It has been quite a while since my last Cake Love feature, things have got a bit crazy with an attempt to take some maternity leave and then this little bundle that’s come along. I wanted to make sure that my first wedding cake back was a good’un and I think you’ll love this one.
This has to be one of my favourite wedding cakes ever (do I say that about most of them?). When I first saw Victoria Sponge wedding cakes I thought they were pretty genius, but this tiered wedding cake made from scones, clotted cream and jam is perhaps even more clever.
It’s one of those cakes that makes me think “why didn’t I think of that?!” If I was planning our wedding now, I would definitely be pinning this cream tea wedding cake to my Pinterest boards and it would be competing against the tiered Victoria Sponge wedding cake.
Last autumn a group of local Kent wedding businesses got together to create a wedding photoshoot inspired by all things vintage and eco-friendly. They created a number of different looks and I have some of them here today to share with you, featuring some pretty vintage dresses, dainty crockery, lovely florals and an exquisite brooch bouquet.
The shoot was another collaboration between TNWC photographer Rebecca Douglas and make-up artist Suzanna who created this ethereal harvest shoot I featured last year. This time, Rebecca and Suzanna swapped the English country field for the beautiful eco-chic The Pines Calyx wedding venue, also one of our TNWC businesses.
This time last year my sweet friend Jen was getting married to her Mr, Chris, as it happens in the lovely village church that we both go to sometimes. It’s in a gorgeous little village called Dunham Massey in the countryside south of Manchester. Most of the cottages are owned by the National Trust so it still has this old fashioned feel to it, and the vicar is just the best ever.
I was lucky enough to meet Jen a couple of days after her wedding for my TNWC 5th Birthday Party and we had previously met up for a cup of tea when Jen emailed me and we suddenly realised for a few months we’d been sat in church together whilst she was busy reading my blog – she created some beautiful paper details for her wedding based on our own wedding stationery.
The Natural Wedding Company is a huge supporter of seasonal British grown flowers (if you’re interested to know more check out the #britishflowers chat that’s happening on Twitter) and so I want to ramp up my support by sharing truly seasonal wedding flower inspiration with you.
I think what can be so hard some times is knowing actually what’s in season in Britain during each month of the year, and even whether it’s seasonal in the part of the country you’re getting married in – for example, the flower growers in Cornwall tend to have blooms earlier than somewhere in the north.
The lovely ladies from The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall have been playing around with some seasonal spring flowers and created these beautiful arrangements that I’m delighted to share with you. The ideal inspiration for those of you planning a spring wedding!
Country tea party wedding at South Farm
I’m utterly delighted to be able to share Anna and James’ relaxed country tea party wedding on the blog today. They got married at South Farm in Cambridgeshire back in June and the lovely Dasha Caffrey captured their wedding.
“Our idea was to have a really relaxed country wedding with bunting, vintage tea cups and hopefully an outdoor ceremony if the weather was good enough! James and I are also real ale enthusiasts, so we had a good number of polypins [barrels] of beer on the bar, which along with the pimms and croquet, helped create a lovely village fete type atmosphere.”
“We fell in love with South Farm as soon as we saw it – it has a very natural charm and just felt like a friendly place. We thought it would be totally out of our budget, but decided to go and have a look anyway as it’s only about 20 minutes from where we live.” It turned out a number of Anna and James’ friends had either been married there or been to weddings at South Farm and all highly recommended it. “I guess having so many personal recommendations just clinched it for us!”
A fun way to serve a cream tea at your wedding – mini metal buckets, blackboard signs and flowerpots
A wedding afternoon tea is incredibly popular at the moment, and whilst I look back and realise I myself called ours an afternoon tea, I realise now it was in fact a cream tea. Before our wedding we invited guests to enjoy scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam in my parents garden. There were no finger sandwiches or dainty cakes, just those three items plus bowls of strawberries.
I personally wanted to have a cream tea as part of our wedding because it is something so interwoven to my past and childhood that I wanted to incorporate a little slice of that. My granny lives in Devon and as I child I remember sitting on her patio eating freshly made scones or splits, topping them with copious amounts of clotted cream made by mum’s cousin who had a dairy herd up the lane, and blobbing on the homemade raspberry jam before filling myself up on these dreamy concoctions.
I’m sure this is a memory that many of you might share with me, albeit in varying forms. I loved this image above because it really highlights the cream tea, and a fun way of displaying it if cake stands aren’t your thing: small metal buckets with blackboard labels stating what’s in them, wooden spoons for serving, and a plant pot overflowing with scones.
I couldn’t finish today without sharing the link to my beautiful friend Jen and her husband Chris’s wedding which was featured on Love My Dress today. Jen and Chris got married back in April in the pretty village church in Dunham Massey – I have been lucky enough to get to know Jen through running my website (it turned out we’d been sat in church together whilst she’d been reading my blog!), making me truly grateful for this lovely little business of mine.
Jen and Chris’s wedding is full of pretty handmade details and personal items from their home, many of which have been passed down through the family – as you’ll see from the lovely feature over on Love My Dress, Jen and Chris’s wedding was heavily inspired by their grandparents.
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