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Romantic Country Estate Wedding

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Romantic Country Estate Wedding

Summer of 2022 has been such a busy one, I have a backlog of gorgeous client photos to share! First up is the romantic country estate wedding of Christina and Tom, beautifully captured by Christina Brosnan Photography.

Christina and Tom travelled with family and friends from the US to host their wedding celebrations in the gorgeous surrounds of Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. They employed the talents of wedding planner Lindsay of House of Hannah Events, to style their day. Having worked with Lindsay on numerous weddings, it was a delight to collaborate with her in creating the wedding cake for this beautiful event.

Romantic Country Estate Wedding

It is easy to see why Christina and Tom chose their venue. Powerscourt Estate is a country house estate comprised of 47 acres of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and rambling walks. Overlooking the gardens is Powerscourt House, a Palladian mansion house which has exquisitely beautiful rooms available for weddings and private hire.

Powerscourt HouseThe Wedding Style

The classic beauty of the house and gardens was inspiration for the overall wedding palette and style. Shades of pale grey, reminiscent of the stone of the house, mixed with deeper navy, pretty pastels and opulent tones. The palette and style was exemplified in the exquisite stationery by Lenka Calligraphy. Flowers by Patsie and Co were romantic yet informal in style, exuding that air of just-picked freshness.

Wedding Stationery Country Estate WeddingThe Wedding Reception

Following drinks overlooking the garden, the wedding reception was held in the grand ballroom of Powerscourt House. The styling by House of Hannah was a feast of elegant details. Navy linen was the backdrop for gold cutlery, pale grey textured dinnerware and menus, gold candleholders and informal floral arrangements by Patsie and Co. A simple pergola of foliage and flowers provided a gorgeous frame for the top table.

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The Wedding Cake

The wedding cake design was very much in keeping with the romantic style. The 3-tiered cake featured a base tier of textured floral detail, as well as a pure edible gold leaf tier for a touch of opulence. A simple flower arrangement for the cake was provided by Patsie and Co. The cake was displayed in front of the grand doors opening into the ballroom, allowing guests to view the cake as they entered to dine.

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Wishing Christina and Tom warmest congratulations and all the best for married life together!

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As always it was wonderful to work with such an amazing team!

Venue: Powerscourt Estate and Gardens

Photographer: Christina Brosnan

Wedding Planner: House of Hannah

Flowers: Patsie and Co.

Stationery: Lenka Calligraphy

 

For more real weddings browse our Inspiration page.

Suzanne, x

 

 

 

 

Modern White Minimalist Wedding

Kathy and Conor Wedding

Modern White Minimalist Wedding

I am delighted to share some stunning imagery by Studio Lordan Photography of Kathy and Conor’s wedding from earlier this year.

The Wedding Style

Kathy and Conor’s modern white minimalist wedding in Kerry in early Spring was the epitome of how simplicity in styling can be breathtaking. From Kathy’s elegant bridal gown to the restrained floral decor by Harris and Wilkinson, it was beautifully relaxed and exquisitely stylish in equal measure.

The Wedding Reception

After their ceremony on Valentia Island, Kathy and Conor held their reception in the light and airy surroundings of Hogshead Golf Club in Waterville, Co. Kerry. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Lough Currane on the other, the venue is a modern space that maximised the stunning views of the Kerry wilderness.

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The Details

In keeping with the white modern minimalist style, tables covered in white linen were simply decorated with delicate glass vases of flowers. A stunning cloud of gysophilia over the central bar area created a beautiful feature for the room.

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The Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was of course all white. Tall tiers and linear modern texture added a modern feel, while a clear acrylic separator was in keeping with the light and airy space. The cake was finished with handcrafted sugar orchids to match the bridal bouquet. Simple vases of delicate flowers surrounding the cake show that styling doesn’t have to be fussy to be beautiful. And of course the best part as always was the flavour: a custom Lemon Drizzle Cake with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Conserve, perfectly light for a spring celebration.

