ALTERNATIVE WEDDING INSPO AT THE KEEPER AND THE DELL.

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For those of us that have followed us for a while you’ll know we love a photoshoot. It’s a chance to get together with like minded people and get those creative juices flowing. And theres always a new prop buy I’ve been wanting to style up…

So last year Lolly at The Keeper and the Dell asked us if we’d like to be involved with a shoot over at her incredible venue. A chilled out, eclectic shoot with Norfolk’s coolest suppliers with all the love and glamour of a Mediterranean gathering to be a loose theme of the day. In Lolly from The Keeper and the Dell’s words, “Imagine an artistic/celebrity couple with a true eclectic edge, wanting to marry in crazy England but with a Mediterranean connection. Capturing the feel of photographer Tim Walker (but staying this side of crazy) with the glorious glamour feel of a Dolce & Gabbana family gathering.”

Well it was just that. Extravagant staging, boho styling, romantic motifs, bold colours, a powerful sense of family and above all, a strong editorial shooting style….

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I loved mixing all the colour with this one, all the rules went out of the window creating something really eclectic and gave the nod to the Med we were looking for.

Supplier love :

Venue – The Keeper and the Dell
Styling and props – The Little Lending Co.
Stylists assistant – Ashlee Murrell
Photographers – Kev Foster and Camilla Andrea
Video – Capture Media
Florist – The Country Garden Florist
Catering – Florentina Events
Coffee Van – Crumpet & Trumpet
Light Up signs – Argent & Sable
Olive Trees & Plants – The Norfolk Olive Tree Co
Furniture & tableware – CMA Hire
Bridal Gown – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal two~piece – Daughter’s of Simone/Hearts a Flutter
Bridesmaids dresses – Asos
Floral headddresses – Bohemian Lovestory
Animal Headdresses – Animaleseque
Wedding Cars – Wedding Wheels~next~the~sea
Bar Set Up – Redwell Brewery
Bell Tents – Magical Camping
Wedding cake – BunsofFun
Stationers – Lucy Says I Do
HAIR – Sheree, Jackson, Jan at Millie Rose
MUA – Millie Rose
MUA – Leanne Maddock
MUA – Ellie Gibson
Models, Bride and Groom – Harry and Sophie
Best Man – Shamir
Bridesmaids – Ruby, Mabel, Izzie, MiMi, Abbie
Flower Girl – Manuela

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

HOW TO FIND COOL WEDDING SUPPLIERS.

Being a unique, stylish couple can be the biggest blessing but also the biggest curse. Knowing what you want for your day feels so amazing, but along the way there will always be a little bit of compromise; from finding amazing decor pieces which are never ‘just up the road’ or are completely unaffordable to venue restrictions and family just not getting what you’re trying to achieve.

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Doughnut Lab : Uber cool local Norfolk company with Doughnuts to die for!

Getting your day, your way can feel like climbing a giant mountain. Don’t get disheartened, work out what’s truly important and a must-have for the day and put your efforts into making it a reality. I truly believe having a group of perfect wedding suppliers that have your back makes the whole thing so much easier. But how do you find them?!…

– Smaller, cooler and on-point suppliers can take some finding; don’t stop on page 1 of google, keep scrolling and using different search terms. Depending on your style or what you’re looking for, there’s always more than one way to search : Prop hire, Wedding decor, Event hire, Venue decor…

– Go social and search Instagram # and get really specific with those tag searches. Try searching more local tags to you e.g ‘#NorfolkWedding’, ‘NorwichWedding’ or # your local venues name to see who’s been there. I found our wedding DJ’s on Instagram through a photographers page who had commented on their photo, it really works!

– Facebook stalk, I mean really stalk! Look at pages liked by the pages you have liked already, be sure to get notifications from your favourite suppliers as collaborations they work on with local wedding folk could be right up your street.

– Check out cool wedding fair supplier lists : The Most Curious Fair’s directory is amazing for a pool of local, cool suppliers. Godwick Barn’s wedding fair in the Autumn also boasts some really quirky wedding suppliers too.

