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

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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Image via Wedding Playbook.

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

WOODLAND ENGAGEMENT SHOOT BY THE LITTLE LENDING CO.

Hey engaged folk!

Firstly I’m going to start with an apology, the blog has definitely take a back seat this summer season. It’s been a bit testing so far, I mean awesome, but also a bit tough with more lenders than ever! You might have spotted our baby news on social media, so my energy’s been flagging and not been feeling my usual 100% the last few weeks. There have been quite a few power naps at LLHQ just to get through the day! It also means you might have waited a little longer for replays on email, which is not cool I know, but thank you all so so much for your patience. I’m feeling a little more on top now so let’s roll on into all that August has to offer.

So this shoot was styled last year. It was a competition ran by Kathy Ashdown Photography to offer a woodland engagement shoot styled by yours truly. Long standing LL fans will have spotted bits of this shoot on our Instagram and Facebook over the months but thought it was time to share my favourites from the shoot.

Our hot couple we’re made up by Emily of Love Moi Make-up and Hair by Tracey Ward. Heather Jackson was second shooter so no details we’re missed at Swanton Morley gardens where in-house florist Crown Flowers added lots of natural green to the set ups.

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I’m all about getting the engagement shoot to be about you two, doing something you would usually do together, celebrating your hobbies and passions.
With this shoot I wanted to create lots of autumnal seasonal tones, from the foliages to the clothing the couples wore.
I created a make-shift tipi filled with rugs for the first backdrop for our duo, draped with lots of foraged greenery and antlers adorned the top.
We lit a camp fire on the woodland floor for the couple to cosy up together in tartan blankets and have hot chocolates and marshmallows on sticks. Pure cuteness!
A rustic picnic followed, again using simple, natural foods teamed with lots of rustic decor pieces and a smidge of candle light.
Finally we strung soft festoon lights in a log store. This shoot was all about capturing the warmth and romance of the couples love.

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If you’re looking to add a little something more to your engagement shoot, then hit us up. We’d love to work with couples to style their engagement sessions with our growing selection of props and head full of ideas!

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

10 WEDDING DETAILS NOT TO FORGET.

The stylist in me loves a detail shot, honestly, possibly even a little bit more that the ones with people in which I don’t know if I should admit that! I just get really excited about a lovely little styled detail from a wedding that some one has really considered and put some loving thought into.

So I wanted to share some details not to forget if you’re going in for all of the detail with your big do.

INVITES
On our instagram this week it was our top tip to make sure you have a full set of stationery for your wedding stylist of wedding photographer on the wedding day. From the save the date, to place names, menu, invite…Pull in some details or flowers around them to create something sweet as a lovely reminder of all the effort that creating your paper pretty.

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Image via 100 layer cake.

THE DRESS SHOT
Don’t be like me and leave it on the bathroom door….! Think about the placement, the hanger and dressing it perhaps with flowers or other accesorries you’ll be wearing.

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Image from June Bug Weddings

BOYS DETAILS
The guys need nice details too, maybe a little boys box with their accessories, button holes, a glass of their dutch courage and cigars on a sideboard maybe…

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Image via Best Day Ever.

BAR STYLING
Have a little fun with added details, a bar always needs signage, some flowers and candles. Add a little of you two too.

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Image via 100 layer cake.

CHAIRS
I’m all about the chair swag, so much so I gave them their own pin board. Think of florals to signage, diy garlands and trinkets that represent you two.

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Image via Ruffled

LIGHTING.
Always banging on about lighting, I know but think about the atmosphere you want to create. Clustered tea lights in cubby holes and simple church candles do all the work.
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Iamge sourced from hochzeitsguide

TABLE PLAN
This can be creative, all too often it’s just sat on an easel. Think about creating a fab display using items that are personal to you both.
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Image via The Lane

TOP TABLE MAGIC
Add a little extra to where you two will be sat. Either through the decor or a different floral centre piece. Or think about hanging a backdrop behind where you’ll be sitting. After all there be lots of pictures taken here.
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Image via Ruffled.

AISLE STYLE
Appart from the ceremony focus think about what will be lining your aisle. Potted plants, candles, chair ties and garlands…so many options.
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Image via Ruffled blog.

TABLE NUMBERS AND MENUS
Give a little thought about how to display them on the tables and amongst your crockery and linen or table centre flowers.
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Green Wedding shoes

Until next time,
The Little Lending Co. x

IN-HOUSE STYLING WITH GODWICK GREAT BARN.

So I am totally buzzing about a new partnership with one of my absolute favourite Norfolk barns, Godwick Great Barn. Many of you may know I already work at Godwick as one of their freelance wedding planners and adore the barn and all its majesty, I’m really rather lucky to call it my work place. I love working with newly engaged couples, helping them along with their wedding planning journey so I can’t wait to take on an additional role as ‘Godwick Barns in-house styling consultant.’

I’m kind of obsessed with decor and with all those little styling details that make weddings so personal to each couple. I’m really excited to be able to offer Godwick couples an initial venue styling consultation when they first book the barn to talk all things wedding style for the best part of an hour. Couples can use it as a chance to find out how to make the most of the space and start thinking about what they want to achieve with their wedding decor.

I love finding out what makes a couple tick, their loves and life together that might inspire how they transform the barn. It can be a little daunting at the start of planning when faced with a big blank space, all be it a very beautiful one, so a little guidance of what works and what’s gone before can really get the creative ideas swirling.

If you’re a new Godwick couple I look forward to meeting you really soon, come loaded with any ideas, Pinspirations and anything you both love.

Video of our new styled stations at Godwick Barn by Faye Amare Photography.
Penny at The Little Lending Co. x

ALTERNATIVE PHOTO BACKDROPS.

If you’re getting hitched this Summer you’ll most definitely be thinking about details and the little design elements that will make your day super special and personalised. If you’re looking for some inspo for a beautiful back drop for your guest photos, which is a little more sophisticated than a box of props in front of a red curtain inside a shoe-box sized booth, then this post may spark a few ideas. I didn’t have a photo booth at my own wedding because I wanted to have pictures of the day that were totally natural, but something can really be said for staging gorgeous group shots that you’ll treasure forever.

DRAPES
Cost effect and oh so simple to add a little interest to a wall or corner at your venue. Mix different textures of fabrics and also foliage in for a little more detail.

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Image via Ruffled

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STRUCTURES
Create a structure to add flowers to – From old screens and doors to metal frames and wire grids for something more contemporary.

ORGANIC
Talk to your florist about creating an organic wall feature. Use old ladders or frames to start the piece off. So beautiful as a stand alone feature on your big day. These pieces would work best hung or placed off centre for framing the shots.

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BOHEMIAN
Go for a bohemian corner or space for guests to relax as well as provide a stunning photo opportunities. Use peacock chairs or tipi frames as a starting point to build up the area and lay Persian rugs. Add candles for evening photography to be soft and intimate.

It’s about creating something beautiful and timeless and to look back at your wedding photos in years to come and enjoy them just as much.
The Little Lending Co. X