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Thank you to Kathy and Conor for sharing your beautiful day. It was a pleasure working with you and wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Kathy and Conor wedding

For more real weddings browse our Inspiration page.

Suzanne, x

 

 

 

 

Wedding Cake Styling

Wedding Cake Styling and Display

Wedding Cake Styling

Top Tips for Wedding Cake Styling and Display

You have chosen your cake flavours and finalised the design. All that is left to do now is enjoy it on the day, right? Well there is one last yet extremely important thing to consider – planning your wedding cake styling and display.

Having spent so much time in the process of creating your deliciously beautiful wedding cake, displaying it so your guests can appreciate it, and that your photographer can record it, is an essential thing to do as part of your wedding planning process. Dark lighting, a poor backdrop or inappropriate props can really detract from a beautiful cake. Conversely considered styling and the right location can elevate even the simplest of cakes to something spectacular.

Read on to hear our top tips…

Wedding Cake Styling

1. Add cake styling to your wedding to-do list

With so much to do in organising your wedding day, don’t forget to allow time and budget for the styling and display of your cake. Those last details are so important to ensure that your cake is a beautiful centrepiece to be admired and enjoyed by you and your guests. Add styling and display to your to-do list, and leave at least a little of your cake budget for those final important details such as stand hire, candles or florals.

Wedding Cake Styling

2. Ask your cake maker and other vendors for advice

Pinterest is a great source of cake styling ideas but also use the expertise of your wedding vendors. Your cake maker is of course a first point of call, but also liaise with your wedding planner, stylist and florist for ideas on how to show your cake off to maximum effect. Their creativity may lead them to suggest something fabulous that you hadn’t thought of before.

Wedding Cake Styling

3. Consider the location, lighting and backdrop

Many venues have a standard location for the wedding cake. Unfortunately this is often a table in the corner of the function room which may not have the best lighting or indeed backdrop. When visiting your venue, if the standard placement is not ideal, discuss with your coordinator alternative options for positioning your cake. Locations such as the drinks reception area are a great choice. Not only do these areas often have better lighting, or perhaps more choice for a backdrop, the location will allow guests to appreciate and take photos of the cake in a more intimate space. Don’t forget to discuss location with your cake maker or wedding planner too. With their knowledge of the venue they may have experience as to what has worked well for previous clients.

Wedding Cake Styling

4.  Choose the right cake stand and props

Props to consider for your cake table may include a cake stand, display options for sweet treats, candles and cake menu/flavour cards. Many venues will include a cake stand as part of your package, but check the style before committing to this. Quit often the only options are large, more traditional stands, which don’t suit many of today’s modern cake styles. Your cake maker will most likely have stands and props for hire. If you are using a stand of your own, be sure to ask if it will be suitable for the size and weight of your cake.

If you are using candles or floral on your dining tables, include an order for some of these to use on your cake table to ensure a cohesive decor.

Wedding Cake Styling

5. Don’t forget to convey your delicious wedding cake flavours to your guests!

An easy detail to forget is conveying your cake flavours to your guests.  With wedding cakes nowadays offering such delicious combinations, be sure to entice and inform your guests with a cake menu or flavour cards. Your stationer may be the best person to talk to about this but again your cake maker or wedding planner may have creative ideas too. Calligraphy cards, acrylic signs or menu frames that match your theme are all great options.

Wedding Cake Styling

For more wedding cake planning ideas read our tips on wedding cake flavours or which flowers to choose for your cake.

Suzanne, x

Real Wedding – Lauren and Graham

Lauren and Graham Wedding

Real Weddings

One of the highlights of working on weddings is receiving images from clients from their wedding day. After months of communication working on the details, it is delightful to see the cake in the context of the overall style of what is without doubt a joyous life event.

