CREATING A WEDDING MOODBOARD.

So it’s all pretty hectic over here right now, we’re in the midst of wedding season so each week we’re prepping props and decor, writing signage boards, loading and delivering goodies as well as replying to heaps of new enquiries for this year and next. I’m loving the buzz of it all already but does mean that I’m having a little less time on blog post planning…

Not only are we up to the usual lending we’re also dipping into a few creative shoots this month with some fantastic local talent. This week I’m squeezing in prep for a beautiful high end shoot at the beach, think of a beautiful nomad traveller bride riding her horse on the beach to meet her man for an isolated costal ceremony…It’s going to be stunning.

It’s really important when I plan shoots to make sure that all the suppliers involved have clear direction, much like your wedding suppliers for your wedding really. Pinterest is an amazing tool but once you can pin no more or that wedding scrap book is fit to burst, it’s time to nail some key images down for a really focused look for your day and that you can then print and save for all involved. As I’ve just finished my board for the shoot I thought I’d share it with you.

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You don’t need a fancy program to create a mood board, just word or powerpoint to drag and drop images onto.

– Pick 3-4 key colours and a highlight, from your wedding party and colours through the venue.
– Select images that you have gone back to time again and literally love to make it onto the board.
– Use key a image from each area of your wedding design: a key dress silhouette, hair and make-up look, overall venue mood, place setting and table decor, flowers, maids and men, props and pretty…The images don’t need to be exactly right it’s just to give a direction your wedding is taking.
– Leave space around the images to breathe.
– Add in wedding stationery fonts for your text. Annotate as much as you need.
– There should be a flow across the board and be a clear mood expressed, e.g Classic elegance or Relaxed and Rustic…

Remember a moodboard should give the general feel of your day, it just gives an overall mood so don’t dump your scrap book by any means as you’ll still go back to this for meetings with specific suppliers but it will really help you two understand how you want the day to look and feel first too.

Keep your peepers on our IG and FB pages for snippets of the shoot on Monday.

Happy moodboarding,
The Little Lending Co. X

SPRING FLOURISH STYLED SHOOT FEATURED ON B.LOVED BLOG.

Spring has most definitely sprung. I am loving the seeing the world turn green and flowers come to life. It’s definitely a time for new beginnings and our shoots theme was new growth and fresh spring flourishes. This inspiration shoot is key for any Spring couples looking to keep things simple; a clean palette of luminous whites, buttercup yellows and shades of green and you can’t go far wrong.

Swaffham and Fakenham Florists worked on creating textural, layered florals, when the girls asked us to be a part of the shoot – I jumped. Starting outside to in, they filled our milk churns, watering cans and buckets with a mix of tall pussy willow, gypsopheia, daisy, dill, populis berries, eucalyptus, lisianthus, paper whites and phlox. A rustic, relaxed welcome to Pentney Abbey’s barn.

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We dressed Dita Lee’s cake table with flowers and foliage spilling from the dresser drawers and laid antlers and more tea lights on top. The spring wreath hung in on our old door had to be my favourite floral highlight of the shoot. I love the symbolism of wreaths all year round, a never ending love. A table plan of white paper doily bunting and hand-written names was sweet and chic.

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The barn the perfect setting for the shoot, full of charm. We filled the shelves around the room with masses of candle light and little old-fashioned glass bottles with paper white and ranunculus scenting the space with a hypnotising clean aroma. Simple, timeless decor and magical light.

The tables we’re topped with Wooden table boxes from our range and filled with a mix of white and green flowers and foliage and little upturned terracotta pots with lolly pop stick table numbers. Lolly pop stick name places were placed with a single flower stem added to each setting. Little spray painted spring baby animals we’re added and could make a sweet take-home favour. The Bride and Grooms chair was tied together with our ‘&’ sign and lashings of lovely daisies.

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A basket full of cards was dressed with flowers and shades of green books and up-turned apple crates but the fire place finished the look with Crochet white bunting for a pure and ceremonial feel at the head of the barn.

