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

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MARSALA COLOUR INSPIRATION: HOW TO USE IT FOR YOUR WEDDING.

Pantone named ‘Marsala’ their colour of the year. I’m so into it. A deep wine red that will really add some style to your W-day proceedings.

Think you’re too late to use it in your wedding this year? Think again, it’s super versatile. Sitting perfectly with blush and dusty pink tones, peaches, mint green, navy and even grey. We’re also uber excited about seeing it with some rose gold, copper or brass to make those wedding details shine.


How do I incorporate it onto my tables? Add brass vessels to your table tops, wine coloured navy or black candles and some textured white lace or soft water coloured dyed linen to create a base to allow your palette to form. Team with bare wood tables and gold cutlery.

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I like the colour but don’t want to it to over-power? Flower 30 used Amaranthus here to add a bold pop to this bouquet for our own Botanical concept shoot. You could ask your florist to pop in some deep tones to your existing blooms to vamp them up. Purple Ranunculus, Burgandy Dahlias or Scabosia in Purple would all look incredible against white, peaches and foliage.


So you’re totally boho and think this colour is too clean and classy? You can really relax this colour through battered persian rugs under foot, or lounging patterned cushions. Hang natural feathers above tables, add wooden sharing platters serving relaxed food on top of a macrame Marsala dip dyed runner. The stuff of boho wedding dreams.


Still looking for a bold make-up look? This is it. Statement lips or eyes in Marsala could really make you a sassy, bold bride. Or add some Marsala with nude pink to your nails, for something bang on trend.

It’s too wintery for a summer wedding? We’re mad for deep, jewelled colours through the summer. Bring in in with your food palette, sweet berry macaroons, a red velvet tiered cake topped with fresh fig or a signature summer fruits cocktail.

Planning ahead for next year? Look at coloured stationery and hand-drawn bloom designs or blood coloured ink calligraphy to start your Marsala palette off.

We’re super excited as some of these pins are forming an exciting Outdoor styled shoot concept with some of the B.Loved blog contributors we have met along the way. It’s super exciting to be a part of a creative network full of inspiring ladies working on shoots exclusively for B.Loved that will inspire, you, our Little Lenders. The shoot will take place at the end of April so be sure to keep your peepers on our social media for a little taste.

Images via : Polkadot Bride, 100 Layer Cake, Ruffled Blog, MOD Bride, Hub Hub, Burnettes Boards, Pink-decoration, Blog Design Seeeds.com, Design Sponge.com, Style Me Pretty, Foodista.com, Ruffled blog, Forever Studio, The lane and Magnolia Rouge. Styled shoot image by Amy Lewin.

What’s your colour? Are you tempted by Marsala?
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A SIMPLE WHITE BARN WEDDING.

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OK, I think you all know I have a real thing for white. It’s probably my favourite colour (some would say it’s not a colour, but let’s not argue that one now) it’s clean, crisp and most importantly forever cool in wedding decor. Something so ceremonial and pure about it just makes my heart do a little flutter.

If you’ve been with us a while you’ll have seen us share the link to this stunning white and peach pop wedding at Wingfield Barns on our social media last year but today I want to share more details that are just plain and simply, delicious.

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Ali and Adam hired our white paper poms to hang from the beams of the barn and used them as a feature on the table they signed the register. I’m a huge fan of adding white to white.

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They hired our large garden games for a little fun between photos.

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I really loved that they mixed our flat white china stands and our tiered stands on their dessert table to create some height along with our wooden slices for their sweet treats. Rustic simplicity at it’s best.

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But boy, when I saw the warm festoon lights hanging over the newly-weds dancing their first steps as a married couple, that was it, their wedding had me hook, line and sinker.

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Thanks to Elizabeth Lois Photography for all these gorgeous images. And a huge congratulations to our Little Lenders Ali and Adam, who we’re just the perfect couple to deal with, so full of excitement and sweet as a button. It was a total pleasure to be a part of your day.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

2015 WEDDING TRENDS.

At The Little Lending Co. we’re all about embracing your individualism and taking a side-step away from what your wedding ‘should’ look like. This year especially I’m sure couples will be infusing more charm and character of their own, their quirks, interests and loves for more relaxed, stylish and unique days.

….But, there are 4 key themes we seem to be pinning daily and they’re making us really excited about the year ahead. We’re not saying stick to the trends and we love a couple that do just the opposite but these ideas are making us crazy about 2015 and what our couples will be creating.

MODERN BRIGHT

Oh yes! Colour pops and fluro highlights – tell your guests to bring their sunnies as it’s about to all get a little brighter. Loving the popping pinks and luminous oranges that have been paired up with shimmering gold highlights all over Pinterest. Think Dip dyed napkins (*blog post coming soon*) striking and geo-metric patterned table runners, modern mid-century furnishing and more cacti and succulents you can shake a stick at. Hanging Himmeli shapes and eccentric bold florals. Pop a couple of plastic flamingos in the mix and you have the perfect nod to a modern, hot summers celebration. Definatley not a look for the faint hearted this one.

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NOMAD SPIRIT

For the pair that love the outdoors, our freedom seekers. Free Spirited and bohemian decor is going to move forward into 2015. We’re excited about seeing more beautiful boho brides and their boys create the ultimate in laid-back days. Kick off your shoes and tie feathers in your hair. Add natural, textural and found items through your decor. Dream Catchers as a focal point, Antlers, drift wood and pebble place settings against true linen napkins and runners. An easy palette of mushroom and dove greys subtly paired with gem stone pinks and well-trod faded colours from traditional persian rugs under foot. Divine.

