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Holly and Laurie's English picnic wedding

English picnic wedding

I have got some truly lovely exclusive real weddings coming up for you on the blog, so I do hope you’ll check back over the coming weeks to soak up all the wonderful inspiration these brides and grooms have to share.

Today’s real wedding is beautiful.  I feel like I’ve got to know bride Holly over the past year or so as she emailed me a couple of times in the lead up to her wedding – not only was she inspired by my own wedding stationery, but she also won her wedding photography via a competition that I’d promoted on the blog!

Holly and Laurie got married in Shropshire on the 15th of September 2012 with a wedding ceremony held at Ludlow Castle, and followed up by a picnic wedding reception at Henley Farmhouse on the Acton Scott Estate.

Over to Holly to tell us all about their wonderful day…

Seasonal September country wedding flowers

Rustic place names

Picnic wedding wrapped with greaseproof paper and twine

“We both just wanted a really relaxed wedding where all our guests could just have fun.  We wanted a day that was personal to us – we didn’t have a huge budget so we knew from the start that we would probably be doing lots of the work ourselves – with the help of our friends and family.”

“We actually found searching for a venue one of the most stressful parts of planning, we were looking for a blank canvas without lists of suppliers we had to use and we didn’t have lots of money to spend so we struggled to find somewhere.  I grew up in Shropshire and loved the idea of a Shropshire country wedding.”

Photo frame table plan

Country garden flowers

Blackboards

Wedding picnic and menu

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Wedding cheesecakes decorated with dahlias and herbs

It may be turning rainy and wet here in England, but I am well and truly looking ahead to the summer and warmer weather.  I think it’s time to continue on from last week’s summery peony decorated wedding cake, and showcase another flower adorned beauty.

Normally I give you just one picture for my Cake Love feature, but today I’m including three as they show how diverse and pretty the cakes were at this wedding.  There are the stunning cheesecakes above simply decorated with a single showy dahlia at their centre, and some with the addition of some fragrant herbs.

Then there are these antique trays of dainty cupcakes, simply frosted and topped with a selection of edible flowers.  I’ll be saving this idea for a summer party I think…

Cupcakes decorated with edible flowers

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Christmas wedding dessert table

It is increasingly popular at weddings to have a whole table of cakes or desserts rather than a single traditional tiered wedding cake; I had my own with cakes made by our wedding guests, and recently I shared this beautiful new wedding dessert table service from TNWC business And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.

Well, Anna and her team from And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon are back with a festive version, ideal for a winter wedding or Christmas wedding – I was instantly in-love with this dreamy display of cakes, pies, and desserts.  All of them are handmade at their bakery in Manchester and they even come and style the table for you, so it looks this beautiful.

I’m going to be taking inspiration from this for my Christmas celebrations!

Heirloom style winter wedding dessert table

Anna told me a bit more about this festive cake service: “We wanted to take our standard dessert tables and add a festive twist – if you have a winter wedding we can offer a spread that is delicious and decadent in equal measure!  You can treat your friends and family to a range of treats, from delicious mince pies made with our own homemade mincemeat recipe, to the very decadent pear and whiskey tart, or pecan and bourbon brownies.”

Mini wedding pies

Winter wedding desserts

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Rustic wedding dessert table

If you are a fan on Facebook, then this post has been long awaited – not only will you have probably seen this picture, but you might have also seen my sneak peek post here on the blog. Well, without further ado, I am delighted to share with you all the fantastic pictures from this photoshoot as well as introducing you to a fab new business who’s just joined the directory.

Blackboard sign

I’m no stranger to And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, a fabulous cakeshop and cafe in a trendy suburb of Manchester.  I’ve enjoyed some fabulous events held in their tearoom after hours, from the fabulous An Era of Experience press launch party to the Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe bridal workshop, I’ve also enjoyed countless chocolate milkshakes and brownies on lazy afternoons with Mr Rigg and friends.

Chocolate and raspberry torte

Jar of country meadow flowers

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Woodland wedding cake buffet

Following my afternoon at this photoshoot on Monday, a buffet of wedding cakes just had to be shared for this week’s Cake Love blog post.  Why have one cake when you can have many?  And all different flavours and styles?

Why limit yourself to a traditional tiered wedding cake when you could have cake stands and dishes full of your ultimate cakes – chocolate, lemon drizzle, cherry and almond, marble cake, carrot and pecan nut, or a rich nutella cake (Mr Rigg’s favourite!)?

When you have a wide selection of cakes and cupcakes for your wedding, there are so many ways you can display them – from pretty vintage plates or cake stands, to old up-turned cake tins, wooden crates to hessian covered boxes, or even slices of tree trunk for a woodland inspired wedding.

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As the season begins to change and we head into autumn, for me it’s all about homely goodness – whether that be cuddling up by a roaring fire or cooking hearty stews.  So this homespun cake table appealed to me this week, with its simple white tablecloth (using a bed sheet is a good cheaper alternative) and tree trunk cake stands.

I love how they’ve got a variety of cakes but have also got a simple white tiered wedding cake, raised up on a rustic wooden box and surrounded by ivy and moss.  I think it makes a beautiful display of cakes and is great having that focal point.

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If you missed it, yesterday there was part 1 of our pre-wedding afternoon tea in my parents garden – do check it out before reading on or it all might be a bit confusing!

So we’d set up our afternoon tea tent, the scrummy scones and strawberries were out, and pots of stripey paper straws alongside old-fashioned lemonade were ready.

When our family and friends began to arrive, me and Izzy happened to be getting ready in a room above my parents drive, so we could see people arriving.  This is one of my favourite photos from the wedding – check out Alex’s stunning dress (she’s getting married next April in Cornwall – I can’t wait for their wedding!)…

Here is some of the lovely photos Mark shot of people enjoy afternoon tea in the garden – 18 months of hard work starts to come to fruition…

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