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Suppliers :

Photographer: Matthew Usher Photography http://www.matthewusherphotography.com
https://www.facebook.com/MatthewUsherPhotography

Props:
The Little Lending Company – http://www.thelittlelendingcompany.com
https://www.facebook.com/thelittlelendingco

Florist: Swaffham and Fakenham Florist – http://swaffhamflorist.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swaffham-Florist-Fakenham-Florist-Ltd

Venue: Pentney Abbey – http://www.pentneyabbey.com
https://www.facebook.com/PentneyAbbey

Cake: Dita Lee Cakes – http://www.ditaleecakes.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dita-Lee-Cakes

The Little Lending Co X

BOTANICAL GREENHOUSE SHOOT AS FEATURED ON BURNETTES BOARDS.

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‘Botanical beauty with an underlying industrial edge, set in an over-grown Orangery. Scientific glass wear juxtaposed against luscious green walls of foliage and organic natural growth. Oversized florals, demi-naked stacked cakes and wine coloured foods, deep back dresses all make for some punchy bridal inspiration.’

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Stradsett Hall in Norfolk hosts the most gorgeous orangery, with greenery scaling the walls. I was so excited to use this as the backdrop to this shoot, blown away by all the glass walls, natural light and terracotta tiled floors. I’ve been really into all the lush green pins on Pinterest too and seems green is the only way to go with naturally enhanced venues packed with seasonal blooms and foliage – plus this can really help cut costs on floristry. Win win.

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The aesthetic of mixing overgrown foliage with more delicate soft cotton heads, feathery ferns in our mini glass medicine bottles on a bed of moss created by Flower 30. Sharon used Snowberry, Moss, Birch bark pieces, Steel grass, leather leaves and asparagus fern. Our log blocks and brass candle sticks we’re then dotted through among cotton stems, Allium, Hellebores, Amaranthus and Rosemary.

The bouquet by Flower 30 was oversized and beyond breathtaking. Bold and brave florals have our heart and can’t wait to see more of this coming through with bouquets. I especially loved the mix of large plan leaves and colourful deep red tails of Amaranthus. Twigs of plums, asparagus ferns and leather leaves were also worked into this. White fluffy cotton heads are a welcome new texture.

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The juxtaposition of industrial and Scientific pieces against the raw botanical space gave the shoot a modern twist with our period pieces. From cylinders of glass and science room stands and equipment bearing stems and foliage to old dark wooden library card drawers filled with curious bottles.

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Anna our gorgeous model, wore Katrine Morgensen’s dresses so effortlessly. With a plunging V back shape and slinky, figure fitting silhouette for the first dress. Draped and tucked back fabric details and rolled roses, even our dress was botanical! Finished with a pretty little lace trim and made with 100% ivory sand washed silk.

Kirsty at Zany Boutique worked a truly earthy feel on hair, Taking Anna’s hair from a bob and transforming it to give it more flow and versatility, using clip in real hair extensions. Kirsty created soft flowing curls with a little oil keeping the shine. Fishtail plaits were worked into to each side of Anna’s hair then tousled them to give them a more worn look, and entwined them all together at the back. Finished with foliage on top of the plaits to give an alternative to the much loved flower crown.

Ezme Isgate our MUA created a beautiful matte base set with luminous pressed powder and then added a simple rose blush to the apples of the cheeks. A latte coloured eye shadow was applied all over the lid – Finished with luxurious lashes and a pale pink lip butter.

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Wholesome, rich colours were used on the foods provided by Stradsett Hall. Speckled quails eggs and cucumber sandwiches brought classic quirk to the table. Casually presented chocolate and hazelnut biscotti biscuits and rose and pistachio meringues were served on wooden slices. A rustic fig and blackberry tart added colour amongst our green table along with Blackberry and black cherry macaroons and white highlights of coconut cupcakes. We created a ladder dessert stand; stacking the desserts up on the steps for a new way to display treats.

Buns of Fun created a demi-naked vanilla sponge stack that was lavished with a delicious milk and vanilla-pod seeded buttercream. For a decadent feel Buns’ tumbled sliced whole fresh figs on top, seasonal autumnal juicy blackberries and fragrant passion fruit, adding aromatic Rosemary stems and Passiflora vines to decorate.

