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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

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?

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.

 

All-Souls-Naked-Cake

The Rise of the Naked Wedding Cake

Some thought it would just be a passing trend but it appears that the “naked” wedding cake is here to stay! With more enquiries for this type of cake than any other this year, it is clearly proving more popular than ever.

Many people are opting for these stripped back cakes as they are a great solution for those who aren’t big fans of icing. Berries are also a great addition to cut through the richness of the cake and also turn it into a delicious dessert option.
And with prices starting from just £175 for a mini 3 tier cake to feed up to 70, it certainly keeps those on a tighter budget happy.

They are also incredibly versatile in terms of decoration. Dress them up as you please with berries, fresh flowers to match your bouquet or table decortations, edible, crystallised or dried flowers, mini bunting, or if you’re still stuck for ideas, I recommend turning to Etsy for a whole host of cake topper and accessory inspiration.
My client sourced these scrabble letters from Etsy as well as the cute little customised bird cake toppers from Diana Parkhouse.
photo taken from DianaParkhouse Etsy shop
Photo taken from SoLuvli Etsy shop 
Photo taken from CharonelDesigns Etsy Shop

Or why not keep it really simple and rustic such as this cake that I made for a wedding at Shepherd Neame Brewery in May?

I think these natural dried acorns would look lovely scattered around for an autumnal wedding don’t you think?
Photo taken from smilemercantile Etsy shop
And I love the idea of these little quail egg shells as well!
Photo taken from smilemercantile Etsy shop
If you want to chat more about ideas for your “naked” wedding cake or to place an order with Little Bear Cakery, do get in touch here.