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A British Wildflower Wedding Cake

This British wildflower wedding cake was one of my favourites from last year and so I’m delighted to share with you these images this morning courtesy of Pete Davies Photography.

It’s always lovely when an old school friend gets in touch, but even more so when they announce that they’re getting married and would like you to make the cake! The consultation was a great excuse for a catch up to hear about life and wedding plans. E + J had a wonderfully relaxed approach to wedding planning and were open to ideas for the cake. With the rest of the details of the day remaining quite simple and classic, the main inspiration was taken from the flowers in order to create this wildflower wedding cake design.
Wildflower wedding cake
The wedding took place at Marlborough College in Wiltshire where the bride’s parents are still living and working. On this sunny weekend at the beginning of August, the chapel where the couple were married looked truly magnificent!
Wildflower wedding cake
The ceremony decor was kept to an absolute minimum to let the beauty of the chapel speak for itself.
Wildflower wedding cake
The colours used for the flowers paired beautifully with the chapel’s features picking out the blues, greens, pinks and golds.
Wildflower wedding cake
My design brief for the sugar flowers was quite simple – seasonal blooms in pale pinks, blues and buttermilk yellow with some ferns to dress the wildflower wedding cake.
Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake

Wildflower wedding cake
I therefore opted for a mixture of roses and cosmos with a stem of blue delphinium as the star of the show.
Wildflower wedding cake
The overall base design of the cake was inspired by the bride’s Stewart Parvin wedding dress and Emmy accessories. I added a satin sheen to the entire cake to mimic the fabric of the dress and added a piped silver pearl detail as a nod to the embellishment on the bride’s sash and headpiece.
Wildflower wedding cake
The rather sweet little bear cake toppers were E & J’s personal addition.
Wildflower wedding cake
Finally a special mention and huge thank you to Pete Davies Photography for sharing these beautiful images with me. Pete is based in Marlborough where he has run his own studio for 25 years. As well as photographing wedding and portraits, Pete now photographs mainly commercial work for clients such as Virgin Holidays or Macmillan Publishers, New York.
Wildflower wedding cake

A Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Tropical Paradise Wedding
As I’m writing this, it’s a rather grey and gloomy January day outside of my window so I thought I would share this Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration shoot as the perfect antidote! So crank up the heating and whisk your mind away to warmer climes…
Tropical Paradise Wedding
The shoot was put together by stylist Charlotte Munro and shot by the wonderful San of Sanshine Photography. The concept for the shoot came from the idea of bringing a destination feel to a British wedding. In a country that is notorious for unreliable weather, we wanted to show you that you can bring the outside in with these colourful and light-filled wedding ideas.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
Choosing a light and airy venue with plain walls is key to achieving this look. The West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington provided the perfect blank canvas for us with it’s large windows which flood the vast chamber with an abundance of natural light no matter what the weather is doing outside!
Tropical Paradise Wedding
Cue Susie of Tissue Blossoms to inject that colour and tropical paradise wedding flavour with her incredible paper flower creations:

“I turned to nature for inspiration. Birds of paradise, hibiscus, dahlias, lisianthus, passion flowers, orchids, heliconia, giant jasmine, gerbera and roses… So many ideas! I started a 6 week project of individually hand-cutting and crafting these beautiful unique works of art. Designing with paper creates infinite possibilities where our cold British nature can’t. A stylist’s dream is to have no worries about availability, longevity, size, colour, shape of flowers or allergies that the wedding guests might have, and this is where my flower creations out of paper truly shine. It was a privilege working on this project and seeing the flowers of my imagination come to a reality, knowing they make a lasting artful keepsake as well as a beautiful backdrop for any couple!”
Tropical Paradise Wedding
For the cake I wanted the sugar flowers to speak for themselves and to show that you can have fun with your theme! Keeping the icing plain white and finished with a simple silk ribbon, I went big and bold with the handcrafted sugar flowers. I love experimenting with flowers and colours outside the wedding norm and so this shoot was the perfect opportunity to try something new. I created pink hibiscus, orange gardenia, pale pink bauhinia and yellow frangipani with a few wafer paper gold leaves to match the overall tropical theme.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
I love all of Charlotte‘s little styling flourishes, from the fluoro pineapples, pretty pink and orange cocktails and the vibrant laser cut mdf place settings which can then be painted in your colour of choice.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
The real key to fully achieving this look though is of course having a fantastic photographer who specialises in natural and ambient light photography such as the wonderful Sanshine Photography. She is a true master!
Tropical Paradise Wedding
I do hope you have enjoyed browsing our Tropical Paradise Wedding and that it can hopefully inspire you in your wedding planning!
Tropical Paradise Wedding

