5 of The Best Afternoon Tea’s You’ll EVER Have

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea’s You’ll EVER Have

A thoroughly British triumph, the Afternoon Tea was made fashionable by the Duchess of Bedford who saw fit to fill the gap between lunch and dinner! The busy lives of working class people made it clear this tradition was and has remained today an indulgent special treat on occasion or holiday. Tea rooms, country hotels and luxurious establishments since have perfected pastry skills, sandwich fillings and sourced the perfect tea blends to offer their own interpretations. But what makes Afternoon Tea more than just tea and cake?! Perhaps our five favourite ‘classic and alternative’ Afternoon Tea’s will tempt you to find out…

 

The Classic Afternoon Tea

The Ritz

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea's You'll EVER Have: The Ritz

The finest traditional British tea isn’t experienced at it’s best unless taken at the famous Ritz hotel in London where demand is at it’s highest. Where ingredients are as luxurious as the surroundings, nothing will disappoint! Served in the spectacular Palm Court, expect to tuck into precisely cut sandwiches, tempting pastry classics and fresh scones. All served alongside a selection of signature teas cleverly picked out by the hotel’s certified Tea Sommelier or a glass of bubbles! Why not try their exclusive Ritz Royal Blend Tea, only available at The Ritz?!

 

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Amba Hotels Charing Cross

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea's You'll EVER Have: Amba Hotel Charing Cross

 

As December looms and a city break takes you to London for a festive few days of Christmas shopping, a visit to The Amba Hotel Charing Cross should definitely be on the list! Head straight to The Terrace which offers all-day dining to indulge in a totally festive themed afternoon tea that will quite simply make you smile. The Terrace is beautifully decorated, with fabulous chandelier and panoramic windows looking out onto Trafalgar Square!

After a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, feast on Aged Keen’s farmhouse cheddar and onion chutney, English ham, sun-dried tomato paste and cucumber, free range egg and cream cheese sandwiches. As well as brioche rolls topped with crème fresh and smoked salmon. A selection of sweet treats follow, feature scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, gingerbread and mincemeat flavoured macarons and miniature chocolate logs. Handpicked teas and coffees are served in the finest crockery. Equally irresistible gluten free options are always available upon request or booking.

 

Icecream Afternoon Tea

The Dorchester

Alongside dainty finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, The Dorchester’s Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea asserts three homemade ice creams! Blackberry mojito sorbet, clotted cream and cherry, honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet are all served in home-made cones. Guests can also enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne or Rose Champagne as an accompaniment. The Ice Cream Afternoon Tea will be served in The Promenade at The Dorchester, from 1-31 August 2017.

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea's You'll EVER Have: The Dorchester

Afternoon Indian Chai

The Painted Heron

For another sweet and spiced cultural afternoon tea adaption, The Painted Heron in Chelsea are hosting an Indian Chai this August with an assortment of fragrant delicacies. The sumptuous menu includes Chicken Tikka Chappati Wrap; Half Moon Green Pea Dumplings and Cucumber & Chutney Sandwiches. Sweet offerings include Kerala Paratha Roll with Clotted Cream and Jam. Traditional teas such as Masala Chai and Assam Tea are served alongside an optional Bombay Bellini Cocktail.
The Afternoon Chai will be available throughout August with 25% off during #AfternoonTeaWeek!

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea's You'll EVER Have

Special Edition Afternoon Tea

Boringdon Hall

Finally, every month Boringdon Hall feature a brand new special edition afternoon tea. Carefully designed and themed to complement the season, each one features the very best seasonal produce on offer. Following last month’s gin themed afternoon tea featuring gorgeous english garden flavours, Boringdon Hall present a whimsical wonderland themed tea! Featuring delicate infusions of earl grey, a decadent Queen of hearts strawberry gateaux and jam sponge playing cards. Not to mention the homemade strawberry jam for their signature scones! Their savoury selection includes veg packed tarts, classic filled sandwiches and smoked salmon blini’s.

5 of The Best Afternoon Tea's You'll EVER Have: Boringdon Hall

Want to find the best afternoon tea near you? There is even a dedicated website where you can search the best afternoon tea by region in the UK (www.afternoontea.co.uk) – that is how seriously we take scones and sandwiches!

11 Ways To Make Your Wedding Cake Taste As Decadent As It Looks

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...

Forget the fruit cake, it’s all about these 11 ways to make your wedding cake taste as decadent as it looks…

When you choose your wedding cake flavours, you have to choose with both head and heart in mind. Your heart, because you want to love your cake so much you could eat every slice. Your head, because your guests should really get a look in too!

The benefit of working with a dedicated wedding cake baker is that you can create a bespoke cake together to suit your tastes perfectly – both inside the tiers and in the outer decoration too.

 

Edible Flowers

Pretty, fresh, full of flavour… edible flowers are the perfect finishing touch – both for the look and taste – of any and every summer wedding cake. Try the edible varieties of pansies, nasturtiums or violas for a whimsical, fairytale finish.

For more floral fancies, check out these botanical wedding cakes inspired by the Great British Bake Off!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Miniature wedding cakes topped with edible flowers from the Blushing Cook

 

Feeling Fruity

While this cake makes strawberries the centrepiece, feel free to use them purely decoratively too. Berries won’t lose their good looks while on display, but they will add a sweet and fresh flavour twist when guests tuck into your cake. They make brilliant additions to buttercream, too!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Chocolate-dipped strawberry tower wedding cake from Couture Cakes

 

Calling All Chocoholics

Master chocolatiers will also be able to cover your cake entirely in chocolate! Go for a smooth, sleek chocolate collar or spheres, which can be stencilled for even more detail, or cover the cake in a sea of contemporary chocolate shards.

Like this? You’ll love these 13 chocolate wedding cakes to make your mouth water…

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Spherical chocolate wedding cake sculpture, featuring flowers and a chocolate drip from Choccywoccydoodah

 

Happy Tiers

Whether your cake is iced or naked, the layers inside don’t have to be the same. Popular combinations include Victoria sandwich, chocolate, lemon or fruit tiers. There are wilder options out there, though… one of our featured couples even chose the exotic flavours of a Persian love cake!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
A naked cake brimming with fruit and flowers with a bunting cake topper from Hayley’s Piped Dreams

 

Say Cheese

Savoury cakes benefit from clever flavour combinations as much as sweet ones. From the types of cheese to the range of crackers, chutneys, relishes and even artisan breads – try caramelised red onion or date and walnut – these are essential finishing touches for your cheese feast.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
A savoury stack of cheese for a sophisticated wedding cake from The Cheese Shed

 

Fill Up

Remember that your sponge and filling flavours needn’t be the same. Team raspberry with pistachio, coffee with caramel, red velvet with white chocolate… Buttercream, ganache, conserves and caramels are all up for grabs!