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Mimolo added some luxe with her stationery with botanical hand illustrated invitations with sketches of a wreath design with berries and cow parsley. A matching envelope with crisp calligraphy looked so good together. Simple escort cards were strung across our textural well-worn green door with little snippets of green ivy heads and leaves pegged on.

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For the second look, Katrine Morgensens Grace dress with the most delicate lace overlay detail and covered button back. It was decorated with gorgeous glass beads and paneling of lace added into the trumpet skirt.
Kirsty added style dust to the hair giving more lift and volume. This gave more of a raw, undone look with a little iridescence from the shimmery dust. A loose fishtail braid was worked through Anna’s hair, draping it over her shoulder, and finished off by tousling the hair and adding more foliage and white berries. Anna wore a bright copper hairband with delicate 3d floral detail by Melissa Morgan Designs. Ezme added black gel liner winging it out at the outer eye and a touch of gold glitter liner to in inner eye. 
This look was completed with a deep berry plum on the lips for a brave bridal look.

A second bouquet by Flower 30 was green and glorious. Foliage freshly picked, loose and textural . Fuss free but still as striking in a deep forest green shade.

Our soft white festoon lights were strung across the tall steps and into the green back wall for the final part for the shoot with little glass bottles on the steps along with White wire lamp shades with jars of cotton heads for an eclectic back drop.

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Amy Lewin Photography photographed the shoot so perfectly, so natural and subtle in her approach. A huge thanks to all the wonderful suppliers who helped my vision for the shoot come to life, such exciting, passionate wedding pro’s.

Thanks also go out to Sara of Burnette’s Boards blog for sharing this with your readers at the start of the year and to Perfect Wedding Magazine for putting this in print – Out now! Cue big smiley face from us…

SUPER SUPPLIERS:

Photographer – Amy Lewin http://www.amylewinphotography.com
Styling and Props – The Little Lending Company http://thelittlelendingcompany.com
Venue and Food – Stradsett Hall http://www.stradsett.com
Model – Anna https://www.facebook.com/annakonst
Hair – Kirsty Jones-Hanford at Zany Boutique http://instagram.com/zanyboutique
Make-up – Ezme Isgate MUA http://www.ezmeisgatemakeupartistry.com
Dresses – Katherine Morgensen: http://www.katrinemogensen.com
Bridal Accessories – Melissa Morgan Designs http://melissamorgandesigns.blogspot.co.uk
Cake – Buns of Fun http://bunsoffun.vpweb.co.uk
Flowers – Flower 30 http://www.flower30.co.uk
Stationery – Mimolo http://www.mimolo.co.uk

DIY MODERN BOHEMIAN TABLESCAPE.

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Are you a Modern Bohemian? Do you love nothing more than walking bare foot on the beach collecting drift wood and pebbles for projects? Is your home full of colour and all a little bit ecclectic? Well then this ones for you.

I was asked by EDP BRIDES Norfolk and Suffolk magazine to set up a Summer tablescape for ‘A table of all seasons’ feature. I immediateley knew I wanted to create something textural with lots of natural elements incorporated; wood, metals, tin, stone, glass and feathers. It was a chance to create something fun and off-beat and show that DIY doesn’t need to cost the earth when you use items that are easily found or collected.

HOW TO CREATE THIS LOOK :

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Our mini glass bottles we’re tied with brown string to chair backs and Brass coloured ribbon and a sprig of Eucalyptus was added to each bottle along with a tiny feather.

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I took along some tiny pots of our Home-grown Succulents (which you can hire from us) and I screwed on a Brass door number to a piece of found wood. *Whole table number set coming soon to Our little range page*

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White pebbles we’re collected from the beach and a gold pen used to hand write name settings, a simple, cost-effective but cool idea don’t you think?

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Dip dyed napkins and table linen was something I’d been wanting to try for some time. And why pay a fortune when you can DIY.

I used a cotton/polyester mix fabric (100% cotton takes cold dye the best though.) Think about using other colours to white, I went with a biscuit beige contrasted with hot neon pink. Home dyeing is really easy, you just need a DYSON Cold dye packet, a bucket (or a stainless steal sink worked well in our case) some rubber gloves and salt. Follow the instructions on the packet to ensure the right quantities of salt to water with the dye.
To create the dip-dye look as we have, dip the fabric into the dye, about half way up worked well so you could see the colour change. We then pulled the fabric out a little more after 20 minutes or so leaving the end in the dye for the whole duration. The dye will naturally want to creep up the fabric anyway. Wash off the excess dye and hang to dry. Cut into napkins squares when dry. Hem the edges with a sewing machine if you prefer, although for this look I like the raw cut look.