After covid changes of plan and postponements, clients Lauren and Graham finally celebrated their  wedding in summer 2021, with a sophisticated black tie affair in Dublin.  Lauren has a professional background in interiors, architecture and design, working as Creative Director of North Design.  It was unsurprising then that every detail of their wedding was considered, refined and stylish.  The day was exquisitely captured by talented photographers Adam and Grace Photography and I am honoured to receive some of their images to share.

Lauren and Graham

The Wedding Reception

Lauren and Graham held their reception in the elegant and sophisticated surroundings of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin city centre. A collection of beautifully restored Georgian townhouses, the architecture and interiors of the fine reception rooms at the Merrion made the perfect setting for the intimate dinner reception.

Lauren and Graham

The Wedding Cake

Lauren and Graham had a clear vision for their wedding cake: white, minimal and stylish. They chose a variation of a design from our portfolio which was finished in off-white chocolate ganache and decorated with delicate sails made from edible wafer paper and highlighted with edible gold leaf.

The cake took pride of place in the drinks reception area where guests could view it immediately on arrival. Surrounded by soft candlelight and lush florals and foliage, photographs of parents and grandparents wedding days added a personal touch to the cake table.

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The cake flavour was two tiers of delicious Earl Grey Lavender Lemon. I love the concept of offering one flavour of your choosing to share with guests!

Lauren and Graham Real Wedding

And you don’t often get to see the other side of the cake cutting photo but love this candid image of guests capturing the moment! (A reminder of how much people love a wedding cake I think!).

Thank you so much to Lauren and Graham for sharing these images. Congratulations to you both and wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

For more real weddings take a browse of our Inspiration page.

Suzanne, x

 

 

 

 

Modern Minimalism Wedding Inspiration

Modern Minimalism Cove Cake Design

Modern Minimalism Inspiration.

I am thrilled to share images from this Modern Minimalism bridal inspiration shoot, coneceptualised and styled by talented wedding and event planner Laura of Betty Williamson Weddings and Events and beautifully captured by Adam and Grace Photo and Dear Oliver Wedding Videographer.

The Venue

Gloster House is a stunning property at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains in Ireland. Lovingly restored, it is surrounded by extensive gardens incorporating terraces, water features, woodland and lakes and is available for exclusive hire for weddings and events. The exterior stonework and neutral interiors were the inspiration for the colour palette for this modern minimalist shoot: ivories and greys, with accents of rust and black.

Gloster House

Gloster house

Modern Minimalist Styling

Stationary by Freckles and Fern Design embraced the modern minimalism brief with a neutral colour palette. The table setting used all white linen with white charger plates and simple black cutlery. Flowers in neutral tones by The Rosehip and Berry Floral Studio were arranged in modern minimal white bud vases by Zara Ceramics.  Slim black candles and modern glassware completed the tableware. Ghost chairs rented from SBD Events, added a modern feel without detracting from the setting.

The piece de resistance was undoubtedly the hanging floral installation acting as a stunning backdrop…I think every wedding should have one!

Modern Minimal Wedding Inspiration

Modern Minimal Wedding Inspiration

Modern Minimal Wedding Inspiration

Modern Minimalism Wedding Inspiration

Modern Minimalist Cake Inspiration

Of course this is the most important part (for all my cake followers anyway!). The cake was inspired by the neutral stone colour of Gloster House. Tall modern tiers were covered in stone-effect fondant and draped edible fabric, reflecting the fluidity of the bridal gown chosen for this shoot (see more on this below!).

We styled the cake on the table itself, giving it pride of place and allowing the floral installation to act as the perfect photographic backdrop. Placement of the cake on your table is a lovely option for intimate and even larger weddings.

Chocolate cookie place favours were inspired by the modern linear glassware and sophisticated setting.

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Modern Minimal Wedding Inspiration

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Modern Minimal Bridal Inspiration

A flowing Luna Bea bridal gown from The White Gallery Boutique was exquisitely modelled by Alannah from Antipode the Agency. Hair by Oh So Boho Hair and makeup by Jen Ireland Make Up. Stunning handmade porcelain earrings from Lori Muldoon completed the look.