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Decadent fillings ooze from the sides of this semi-naked cake from Ben The Cake Man

 

Decadent Drips

Whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate oozing down the side of a freshly baked cake, it’s pretty indulgent… Caramel too, for that matter. You can add colouring to the drip to match your theme, with metallics adding bags of style.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
A white chocolate drip wedding cake from Blossom and Crumbs

 

Go Nuts

As long as neither you nor your guests are allergic, nuts offer a textural and tasty wedding cake topping. Crunchy peanuts and milk chocolate or macadamia nuts with white chocolate are perfect pairings to be sprinkled over your cake’s top and sides.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Honeycomb, berries and nuts top this tempting chocolate wedding cake from the Blushing Cook

 

Ruffled Up

Buttercream is also big news for the exterior decoration of wedding cakes, being piped into all manner of pretty ruffles, scallops and swirls. It can be flavoured with extracts, syrups and fresh ingredients to tailor your cake to your tastes.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
Ombre pastel buttercream ruffles adorn a three-tier wedding cake from Cake Maison

 

Awesomely Alternative

You can always opt for a cake that isn’t, strictly speaking, actually cake. Why not choose macarons in an assortment of flavours and colours? Or there’s the kransekage for a marzipan hit and doughnuts for simple, sugary bliss… For more inspiration, head around the world in eight wedding cakes.

Fruit cake has had it's day, so why not embrace full-on flavour for your wedding cake? Here are 11 stylish and tasty ways to do it...
A macaron tower wedding cake from Cakes by Krishanthi

 

Sweet Stuff

From spun sugar to stylish lollipops and meringue kisses to candied fruit, there are so many ways to make your wedding cake super sweet! Pair decorations like these with subtly flavoured sponges to avoid overdoing it.

 

What flavours and toppings have whet your appetite for your wedding cake?

How to style a Little Mermaid-Themed Wedding!

How to style a Little Mermaid-Themed Wedding

 A whimsical under-water scene for a little mermaid-themed wedding day isn’t complete without mother-of-pearl, porcelain sea shells, nautical goblets and a pearlescent palette of silver, coral pink and touches of rust…
Take inspiration from this elegant themed shoot and create an aquatic palace wedding look fit for a boho bride…
Little Mermaid Reception scene © Liberty Pearl Photography

Bridal Accessories 

Little Mermaid bridal accessories © Liberty Pearl Photography

Little Mermaid details © Liberty Pearl Photography

Wedding Cake and sweet tables

Let sugar craft, edible paint and fondant pearls create an opulent shimmering masterpiece with bead trim, art deco designs and layered florals to crown…

Little Mermaid edible treats © Liberty Pearl PhotographyLittle Mermaid wedding cake © Liberty Pearl Photography

Wedding Dress

For a pretty under-the-sea feel gown, princess-style think lace, tulle and ruffled coral like swathes. Embellished gems and pearls will create a mermaid glimmer when the light touches your dress…

Mermaid/fishtail wedding dress © Liberty Pearl Photography

Table Decor

A sea bed centre piece will create a dramatic focal point for all of your tables and leave your guests in awe of your creativity. Incorporate iced pearl cake favours, painted shells, shimmering glitter and fabric textures that mimic coral life.

Little Mermaid reception tables © Liberty Pearl Photography
Silver goblets and jewelled name cards represents The Little Mermaid’s palace of the sea and make the perfect whimsical accompaniment to every guest place.
Little Mermaid table places © Liberty Pearl Photography
How to style a Little Mermaid-Themed Wedding © Liberty Pearl Photography
Photographer Liberty Pearl Photography & Associates, www.LibertyPearlPhotography.com
Set design, props & decor Hannah Taylor  www.hannahtaylorweddingstylist.co.uk
Anna Romysh Dress & Hessian/beaded headband: The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood www.bridalrooms.co.uk
Crown Lucky Sixpence  www.theluckysixpence.co.uk
Hair & Make-up Billie Edge  www.billieedge.com
Cakes and biscuits Daisy Molly and Me www.daisymollyandme.com

13 Chocolate Wedding Cakes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes

If you’re looking for some seriously sweet chocolate wedding cakes, then you’ve come to the right place for inspiration!

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To celebrate World Chocolate Day, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favourite chocolate wedding cakes to share with you. Featuring designs from traditional to quirky, and even a cake that’s not actually cake at all, we know you’ll find at least one to love (but being realistic, if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably want to eat them all!).

Plus, find ideas to match chocolate wedding cakes to your theme. Whether you’re celebrating with a rustic summer celebration or a winter wedding theme, there’s a cake here for you… Ready to eat with your eyes?

 

When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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Planning on decorating your own wedding cake? Here’s everything you need to know to nail it, from cake toppers to tables, ribbons and more…

When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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Getting married in the winter? Here’s your essential winter wedding survival guide plus a gorgeous guide to winter wedding decor (that isn’t too Christmassy!).

When World Chocolate Day rolls around, we'll be the first in line to celebrate! Get your wedding cake ideas here with these chocolate wedding cakes
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Ta-dah! We did promise a chocolate wedding cake that wasn’t technically speaking cake – and here it is! A tower of chocolate covered strawberries is deliciously fresh and ultra indulgent in equal measure. And, as you can see, going fruity with your cake does not limit how gorgeous the decoration can be!

For more wedding cake ideas that your guests might not have seen before, check out these eight wedding cakes from around the world.

 

Which of these chocolate wedding cakes is your favourite?

Around The World In 8 Wedding Cakes

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!

We take you around the world in eight wedding cakes to find the perfect flavour and style for you!

From the beloved croquembouche to the lesser known kransekage and the ultra trendy doughnut tower, prepare to be tempted by this delicious itinerary…

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
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Croquembouche

Originating in France, croquembouche towers are all the rage for finishing your sweet table with a touch of finesse. Each choux pastry ball is filled with cream before being stacked into a pyramid shape and secured with caramelised sugar. For your big day, you could adapt the recipe to feature flavoured creams, coloured icing or even have the pastry balls drizzled with chocolate.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
Afternoon Crumbs

Macaron Tower

Born in Italy as a single layer, the macaron was later filled in France to become the sweet treat we know today. A staple of the dessert table, you can add colour by picking out shades to match with your bouquet, bridesmaids or decorations. The arrangement of macaron towers can vary to show the shiny top or to display the delicious fillings. Many towers also have a cake at the top or base of the stand so that couples can still cut the cake.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
TheCheeseShed.com

Cheese Cake

For those among us who don’t have a sweet tooth but still want to cut their cake, cheese is the answer. Whole rounds of cheese will give the aesthetic of a traditional wedding cake, and you can cut into and feed each other a piece, a tradition that symbolises providing for each other. Decorate your cheese tower with flowers, foliage, grapes or apple slices to fit with your wedding theme.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
edibleessencecakeart.com

Kransekage

This traditional Danish cake is one you may not have heard of before. Almond paste is shaped into rings and baked, then stacked and decorated. Icing can be used to create texture and patterns, as pictured here. To add colour, why not tuck some edible flowers into the layers? As the mixture is so sweet you only need to serve a small piece to your guests with their coffee.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
edibleessencecakeart.com

Bundt Cake

The mixture for this cake originates in Europe but is hugely popular in the USA, giving the bundt cake quite the cosmopolitan history. With a hole in the middle, the top is typically decorated with icing. To make this style of cake a show-stopper, use a staggered cake stand with a different flavoured cake on each level. Decorate each of your bundt wedding cakes with drip icing and edible flowers or colourful fruits.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
thewhimsicalcakecompany.co.uk

Doughnut Tower

If you want your cake to be a departure from the norm, then a delicious tower of doughnuts could tick all of the boxes. This American classic is easy to serve and offers a wealth of flavours. You could have each doughnut decorated to enhance your theme. For a neat arrangement, consider a tiered cake stand to pile them on, or go rustic with a towering stack.