– Talk to suppliers you have booked for their recommendations. If you’re clicking with a supplier you’ve booked it’s more than likely you’ll have lots in common and they’ll know a heap of other suppliers you’d love. I’m always happy to help our couples stuck in a search rut.

– Just please don’t rush into booking a supplier out of desperation! Check them out across all their social sites, FB, IG, Pinterest and Twitter to see if you’re on the same page. When you get your suppliers right it will be a total joy and a breeze.

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Dust with Cocoa : Creative local cake company that we’re crushin’ on.

(Both the pictured suppliers are going to be at The Most Curious wedding fair in Norwich on the 20th March next month, we’re so flipping’ excited about this show. Be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram as plans and prep take shape!)

How is your supplier search going?
The Little Lending Co. X

INTRODUCING OUR NEW STYLED STATIONS.

Thinking about all the details of styling a wedding can be a bit overwhelming right? So we launched some ‘styled stations.’ Basically these are little set ups that you hire as a package and make for picture perfect styling at your venue. Adding to our super popular Welcome Drinks station, Outdoor ceremony package, Sweet station and Rustic Decor package we now introduce 4 brand new stations to hire :

THE LITTLE GRAZING STATION
THE BOHO CORNER
TIPPLE TROLLEY
KIDS TIPI

Scoll on down for more info folks!

Some of you might have spotted a gorgeous feature video on our Facebook page last week of two of our new stations. Did you see it, it’s pretty dreamy even if I do say so myself…

THE LITTLE GRAZING STATION.

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Stylish snacking sorted. Looking for a simple late night snacking platform. This is it.

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THE BOHO CORNER.

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A perfect spot to relax with your beau in a beautiful bohemian peacock chair with a persian rug under foot and hanging plants and geometric shapes above. What’s not to love!

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TIPPLE TROLLEY.

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A late night tipple trolley, one for the road anyone?

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THE KIDS TIPI.
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A sweet little space for little kids to run riot in the day and cosy down for a snuggle on the cushions in the evening.

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Huge thanks to Faye Amare photography for the photos and video and Godwick Great Barn for the stunning location.

If you’re interested in checking availability of these stations for your wedding date just drop us a note at thelittlelendingcompany@gmail.com – We’ll be adding them to ‘Our little range’ page on the site very soon with full details of what’s included in each package and pricing.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

INTIMATE CHAUCER BARN MID-SUMMER WEDDING.

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Oh summer, I cannot wait to see you again. Mostly because we get to help set up and style more Norfolk weddings. It’s going to be fab.
We loved meeting and helping set up Julie and Matthews intimate pretty, pastel wedding at Chaucer Barn with our ‘Lend-a-hand‘ set up package in North Norfolk last summer.

Here’s what Julie had to say about us lending-a-hand.

“I loved thinking about the wedding and had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to be, but I hated not knowing how to achieve it! Penny helped with this no end, both when we visited her to look at her collection of lends and when she lent a hand the day before to set everything up. She knew Chaucer Barn well so could visualise where we could put things and how much space there was and where etc.”

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“I thought of our wedding as classy traditional, with a touch of modern vintage (if you know what I mean!). Lots of hessian and lace. If you have a vision but, like me, aren’t sure how to bring it to fruition, then I’d absolutely recommend chatting to Penny about your ideas and she is so unbelievably creative and can add so many brilliant ideas!”

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“The lend-a-hand set up took the pressure off and helped me to get super excited about the venue! Penny really helped bring the wedding to life and I was so impressed by how out of her way she went to intertwine the things we had hired from her with the bits and pieces I’d sourced myself.”

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Supplier Love :

Venue : Chaucer Barn
Photography : Katherine Ashdown Photography
Hair Slide: Melissa Morgan Designs
Make Up: Love Moi Make-up
Hair Styling: Flamingo Amy
Catering: Andy Parle Event Catering
Props: Little Lending Company (others I bought from various places, borrowed from friends or made myself)

Thank you Julie for such blooming lovely words, really my head is swelling! It was such a pleasure to be a small part of your wedding day. And a huge thanks to Katherine Ashdown for these stunning images capturing it all perfectly.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

DECOR DETAILS AT THE GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE.