Modern Minimalism Bridal Inspiration

Modern Minimalism Bridal Inspiration

I hope you have enjoyed browsing this shoot and are inspired by the beauty and creativity! If you don’t want to miss out on any of our posts, subscribe to our mailing list for our monthly newsletter and occasional notes on all things cake.

Suzanne, x

Cove Cake Design wedding tasting boxes

Wedding Cake Tasting Boxes – FAQs

Cove Cake Design luxury tasting boxes

Cove Cake Design Wedding Cake Tasting Boxes

At Cove Cake Design, we operate our wedding cake tastings via a postal luxury tasting box service which is dispatched prior to wedding season each year. This has been hugely popular with clients, with many saying it was one of the highlights of their wedding planning process. The postal box service allows clients to sample a selection of wedding cake flavours in the comfort of their home, discussing options and their preferred choices at leisure. It’s the perfect excuse to grab a glass of Champagne and even get some friends or family round to join in the fun!

Wedding Cake Tasting Box

Wedding Cake Tasting Boxes FAQs

If you are planning your wedding, find out more about our wedding tasting box service with these Frequently Asked Questions below.

1. So how does the postal wedding cake tasting box work?

Once you have secured your wedding date with us with your booking fee, we will note your address details and add you to the wedding cake tasting box waiting list. Dispatches take place throughout the year apart from the summer wedding season. We will confirm a date with you and contact you a week or two in advance to confirm the date that your tasting box will be delivered to you.

2. Can I have a tasting box before securing my wedding date?

If you wish to sample some of our delicious cake flavours prior to securing your wedding cake date, wedding cake tasting boxes can be purchased for €75 which can subsequently be deducted from your wedding cake booking fee should you proceed to order. However it must be noted that purchase of tasting boxes is subject to availability, as priority must be given to clients who have secured their date with their booking fee.

3. How are the wedding cake tasting boxes packaged?

Our wedding cake slices are beautifully packaged for postage in our luxury branded boxes. We have worked hard to minimise packaging and the environmental impact of our boxes, with cake slices wrapped in compostable food grade cellophane, before being nestled in sustainable branded tissue paper within our reusable or recyclable box. Every element is however luxurious, our clients deserve it!

4. How are the boxes shipped?

We dispatch our wedding cake tasting boxes by guaranteed next day delivery with An Post, to ensure that they arrive at your door in the freshest condition.

5. I live outside Ireland, can I get a tasting box posted to me?

Our cakes are made with only the freshest of ingredients and never use preservatives. As such it is not possible to ship our boxes outside Ireland due to the longer shipment time that would be required. If you however plan to visit Ireland prior to your wedding date, do let us know and we may be able to arrange a box for you then. Alternatively if you have friends or family in Ireland you could nominate them to do the tasting for your. I am sure they would oblige!

6. What cake flavours are included in the wedding cake tasting box?

The boxes contain a tasting of our 8 wedding cake flavours from our menu:

  • Vanilla Bean Basil Strawberry
  • Champagne Elderflower Rhubarb
  • Prosecco Peach Thyme
  • Earl Grey Lavender Lemon
  • Lime White Chocolate Pistachio
  • White Mocha Irish Whiskey Salted Caramel
  • Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Rosemary
  • Chocolate Guinness Roasted White Chocolate

Occasionally a flavour may have to be substituted for an alternative from the menu if seasonality affects availability of particular ingredients. However we can assure you that all cakes will be delicious!

7. What if I want a flavour that is not included in the tasting box?

In addition to our carefully curated wedding cake menu, we are also delighted to offer a bespoke wedding cake flavour design service. Collaborate with us to design a flavour that is nostalgic, unique or seasonal for your wedding day.

