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.Β The evening photos are so romantic with a canopy of festoon lights high into the marquee ceiling.Β  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

AUTUMNAL WEDDING INSPIRATION AT GODWICK GREAT BARN.

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So many of you will know my connection with Godwick Barn from past posts. I work there as one of their wedding planners as well as running LL, I’m super lucky to call this beautiful barn my work place. When James the owner of Godwick started planning his own wedding there in October last year I was so thrilled and excited to be a part of the day. Some of our little lends we’re taken to the barn on the set up day and I helped Aimee, the lovely Bride-to-be, with a few details.

This wedding is full of beautiful autumnal barn inspiration, seasonal colours, blooms and food. Wonderfully rustic and relaxed, the barn really hasn’t looked better. From the wooden tables to the trailing foliage and modern calligraphy signage this wedding was always going to steal my heart.
I just adore the colour mixes, the bright red berries with rich forrest green foliages and lots of berry tones against white highlights. These colours coupled with the midnight navy blue bridesmaids dresses and gents in traditional tweed is such a fab way of working with the natural seasonal tones for an Autumn celebration.

So many stunning details, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this….

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Suppliers :

Venue – Godwick Great Barn
Photography – Peach and Jo
Props and signage – The Little Lending Co.
Flowers – Bramble and Berry
Food – Julie Abbs
Tipi – Magical camping
Stationery – Wonderful Wonky Weddings

Are you planning and Autumnal barn wedding? Hows it all coming together…?
Penny at The Little Lending Co. x

NORFOLK SUMMER GARDEN MARQUEE REAL WEDDING.

It’s the best feeling being featured on a national wedding blog, especially the epic Love My Dress. So when our props popped up on our FB feed earlier this year with one of our Little Lenders from last summer with their beautiful home garden marquee wedding I squealed just a little. Sarah and Josh hired several of our pieces for her wedding, from log slices for that really impressive cheese tower to brass candle sticks used in the table centres, tin baths, drinks dispensers, glass candle cylinders, water bottles and lawn games.

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I love to see what our brides create and this has to be one of my all time favourite marquee looks, beautifully simple, rustic and relaxed. The mix of soft colours through the candles and the shine from the brass and copper accents has me swooning still. For the full wedding head here.

β€œWe used a Norfolk based company called Little Lending Co to hire some bits and pieces for the day, like brass candle holders, lawn games and water bottles for the tables. They were little touches which I think made a big contribution to the day and it was great to be able to use a local company. Penny at the Little Lending Co was terrific and very helpful.”
Thanks so much to Sarah and Josh for your kind words. Wish you both the most wonderful life together. X

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Photography by Ronlima.

Loving this wedding style? Hit us up to get the look!
The Little Lending Co. x

PROPS SPOTLIGHT : ANTLERS AND SKULLS.

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Yep anyone that knows me knows I love a good antler find. And to anyone that’s been to LLHQ you may have also spotted ’10 Spike Mike’ in the living room (A whopper of a deer skull often adorned with seasonal trimmings, maybe this is a little too far?!) I think the obsession started when I started to looking to Scandinavian inspiration for my home a few years ago, so naturally I started collecting antlers and skulls for the range too.

We thought we’d bring you some props spotlight posts and show just how versatile our props can be. Not looking for a scandi winter wedding? No problem, antlers and skulls sit so well into Summer boho cool or really rustic barn digs. It’s fair to say we’ve used them quite a bit in our own styled collaborations too…

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Images by Jordanna Marston from K&A’s real wedding at the keeper and the dell. Wire grid & Antlers available to hire from the range.

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Image by Darena Stoda of our new Large loose antlers. (Macrame hanging also available to hire.)

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Image by Claire Graham Photography as featured on Love My Dress.

Here’s a few more ideas; from softening up and prettying (that’s totally a word right?) with soft pastel florals paired with luxe rustic furnishings to keeping things more modern and simplified. Or go more aztec in direction to keep things fresh and oh so fab.

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Go totally boho; Antlers and sculls never look better that with plenty of fresh foliage and flowers for W-day decor. Speak to us about how to add them to your theme* We’re so mad for darker palettes right now, a love seeing the persian throws and darker glass vessels. And don’t get me started on that cake with those florals.

*We have a fab floral Reindeer DIY you can try coming to a wedding blog near you very soon too!

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Are you thinking of adding antlers or skulls to your wedding decor? Do tell…

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

WHAT IS A WHITE WEDDING TODAY?

So we all have an image when we think of a ‘white wedding’ right; traditional big fluffy white dress, men in stiff suits and matching pink cravats and maybe a fancy rolls royce to take the wedding party to church. Bleugh.

I had what I’d call a ‘white wedding’ and there was none of that. I am a bit of a traditionalist at heart so for me I knew I’d always marry in white though.

Here’s what I think a white wedding should represent in 2015: A simplicity, a purity and a new beginning. No fuss, just easy bridal style and timelessly cool, chic decor.