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
thecustomcakeboutique.com

Naked Cake

If you’re not a fan of icing, opt for a naked cake. This relatively new style of cake is all about flavour. Expect to see jam, buttercream or ganache on display, oozing out of the sponge layers. An adaptation is the semi-naked cake, which has a thin crumb coat layer of buttercream. You could also try a drip cake twist. If you are tying the knot in the height of summer, stick to a naked cake, though, so that you don’t have melting buttercream to contend with.

This is a relatively simple style of cake to decorate – why not give it a try yourself with our easy DIY guide?

 

Find out where these wedding cakes come from and the traditions behind them, PLUS choose the prettiest and most delicious one for you with our guide!
Blossom and Crumbs

Iced Cake

A traditional wedding cake consists of tiers of fruitcake. These are usually covered in a layer of marzipan and finished with icing. It is customary to save the top tier for the christening of the first born child, but nowadays different cakes and sponges are used to suit the couple’s tastes. Some of these won’t keep, so check with your baker first if you want to follow this tradition. If you like the idea of an individual cake or cupcakes, try a single tier cake at the top for the cake cutting moment. You can then display miniature cakes underneath.

Got a taste for one of these wedding cakes? These are the questions you need to ask your baker before you place the order!

 

Which wedding cakes do you think look too good to eat?

How To DIY Your Cake With Flowers!

Decorating your own wedding cake can either be one of the most satisfying or stressful parts of your big day. If you are following the growing trend of baking your own cake or having a kind friend or relative do that for you, you may wish to use fresh flowers to finish it off. Even the wonkiest wedding cake can look charming when adorned with bundles of roses and gypsophila before being dusted with icing sugar, making the DIY option pretty popular with both the professional and the novice baker.

 

Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!
Safety Seal instructions and elements

DECOR TUTORIAL Debby Donnelly-Addison specialises in organic, botanical baking using edible florals and foraged ingredients. Find her on Instagram @thebohobaker! Debby is an accomplished baker and owner of in house bakery Vanilla Nova Cake Boutique.

 

Before you go running for your mixer and left over flowers however, there are some practical considerations you need to think about. Firstly, flowers from a florist are not edible as they were grown for aesthetics and most likely will have been treated with pesticides. This is wonderful for your bouquet and wedding flowers, but not particularly great for your stomach! This does not mean that these flowers cannot be used on your cake (phew), it just means that you need to take a few precautions before you get scissor happy and channel your inner florist.

Secondly, if you are using flowers you have foraged or are from your own garden, you still need to take precautions if you are using varieties that are not deemed edible by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is not recommended that you use any flowers from roadsides or areas frequented by dog walkers, so home grown is usually far safer if you are not using blooms from a florist. Whilst edible varieties guarantee the flowers are not toxic, it is highly recommended that you take one of the precautions below anyway:  cut flower stems will want to draw up water and moisture from any source possible, including your cake! As such, you should never push cut stems directly into a cake without following one of these three methods:

Wired flower wraps:

 
  1. Rinse your flowers in cold water and check between the petals for any bugs.
  2. Take a piece of thick floristry wire and wrap with florists tape. If you feel your wire is not thick enough to support the weight of your flowers, tape several pieces together to create a flexible band.
  3. Starting with your foliage, start taping your stems to the band one at a time. Build up until you have your desired fullness and look.
  4. Wrap your flowers around the front of your cake, either around a tier or up the front of the cake to create a pretty wash of blooms. All of your stems will be sealed in by the florists tape, making this a super safe way to decorate your cake.

Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!

Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!
Avalanche roses, eucalyptus, gypsophila and thistles.

Plastic Flower Picks:

 
  1. Wash flowers as above. Cut any excess foliage from your flowers and trim to the same length as your flower picks. These are very reasonably priced, come in various different widths and are available from cake shops and on the internet.
  2. Insert the thickest flower stem into the pick first. If you are using multiple stems, secure them together with a little floristry tape before putting in the pick.
  3. Gently push the flower filled pick into your cake. Do not worry about the holes left by the picks: these are minimal and won’t be noticed once the cake is cut. This is the best method if you want a buoyant cake with plenty of flowers running down the front.
 Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!

Safety Seal Wax:

 
  1. Safety Seal is a fabulous new product that makes your stems food safe. Give your flowers a rinse in cold water and check for any bugs before cutting the stems to the desired length.
  2. Heat the tub of Safety Seal in your microwave according to the manufacturers instructions. Once melted, dip each stem one at a time and place on a piece of greaseproof paper to set. Each stem should be coated in a layer of creamy coloured wax and will dry within seconds.
  3. Place your flowers on your cake or insert gently, ensuring that only the part of the stem coated in safety seal goes into the cake. Safety Seal can be bought online and is a great alternative to cake picks.

 

Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!

 Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!

Follow the growing trend to bake your own wedding cake and decorate with this foolproof tutorial for safe and fresh flower decoration!
Heaven roses with eucalyptus, gypsophila and garden roses

It is important with all methods that you leave the preparation of your flowers as late as possible. Always check online to see if your flowers will hold all day, as some varieties will lose shape and wilt, especially during the summer months. Have fun with this and remember that a bit of gypsophila will cover a multitude of sins should anything go wrong! Start small and build up until you reach the desired effect, however, you really cannot go wrong with fresh flowers.

5 Ways To Ensure An Unforgettable Wedding!

If you’re wondering where to start to create an unforgettable wedding full of magical moments, then look no further. With so many options and so many choices to be made, it’s no wonder that couples feel overwhelmed when starting out with wedding planning. From picking the right fancy-dress hen party outfit to finding the stylish wedding car hire for your show stopping entrance – we are here to help. Here are our pick of 5 ways to add the personal touch to your day that will leave your guests wishing it was their wedding!

 

Creative Reception

Think gin tasting and cocktail stations, a fancy dress corner partnered with a photo booth – the more creative the better. If you want to keep your guests entertained from dusk ‘til dawn, consider ideas like these to get conversations flowing, memories building and the laughter will follow! Sourcing humorous outfits from your local fancy dress shop will enable you to set up an adults dressing up area! Paired with a photo booth, this will stimulate everyone at your wedding to have fun, laugh ALOT and even be a little silly with the props, whilst capturing every magical moment.

 

5 ways to add the personal touch to an unforgettable wedding day that will leave your guests wishing it was theirs!
dotmoxee.com

 

Delectable Cuisine

The theme and style of your wedding catering is in fact one of the most memorable elements of the day (we’ve heard) and the quality of food should leave a pleasant taste in your guests mouth. While this does not mean you should fork out a small fortune for an5 course a la carte meal, be sure to hire a caterer you trust to deliver phenomenal results, quality ingredients and the types of food all of your guests will love. Whilst a traditional roast meat dinner is still an all-time favourite for many, there are plenty of modern alternatives that will leave your guests not only satisfied but impressed!

 

Wedding cakes are also evolving rapidly, creative baking trends and techniques are pushing more and more couples to choose modern cupcake displays, elaborate doughnut towers and decadent tiered cheesecakes instead of the traditional three-tier fruit cake.

 

5 ways to add the personal touch to an unforgettable wedding day that will leave your guests wishing it was theirs!
agatomaszek.com

 

Personal Décor

Personalisation and paying attention to the finer details really does go a long way. Ensuring your wedding day is as unique as possible will make it all the more memorable for you and your guests and most importantly feature in the wedding photographs that you will cherish forever. There is no doubt the venue décor will be in line with your colour scheme or theme, even with the smallest of ideas think about every area of your wedding that can be customised on a budget or not including your cake, favours, centrepieces, flowers, name cards, pretty much anything!

