A Wedding Cake at Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Meet the Lovely Couple – Ciara & Paddy
Ciara and Paddy were married in September 2015 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. When I met with Ciara and Paddy for their consultation earlier in the year, I knew they wanted something a bit different. Choosing Royal Hospital Kilmainham as their venue was part of this choice, but it did mean they had to organise a lot themselves. A great job they did.
The ceremony, drinks reception and dinner were all held at the venue. With a turnaround from the ceremony to the dance floor after the meal.
The Dress, The Bridesmaids and The Groomsmen
The dress, was a gorgeous lace with low cut back line and long flowing veil. The bridesmaids wore an almost Art Deco style gowns in black with silver beading. The groomsmen wore navy suits and looks like they would have been happy in any colour as long as they were there to support Paddy.
The Wedding Cake;
Ciara and Paddy loved the idea of a contemporary cake with various textures, and really wanted to incorporate the silver colour as it was one of their feature colours on the day. We fleshed out some designs and came up with a cake that had these sugar shards on the base, a silver metallic sequins layer, a textured geometric shape on a taller middle tier and lastly the top tier was a little more free flowing with some silver brush strokes. All topped off with a silver ‘love’ topper.
The Cake Flavours;
The cake flavours included chocolate with Guinness and hazelnut rum mousse. Carrot, walnut and orange and lemon as the middle tiers. On top, a small tier of purple velvet (which includes blackberry, elderberry and vanilla cream cheese icing) just for Ciara and Paddy to share together.
It was a pleasure working with Ciara and Paddy, they were a such a lovely couple and thank you again for asking me to make and design your wedding cake.
All images were taken by Juliana Scodeler
A Wedding Cake at Bellingham Castle
Meet the Lovely Couple
Aoife and Jonathan married in May 2015 at Bellingham Castle, lived in Dublin and opted for a church ceremony beside the beach in Blackrock.
The Dress & Suits;
Aoife’s dress was a beautiful mermaid style gown with long flowing veil. Jonathan and co were in grey tail jackets with matching cravats to the bridesmaids dresses.
The Colour Scheme;
The colour scheme included peach and mint. The bridesmaid dresses wore mint and the peach came through in the flowers, cake and invitations. Love the image above of the bridesmaid getting a glimpse at the bride.
The Wedding Cake;
Aoife and Jonathan wanted the colour scheme to also appear on the wedding cake. They choose a design which I replicated while personalising with their names and in their chosen colours. Most imagery is by Dolinny Photography . Image above of the wedding cake is Caroline’s. The flavours included were chocolate biscuit, vanilla with elderflower and gooseberry and also carrot and walnut cake with orange buttercream.
Thank you Aoife and Jonathan for asking me to be part of your day.
A Wedding Cake at the Royal College of Physicians
Meet the Lovely couple – Eimear and Will
Eimear (Irish) and Will (English) live in London and decided to come to Ireland and get married in the Royal College of Physicians. Eimear a writer for Martha Stewart Weddings and author of the book, Bridesmaids had seen it all. She wanted something simple, understated, yet elegant. Where better to celebrate they big day, than in the heart of Dublin City and stopping off en route from the ceremony to have a Guinness at Kehoe’s pub before their reception at the Royal College of Physicians, steeped in literary and academic history.
The Colour Scheme & The Dress;
As Eimear had seen it all while writing for Martha Stewart Weddings, she wanted something simple. She choose a white and green colour scheme, a colour combination that is becoming increasing popular. Her dress, too was sophisticated and elegant but steered clear of tulle and lace.
The Flowers & The Stationary;
The flowers were provided by Patsie and Claire at The Informal Florist and they included an array of white and greens. While their stationary was cleanly printed without a trace of stylised calligraphy.
The Wedding Cake;
The cake too had clean lines, was elegant and contemporary with fresh rosemary placed around the base to incorporate the colour scheme here also and framed the cake. It was positioned in the centre of the reception area as their guests climbed the stairs and entered the hall with its high ceilings, portrait paintings and over sized fireplaces. If you look closely you’ll see a small silver shoe on top of the cake. This was also used on Eimears grandmothers wedding cake. I love the sentiment of the shoe, as tiny as it seems, it had a huge impact. I think in the image below, Eimear and Will are addressing her Granny, and you and see from the photo just how much she means to both of them.
The flavours of Eimear and Will’s tiers were, fruit cake with whiskey almond paste, chocolate biscuit cake and lime and coconut cake.
Thank you so much again Eimear and Will for asking me to be part of your special day.
Photography by Fiona Morgan
A Wedding Cake at Mount Druid
The lovely Couple – Caroline & Gerard
Reunited after 17 years since school! Ger is a farmer and Caroline is happily adapting to agricultural life. Caroline and Ger wanted their day and wedding cake to reflect their laid back lifestyle.