I also love the idea of printed and patterned fabrics with dip dye effect for table linen too.

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Brass candle sticks and coloured candles we’re paired up to add a little summer shine to the table and drift wood laid though the middle of the table.

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The centre piece in a large tin can was created by The Country Garden Florist. The loose, colourful arrangement really helped create a Modern Bohemian feel. Bright orange rosa Julischka, Popping pink Veronica, Achillea Paprika and Anenomes in Mona Lisa blue we’re paired together. Movement was created though a mix of dark wiegela foliage and olive stems. Thistles and a central succulent were added for an eclectic, fresh finish.

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Are you adding some colour and boho cool to your wedding day tables?
Oh, if I could do it all again…

Stunning images by Beth Moseley Photography and Special thanks to The Country Garden Florist too.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

A WONDERFUL LITTLE YEAR.

A GREAT BIG THANKYOU

Woah, here we are at the end of the year again. For me it was a total whirlwind of a year. I don’t know about you but as the year draws to a close it’s always a time I think about just how far I’ve come in those 12 little months.

Just yesterday I counted up all the lovely little lenders we’d had during 2014 and there were 92! An incredible bunch of people we got to meet and work with in our first full year of trading. I just loved helping each and everyone of you create your wedding day vision. Our dream of running this company isn’t possible without you, so thankyou for your support of our little company – The kind words, the comments, the likes and shares on social media, they all make you the best bunch of followers a girl could ask for. Your wedding excitement just makes us smile each day, and I know I have definitely found my calling.

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LOCAL LOVE

To the local, creative ladies in this industry that have supported and believed in us this year, (you know who you are) you’re all wonderful. I love that we all share the same vision for this wedding world we’re in. Let’s make 2015 even more creative, together we can achieve so much and I can’t wait to work with you all again on more stylish ideas.

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WE GOT LUCKY

This year I got lucky – Like really, super lucky when I won an unbelievable prize to attend a wedding academy with We are Flourish and Prosper. It was beyond inspirational. I learnt a lot to help my little company grow into something much bigger (not without a lot of hard work of course) but I feel more energised to keep striving to make my dreams a reality. Since the academy I’ve already made some small but significant changes, and got a whopping great big confidence kick that I needed from some amazing women in this industry.

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I was also asked to join the B.Loved contributors network. I’ll be working on some rather exciting collaborations and submissions for the most luxe and lovely blog on the internet. Beyond excited to be a part of their community and such a huge honour to sit along side some of the most creative and exciting companies in the wedding sphere.

FABULOUS FEATURES

Some highlights of the year have to be seeing our styled shoots featured online and in print. Back in April I worked with Tatum Reid Photography on my first collaborative shoot ‘A Modern Fairytale’ that was featured on B.Loved blog. Full of pretty, whimsical details I brought antlers, books, candles and log slices to the table quite literally.

It was in May I had a fantastic ‘Loved by Coco’ feature on Coco Wedding Venues with the first of my own styled shoots. A ‘Beautiful Boudoir’ shoot, that had all the charm of an English rose Garden with a modern twist.

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Festival Brides featured something a little different in July, an Earthy dessert table, modern and fresh succulents and cactus we’re the focus for this concept. And our first full styled shoot hit the internet on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings in August. Country Manor esq and full of intimacy and opulence, I was as proud as punch to have this featured.

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Coco Wedding Venues asked us for some top styling tips for styling a Rustic venue and the shoot was featured in September. It was a great opportunity to get out some of our most treasured pieces and show how to use them to make the most of your relaxed spaces.

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And finally, ending the year on a huge high in November we we’re in print with our Rustic Glamour dessert table in a top national magazine, ‘Wedding Magazine.’ That’s the stuff of dreams for a small wedding prop hire company like ours.