 

5 ways to add the personal touch to an unforgettable wedding day that will leave your guests wishing it was theirs!
daffodilwaves.co.uk

 

A Show Stopping Entrance And Getaway

There are many ways you can arrive and leave your ceremony and reception in style! If you can’t quite image yourself arriving at your reception by horse and carriage or limousine, no need to fret, there are plenty of alternatives that are a little more you and in keeping with your theme! Find wedding car hire services near you and see how they can cater to your needs!

 

5 ways to add the personal touch to an unforgettable wedding day that will leave your guests wishing it was theirs!
chrisfishleighphotography.com

 

Quality Entertainment

The entertainment finale at the end of the evening is very important and while the usual wedding DJ, with an amazing playlist of your favourites may well keep your guests on their feet till the very end, there is nothing more personal than a live band to kick off the festivities. Having a live band will create a greater feeling of intimacy and can be tailored to your personal music tastes. No matter how big or small the ceremony, the personal touch will evoke emotion in a way that pre-recorded music cannot.

 

5 ways to add the personal touch to an unforgettable wedding day that will leave your guests wishing it was theirs!
hbaphotography.com

We’ve Discovered A Hidden New Venue In The New Forest!

An exclusive styled shoot at New Forest Venue: Hale Park

Hale Park: An elegant 18th Century house which exudes vintage simplicity and the impressive proportions of Palladian architecture. Hidden in the New Forest with views that sweep down to the river Avon and beyond, this vintage glam and peaceful oasis will accommodate marquees for several hundred guests. The church in the garden is an additional intimate and romantic offering to your ceremony.

 

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Hale Park

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To complement the unique vintage style rooms in the building, a garden theme featuring bold flower heads sweeps the length of the trestle tables with accented gold detailing throughout elegantly worn tableware.

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The vintage bridal look is achieved with intricate beaded accessories, droplet earrings and a loose bun up-do. Shear lace capes, beaded belts and silken streamlined fabric will complete the look for any theme to shadow a by gone era.

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The Hale Park shoot look with hits of a glamour’s yesteryear that as the late autumn light falls gives a glimpse of what she may become. Her brides are wistfully beautiful perhaps dreamy and sometimes even impish, their beautiful artisanal vintage inspired gowns reflect those glamour’s days gone by. She has a strong identity with one eye on the past and one on her own awakening future.   

 

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At the table the setting has been created using vintage and antique pieces sourced locally, including antique silverware, glass ware and china.  The stylist has also used found pieces, Objet d’art and vintage fabric to complete the look.  The cake, a hint of the avant-garde sits strikingly with the florist’s eclectic and beautiful mix of autumnal colours and blooms that suggest a glimpse into a past of luxurious opulence and elegance, that of a classic English stately home.

 

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Hale Park can be arranged for exclusive hire, the public areas are generous and largely unadorned, offering a pure but impressive backdrop to any style of union.  The drawing room is licensed for civil services.

Wedding Venue Hale Park

Florist The Wild Fox
Wedding Dress Designer – Tara Bradley-Birt 
Bridal Lingerie and vintage pink wedding dress – Penny Daw 
Bridal Accessories and Jewellery Victoria Fergusson
Hair & Make Up Victoria Fergusson
Cake Designer Clare’s Cup Cakery
Jewellery Margaret Turner
Wedding Stationery De Winton Paper CO 
Table ware and Silver Salisbury Antique Market
Stylist, props Amanda Gentle
Models Santa and Tori

5 important things to ask your wedding cake baker!

It’s not all about pretty decorations and multiple tiers! Make ordering your wedding cake simple by asking these all-important questions!

 

It’s not all about pretty decorations and multiple tiers! Make ordering your wedding cake simple by asking these all-important questions!
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What size of cake do I need for my guests?

The size of your cake will of course be dependent on how many guests you are inviting. A small cake won’t go around all of your guests if you have 100 plus people attending your day. Ask your cake maker their advice because this may change depending on where you buy your cake. The size of the tiers can vary as well as the number of tiers you have, so if you like the look of taller cakes you can ask your cake maker if you could have smaller cakes but keep the height. Don’t forget that the base layers of tall tiered cakes are often dummy tiers, made from polystyrene and covered in icing, but these illusion tiers aren’t always that much cheaper. They still take the same amount of time and skill to decorate as the real thing! And don’t forget that some people like seconds!

How soon should I order?

You want to be sure that your wedding date is definitely available and that you have plenty of time to try some samples!

 

It’s not all about pretty decorations and multiple tiers! Make ordering your wedding cake simple by asking these all-important questions!
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Can all of the decoration be edible?

This will depend on what you want your cake to look like! There are so many styles of decoration now, including edible flowers, meringue kisses, popcorn sprayed in a whole range of different colours, sugar flowers, fresh fruits and real blooms. It is best to show your cake maker a few styles that you like and go from there.

Can you cater for allergies?

In modern society this is a big question. Most companies will be able to work with a whole host of dietary needs, but always check first.

How long can I store the cake for after the day?

Traditionally, when wedding cakes were made up of three tiers of fruit cake, the top tier of a wedding cake was kept for the christening of the couple’s first child. Fruit cake is the best type of cake to use if you want to follow tradition and preserve the top layer because it can last for over a year, properly stored, and if you need to keep it for longer you can freeze it. For any other cake flavours you will need to check with your supplier how long the sponges will keep for.

If you’re still unsure about your cake options, maybe it will be clearer after reading our wedding cake planning tips! Or perhaps you want a slice of the one tier wonder trend right now?!

Spring wedding cakes you won’t be able to resist

Spring…

One of the most fruitful seasons of the year that will have you brimming with ideas and in abundance of blooms, beautiful berries and billowing buttercream! No impressive Spring wedding cake is complete without any of the above by the way, which is why this collection of decorative delights will ensure your wedding cake is one to remember!

 

17 sumptuous Spring Wedding Cakes

 

 

See more gorgeous cake creations: 6 simple and sweet ideas to decorate your cake

14 wedding cake designs to tie in perfectly with your big day theme!

Choosing your wedding cake isn’t always as simple as you first think. There are so many possibilities and ideas you can use to help you truly personalise your wedding cake. Do you opt for traditional, fun, pretty or unusual?  Gifted Heart Cakes are here to take us through the big ideas and the small details that are catching our eye for something a little different…

When designing your wedding cake you can use lots of inspiration to help get the ideas flowing. This could include photos of the bridal or bridesmaids dresses, pictures of your favourite textures, fabrics and colours, even designs of tableware or stationery can help. Request a list of flowers that you are going to using for the wedding as this can all help your cake maker tailor your cake design. When choosing your cake think about how certain designs will fit with your decor/venue and of course your personalities.  Don’t be afraid to ask your cake maker questions, no matter how small, and make sure you trust and feel comfortable with who you choose. Look at their portfolio and make sure they are skilled in the areas of design that you would like your cake to include. Most importantly enjoy your tasting session!

 

Simple and rustic

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Hayley Savage Photography

SHOP wooden cake toppers

eBoot Mr and Mrs Cake Toppers Wooden Wedding Cake Topper Party Cake Decoration

 

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Inhouse photography

 

With barn weddings becoming more and more popular, rustic and natural wedding cakes set the whimsical scene with yummy rough coated icing, blossoming flowers and quirky toppers.

