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a touch of florida sunshine

With all this snow and cold weather, I thought everyone could do with something warm and sunny to brighten things up. Cue this sunshine-inspired dessert table at the stunning wedding of Kim and John, held at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester.

These stunning photographs and beautifully captured moments are all c/o the wonderful husband and wife team that is Lawson Photography I first got into contact with Laura and Pete Lawson to talk about Kim and John’s wedding, and in the process created what I think is the most fun dessert table ever for Pete’s birthday. Such a lovely couple with a great sense of humour and an incredible talent. Thank you so much Laura and Pete for allowing me to use your images!

I have never seen a cake-cutting dance before but I think it should be a must! Kim and John are such a lovely, fun couple and these shots summed them up to a T. Amazing!

It all started with some fabulous and incredibly fun and striking Save the Date cards. We had bounced around some ideas about colours, shapes and flowers, but when Kim brought these out, the whole picture fitted into place. I knew I just had to bring these designs to life in cake (these photos are my own by the way).

I started with the cake. The couple wanted a two tier cake for their intimate wedding so when I saw the two part split between sun and sky on the first save the date card, I thought it would be a great idea to bring this into the two tier cake design. The cards have a very textured feel so I decided to layer the design, almost like a collage with lots of raised details, especially the swirling lines, and a wrapped sheet of “sea” over the plain white cake underneath. For the rays of sunshine, I cut individually tapering strips of vintage yellow fondant and curved them around the cake so that they emanated from the central white circle, just like the stationery design. Kim really liked the idea of a corsage on one side of the cake and the hibiscus flower was perfect for this! I created a 2D-3D effect and used the same white, orange and navy colours and ruffled edges to resemble the flower in the artwork.

The designs for the dessert table went through several iterations, as our ideas moved from the initial heart-shaped petals to a translation of the stationery artwork and as the numbers of each dessert was refined (and dessert choices added) to match the couple’s requirements. Initially, the layout was planned to be quite regimented to show a blend of colours through a single repeated pattern, but as the design became more fun and holiday-inspired, we softened it up with a mixture of round and square tableware and items laid out in circular patterns.

For the cake pops, I hand painted the couple’s initials on little fondant discs, using the same font as the stationery. I thought these looked really fun displayed on two separate cake stands either side of the main cake.

The font was continued in the dessert labels, such as this one for chocolate brownies. I must give credit to my other half for this as he managed to find the matching font for me. I love this extra finishing touch to bring everything together 🙂 In this photo, you can also see the details on the cookies, which were half rays of sunshine and half swirling waves to match the main cake.

Kim and John also ordered lots of bite-sized treats for their guests, such as canape cupcakes, vanilla macarons in a shade of vintage orange, lemon macarons in a shade of vintage yellow, and chocolate-dipped meringues. I tinted the meringues in a pale shade of yellow to tie in with everything else, and added little orange blossoms to the cupcakes, which were reminiscent of the hibiscus flower. I love it when everything has its own chacater but ties together to add to the overall theme!

And so, here is the finished dessert table! I love how the bright yet soft colours look against the wood and glass, with the quirky and instantly recognizable table on the terrace at Great john Street. Perfect for a chic city summer wedding.

Huge congratulations to Kim and John, and thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your special day! If you would like to see more images from this amazing wedding, The Lawsons have blogged all about it here.

Until next time,

Beth x


21/04/2013 - 6:10 pm

Ilona - This is such a fun retro cake, very cool!! Well done Beth!

30/04/2013 - 1:56 pm

cakesbybeth - Thanks so much! 🙂 xx

26/06/2013 - 3:34 pm

asian wedding dj - Fantastic work, love it…