The wedding cake diaries

The wedding cake diaries

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Ever wondered why a wedding cake is more expensive than a cake bought from your local supermarket? I mean it’s all just cake right?? Wrong!

I almost can’t believe It has been this long, but last December I visited Michelle from Love Life Eat Cake based locally here in Rutland to see just what goes into the making of a wedding cake.

I missed out on the baking part, trade secrets and all! and joined Michelle for three days whilst she iced and decorated this lucky couple’s wedding cake to perfection.

The day started with Michelle using this fantastic device to level out the cakes so that all of them were perfectly even. Each layer of cake has multiple layers within it, all secured together with delicious icing.

 Lady cutting a cake
Icing a cake with chocolate icing
Icing a cake with love life eat cake
Baking with love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Icing a cake

How incredibly satisfying is this! the ganache is perfectly smoothed by Michelle to make sure that when she does add the icing it is free from any lumps and bumps and ready to wow your wedding guests.

Love life eat cake rutland cale maker icing a cake
Smoothing out th eicing with love life eat cake
Love life eat cake rutland baking

Next Michelle moves on to the very top layer of the cake, which in this case is a fruit cake. Now, until I saw Michelle do this, I actually thought I was doing pretty well with my Christmas cakes. I do cheat though and use Royal icing peaked to make it look like snow! Michelle has to level the fruit cakes out and then wrap them perfectly in marzipan and then icing. 

love life eat cake measuring a cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Making sure that the Marzipan around the fruit cake is beautifully smooth.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

I actually tried to do this with my own Christmas cake when I got home from photographing Michelle, NO CHANCE! This is why we pay Michelle to make our wedding cakes! even though there is no chance of you ever seeing this section of the cake on your wedding day, it is still treated as if it is the only thing that will be on show. Nothing short of perfection.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Time to roll out the icing ready to ice the cakes, the final layer before the decorating (and my favorite part) of the wedding cake begins. Remember, Michelle has to do this for every layer of your cake and takes just as much time and care over each one.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The middle layer of this cake was to be a shimmery one, covered in pearl icing and then edible sequins. Michelle took such care making sure that the cake was evenly covered in the pearl icing using her spray gun. When I asked her why it had to be perfect if she was just covering it in sequins anyway she said that was just how she worked. She takes such pride in her work and that is something you should always look for when choosing ANY of your wedding suppliers. Nothing less than their best should be good enough.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The top layer of the cake was to have little white snowflakes all around it, I have always wondered how this was done so neatly and if I am honest I still wonder. I watched Michelle move the stencil all the way around the cake without once smudging any of the other snowflakes and without leaving any gaps!

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

With the top and middle tiers complete it was time to move on to the base. This was the most intricate of the layers and took the longest. Each flourish is cut and folded by hand before being added to the cake with pinpoint precision. This takes pure skill and a huge amount of patience and concentration. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The time had come to deliver the cake. Michelle delivers all of her cakes by hand making sure they are displayed beautifully and allowing her to take care of any last-minute touch-ups like removing the sequins that had dropped from the middle layer. She takes great pride in her work and rightly so because it truly is a work of art. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Hopefully, this will have gone some way to showing you why a bespoke wedding or celebration cake is that little more expensive. There is so much skill and hard work that goes into creating each and every layer. 

Michelle owns ‘Love Life Eat Cake’ and is based right here in Rutland UK. She is an International award-winning Cake and Sugar Artist. You can find out more about her, the services she offers and book in for your own wedding consultation by visiting her website – Love Life Eat Cake. 

Post wedding photos at Normanton Church

Post wedding photos at Normanton Church

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Sophie and Patrick had been due to get married in Italy, but then Covid struck and everything had to be cancelled. They didn’t let this spoil their wedding though they simply switched things up and got married right here in Rutland. 

I wasn’t allowed in to the ceremony which was held at Oakham Registry office. I beleive this is because they are using the smaller room at the moment so only the couple and their two witnesses are allowed in. 

Instead I met Sophie and Patrick at Normanton Church on what was one of the hottest days of the year and we captured some family photos and couple shots for them. 

Please note: the couple had been living through lockdown with Sophie’s parents so they were able to attend their wedding and not socially distance.

Here are a few photos from their perfect day, all finished off with an ice cream, because, well, it would be rude note to! 

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Micro wedding normanton church rutland-9
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Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
bride and groom normanton church
bride and groom normanton church
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
Micro wedding normanton church rutland-11
A micro wedding in Oakham, Rutland

A micro wedding in Oakham, Rutland

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

With all of the changes currently taking place it certainly looks like Micro weddings are going to be around to stay for a little while and of course here at Amanda Forman Photography I am ever adapting and am excited to show you exactly how FANTASTIC a micro wedding can really be. 