Unconventional

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Macarons and Macaron towers are growing in popularity with couples that want an alternative to a traditional wedding cake. Dress them with sugar flowers or fresh for a romantic look, or add a cake below for something to cut. Either way you will wow your guests with these moreish little treats!

Go ‘Naked’

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Albert Palmer Photography

 

So what is a naked cake? It’s all about the cake – no icing, no fondant just pure simple cake with lovely delicate fillings and a dusting of icing sugar. The totally unique and handmade look has taken the market by storm, adorned with fruits, berries and flowers to co-ordinate with your wedding it is perfect for those that don’t like or want any heavy icing.

 

A beautiful dessert table

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Rather than choosing just one cake, couples are still loving their very own dessert tables with a range of their favourite luxurious treats such a mini cupcakes, macaron pops, meringue kisses, luxury truffles and just about anything your heart desires! On this one day…you are allowed it all!

 

Traditional and white

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Mathew Oliver shoot

 

Although this year is showing an increase in couples wanting big bold and unusual, there are still lots of couples that only dream of the ultimate “white wedding cake”, something traditional and timeless through and through. You’d be surprised how much impact a totally white wedding cake will create when the detail is in the texture and pattern.

 A suspended showstopper

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If you are looking for a grand centrepiece for your wedding or alternatively each wedding table that will wow your guests a little differently…what better way than a suspended structure?! With a beautiful handmade stand and decoration or your choice, have numerous elegantly decorated tiers to become part of your reception decor!

 

Ruffles and florals

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Texture will continue to be huge! With a celebrity surge with the tulle trend currently, romantic layers offer a weightless yet elaborate princess-like finish with ruffles, rosettes and rough textured tiers.

 

All that glitters

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Sequins and shimmery golden tiers have been the order of the day and continue into 2017 adding that element of luxury to a cake, edible qold sequins can give your cake the wow factor and by extension, gold leaf and edible paint brushes with an abstract hand around tiers and onto desserts reiterate a trend for foiling in graphic print and the quality of multiple textures between matt, shiny and metallic.

 

Crazy for Copper

It’s official – we are all crazy for copper (still!), from mugs to signage and foiled stationary to outfitting details. For an event as stylised as a wedding, imbues of copper bring industrial opulence to the table and as far as cakes are concerned a copper foiled cake tier is a stunning addition to touches of warm coloured rustic florals with petrol blue, forest green and charcoal grey!

 

Go Bold

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If traditional looking pastel coloured cakes are just not you then why not go bold. Not a pastel in sight, instead, strong silhouettes and eye catching and contrasting shapes will set your cake apart from others and truly represent your style – We love the baroque deco detail in this monochrome and metallic masterpiece!

 

New techniques

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If you like to be a trend setter then wedding cakes using new techniques will help add a modern twist to your cake design. Try wafer paper flowers and textured tiers for a clean and modern look. Elaborate chocolate work is a brilliantly delicate and decadent way of creating abstract structures using a tiered cake as a foundation for the layers of shaped shards!

 

Hand painted

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We just love this trend. Adorn your cake in faberge florals, geometric graphics, woodland scenes, painted animals.. the list is endless and the finish is mind blowing.

 

Beautiful Lace

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A beautiful finish to your dress and equally now, to your cake! Lace moulds can even be made to match the lace on the wedding dress. This popular and romantic look has captured so many brides in previous years and is relatively traditional as far as edible decorations go.

 

Bespoke

If the classic tiered spherical or even square cut cakes just aren’t tempting you, why not break tradition and design something truly bespoke to yourself. Perhaps reminiscent of a trip together, how you were brought together or another sentimental moment or token that will tell your story!

 

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This Antique trunk cake was designed for a couple that met whilst travelling and who went on to have a travel themed wedding. Everything on the cake is edible and it was even mistaken for real luggage at the wedding said the bride!

 

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How to DIY your wedding

So many of our real brides and grooms are choosing DIY weddings, creating the stationery, decorations and cake themselves or with the help of family and friends. Doing some of your big day preparations yourselves can save you money and is a great way to introduce your own personalities and memories. When your weekends are full of w-day planning, it’s also the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends crafting together.

All of this comes with one word of caution, as per the Wedding Ideas mantra. Your dress, venue and photographer are all elements that are vital to your wedding and, as such, we recommend that you get the best you can. So unless you’re a sewing superwoman, leave the dress making to the professionals and get stuck in with these DIY wedding ideas instead!

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfieldphotography.co.uk

 

Stationery

Invite a few crafty friends over to create your wedding stationery. Use our real weddings for inspiration and then get making! Whether you design your save the date cards, invitations and seating plan on the computer or hand make each one, you can create the exact design you’ve imagined and make the stationery truly personal to you as a couple.

 

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DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
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DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
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Food

There are several DIY wedding ideas when it comes to the food. If you know a brilliant baker or are one yourself, why not bake your own cake? Allow plenty of time beforehand for baking and creating all the decorations to avoid last minute stress and leave a list of set up instructions for the big day when you’ll be busy getting ready yourself.

Depending on your venue, you can also do some of the wedding food yourself. The most popular option for this is to leave the wedding breakfast to the pros and just supply the evening food yourself. Ask friends and family to each bring an item to effortlessly create a buffet your guests will be drooling over. Think cheeseboards, quiches, pies, cold meats, salads and desserts.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: adamjames.co.uk

 

Flowers

If you’re a dab hand at flower arranging or willing to learn, buying your blooms at a local flower market and arranging them yourself can save money in your big day budget. You’ll need vases, a stash of oasis and pretty ribbons to pull it off.

Another option is to grow some of your flowers yourself. This will mean choosing from flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding, so if you have your heart set on a specific bloom, a florist is probably the way to go.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
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Favours

Another very popular way to DIY your wedding is to create your own favours. Options abound with brides and grooms choosing to collect and fill sweetie jars, bake their own edible gifts, make their own candles and even brew their own alcoholic beverages. Wherever your skills or passions lie, there’s bound to be a way you can turn it into a fantastic favour for your guests.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfield.co.uk
DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: kristyfield.co.uk

 

Decorations

The easiest of DIY wedding ideas are the decorations because there are so many options and step-by-step tutorials available. Whether you sew your own bunting, collect jars and candles, pick up some fairy lights or get creative with your centrepieces, the possibilities are endless and definitely not limited to rustic weddings. Add photo frames in your colour palette around the room or create an accent decoration to highlight your theme like metallics, sparkles and feathers for 1920’s opulence.

 

DIY wedding ideas to handmake your dream big day!
Photography: albertpalmerphotography.com

 

Film it yourself!

If you’ve followed our advice and hired a brilliant photographer to capture the day you become husband and wife, you might not have the budget left to hire a videographer too. Among the top of the list of newlywed’s regrets is not videoing their wedding. Don’t let it be one of yours! Enlist the help of a few good friends to take it in turns filming parts of your big day. Just imagine how wonderful it will feel to relive the ‘I dos’, the speeches, the first dance…

 

What are your favourite DIY wedding ideas?

A luxury wedding event ‘Quintessentially weddings’ for every brides diary!

Dior, Ladurée, Harrods and Giuseppe Zanotti have all been confirmed as part of the impressive line-up of luxury names taking part at The Quintessentially Weddings Atelier this Spring!

