Flowers – check, beautiful models – check, amazing photographer – check, super talented stylist – check, delicate pretty dresses – check, makeup & hair stylist – check, unique venue – check… & last but not least: cake – check!
All the key pieces needed to put together one amazing vintage-inspired wedding shoot, oh and of course hard work, time and commitment too… 😉
The shoot was fully styled by Lou Rodrigues from Beyond Vintage who was the creative genius behind the whole idea. Lou knew that I had a bit of a thing for traditional blue & white china and in particular I love Delft pottery, so I was super happy she remembered this and asked me to create a cake to match. I’d worked on a couple of weddings with her before so I knew it was going to look pretty spectacular.
When I was a little girl my grandparents used to have lots of china in the house and I particularly remember a set of plates that were used for decoration on the walls. I’d always admired them and would even doodle the little patterns when I had the chance. The plates were eventually given to my Mum who had them hanging pretty up our stairs. Every time I walked past I would gaze at them and daydream. Sadly, in a hormonal fight with my younger sister at around the age of 14, I threw a shoe at her, missed and smashed one of them.. so the full set was no longer to be.. sorry (again) Mum if you are reading this.. :-/
As usual, I’m rambling so I’ll move on to the important stuff!
I’d never taken part in a styled shoot before so I was very excited and so happy to have a cake with the creative freedom to do what I wanted. After flicking through some wedding magazines and scouring Pinterest I decided I wanted to keep the cake looking fresh, clean & pretty but at the same time wanted it to be a bit of a head-turner! I wanted the cake to be classy overall but still have a vintage twist to it.
Using a bride white fondant for the whole cake, I decorated the bottom tier with a mixture of tiny sugar flowers all edged in antique gold. The middle tier was painted, all with one colour gel and lightened/darkened were needed for tone, and the top tier had delicate royal icing piped swags and pearls.
I was aware that the photographer for the shoot was going to be Illaria Petrucci who just takes the most beautiful pictures. Her wedding shots are to die for and the attention to detail like no other. It was so great to meet her on the day too as she is just the most lovely down-to-earth person you could work with, and stays very calm. I can totally see why wedding couples choose to work with her for their wedding photographs.
The full shoot is actually featured on Love My Dress but here are my favourite photographs (all taken by Ilaria) from the day. I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks pretty special <3
To top off the shoot we had a very talented videographer attend, James Edralin from Zyrah Films who produced this amazing video and captured the mood and effects so well. I must have watched it a million times already.