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

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

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

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

The Little Lending Co. x

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

THE LITTLE LENDING COMPANY AT THE MOST CURIOUS WEDDING FAIR 2016.

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I’m having the most tropiCOOL week ever! You’ll have seen us plotting and prepping our Most Curious wedding fair stand with the Swaffham and Fakenham florists for a while on our Instagram and boy did we have fun setting it up! Lots of Mexicana vibes with tropical fruit, cactus, peacock chairs, coloured candles and chilled out mini drinks station…

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Our newest wooden arch (that can be set up inside as well as outside) was my total favourite though. Dressed with tropical blooms and flowers by the Swaffham florist sisters and the hanging garlands really brought the tropics to Norwich.

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I styled the catwalk space too, with our persian rugs lining the catwalk and peacock chairs set up on the staging it was boho perfection with lots of palm plants dotted in with green poled dressed by Jo Flowers. So looking forward to seeing the pro photos of all the dancing Bowie Ballerina models…
I also dressed gorgeous wooden trestles either side of the catwalk from Event House. Topped with our antlers and skulls, gold dipped candles and lots of brass and glass it was simple and modern. Again hit our IG for little snaps of the set up.

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I love being a part of Most Curious fair, theres a real sense of community between suppliers. I always leave feeling so inspired and raring to go for the wedding season ahead. Big shout out to all the other local exhibitors who made the day so great. You can find all their details here.

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Congrats are in order too for Dust with Coco for winning the Norfolk Brides Best stand award, we lent our little ladder and plank get up to Debbie, so stoked for her! (Pics above of her lovely little set up)

Also had the best doughnut of my life from Doughnut Lab so I had to mention them! And I’m totally loving all the light up signage at The Vintage wedding sign company – Perfectly compliment all our props 🙂 Another fave stand was the lovely ladies at The Fire Pit Camp, check out their venue for the ultimate in laid back festival spaces and crushin’ hard on Print to the people who screen print all kinds of cool stationery, how about sending your invite on a printed tea towel?!

Thanks y’all for a fab day!

Huge huge thanks to Faye Amare photography for coming down and taking these stunning shots of our stand.
Keep your peepers on our social too for snippets of our Mexicana Day of the Dead vibes photo shoot too!

Thanks for an awesome fair Most Curios!
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

DIY REINDEER FLOWER CROWN.

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Anyone who know’s me knows I love reindeers. Like a lot. My house is home to a huge skull in the lounge called 10 spike Mike, and at Christmas 10 spike Mike gets the full works on decor, lights, foliage, hanging ornaments….But why stop at Christmas. Skulls and antlers are HUGE for wedding decor right now and dressed with seasonal blooms they have to be the perfect Boho wedding detail.
If you fancy making a flower crown for your reindeer, this is what you need…

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YOU WILL NEED:
Aluminum Wire, Thin Florists reel wire (ask your local florist), Scissors, Stag or reindeer skull (We used Roy from the range, yes he has a name!)

FRESH FLOWERS from the Swaffham and Fakenham Florists: (Note, not all of these will be in season now but talk to your florist about alternatives)

Bubblegum Rose, Cartamus, Umbrella Fern, Phlox, Purple Dahlia, Achamilla Mollis, Craspedia, Red Dahlia, Blue Delphinium, Nervine.

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– Start by adding a string loop through the back of the skull for something to hang it from. Then measure the aluminum wire around the Stags head for the size of the crown. Create a hook and loop to attach the crown at back. Attach reel wire to aluminum wire by winding it around and around tightly to ensure secure.

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– Cut all the flowers and foliage about 2 inches from the head. Cut umbrella fern, and pull pieces away to expose the stem. Snip small sprigs of Achamilla Mollis and Blue Delphinium to make the most of the flower throughout the crown.

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– Using umbrella fern as a starting point, hold onto the aluminum wire and wind reel wire around the stem. Fern works well at the ends of a crown because of its natural point. Once you have wound the reel wire around the flowers and foliage trim down the stem and keep winding to ensure secure and continue adding in.

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– Start to mix different colors and textures through with foliage with a continual winding of the thin wire. Group smaller flowers to create a focal point in 2 or 3’s. Use a decent amount of reel wire around the stems to ensure flowers are all secure.

– Push the wire into the stem and the neck until you feel resistance on the large Dahlia. This supports the flower as it is a focal point and ensures it stays in place.

