allerton castle wedding

Allerton Castle Wedding

Allerton Castle Wedding

Today, I’m talking about F & J’s intimate Allerton Castle wedding.

Destination Weddings

It’s not unusual for me to receive wedding cake enquiries from couples travelling considerable distances to marry in Yorkshire.  Indeed, many couples travel to me from London for their wedding cake consultation but 2018 has seen a rise in international enquiries.  This year I’ve held wedding consultations with couples from California, Germany and Hong Kong, opting for a destination wedding in Yorkshire.  Ultimately, these lovely couples have commissioned me to design and create their wedding cake!

The Venue

F & J chose to travel from Hong Kong to marry at Allerton Castle, which is an elegant and illustrious gothic revival stately home.  It’s a stunning venue for weddings as well as a TV and film location.  Having travelled to many venues in my nine years in business, I think Allerton Castle is definitely one of the most opulent!

Allerton Castle Staircase

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding.

Allerton Castle gallery and staircase

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding.

The Photographer

F & J told me they had chosen Joel Skingle Photography to capture their wedding.

Generally, for my website Portfolio, I photograph my cakes at home but I do then try my best to achieve decent venue shots (with very limited success!) using a good camera and my tripod.  Unfortunately, on F & J’s wedding day when I set up the cake, the daylight wasn’t great and the room wasn’t yet dressed.  I rarely ask photographers for images, realising they must be inundated with requests.  However, I did tentatively approach Joel to ask if he would be willing to provide any of his images of the cake.  And really, his Studio Manager, Sophie’s, reply is the whole basis for this blog post!  In the end, I wasn’t sent just one of Joel’s images, instead Sophie sent me a lovely email granting me access to the whole image gallery, enabling me to download many images!

Joel has already blogged F & J’s wedding, so I just concentrated on the details pertinent to the cake – the flowers and the dress.  As demonstrated above, though, I couldn’t help but download a couple of gorgeous venue shots too!

The Florist

Most of my wedding cakes feature sugar flowers inspired by my couples’ chosen floral styling, so I’ll concentrate on those first.  F & J chose the very talented Joanna of Twisted Willow Floristry.  Here are some of Joel’s images of Joanna and her team’s beautiful work…

an initial peek…

Hand tied bouquet ribbon

Joel Skingle Photography

the full bouquet…

Blush pink and blue wedding bouquet by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography. Bouquet by Twisted Willow Floristry.

closer…

Wedding bouquet by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

Bouquet by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

and closer still…

Close up wedding bouquet by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

Gorgeous florals on the sweeping staircase…

Staircase flowers by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

Staircase florals by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

Close up staircase wedding flowers by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

Floral staircase styling by Twisted Willow Floristry

Joel Skingle Photography

The Wedding Dress

A beautiful lace one but, unfortunately, I’m unaware of the designer so am unable to credit.  If anyone reading recognises it please let me know!  Here it is!

Bride in wedding dress captured from behind

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding.

Buttoning wedding dress

Joel Skingle Photography

Buttoning wedding dress close up

Joel Skingle Photography

Wedding dress lace

Joel Skingle Photography

Wedding dress lace close up

Joel Skingle Photography

wedding gown lace

Joel Skingle Photography

wedding dress lace

Joel Skingle Photography

The Design Process

During our Skype consultation, phone calls and subsequent emails J told me that Twisted Willow planned to use a variety of pink, blue and white flowers.  Potentials were avalanche roses, sweet avalanche roses, stocks, eucalyptus, lisianthus, delphiniums, larkspur and a variety of foliage to create F’s trailing teardrop-style bouquet.  I spot some veronica, grape hyacinth, wax flowers and sea holly too!

Twisted Willow Floristy teardrop bouquet

Joel Skingle Photography

Twisted Willow Floristry close up teardrop bouquet

Joel Skingle Photography

F & J’s was an intimate wedding, with a small two-tier cake, therefore we couldn’t include them all so I designed the cake, incorporating their chosen colour palette of blush pink and dusty blue, with an arrangement of sugar flowers inspired by some of the fresh ones.  I also included some lace detail from the gorgeous dress.  Here’s my sketch…Blush pink and dusty blue trailing floral wedding cake sketch

Creating

I didn’t take many progress shots but, as I hadn’t made them before, did capture the delphiniums…sugar delphiniums

sugar delphiniums

F & J chose two tiers of caramel cake with almond praline buttercream and salted caramel sauce.  To whet your appetite, here’s my homemade almond praline…

and the salted caramel sauce…

I iced the cakes in blush pink and dusty blue sugarpaste….

The Cake

Here are Joel Skingle’s photos of F & J’s wedding cake (I’ve been far too self-indulgent, including colour and black and white images!)…

Blush pink and dusty blue wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Trailing floral wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Wedding cake with sugar flowers

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Floral wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

close up sugar flowers

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Floral wedding cake close up

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

blush and blue wedding cake close up

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

floral wedding cake aerial view in black and white

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

blush pink and blue wedding cake aerial view

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

floral wedding cake aerial view in black and white

Joel Skingle Photography

Blush pink and pastel blue floral wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

floral two tier wedding cake black and white image

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Close up hand piped lace wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Close up hand piped lace wedding cake black and white image

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Blush pink and dusty blue floral cascade two tier wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Trailing floral wedding cake black and white image

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Allerton Castle Ballroom ornate ceiling and chandeliers

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design.

Allerton Castle Ballroom

Joel Skingle Photography

bride and groom about to cut their cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Amanda Earl Cake Design. Twisted Willow Floristry.

Cutting the cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design. Twisted Willow Floristry.

bride and groom cutting their wedding cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design. Twisted Willow Floristry.

bride and groom kissing whilst cutting their cake

Joel Skingle Photography. Allerton Castle Wedding. Amanda Earl Cake Design. Twisted Willow Floristry.

Thank you so much to Joel Skingle Photography for allowing me unbridled access to his gorgeous images – it’s very kind and a real treat for me!  I do harp on about how choosing a good photographer for your wedding day is the most important element of your wedding planning.  But it’s true!  It’s an investment and F & J will have Joel’s beautiful images for life!

Bespoke Wedding Cake Design

If you’re planning your own Yorkshire wedding – destination or otherwise – and would like to commission me to design and create your bespoke wedding cake please feel free to get in touch!

With love, Amanda xAmanda Earl monogram