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Wild and natural cheese wedding cake tower with garden grown herbs and willow cake topper

I didn’t last long did I before I returned to a wedding cake covered in flowers, although in my defence this isn’t a sweet wedding cake – instead it’s a tiered tower of scrumptious cheeses.

Spotted over on a rather lovely wedding on Love My Dress that was featured recently, this cheese wedding cake is mounted on a tree trunk stand and covered in herbs, lavender and gypsophila.  If you go and have a look at the full wedding, a locally sourced homegrown flower affair (which you should!), you’ll discover that the bride’s mother grew and arranged all of the wedding flowers, including decorating this cheese tower.  What a mum!

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Spring inspired illustrated menu

I do like to try and find you inspiration, where I can, from non-wedding sources.  Sometimes I find wedding websites and blogs can become a bit saturated with the same kinds of ideas and images, and so I find it quite refreshing when I stumble across an un-wedding-y blog that I think could provide you with some refreshing inspiration.

Spring daffodil and ivy table arrangements

Recently I shared these pretty jam jars of herbs and cornflowers from a blog I love called beauty everyday, and it’s from there that I’ve got a little more inspiration to share today.  From a blog post entitled ‘A Spring Luncheon’ (don’t you just love the idea!) I really like these pretty paper details with hand-written and illustrated designs.

Spring inspired illustrated place names

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Wedding cake with deer cake topper

It feels like quite a feat to have to choose my first wedding cake of the year for the Cake Love feature – I feel it should be something spectacular.  I didn’t have any that I felt fell under the super celebratory looking, so instead I’ve gone for one that had that ‘feel good’ factor.

I love this ruffled wedding cake with it’s sweet deer cake topper and mini bunting strung above them.  If you’re looking for similar wooden style cake toppers you should check out Star House over on Etsy – I’ve featured their cake toppers before (here) and they’re really lovely.  You can even have them custom designed to look like you and your Mr, and they’re eco-friendly being made from sustainable wood, non-toxic paints and finished with beeswax.

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Rustic cheese wedding cake

A couple of week’s ago at the Eco Wedding Fair I saw the most lovely cheese wedding cake, and so I’ve been inspired by that to share today’s non-sweet wedding cake alternative.  I always try and explain what it is that draws me to the cakes I choose to share on my weekly Cake Love blog post – I don’t just pick any old thing, a wedding cake really has to grab me to get a place here!

So what do I love about this particular cheese wedding cake?  Foremost I just love that heart shaped cheese on the top and how it’s been sunk into Brie or Camembert at a jaunty angle.  It’s also quite striking in it’s deep red wine coloured wax, and I believe that it’s from Godminster cheese company, or at least if it’s not you can get similar heart-shaped cheeses from them.

I’m also rather fond of the tree trunk stand and the straw like pillow around it – very nice and rustic, just perfect for the kind of weddings I like to share here at The Natural Wedding Company.

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Turquoise wedding cake dusted with gold leaf

What a pretty cake!  Inspired by natural gems and rocks, this gorgeous turquoise-hued wedding cake looks spectacular despite only being two tiers high and very simply decorated.  The combination of the turquoise and gold is beautiful, and dare I even say, if I was a fan of colour schemes this would be one of my favourites.

I don’t want to underestimate or undervalue the talent and skill that goes into creating wedding cakes – just look at this stunning sugar flower creation I featured for an example – but for those couples who either don’t have the budget for a fancier cake, or who have an eager family member or friend who is up for making their cake, I do love inspiration for simpler designs.

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Lantern lit outdoor autumn wedding ceremony

Whilst I can’t promise that an outdoor wedding ceremony is a possibility weather-wise in the UK, I still think this could inspire you for an indoor autumn wedding.  I always dreamed of getting married outside, surrounded by nature, but even in May (and for a number of other reasons) we decided not to – instead, I tried to bring the outside in.  We decorated our church with bundles of cow parsley and even a few small trees.

For an autumn wedding, (depending on what you’re wedding venue will allow) just like above, you could line the aisle with tree trunks topped with flickering candles in glass lanterns, and scatter dried leaves around the bases.  For a natural look on a budget, keep your decorations simple and unfussy – just choose a few pieces.

All this week I’m celebrating autumn weddings with lots of ideas and inspiration – so check out all the ideas in my natural autumn wedding special.

Image: Beth Helmstetter via Style Me Pretty

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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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