The Atelier brings together the finest wedding designers and artisans at one unrivalled event, and takes place at the iconic London hotel, The Langham, from 31st March to the 2nd April.

 

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Wedding Experts

The planners of some of the world’s finest Weddings, Quintessentially Weddings, will give invaluable planning advice.

The world’s finest wedding gifts will be presented by Harrods of Knightsbridge, and Farley will provide their dramatic one of a kind furniture throughout the event.

 

 

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will be showcasing its finest event spaces and Michel Roux Jnr will be dropping in to discuss Private Dining by Roux. Guests can sample Cointreau’s new wedding cocktail or browse the Atelier with a legendary Bloom G&T.

Wedding Attire

Bridal designers Suzie Turner, The Couture Gallery and Ritva Westenius will be showcasing their latest creations and Luna Mae London will be revealing their most intimate lingerie designs. Bridesmaids and cocktail wear is by Needle and Thread, and Giuseppe Zanotti will provide the most glamorous bridal shoes.

Purely Diamonds and Hannah Rose present their breath-taking wedding rings and jewellery, and Rockcoco will show an enchanting range of bridal fans.

Hair & Beauty

For the most luxurious bridal beauty offering, Dior will be conducting make-up trials and skin care consultations, while beauty bloggers’ favourite Bardou will take care of the hair. Personal pampering sessions can be booked on arrival.

Cakes & Flowers

Ricky Paul and Grandirosa will both create their Magnum Opus of floral design, and Ladurée and Pink Frosting Cake Company will present their mouth-watering confections.

 

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Stationery

Stationery is by Leeming Brothers, the fine stationery experts, and ER Stationery will showcase their innovative silk invitation boxes.

Photography, Video & Entertainment

Fashion & TV photographer Stuart Wood is providing his award winning photography services and The Wedding Filmmakers, their unique videography. Live entertainment will be provided by ALR Music and some surprising photobooths by Megabooth.

Book online now at quintessentiallyatelier.com

6 simple and sweet ideas to decorate your wedding cake

Save money on your wedding and DIY your cake, whether you buy luxury iced tiers from M&S or bake your own, here's how to decorate your wedding cake

Ready to jump on the DIY wedding band wagon but not sure where to start? How about decorating your wedding cake yourselves! Whether you bake the tiers at home or order some simple fondant covered cakes from Marks and Spencer, it’s a piece of cake to add your own finishing touches – and we’re going to show you how!

 

Save money on your wedding and DIY your cake, whether you buy luxury iced tiers from M&S or bake your own, here's how to decorate your wedding cake
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STANDING OVATION

If you want your cake to garner compliments from your guests, it needs a sparkling foundation to stand upon. That’s right – decorating your wedding cake doesn’t actually start with the cake at all, it starts with choosing a cake stand, because before you can add the finishing touches, you need somewhere to actually put the cake! And there are more options than you might think…

We recommend styling your cake stand to suit your wedding theme or décor, so if you’re holding a rustic wedding in a barn, go for a charming log slice or slate board. For city, contemporary or boho weddings, why not try a mirrored or geometric cake stand? And if you still can’t choose, a timeless gold plate will always add a glamorous touch…

 

Save money on your wedding and DIY your cake, whether you buy luxury iced tiers from M&S or bake your own, here's how to decorate your wedding cake
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HAPPY TIERS

Tried, tested and turned to time and time again, tying ribbon around each layer is an easy and effective way to spruce up your wedding cake. You could colour match the ribbon to your bridesmaid dresses or flowers, or opt for different types (think lace, satin, organza…) to suit your theme.

While your wedding cake will take pride of place on display for much of the day, you do want it to be eaten after you’ve cut the first slice. For this reason the best cakes are also the ones that invite you to tuck in. Make it simple by decorating your cake table with pretty signs that encourage exactly that. You can try these heart-shaped blackboard labels for starters (they’ll also look brilliant on your sweet jars!).

Whether you choose a naked, semi-naked, ganache, buttercream or fondant-covered cake, cascading flowers are the favoured decoration for many. They can be daintily made from sugar or provided fresh from your florist, but you can also add cascading artificial flowers. Using these will often save you money and means you needn’t worry about keeping them their fresh best on the day. Naked and buttercream cakes can be given a more rustic look, ideal for barn and country weddings, while fondant offers a more traditional style for country house weddings.

And to top off your cake in sweet style? Add a cake topper of course! You could attach some of this Mr & Mrs bunting to cocktail sticks to put on top of cake or add miniature sparklers to each tier or cupcake in your tower – venue permitting – for a show-stopping sparkling effect just before you cut the cake.

 

Save money on your wedding and DIY your cake, whether you buy luxury iced tiers from M&S or bake your own, here's how to decorate your wedding cake
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TABLE STYLE

Since you’ve gone to the effort of decorating your wedding cake so beautifully, it only makes sense to decorate the table it stands on too! Keep a few vases ready to display the bridesmaid posies, then scatter crystals across the table top for a glimmering effect. You can also make your cake table a decorative focal point – simply hang bunting above it and tie on colourful tassels (we love these blush and gold ones!) to fall from the tabletop to the floor to very simply create a cake table that becomes a talking point! Jars brimming with sweets and plates of cookies will also turn heads…

 

Are you a DIY bride or groom? What pretty ideas have you got for decorating your wedding cake?

INSPIRED SHOOT: Art deco design and accessories

A contemporary art deco styled shoot heavily inspired by 2016 BBC adaption of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’.

 

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Widely considered to be her masterpiece, I was enthralled by the art deco look of the set, the costumes and of course, the makeup. I knew I just had to capture a little of that essence of the period – introducing it to a modern context that would appeal to a contemporary couple wanting a more sophisticated colour palette with quirky details.

Many of the additional art deco touches came from the venue itself. Tucked away down a sleepy road in Weymouth was our perfect shoot location – the National Trust owned Portland House.

 

“What appealed about Portland was the feel of the place, it wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Hollywood hills! Beautiful architecture by Lord Gerald Wellesley, combined with original art deco furniture made it a true capsule of the 1920’s and 30’s.”

 

 

Sophisticated characteristics and soft shades paired with bold designs and opulent furniture make it a concept that would appeal to a couple wanting a slight vintage edge to their wedding style without feeling too alternative. Lovers of symmetrical design, fine craftsmanship, and a taste for old world elegance. Remember to achieve this look, the main elements of your day need not be vintage derived. A modern dress with inspired details will exude this style perfectly and similarly with other areas of the wedding. Consistent touches will suggest the perfect balance of a theme without it requiring authentic vintage items. However some of these items can easily be found in the form of table wear and decor from select charity shops.

“It was important to us as suppliers to use modern elements that had a certain symmetry for the 1920’s era.” 

Brides of Winchester provided the beautiful wedding gowns for the shoot. With designs from Chanticleer, Charlie Brear and Suzanne Neville, the dresses provided that unique touch of being modern, yet with a certain ‘feel’ for the 1920’s.
It was paramount that the makeup design for this elaborate era was brought into the modern age by combining classic effects with top quality contemporary colour products.

 

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“For the eyes I created a basic smokey eye, introducing gold glitter by MAC on the centre of the lid.  I then kept the base very simple using a strong even strip of blusher along the cheekbone, which was very popular during the art deco period. To finish, I used lashings of a purple lipstick, also by MAC, in Rebel.”