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– Remember to pull the flower crown straight every so often to ensure flowers don’t twist round in different directions. The crown should be thickest at the center and thin out towards the ends.

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– Make a hook at the end of the aluminum wire to secure the crown and create a loop with the other end to hook on. Cut off the steel wire and wind final wire end around the crown tightly.

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Ta-Dah! You’re skull is ready to rock!
If you’d love to dabble at making your own flower crown for the day you need to check out the Swaffham and Fakenham florists flower crown parties!

Huge thanks to DS Photography for the beautiful pictures.
The Little Lending Co. X

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

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

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

ALTERNATIVE COLOURFUL OUTDOOR WEDDING AT THE KEEPER AND THE DELL.

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Sometimes you find the perfect customers. Little Lenders you just go ‘YES’ with! And let me tell you, Kiera and Aiden could not have been more on my wave length. They were one of those couples that just got what I am trying to do in my little world of weddings. They made me realise it’s totally what I’m meant to be doing. For that reason alone, this wedding will forever be one of my absolute faves.

I’m going to hand over to Kiera to tell you more about her wedding planning journey…

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What did you love and hate about wedding planning?
Aiden and I were never going to get married so the wedding planning thing was all a huge deal for us! My absolute favourite part was realising that we could literally do ANYTHING we wanted with our day and we add in our quirky style throughout. It was our complete mission to make a wedding that was not at all traditional or formal and that all our guests would leave saying wow that was so original, so relaxed and so ‘Kiera and Aiden!’
The thing I absolutely HATED about wedding planning is that all of a sudden EVERYONE has got an opinion and everyone seemed to demand to be part of the process. Aiden and I fought so hard to make it all about us and spent so much time explaining to people that no we didn’t want any horse shoes as gifts or formal photographs or a cake cutting or a frigging horse and carriage!!! Luckily, we have super supportive parents and best friends that get us completely and they allowed us to just do our thing! * plus we found awesome likeminded suppliers like Penny that helped us confirm it really was our vision and no one else’s!

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Where did you find your wedding inspiration?
What I loved is the amount of content online that can provide alternative wedding inspiration! Pinterest was a huge part of our planning process and we went to events such as ‘A Most Curious Wedding Fair’. We also took loads of inspiration from wedding blogs such as ‘Rock My Wedding’. I loved keeping an eye on the Facebook and Instagram pages of our suppliers and our venue as they often posted the most amazing ideas. ‘The Keeper and the Dell’ often posts awesome ideas on their Facebook page as does Penny! ‘The Rose Shed’ has a fab floristry Instagram account, ‘Festival Brides’ is great for alternative, dreamy weddings! Most of the time, I would just Google ‘alternative weddings, boho weddings, festival style weddings etc.! I didn’t really buy wedding magazines as I found that the majority were full of the traditional fluffy wedding stuff that we just weren’t looking for! I did, however, treat myself to the 6 monthly ‘Elle’ wedding supplement #starsineyes!

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How would you describe your wedding décor style? And how did you achieve it?
We definitely went for a festival/woodland/bohemian style wedding with a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure ☺ Constant trawling of wedding blogs where couples had done a similar thing before helped us to achieve it. But most of all, we just followed our individual style. I am so incredibly lucky that Aiden and I have completely the same taste in anything décor and he wanted to be every bit a part of the planning as me- it was totally about us as a couple and putting in details and quirks that got everyone saying ‘that’s so Aiden and Kiera!’ We also took some of our own décor from home to decorate the venue too!

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What advice would you give to Little Lenders still to tie the knot?
Do it YOUR WAY! Don’t care about tradition, or what others say you are supposed to do! It’s your day- do what the hell you want! Anything is possible! We even had a temporary tattoo and glitter station!!

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The Suppliers : ….and any that we’re just amazing that Little Lenders should be using!
Rose Florist– Lisa at Rose Florist is absolutely INCREDIBLE! She listened and got everything we said about what we wanted- I couldn’t have asked for more… my floral crown was literally to die for- I never expected something so vibrant and beautiful! She is so hardworking and professional (plus she is my cousin!!!)
Pandora’s Kitchen– these guys are the most talented, kind, hardworking and professional caterers EVER! Plus their food is just incredible!
Dust with Cocoa– Debbie (formerly of Pandora’s Kitchen) did our wedding cake and I was bowled over when I saw it- it was absolutely beautiful and tasted delicious!
Argent & Sable- made a bespoke fairground ‘I do’ sign for our day and they also rent out the most incredible signs!
Bill’s Ices– Norfolk vintage looking ice-cream van- super friendly, reasonable prices and delicious!
Meringue Girls– a trip to Hackney was so worth it for their delicious sweet stuff!
Macaroons and More– amazing!
Lavender & Jude– my dress was everything.

