Monday, 30 September 2013

Marie Antoinette Cakes Photoshoot!!

Well last week was hectic to say the least and all because we had out first ever styled photo shoot for the new extended Simply Antoinette range.

For those of you who don't know about Simply Antoinette, it's a range of stunning but fairly simple designs that are classic and clean in their look but essentially take less time to decorate than some of the more intricate designs that are available and therefore, cost less!

The small range was so popular following the Spring wedding shows that it has since been extended and a photo shoot was clearly in need to showcase these cake to the fullest!

The designs are all based upon a three-tier template which provide approximately 110 portions of sponge cake for £295 (not including delivery). However, all aspects of the cakes including size, shape, colours, decorative detail and flavours can be tailored to your personal preference in your consultation but can of course affect the overall price.

The wonderful Julie from Julie Lomax Photography took all of the photos, she's so easy to work with and really got involved in understanding the overall look I wanted to create before the shoot, visiting the venue with me to assess the space and discussing the shots we really wanted to create. It was a long day and a real slog but we both soldiered on to really get the looks we wanted.

The flowers (which would be my second choice of profession after cakes!) were beautifully created by the lovely Victoria from Lancashire Floristry who unfortunately couldn't be at the shoot on the day but who got super excited about coming up with some fabulous arrangements in colours that were pretty much out of season so I didn't exactly make her job easy!!

Finally, the venue we chose was the wonderful Rose and Lee Vintage studio (appointment only) run by Fiona who regularly travels to Italy to pick up the most gorgeous and eclectic mix of beautiful treats from huge beds, mirrors, tables, armchairs you name it she can get it! She also offers a re-upholstery & restoration service so you can really tailor these vintage pieces to your home. Fiona hired out her studio and gave us free reign to use anything as props and it really made things a lot easier! Even as we were leaving after spending the whole day there, I was spotting things I hadn't even noticed before!!

The photos look great and I can't wait to share them all with you, they'll be making an appearance on the website soon so watch this space!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Come and see us at our Autumn Wedding Fayres

So it's the beginning of the Autumn Wedding Fayre season and I thought it would only be right for me to let you know which shows we'll be at over the coming months!

We'll have loads of cake designs for you to look at including some of our Couture Range as well as some new designs from out Simply Antoinette Range seen as it was so popular at the Spring shows.

We'll also have some delicious cake flavours for you to sample and will be on hand to answer your cake related questions!!

Our first show is this Friday, 13th September at the lovely Astley Bank Hotel.

This venue has had a lot of renovation done to it over the last 2 years and now has a gorgeous orangery room leading onto gardens at the back.

It's Friday evening starting at 5pm and you can see more details about the venue on their website by clicking on the following link

Our second show is Sunday 3rd November at the gorgeous Bowden Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire. This venue offers several spaces for you to use with real vintage glamour and is truly a hidden gem!

This Vintage Wedding Fayre is run by Brides up North and provides a brilliant selection of quirky unique suppliers for you to really get the wedding you want!

More information about the venue can be found by clicking on the following link

Our third show is Sunday 10th November at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford. I simply love this venue, it's style and d├ęcor are so well suited to Marie Antoinette Cakes I can't wait to do this wedding fayre!!

The venue is so beautiful, glamorous and stylish it really is worth a look

Our final show of the season is Sunday 17th November at the brilliant Castlefield Rooms in Manchester City Centre.

This brilliant space offers several options in a really great setting in the lovely area of Castlefield next to the Bridgewater Canal

So that's our wedding fayre schedule for Autumn, we can't wait to meet lots of newly engaged couples and hear about their exciting plans. If you already met us at one of the Spring shows and fancy coming down for another chat then please do!!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Bride & Groom Cake Toppers

This weekend I went down to Birmingham to attend a course at The Blue Door Bakery. I've been making novelty sugarpaste characters for cakes for some time now but haven't ever really attempted a more grown up Bride & Groom for someone's wedding cake so decided that the best way to learn was to go on a one day course.

The day went so fast as it was jam-packed with step by step instructions and demos of how to create a gorgeous and adorable looking bride and groom for the top of the wedding cake.

I particularly love the faces on these toppers, full of so much character and fun achieved by hand painting the eyes and fabulous hairstyles!!

I have a set of Bride & Groom toppers to do for a lovely couple in October and I can't wait to create edible sugar versions of them after learning these techniques.

Thanks for the days tuition Clare, you're a fab and very patient teacher!!


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