8. How should I enjoy my wedding cake tasting box?

It is recommended that you enjoy your cake samples within 48 hours of receipt to ensure that you sample them at their best. They should be stored in the refrigerator on receipt before bringing to room temperature before consuming. I always suggest taking tasting notes too, it is easy to forget what your thoughts were!

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I hope you have been tempted by all this talk of cake! Head on over to our wedding cake flavour menu to see all flavours options available, or contact us if you wish to book your wedding date.

Suzanne, x

 

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How to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake – Myths and Tips

Ganache cake with edible flowers Cove Cake Design

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake

Weddings can be expensive and with so many different items to pay for, from stationary and photographers through to cakes and musicians, it is prudent to set a budget for each item and try to stick to it. So what should you budget for your wedding cake and what are the ways of sticking to that budget?

Your Wedding Cake Budget

Wedding cake costs vary hugely but your budget has to be realistic. In your wedding cake you are getting the full attention of your qualified cake designer who will create a bespoke centrepiece for your wedding day. Their professional experience and creative skills will guide you on the ordering journey, which will generally include a tasting of their delicious cakes on offer, a customised design process and the final execution of your high quality and perfectly finished cake. Allow your cake the budget it deserves and matches with your overall wedding style. Remember you want to offer your guests the best wedding cake experience you can afford. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it is so important that it tastes amazing and looks good too….a simple quality cake can then become an incredible feature of your day with some simple tips!

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Saving Money on Your Wedding Cake – The Myths

There are many tips out there for saving money on your wedding cake. From my experience some of these are myths, let me give you my view…

Myth 1: I can save money by ordering a fake cake from a cake designer for display, while serving a cheap cake from the kitchen to guests

There is a circulating myth that you can save money by getting a cake designer to decorate polystyrene tiers to make a beautiful cake, while serving a cheap cake from the kitchen, and guests won’t notice. There are numerous reasons why this is a myth.

Firstly, who wants to give their guests a fake experience or indeed cake that doesn’t live up to its looks? A good cake designer wouldn’t agree to this idea either, the damage to their reputation of having their ‘cake’ on display while serving a cheap cake bought elsewhere would be too great.

Secondly, fake tiers don’t save a lot of money. A significant fraction of the cost of your wedding cake will go towards consultation with your cake designer on your design and the subsequent time taken to execute this design, be it on real or fake tiers.

Finally, polystyrene tiers are also environmentally unfriendly, being a plastic product that is likely to be discarded after your wedding day. As the world moves towards a greener future, businesses and individuals are shunning unnecessary waste.

Myth 2: I can easily make my own cake to save money, or get my Mum/Aunt/Friend to make it

Flour, eggs, sugar, butter and mix…making a cake is easy! And indeed a lovely weekend cake is easy to bake. There is definitely more pressure when making a wedding cake and significantly more skill involved in creating a larger cake that may be stacked and displayed for several hours. I toyed with the idea of making my sister’s wedding cupcakes not long after I started my business. However as chief bridesmaid I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t possibly  make wedding cupcakes while also managing other bridesmaids tasks. Importantly, I didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone was enjoying themselves and getting their nails done!

If you do wish to make your wedding cake, or someone else offers, this can be a lovely way of making your wedding day personal. It might be a good idea though to make something like fruit or chocolate biscuit cake that can be made in advance, so that the baker can relax before the day. Whatever you choose to make, do a few trial runs so you are confident in your abilities.

It should also be noted that many venues require proof of insurance and food safety certification from wedding cake designers. This is a very responsible policy in ensuring that all food served meets food safety standards. Venues may hence not be willing to accept a homemade cake for serving on their premises.

Myth 3: I can serve my wedding cake for dessert and save money

The cost of getting a wedding cake to serve for dessert will be significantly more than the cost of getting one to serve at an evening buffet. Firstly you will need a much larger cake to ensure there are enough portions in a choice of flavours for every guest, as well as allowing for wastage of edge pieces which may not be able to be served. Venues or caterers may also charge a plating or serving fee for portioning and serving your cake. The concept may not work out significantly cheaper then than having a dessert and a small cake.

