WHY DO I NEED A WEDDING STYLIST?

A couple of weeks ago, or maybe the week before…who even knows any more?! I put up a question on my Instagram stories asking what honestly puts you off hiring a wedding stylist.

And yes, there were a few recurring answers which came up. Theres plenty of reasons not to hire a stylist and really loved your honesty for these below, thank you (those questions and polls on Insta really are really so helpful and always love that you get involved.)

I’d like to start by asking you to to visualise the day before your wedding day, of course this isn’t going to be every brides lead up but I have been doing this many years and have certainly seen this scenario play out more than a few times. But it might show just how valuable a wedding stylist could be and how they really are more than just hired help the week of your wedding…

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The day before your wedding
You are most likely late leaving for your venue because there is tonnes to load in the car. Already feeling a bit anxious if you have left anything behind. You arrive at your venue and know there is no time to enjoy your check-in and settle in because you have several suppliers arriving with props, furniture, catering equipment and the florist will be there too. Family and friends are going to be arriving all through the afternoon to help with the DIY set up. You start unboxing everything you have collected, as well as the props you’ve hired and aren’t exactly sure where to start. People arrive but there isn’t time to show them round properly now, you need them to start putting candles in holders. More friends and family arrive and you know at 5pm you want to be finished set up and actually start enjoying the evening together as you have envisioned for months as a little pre-wedding celebration, but as time ticks on you realise its going to be a much later finish. Everyone offers help, it’s overwhelming as you know how you want the set up to look but can’t relay that to everyone easily, and you end up doing much more yourself. You start to feel frustrated and wish there was more time, its not the set up day you had in your head and worried as more needs to be finished on the morning of the wedding, who will help with that?

Ok so I know many brides absolutely love doing their own decor set up and DIY for them was pure bliss and really enjoyed working on the set up with friends and family around.
But if you do have lots of friends and family coming from afar and want to spend a weekend with them, help can be so valuable across your weekend. You know a stylist will have the days vision and a huge check list ready to put into action and set up and can return on the wedding day to finish any final details you wouldn’t necessarily be able to check yourself or feel comfortable leaving to family.
It comes down to how you want to feel in the days and hours leading up to walking down the aisle and I genuinely think being relaxed enough to trust your stylist and just overjoyed at your wedding set up being totally in hand so you can enjoy that precious time with family and friends, well could that be priceless on one of the biggest weekends of your life??

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COST.
Of course this came up the most. Yes it is an additional cost but my styling service is much more than just turning up the day before for a set up. I have initial consultations to find out about who you are and what your vision is, I will meet you at the venue and walk round with you giving more ideas for making the decor even more impactful, draw up a mood board you can then share with other creative suppliers, call you 1 month before the wedding to go over in detail all the areas for set up, a full day styling the day before with assitants, the day of the wedding for those final tweaks and back again the day after to pack up all my hire pieces so again you can be with family saying your goodbyes. I am invested with you on your styling journey and ensure every last detail is executed how you imagined it would be.

I have 7 years in the industry so a wealth of knowledge on set ups and always prepared for anything unexpected to happen, with a full styling kit with everything required to make a set up happen. I hope to add lots of new ideas and vision into the process for you too, suggesting adding in personalised touches as much as possible to really showcase a day that represents you both.

I would also actually argue that a stylist can save you money, because by using their expertise you can put more budget into the ‘wow’ moments of the day and draw back on other elements using their advice to guide the design.

NOT GOING TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE FOR VISION.

This came up a few times too. You honestly cannot offend me, if you don’t like suggestions theres nothing you have to have and advice is just that. I always like to guide couples and share what may be the best outcome visually but if it isn’t working for you then we just move to another option. Often budget for those final details plays a big part and I have helped many couples draw back on those final details but still delivered a super stylish day.

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WORRIED YOU WON’T BE INVOLVED IN THE SET UP.

Lots of you we’re also worried you wouldn’t be involved in the set up and think a team would come in and take over everything. This isn’t the case with LL at all. Usually its me you’ll see and an assistant (maybe two) who will come in and start the set up. I understand brides and grooms want to be involved and see the space evolve and always want you to feel involved though the set up day, and the same goes with family who want to feel involved, I can always find little tasks for anyone.
Of course if you want to also let the whole transformation be a surprise (and just guests only see it on the wedding day) this is possible too of course. It’s always your call with how the set up goes.
You also might only have On-the-Day access to your venue so again the set up service is super helpful for those couples who know we have a plan in place and can relax on the wedding morning knowing you’ll walk out to picture perfect decor.

NOT BUDGETED FOR ONE AND NOT SEEN THE VALUE OF ONE.