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We’ve been featured in some fab local press to, Your East Anglian Wedding featured our Rustic Dessert table shoot too and Norfolk Brides shared our Woodland Picnic styled shoot form last year and our ‘To the Manor Born’ shoot just last week.

Pop to our pretty press page to see all the features.

2015 AND BEYOND

We’re going to be developing more skills for our little business in the new year. We’ve enrolled on a digital photography course with Tatum Reid Photography, a modern calligraphy course with Lamplighter London and we’ve booked our spot on the Flourish & Prosper styling workshop too. This is all to work towards bringing more innovation and creativity to the table and to you, our little lenders through our blog posts and styling collaborations. I can’t wait to see the new year in, there will be more big plans for Little Lending range too of course, I think you’re going to like what we’ve got up our sleeves!

We’d like to wish you all a very merry christmas and a wonderful new year ahead!

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

STYLING YOUR RUSTIC SPACES.

Back in August we were asked by the gorgeous Emma at Coco wedding Venues with her rather fabulous wedding blog to style feature that was right up our alley. ’15 Rustic Wedding styling tips.’ Of Course I jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait for a day setting up our wares at Godwick Great Barn in the middle of the Norfolk countryside.

The beautiful barn backdrop and remote setting was a rustic prop hire companies dream space. We asked Summer Love Photography to take all these stunning photos and The Country Garden Florist to bring along her fresh florals to help us pretty the props. A big thanks to Rose and Glory Cake company too for the dove grey stacked cake.

There is never just one idea for our props, and we’re all about thinking outside that styling box for new and exciting ways to use our timeless treasures. From our much loved vintage bike to our working typewriters there’s sure to be something to inspire your styling for all those relaxed wedding venues you’ve chosen. Filling cubby holes with old storm lanterns to troughs stashing your favours, cute crates filled with blankets to DIY tipi’s topped with antlers and foliage…I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.

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Be sure to read our top tips on Coco Wedding Venues for styling your barns, meadows, paddocks and tipis with our array of informal decor that will really nail that laid-back look…

Pop to ‘Our Products‘ for more information and pricing of our pieces or contact us here for availability.

Are you going for the romantic, rustic style then? We’d love help…
The Little Lending Co. x

RUSTIC GLAMOUR DESSERT TABLE.

Many of you will have seen this shoot featured earlier this year on B.Loved blog, and boy was it amazing to see our styling on such a fabulous, inspiring wedding style site. And today we’re bringing the shoot home to our own blog and to our local brides who will now also spot this in print this month as we’re featured in Your East Anglian Wedding Magazine. Hooray!

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It’s still our favourite still life shoot of the year. It’s all about mixing the luxe with the laid-back for this look. A relaxed glamour set with industrial, rustic pieces really creates a cool that I think is going to be around for a while yet. This is a classic pastel colour palette of mint and peach with a splash of pop hot pink thrown in to create something just a little bit edgier and fresher. It felt contemporary but timeless too.

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With our Industrial props creating the frame from old step ladders, milk churns, apple crates and picnic baskets it gave the desserts and our golden cake a place to shine from. Styled dessert tables are totally having their moment, have you considered one for your day? We also filled our Jam Jars with pink pop and lent glass cake stands for the puds and treats.

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We’d like to say a special thankyou to Tatum Reid Photography for these sensational shots, The Little Party Company for those delicious desserts and Buns of Fun for the golden cake. The flowers were by The Country Garden Florist and the barn can be contacted here too if you’re looking for somewhere down on the farm for tiring the knot.

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Don’t forget to grab your copy of the mag too to see us in there!
The Little Lending Co. x

SWEET TREATS STATION.

It’s time to reveal our Sweetest Station now available for hire. If you don’t want to put your cake in the corner this ones for you…

Sweet Treat stations are so of the now, and we’re loving the idea of mixing up the treats in store for your wedding guests. From the ladder and plank base to the little mini drawers and crate this is a suitably styled station base for relaxed wedding delights.