One of the best things about running this little company is when I’m sent the professional photos of how our little props we’re used. Every lender always creates something a little different with our pieces so it’s always such a joy to see our props in their fullest glory. So when one of our lovely Summer brides sent these through I just beamed.

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I absolutely love the simple wild florals on our log slices by Bramble and Berry and little succulents by The Little Leaves. The dark and moody wall colour in The Georgian Townhouse just makes everything pop.

Simple rustic cake with pressed flowers by Buns of Fun is a firm favourite too, something so wonderful about a cake wrapped in greenery. The couple also used our blackboard clipboard for their table plan and numbered water bottles as table numbers. Perfection right?

Thanks so much to our lovely lenders K & A for sharing these with us. If any of our 2015 lenders have any awesome professional images you’d be happy to share we’d love to see them too.

Photography by James Powell. You can see more of this gorgeous wedding on James’ blog here.

The Little Lending Co. X

I GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT MY WEDDING STYLE AINT ONE.

You’re engaged and freaking out? You’re looking for a venue that has the WOW factor, you’ve not found ‘the dress’ despite going round 15 bridal shops, you’re still so far from finalising the menu and you can’t find a DJ that isn’t going to play YMCA and the birdie song…yep that’s wedding planning and trust me, it will all come good.

But please don’t let your wedding style be a problem.

Get back to you two, make some time at the start of your wedding planning to think about what you LOVE. Your life style and hobbies, favourite colours, fashion, interiors… Are you cool and chilled and love the idea of something a little off beat or have you always dreamed of dressing up and going glam for the big day? What’s your way of life, is your home full of eccentric, collected vintage pieces? If it is it should be part of your day. If you’re home is clean and minimal then don’t complicate a thing, that’s not you two.

Which of these wedding styles ticks your boxes?

BOHO BABES

Images via Wedding Party App.com, Bridal Musings.com & Green Wedding Shoes.

CLASSIC COOL

Images via Nordstrom.com, Ruffled.com & Bridal Musings.com and Magnolia Rouge.com

FUN LOVIN’ LOVERS

Images via Refinery29.com, Wedding Chicks.com & Intimateweddings.com

LAID BACK RUSTICITY

Images via Glamourradar.com, Rockmywedding.com & Thelane.com

It’s a good thing to nail your wedding vibes at the start, don’t compromise yourselves just because you think that’s what you ‘should’ be doing. It’s the biggest mistake you can make.

The Little Lending Co. X

NOMAD COASTAL STYLED SHOOT BY THE LITTLE LENDING CO.

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Way back in the Spring of last year I decided I had to do a fine art beach shoot, but with a Lending twist of course. I loved the ideas of a wild horseback runaway bride, running free on an open beach. It was important for me to keep everything very soft and natural with a nod to easy boho vibes. We asked the incredible Rebecca Lindon photography to capture it for us on film photography. There is something really beautiful about film photography and knew it would be a perfect fit for this shoot.

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“With a vision of a nomad costal shoot in soft, simple layers textures we mixed elements of luxe Protea flowers, mosses and succulents amongst a table scape of texture from hand dyed silk linens, painted feathers, antlers and a little shine from the antique brass candles on upturned crates in the sand. Simple silhouette dresses, windswept braided hair and barefeet we’re the perfect look for our bride adorned with rose quartz jewels. A palette of grey, indigo blue and fawn kept things contemporary and grounded with subtle highlights of pastel rose. A stacked ombre grey cake along with soft brushed stationery designs finished the set up.”