Lots of people don’t have a stylist in the initial budget because it can be a bit of an after thought. A stylist can come in earlier with your plans or later, with helping with the set up for your own vision. I offer a ‘Lend-A-Hand’ package which is a set up and pack down service essentially for those couples looking to have a creative eye on board but realised later in the planning the value of help with setting up.

Are you considering a stylist? Do you have any other concerns or questions about how a LL set up happens? I’d love to hear from you, feel free to email or message and find more on my styling services here.

Images – Nicola Dixon Photography  / Workshop – Wild Ones Community / Shoot assistant – LW Events / Styling and Hire – The Little Lending Company / Flowers – SassFlower/ Venue – The Giraffe Shed / Dresses – Jean Jackson Couture / Mens Suit – Asos / Chair Hire and Tableware  – CMA Hire / Hand dyed Linen – MiaSylviaa

Penny x

HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY.

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Ok so I have no idea if I have really ‘made it’ but 7 years on I am still here, still loving what I do and making money (so its not just a hobby) so that for me means I am happy, content and still passionate about the future…despite the world right now because people will always celebrate love with their friends and family in one way or another and I cannot wait to get right back to working for my couples and creating their days.

(Also have I just totally just got away with the fact that I haven’t written a blog post for a 2.5 years! Life, eh!?)

I remembered I had actually written a post about starting a hire company and it was actually 5 years ago. I feel it’s still a good little read all these years later with some of my initial thoughts on ‘Could I run a wedding hire company from home?’

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But I want to share much more here today for those of you who have been reaching out to me about working in the industry and specifically setting up and running a wedding hire/styling company. I stand by everything in my previous post, please don’t quit your day job, it takes several years to build your brand and establish yourself, well at least it did for me and I have seen a lot of local prop hire companies come and go over the years, it is not easy. The hours are of course seasonal, very long and incredibly intense but if you cannot wait to get stuck into something new and also very rewarding with the most brilliant community of people this is a career move for you.

CONNECTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS

First and foremost you won’t get far in this industry without working really hard to build a network of suppliers that are likeminded and have a similar vision as you. These people will become your friends, cheerleaders and help bring in so many recommendations and grow your business in the best ways through working together.

Work on getting to know local venue owners too and reaching out to them to share what you’ll be offering and how you can help their couples. Personally I will always work locally because its where I have grown my base and brand and don’t feel the need to travel to lots of far away venues.

FINDING YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER

I have an ideal bride in mind when I write and post images or share advice for. She is my ideal customer and over the years I have worked out who she is, what she loves doing, where she loves to shop, dance and drink and what she wears. This so helps in keeping me focused and everything I do is then for her purpose. (I should have an ideal groom too but I don’t generally work with as many men directly with my communication)

I honestly believe if you work out your ideal customer you’ll become so much more successful as you’ll know which wedding blogs and magazines she’s reading, the venues she’s viewing and the type of product she’d love to hire.

YOU ARE YOUR BRAND

So many people ask about how to grow a range of products you know will hire out well. The biggest advice for this is remember you are your brand, if you really love a piece and could imagine it at your wedding/in your home its a good bet your ideal customer will too (if she’s anything like you, which parts of my ideal bride is a younger, cooler version of me!)

SAYING NO IS OK 

Everyone says say yes to everything at the start of business, but honestly there is alot to be said for saying no. Anything that isn’t a good fit for you or your brand isn’t worth your time. Research suppliers involved with shoots before agreeing to them and don’t be afraid to not share images that aren’t fitting with where you want your business to be. Getting the right set of images out there at the start with a clear message of what you do will keep you leaps ahead and pushing in the right direction. At the start I fought alot with taking orders that we’re ‘bread and butter’ money orders to realising I needed to think bigger to get the right couples coming through.

BE PRESENT

Being present on social is so, so important at the start. Start networking and just keep showing up. It will feel like people aren’t seeing you but being consistent really is key.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Initially I didn’t have the right pricing at all and my time just wasn’t covered properly for deliveries, admin and the fact you don’t get paid out of season. This has all come with time for me but always reflect and adjust, sadly learning from mistakes and realising how many hours were spent on an event can help to grow and move forward.

STAFFING

In the beginning there was just no way I could afford staff but eventually you realise how vital they are. Rather than investing into more range pieces (my range is actually not vast at all, you’ll notice how many of the same pieces are featured in my weddings) I really advise getting admin assistance and more behind the scenes help with prop prep. This year was going to be a big year for me to step back from day-to-day in some ways and have more staff here to help so I am left to push and develop the business more. I am beyond grateful for all my freelance staff and the role they play each week.

