Whilst round tables are still a common choice for wedding meals, I must say I’m a fan of the longer trestle table layout. In a funny sort of way, I find them more sociable, despite the fact that a circular table where everyone is facing each other would suggest they are more suited to conversation.
What I find with round tables, is there are often so large and the noise from chatter in the wedding reception space of such a level that I can never hear anyone except the two people I’m sat next to. This is one of the main reasons why I’m a fan of long trestle tables. If you are looking for ideas on how to decorate this kind of table arrangement, and perhaps on a budget, this idea for using a collection of mismatched smaller vases filled with just a few sprigs of flowers and herbs is a lovely idea.
If you can collect or hire a good selection of pretty vases and containers, then filling them with a few select blooms or foliage means that you don’t have to spend a fortune on floral table centrepieces.
For today’s Cake Love feature I chose this incredibly elegant, pale peach coloured wedding that is beautifully adorned with fresh flowers.
The wedding cake itself is simple and understated, with smooth icing in a pale peach colour and dainty ribbons at the base of each tier. In a complementary palette of white and shades of purple, there is this elegant waterfall effect of fresh blooms tumbling down the cake.
I have a lovely bit of wedding cake inspiration for you today. These stunning cake designs were created by Amy who runs Amy Swann Cakes, and who is also one of our fab recommended suppliers on the directory.
Amy is incredibly talented at creating some of the most realistic and beautiful sugar flowers I’ve ever seen. You might recall this incredible wildflower wedding cake design of Amy’s I featured last autumn, and despite recently welcoming twin baby girls into her family, she has still been busy dreaming up these lovely designs for her clients.
Last week I shared all the gorgeous photos from my seasonal wedding hair flowers mini shoot with The Garden Gate Flower Company – if you haven’t seen them already and are dreaming of wearing flowers in your hair at your wedding, click here right now for a heady dose of floral inspiration.
As much as I love sharing all the pretty pictures to inspire you for your weddings, I also like to show the real ‘behind-the-scenes’ stuff that goes into a wedding shoot and the small businesses that put in all the hard work. Today I’ve got all the behind-the-scenes photos from my day at The Garden Gate Flower Company, beautifully captured on film by Taylor & Porter Photographs.
I’m going to hand you over to Maz from The Garden Gate Flower Company who will tell you their experience of the day…
“A misty, typically Cornish day back in June was positively brightened by Charlie from The Natural Wedding Company who stopped off on her TNWC South West Roadtrip. We had a little workshop of our own and focused on hair. Charlie has totally sparked a new interest in native grasses (or … errm, weeds to us gardeners: until now? I am totally embracing the ‘can’t beat them join them’ aspect of this idea!).”
I’m almost not sure how to follow last week’s beautiful strawberry and herb wedding cake, it was just perfect for a summer wedding. Following on the summery theme, I really loved this cake for its unusual tower of bundt cakes.
My knowledge of bundt cakes is that you make them in a special cake tin which creates this lovely, curvy ring shape and they are quite dense but rather tasty. I love the idea of using different sized bundt tins to create a wedding cake tower.
Simply decorated with some dusted sugar and a ring of summer berries, the sweet cake topper is a great way to ensure this cake is definitely a wedding cake and not just for a weekend celebration.
Can you believe it, two of my lovely TNWC Real Brides are getting married this week! Nik and Chris are getting hitched today (!!!) in Wales (read all about their wedding plans here) and the lovely Emma and Chris will be tying the knot in Cornwall on Saturday. Even though these lovely ladies are around my own age, I still feel a bit like a mother hen with them getting married.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed their journeys and creative plans, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to hearing how it went and seeing the pictures. If you have recently got engaged or are just starting to plan your 2014 wedding, maybe you’d like to be one of my next TNWC Real Brides – full details here.
Today though, it’s over to Emma who has done one final blog post as a ‘Miss’…
I thought I would just pop by to say hello before the big day at the end of this week! We have made a few last minute decisions, one of which is probably the best last minute decision any bride could make – we booked a videographer. I had been toying with the idea for months but decided to take the plunge.
Our photographer Becca posted a link to Pete’s work on her Facebook page. We didn’t have the budget for a video but I thought it would be worth a shot to ask, firstly if he was free (only weeks before the wedding) and to see if he could do reduced coverage with a reduced price. We came up trumps as not only is he mega talented; he was free on our wedding day and did us a brilliant deal.
A couple of weeks ago I was travelling around Devon and Cornwall visiting TNWC businesses, and as part of that roadtrip I got to spend a whole day with the lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flower Company (you can read more about it here). We had made plans to do a little shoot of seasonal wedding hair flowers, and despite the fact that it was a wet and windy day on the farm, we were undeterred.
Flower crowns have been a popular wedding trend for over a year now, and don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Whilst I absolutely love them, I noticed they were getting bigger and bolder, and felt that I would never have felt confident or comfortable to pull off a flower crown like that for my wedding. It got me wanting to share some inspiration for more subtle and understated hair flowers, yet still incredibly beautiful.
Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company equally loved the idea, especially as they’ve had more and more brides this year asking for more demure hair flowers, so it was a great opportunity to try out their ideas. We were joined on this wild June day by Louise and Teo from Taylor & Porter Photographs who have captured Becca and Maz’s designs exquisitely.
Louise and Teo have recently relocated to Cornwall and their photography business Taylor & Porter Photographs is quite special – why? Because they only shoot on vintage cameras using film. With at least six of us huddled in the polytunnel at The Garden Gate Flower Company for the shoot, it was pretty magical listing to the whizz and click of Louise and Teo’s vintage cameras.
Somehow I ended up ‘modelling’ a number of the hair flowers, which wasn’t my intention, but my long hair wound me up in the styling seat when Becca and Maz’s friend who was going to model for us had to leave early. I am not one for having my photo taken, especially when I’m not prepared with a bit of make-up and less windswept hair – I’m hoping the hair flowers are so stunning you don’t even notice me!
Enough talking, over to the flowers…