The second thing to bear in mind is that wedding cakes and desserts are different things. For dessert, people generally choose things that are perhaps fruity, light in texture and served with accompaniements such as cream, ice-cream or coulis. Layered wedding cakes on the other hand are best eaten when people are a little more hungry, and don’t need any accompaniements, which may in fact detract from their taste profile. Wedding cake is hence best served either on arrival as part of the reception or at an evening buffet. Some can also be kept for the day after the wedding.

So How Can I Keep The Cost of My Wedding Cake Down?

With my experience of making wedding cakes here are my tips on how to keep the cost of your wedding cake down while not compromising on quality.

Be Realistic

Be realistic with your wedding cake budget at the outset. It isn’t after all just any old cake. You will be paying for the experience and expertise of your cake designer much in the same way the expertise of a florist or photographer is required for your wedding. Consider what it is that you really want. Is the cheapest bakery cake, perhaps made using packet mix, really what you want to offer your guests? Opt for the best tasting and best finish of cake that you can afford and that fits with the standard of experience you are offering to your guests at your wedding. Don’t worry as much about how much decoration you can afford, first things first make sure you buy something that tastes amazing and is expertly finished.

Choose A Smaller Cake

You may have 100 guests but you don’t need cake for 100 people if the cake is being served as part of an evening buffet. There will be guests who will be too full or even too busy dancing to eat it. Go for fewer portions of good quality cake and serve it all. When it’s gone then it’s gone! Another option is a smaller cake and a selection of more inexpensive sweet treats to create a cake table display

Choose Cost-Effective Decoration

Your cake designer can suggest decorative elements that are striking but cost-effective.  Are there different icing finishes that add to the cost of your cake, eg. fondant versus ganache or buttercream? Are there decorative finishes that look impressive but actually don’t add a lot to the cost? For example, sugar flowers are an expensive decoration due to the time and skill involved in making them. Your cake designer may also offer decoration with fresh organic flowers which will probably be cheaper.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to much in the way of decoration, your designer may be able to offer styling advice on how to use props to create a wow-factor cake table with a simple but delicious cake…..

Style, Style, Style!

Intricate wedding cake decoration can be expensive. But you can easily create a wow-factor cake with considered and cost-effective styling. Look around your venue, is there a gorgeous table or backdrop that can be used? Think about your flowers, is there a stunning arch or arrangement at the church that could be repurposed for the cake table? Consider props such as linen, candles and cake stands, they make all the difference and can be either hired from your cake designer or bought inexpensively. Ask your cake designer or browse Pinterest for ideas.

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I hope these tips on how to save money on your wedding cake will help to get the most for your budget. Don’t forget delicious quality cake is something that can’t be compromised on though! View our price guide for information on our base cake prices for different sizes and finish of cake.

Suzanne x

Vibrant real wedding Cove Cake Design

Vibrant Real Wedding – Katie and Tom

Wedding car

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.

Just married feeling

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.

Bride

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.

Vibrant wedding reception

Carly Horan Productions exquisitely 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. Some of the table setting items were hired from Gotcha Covered Events. I have to say I was blown away by the colour and individuality when I came to set up the cake!

Vibrant wedding place setting

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 Productions

Rentals: 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

 

 

Beach wedding inspiration Cove Cake Design

Beach Wedding Inspiration

Beach wedding fashion

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.

Beach bridal style

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.

Wedding details flatlay

Blue palette wedding tablescape

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.

Beach wedding inspiration intimate tablescape

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

Beach wedding drinks trolley

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

Cheers!

Suzanne, x

Wedding car

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.

Wedding venue

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!).

Wedding sationery

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

Wedding car

The Styling

Flowers

Just married

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

Decor

Wedding reception

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

The Cake

Buttercream wedding cake

Wedding cake table

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!

Cake cutting

Wedding day confetti

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