpArtist
INSTAGRAM : @pauladaynesmakeup_artist

Hair : Chloe Khahil
INSTAGRAM : @clokhalil

Male Model : Laurence Kite
INSTAGRAM: @lkcreative

Female Model : Anna Konstantynowicz
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/modelinaannakon
INSTAGRAM : @anna____k

Cake : Amelie’s Kitchen. http://amelies-kitchen.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/amelieskitchen
INSTAGRAM : @amelieskitchen

Stationery : Natasha Linskill Design Studio.
http://www.natashalinskill.co
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/natashalinskilldesign
INSTAGRAM : @natasha.linskill

Crockery, cutlery & Linen : CMA Hire. http://www.cmahire.co.uk
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/cmahire
INSTAGRAM – @cmahire

Macaroons : Nelsons Cottage Bakery. http://www.nelsonscottage.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/nelsonscottagebakery
INSTAGRAM : @nelsonscottagebakery

Bridal Dresses : Treasures, Kings Lynn. http://www.treasuresthebridalshop.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Treasures-The-Bridal-Shop

Bridal Accessories : Tilly Thomas Lux. http://tillythomaslux.com
INSTAGRAM : @Tillythomaslux

Male Suit : Goddards, Kings Lynn. http://www.goddardsonline.co.uk
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Goddards-Online
INSTAGRAM : @goddards_kingslynn

Are you daring to go dark with your wedding palette or bridal look?
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

5 LITTLE WEDDING STYLISTS SECRETS.

So you’re styling your own wedding and looking to give it all the Pinterest worthy details you can? Then read on below with our tips for nailing all the W-day decor details that will make your day as magical as you imagined.

1. Group your decor. A tip I give to all of my couples for maximum impact. Sounds pretty simple, but but grouping lots of your decor pieces together or tripling the small details in a focal area you’re going to get a huge ‘WOW’ reaction over spacing it through the venue.

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Image via Little Deer Florist.

2. Make the place settings pretty special. It can be costly if you’re adding lots of detail to each and every setting, but sometimes something personal for each guest or a simple fresh herb sprig tied to their menu choices shows you thought about them and their experience of your day.

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3. Prioritise your decor. You probably can’t have it all so don’t try. Go for the ‘cant-live-without’ focal impact piece but then work to your venues strengths for the other smaller decor details.

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Image via Green Wedding shoes.

4. Pre-assemble as much as you can on your decor before the day before. Adding string to hanging decor, wrapping favours, grouping table names cards and writing signage can be done before arriving at your venue. It’s going to mean more time to chill to the max the night before.

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5. Keep continuity with your decor materials. I’m not saying stick to just one type of flower vessel and candle holder through the whole venue but if you have a key material or mix of materials then use them elsewhere from the tables onto the bar, cake table and beyond to keep your look consistent and thought through.

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Styling your own day? Let us know if our tips will come in handy for your day-before set up plans.

If you’re hoping to do a bit more chilling the day before we’d love to help make it a breeze. More on our styling services here.

The Little Lending Co. x

2017 WEDDING TREND DEMO – THE MOST UNUSUAL WEDDING FAIR.

I’m definitely still on a super high from The Most Unusual wedding fair at Godwick Barn last weekend…and still have a few new enquiries to catch up from all the gorgeous girls and gals that came to visit too. It was a fair full of inspo that was far from usual and I got behind the styling of it in a BIG way. I helped select the ‘Wild Bohemia’ theme of the fair and then set about creating it with Super sisters from Swaffham and Fakenham florists. From the outdoor ceremony area with our *Brand New* naked tipi structure to the interactive area and back drop.

Did you catch us on the Interactive area for our 2017 trends demo? HELLO if you we’re there, it was lovely to have you all listening in. I know it was a busy day so thought I’d drop the trends boars down here for a closer look if you were inspired by these new directions and they’re a little bit of you and your beau…

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This one is for the free spirited brides and boys. Think barefoot aisle walking on a battered persian rugs through a meadow, paddock or woodland. Look to the natural, woods, wickers and linens. Choose dull brass vintage vessels and lanterns, and lots of candles in a mix of colours from maroon, mustard, soft pink and natural taupe colours. Add 70’s boho peacock chairs for a cool and cosy lounge area. Let the florals be wild, unruly and and asymmetrical and the food be totally seasonal and decadent with fresh berries and foliages.