So firstly, what is a micro wedding? Is it the same as an elopement? Well in all honesty the amount of people in a micro wedding is constanly changing, had you asked me last week I would have said a micro wedding would be one containing 30 people or less, but as of last night it is 15 people or less and yes they can be just as much fun. 

A micro wedding is smaller in size than a standard wedding, costs a lot less (hurrah), it is usually shorter in length and is a lot more intimate. An elopement is something that is usually done in secret and is often just the couple, two witnesses and their photographer if they choose to have one (which of course I suggest you do so that you can share your images with family and friends) 

I will of course go in to more detail on Micro weddings on a seperate blog post as I don’t want to take away from this INCREDIBLE micro wedding of Jessica and Steve in Oakham. 

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography

The day started as I feel all weddings should!! with the bride in an Elmo onesie at home, in her slippers!! Both Jessica and Steve were getting ready together at home with their family. This is an unconventional way of starting the wedding morning but one that as a photographer, I love as it meant that I got to capture both bride and groom prep and it was just so relaxed. Jessicas incredible make up artist was Liz Staniland who I have worked with on several weddings now and comes highly reccomended. You can find her using the links at the bottom of this post if you would like to get in touch. 

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography

Jessica and Steve had their wedding ceremony at Oakham Registry office. For now at least they are not allowing anyone other than the wedding couple and their two witnesses in the room but I was there to capture their arrival and departure and we all cheered when we heard the words ‘I now pronounce you man and wife’. It did feel a little odd to not be right there in the ceremony but we found a way around it and though this was the case for Oakham registry office it isn’t the case for all micro weddings, it greatly depends on the venue size and location (outdoors has a little more flexibility).

Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding bridal prep Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Of course a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without confetti of some sort. Jessica and Steve had picked and dried some lavender from their garden, it smelt so good! After confetti we composed some socially distanced group shots and then the group headed over to the reception venue, the wonderful Hitchens Barn in Oakham whilst I held the couple back and captured a few photographs just for them. 

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Weddings are of course exempt from the rule of 6 which came in to effect last week just before their wedding and we all breathed a sigh of relief. Because of this the couple were able to book out the top floor of Hitchens Barn for their micro wedding reception. It is such a beautiful location and perfect for anyone planning their micro wedding, the food was mouth wateringly good with the cheese soufflé being the star of the show. If you are interested in booking Hitchens Barn for your micro wedding just get in touch with Louise or Neil and I am sure they will be happy to help.

Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham
Micro wedding Hitchens Barn Oakham

After dinner and speeches the couple retired to the local Hambleton Hall Hotel for their first evening as newlyweds, but not without first having a few more photos to celebrate their wedding day. They exchanged wedding day gifts just before I left them for the evening, feet dipped in the warm outdoor pool and relaxing in the sunshine. What a perfect end to an incredibly perfect day.

Guys I wish you only the best for the future and can’t wait for your wedding celebration party!!

Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography
Micro wedding Hambleton Hall  Oakham Amanda Forman Photography

Suppliers

Make-Up – Liz Staniland MUA

Hair – TBC

Dress – TBC

Flowers – Brides own creation

Shoes – Irregular choice

Reception Venue – Hitchens Barn

Hotel stay – Hambleton Hall 

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Irnham Hall Winter Wedding

Irnham Hall Winter Wedding

November saw my last wedding of 2019 at Irnham Hall and wow what a wedding to end the year on!

Jamie and Victoria were married in the stunning grounds of Irnham Hall, chosen because of it’s relaxed feel, walled gardens and the fact that it is wheelchair accessible – a huge plus for Victoria as her Grandma was her flower girl, yes you read that right!! so she needed to be able to easily get around the venue.

It was a cold and foggy day when I pulled up to Irnham Hall on the day of the wedding, I love days like this as it creates such a wonderful atmosphere in the photos and everything looks that little bit more special.

Victoria was getting ready with her bridesmaids just down the road in the Griffin inn which is also owned by the Leila and Jamie at Irnham Hall. I am not sure I have encountered a more chilled out bride on the morning of her wedding. She was up and down the stairs making tea and toast for everyone and topping up champagne, always with a smile on her face.

One piece of advice I always give my couples when they are planning their wedding is to think about what they will be wearing when getting ready and to think about who they would like to get ready with. This is key as whatever you are wearing will be photographed and you want to look amazing don’t you? 

