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Beach Wedding Inspiration

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The Shoot

I was delighted to have been approached by DANU Collective to design a cake for an opulent yet intimate beach inspiration styled wedding shoot last summer.

DANU collective is a boutique creative consultancy specialising in luxury brands and experiences. Styling luxury weddings for couples with a modern and contemporary mindset, their bespoke wedding service ranges from  micro weddings with virtual guest experiences to planning and styling full weddings.

The Setting

The DANU aesthetic is influenced by travel and nature, from the infectious energy of a cosmopolitan city to historical landmarks, cultural rituals and the jaw-dropping backdrops of the world’s most idyllic settings. It was unsurprising then that Aisling at DANU chose a windswept Dublin beach as a location for this shoot which combines grandeur and opulence with wild and rugged nature.

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The Colour Palette

The colour palette featuring pantone blue was selected in homage to the age-old Irish tradition where the bride wore blue, and  is also a nod to the 2020 pantone colour -blue.

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The Style

The concept was an intimate affair (a perfect reflection of 2020’s microweddings!), where nuptials were not overshadowed by extravagant flowers. Instead, the scene was set to the rugged backdrop of crashing waves, imbued with the wild and natural surroundings of Dublin’s Bull Island.

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The Cake

For the cake design, I took inspiration from the opulence of the beachside scene. I chose a marbled sand colour and made sugar oyster shells and lustred pearls. The look was natural and luxuriant in equal measure. Aisling styled the cake to perfection as she drew in the blue colour scheme with natural linen and elegant taper candles.

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The Team

Of course none of this beach styled wedding shoot would have happened without an incredible team of creatives. These guys are always a joy to work with!

Planning, Styling & Design: DANU Collective, www.danucollective.com
Photography & Videography: Story of Eve, www.storyofeve.com
Venue: North Bull Island Nature Reserve
Hair: Danielle Garner, www.wearewildflower.com
Headpiece & Hair Embellishments: Moon and Mai, www.moonandmai.com
Make-Up: Lisa Shannon, www.lisashannonmakeup.com
Female Model: Katherine,  www.notanothertheagency.com
Male Model: Kevin, www.notanothertheagency.com
Florals: Tina McGrath, The Wild Bunch, www.thewildbunch.ie
Gold & Pearl Jewellery: Emma by Jane, www.emmabyjane.com

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For more of my wedding cake designs check out my portfolio.

Cheers!

Suzanne, x

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Wedding Inspiration – Rose of a Different Colour

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I am delighted to have been a contributor to an inspirational wedding editorial, A Rose of  Different Colour, which was featured in the January edition of Ireland’s premier glossy magazine, Image. Victorian splendour meets modern eccentricity was the theme, with concept and styling by the talented Kate O’Dowd of Love and Gatherings.

Kate sent me through a design brief which incorporated Victorian style patterned fabric and vintage tableware alongside ultra-modern and vibrant floral centrepieces…probably one of my most exciting briefs to date!Wedding setting moodboard

The editorial was shot in the surroundings of the exclusive 5 star Castle Leslie hotel by talented photographer Paula O’Hara. Kate’s vision came to life in the gorgeous vintage-meets-modern tablescapes with contemporary florals by Holly of The Rosehip and Berry and modern stationery by Rome and Jules.

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The colours and vibrancy of the florals were echoed in the use of real fruit as a decorative element.

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And for the cake…I was probably most decisive about this cake design than for any other photoshoot I have done! I took inspiration from the pretty scalloped edge of the napkins, turning it into a striking statement on the cake which was of complementary colour.

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Pink sugar roses, red anthurium lilies and sugar fruits echoed the bold yet soft florals of the tablescapes. (Unfortunately due to humidity my red sugar anthurium lilies succumbed to moisture and had to be replaced last minute with some beautiful fresh red roses…a testament to how sometimes things don’t go according to plan but can still work out in the end!)