OTHER SERVICES

I added sign writing and styling services after just a few years. I knew I had to branch out into more than just prop hire as I only offer small props. Offering big furniture pieces have much bigger return but having a large storage space with rent every month, large vans and paying two men to go to each delivery wasn’t something I wanted to have the responsibility of.  I like working at home, all my stock is here and I have no external costs, this works best for me and has hugely helped in me having a full salary from Little Lending and means I can fit in work around my growing family.

DON’T LET DOUBT IN

Over the years doubt will of course set in; if you will make it, make a profit, finally work for a proper wage, be recognised in the industry, but only if you really want to succeed then you will. There will always be people out there who seem to have it all together (trust me behind the scenes they won’t) but all you need to do is keep visualising your end goal.

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Would love to know your thoughts on starting out in the industry, if you have experienced lots of stumbling blocks or if you are just loving the ride of growing something new?

Images Darina Stoda (Old office, new office is not ready for images yet!)

Penny x

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

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

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

WHY HIRE YOUR WEDDING DECOR?

This post might sound totally, utterly obvious…but bear with me. I think theres more than just a few reasons to hire your wedding decor though, so many of my Little Lenders past would say the same I’m sure.

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– It’s cheaper. (Well, duh)
Ok so generally when you hire props its about a third of the price of buying to hire. Thats generally how we price our range so that we can pass on that saving right away. Popular items like apple crates, ladders, milk churns have all seen a huge rise in pricing over the last 18 months as they’re super sought after. Don’t spend more than you need to to get the pieces you love right now.

– You don’t have tonnes of stuff to sell/shift after the wedding.
Yep, another obvious point right?! I had masses of stuff left after our wedding, we just went on honeymoon and left it all in the kitchen in a heap. Erm, not entirely what you want to return to from a tropical getaway. Let your hire company deal with the after math.

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– Storage.
So you’re getting married in 18 months time, that’s 18 months of having to stash and find a home for wedding stuff. Ours was actually everywhere, behind the sofa, under beds, we’d filled the spare room. It drove me crazy and it can turn your home into a garage!

– Delivery.
Unless you’re really close to your wedding venue getting everything you’ve collected to your venue can be a total mission. I’ve known couples hire vans for the whole weekend, because it’s not just getting it there it’s getting it back too. Yes you generally have to pay more to get items delivered and collected but unless you have someone who can just do loads of car loading through the day or you’re friends with a white van man it could get a bit tricky.

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– Finding what you love can be a big headache.
I am all about the DIY weddings, but finding and sourcing exactly what you’re after for all the tables or for a mega display can take some doing. I’ve been running LL for over 2 years now and relying on the charity shops, boot sales and vintage stores is just not the same as it used to be, popular vintage and rustic items don’t seem to be on the shelves because they’re quickly snapped up. When you need a certain number to complete a ‘look’ it can become a real mission. Don’t forget we can help with sourcing if there is something specific you’re after…

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– Being indecisive is OK.
I know that getting married means making a lot of decisions. I changed my mind ALOT. So hiring your decor means you have some flexibility, I always try to accommodate changes from my lenders because I know there can be lots of mind changing and venue restrictions or weather dependability can pop up later down the line.
We also add decor to our range frequently so as the decor trends change through your wedding planning you might spot more additions on our IG feed or FB page so your wedding can evolve with what you’re into and loving for when you say I do.

Don’t rush into buying anything just yet folks…
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

NOMAD COASTAL STYLED SHOOT BY THE LITTLE LENDING CO.

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Way back in the Spring of last year I decided I had to do a fine art beach shoot, but with a Lending twist of course. I loved the ideas of a wild horseback runaway bride, running free on an open beach. It was important for me to keep everything very soft and natural with a nod to easy boho vibes. We asked the incredible Rebecca Lindon photography to capture it for us on film photography. There is something really beautiful about film photography and knew it would be a perfect fit for this shoot.

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“With a vision of a nomad costal shoot in soft, simple layers textures we mixed elements of luxe Protea flowers, mosses and succulents amongst a table scape of texture from hand dyed silk linens, painted feathers, antlers and a little shine from the antique brass candles on upturned crates in the sand. Simple silhouette dresses, windswept braided hair and barefeet we’re the perfect look for our bride adorned with rose quartz jewels. A palette of grey, indigo blue and fawn kept things contemporary and grounded with subtle highlights of pastel rose. A stacked ombre grey cake along with soft brushed stationery designs finished the set up.”