Photography: Sanshine Photography | Styling: Charlotte Munro | Venue: West Reservoir Centre London | Hair: Roisin Kinch | Make-Up: Nina Bains | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Paper Flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Suit: Jon Kruger Ivory Dress: Amanda Wakely at The Bijoutique | Coral Dress: Free People | Shoes: ASOS | Bride: Jess Bergman | Groom: Philipp Gelter

A Coral and Gold Wedding

Today I am delighted to be sharing with you a few snippets of the real wedding of one of my lovely couples Lucy and Tom who had their reception at BMA House in May earlier this year. The couple opted for a coral and gold wedding theme and their day was beautifully captured by London based wedding photographer, Fiona Kelly.

Having seen a couple of my ruffles cakes on my website, L & T had a good idea of what type of wedding cake they were after so the design process was very straight forward.

The colour scheme of coral and gold was the main focus for the cake decor with ombré ruffles for the bottom tier and handpiped graduated polka dot detailing brushed with gold for the top two tiers. The cake was then finished with a single statement handcrafted peony sugar flower to tie in with the wedding flowers.

The stunning floral arrangements were created by Naomi of Naomi Joy Floral Design. I love the combination of the greens, whites, pale peaches and dusky pinks with the bright coral peonies and blushing hypericum berries.

L & T clearly put a lot of thought into the little details such as “on theme” extras for the guests to get creative with when signing the guest book and little love heart treats.

They also weren’t afraid to get stuck in with a bit of DIY with Lucy creating the table plan herself with a big piece of card and gold glitter paper bought from Paperchase as well as the homemade glitter table numbers inspired by this post on Rock My Wedding – so simple yet effective don’t you think?

Huge thanks to Lucy and Tom for letting me share a little piece of their special day on the blog. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of your wedding and I wish you both all the very best for the future.

Another special mention and thanks to Fiona Kelly for sharing her beautiful images with me. I have been an admirer of her work for a while so it is always wonderful to work on a wedding with such a talented lady. She describes her work as “Photography that offers a little bit of elegance, some understated romance, a lot of fun and a relaxed approach.” If that sounds up your street, then I urge you to have a browse through her stunning portfolio here.

Supplier Credits
Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography
Venue: BMA House
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Flowers: Naomi Joy Floral Design
Bride’s dress: Ivory and Co purchased at BOA Boutique
Groom’s suit: Edit Suits, London
Guest Book and cake topper: Ginger Ray
Lucy and Tom sign: Meri Meri

Black and Gothic Inspired Wedding

Given that it is Hallowe’en today I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you our black and gothic inspired wedding shoot that was featured on Way Out Wedding back in August. I particularly love couples who dare to be a bit different with their wedding styling and so I hope this post inspires some of you creative types out there, and shows that a hint of black in your colour scheme needn’t be a scary prospect…

 

The shoot was beautifully captured by Ilaria Petrucci Photography. A few words from Ilaria:

“When I think about the weddings I photograph, I love when brides (and grooms!) bring their own personalities and touch to their day. I love non-traditional brides, particularly. Break the rules and do it your way! With this bridal shoot, I wanted to say that if you want to wear a black dress…do it. If you have beautiful tattoos that you love, then show them. It is your day, and you want your day to reflect who you are, individually and as a couple.

This inspiration shoot is for the chic and elegant bride with a big personality. I wanted to combine the idea of the ‘goth look’ as everybody knows it with a classy and elegant feel, beautifully captured by the stunning gown made by Karen at Dornellie. The flowers and the styling also translated my idea perfectly, and we hope to bring beautiful ideas and inspiration for the brides out there looking to do things their way!”

We even have a fabulous video of the shoot by Digital Bohemia

Sophie at Digital Bohemia Weddings:

“When Ilaria and Gwenda contacted me about a gothic/boho styled shoot, I absolutely jumped at the chance to contribute on the project. I love all things gothic and out of the ordinary, so I really saw this as a chance to get creative and use some awesome music and editing to create something to fit the feel of the day. When we arrived for the shoot, the weather was really overcast and windy, and created the perfect setting for the style I was trying to achieve with this film. Whilst still keeping in touch with the boho side of styling, I ran with the ‘goth’ aspect, choosing a bluesy rock track and trying to enhance the already slightly ominous weather – so many couples worry about rain on their wedding day, but I think stormy weather creates such a dramatic backdrop, and it was so great to work with something different like that.”

