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Vibrant Real Wedding – Katie and Tom

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I am so delighted to share this vibrant real wedding of Katie and Tom with you. This wedding just oozes personality, and on a winter’s day in the midst of a pandemic Katie and Tom’s fun, bright and joyous photographs by Kenneth O’Halloran are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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The Wedding

With their date falling just a day after increased restrictions were put in place in Ireland, Katie and Tom were undeterred, celebrating their wedding day within the regulations and making it a day to remember. They drove from the registry office in a vintage convertible, bedecked with flowers and colourful balloons, stopping to wave to friends and family en route.

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The Reception

The reception was held in the contemporary surrounds of The Dylan Hotel in the heart of Dublin. Guests were seated on one elongated table, giving an intimate and sociable feel.

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Carly Horan and Gotcha Covered Events styled the table with jewel toned linen, taper candles gold cutlery and unique charger plates. Vibrant flowers were arranged in a relaxed style in urns and smaller receptacles by Fleur Weddings. I have to say I was blown away by the colour and individuality when I came to set up the cake!

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The Cake

Katie and Tom chose a modern soft grey buttercream finish cake, with off-centre tiers and decorated with vibrant fresh flowers from Fleur Weddings. The flavour was Lemon Blueberry Coconut and reportedly went down a treat with guests!

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While the streets of Dublin were deserted, Katie and Tom’s vibrant real wedding shows that intimate celebrations can be just as much fun.

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The Team

Styling: Carly Horan and Gotcha Covered Events
Photography: Kenneth O’Halloran
Venue: The Dylan Hotel
Florals: Fleur Weddings

 

For more real weddings check out my real weddings and testimonials page.

Suzanne, x

 

 

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Real Wedding – Laura and Andrew

Thrilled to share with you some images by talented photographer Emma Russell, of clients Laura and Andrew’s  real wedding at  Virginia Park Lodge in Co. Cavan last year.

The Venue

Virginia Park Lodge is a luxuriously restored yet homely fishing lodge on the banks of a picturesque lake. Owned by Michelin starred chef, Richard Corrigan and with an organic vegetable farm on site, it offers style and delicious food in equal measure.

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The Colour Palette

Laura and Andrew chose a sophisticated white and green palette for their wedding (which was carried through to the cake, more on that later!).

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I am in love with the car which coordinated perfectly with the colour scheme!

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The Styling

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Stunning arrangements by the Rosehip and Berry create a gorgeous backdrop outside the church for this cute photo.

Decor

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Elegant Events by Colette coordinated the most beautiful styling of the garden Pavilion for a cosy and romantic feel. So inviting!

The Cake

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For the cake, Laura and Andrew chose three tiers of celebratory Champagne, Elderflower and Strawberry cake, finished with a lightly textured deckle edge base tier, semi-iced buttercream upper tiers, and the prettiest of fresh flowers from the Rosehip and Berry

And I have to take a moment for the cake styling! It was a delight on delivery to arrive to this beautifully conceptualised styling of the cake table, with hanging foliage and flowers, draped linen and candles.  A testament to how considered styling can elevate the cake to a beautiful focal feature. Thanks to Laura and Colette for taking the time!

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Testimonial

“Absolute perfection! We couldn’t have been happier with our wedding cake from Cove Cake Design. Suzanne is such a pleasure to work with; professional, friendly with a fantastic eye for style…Everyone raved about our cake. We loved it so much, thank you! “

Laura and Andy, 2019

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It was a delight to work with Laura and Andy on their wedding cake and I always love to see client wedding photos. If you also loved this one check out more Cove Cake Design real weddings and testimonials.

Suzanne, x

 

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Real Wedding – Laura and Gregory at Adare Manor

Be prepared for some Pinterest-worthy imagery in today’s post! Delighted to share with you some images by award-winning fine art photographer, Laura Gordon, of clients Laura and Gregory’s destination wedding at the stately Adare Manor in Co. Limerick.

The Venue
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Laura, Gregory and their guests travelled from the United States for their wedding at the stunning Adare Manor, an impeccably restored manor house on stately grounds, renowned for its service and hospitality.

The Style

Wedding InvitationsThey enlisted the help of wedding stylist Lindsay of House of Hannah Events, who is renowned for her attention to detail and refined style, to coordinate and create their vision for a timelessly elegant wedding day. Laura and Gregory just marriedA colour palette of peaches, dusty pinks, caesious and cottage blues was most evident in the flowers by Floral Earth and was simultaneously fresh, modern and refined. What a gorgeous photo!Bridal partyLaura and her stylish bridesmaids.Wedding reception flowersFurther breathtaking floral installations adorned the staircase and sumptuous dining room, creating a summer garden feel. I was blown away when I came to deliver the cake! Wedding reception place settingsPlace settings were exquisitely styled  by Lindsay with soft grey linen and candles, gold cutlery and caesious blue charger plates.

