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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.

Lauren and Graham Wedding

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

 

 

 

 

Cove Cake Design wedding tasting boxes

Wedding Cake Tasting Boxes – FAQs

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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!

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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. A tasting box dispatch takes place at the start of every year. We will 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 €65 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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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.

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

 

 

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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

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Online Shop

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Our New Online Shop

I am thrilled to launch the Cove Cake Design online cake shop! This is something that I have wanted to do for some time but the postponement of many of this years wedding orders finally gave me time to focus on setting this up and developing products.

With more products in the pipeline, take a look at what is currently on offer in the online cake shop:

Tasting Boxes

I have dispatched tasting boxes to my wedding clients for some time now and they have always been received with rapture. Any time I have posted photos of them on social media there has always been much interest, with people asking if they could pretend to get engaged to receive a box! Well I have finally met the demand with my Luxury Seasonal Tasting Gift Boxes which are now available to purchase in the online shop. With 4 seasonal flavours, these boxes are a taste experience for the recipient. Summer boxes included Champagne Elderflower Strawberry and Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Rosemary, while Vanilla Pear Macadamia and Orange Rhubarb Rose featured in the Autumn edition. These boxes are the perfect gift, or indeed treat for yourself! Christmas range coming soon!

online cake tasting gift box

Cake of the Month

I think we all need a little treat from time to time and my Cake of the Month was designed for people who want something refined and delicious for small family celebrations or even a weekend treat. Allowing me to indulge in my love of experimenting with flavours and ingredients, flavours change with seasonal availability. Autumn saw one of my favourites featured, Chocolate Blackberry Bay…delicious! Cakes are decorated with available ingredients such as macarons, gold leaf, seasonal edible fruits and dried florals.

online celebration cake

Coming Soon! Recipes and tutorials

I can’t wait to release my most exciting product to date…my first erecipe book! Almost completed, Layer Cakes-The Essential Collection is my go-to guide for creating delicious layer cakes with confidence. Featuring 9 basic recipes with 3 variations for each (by my calculations that is 27 cake flavours!), plus all my baking tips and tricks, this book will offer a wealth of information to new and more experienced bakers alike. Indivudal recipes and cake decorating tutorials are also in development, stay tuned!

cake recipe ebook cover

I hope you enjoy browsing the online cake shop, and don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list at the top of the page to be the first to be notified of new product lines!

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

 

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
Adare Manor Hotel

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.

Mount Juliet wedding venue

The wisteria-clad front of Mount Juliet House.

Wedding stationery

A pinterest-worthy flatlay.

Wedding reception

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!

Wedding cake

Cake cutting

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!

Clonwilliam House

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

Bride and groom

The detail on Siobhan’s dress is just stunning.

Bridal bouquet

…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.

Bride and groom Rebecca and Fred Wedding marquee Rebecca and FredGeometric wedding cake Cove Cake Design

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

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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