Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bollywood Glam Wedding

At the end of last year, we were so pleased to be a part of some really fabulous styled shoots. Each one really shows the diversity in the wedding industry today and none more so than this Bollywood Glam Wedding Inspiration which was the brainchild of the wonderful Kiki from Chosen Wedding.

With hot pink, orange and gold accents, it was a fun and bold colour palette to work with and I loved creating this henna inspired cake design with gorgeous flowers from Heaven Scent.

The full shoot can be found on Bespoke Bride so do head over to marvel at the talent from another great team of suppliers. Our favourite Heart Aflutter Bridal features too with the wonderful “Heart of Gold” dress by Claire La Faye.

 

Styling: Little Wedding Helper // MUA: Laura Naish // Model: Lucy Scarfe // Photographer: Caroline Hancox // Embellishments: In Your Dreams // Flowers: Heaven Scent // Stationery: Belly Button Boo // Concept, Curation & Direction: Chosen Wedding // Dresses: Heart Aflutter Bridal & Vintage Trousseau// Cake: Little Bear Cakery // Cookies: Cakeycoo // Venue: Shehnai, Reading//

Gold Ombré Wedding Cake

Running your own business as a sole-trader can be a very lonely existence at times. However, as I have grown into the wedding industry more, I have learnt that there is such a fantastic network of other likeminded people and businesses out there, most of them being amazingly talented women. As time goes by, and one builds more acquaintances and friendships, it’s always a pleasure when you end up working on the same wedding. One of said lovely people is Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography who I have written about before here.

I was so pleased when I discovered that the lovely couple from this wedding had chosen Joanna as their photographer and I knew of course that the photos would be good!

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

The happy couple were married at Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire on a wet and windy day back in November. It may have been rainy outside but inside the beautiful country house, it felt cosy and welcoming especially with the couple’s decor accented with deep red and gold.

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

The incredibly stylish bride (just look at that dress!) played a very large part in the design of the cake opting for layers of gold ombré ruffles with a scattering of deep red hand crafted sugar roses.

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

It was definitely one of my favourite cakes of 2014 and made it into my favourites roundup which in case you missed can be found here. With so many stripped back naked cakes last year, this one was a real fiddly labour of love in comparison which is the kind of work that I really enjoy! Not forgetting also a little mention to Poppy’s Cake Toppers who created the wonderful little bespoke bear cake topper for the couple.

As a final note, if you are a fan of Joanna‘s work, then you really must check out her new Dot & Fox Print Shop for some fantastic pieces to liven up your walls.

from Dot & Fox Print Shop by Joanna Brown Photography

from Dot & Fox Print Shop by Joanna Brown Photography

Styled Dessert Tables

New for 2015, we are delighted to be teaming up with the very talented Westwood Design to offer styled dessert tables with a difference. Steering away from the stereotypical “pretty” vintage styling that has been used tirelessly in recent years, we want to offer an alternative approach.

Incorporating influences from still life painting, nature and a bygone industrial age, we intend to provide you with something beyond your average dessert table. Think of it instead as an edible installation to add the wow-factor to your wedding or event.

With a background in interior design and architecture, stylist Georgia of Westwood Design has a great understanding of how to utilise space as well as having plenty of experience in set design, floristry, wedding, fashion and interior editorial photo shoots, advertising and films.

Westwood was created from Georgia’s “obsession with injecting colour, fun and dreamy surrealism into people and places. Not one for colouring inside the lines, she found herself fascinated with creating scenes, arrangements and moments of perfect madness that have a little extra something.”

Recently Georgia coordinated a fantastic team of suppliers to create this “English Gentleman’s Club Shoot” which we are delighted to have featured on Love My Dress yesterday.

Contributors to the shoot included one of our lovely partners, Cecilia of Heart Aflutter – just look at this incredibly elegant Nadia Manzato dress that she stocks!

Anyway, I hope this has given you a taster of the kind of style that we could bring to your wedding or event. For more details or to talk through your requirements, get in touch through the contact page or drop us a line at info(at)littlebearcakery.com

In the meantime, head over to Love My Dress to see the full feature including the wealth of talented suppliers involved!

Photography – Bianco Photography
Flowers, Styling & Props – Westwood Design
Venue – Union Club, Soho
Dresses – Nadia Manzato via Heart Aflutter
Headpieces – Blackbirds Pearl via Heart Aflutter
Shoes – Love Art Wear Art Via Heart Aflutter
Hair & Make-Up – Laura Anne Make-Up
Tweed Suits – Tweed Addict
Table Linen – Table to Dine For
Tableware – The Vintage Hire
Stationery – Lamplighter London
Cakes and Desserts – Little Bear Cakery
Models – Clio Gressani and Ryan Szanyi

2014 wedding cakes favourites

2014 was a great year for Little Bear Cakery and saw the business take a huge step forward. Having juggled a full-time pastry chef job alongside the cakes for 3 years, in September I finally left my job in order to pursue Little Bear Cakery full-time! As I’m sure any small business owner will appreciate, it’s a difficult and nerve-wracking leap and will certainly have its ups and downs but I am really excited for 2015.

And what better way to kick off a new year than with a brand new website also? I owe huge thanks to my long-suffering partner (soon to be husband!) for designing my website from scratch. I am also eternally grateful to my wonderful friend Jennie Webber who has created such fantastic illustrative work in the form of the logo and footer.

So, before I launch head first into such an exciting year, I thought I would share a few of my 2014 wedding cakes favourites…

First up is the infamous tree cake. The first one was created for a lovely couple who were married in February and had their reception at the Barbican Conservatory. I was so happy when they told me their plans for the cake as I love a couple who are prepared to take risks and go for something out of the ordinary. This was also the perfect cake for a wedding taking place in what is effectively a giant greenhouse!

After the success of the first one, I then created another tree cake to travel around to all of my wedding fairs where it received an equally positive reception and even featured as Editor’s pic in Ultimate Wedding Magazine.

2014 was also the year where I finally had the opportunity to explore my own ideas and test out new designs. My first feather cake was one that stood out at wedding fairs and was featured in Square Meal Weddings as part of their East London urban wedding spread.

It then went on to feature as part of a stunning styled shoot by Ruby & Stardust entitled Pocahontas in love in Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding magazine.

In May I created one of my most challenging cakes to date – a 4.5 foot tall wedding cake inspired by St Bride’s church, the building that is thought to be the original inspiration of the tiered wedding cake!

Ombré remained very on trend in 2014 both inside and outside of cakes!

James Darling Photography

James Darling Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

Joanna Brown Photography

But nothing was more popular in the last year than the naked wedding cake and I predict they will remain a firm favourite for 2015 also! Here are a couple of my favourites…

So I wish you all health and happiness in 2015 especially to those of you getting married this year! I am feeling the pressure of a 5 month countdown to my own wedding but can’t wait to get stuck in to designing my own cake!

I’ll leave you with this little feathered creation that I made for the Most Curious Wedding Fair 2015 promo shoot. It’s set to be their biggest and best show yet so I hope to see you all there at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane on the 7-8 March.