We’ve had a little break from our TNWC Real Brides but we’re back today with the lovely Caroline who got married back in May. Along with her now husband Gareth, they planned a beautiful and laid back wedding on their farm in Nottinghamshire. It has been a long time coming but I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about her day and soon I hope to share her official wedding photos.
Over to Caroline…
Wow – has it really been 6 months since our wedding day! I really can’t quite believe how much time has flown, and in some ways, our day seems like a lifetime ago, but in others it feels like yesterday!
I know everyone says that your wedding day is the best day of your life, but it really, really is! We had the most magical day right from the second we woke up and it wasn’t raining (hooray!!) until we finally stopped dancing at 2am, and were whisked away to a secret location for our first night as Mr and Mrs Stafford.
The days leading up to the wedding were heaps of fun and not nearly as stressful as I had feared they might be! I left my little shop in the capable hands of mum and my now mother-in-law and had the whole week to get things ready.
In the months before our big day, apart from cleaning the barn (which to be fair was a fairly big job!!) Gareth had a pretty easy ride of it, but in the last week, bless him, I don’t think he managed to get much sleep! 400 metres of bunting was hung, along with 400 metres of fairy lights and about 100 paper pom poms and he spent most days up on the roof of the barn trying to repair a few leaky spots (the forecast for our wedding day was looking pretty dismal) and around all of this he had 500 cows to milk every day!
The day before the wedding was full on from the crack of dawn – Karen from Darby and Joan arrived at 8am to help start dressing the barn, and within an hour the transformation was already looking pretty special. The only word to describe Karen was ‘amazing.’
Apologies for the break in my Cake Love posts, I have been busy taking care of baby Tilly and my sister Izzy has been snowed under with a project at University, so it’s been a challenge to keep up with the blog recently.
I wanted to start sharing some more wintry wedding ideas and inspiration as we head towards December – can you believe it’s almost here?! Well this cake that I found to share with you today isn’t an actual wedding cake, but I think it would be rather lovely for a couple who want a cake that’s really down-to-earth.
It’s in the ‘naked cake’ style that has been quite popular this year, with its rough icing, which I think gives it a sort of ‘frosty’ appearance – perfect for a winter wedding. The thyme sprigs that have been wrapped around also give it that wintry feel and I love the wild look they give the cake.
We’re back today with the lovely Lucy from Lucy Says I Do, who is sharing with us some of the wonderful DIY projects from her own country wedding. If you missed her first guest blog on designing and creating her bridesmaids dresses, do check it out here. Over to Lucy…
We wanted to embrace the location of the wedding and play with the English Country Garden idea. I love flowers and plants that are found in wild flower meadows and old walled gardens, and I wanted to incorporate these into our wedding. We were also heavily inspired by the wonderful Petersham Nurseries, and their beautiful plants and flowers.
We decorated the area outside of the marquee with a multitude of plants and flowers, many of which we grew from seedlings specifically for the wedding. We decided on the plants and flowers we wanted, and made sure they were likely to be flowering or at least alive at the time of the wedding and set to work planting and potting them up.
This is one of those wedding cakes that I quite fancy bookmarking and recreating as a birthday cake one day in the future. I really love the combination of the barely-there pale pink icing, and the white blossoms and foliage trailing down the tiers – it’s perfectly finished off with those soft red raspberries.
This morning’s wedding cake is all about the cake topper, which captured me the moment I saw it. Whilst this cake might have been made for a flower fairy themed children’s birthday party, I think the cake topper would work equally well on a wedding cake.
A dainty string of fresh flowers is strung between two rustic twigs, a beautiful, natural wedding cake topper that would be a simple DIY project. If I was to try making it, I would simply use a needle and thread to create the flower bunting, before tying the ends to some foraged twigs.
I would recommend that you use organic flowers or those that haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals, because although the flowers aren’t in direct contact with the cake, I would err on the side of caution when it comes to something edible. You could also look at using edible flowers – we have lots of fabulous suppliers on the directory.
I always enjoy coming across wedding ideas that seem fresh and a bit different, and whilst I’ve seen vegetable and farmers market inspired table decorations before, I particularly loved the colours use for this shoot.
There is a great mixture of vases, colours and textures used for these wedding table decorations, and that’s why I really wanted to share these ideas with you. The combination of the amber coloured glasses, the eclectic tiny vases of herbs and blackberries, and even the basket of eggs all together create a very beautiful table.
I especially love the single garden rose amongst the herbs and vegetables…
The coloured glass – both the amber coloured glasses and the green glass bottle provide additional colour, and although I think items like this are still difficult to hire in large enough numbers for a wedding, you could always collect a few from carboots and charity shops and use them for your table decorations instead.
This week on my Facebook page I shared details of a recently married TNWC bride who had some lovely hessian table runners to sell, and I think that’s what led to this week’s choice of wedding cake. If you’re planning a rustic wedding, perhaps in a barn or on a farm, then using hessian and twine to decorate your wedding cake would be a natural choice.
With the addition of some pretty seasonal blooms, this cake shows that you can make rustic rather elegant and that it needn’t be complicated or over-fussy.