The Cake

Wedding cakeFor the cake, Laura and Gregory chose a 3-tier design with a soft caesious blue deckled edge fondant base tier and semi-iced upper tiers, adorned with some stunning fresh flowers in a palette of dusty pinks and cottage blue by Floral Earth. Flavours were Lime White Chocolate Pistachio and Lemon Blueberry Coconut, deliciously fresh and summer flavours. And I just love this cake cutting photo! Cutting the cake

Testimonial

“Thank you so much for the beautiful cake! It was delicious!! Thank you so much for making it a very seamless process to work with you. That makes all the difference! “

Laura and Gregory, 2019

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It was a delight to work with Laura and Gregory on their wedding cake. If this wedding has you swooning, check out some more Cove Cake Design real weddings!

Suzanne, x

 

 

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Elegant Real Weddings with Adam and Grace Photography

It is always a delight to receive wedding photos from photographers and clients! So many months are spent working closely on a wedding cake design, it is exciting to finally see the cake in the context of a beautiful wedding day and blissfully happy clients.

Today I am sharing two gorgeously elegant weddings from 2019 photographed by the supremely talented Adam and Grace Photography, who masterfully capture weddings in a candid timeless style.

Moya and Andrew, Mount Juliet. Adam and Grace Photography

Moya and Andrew were married last spring in the stately surrounds of Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny. I have had the pleasure of knowing Moya for a few years now, having made a few celebration cakes for her business and personal events. Moya is the founder of Avenue Interior Design, a design studio that creates interior spaces that are comfortable and inviting, with a signature relaxed and refined style. Enlisting the help of wedding stylist Betty Williamson and florist The Wild Bunch, this style was translated into a wedding that exuded minimilast sophistication.Bride and groom

The beautiful blossom trees on the grounds of Mount Juliet provided nature’s perfect floral arch for portraits.

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The wisteria-clad front of Mount Juliet House.

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A pinterest-worthy flatlay.

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Relaxed and informal flowers in the inviting dining space of Hunter’s Yard, Mount Juliet and Moya’s beautiful bouquet.Bridal bouquet

For their cake, Moya and Andrew chose a cake table, incorporating a main cake, minimalist in style and adorned with sugar flowers, as well as two side cakes, mini-cakes and macarons. With flavours including Champagne Elderflower Strawberry, Orange Cardamom Rose and Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Hazelnut Rosemary, the table was no doubt a treat for guests!

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It was style, but most certainly not over substance – our guests were raving about the cakes and the delicious flavours and they still are”.

Moya and Andrew

 

John and Siobhan, Clonwilliam House. Adam and Grace Photography

Siobhan and John were married on a warm August day at one of my favourite venues, Clonwilliam House, (I always wish I could just move in when I deliver there!).  Clonwilliam is a family-owned stately home in a peaceful and private setting with a stunning vista over the lush green countryside of County Wicklow.  When I was delivering the cake I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Siobhan leaving that morning for the ceremony in a vintage red open-topped car…how fun!

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The grounds of the house provided the perfect backdrop for beautifully candid photos.

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The detail on Siobhan’s dress is just stunning.

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…and I just love her romantic bouquet of tied roses in pale pink hues!Wedding flowers

Beautiful flowers in shades of pink by Frog Prince Weddings adorned the house and the romantically dining space in the converted barn.Wedding reception

For their cake John and Siobhan chose a single tall tier of Guinness Chocolate with Roasted White Chocolate Cake, adorned in blush marble icing, gold leaf and pretty fresh flowers. Accompanying Champagne and Strawberry macarons created a sweet choice for guests that evening!Wedding cakeWedding dress details

We loved our wedding cake! Not only did it look fab but it tasted so delicious it didn’t last very long! Suzanne was so easy to work with, she is a professional artist and created exactly what we wanted. Thank you!”

Siobhan and John

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It was such a delight to work with these two couples on their wedding cakes. If you loved these too, be inspired by more real weddings and Cove Cake Design Cakes.

Suzanne x

 

 

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Real Wedding Inspiration – Three of my favourites from 2018

Be prepared for some gorgeous real wedding inspiration in today’s post! It is always a delight to receive wedding photos from clients. So many months are spent working closely on their wedding cake design, it is exciting to finally see those plans come to fruition but also to see the cake in the context of a beautiful wedding day. Today I am sharing three of many stunning real weddings from 2018!