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Fashion was equally an eclectic mix of folk style dresses or pretty, modern and glamorous gowns. Modern bride

Ethereal bridal styleCheers to Kate, Paula and all the amazing suppliers who came together for this inspiring shoot for the modern bride!
Wedding cocktailsPHOTOGRAPHER: Paula O’Hara; STYLING: Love and Gatherings; VENUE: Castle Leslie; FLORALS: The Rosehip and Berry; STATIONERY: Rome and Jules Bespoke; MAKEUP: Orlaith Shore; HAIR: Lisa Babikian

For more of my wedding cake designs don’t forget to view my portfolio!

Suzanne x

 

 

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Old World Romance Wedding Inspiration

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Award-winning stylist, wedding and event planner Kate O’Dowd of Love & Gatherings approached me last summer to contribute to an Old World Romance wedding inspiration editorial for Image magazine to be shot at Gloster House, a beautifully restored 17th century mansion that is a lived-in family home as well as a magically elegant wedding venue.

Kate has an effortless and confident style; unafraid to embrace maximalism and mixing patterns, bright yet delicate colours and vintage items for a fresh, romantic yet old world feel. Inspired by the venues antique details and patterned toile fabrics, the brief for the shoot was ‘chintzy maximalism’, mixing patterned decor and using a colour palette of dusty corals, powder blue and sepia to create a truly romantic old world story.

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Kate had a clear vision for the cake, asking me to continue the maximalist aesthetic by recreating the signature floral borders of the custom-designed Emily Rose Ink stationary.

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I chose powder blue and brown as my colour palette, echoing the muted tones of the walls of Gloster House and the vintage patterned crockery, faithfully recreating the floral border in delicate hand drawn detail.

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The shoot was captured by talented photographer Paula O’Hara, who took advantage of the light and airy rooms of Gloster House to dramatic effect.

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Hollie at The Rosehip and Berry created soft and pretty floral urns that lent a soft romantic air to the toile prints of the table setting. Additional and varied floral installations were used for the fashion photographs, with my favourite being the orchid ‘cloud’, demonstrating how varying styles and arrangements can exist in a cohesive manner.

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I loved how the cake complemented the patterns and tones of the stationary and venue…

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The fashion was exquisite…with directional modern brands mixed with vintage and Irish-made pieces, styled against the bright and airy architectural backdrop and visionary floral arrangements. 
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As well as being featured in the June edition of Image magazine, we were all thrilled to see this Old World Romance Wedding Inspiration shoot get global coverage in prestigious wedding blogs Green Wedding Shoes and Magnolia Rouge. Follow these links to see more!

Thank you to Kate, Paula and all the amazing suppliers!

Suzanne x

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Autumn Cake Design

 

For many cake decorators Autumn and Winter mark the end of a busy wedding season and allow for time to be creative in designing new cakes and experimenting in new forms and techniques. With time for a new cake design over the last few weeks I wanted to experiment with different colour tones in my sugar flowers and also embrace a more natural approach to their composition on a cake.

I was in love with the autumn hues this year: copper, burnt orange and light browns filled trees and then carpeted the ground….these colours are a departure from my usual in sugar flowers and hence a perfect palette to experiment with. I have also recently been drawn to more natural and organic floral arrangements by floral artists such as The Blue Carrot and this bowl arrangement by American Florist Kelly Lenard.

My take on this palette and inspiration was a loose arrangement of a blush O’Hara rose, yellow garden roses, and sweet pea for softness. Completing the arrangement were sparse withering leaves in shades of copper, rust and light brown and I also added in my version of my latest obsession, lunaria! I set the flowers atop a tall modern square cake, not the easiest to ice but quite striking I think once done! The cake needed a little texture for which I took inspiration from botanical artist Rachel DeinRachel Dein is a London-based artist who creates intricate botanical art in plaster and concrete in the form of tiles and larger pieces. The detail and texture is incredible!My texture was certainly a more simplified version of Rachel’s beautiful detail but it is something I would love to explore more…if I have the opportunity!I hope you like the finished piece!

Suzanne x

 

 

Secret Garden Inspiration Shoot

I had the pleasure of being invited to collaborate on a photo shoot last July designed and planned by the talented Grace and Saviour Styling and photographed by Paula O’Hara Photography.  I am in love with this one and thrilled to see the full shoot now published on prestigious wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes.  In this blog post I wanted to give a little insight into the inspiration for the shoot and corresponding brief for the cakes…with a sneak peak of the result!

