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Nasturtium wedding cake with Sylvanian Family cake topper

So I’ve spent ages umming and ahhing between two weddings on which to share for this week’s Cake Love feature.  In the end, I’ve opted for the one with a splash of colour as the past couple of cakes have been quite neutral.  It’s also wonderfully evocative of summer – just look at those hot red and orange nasturtiums (and edible of course!).

On closer inspection I noticed that each tier of the cake is a chocolate shade lighter, which is a nice touch, and who could resist the Sylvanian Families bunny couple cake topper!

I hold my hands up and stand guilty on this blog of indulging in childhood memories and whims, I’ve more than once mentioned my childhood love of Brambly Hedge.  I was also a massive Sylvanian Families fan, I had a little cottage and the gypsy caravan and horse.  My Sylvanian Families were forever getting married, I just wish I’d thought of using them as wedding cake toppers for our wedding!

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living wedding centerpieces

Recently I received an email from a TNWC bride-to-be who was looking for inspiration and ideas for planted, living centrepieces.  I offered to see what was out there – a firm believer that there must be something more exciting than just potted up plants.  Here’s what I came up with…

Ferns

Along with grasses, I think ferns of overlooked when it comes to wedding flowers and arrangements, so I was delighted to come across a couple of fantastic ideas using ferns.  I’ve got more coming soon on ferns in bouquets, so stay tuned if you like the idea, but you can also see these fern and moss centrepieces I featured recently.

fern wedding centrepieces

These living ferns, planted in a variety of glass containers, along with a few other plants that look like they are shade loving, just look so beautiful set at the centre of these reception tables.  Combined with white linens and an eclectic mix of candlesticks they have that old world appeal to them.

fern wedding centrepieces

I would love one of these in my home – they are so cheerful, and if you made them for your wedding tables at least you could fill your house (or give some away) with beautiful plants that would continue to live long after your wedding day.

Herbs

I think potted herbs as centerpieces have been a firm favourite for a while now, but that doesn’t meant to say they should be placed in the “so last year” category.  Not only do herbs come in all different shapes and sizes, but they smell beautifully too – and if the herbs happen to be flowering at the time of your wedding even better!  Think tiny blue rosemary flowers and clusters of pink thyme flowers.  Yum!

herb wedding centrepieces

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seasonal wedding flowers with wild grasses and berries

Following up from my post about using grasses in wedding arrangements and bouquets, I wanted to share some pictures of from Susanne at The Blue Carrot in Cornwall, one of the businesses listed in the flower section of the directory.  She got in touch with me after the original blog post to say that she loves using grasses in her arrangements and to share a couple of pictures.

Thought you’d all like to see some on a dreary January afternoon!  Any favourites?

The Blue Carrot seasonal wedding flowers

I love these deep wine colours with the silvery green grasses and foliage, and the spray of blackberries too.

Seasonal wedding flowers in Cornwall

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ohhowcharming15

I am not a huge fan of the traditional wedding cake.  I find them too manicured and perfect looking, and I’m a bit of a rustic girl at heart.  I never thought that I would ever find a wedding cake that I thought was beautiful, and then I saw this one above.

This was the first wedding cake I saw that changed my mind.  A simple white cake, which looks like it has been casually frosted but in a way that looks purposeful.  And then there’s those nasturtiums – who would have known that a combination of white, greens and orangey-reds could look so beautiful.

This was the second cake to change my thinking on wedding cakes.  Whoever first came up with the idea of using a hefty slice of tree trunk as a cake stand was, in my opinion, a genius.  Again, a simply frosted white cake, brought alive by that earthy chunk of tree.  I’m sure you can easily source offcuts of wood like this from local wood yards, or the people who manage your nearby woodland.

woodland wedding cake

What it is that draws me to loving cakes like these are: 1) that gorgeous earthy mix of white, brown, lavender and mossy green, and 2) the simplicity with which they’ve been assembled.  Who needs to spend hundreds of pounds on a lavish ten-tiered wedding cake (unless that’s what you’re after – check out here for some great cake makers)?  If you are looking for something a little more homely and low-key, this is one answer.

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