Lou from Beyond Vintage on the styling:

“The tableware was a mix of vintage brass and gold cutlery and goblets, with vintage brass candelabras, which gave quite a gothic statement to the table. We also set up a festival style chill out area with crates and cushions.”

Gwenda of Bohotanical on the flowers:

“For this look, I chose to play with texture, from the feathery astilbe to the robust protea. I included roses, carnations, hypericum and populus eucalyptus to pick up on the berry, blush and peach colours of our chosen palette, and opted for an informally-structured arrangement to complement the beautiful venue.”

For the cake:

“Black is rarely used in wedding cakes, other than in monochrome styling, so I wanted to show how it can be used in a subtle way that needn’t be a scary prospect for your average couple. My main inspiration came from the dress and flowers. The layers of black tulle in the bride’s gown are mirrored in the delicate charcoal ruffles on the bottom tier of the cake, slightly softened on the edges with a hint of gold. The unstructured cascade of sugar flowers incorporates ivory, blush and marsala roses, eucalyptus and a few hypericum berries to tie in with the main floral table arrangements.”

Karen at Karen Dornellie on the dress:

“I was given the brief of a moody boho gothic wedding, and wanted to take a slightly different route to the traditional idea of gothic. I wanted to emphasise the sensuality of the black lace, with a nude base underneath and the lace edges overlapping to give a feeling of tattooed skin. The dress became a more couture style of gown as I worked with the drape of the fabric. The lace I had chosen was soft and floaty and the final design grew organically into a beautiful wistful creation.”

Patricia Soper – Make Up and Hair

“When I was asked to work on this amazing black goth wedding shoot, my immediate thoughts of this concept were dark and delicate. The stunning dark, outside-of-the-box elements of this styled shoot were exquisitely entwined with so much prettiness. So I decided not to go down the path of the default dark gothic look (sometimes less is more) for the make-up, but to take inspiration from the soft muted underlay of the dress, subtle florals and model Gwenda’s gorgeous fair complexion, and create a delicate pretty look that would not distract from the stunning dress. The hair was kept very natural for movement and to scream effortless, relaxed and carefree. Extensions were added to Gwenda’s hair to create length and thickness, styled to create waves and texture, which was then softened by gently pulling through to create movement.
For the make-up, I just couldn’t resist incorporating some of the colour hues from other elements of the shoot, which worked beautifully with Gwenda’s colourings. I focused on giving Gwenda a flawless base to enhance her complexion but still give luminosity. For the eyes, I used a palette of soft blush pinks, creams and subtle rose and aubergine. To warm the skin slightly, a little bronzer was used, and for the cheeks a pinky/rose blush. To complete the look, a mix of two lipsticks were applied to create a rich antique rose colour, giving a soft romantic feel to the overall look.”

Lou at Beyond Vintage on the stationery:

“For the invitation, I wanted to blend pretty florals with darker madras tones with black as the contrast. Each card with the floral design to the back and tied with cord and a personalised hexagon tag.”


Full list of suppliers:

Photographer – Ilaria Petrucci Photography
Venue – The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm
Florals – Bohotanical
Props, styling and stationery – Beyond Vintage
Dress – Karen Dornellie
Hair and make-up – Patricia Soper
Videography – Digital Bohemia Weddings
Cake – Little Bear Cakery

Sparkles, Glitz and Glamour

If ever you were going to have sparkles, glitz and glamour as your wedding theme, then a celebration between Christmas and New Year is the time to have it! The bride came to me at the end of last year with a limited budget for her wedding cake spread, but big ideas of lots of gold and sequins to match her theme. Rather than go down the well-trodden naked wedding cake route, I created a styled dessert table of decadent little bites for their guests, swapping the usual cake centrepiece for a pyramid of gold embellished brownies!

The wedding reception was held at Loft Studios, Kensal Rise. A huge thank you to Paper and Primrose for the lovely pics and Westwood Design for the little floral finishing touches.

Where else to look for sequins and sparkle than of course Rebecca of Glimmer and Threads who supplied the beautiful gold sequin table cloth.

I created personalised “Oreo” love heart cookies dusted with gold…

Gold dusted hazelnut praline macarons…

Vanilla meringues sprinkled with edible gold glitter…

And sparkly vanilla marshmallows!

For the “cake cutting”, the couple lit sparklers on their gilded brownie pyramid and sliced into a brownie of course!