I’m totally into White as a colour and how it can have so many layers and textures. White on white is a big theme for weddings this year and I can’t get enough. Uncomplicated, clean and modern is the only way white weddings should be heading.

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Georgia Young Couture | Melbourne bridal designer

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‘Simplicity is the key, white and greens in the flowers, timelessly cool by bringing in up to date styling, for example wooden table boxes or new glass vessels.’ Michelle at Swaffham and Fakenham Florists.

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‘A white wedding is an abundance of fresh cool tonal whites in a natural setting, a crisp white iced cake with a frothy tide of eau de nil florals, organic whisps of floaty fabrics in rinsed chalky colours. Timelessly cool whether using lace, crochet or georgette, white being associated with purity, simplicity and innocence.’ Emma at Buns of Fun.

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Really, you get to be so much more creative with keeping to a simple palette; bringing in more textures and light from the ceremony right though to the table tops. As always folks, less is so much more and here in white, super duper stylish and looks so damn fine in photographs for years to come.

What does a white wedding mean to you? We’ve a whole heap of white on white ideas on our ‘White Wedding‘ Pin board.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

HOW TO MAKE S’MORES

A show of hands then please, who’s heard of a S’more before? Nope? Me neither until this summer when the weddings I was working at seemed to have more and more ‘S’mores Stations’ set out for their evening guests. OK, basically they are a melted marshmallow and chocolate sandwich. Totally Heavenly.

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After a little googling, I found out that they are an American tradition started by campers in the early 20th Century after Marshmallows became mass produced and we’re light and easily packed along with Grahams crackers and chocolate bars in their backpacks. They got their name from ‘Some More’ which let me tell you, after one that’s all you’ll be saying…

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There are now masses of adaptions on the original S’mores on Pinterest but to keep this super simple you’ll need : Grahams Crackers (These are a bit tricky to find over here so we’ve used Wheat Biscuits instead, but digestives are just as delicious) Chunks of milk chocolate, Large Marshmallows and Toasting sticks.

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Melt your mallow, sandwich them up and enjoy! It’s so simple.

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I love the idea of a little serving trolley to wheel out as the night air draws in filled with S’mores galore for guests to toast round the fire. If your venue doesn’t have anywhere for you to have a fire outside a S’mores bar with rows of tea lights for would be just as good. Who doesn’t love a midnight sugar fix after dancing the night away?

If you want to get a little more creative add chopped nuts, jam, fresh fruits or raisins, fudge, Rolo’s, Nutella or try using cookies for your biscuits instead. The possibilities are endless.

The pretty paper Flowers used on our station are by the very talented Things By Laura.

Fancy having a go at Bonfire night, do let us know how you get on…and if you go back for S’more.

Enjoy Bonfire night,
The Little Lending Co. x

LADDER LOVE.

Ladders seem to be THE decorative item of 2014 and I’m pretty sure they’ll be sticking around into the new year and beyond with their timeless appeal. With so much scope I’ve got a lot of time for ladders, you could say collecting them has turned into an obsession…

Mini ones, Extra tall ones, Painted ones, paired ones we seem to have the ladder for every occasion right here at Little Lending HQ. So, what will you do with yours?

Perhaps you’ll go with showing guests the way, they make pretty great stands for welcome and direction signage.
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Or maybe you’ll help guests to their seats with a creative table plan or escot card system strung across the steps.

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They really do make beauties of backdrops and will give your photographer some dreamy set ups to shoot.

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Get sentimental by displaying photographs of loved ones who can’t be there or ladies handkerchiefs for the ceremony. Just love the idea of using a ladder pair as an interactive guest book too with strings across the legs hanging up your guests polaroid snaps.

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Have your first celebratory drinks served from wooden steps.

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Or maybe you’ll go for our duo making the perfect alternative to a cake table station like we styled here with ours as featured on B.Loved blog.

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Images from and via Tatum Reid Photogrpahy, Love My Dress, B.Loved, Weddings Illustrated, Inspired by This, Rustic Wedding Chic, Iloveswmag, HTWM and Sunshine and Confetti Events with photography by Life in Bloom Photography.

If this has given you a lust for ladders then drop us a message about ours for hire. We’ve picked up some lovely steps of late too which are yet to be featured on here but keep an eye on our Instagram to make sure you see all our newbies there first.

The Little Lending Co. x

A CREATIVE EYE.

Since starting our little company a few venues and companies have spotted our props and pieces and been in touch to ask for help with styling up their spaces for commercial use. This is something I just adore doing, getting stuck into a brief and making spaces look striking and inspiring to potential customers.

From classic looks and settings that we created at Timbers Country Lodge for their new wedding brochure :

To more alternative and bohemian settings in Magical Camping’s Giant Tipi at new outdoor venue Hush Venues :

We have also been down to the woods with Vinteage, afternoon teas and wedding china hire company for the day too :

Are you looking for a little creative direction with your wedding venues, spaces or products? We’d love to hear from you to talk about how we can help create something special. Drop us a line here.
The Little Lending Co. x