Friday, 17 May 2013

1920's wedding photoshoot, inspired by the Great Gatsby

Yesterday, saw the UK release of Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby. So this is the perfect time for me to share the details of a photoshoot I took part in earlier on this year. I couldn't believe our luck when I woke up that morning to a bright, clear, sunny day..... perfect photoshoot weather!

The photoshoot was designed and co-ordinated by Louise Harris, the Warwickshire Wedding Planner and was inspired by the 1920's .... the era of jazz music, glamour and flapper girls. Ashorne Hill, in Warwickshire, proved to be the perfect location for this glamorous shoot.

The beautiful Clare Maher was our bride and she wore a stunning bespoke wedding dress made specifically for the day by Jacqueline Doxey.

Jacqueline also provided these stunning shoes and headdress. I loved this headdress as soon as I saw it and it was the inspiration for the wedding cake I provided. I wanted the cake to reflect the elegance and glamour of the 1920's rather than have an art deco feel to it, so as soon as I saw the headdress I knew I had a design I could work on.

Dessert and cake tables are an increasingly popular choice in so many weddings now and I thought that a cake table would work well for our photoshoot. I baked some vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting, made some white chocolate cakepops and sourced some macarons from a french patisserie in Leamington, Comme-Ci, Comme-Ca. I set this up in the octagon room at Ashorne Hill and was so pleased how the huge windows framed the display. 

The bespoke wedding stationary was provided by Melanie's Studio Designs. The talented artist took her inspiration from the bold, extravagant and iconic imagery of the 1920's art deco and created an elegant set of matching stationary.

Our bride and bridesmaids were given a 1920's makeover by Louise from Warwickshire Bridal Hair and Makeup

Our newly weds standing by their vintage Rolls Royce from Celestial Cars

The flapper girl bridesmaids with their feather boas and long string pearls added to the 1920's feel as well as bringing some fun to the day.

We were treated to live jazz music during the shoot, courtesy of The Top Hats. They performed a great Charleston so that the bride, groom and the bridesmaids could show off their dance moves!  

Last, but most definitely not least, a huge thank you must go to Linda Scannell Photography. I love Linda's style of photography and the attention she pays to getting things just right. I think she has captured the essence of the day beautifully and I hope you have enjoyed looking at our work. You can see more of Linda's photos from the shoot on my facebook page.

The team

Photography and film:
Jazz Band: The Top Hats - to book contact
Vintage Rolls Royce wedding car:
Bespoke designer wedding dress:
Venue dressing and chair covers:
Cake and sweet table:
Bespoke wedding stationery:
Vintage gramophone and crockery:
Groom's white bow tie:
Bride - Clare Maher:

Monday, 8 April 2013

Disney Rapunzel doll cake and matching cupcakes

Disney Rapunzel doll cake

I loved making this cake! The doll was provided by the customer and wrapped in cling film so that it could be safely inserted into the cake. 

Tangled themed cupcakes
I made some matching cupcakes for the party bags.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Pilot Cupcakes

Airline themed cupcakes

These cupcakes were made for a pilot's birthday. The toppers are all modelled from sugarpaste icing and include planes, hat, flight case and Monarch airlines logo.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Horse cake and cupcakes

I was asked to make a horse themed cake for a girls birthday party recently. I presented a few different options and the one that they chose had little sugarpaste figurines modelled on the two horses that the birthday girl rides with matching cupcakes.

Horse themed birthday cake with matching cupcakes

 The cupcakes were vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream and were used as the party favours and packed up in cupcake pods.

Horse cupcakes

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Teddy bear cake

I really loved making this cake and was quite sad to say goodbye to him!
Alfie bear is made from chocolate mud cake with vanilla buttercream frosting for his fur.
Happy 1st Birthday Alfie - hope you had a great day! x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Three tier white wedding cake

This three-tier white wedding cake was delivered to Warwick House in Southam last week. The design was created by the bride to compliment their wedding scheme and I turned the design into reality. Each tier is a different flavour sponge, covered in white sugarpaste icing with very pale liberty blue and lemon chiffon detailing. The little bride and groom figurines were made by the bride and looked so cute x 

Congratulations to a lovely couple!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Pink peony wedding cake

A three-tier wedding cake covered in pale pink sugarpaste icing, decorated with pale pink ribbons and handmade pale pink sugar peonies. I love peonies and think they make a very elegant looking wedding cake.

I also took a picture with just one peony on the cake which I think also looks really effective too.