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INDUSTRIAL COOL

A huge fan here of industrial settings and go mad over a warehouse wedding. Bare brick walls, exposed copper pipes and a big lighting statement is what you’ll need for this look. Bring beaten up eclectic furniture for lounging areas for guests. Cool concrete accents and copper containers feel new. Quirky catering vans and stations really makes this a winning cool kids dream trend. Use old palettes for feature walls or bars and work in metal drawers and filing cabinets *coming soon to our hire range* for something different for guests to find their favours. Still adore a string of festoon lights to brighten up the evening.

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SIMPLISTIC MINIMALISM

I am always for ‘Less is More’ – I really believe in the ethos of the simpler the better. Minimal decor and fuss creates for more focus on the newly weds. White on white has a pure ceremonial quality about it. White cloths, flowers and dress. Totally Timeless. I love the botanical and slightly over-grown elements that can add an etherial feel for this trend – over-run glasshouses or greenery hanging above the tables or tubing trails of green and white on tables. Add clear vessels and glass bottles with single stems in nooks. Bare wooden table tops and rustic ‘home-made’ displayed finger foods for the wedding breakfast keep everything easy. Bring a whole lot of white candle light in the evening for a subtle finish.

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Are you keen to incorporate some of these alternative new trends into your day? These trend boards and more added to daily to our Pinterest boards here.

Happy pinning,
The Little Lending Co. x

A VILLAGE FETE SUMMER WEDDING.

As soon as I met Alex and Ben I instantly knew their village fete themed wedding was going to be a little bit gorgeous. Just a beautiful pair of people brimming with ideas to make their day a whole lot of fun.

The pair picked food that was all served outside from stone-baked Pizza to fresh crepes and ice-cream for afters, this would definatley set that laid-back and low-key feel they we’re looking for.

It was a total pleasure to supply them with some of our most loved pieces from the range to help create a vintage and rustic decor feel for their outdoor , country day.

THE LOOK

Alex just looked gorgeous in her dress found in a local dress shop customised with a string of delicate embellishment accross her back and beautiful vintage inspired headband by Melissa Morgan Designs. The flowers we’re by Swaffham and Fakenham Florists and I just adore those pastels and the textured and movement through the bouquet hand tied with ribbons and lace.

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THE DECOR

Our tin bath stored the beers for the boys on an up-turned farm tray. Alex and Ben went for simple vintage touches through the decor; our stacked suitcases to keep the cards, milk churns and the cutest painted little wooden letters on the top table. But it had to be the hay bale sofa den covered in our white and coloured crochet blankets that steals the show! Totally Amazing.

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THE EXTRAS

We lent some traditional wooden garden games and vintage bike to keep guests entertained. I love how Alex and Ben used the bike to take a little time out of their busy day for a few photographs by the donkey. This is the perfect prop to create some timeless shots to treasure.

The food carts looked fab as the sun started to dip. An informal wedding breakfast was also served for the main wedding party in their marquee. It was the first time we’d written on our chalkboard and easel for their table plan too.

Are you thinking of having food carts at your wedding? What would be your food preference?

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A big thankyou to Katie Ingram Photography for all the images and to Alex and Ben for sharing their special day with our readers and Little Lenders.

Wishing you both every happiness in your future together.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x

DIY ANTLER TABLE PLAN.

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At The Little Lending Co. I’m a real believer that Antlers are for life and not just for Christmas so I wanted to create a table plan with our little stash that would stand the test of time long after all the christmas left overs have been munched.

This is the easier table plan I think you’ll find on the internet, if you can tie a knot you’ll have this nailed. And only took me about 30 mins to put together too.

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Wire grid Frame
Arrow Chalkboard
Brown Luggage tags
Coloured Number tags and ties (Ours are from Ikea, but you could stamp your own for this look)
Black or Dark thin twine
A selection of foliage and flowers – We have used Eucalyptus, Ferns and Chrysanthemums for a simple mix and fresh palette.
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#1 Tie on the arrow chalkboard at the top. Write your message on with a white chalk pen, available from Rymans or other stationers.

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#2 Hand write your guests names on the larger brown luggage tag. If the tag at the back is larger it will encourage your guests to swing the number tags out of the way to find their seats. Use one tag tie to loop both the luggage and number tags together.

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#3 Using dark twine/string attach the antlers on to the wire grid, the more randomly spaced the better.

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#4 Tie on the name tags onto the antlers in a semi-logical order, either across or down the grid.

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#5 Cut the flowers and foliage down leaving a stem of approx 8cm so you can then weave them through the wire grid easily. You could also wire them on with craft/florists wire for extra security. Think about the choice of flowers as after a full day without water some may start to brown or wilt. That’s why foliage is just so fab.

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Told you it was simple right!

Would you love to add Antlers into your day? What are you planning for your table plan?

Penny @ 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

THE LITTLE LENDING CO. ON B.LOVED BLOG

When photographer Tatum Reid asked me to be a part of her Rustic Fairytale styled I got super excited when I saw her previous styled shoots. Such beautiful natural work with really exciting ideas and vision. She was calling in some brilliant local suppliers to work on the shoot too, from origami flower making experts Lottie’s Florigami to Local bridal dress designers Sophie and Smith and make-up artist Georgina Suzanne so knew this was going to be pretty special.

You can read more about the direction and inspiration of our ‘A Modern Fairytale’ shoot on B.loved wedding blog and we talk about the decor and how we styled up the two different tablescapes for the shoot. http://www.blovedweddings.com/a-modern-fairytale

I loved being a part of this shoot and got a little over-excited to be featured on another UK wedding blog with our little company. Here are some of my favourites of the shoot that Tatum captured so perfectly.

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Would love to know what you think of our shoot at Hales Hall.

Hope you find some inspiration for your own day!
The Little Lending Co. x