Real Wedding Inspiration: Sharon and James 

This wedding was close to my heart as Sharon is actually my sister-in-law and my little girl was one of the flower girls. Sharon was the most relaxed bride and it showed, she glowed with happiness! The venue was Harvey’s Point hotel on the shores of Lough Eske which allowed for stunning photos by Ghorm Studio Photography in the surrounding mountains. The all-important cake was inspired by Sharon’s gorgeous dress, with applique lace and sugar flowers.  Family weddings are always exciting and I can testify that Sharon and James’ was an incredible weekend of celebration!

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Real Wedding Inspiration: Rebecca and Fred 

Rebecca, along with her mother, runs Hedgeroe Home, a Dublin-based interiors and lifestyle store. It was no surprise then to see Rebecca’s unique sense of style translate into her stunning wedding which was held in a marquee in the grounds of her family home. I mean look at her dress…divine! Ferns were the theme of the day, and the inspiration for the cake design, which featured a modern geometric pattern juxtaposed with fern moulding. Stunning photography by Paula McManus.

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I was delighted to see Rebecca and Fred’s wedding featured in Social and Personal Magazine…what a lovely feature!Wedding publication

Real Wedding Inspiration: Suzanne and Eamon 

Suzanne and Eamon traveled from America to celebrate their wedding with 400 guests at one of Ireland’s finest venues, the gorgeous Adare Manor. Living in America the bride and groom enlisted talented wedding planner, Alise Taggart, to coordinate their day. I worked with Alise in the design of their cake which drew inspiration from the elegant surroundings of the venue, with a gold leaf tier and soft sugar flowers in shades of blush, reflecting the wedding flowers by The Informal Florist. A monogram featured on their invitations was also incorporated into their cake design.

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With photography by renowned photographer Taylor and Porter, it was no surprise that this  beautiful wedding was featured on prestigious wedding blog, US Brides
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Thank you to all my wonderful 2018 clients, it has been a pleasure to work with each and every one! Looking forward to all of 2019’s orders!

For more real weddings check out the weddings and testimonials page.

Suzanne, x

Cascading Peonies and Ballyfin

 

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Every once in a while a cake deserves a little more attention than a photo and quick mention on Facebook and Instagram. I’m sure all cake decorators can recognise the delight when the loveliest of clients walks through your door with a fabulous vision for their wedding cake, a stunning venue and a dream team of suppliers lined up. Such was the case for a recent order for a peony cascade cake at Ballyfin.  

The design and stature of the wedding cake was in no doubt influenced by its final setting in the palatial surroundings of Ballyfin Demesne. Built in the 1820s, Ballyfin is probably Ireland’s finest regency mansion and I have to confess that I had been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to visit due to a little bit of personal interest…for much of the 20th century Ballyfin was run as a boarding school which was attended by my father in the 1960s. The eventual closure of the school led to a state of disrepair before an eight year restoration project resulted in it’s reopening as a luxury 5 star hotel in 2011. And it is not hard to see where the eight year’s went….the interior is breathtaking. From stunningly restored architectural detail to sumptuous furnishings and fine artwork, it is a luxurious step into another time and place. Quietly exclusive it caters to around only 10 weddings per year.

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The cake itself was from an original design by the fabulously talented Peggy Porschen, a design that my client had fallen in love with on a visit to the famous cake parlour in London. Four tall tiers were swathed in a sugar peony cascade matching the shades of pink in the bridal bouquet.

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Being displayed in the Rotunda room at the heart of Ballyfin, the cake was to be a centrepiece to be viewed while guests mingled over welcoming drinks (before of course being tucked into later!). A key to this design was therefore to ensure that the cake was of equal beauty when viewed from all angles, hence the continuation of the floral cascade around the back of the cake and neat little bows to hide the joins of the ribbon. The final flourish was to be a base of fresh roses and peonies by the amazing Joeanna McCaffrey flowers, sadly I had to leave before seeing this final detail in situ so I can’t wait to see the final photos!

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People have asked how many hours it takes to make sugar flowers and to be honest I lost track of these! Made over several weeks whenever I had time, over 700 peony petals were cut, veined and shaped, along with an array of peony buds, stephanotis, buds and leaves. Fixing the flowers on the cake took nearly four hours! It was my first time working with this many flowers and I was thrilled at the outcome of the challenge.

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My final glimpse of this cake  through the ornate doors of the Rotunda would be the first view seen by the bride and groom and their guests. I hope that this view, and the luscious layers of Guinness Chocolate and Lemon Coconut Raspberry cakes to be served later that evening, were well received!

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