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Clean. Green. Structured. This is definitely one trend for the cool kids. Industrial, minimal vibes and not a flower in sight. An abundance of cheese plant leaves, ferns, cactus, succulents and other tropical inspired plants and fauna are all you need in a mix of glass vessels. Add a touch of 2017’s hottest metal; copper, and you’re all set. Fill terrariums for centre pieces and dot with candles in mixed holders. Festoon lighting is a must and playing with fun signage is all part of this trend, from old peg boards, ply wood, light boxes and neon written signs. Get creative with your words.

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Timeless, feminine and with a causal luxurious feel. It’s an easy trend to take on board for your day; look at creating lots of texture through the foliage and floral choices and keep to a soft palette of nude, blush and soft olive greens. Lots of metallic golds and bronze will keep this romantic with all the candlelight you can bring. Reflections from mirrors and text on transparent surfaces feels new for this look. Use natural fabric drapes to create interesting backdrops or statement areas and embrace heavy flowing table linens in shades from the palette for the ultimate casual luxe look.

If you are looking for a little help with styling your day for 2017 or beyond drop us a note, we’re filling fast for key summer dates next year and taking a limited amount of sign writing for 2017 too.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

WILD BOHEMIA AT THE MOST UNUSUAL WEDDING FAIR.

So this wedding fair season I’m not going to be exhibiting at as many local fairs. It’s been a decision that’s been hard to make as I love meeting newly engaged couples couples and talking all of the wedding talk and I really love creating displays of props to inspire you guys, but I’m lucky enough to be getting pretty full for the key summer dates next Summer already, which feels very lovely and exciting.

There is one date that you really must add to your diary for next month. It’s the Most Unusual Wedding fair at Godwick Barn on November 6th. I do use the word epic a lot (I know, I’ll reign that in!) but this really is going to be.

I’m creating another styled outdoor ceremony set up under the vibe of ‘Wild Bohemia’ so if this mood board below looks a little bit of you, you should definitely come and see it/us there! Because this is our only wedding fair this side of Christmas we’re seriously going to be pulling out all the stops with our collaborative effort with the Swaffham Florist sisters again.

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To give you all the feels of this wedding direction for 2017 and beyond here is a little more of what you can expect to see…

“Bohemia moves on to become a little more relaxed, full of natural unruly beauty, and Godwick is the perfect wild and untouched setting to host this look.
Taking cues from the current interior movement to Bohemian textiles, a more natural palette born from the earth and lots of textural interest. A richness of deep mulberry, warm mustard, soft mocha and dusky pinks make up the colour range for this look.
Think battered Persian rugs, old lanterns, natural wood, foraged foliages and highlights of vintage brass and copper with an abundance of candlelight.”

Get yourself registered here, this is going to be good!

Image credits from clockwise : The Good Florist via Festival Brides, Love My Dress, Vintagebridemag.com.au, The Lane, Baked Blog, The Lane and Style Me Pretty.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

BRITISH BACKYARD URBAN PRETTY REAL WEDDING.

Crickey! I can’t believe we’ve not blogged this gorgeous real backyard wedding inspo before now. Back in the spring of last year I was lucky enough to be asked along by Louise Beukes, Editor of B.loved blog to be her styling assistant for the wedding of Sinclair, owner of Maids to Measure. I mean, really, for someone new to the wedding industry this was an opportunity I was not going to miss!
So with my little van ram packed full of lends I headed to Portsmouth for something very special…

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I learnt so much more than I thought by shadowing the brilliant Louise, from thinking through the logistics of setting up a wedding, how to organise a team of suppliers right down to the essentials for a styling kit. It was after this wedding that I knew I wanted to be more involved with wedding styling and not just prop hire.

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The wedding was super stylish, beautiful seasonal flowers from Liz of Blue Sky Flowers lined table tops with lots of potted plants and herbs. A palette of mid-grey, white and bright pops of pink on the stationery was perfect. Modern contemporary all the way for this back-yard city wedding with a whole heap of pretty.
It was incredible to see the space transform under the organisation of Anna from Bride and Glory; There was a ceiling filled with fresh foliage and festoon lights, then we set to hanging my galvanised buckets as suspended drinks holders which really added the cool and the floor was covered in old persian rugs.
The graffiti garage was transformed with drinks station details and a more pretty blooms to soften the bar top. An adjoining lounge with throws and cushions featured our mini skulls and antlers on the table with cigars for the boys and baskets of cushions to cosy up with.

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Helping with this wedding really opened my eyes with wedding styling and design, anything really is possible. If you love a space and it’s where you see yourself celebrating then transforming it into your wedding vision will totally work…with the right team to have your back you’ll be dining in a Pinterest worthy picture in no time!

Images by Claire Graham Photography and Lucy Davenport.

Penny at The Little Lending Co. X