Looking back at a “Summer of Love” …
As September draws towards it’s close, I’ve started to blog again! I didn’t think it had been that long, but was amazed to find over a month had passed. I hope that, whatever you’ve been doing and wherever you’ve been during Summer 2011, you’ve had a wonderful happy time in the last few months… for me it has been very busy, with lots of different projects on the go including a number of wonderful weddings to provide cakes for.
Each wedding has been lovely, and (as always) I feel privileged to have played a part in “my couples” special days. Each cake has been very different from the next and, as a cake baker/decorator, I find that the challenges that each one has presented is creatively very stimulating.
In June, there was the wedding of Sylvie and and Scott – both officers working in The Thames Valley Police force. For their wedding reception I was asked to provide a Cadbury purple coloured Police Helmet and 100 co-ordinating cupcakes. Having been married a few weeks before in Austria, this fabulous couple were celebrating a second reception with their friends and families in a beautiful village hall near Alton, Hampshire. There was certainly a fun vibe going on there when I was setting up the cakes on the stand!
In July came Nicola and Paul, who set a wonderful challenge for me – a conical cascade of flowers, including roses, hot pink gerberas and green Kermit chrysanthemums. This was a BIG cake, made up of many layers of chocolate and white chocolate cake and as I assembled it at the venue it attracted a lot of interest from the hotel staff and guests that were in the vicinity! I have to admit to being concerned about the hotel staff having to move such a large cake successfully, but need not have worried; secure ”stacking” by me, and careful handling by the professional staff at The Farnham House Hotel meant everything went smoothly!
In early August it was the turn of Beth and Stu. This couple’s reception was held in a historic Hampshire barn, and in keeping with their surroundings and theme of the wedding day, they requested a Vintage style 3 tiered cake featuring lace and pearls for the daytime. For the evening came 100 cupcakes – half with a vintage lace design and the remainder topped with handmade roses and hydrangea heads. The daytime cake was interesting to make, in that it had a large number of people to feed, but the dimensions of the cake stand dictated I should make each layer taller than usual… I’ll never forget delivering this cake to the venue and to see the Bride’s mum crying with happiness! Heart-warming!
At the end of August, it was the turn of Colleen and Nic. Their Bank Holiday weekend wedding was held at the wonderful Audley’s Wood hotel near Basingstoke in Hampshire. For this wedding I was asked to provide 100 cupcakes each with a detailed Gerbera flower head. Each handmade Gerbera took 10 minutes to make! The top-cake was to co-ordinate, but in this instance the Groom’s auntie was to make it as a wedding gift. It was the first time I’d been asked to match cupcakes to a cake I’d never seen or made, but all worked out beautifully and everyone was extremely happy!
Whilst all these Brides & Grooms were just starting out on their married lives, during the summer I made two wedding anniversary cakes for wonderful couples celebrating 60 and 68 years of marriage respectively…. right at the other end of the scale!
Congratulations to all these special couples and thanks for letting me be part of your day. What a lovely “Summer of Love” that was!