wedding cake close up sugar flowers

Wedding Season Begins!

Wedding season has begun!  So I thought I would write a blog post about my first wedding cake of 2017!

Despite being in business for eight years I tend to find the beginning of wedding season nerve-wracking – almost like new-job nerves and it’s always a relief once that first cake of the year is in-situ at the venue.

There is a current trend for muted, pastel shades and whilst I do love gentle colour palettes I am drawn to bold colours and relish working with a strong palette, so am thrilled when brides and grooms plump for a vibrant design!  We drew inspiration from the fresh flowers, the bridesmaid dresses and, of course, the bridal gown!

The Wedding Venue

A glorious one close to my home (love a short cake transit!) namely, The Sun Pavilion, HarrogateSun Pavilions Harrogate

… set in the beautiful Valley Gardens, with oodles of natural light, a stunning stained glass dome and the friendliest and most helpful venue manager!  The sun shone all day and it must have looked beautiful all dressed.  I’m keeping an eye on the couple’s photographer, Dan Dalton Photography’s, social media for professional shots – this first photo Dan’s released is stunning!

The Wedding Flowers

For the sugar flowers we took inspiration from a colourful floral bouquet by the couple’s chosen wedding florist, the very talented Leafy Couture, based in Otley, West Yorkshire.  The fresh flowers included Miss Piggy roses, ranunculus in various colours (yellows and pinks), hot pink tulips, daffodils (narcissi) and grape hyacinth (muscari).

I was hoping to photograph the floral displays but, as the cake was a four-tier with the usual nice tall tiers (each around five to six inches in depth) consisting of four layers of cake and three layers of scrumptious fillings each, it weighed between 15 and 18kg necessitating some assembly and final decoration work in-situ, so I was there nice and early and left before the ‘Leafy Girls’ were due to arrive.  I did stalk their Instagram feed though…. here are some of their beautiful florals captured by Leafy Couture on the day….

Wedding venue flowers

Leafy Couture – staircase details

wedding flowers

Leafy Couture – the top table

wedding venue flowers

Leafy Couture – meadow delights for Sun Pavilion wedding

bridesmaid floral bouquets

Leafy Couture – all the colours for the maids

bridal bouquet

Leafy Couture – Boom! Today’s bridal bouquet

Happiness right there!  Aren’t they beautiful?!

The Bridesmaid Dresses

ChiChi Rhiannon bridesmaid dress

ChiChi London ‘Rhiannon’ bridesmaid dress

Next, we considered the maids’ outfits and decided to include some detail from the ChiChi London ‘Rhiannon’ bridesmaid dresses.  So, using royal icing lace brush embroidery, I replicated the lace on the bodice on to the second tier and the scalloped neckline on the bottom two tiers.

The Wedding Dress

Here’s the dress… Martina Liana ‘Elizabeth’

Martina Liana wedding dress

Martina Liana ‘Elizabeth’ wedding dress

Martina Liana wedding dress back

Martina Liana ‘Elizabeth’ wedding dress – back

Check out this video to see the beautiful sparkle and swish of this dress!  This modern silk fitted gown with a French satin ribbon belt with the twinkliest diamante embellishments provided the inspiration for the detail on the top tier of the cake, achieved with diamante brooches and hand piping, over-painted with silver and white pearl edible lustre.

The Final Design

wedding cake sketch

The Wedding Cake

elegant vibrant wedding cake

Closer….

wedding cake close up detail

wedding cake close up sugar flowers…and at the venue…elegant wedding cake

You’ll also notice buttons all the way down the back to match the dress!back of wedding cake

And here are some close-ups of the sugar flowers which (I think) complemented Leafy Couture’s fresh ones nicely…vibrant sugar flowers

colourful sugar flowers

hot pink and yellow sugar flowers

Professional Photographs by Dan Dalton Photography

Thank you so much to Dan Dalton Photography for these images of the wedding cake in situ at The Sun Pavilion

vibrant wedding cake and top table

Image Credit: Dan Dalton Photography

Closer…

Dan Dalton 1

Image credit www.dandalton.co.uk

and cutting the cake…

cutting the cake

Image credit www.dandalton.co.uk

Flavours

The flavours were…

  • Champagne & Strawberry layered with Marc de Champagne buttercream and strawberry & Marc de Champagne conserve, coated in a layer of Belgian white chocolate ganache
  • Belgian dark chocolate fudge, layered with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and coated in Belgian white chocolate ganache
  • Lemon, layered with zesty lemon buttercream and lemon curd, coated in zesty lemon Belgian white chocolate ganache
  • Madagascan vanilla layered with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and raspberry conserve, coated in Belgian white chocolate ganache

…. and I’ve been told by the groom that they went down very well!

First wedding of the season – tick!

If you’re planning a Yorkshire wedding (I’m based in Harrogate and deliver to venues throughout Yorkshire and parts of the North East) and would like to commission me to design and create your wedding cake please feel free to get in touch!

With love, Amanda x

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