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A WINTER WEDDING WONDERLAND | DENISE & JAMES

Posted on: January 8, 2015 by Judith, Posted in: Cake Life

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As we approached the long tree-lined drive, edged with frosted lawns and winter shrubs, and catch a glimpse of the breath-taking views across rolling parklands and gardens – it was easy to see why Denise & James chose this stunning setting for their perfect winter wedding.

New Year’s Eve has always had special meaning for them so what better day to invite all their family and friends, have their beautiful wedding, and see in the New Year with a dusting of magic and sparkle!

Elizabethan windows decorated with festive winter flowers

Elizabethan windows decorated with festive winter flowers

Denise is a lady after my own heart – she’s a planner with organisation running through her veins. Working with her was easy, stress-free and lots of fun. We met a few months ago in the St George Hotel on Llandudno promenade, and chatted “all things cake” with our diaries, ipads and laptops open across the table sipping our cappuccinos. It soon became clear that no detail of this wedding was to be left to chance – Denise approached her wedding with the perfect blend of super-efficient organisation and relaxed happy anticipation – which has made her a very happy bride.

Hurricane Vases lit with strings of twinkling lights

Hurricane Vases lit with strings of twinkling lights

Delivering a wedding cake that you have spent hours planning, baking, decorating and fussing over is quite a unique moment. The anxiety and nervousness generated by actually having to move a 3 tier fully decorated very heavy cake, reaches fever pitch as you crawl slowly and cautiously along the road planning your route to avoid speed bumps, hills, hairpin bends, schools, busy town centres, and pretty much everything else. The relief when you arrive safely at your venue and finally place your cake in it’s designated spot is palpable, and the euphoria like nothing else!

Denise had chosen 3 deep tiers of sponge – raspberry madeira and chocolate orange – with a separate cutting cake to make sure there was a slice for every guest.

The beaded silver cake stand was the perfect choice to compliment the cake

The beaded silver cake stand was the perfect choice to compliment the cake

The base colours were ivory, mid grey and silver. The 10″, 8″ and 6″ round tiers were covered in Renshaw Celebration Sugarpaste and set on 2 covered boards atop a silver beaded cake stand.

Shadow flowers and tiny blossoms cascade from the top tier

Shadow flowers and tiny blossoms cascade from the top tier

The main design was quite simple …. tiny blossoms in ivory and grey centred with little silver and ivory balls. I piped with royal icing larger blossom shapes around the cake in an asymmetrical cascading pattern finishing with the board. I accented the pattern with tiny piped beads to reflect the silver balls.

The beautiful panelled ceiling reflected in the silver cake stand

The beautiful panelled ceiling reflected in the silver cake stand

The finished cake was a nice mix of modern contemporary understated style, with a romantic twist. When I stood back, I could see the dovetailing of all Denise’s meticulous planning – no detail was wasted – and everything melded together to create a magical winter scene.

The perfect centrepiece for their special day

The perfect centrepiece for their special day

The stunning Welsh dresser, panoramic mirror, lit branches and twinkling hearts set the scene perfectly and I was delighted with the result.

Tiny blossoms and piped beads accenting the board

Tiny blossoms and piped beads accenting the board

Morning sun pouring through the lead windows into the Ceremony Room

Morning sun pouring through the lead windows into the Ceremony Room

What an entrance!

What an entrance!

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How romantic – Denise put this on James’ place setting

How romantic – Denise put this on James’ place setting

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Freshly baked Welsh Cakes made by a local bakery for the table favours

Freshly baked Welsh Cakes made by a local bakery for the table favours

Shining fir cones to await arriving guests

Shining fir cones to await arriving guests

I’m really not a professional photographer at all, but couldn’t resist spending a few moments taking in some of the lovely details all around the rooms.

My favourite detail – cosy rugs for guests that need to pop outside into the cold

My favourite detail – cosy rugs for guests that need to pop outside into the cold

Cute sweet table full of vintage favourites

Cute sweet table full of vintage favourites

Denise & James especially wanted to wait until their evening reception to cut the cake so that all their guests could enjoy seeing it – how nice.  What a gorgeous couple!

And finally …. let them eat cake!

And finally …. let them eat cake!

If you’ve never visited Caer Rhun Hall, you should call next time you are driving  from Conwy toward Rowen. It’s a stunning 3 storey late Victorian mansion style house with Elizabethan influence, beautiful gardens just a stone’s-throw from the A470. It was built by General Hugh Gough in 1892 of rustic dressed pale grey limestone with red sandstone window surrounds and chimneys.

Impressive bay window above the entrance

Impressive bay window above the entrance

For me it was a special wedding. Jim, as I know him, has been incredibly supportive of my little cake business right from the start – spreading the word and enthusing about my cakes at corporate events that I had done in the town and with the Local Authority. When he asked me if I could do their wedding cake at New Year, and then introduced me to Denise, I was thrilled to have a way of saying thank you.

So, thank you Mr & Mrs Jones ……. and best wishes for a long and very happy marriage.

Love

Judith x

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Caer Rhun Hall, Conwy, LL32 8HX Tel: 01492 650 012

http://www.caerrhunhall.co.uk

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(Nikon D50, Nikon DX AF-5 Nikkor 18-55mm Lens)

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