 

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All floral arrangements and bouquets were designed by Jo Hicks Flowers. She came up with the concept of mixing pastel shades with deep moody foliage, to create a sort of ‘watercolour soft focus’ look reminiscent of the old Hollywood films of the time.

Jill The Cakemaker designed the cake from scratch especially for the shoot and opted for mainly pastel green to accent colours of the florals and the delicacy of this era. To contrast the classic gold and black details are used to create an opulent geometric finish and give the cake an architectural stature, reminiscent of this era as iconic for structural design.

 

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The stationary was provided by Laurel Designs Studio, again mimicking the same classic colours such as gold and black alongside sparkly brooches with emphasis on the laser cut peacock feather design for the envelope.

P H O T O G R A P H Y  Lemontree Photography
M A K E  U P  Frances Moore MUA
B R I D A L  G O W N S  Brides of Winchester
F L O W E R S  Jo Hicks Flowers
C A K E  Jill The Cake Maker
S T A T I O N E R Y  Laurel Designs
V E N U E  Portland House, Weymouth
H A I R  A C C E S S O R I E S  White Designs bespoke bridal adornments
M O D E L  Chloe Lancaster

5 ultra-chic black wedding cake designs

Could a little pinspiration convert you from the traditional white wedding cake?

 

Despite a new found desire to go a little more daring with the arrangements for your wedding day, the classic white wedding cake is one of the original conventions that couples seem hesitant to stray from?! We anticipate a lot more style conscious weddings with some serious colour attitude for 2017 and this year your wedding cake needn’t be an exception! Woodland fairytale, Gatsby and Vintage would all warrant a bold black statement on your cake, whether its all over or simple elements of and here’s how to do it with a little help from Pinterest!

 

CHALKBOARD STYLE

 

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The chalkboard trend is still going strong for vintage themed weddings and so much so that you can achieve the same sketchy hand drawn look in CAKE form! Personalise your day your way and say it with your cake! If you love beautiful words this could be the way forward for you…

 

CHIC AND SOPHISTICATED

 

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White may be practically synonymous with weddings, but the effect of one dark-hued tier with another one tier wonder in opulent gold looks totally grand and will transform any modern day with some relaxed foliage and one or two floral accents such as roses or peonies…

 

CAKE ASTRONOMY

 

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There’s something undeniably romantic about the stars and the universe and this velvet Galaxy cake is homage to an emotional connection with astronomy and cosmic love. If abstract is more up your street you could even give this cosmic cake-painting a go yourself with some black fondant icing and experimenting with a range of artists sponges, bristles and brushes for the ultimate space-dust texture.

 

GATSBY

 

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The Gatsby Monochrome magic evokes old world elegance and texturally luxurious on the eye. Alternate tiers of white and black to achieve this chic and simplistic art deco look. Add embellishments such as pearls, beads, feathering, ruching and intricate layers or geometric shapes. Metallic accents will make this theme come alive and hi-light the sensual presence of black to be reminiscent of black tie balls and an era accomplished in elaborate architecture.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

 

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This is the result of a wicked and wild fairytale woodland theme. The Tim Burton of wedding cakes incorporates robust green grasses and moss intertwined with the deepest blood red roses and peonies. The finish of the tar black icing emphasises a rustic and effortless background upon which the rich foliage totally softens leaving a result that is rather stark yet stunning. If you feeling as far way from convention as you think possible with this one and looking to start create a real showstopper, not to mention conversation starter, your cake could be the talking point to tailor!

How to create your own decadent dessert table

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When it comes to creating a decadent dessert table, it’s as much about the display as it is the desserts themselves.

Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. The essentials you need to remember from the word go? Bite-sized is best and should always be teamed with stylish servingware.

 I M A G E  C R E D I T S  Dasha Caffrey

 

Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best... Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best...

 

Bite-sized bakes and dessert cups make for a great spread on your dessert table. The variety of items on offer will be oh-so tempting to guests – there’s bound to be a treat they like. The best part? You can achieve this impressive dessert table style with little time or cost. Layer up ingredients in shot glasses to create miniature trifles or bake up brownies, then slice or use a cookie cutter to get the shape of your choice.

 

Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best... Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best...

 

For couples who fancy a dessert table but don’t have the inclination to bake the puddings themselves, fear not! You can purchase many ingredients, like these marshmallows and miniature pies, instead and still display them in a similar way. Family and friends can also contribute – you could even host a wedding day bake off with a prize for the winning addition to your dessert table!

Pay attention to detail here: if you want your marshmallow pops to stand up prettily, fill the pot that holds them with another treat for stability, like maltesers or chocolate covered nuts…

 

Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best... Inspired by a dessert table from one of our real weddings, we talk you through how to plan, fill and style your own. Bite-sized is best...

 

Items on your dessert table can be as simple as small jelly cubes filled with fresh fruit and berries or as decadent as the miniature patisserie fruit tarts displayed beneath them. Bring your bounty of sweets together with the table styling and presentation. Whether you hire in stands, collect vintage chinaware or raid your venue’s cupboards, stick to one theme throughout. You can then mix small tea cups with towering cake stands to make your dessert table a focal point.

Other ideas for tempting treats include: lolly pops, cupcakes, cookies, fresh fruit kebabs, old fashioned sweets, cakes to slice and share, macarons. Grapes, crackers, cheeses and chutneys will complement your sweet offering with a savoury selection, too. Don’t forget to add milk bottles and straws if you’ll be serving cookies, hot chocolate mugs for winter weddings, or Kilner jars ready to be filled with Pimm’s or punch for summer celebrations. No sweet treat is complete without a tipple to wash it down with, after all!

 

What will feature on your dessert table?

Inspired bridal Shoot: A graceful union of the wild and ornate

Decadent details add romance to this untamed landscape…

 

P H O T O G R A P H Y

BY SALT to CLAY

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There is something so enchanting about a desolate landscape, whether a driftwood-strewn beach or sleepy green meadow. These glimpses of nature at its best—untouched and untamed—acted as a beautifully contrasting background for the more romantic, intricate details of this styled shoot…

 

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So often it seems that settings and décor are forced to match, where we hoped they could instead balance each other. We wanted to pursue the juxtaposition of the wild versus the ornate, and explore that exchange between traditional and organic.

 

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More traditional elements, such as the embroidered gown from MeaMarie Bridal Atelier, antique dinnerware, and delicate desserts contrasted elegantly with the full, bursting arrangements by From The Ground Up Floral and the windswept Whidbey Island terrain. The end result proved to be a graceful union between the two, creating a moody and striking moment that made us perfectly weak at the knees.

 

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P H O T O G R A P H Y  Salt to Clay
H A I R  &  M A K E U P  Iris & Gold
M O D E L  Francesca Hearl
S T Y L I N G  Megan Holman
D R E S S  Mea Marie
F L O W E R S  From the Ground Up Floral
P R O P S  Vintage Ambiance
C A K E  DERU Market
D E S S E R T S  Lady Yum
S T A T I O N E R Y / C A L L I G R A P H Y  Ink + Linen & Victoria Krav

Inspired shoot: New Forest foliage and renaissance garden glamour

A country manor venue and New Forest retreat – with the help of some trustee suppliers – have taken country glamour to the next step…See how this theme can come alive for your big day!

