Do you ever find yourself getting past Christmas and suddenly deciding that spring must be on the way? As someone who loves celebrating the seasons I’m guilty of assuming that the new year means a new season, and one where winter melts away quickly and we are suddenly overwhelmed by green shoots and pretty flowers.
So in holding myself back from already switching over to sharing lots of flower laden wedding cakes, I’m sticking the whole seasonal it’s-still-winter thing and celebrating with this simply iced cake with pine cone decoration. For this winter wedding cake I like the added touch of the icing sugar sprinkled on top to make the pine cones appear dusted with snow.
Totally do-able pine cone and candle inspiration for decorating your autumn wedding reception tables
Just a little bit of autumn wedding table decorating inspiration on the blog today. I love this design with it’s autumnal coloured checked tablecloth and simple display of pine cones and candles – it’s such an achievable look and I think that’s fab.
There are some incredible ideas out there for decorating your wedding tables, but sometimes I find them a bit overwhelming – I’m sat there wondering how on earth I would be able to recreate something similar to these elaborate designs on the scale of a wedding (they only ever show one table done up) and also how much it would cost! I completely understand that they’re there to provide inspiration and that you can just pull certain elements, but I do like seeing the occasional idea that looks totally do-able.
I think this look would be even more beautiful if you used those soft golden beeswax candles – and the smell is beautiful!
Seasonal and handcrafted November wedding
It is lovely to be able to share such a beautiful seasonal wedding full of handmade details, and one that took place in November. Photographed by Laura Babb, Dan and Ali’s November wedding was held at Folly Farm, a stunning green wedding venue set amongst 250 acres of woodland and nature reserve. On hearing more about this handcrafted wedding I knew it was just the kind of wedding you would love to see.
“When we found Folly Farm we knew it was the right spot. We completely lucked out with the weather on the day, it was hard to believe it was November – but as we fell for Folly Farm’s vantage point and woodland walks on a dreich February morning, we knew it would be beautiful no matter what.”
This might be one of my favourite winter wedding cakes – I’m not sure I’ve seen that many really wintery sweet wedding cakes, with fruit pies and pork pies (remember last weeks!) seem to be a good wintery alternative to wedding cake. But this one, with it’s three layers from dark to white chocolate, sat a top of pies of branches, and decorated with ivy, red berries, lichen covered twigs and pines cones, just captures the whole spirit of winter.
If you’re looking for wedding cake inspiration, and what something a bit different or more natural looking, don’t forget out all the Cake Love posts for my favourite finds.
If you read the blog regularly you might know that I recently spent the weekend in Paris with my little sister Izzy. We had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere in Paris at Christmas – from the twinkly lights strung from every tree and across ever street, to the incredible shop window displays. Paris at Christmas is truly magical and well worth a visit to anyone interested – perfect for a honeymoon if you’re not wanting to laze on a beach getting a tan.
So having selected those bits that stuck in my mind from our weekend in Paris, I have scoured the internet to find ideas and inspiration on how you could bring a little bit of Paris at Christmas to your winter wedding. If you’d like to see more pics from our weekend in Paris you can find them here.
I absolutely loved the twinkling lights everywhere and think that lighting is so vital in how you create a cosy atmosphere. I came across this idea of putting fairylights into bottles and I think it’s so fun and really captures the essence of the Paris Christmas lights. There are tutorials on how to drill a hole in old wine bottles…but I’m sure you could just use battery powered ones if you wanted (remember to get rechargeable batteries).
The below left picture combines not only the twinkling lights (both electric and tealights) but also the twigs and branches which we saw used a lot in Paris window displays…
Red and white inspiration for a Christmas wedding or celebration using cranberries, candles and fircones
The countdown to Christmas has begun, it is less than a week away so I wanted to share some more Christmas wedding ideas, although I think they could be equally lovely for your home.
I love this easy idea of filling cut-off brown paper bags with fresh cranberries, and then popping a white candle in each. Without a table number they would be great on your Christmas table.
November seems to have well and truly arrived today, with everywhere damp and chilly, and trees bare with their leaves around their roots. Something jolly is in order I think, to bring a little cheer to this weekend – and what better than a gorgeous autumn inspired wreath with apples, berries and pine cones, and ivy woven throughout.
This pretty seasonal wreath above is made by JW Blooms, one of the lovely florists listed on the directory. If you are planning an autumnal wedding and want to reflect the season in the way you decorate, why not incorporate some natural wreaths – they would look stunning hanging on the heavy old doors to a church, or perhaps the entrance to a rustic barn. Smaller versions could be tied to the back of the bride and grooms chairs with a loop of ribbon, or even placed on tables with flickering candles in the middle.
And if you’re not getting married you can still get one of these beautiful wreaths (the apple wreath is the ‘Somerset’ for your front door – they come in three other designs including ‘Festive’, ‘Nordic’, and ‘Traditional’.
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