The details of the bakes that Carly wanted may have changed a little since she first contacted me about making her wedding cake, but the overall feel of the day didn’t: she was going for a soft, vintage theme with creams, blush pink, roses, lace and natural decorative touches. And it was a *beautiful* wedding that Carly and Allan created together, held at The Brig 0′ Doon hotel in Ayrshire.
Carly had a very clear vision of what she wanted for her main “cutting cake” and that was of a tall cake covered in dusky pink buttercream roses. She diligently sourced a beautiful, white cake stand and some very cute bride and groom bird cake toppers.
Like more and more couples getting married, Carly and Allan wanted a Dessert Table in addition to a main wedding cake for that cake cutting moment. They love cake and wanted to share a selection of treats with their friends and family to fuel the evening’s celebrations and energetic dancing. In fact, some friends and family members contributed some sweet treats to the table. They asked me to provide a good selection of cakes and sweets, which led to the ubiquitous tasting session, which we did in May of this year.
They wanted to keep the flavours fresh, summery and fruity, so I made Raspberry and White Chocolate Macarons; Coconut Cakes filled with a fresh raspberry pureé and topped with a coconut buttercream; Lemon Cupcakes; and mini Empire Biscuits (more about these later). All were a big hit and we settled on these in addition to some Rocky Road.
Carly also wanted a stack of doughnuts. I do make doughnuts for my family, but I felt a wedding called for an expert, and struck upon an idea. I have become online friends with Tantrum Doughnuts in recent months. It is a new Glasgow based business that has been providing beautifully handmade doughnuts at pop-up events over the summer, but have just announced that they will be opening up a shop of their own this Winter. I suggested to Carly and Allan that they contact Iain and see if he could provide the much needed doughnut tower, and, luckily, he could.
At many Scottish weddings, Tablet is served with the after dinner coffee, however, Allan is a huge fan of Empire Biscuits, and he requested that I make mini versions to be served at theirs.
So, whilst the bridal party got themselves ready on the day of the wedding, I took delivery of fresh doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts; piped the finishing touches on the cupcakes; and carefully boxed up all the treats, loaded up my car, and headed for the venue.
It was a gloriously sunny and warm September day, which we quite often enjoy in Scotland. The venue, The Brig O’Doon, is in a stunning setting and the beautiful outside space is perfect for a wedding. As the Carly and Allan and their guests sipped champagne and relaxed into the celebrations outside, the very proficient staff transformed the room for dinner. I also set up the Dessert Table using many of the vintage cake plates and stands that Carly had found, placing the cutting cake in pride of place.
This is always a stressful moment (like transporting a tiered cake and carrying it into a venue isn’t stressful!) but thankfully everything was in place by the time Carly and Allan came in to the room to give it a quick survey before their guests were ushered in. They were delighted with the table and even nibbled on some of the doughnuts.
I can’t tell you what a lovely couple Carly and Allan are. From the very start they had been clear about what they liked but open to suggestions and recommendations, both interested in the whole planning process. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of their day and I wish them every happiness in their life together.
I decided to include a list of many of the suppliers and professionals who helped create their special day. If you are interested in finding out more I may be able to help you or could field the question to Carly for you.
Doughnuts: http://Tantrum Doughnuts
Table linen: http://www.88events.com
Bride’s Dress: http://www.alisonkirk.co.uk
Bride’s Hair: https://www.facebook.com/sorbie.hayesstrathaven
Bride’s Make-up: http://www.emmamotionmakeup.co.uk
Official photographer: http://www.johnjohnstonphotography.co.uk
Embroidered lace overlays on tables: handmade by bride’s mother.