 

Meanwhile the boys were getting ready at the couples home and as they had booked a second shooter for the day my incredible second shooter Dan went along to spend the morning with them. There were lots of nerves and some laughs when the groom realised he had forgotten the money for the registrar, thankfully his brother and best man saved the day!!

The wedding ceremony took place in Irnham Hall’s beautiful orangery. The light in here was incredible and it was such a wonderful and intimate space. 

You may remember I mentioned earlier that Victorias 93 year old grandma was flower girl. This actually made my day, she did such a fantastic job and looked so happy to be playing such a big part in the day. 

The rose petals were grown in Victorias Grandads garden, he sadly passed before the wedding but having the rose petals made it feel as if he were there in some small way to celebrate the day with them. 

The reception took place in the summer house at Irnham Hall, and whilst beautiful all by itself it was styled to perfection on the day by the incredible team at the Rustic Wedding company.

Using a mixture of foliage, hurricane vases with candles, tall stem vases, gold and silver charging plates and antique french lights it really was something special. 

Victoria and Jamie booked the incredible Funk Soul Brother who are managed by DG Music right her in Rutland. 

I love a wedding with a band, the dancefloor is always full, they just know how to get people up and on the dancefloor and that without doubt creates some of the best dancefloor images. 

Steal their style

 

A blustery wedding at Normanton Church

A blustery wedding at Normanton Church

It was blustery day back in August for Rebecca and David’s wedding at Normanton Church in Rutland. 

Rebecca was getting ready at Rutland Water golf Course with her mum and bridesmaids and all was calm when I arrived with prosecco flowing and lots of laughter. 

I started the day the same way I always do, by photographing the details. Rebecca’s beautiful flowers were by Penny at RS Barnwell Garden Centre

Her shoes were one of her favourite accessories for the day, a truly stunning pair of Manolo Blahniks, I have never been more petrified taking a pair of shoes out of their box!

The interesting point came when I asked if she would be wearing a veil so I could use it to photograph her jewellery on……. it wasn’t there, it had been left at home and with no way of getting it to us………… panic ensued!! 

Luckily, I run a networking group in Rutland for Wedding proffessionals and before long we had the wonderful Naomi from Lace and Pearl Bridal Boutique on her way to us with the perfect veil to match Rebecca’s dress. 

Panic over normal service resumed and before long it was time to leave for Normanton Church.

Meanwhile my second shooter was with the boys at the couples home along with the best man, parents and page boy. 

I always love it when my couples book a second photographer for the day, it is nice to see what the boys get up too in the morning and it seems such a shame for them to be left out.

Amanda!! Thank you SO much for everything on Friday.
We absolutely love our sneak peak and can not wait to see them all. You were truly amazing on the day and everyone has commented on how gorgeous the photos were in the slide show. Dan was also a dream for the boys and we couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Thank you again for being so fab and for saving the day with your bridal connections!!
Mr & Mrs Keefe xx

Rebecca and David chose the simply stunning Normanton Church for their wedding ceremony. I love photographing weddings here, the inside of the church is so light and airy and the smaller size of the church makes it feel so much more personal and private. 

Usually I will run in to the church before the bride arrives to catch some photos of the groom nervously waiting for his bride to arrive whilst his groomsmen rib him for punching above his weight and joke that his bride isn’t coming 😉 This time however the atmosphere in the church was not one of nervousness, David was calm and relaxed and joking with his friends and the registrars. It was so lovely to see and a great way to start the wedding. 

 

After the ceremony I would usually set up group shots outside the church as we have it for about another 30 minutes after the ceremony but at our pre wedding meeting we had decided that the photos could be taken at the golf course and we could optimise the time at the church to take some photos of just Rebecca and David. Given how windy it was this worked perfectly and allowed all of the guests to head back to Rutland Water Golf Course for canapes and fizz. 

Normanton church is the perfect backdrop for wedding portraits and having a little extra time we were able to get lots of variation for their wedidng album. 

Rebecca and David had styled the gorgeous marquee at Rutland Water Golf Course to perfection. I love details on a wedding day and there were so many different personal touches here. 

The best thing about the marquee is that it is actually inside a barn type building at the golf course so it isn’t effected by wind and they have even installed fairy lights in to the canopy permentantly so it looks like a night sky when the sun goes down. 

 

Another special advantage to having your wedding ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Course is the fact that you can have confetti on the grounds. 

You aren’t allowed to throw confetti at Normanton Church, so when you arrive at the golf course they arrange the confetti line there for you.

After group photos and prosecco and canapes it was time to sit down down for the wedding breakfast. 

