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