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Autumn blackberry wedding cake

Today is the last Friday in November, so before I dive into finding you some seriously lovely winter wedding cakes, I thought I’d do a last hoo-ra to autumn!  And what could be more appropriate than this beautiful homemade layer cake, filled with cream and jam, and topped with a pile of gleaming blackberries and a wreath of rosemary.

No, this might not technically be a wedding cake, it is from one of my favourite blogs that I check once a week for a good dose of photos of utterly lovely living.  I think that sometimes nothing could be nicer than a simple homemade cake, made from quality ingredients, filled with sumptuous flavours, and topped off with a seasonal flourish.

I couldn’t imagine a nicer cake to cut into at an autumn wedding than this one.

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The Natural Wedding Company stall at the Eco Wedding Fair

On Saturday I shared Jennie Hill’s lovely photos from the Eco Wedding Fair (you can see it all here), and today I’ve got my pictures of my stall and a few more details about how I decorated it. Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your wedding or just an autumn or winter celebration you might be planning.

We arrived at Riverstation in Bristol at about 9am and first we had to: unpack a number of boxes of what at first glance probably looked like a pile of junk, carry two heavy buckets of sand up a flight of stairs, and manoeuvre a bundle of 7ft long bamboo canes.  I was so pleased that the other exhibitors had equally quirky bootfuls for their stalls!

Rustic wedding decorations

My mom and I had two hours to set up before visitors started arriving, so here’s what I did with the mottley collection of items.  I used a pair of curtains to cover my table – they are a rather fun botanical print style curtain with what looks like horse chestnut leaves on them, and they ended up working in perfectly with that autumn feel I was going for.

Autumn leaf curtain tablecloth

The two metal buckets of sand went either side of the table and they held some of my bamboo canes – apologies this is the best picture I have which shows the bamboo canes and bunting

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Rosemary wreathed wedding cake

Oh how lovely is this wedding cake!  I love that something so simple can make you feel so cheerful.  Somehow this pretty wedding cake captures what a natural wedding is to me.  What do you think fellow natural wedding fans?

Sitting atop it’s tree trunk cake stand, wreathed in silvery green rosemary (the smell!), and topped with a single delicate white scabious flower, a few sprigs of purple buddleia mint flowers (I think) and those papery seedheads – it’s just heavenly.

I will stop whittering on and just let you enjoy it – such lovely inspiration for anyone wanting to have a homemade wedding cake that’s natural and rustic.

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white rabbit cake with rosemary

I chose this one because I love bunnies – if you’ve read my ‘about‘ page you’ll know I have three, and if you follow me on Facebook you might have seen pictures of them.

I love this frilly white cake with the tiny rabbit atop it, holding a flag, and surrounded by sprigs of scented rosemary.  I think it would look even better if you could have the rosemary flowering – you can get them with blue or pink flowers and this would add a tiny splash of colour to an otherwise simple cake.

However, I think it also provides some lovely wedding cake inspiration – add another rabbit so you’ve got two, much more romantic and fitting for a wedding.  If I were brave enough to stick it into the icing, I would indulge in two miniature animals from Le Animalé.

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I really like the simple use of fragrant herbs to decorate this simple white tiered wedding cake.  A handful of fresh lavender sprigs, carefully laid around the top layers of the cake, and around its base a circlet of rosemary and bay leaves.  Really achievable for any DIY bride.  This cake is from an equally gorgeous Californian wedding I recently spied.

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Simple white wedding cake decorated with herbs and daisies

A simple white wedding cake decorated with sprigs of rosemary, lady’s mantle and pretty white and yellow daisies.  Great inspiration to anyone planning on making their own wedding cake.

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