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Photograpaher – Rebecca Lindon – http://www.rebeccalindon.com
Concept, Props and Styling – The Little Lending Company – http://www.thelittlelendingcompany.com
Flowers – Swaffham and Fakenham Florists – http://swaffhamflorist.co.uk
Model – Kathryn Tighe
Hair – Chloe Khalil Chloe.starling@btinternet.com
Make Up – Rejuvenate at The Bullpen – https://www.facebook.com/Rejuvenate-at-the-Bullpen
White Bridal Dress – H&M – http://www.hm.com/gb/
Grey Bridal Dress – Maids to Measure – http://www.maidstomeasure.com
Bridal Accessories – Melissa Morgan Designs – http://melissamorgandesigns.blogspot.co.uk
Silk Ribbons and Napkins – Kate Cullen Styling – http://www.katecullen.co.uk
Stationery – Mint and Mustard – http://mintmustard.co.uk
Cake – Buns of Fun – http://bunsoffun.co.uk

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone as wild as them to run with them” – Carrie Bradshaw.

Are you planning something by the beach?
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

HELLO NEW LITTLE LENDERS.

This weeks been a whirl, I’ve not actually been sleeping well with all the excitement of what’s to come for Little Lending this year. Plotting and planning is keeping me up late (which means I’ve already broken my no work past 8pm rule for this year!) but I also think while there’s a buzz, ride it. And I don’t know about you, but when the house is quiet at night it’s the best time to get things done. Maybe all that new year, new energy stuff is pretty true after all.

If you’re new to this blog and well us, I thought it might be nice to actually say hello and introduce myself. I’m Penny, I am the creator of The Little Lending Company and I’m obsessed with stylish wedding decor.

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Photo of me (on the left) and Michelle of Swaffham Florists setting up our latest styled shoot. Taken by DKPhotography.

Perhaps you’ve wound up here because you got some fab new bling this Christmas?! Like, OMG! It’s the best feeling right? I couldn’t stop staring at my ring for weeks and took about 50 different photos of it from different angles…But apart from the bling, you have the most wonderful time ahead with your beau. It’s going to be the best.

So generally you’ll find a new blog post from us on Wednesdays which we share across our social media pages. We try to keep our little blog focussed on these 3 D’s : Decor, Design and Detail. There are lots of really amazing wedding blogs to peruse out there but as we love all things style and design we thought we’d keep the blog that way and focus on what we know and love. There might be the occasional post on what we’ve been up to, our styled shoots to inspire you, local collaborations or just general LL behind the scenes stuff and news.

I’m already working on a few ideas for new styled shoots for the Spring, which will feature some of our brand new props and I’m excited to work with more fab local Norfolk talent. We’ll be working with the wonderful Swaffham Florists on more collaborations too, we’ve just clicked working together and we’re always bouncing ideas about, I’ve definitely found my little floral sidekicks in those sisters! I’m also planning to create some new styled content for B.loved blog which I’m a contributor for, it’s a chance to work on little styling set ups which may expand to home styling too. I can’t wait!

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Photo of my styling our latest Midnight Luxe shoot taken by DKPhotography.

We’ve got a date later this month with Faye Amare Photography who will be shooting some of our fab new styled stations we’ve been planning for a while. WATCH THIS SPACE, I think some of you will love these as additions to your wedding day decor.

For all things social this is where you’ll find us most days :
FACEBOOK – Sharing weddings we find and love, new items for the range, blog links and more. Plus new ‘LITTLE LENDING LOVES’ coming soon!
INSTAGRAM – Daily snipers of Life as a Little Lending creative.
PINTEREST – Boards to inspire every element of your wedding and beyond but always cool, stylish and an eclectic mix of pins here.
TWITTER – Late night ramblings generally.

Don’t miss our *JANUARY OFFER* over on Facebook too until the 31st, offering you lovelies a little off our A LITTLE HELP GOES A LONG WAY styling package.

It’s lovely to have you on board, if you need to chat wedding decor with someone who loves it, I’m your gal.
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

2016 WEDDING TREND REPORT.

2016 is going to be a great year to get married. More than ever weddings are about creating something completely unique and personal to you two. Forget what’s gone before and go with you. It’s fair to say we think all weddings should be totally fresh and all about the bride and groom so trends really shouldn’t matter…but we thought we’d delve into what’s going to be hot this coming year in the world of weddings as it might inspire your own plans and send you spiralling into a whildwind of new ideas to try.