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Photograpaher – Rebecca Lindon – http://www.rebeccalindon.com
Concept, Props and Styling – The Little Lending Company – http://www.thelittlelendingcompany.com
Flowers – Swaffham and Fakenham Florists – http://swaffhamflorist.co.uk
Model – Kathryn Tighe
Hair – Chloe Khalil Chloe.starling@btinternet.com
Make Up – Rejuvenate at The Bullpen – https://www.facebook.com/Rejuvenate-at-the-Bullpen
White Bridal Dress – H&M – http://www.hm.com/gb/
Grey Bridal Dress – Maids to Measure – http://www.maidstomeasure.com
Bridal Accessories – Melissa Morgan Designs – http://melissamorgandesigns.blogspot.co.uk
Silk Ribbons and Napkins – Kate Cullen Styling – http://www.katecullen.co.uk
Stationery – Mint and Mustard – http://mintmustard.co.uk
Cake – Buns of Fun – http://bunsoffun.co.uk

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone as wild as them to run with them” – Carrie Bradshaw.

Are you planning something by the beach?
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X

WE’RE 2 YEARS OLD…

What?! When did we get to be two years old….?

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Image via Flickr. More Party Pins this way.

I just can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 2 years. I think I’ve just been having too much fun to notice that it’s been 2 whole years. Right now our teeth are most firmly stuck into our busiest part of wedding season with deliveries and collections flying in and out as well as styling set up’s and pack downs. The show shed looks like a bomb went off, the hubby is tearing is hair out (if he had any!) over the state of our kitchen full of glasswear to wash and I’m often burning the candle at both ends trying to manage the inbox, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m having a blast!

I do tend to go a little gushy on our year posts, but I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. THANK YOU.
Each and everyone of you that continues to keep our little lending dreams afloat; every wonderful little lender this year, fellow facebookers, instagram follower, industry sidekick and general little lending lovers you rock and wouldn’t get to do this everyday with your your support. I’m so thankful you’ve got my back.

To show our appreciation to you all, we’re going to give you a little birthday treat. For all brand new enquires until the end of August we’re offering 10% the total of your orders over £100. Just quote BIRTHDAY10 somewhere in your email or message to us.

Our biggest thanks,
The Little Lending Co. x

HOW TO USE PINTEREST TO REALLY PLAN YOUR WEDDING.

Hoping this post doesn’t come across as me trying to teach you to suck eggs. But I know I’ve lost hours to Pinterest when all I wanted to do was pin a few table number ideas. It took me a while to realise how vast Pinterest really is and I shouldn’t just be following my Facebook friends on there if I’m going to use it to plan the big W-day…

GOT A PLAN?
So you need to go in with a plan, well at least a list of categories you’re looking for inspiration in. Don’t just head to the home page and free pin, this is where you’ll have find yourself with a new board of cute animals and dinner recipes and 3 hours later you’ve got nowhere. I like to create a separate little board for each big category – CEREMONY, VENUE DECOR, DRESSES & ACCESSORIES, THE BOYS… Then within those you have sub-categories written down too : Table plan, table centres, table numbers etc…

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BE SPECIFIC
Writing ‘wedding table ideas’ into the search bar is not a good idea, you’ll start scrolling uncontrollably. Get specific: what style table decor, colour, materials, centre pieces or place settings etc? Try something like ‘Colourful flowers rustic wood wedding table centre pieces’. This is going to get you the right pins, fast. Use Pinterest’s suggested add on words. A little bit cliche but words like ‘hipster’, ‘cool’ and ‘alternative’ work to find pins that are a little off the beaten track.

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FIND PINNERS YOU LOVE
Install the easy pin button on your computer and pin from your favourite wedding blog websites. Start following those brands and bloggers on Pinterest. Theres a few blogs and companies I pin from almost daily : Festival Brides, Wedding Sparrow, 100 Layercake, Coco Wedding Venues, Green Wedding shoes, Junebug Weddings…Be sure to check out who they are following too you’ll find lots more people to follow and your home feed will never look so good.

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CHOOSE THE BEST PINS
Don’t pin bad pins, keep the pins the best you can find. We showed you How to create a Wedding Moodboard last week on the blog so if all your pins are stunning and you can’t stop staring they need to make the cut.

BE SOCIAL
Invite your wedding suppliers to join your wedding Pinterest boards. More and more brides are getting into this and some of our brides we’re helping with styling for are also happy for me to pin and add ideas in too. Two heads are always better than one right?

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BE RUTHLESS
Be ruthless, like Simon Cowell ruthless to get your pin boards down from 100 pinned lighting ideas to just 5. It could be good to pull all those favourite final pins that have made the cut onto one board that’s much easier to view.

Don’t forget to come pin with me, I’m literally addicted and you’ll find loads of brilliantly different wedding inspiration here > www.pinterest.com/thelittlelendingco and you’ll find our Pin of the week over on Facebook too.

Image credits : Style me Pretty and Wedding Chicks.

Happy Pinning,
Penny @ The Little Lending Co. x