Lavender crepe wedding cake

What a pretty wedding cake this is, what with the dusting of icing sugar and the decoration of lavender and ferns.  What is most impressive is that it’s made entirely of paper thin crepes – no sponge cake here.

There are all kinds of alternatives to your traditional wedding cake, but this isn’t one I’ve seen before and perfect if want something a bit different.  I’m not sure how you eat it – whether you’d cut slices normally, or whether you’d dish out the layers of crepes to your guests – any thoughts?

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Wild and natural Welsh wedding

Wild and natural Welsh wedding

I’m in-love with today’s wedding for its laid-back and relaxed attitude – for me, Rhiannon and Richard seem to have really captured what your wedding day should really be about: love, family, friends, good company and delicious food.

They got married in September 2011 with a beautiful weekend-long wedding held at Fforest, just outside Cardigan in Wales.  Rhiannon and Richard really did their wedding their way – with no photographer, no over-the-top details, just lots of fun and a super relaxed weekend surrounded by their family and friends.

Tiny coastal Welsh church

Rhiannon is a freelance journalist who writes about all things green, community, and outdoor travel related, and Richard runs Greentraveller, so it’s not hard to see why their wedding embraced all things natural.

They got married at Mwnt Church, a tiny white building perched on the Welsh coast.  Rhiannon wore a oyster coloured dress from Donna Karan and carried a gorgeous bouquet of cornflowers and herbs.

BareBlooms wild and natural wedding bouquet

“My flowers were by Chloe at BareBlooms, who I found through The Natural Wedding Company, and were exactly what I wanted.  They were a mix of wild-looking flowers and herbs.”  The flowers for the buttonholes they picked themselves from the garden at Fforest.

Seasonal cornflower and herb wedding bouquet

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Pork pie and cheese wedding cake

I have been overwhelmed by a stack of beautiful wedding cake pictures for my Cake Love feature, so picking today’s has been difficult.  Anyway, after much umming and aahing I’ve settled for this magnificent ‘cake’ of pork pies, cheese, and a fruit cake.  Wow.  And all made by a mommy (I must note here that I am not American, I am English, but spent a couple of years living in America when I was younger and my mum decided she preferred being a mom, so that’s the tale behind that one).

Back to cake – this cake it just beyond words really and speaks for itself.  Not only did was this cake homemade, you’ll notice the pies have quotes on them written in pastry, and in the middle is a small piece of a tree branch bearing the couples initials.  Never underestimate the baking and crafting skills of family and friends!

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woodland wedding pie ideas

Today’s wedding cake inspiration is just too cute and ideal if you really don’t want a mountain of white frosting and sugar flowers.  This is a simple wedding pie, with crisp golden pastry and generously filled with some kind of fruit, at least that’s what I imagine.  It is topped with two very sweet birds – you could use ceramic figurines or those feathered kind that appear in shops around Christmas.

I do like this idea of displaying wedding cakes on tree trunks, and this stump is impressive – I actually like how large it is compared to the wedding “cake” – I think it suggests that this is a pretty special really tasty wedding pie.  I also really like that the “cake” isn’t sitting straight onto the stump, instead it is raised up on a while china cake stand.  And of course, a pair of kitsch porcelain deer makes this whole cake table quirky and fun.

And because I know you all hate it if I post a photo and don’t share the link to the rest of the wedding…go check out the rest of the photos from this autumnal New England wedding.  I spent a few years of my teens living in New England so for me this wedding brings back some happy memories.

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alternative quirky wedding cake

On the week that I’m celebrating the launch of the new website and blog, I thought I’d go for something a bit unusual and funky for my Friday ‘Cake Love’ feature.  So here it is – a long thin, rectangular shaped wedding cake, iced in demure cream frosting but hidden within…multi-coloured layers of cake.  For me, the pastel shades of this layer cake are just right – ideal for someone who wants something a little out of the ordinary at their wedding, but still with that ‘weddinging’ feel.

What do you all think?  Too bonkers?  Or fun and quirky?

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I currently can’t remember when I last ate a salad, which in August feels wrong.  Hopefully as this post goes live on the blog I will be sunning myself in jolly Cornwall – pretty please!  But for now I’m feeling like autumn is well and truly on its way, and even if its not, I’m sure there are lots of brides who are looking forward to a lovely autumnal wedding.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you probably know by now that I love all things rustic.  For me, this wedding cake, if you can call it that, does it for me on so many levels.  Firstly, it’s rustic and homemade looking.  Secondly, it’s tiered in a non-wedding way, perhaps it could be served on a handmade stand from battered old pie tins?  And thirdly, I love the sweet little birds on top – a nod to childhood nursery rhymes maybe?

Who else is with me on loving this light-hearted take on the traditional white wedding cake with its neat icing and perfect piping?

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With colder nights and Autumn starting to creep towards us, what better than a wedding cake made of pies!  This stunning tower of homemade pies, each with its individual touches would look fantastic at an Autumn or Winter wedding.  Garnished with berries and a dusting of icing sugar and these pies are fit for a wedding feast.

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