The Wedding Cake
The wedding cake was important to Caroline and Ger as both families loved cake and it was really important that the cake tasted delicious. They wanted a simple, understated cake, that looked elegant and was in keeping with Mount Druid. Caroline and Ger opted for the semi-naked cake style, whereby the sponge layers can be seen, but is more structured that the more rustic naked cake. Caroline and Ger loved the idea of incorporating the autumn feel and colours into the cake but we were careful not to make it look too Christmasy. Copper beech branches and leaves trailed the front and side of the table. We also included pine cones, beech nuts and burgundy colours from cut fruit and berries with some fresh flowers to remind us it was a wedding cake after all.
Here is the finished product and the flavours included spiced orange cake with orange buttercream, chestnut cake with salted caramel buttercream and pecan & maple cake with crunchy pecan praline buttercream.
The Agricultural theme
The agricultural relaxed theme continued throughout the day and also influenced their table plan for sure – beef breeds!
Caroline & Ger, both loved Mount Druid for its alternative theme and laid back atmosphere and owners.
They were blessed with a summers day at Halloween! The flowers had a harvest theme and lavender was included (to help calm nerves). Dried Barley was scattered around the venue with pumpkins and gourds. Lavender was also in the bouquets.
The Bride, Groom & Wedding Party;
Caroline wore a fabulous off white wedding gown with lace detailing. Gerard’s suit was burgundy in keeping with the time of year and the colour scheme, it was also a change from the usual tweeds and blues. He stood out from his boys who were in navy.
The Bridesmaids dresses were slate grey and the flowers were chosen to compliment the venue and harvest agricultural relaxed theme.
A big thank you to Caroline and Ger for asking me to make and design their wedding cake. It was a pleasure to work with you both. Wishing them a happy and healthy further together.
All the Best,
Alternative photography by Pawel Bebenca
A Wedding Cake at Rathsallagh House
The Lovely Couple – Emma and Marc
A simple white wedding cake with fresh flowers and lots of them.
Emma and Marc were married in the lovely house of Rathsallagh, Co. Wicklow in September 2015. When I met with Emma and Marc earlier in the year, they were easy going and that was the way the theme of the wedding went.
Wedding Cake Design
There only requirement was that they wanted the wedding cake to look rustic, yet elegant, for the floral arrangement to have plenty of green foliage and an assortment of white flowers, similar to Emma’s bouquet by The Informal Florist
Emma and Marc choose the italian meringue icing which gave the wedding cake a shiny white, yet soft finish and this worked really well with their style and colour palette for the day. They choose to have the chocolate biscuit cake, carrot with walnuts and orange cake and also the zesty lemon flavoured cake
The day was styled by Grace & Saviour and I especially loved the draped festoon lights that were hung in the dining room and the simple touches with the olive branch and ribbon for each menu.
A Wedding Cake at Powerscourt House
The lovely couple – Kelly & Olly
A blush, Lace Wedding Cake with delicate sugar flowers.
Kelly and Olly were married in June 2015 in the picturesque Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow. Kelly wanted to incorporate heavy embossed lace and delicate sugar flowers on to their wedding cake, as there was also lace on her wedding dress.
The Cake Flavours and Colours;
Olly was the head taster and loved the chocolate biscuit cake. So much so, we gift wrapped a small piece and left it on his pillow so he got to taste it all over again. Kelly preferred the subtlety of the vanilla, elderflower and gooseberry cake flavour. They choose a soft colour palette of white, off white, ivory and touches of blush peach. These colours could be seen throughout the wedding in the stationary, bridesmaids, flowers and of course the wedding cake.
Bridesmaid wore a gorgeous simple blush peach dress and the flowers were equally beautiful and tied in with the colour palette.
Amazing photography by Larry McMahon, capturing the beauty and views at Powerscourt House of this real wedding.
A Wedding Cake at 25 Fitzwilliam
The Lovely Couple – Clair & Ultan
Clair & Ultan were married in August 2015 and had their ceremony and reception in the gorgeous No.25 Fitzwilliam Place with a very cute 2 tier wedding cake.
It was a gorgeous day, clear sky and the sun was beating down. My concern would generally be the buttercream icing. On this occasion Clair and Ultan had chosen the Italian meringue icing. It’s similar to marshmallow fluff/icing and is soft and sweet, yet the texture stays as it is. It can’t melt as there is no butter in this icing.
They chose a smooth texture on the base and side scalloped texture for the top. I styled the cake with simply greenery and succulents. All topped off with these 2 adorable little bears Clair found on ETSY. The flavours were pecan and maple with a crunchy pecan praline (a really nice alternative to chocolate and my most popular flavour) and lime with coconut.
The flowers were a combination of wild simple flowers and larger rose blooms provided by The Flower Box and in keeping with the relaxed, yet elegant style of their alternative wedding at No.25 Fitzwilliam Place.
All images were taken by Clair and Ultan’s chosen photographer, the amazing Will O’Reilly.