All in all a wonderful winter wedding celebration don’t you think? Plus all of the cake platters are now available for hire from my new Hire page. Click here for details!

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

Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot

Towards the end of the summer, I was fortunate enough to be part of some beautiful styled shoots. This Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot is no exception, showcasing the wealth of talent that the wedding industry has to offer today.

Curated by Annabel from Love My Dress for Goldsmiths UK, Little Bear Cakery favourite Georgia of Westwood Design was in charge of the concept, styling and stunning flowers.

I love this shot of Annabel on this gorgeous chair from Vintage Style Hire. Kate has a wonderful collection of furniture and smaller items for hire – the perfect individual touches to dress up your wedding venue.

I kept the cake and sweet treats super simple as they had a minor role to play in this shoot with the jewellery by Goldsmiths taking centre stage. This is just a little almond and apricot cake with orange mascarpone icing. Georgia then styled it up with her beautiful blooms.

Peach marshmallows and raspberry macarons completed the sweet line-up.


Georgia did an incredible job with the table settings. How pretty are the jewel-like colours with the gold?

Superb stationery as ever from The Charming Press.

Is there anything better than a Westwood bouquet?

How sweet is this little locket too?

I’ve only shared a snapshot of the beautiful pics by Naomi Kenton. For more pics and to learn more about Goldsmiths jewellery, head over to Love My Dress or the Goldsmiths blog.

Shoot Curator + Model – Annabel Beeforth, Love My Dress
Photographer – Naomi Kenton
Concept, Styling, Flowers – Westwood Design
Vintage Furniture Hire – Vintage Style Hire
Location – Paradise by Way of Kensal Green via Coco Wedding Venues
Stationery – The Charming Press
Silk Runner/napkins/ribbon/gift wrap – Kate Cullen
Hair + Makeup – Issidora
Jewellery – Goldsmiths
Cakes and Desserts – Little Bear Cakery
Tableware: Classic Crockery Hire

Bas-Relief Ruffles Wedding Cake

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely San of Sanshine Photography at a styled shoot that we worked on together in East London. In-between looks, San was kind enough to photograph one of my cakes which I exhibited earlier on in the year at A Most Curious Wedding Fair – this pale blue bas-relief ruffles wedding cake.

I’m a huge fan of bas-relief detailing. Wonderfully simple but also intricate in its complex layers of texture, it adds an sense of elegance to a cake design. In this cool blue tone on the top tier, it reminds me of a weathered stone statue.

For the middle tier, I added a brushed texture and layers of both cool and warm metallic tones.

The bottom tier consists of ribbon rose ruffle detailing made from sugar paste, another take on the ever popular ruffles cake designs.

Finally I added the creeper leaves as if they were climbing an old garden statue. This cake is almost something you might find in the Secret Garden, neglected for years with its organic and stone textures.

A huge thank you to Sanshine Photography for taking these beautiful pics for me. Do pop over and check out San’s website and blog to gawk at more of her stunning photos. She is honestly one of the loveliest photographers I have had the pleasure of working with. San has bags of character and is sure to have you giggling and feeling relaxed when capturing your wedding day. Watch this space for our upcoming collaboration with Serendipity Weddings, The Flower Bird and Laura Anne Hair and Makeup too!

Maxeen Kim Photography

This final pic was taken by the wonderful Maxeen Kim, of The Little Bear Cakery and Westwood Design stand at A Most Curious Wedding Fair earlier on this year.

Chocolate Ganache Wedding Cake

Not a fan of icing but can’t stand the sight of ANOTHER naked wedding cake? Then the chocolate ganache wedding cake could be the alternative choice for you! Left bare for a simple, minimalist finish, it remains elegant with clean crisp edges and is versatile in terms of decoration.

The example I have today on the blog is a chocolate ganache wedding cake that I created for a very dear friend of mine this summer. The couple had a low-key marquee garden reception with simple decoration and flowers so this cake fit the bill perfectly with its simplicity.

The chocolate ganache sides were left plain and I created an unstructured cascade of handmade sugar flowers, leaves and berries in my signature “sprouting” style. The blush and neutral colours tied in with the bouquets and arrangements provided by the florist.

As there is no sweet icing, the chocolate ganache wedding cake is also perfect to serve as a decadent dessert as this couple did. Serve it alone or with the addition of cream, berries, ice cream or anything you fancy really!

Huge congratulations to two of the most beautiful people I know. It was a pleasure to spend this most special of days with you and share in your happiness.

x x x

Photo credits: White Ribbons Photography