 

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T H E  S H O O T

The inspiration very much came from the raw beauty of the venue itself. Burley Manor Barn totally exuded warmth when we set up and instantly felt utterly warming throughout. The way the candles reflected the drama of the space, along with the beautiful traditional beams and bricked fireplace make it a capsule of character and charm – just perfect for a luxury and cosy autumn/winter wedding.

 

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From the location of Burley Manor Barn, set in the New Forest, we gained our colour palette.  Green was to dominate. Joey from the Wild Fox florist slowly introduced the purest golds, creams and whites which gave the entire look the old world opulence and angelic tone to compliment the bride. We kept an element of vintage charm by using lace chair covers, along with simple stylish table names designed and provided by Fundoo Weddings.

The centre piece of the shoot and extraordinary dessert table’s inspiration came solely from the fiercely rich season itself and the indulgence it brings. With this gluttonous yet elegant vision in mind, Hayley from Sweetcheeks Bakehouse made a table of pure heaven! From a large 3 tier decadent cake to iced biscuits, macaron lollipops – even handmade sugar- dusted marshmallows!

 

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Both of the 2017 Victoria Kay collection wedding gowns were sourced from Something Old Something New bridal boutique, along with select hair accessories. The painterly watercolour effect gown served perfectly to complement the grand country venue and brimming foliage features for decor and bouquet.  The chic up-do hair design came from Michelle Crosser of Bridal Hair in Hampshire, with soft and rosy makeup created by me (Frances Moore MUA)  And all beautifully captured by Az Rehman of Lemontree Photography.

The style of the shoot was aimed at inspiring the fashion forward, yet classic bride with a love for the country glamour of this stunning Manor. As a collective of passionate suppliers we wanted to show couples that local needn’t constrain style or possibility.

 

S U P P L I E R S

P H O T O G R A P H Y  Lemontree Photography

H A I R  Bridal Hair in Hampshire

M A K E U P  Frances Moore MUA

V E N U E  Burley Manor Barn and Burley Manor

F L O W E R S  The Wild Fox

D R E S S  +  A C C E S S O R I E S  Something Old Something New

D E S S E R T  T A B L E  Sweetcheeks Bakehouse

C H A I R  C O V E R S  +  M E N U S  Fundoo Weddings

M O D E L  Sophie Waldron

A walk on the wild side…Trail Trends 2017

Trail through nature with 2017’s trend forecast collection of inspired shoots…

 

2016 was a huge treat on our senses from the use of scented herb foliage, foraged berries and gold-sprayed fruit deliciously cut open and placed amongst beautiful florals and trailing greenery, to the use of textiles such as macramé, velvet, silk and fur, making you want to reach out and touch everything. And whilst trends do come and go, these are a few I think will withstand and endure the ever-evolving wedding world as we head into 2017:

Bouquets are becoming more and more untamed than ever before; with brides choosing flamboyant free-flowing flowers and adopting a ‘more is more’ approach when it comes to foliage. This increasing use of foliage is owed to the earthy, eco-conscious bohemian vibe dominating Pinterest and being shared across most wedding blogs. Furthermore, with the rapid rise of British grown flowers, the less usual and normally overlooked seasonal blooms are having a resurgence. Exciting, new varieties of carnations and chrysanthemums are becoming statement flowers within floral design.

 

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G A R T H M Y L  H A L L  B O H O  L U X E

P H O T O G R A P H Y  Rocksalt Photography
S T Y L I N G  For the Love of Weddings
F L O R A L  D E S I G N  Pheasant Botanica
C A K E  Tiers of Happiness
V E N U E  Garthmyl Hall
S T A T I O N E R Y  Anon Design
P R O P S  The Vintage Hire Company

 

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Floral design has become a huge element of wedding décor – a wedding stylist must work hand in hand with the floral designer, both are so intrinsically linked. As well as bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces, blooms have become a vital part of every design element – from flower walls and hanging backdrops as well as on chairs, seating plans, in the ceremony and on the wedding cake, they’re everywhere. Most excitingly are the amount of hanging installations I’ve seen in marques, outdoor styled shoots and above the top tables.

 

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P U Z Z L E W O O D

P H O T O G R A P H Y  Captured by Katrina (Katrina Bartlam)
S T Y L I N G  For the Love of Weddings
F L O R A L  D E S I G N  Pheasant Botanica
S T A T I O N E R Y / S I L K  B A C K D R O P  Oh Wonder Calligraphy
D R E S S E S  Minna
C A T E R I N G  Paisley Flour Catering
P R O P S  The Vintage Hire Company
M U A  +  H A I R  Kerry Tedds
C A K E  Cake Daydreams

 

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S U M M E R H O U S E

Garthmyl Hall summerhouse shoot credits

P H O T O G R A P H Y Rocksalt Photography
S T Y L I N G  For the Love of Weddings
F L O R A L  D E S I G N Pheasant Botanica
S T A T I O N E R Y  Oh Wonder Calligraphy

 

Some are going to the opposite extreme, however, and are not using florals at all, instead opting for just herbs, foliage, feathers, or giant tree centrepieces! With Pantone shortlisting Kale, Greenery and Hunter’s Green as potential ‘colour of the year’ for 2017, next year will see couples reconnecting with nature; and as floral designers work to compliment seasonal, organic flora and fauna, wedding styling will largely see couples bringing the outside indoors.

 

 

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P H O T O G R A P H Y Joanne Brown Photography
S T Y L I N G  For the Love of Weddings

 

With nature in mind, wedding stylists are experimenting with stripping things right back; outdoor settings, naked wooden tables, exposed walls in warehouses, mixing metals, earthy foliage, industrial lighting, a single stem in a miniature bottle, the list is endless. But whilst this sounds simple and unfussy, it reminds us that anything is possible when styling bespoke, personal celebrations. There are no restrictions on using plain linen, or mixing brass with silver, or experimenting with other materials such as banana leaves, mussel shells and Perspex. And, adding the elegance of handwritten calligraphy instantly transforms these materials without being too opulent.

 

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M A T A R A  O P E N  D A Y 

P H O T O G R A P H Y  Camilla Reynolds Photography
C O N C E P T  +  S T Y L I N G  For the Love of Weddings
F L O R A L  D E S I G N  Pheasant Botanica
S T A T I O N E R Y  Oh Wonder Calligraphy
T A B L E  L I N E N  Table to Dine for
C R O C K E R Y  Vintage Gold China

 

I have recently collaborated with floral designer, Pheasant Botanica, to offer couples a full planning, styling and design service and part of this is offering a luxury patterned linen range for hire. With more hanging installations taking centrepieces away from tables plus the increasing use of foliage, then floral or patterned linen adds depth and colour to a tablescape. Choosing a beautiful linen provides a great basis/foundation for building the rest of the styling on. Couples don’t have to use the standard white linen and silverware most venues offer in their hire price but can add depth and warmth by opting for different colours and patterns. This aspect of design also spills over into using coloured candles, tinted glassware and in 2017 will be influenced quite heavily by the shortlist for Pantone colour of the year. I’m seeing lots of orange tones from bright flame to soft peach and think this compliments the heavy use of foliage beautifully.

Cake designers are taking on an artisan style experimenting with textures, patterns and colour palettes to bring out the simple beauty of nature. Flowers made of sugar icing are either being replaced with natural blooms or are being made with imperfections to appear more lifelike.

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C A K E  Amy Swan
P H O T O G R A P H Y  Tobias Tayo