CLUB TROPICANA

An abundence of palms, cocktails served from a trolley, tropical flowers and kitsch ornaments…Oh it’s so retro cool!
We’ve seen a rise in couples ditching flowers and going all green for their tables and bouquets and incorporating more palms, ferns and tropical leaves. It shouts fun and if that’s what you do are all about and want to create something a little less serious then jump on board this one.

CASUAL LUXE

Pantone announced their colours of the year as Rose Quartz and Serenity (a powdery blue.) They are subtle and definitely have a calming feeling about them. Casual opulence will become more accessible this year. From luxurious linens and opulent mixes of materials on the table; marble plates to copper cutlery. Simple beauty is at the heart of this movement; from the modern calligraphy hand-written stationery sent on the invites to the beautiful silk ribbons on the bouquet. Dressing venues with lots of flickering candle light in brass and crystal cut candle stick holders will be a must and providing guests with a styled lounge area to retire to in the evening will make any reception oh-so civilised.

GO BIG OR GO HOME

Let the focal point be all about the ‘I do’s.’ Making your ceremony backdrop the focus has never been bigger. Literally bigger, think big backdrops, big hanging floral statements and big sentiment. Go big, or go home. We’ve lots more ideas for ceremony ideas on our Pinterest this way. Geometric shapes and patterns and more metal stands and frames will be used through decor too and we can’t wait to start sourcing more for our growing range with this in mind.

SIGN IT OUT

Signage has been coming into it’s own the last year, but I’m loving the fresh new ways of signing your space. Be witty, fun and a little silly for maximum impact. From seeing your name in lights to bespoke couples motifs and banners let your imagination run wild and your signage be a big talking point.

Are you getting pulling in any of these themes into your day? Or maybe a mix of them all? We always love to talk wedding decor and if you’re still a little baffled by it all we’d be happy to help.

We’d like to wish all our lenders past and present the most amazing year ahead. May your 2016 be filled with light and laughter and a lot of love.
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

AND THAT’S A WRAP FOR 2015…

GOSH! What at whirlwind of a year for LLCo. For the most part I felt it flew by at 100mph but it was a year of learning more about running a hire company from home and all that brings with it, pushing my creativity on styled shoots and actual weddings and making more amazing friendships in the wedding industry. So basically, 2015 really rocked.

There are changes afoot for 2016, the control freak in me is going to need to let go a little as we look for someone to help with our deliveries and take on a little lending helper for our wedding day set ups. We’ve more styled stations in the pipeline and have been sourcing more cool as props to add to the range (Keep your peepers on our Instagram feed and Facebook page!) We’ve got more styled shoot collaborations coming up too to inspire all our fab lenders with big day big inspo too and we’ll be sharing from the results of our latest ‘Midnight luxe shoot’ with Swaffham Florists.

I worked with some incredible local ladies who have lifted me up land inspired me beyond measure. To you girls, who know who you are, thank you.

I’ve been blessed to be a contributor to B.loved wedding blog this year, with some of our fave styled shoots being featured. Thank you to the lovely Louise who’s just the best.

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Highlights of the year :

STYLING REAL WEDDINGS was totally our highlight of the year. We got to work with some increible brides (and grooms) with so many fab ideas that we adored bringing to life. These couples put their trust in me for their wedding day and it was a massive honour and gave me so much joy.

Our styled shoots we’re featured on some of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs WEDDING SPARROW, FESTIVAL BRIDES & ROCK AND ROLL BRIDE. We we’re also featured in real weddings on LOVE MY DRESS and proud to be selected for The little book for brides directory.

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Ok, I’m going to get gushy for a moment because I don’t get to do what I love without the support of each and every one of you. Our little lenders this year were just the best. It really will stand out as one of those years that I’ll keep safely in my heart.

We’re slowing down a tad over the festive season but you can slot in a little show shed viewing over the xmas break if you’re looking for a little inspiration to get your teeth into for the new year. You can contact us here. We’ll be back officially on Monday 4th January though.

Peace and Love and a very merry Christmas to you lovely people. See you on the other side.
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X