This however, was the exact time the majority of the UK had a power cut! I was sat editing images in the bar area ready for the same day slideshow that the couple had booked when everything went dark! Luckily the food had all already been cooked and was being served and no one seemed at all worried, the staff at the Golf Course were on it as always! 

We were quite lucky in that the power came back on after only 10 minutes, the rest of the UK weren’t so lucky. 

I always look forward to the speeches at a wedding and Rebecca and David’s didn’t disappoint. The laughs were plentiful, embarassing stories in full swing and tears were flowing. 

After the wedding breakfast we were able to slip back outside with Rebecca and David for a few more photos at sunset, and given how windy the day had been we were blessed with a beautiful sunset. It also proved to be the PERFECT time to practice the first dance. 

After the sunset photos we headed back inside to cut the cake. They had cut their sweet cake a little earlier so now it was time to cut the cheese cake…..I love a wedding with cheese as a cake! especially when it comes from Otters in Oakham.

 

Steal their style

Ashes Barns Wedding

Ashes Barns Wedding

I thought it might be fun to re introduce the Ask the Bride blogs and what better a wedding to start on than this one at the Ashes Barns 

Georgia and Liam we married at the Ashes Barns in Leek earlier this year and even though rain had been forecast for the whole day we were blessed with some beautiful weather and were able to get out and about in the gorgeous ground for some photos. 

Here is what Georgia has to say about her big day. I hope you enjoy. 

How did you and Liam meet?

Liam and I met whilst at college when we were 16. I met him as he was considering getting his nipple pierced in a piercing shop! He was friends with my school friend justin (one of the best men) so I went in to meet him and ran into the topless liam. Who obviously made and impression. 

Tell us about the proposal  

Liam proposed at the Harry Potter studio tours. Just as we walked through the famous doors into Hogwarts school, He bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. All I remember is the magical music playing  and him saying ” well put it on then” regarding the ring as I was obviously in shock after saying yes. It was the most magical and exciting moment of my life so far. He knew it would mean the world to me to do it there, and I love him for that.

How did you find the wedding planning process?

Wedding planning was actually very fun and only stressful in the last month or so. 

Due to me wanting everything to be perfect. And having all the odds and ends tied up nicely. I only got stressed when something was out of my control. Ie the weather and handing my ideas to somebody else to create something. 

Tell us about your dress, what did you accessorise with?

I actually wasnt hung up about my dress being the best dress I will ever wear. I just wanted it to go with the feeling and tone of my wedding. Once I found it online. I tried it on once and that was IT! I loved the fact it wasnt white and that it wasnt anything anyone expected. 

I accessorised my dress with a flower crown. My mum and I put it together with other flowers I found and added beads and hair accessories to create the crown it was on the day, I do wish it didn’t  have as many pins in on the day! (If you know, then you know!) 

I also wore all white leather converse. That was something Liam & I thought of ages before the wedding as that’s much more our style. The whole wedding  party wore either Van’s or converse even my mother. I am so glad I did as I could dance all night and was so comfortable. It looked cool too!! 

What was most important for you on the day?

The most important part of the day for me was the actual ceremony. It was a dream and it was so romantic. The music and flowers and having everyone I love in one room was lovely. I look back at that moment  with such fond memories. Writing our own vows was funny and emotional, and I was so touched when liam shed a few tears. I think hearing Liam’s vows to me was my favourite moment of the entire day. I loved it. 

What was your theme for the wedding?

We didn’t have a theme. I just had more of a vision for the day as a whole and I wanted to create everything I could myself. I didn’t want it to look like something out of a magazine. I wanted it to feel like us. Everything pretty much had a reason for its creation. From the table names being our favourite movies on flags, made out of my old sketch book paper, too the ivy from the bottom of our garden hung over my table setting on a crate from our favourite garden centre. Our wedding was definitely a ‘homemade’ wedding. 

Why did you choose your venue?

The Ashes Barns was the second place we viewed and I knew straight away it was the one. From the moment you drove down the long entrance road we had a wow feeling. Everything was in one place. Which I recommend. From ceremony room too accommodation all on one plot made it very easy to plan. The girls there were amazing and very friendly, and it was a beautiful setting. Much more beautiful than I saw online. It was rustic and had greenery surrounding it. Even the stone walls were beautiful. I couldn’t recommend the Ashes Barns enough.

What is your advice for future brides?

My advice for brides is to plan and get organised as early as you can. Get everything done so you leave a good few weeks before your big day free.

The worst thing you can do is be stressed up until your nuptials. Leave a few days free with your partner to just enjoy each other before you get married.

It honestly does go so quickly so enjoy the day with all your loved ones and remember it’s about the love between the two of you, not about everybody else!! 

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