The inspiration for the shoot was ‘ vintage botanical illustrations from the 18th century’. The brief was dreamy,  ‘..to convey the wedding of a cool, relaxed, slightly bohemian couple who get married in a beautifully ramshackle glass house in a country pile…overgrown gardens and slightly too warm, glistening skin’.  The shoot was to feel earthy and relaxed so I created a mood board for the cakes, drawing on pretty, informal and delicious looking cakes as inspiration, with natural florals for decoration.

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The ‘country pile’ was Carncairn Lodge in Northern Ireland, an Irish Manor house with a beautiful garden and rambling greenhouse.  It was a glorious July day, creating the perfect atmosphere to convey a relaxed summer garden wedding. The shoot was centred around the greenhouse which was styled by Grace for an informal wedding lunch with draped linen, relaxed flowers, candles and fruits.

 

For the cakes, I opted for a trio for an informal sweet table concept. A main textured iced cake adorned with oversized garden blooms styled by Grace was accompanied by un-iced Chocolate Salted Caramel and Prosecco Peach Thyme cakes (for more of our delectable cake flavours check our our menu!). Purposefully oozing peach and thyme jam, a cake slice, and the exposed chocolate cake layers were chosen to convey delicious homemade and summery sweet treats. 

 

This gives a little taste of what’s to come in this gorgeous summery shoot which features signature informal flowers by Petal and Twine,  exquisite gowns by Ivory and Pearl, stationary by Lenka Calligraphy, hair by Lynette Murray, and make up by Jennifer Ireland. To swoon over the full shoot head on over to Green Wedding Shoes!

Image Brides Alchemy Editorial Shoot

Having always been a fan of the chic Irish fashion and lifestyle magazine, Image, it is no surprise that it’s sister magazine, Image Brides, has become my go-to read for following trends and finding inspiration in the wedding industry. It was hence a delight to have been invited to design a cake for an editorial in their current Winter/Spring edition.

The shoot took place at one of Ireland’s most exclusive wedding venues, Clonwilliam House, a gorgeous country house set amongst wooded hills in the Vale of Avoca in Co. Wicklow. Meticulously renovated and decorated, Clonwilliam exudes contemporary glamour in stunning period surroundings…I had serious house envy! (Image courtesy of One Fab Day).

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The theme of the shoot was ‘Alchemy’, with styling by Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity, who specialises in beautiful wedding, interior and food styling.  Her brief and mood board were tantalising.  With inspiration taken from the earthy magic of crystal and mineral stones, the look was about capturing the simplicity and beauty of natural elements, with delicate jewellery , large blooming flowers and bohemian gowns in shades of ‘rose quartz, rich cream, shimmering gold and crystal grey’ creating an ‘effortlessly luxe’, romantic, mysterious and enchanting mood.

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The photographer for the shoot was the talented Christina of Brosnan Photographic. Having admired her light, relaxed photography for some time I was thrilled to finally get the opportunity to work with her. It was a delight to watch Ciara and Christina at work throughout the morning and the final photos from the shoot were undoubtedly stunning!….

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Love the colours and relaxed style of this flower arrangement by The French Touch!

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Beautiful amethyst rings by Juvi Designs

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And for the cake….Ciara briefed on a ‘luxe bohemian’ style, suggesting dripping caramel, fruits and blooms with additional elements such as gold leaf and macarons for added decadence. We opted for a natural blush buttercream finish, contrasting a smooth base tier with semi-naked upper tiers. A luscious caramel drip was complimented with simple yet elegant styling: gorgeous roses by The French Touch Flowers offset by contrasting blackberries..and of course those gold macarons for some luxury!

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Top cake view! Some detail of those roses, that drip and our macarons…

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It is always nice to see the different elements of the shoot come together and I think all credit to a great team who created this contemporary, romantic luxe beauty!