Thanks so much to Kiera for her really honest comments and fab recommendations. I think you’ll all agree that these pair just ooze cool and happiness. Wish you guys the best married life ahead.

Huge thankyou for these incredible photos from Jordanna Marston Photography. So Rad!

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR BIG DAY – A GUIDE TO TIMINGS.

You’ve planned the big day down to the hour and you know exactly when your due to have a glass of fizz in hand and when you’re due to be heading to the dance floor to shake your grove thing…All your suppliers know exactly where they need to be when but have you put as much thought into the day before? It’s worth giving it some or you might find yourself still at the venue when you should be enjoying cocktails with the girls and getting those nails nailed! Hopefully this little guide will leave you with more time to spare to enjoy the build up on your last night as a free woman…

Getting ahead : Be sure to start a list a few weeks before with everything you’ll need at the venue and start allocating helpers; get some muscles around but also maybe a mum with some patience for fiddly jobs.
From irons for the linen to scissors, tape, pins and more, get those bags pre-packed. Check that the venue has a ladder that you can use if you need one. Also ask about any extension cables for electrics too if you have light or sound to go in. And don’t forget to pack gaffer tape for unsightly cables.

THE MORNING :

Unloading cars : Well I’m kind of a pro now at packing and unloading vehicles! Try to pack as much as possible before the morning into stackable boxes for the car. Leave yourselves at least 30 minutes for each car load (with one person) or get as many people as poss to grab a box to take in if you’re doing multiple car loads to the venue.

Hanging things first : This always take longer than you think, allow 1-2 hours. Always do this first as you don’t want to be doing it around the furniture later. Put two people on this so they’re not going up and down ladders as much. Maybe ask your venue if it’s something that can be done the day before the day before.

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Gazaebos and Structures : Seriously, leave these for the boys to do! Allow 1-2 hours. Make sure they have the instructions (although, if they’re anything like my boy they won’t read it any way!) Again, ask if your venue would let this go up before the day before if you’re doing it yourselves. If it’s a ceremony structure think about guy ropes if it’s going to be up overnight.

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People : Make sure you have enough hands on deck. It’s important to leave yourself free to check everything over and give direction (I loved this bit!) Leave others to pop out and get anything so you’re always around. I would have about 5-6 people around to help on the day, any more you’ll find people aren’t that helpful and just getting under your toes. Use people to put items in the right areas in the morning or near the tables they will be going onto.

AFTER LUNCH :

Prepare Stations : Sweet tables, cake table, cards and gift book table – take your time on these layering the props you have and creating height and interest. Allow 1-2 hours. If your florist needs to add to these and they’re coming down on the day of the wedding then leave a note on the specific stations for them, it’s not always possible to decide on flower placement until the you see the set up.

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Table Tops : The last thing to decorate. Put the linen on tables last to keep them looking crisp. Your venue might have dust sheets but some people/catering companies like to dress tables on the morning even. Do one table setting with favours etc for your caterer to follow, will save you loads of time!

Styling your aisle : If your getting married at a church or another place to your reception and you’re adding extra decor here leave this until most of the venue is already set by the afternoon to give you peace of mind. Leave yourself an hour for this.

Lighting : Add this after your main table centres once all decor is done (unless it’s hanging lighting of course) it’s easier to fit in afterwards and see where you’d like a little candle light.

Before you head off : Cover everything with a dust sheet. Pack away all the packaging and boxes from out of sight (you’ll still need quite a few people around for this.) If anything needs to be set up outside on the day leave it all together by the doors for your venue staff with a picture or sketch even so that it’s spot on.

If you’re styling your own wedding be sure to check out our A-Z guide on ‘How to style your own wedding‘ or ask about our styling services to help make your day before less of a chore…

Images via Wedding chicks, 100 layer cake.

Too excited for all our Lenders this summer…
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X