BRITISH BACKYARD URBAN PRETTY REAL WEDDING.

Crickey! I can’t believe we’ve not blogged this gorgeous real backyard wedding inspo before now. Back in the spring of last year I was lucky enough to be asked along by Louise Beukes, Editor of B.loved blog to be her styling assistant for the wedding of Sinclair, owner of Maids to Measure. I mean, really, for someone new to the wedding industry this was an opportunity I was not going to miss!
So with my little van ram packed full of lends I headed to Portsmouth for something very special…

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I learnt so much more than I thought by shadowing the brilliant Louise, from thinking through the logistics of setting up a wedding, how to organise a team of suppliers right down to the essentials for a styling kit. It was after this wedding that I knew I wanted to be more involved with wedding styling and not just prop hire.

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The wedding was super stylish, beautiful seasonal flowers from Liz of Blue Sky Flowers lined table tops with lots of potted plants and herbs. A palette of mid-grey, white and bright pops of pink on the stationery was perfect. Modern contemporary all the way for this back-yard city wedding with a whole heap of pretty.
It was incredible to see the space transform under the organisation of Anna from Bride and Glory; There was a ceiling filled with fresh foliage and festoon lights, then we set to hanging my galvanised buckets as suspended drinks holders which really added the cool and the floor was covered in old persian rugs.
The graffiti garage was transformed with drinks station details and a more pretty blooms to soften the bar top. An adjoining lounge with throws and cushions featured our mini skulls and antlers on the table with cigars for the boys and baskets of cushions to cosy up with.

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Helping with this wedding really opened my eyes with wedding styling and design, anything really is possible. If you love a space and it’s where you see yourself celebrating then transforming it into your wedding vision will totally work…with the right team to have your back you’ll be dining in a Pinterest worthy picture in no time!

Images by Claire Graham Photography and Lucy Davenport.

Penny at The Little Lending Co. X

10 WEDDING DETAILS NOT TO FORGET.

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

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

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

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Image via 100 layer cake.

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

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

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Image via Best Day Ever.

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

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

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LIGHTING.
Always banging on about lighting, I know but think about the atmosphere you want to create. Clustered tea lights in cubby holes and simple church candles do all the work.
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TABLE PLAN
This can be creative, all too often it’s just sat on an easel. Think about creating a fab display using items that are personal to you both.
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TOP TABLE MAGIC
Add a little extra to where you two will be sat. Either through the decor or a different floral centre piece. Or think about hanging a backdrop behind where you’ll be sitting. After all there be lots of pictures taken here.
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AISLE STYLE
Appart from the ceremony focus think about what will be lining your aisle. Potted plants, candles, chair ties and garlands…so many options.
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TABLE NUMBERS AND MENUS
Give a little thought about how to display them on the tables and amongst your crockery and linen or table centre flowers.
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Until next time,
The Little Lending Co. x

IN-HOUSE STYLING WITH GODWICK GREAT BARN.

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

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

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

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

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

ALTERNATIVE 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

INTIMATE CHAUCER BARN MID-SUMMER WEDDING.

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Oh summer, I cannot wait to see you again. Mostly because we get to help set up and style more Norfolk weddings. It’s going to be fab.
We loved meeting and helping set up Julie and Matthews intimate pretty, pastel wedding at Chaucer Barn with our ‘Lend-a-hand‘ set up package in North Norfolk last summer.

Here’s what Julie had to say about us lending-a-hand.

“I loved thinking about the wedding and had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to be, but I hated not knowing how to achieve it! Penny helped with this no end, both when we visited her to look at her collection of lends and when she lent a hand the day before to set everything up. She knew Chaucer Barn well so could visualise where we could put things and how much space there was and where etc.”

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“I thought of our wedding as classy traditional, with a touch of modern vintage (if you know what I mean!). Lots of hessian and lace. If you have a vision but, like me, aren’t sure how to bring it to fruition, then I’d absolutely recommend chatting to Penny about your ideas and she is so unbelievably creative and can add so many brilliant ideas!”

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“The lend-a-hand set up took the pressure off and helped me to get super excited about the venue! Penny really helped bring the wedding to life and I was so impressed by how out of her way she went to intertwine the things we had hired from her with the bits and pieces I’d sourced myself.”

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Supplier Love :

Venue : Chaucer Barn
Photography : Katherine Ashdown Photography
Hair Slide: Melissa Morgan Designs
Make Up: Love Moi Make-up
Hair Styling: Flamingo Amy
Catering: Andy Parle Event Catering
Props: Little Lending Company (others I bought from various places, borrowed from friends or made myself)

Thank you Julie for such blooming lovely words, really my head is swelling! It was such a pleasure to be a small part of your wedding day. And a huge thanks to Katherine Ashdown for these stunning images capturing it all perfectly.

Penny @ The Little Lending Co. X