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Stylist: Ciara O’Halloran

Photographer: Christina Brosnan

Model: Sarah Tansey at Andrea Roche Model Agency

Hair: Inch Hair Design

Make-up: Elysian Brows

Jewellry: Juvi Designs

Flowers: The French Touch

Stationary: Kerry Harvey Designs

Cake: ME!

See more of this shoot and indeed lots more inspiration, supplier guides and real weddings in the gorgeous Winter/Spring edition of Image Brides, on shelves now!

 

Botanical Glamour Styled Shoot

I was thrilled to have been approached by Lovebird Designs to design a cake for a styled shoot at the beautiful Kilshane House in Tipperary.  Kirsten, the Creative Director of Lovebird Designs, has a passion and talent for relaxed and elegant floral styling so I was unsurprised by her fabulous choice of ‘Botanical Glamour’ for the theme of the shoot.  Her moodboard was one of romantically trailing foliage, ruby pinks and of course a touch of gold.

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I always want to push my boundaries a little when designing cakes and having up until this point largely used single statement flowers in my designs, I decided to fully embrace the floral theme of this shoot. My design featured a base tier of edible gold leaf topped by two tall and elegant white tiers which were a perfect canvas for sugar florals. A ruby red sugar peony, pink sugar roses and various leaves and foliage were wired into a circular wreath which reflected the trailing foliage and florals of the moodboard.

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Styled by Kristine the shoot was captured by Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic and the results were breathtaking.

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Bridal gowns by Sharon Hoey, modelled by Saoirse Mc Cabe of Lockdown Models, hair by Hair Passion Art Salon and makeup by Linda Collins resulted in some gorgeous fashion shots.

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And what a setting in the orangery of Kilshane House!

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It was a delight to work with such amazing wedding industry professionals, thank you! For more images of this shoot see the gorgeous Hochzeitgeist wedding blog!

Inspirational Shoot at Horetown House

We were thrilled to be asked to design cakes for a recent inspirational shoot at Horetown House coordinated by the talented Ciara O’Halloran. Horetown House is a beautiful private country house venue located in Foulksmills, Co. Wexford in South East Ireland.

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The overall brief was warm, elegant and timeless with a colour scheme of soft creams, deep berry tones, gold accents and lush greenery. We took the colour scheme as well as the olive leaf motif on the stationary, designed by Appleberry press, as inspiration and designed a main cake in soft cream with a gold leaf wafer paper olive branch.

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This was accompanied by single tier semi-naked and iced cakes adorned with fresh flowers by Gill Stewart.

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The images were captured by the talented Paula McManus photography and the result was beautiful!

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It was wonderful to be in the company of some amazingly talented wedding vendors in creating something so beautiful to promote Horetown House. For all brides and grooms to be it is well worth considering as a venue for your big day!

Full images of this gorgeous shoot are featured over on One Fab Day wedding blog!

Vendor credits:

Styling: Style Serendipity

Photography: Paula McManus

Makeup: The Powder Room

Flowers: Gill Stewart

Hair: Takumi Hair

Dresses: Myrtle Ivory

Stationary: Appleberry Press

 

 

 

 

Jenny Packham Inspired Wedding Cake-Design Inspiration and Process

My style is naturally minimalist but I have always adored the exquisite beading of Jenny Packham bridal gowns which are simultaneously decorative and yet elegantly understated.

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For some time I have wanted to translate this into a cake design and with one of my cake resolutions of 2015 being to embrace more decorative elements a recent week off gave me the perfect opportunity.  My design inspiration was the ‘Eden’ gown, a delicately beaded ‘flapper’ style dress in art deco style.

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(Images courtesy of and Style Me Pretty and Jenny Packham)

 

I decided on a tall tier structure reflecting the elegant streamlined nature of the gown.  Using the pattern of the dress as my inspiration I drew my own on baking parchment and then transferred it to my cake tiers using a scribing tool to mark the design onto the cake by needling through the baking parchment. It was then a case of a few quiet hours piping delicate dots and finishing off with some choicely positioned silver dragees.

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The end result…

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My minimalism stopped me from making it as decorative as the gorgeous gown but I do love this one and look forward to perhaps more intricate cake designs in the future!