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Our Sweet Treats station includes : 2 X mini ladders and plank, Large Apple crate and mini wooden drawers, Large white china cake stand (11.5″ base), Lid topped glass cake stand, 2 x Vintage glass bowls, 3 x Metal sweet scoops and 3x metal sweet tongs, 3 X Vintage glass cake stands, 6 X mixed sized sweet jars, 5 X Mini vintage class bottles (for flowers) and our Hand painted Sweets sign with wooden pole. (Please note : Flowers and Treats are not included)

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Hired out individually this would be over £90.00 but this stylish station can be yours for £60.00 – Plus we’ll do all the leg work of delivering and setting out at your venue in your desired spot. (Delivery and collection charges apply)

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You can drop us a line here if you’d like to know more about Sweet Treats station and the ins and outs of hire.

Photography by our favourites at DS Photography.

Now where’s that cake…
The Little Lending Co. x

A RUSTIC WELCOME.

What could be better than a cold glass of Pimms served in a jam jar or an old milk bottle filled with freshly squeezed Lemonade as your first drink as a married couple? I personally can’t think of anything better on a warm Summers afternoon…

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You might have noticed us mentioning once or twice our ‘styled stations’ *coming soon*…Well without further ado I introduce to you to the first of our stations, the ‘Welcome Drinks Station’ now available for hire. YEY!

Our station includes: 2 drinks dispensers on upturned crate, Jam Jars and Milk bottles for up to 150 guests, 2 X Large Apple Crates, 8 x lemonade bottles, A tin Bath, Wire Tray, Vintage Scales, 2 folding tables and a hand painted ‘Welcome’ sign and of course we’ll be on hand to set this out at your venue.

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…And it’s a steal at £100 (If hired individually this would be over £150 – Please note that drinks/fruit/foliage are not included.) If you’re planning ahead for 2015 this will make the perfect first impression for your relaxed, rustic day ahead.

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Images by the wonderful DSPhotography.

If you’d like to know any more about this station or interested in hire then do drop us a line here.

We’ve 2 more styled stations coming your way very soon too, our ‘Sweet Treats Station’ and ‘Rustic Decor Station’ so keep you’re peepers on our IG and Facebook for sneak peeks!

Oh do hurry back Summer!
The Little Lending Co. x

TO THE MANOR BORN.

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This shoot was our first huge styled shoot, with models, make-up artists and 2nd photographers – the lot….to say this was not a big deal I would be lying. When I started The Little Lending Co. I knew wanted to work on styled shoots – the kind that really get brides excited, enough to make ooooh noises but getting big and beautiful shoots together is no mean feat.

Turning up at Godwick Hall with all our props back in April to meet lots of amazingly talented suppliers that wanted to work with me was pretty surreal. I was about to style and co-ordinate a Bridal shoot. I knew I wanted to use our original pieces in the range, most of them with some kind of story or past to them, to add character and timeless decoration to this Country Manor shoot that I’d been pinning images for for weeks. Through our styled shoots I always hope to take timeless items and work on new ways of dressing tables and spaces to give a little difference and new take on an old-time piece.

Godwick Hall with it’s high georgian ceilings and eclectic decor worked so well as our setting, creating our manor born shoot with a touch of highland heritage through the use of our Antlers, Reindeer Hides, old books and brass we created a vintage inspired shoot with an edge. It was also our first play with handwritten signage on our boards too, the romantic Shakespeare quote ‘When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew’ is my favourite yet.

I’d worked with Darena at DSPhotography before and had every confidence in the magic she could create through her use of light and I’d stumbled across Donna at The Country Garden Florist and her gorgeous shop earlier in the year with the most luxurious and bespoke handwriting I knew her ideas would be perfect. There were other ladies I’d worked with like Georgina Suzanne MUA and couldn’t wait to work with again, and Laura of Bettys Beauty, Kirsty at Zanys Boutique Hair Salon, Melissa Morgan Designs and Screen the Starlet Dresses I just couldn’t wait to see them shine. It was Georgie and Adam at Sandra Reynolds Agency that really made a perfect pairing in front of the cameras that day though.

It was so special to see the shoot featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog. To see our first big collaboration shoot featured on such a well-loved blog gave me immense pride. Definitely a first year highlight. Read all about the inspiration and details behind this shoot here.

Are you inspired to have a country manor styled day, and intimate little affair with opulent details? I’m thinking vowel renewal already…

Thankyou to all the gorgeous people involved with this shoot, so very proud of you all.
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x