Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Floral Wedding Cake for a Chic City Wedding

I am gradually gathering pictures of my favourite weddings of last year in order to do a round up of my Best of 2015 (slow progress considering we are half way through Feb but I will get there eventually!) This floral wedding cake was a firm favourite. There were so many beautiful pics from this chic city wedding though that I thought it was definitely worthy of a full post. The lady responsible for these gorgeous photos is Kirsten Mavric, a London based wedding and portrait photographer. Check out her 2015 favourites here!

The venue for this August wedding was the South Place Hotel, a very stylish hotel situated in the City near Moorgate. It boasts 2 restaurants and 4 bars on site including a Michelin Star fish restaurant where the couple held their wedding reception.

There is also an idyllic sun terrace providing, as the hotel describes it, “a slice of Provence in the heart of London”.

The groom’s sister-in-law happens to be florist, Byrd & Spry and so she created the stunning floral arrangements.

I couldn’t help but share a few of the pics of her beautiful work!

The florals also provided inspiration for the cake: big fluffy roses, brunia berries and hydrangea petals all handcrafted from sugar.

I commissioned LBC favourite, Kate Cullen, to make one of her pretty handpainted silk ribbons in wisteria blue to complete the cake. Kate created a bespoke colour to match the ribbon on the wedding invitations. The bride also contacted me before the wedding in need of some ribbon for her daughter’s dress and so the little flower girl had a matching silk ribbon sash too!

The couple opted for 3 tiers of perfumed pistachio and rose for the wedding cake and a selection of mini bites including blueberry marshmallows, raspberry macarons and vanilla meringues.

I love this cake cutting shot where you can see the bridesmaid peering in for the best view!

And just look at the bride’s incredible dress… isn’t she just the epitome of London wedding chic?

Tropical Bohemian Wedding Shoot

At the end of last summer, and with busy wedding season still in full swing, I hotfooted it down to South-East London to join a fantastic team of suppliers and create colourful “big day” inspiration in the form of a tropical bohemian wedding shoot!

Whilst we may not always be able to guarantee tropical warmth and sunshine in the UK, we can certainly bring a taste of the tropics to our decor as a nod to warmer climes.

The concept for the shoot was dreamt up by the lovely Frances of Frances Carlisle Photography and Nicole of Love Art Wear Art. The amazing Andri from Always Andri (who I avidly follow on instagram!) then added her styling expertise to the team.

The location for the our tropical getaway was the picturesque Severndroog Castle, tucked away in the trees in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, it is the perfect setting for a smaller wedding ceremony or gathering. It has a winding spiral staircase leading up to an impressive vista boasting a view of seven counties over the treetops!

The brightly coloured florals were supplied by The Fresh Flower Company. You really can’t go wrong with a hanging flower backdrop and this one is certainly no exception! I also love the additional greenery of palms and cheeseplants.

A drinks trolley laden with cocktails and delicious exotic fruit is a totally tropical essential and the addition of edible flowers to the cocktails add an extra special touch don’t you think?

Styling your table with leaves and chinese lantern plants is an inexpensive and and alternative way of adding interest to your place settings.

I am totally in love with the palms, peacock feathers and pineapples of Pepper & Joy‘s tropical jungle stationery. Surely every letter should be sent in an envelope that special!

For the cake, I created an ever-popular rustic buttercream finish in a vibrant peach. I then dressed it with fresh tropical flowers and a palm leaf and finished it with miniature gold sugar pineapples to keep it fun and playful.

Model Chloe’s vibrant hair fit the bill perfectly and Amanda Roberts was the lady in charge of executing her laid-back bohemian hair and make-up look. Chloe wore two different dress looks on the day: first up a beautiful floral embroidered dress called Ivy from Naomi Neoh‘s 2016 collection, followed by a floaty off-the-shoulder number – the Woodland Wedding Dress from the Saja Collection at Rock the Frock Bridal.

And of course finally, Nicole’s incredible and unique shoe designs for her label Love Art Wear Art – so hard to pick a favourite!

I hope this tropical bohemian wedding shoot has inspired you to bring a little something different to your wedding decor. Do check out all of the wonderful suppliers below:

Venue: Severndroog Castle
Photographer: Frances Carlisle
Stylist: Always Andri Wedding Design
Dress 1: ‘Ivy’ (2016 collection) Naomi Neoh
Dress 2: Saja at Rock the Frock Bridal
Shoes: Love Art Wear Art
Florist: The Fresh Flower Company
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Hair & Makeup: Amanda Roberts
Stationery: Pepper and Joy
Tableware: Classic Crockery
Model: Chloe Papworth