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The Natural Wedding Company

This week as we delve into The Natural Wedding Company directory I have some more lovely businesses to showcase – just some of the fantastic suppliers you can find to help you plan a more natural wedding.  If you like what you see and want to search for more, click on the links below or take a look around the directory which can be found at the top right of the webpage in the lovely luggage tag.

Posh & Swanky Cupcake Classes

If you want a girlie hen party why not try something different and have a Posh & Swanky Cupcake Party?  You don’t even have to go out, they’ll come to your home and provide a fun evening of cupcake decorating – plus you get to take home your cupcakes at the end of it and devour them all to yourself.  Visit the directory for more details and a full list of alternative hen and stag party activities.

Andy Rapkins Photography

Andy Rapkins is a wedding photographer based in Dorset – he combines the unobtrusive, documentary style with a considered fine-art approach to produce timeless images that are richly packed with emotion and humour.  As well as being a top-notch photographer he also works closely with environmentally sensitive UK suppliers.  Visit the directory for a full list of green wedding photographers.

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Dish and Spoon cupcake decorating class

If you follow regularly you may remember me mentioning that I was booked onto a cupcake decorating class in nearby Didsbury with And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.  The photos from the evening have been just been published on Facebook so thought I’d share a few (that’s me and my friend Jen showing off our cakes).

Dish and Spoon cupcake decorating class

This was a totally fun evening and I would highly recommend doing this as a hen party alternative to wearing mini skirts, “L” plates and getting pissed.  Although I’m sure you could still wear the mini skirt and “L” plates if you like.  Here’s those all important details on some of the fab businesses who can organise cupcake decorating hen parties.

Dish and Spoon cupcake decorating class

That’s me concentrating very hard as I pipe my first cupcake – I put my piping skills to good use on the weekend siliconing the gap around our front windows!  And below are some of the pretty sugar butterflies we all made, drying out ready to go on our cupcakes.

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Yesterday evening I had a wonderful time learning how to decorate cupcakes with And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.  Whether you are wanting to plan a more alternative and meaningful hen party, or you’re planning on making your own wedding cake from cupcakes, you should consider having a cupcake decorating party.

Our evening looked a bit like this – just at night – I hope to share a photo of my cupcakes when they’re available…


Image: Jonny Draper

There are some wonderful businesses out there offering these services, and tailored specifically for hen parties and weddings.  They can be found all over the country, but some in particular are a bit special, I think, because they are passionate and committed to using high quality ingredients – fair trade, free range, organic, seasonal, local.

So today I’m paying homage to them.  Girls, its time to roll up your sleeves, pop on your apron, and learn a great new skill – and have a good giggle with your girl friends while you’re at it.

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Posh & Swanky Cupcakes is one of the new businesses to be listed on The Natural Wedding Company directory, running couture cupcake classes in Leeds.  Andrea, the talent behind Posh & Swanky Cupcakes contacted me to tell me all about her latest cupcake class called ‘English Romance’.

Andrea told me that this class is inspired by “dreamy old England, afternoon tea, and shabby chic” and at the end of this class your cakes will deserve to be saved on your best vintage china.

In this class you’ll make moist green tea cupcakes (which sound incredible!) that are then covered in fluffy buttercream, fondant, and are then piped using Royal Icing.  Andrea says that the colours for this collection are “pale, sophisticated and romantic” and that the cupcakes are “sumptuously adorned with fondant and sugar paste jewels, roses and pearls.”

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This weekend is my hen party.  I know little more than it’s on Sunday and I should bring warm clothes and wellies!  Organised by two dear friends and colleagues, it definitely won’t be the traditional hen party of ‘L’ plates and straws that look like willies.  Stay tuned for photos!

If like me, you’d like something a little different then how about a cupcake decorating party?  Suzi from Pretty Witty Cakes is a master at creating beautiful cupcakes, but she can also teach you and your friends how to create your own beautiful designs.

Pretty Witty Cakes cupcakes courses and classes

The bespoke hen party cupcake classes can be hosted in Suzi’s kitchen or held in your home, she’ll turn up with all the cakes ready made and then teach you how to pipe with various nozzles, do a two-toned swirl, and make great cupcake toppers like handbags, shoes or lacy undies – perfect for a giggly girly party!

Pretty Witty Cakes cupcakes courses and classes

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