A TEAM EFFORT

15/10/2013

 
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We have had a particularly busy stretch recently which culminated in meeting lots of fantastic brides and grooms at the Scottish Wedding Show at the SECC in Glasgow at the beginning of this month. The week running up to the event was a day and night, 7 day effort as we worked on three local weddings and display and info for our stand at the show.

While it felt like a herculean task for us, there were other people involved without whom the whole project would just not have got off the ground. This support and team effort was so important to us and we are so grateful to have such talented friends and family! First of all my (Emily) Dad hand made a state of the cake art display cabinet with it’s very own wiring and lighting system – it is just fab and he spent so much time and effort to make the perfect structure for the specific measurements of our pretty tiny stand at the SECC.  This posed the issue of transporting this item to the event and more fantastic generosity came from the (slightly unlikely) source of Coastworks based in Fairlie, North Ayrshire who leant us their van for the weekend, invaluable to us and another piece of the puzzle solved.

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While the cakes were underway we were able to call upon good friend and super talented photographer Gillian – we always take ongoing snaps of the cakes but it makes such a difference to have a professional take them how we see them, especially for use in print. We don’t underestimate what an important part of our output this is.

And finally on the weekend we had another good friend Cara come along and demonstrate to us how meeting different brides and grooms should be done! Her energy and warmth was another invaluable asset to our efforts and we were thrilled to have her on board. As a writer and former Happyhills bride she even wrote a gorgeous wee poem about different cake flavours which we put on our handout leaflet - her enthusiasm and care for what we do seemed to say something extra about the overall cake experience!
All in all a team effort - and we really appreciated it!

There were some other great suppliers there too, many of which we didn’t have a chance to visit but of those we did we loved meeting Opus Couture, Portavadie Marina (gorgeous venue) and it was fun to meet Cheese Wedding Cakes Scotland



 

One for the boys!

02/10/2013

 
We are super busy in the cake kitchen this week, cakes for some brides & grooms at a couple of local venues are underway and there's loads of preparation to be done for the Scottish Wedding Show at Glasgow's SECC. This is a big event with over 200 suppliers and 8000 attendees over the course of the weekend. We try to take a few new display cakes along to show some contemporary ideas and are a little bit different, hopefully they will spark some lateral thinking so that brides and grooms can imagine a cake unique to them.

Another slant on cakes at weddings is the traditional concept of grooms cakes. While historically this was an idea big in the UK, more recently it is trending far more in the US, we'd love to see a few grooms cakes make a return to wedding celebrations here. The idea is that a bride arranges for a fab bespoke cake to be delivered to her groom on the day of the wedding. This is a unique and super personal surprise - hopefully the bride can capture a hobby, pet, place or love of the groom represented in cake form that makes for a fun and delicious talking point on the big day. We often find that the men we meet are far more interested in yummy cake than they let on! They can often excel at the tasting part of our wedding cake consultations :D, and a groom's cake is a welcome addition to a day of celebration and indulgence!

As a contrast from a tiered wedding cake, we love the idea of a sculpted cake depicting a special interest and a focus on the man of the moment. To launch this idea we are offering 20% off grooms cakes up until the end of this year, so brides please get in touch to discuss any ideas!

We're looking forward to seeing lots of different suppliers at the weekend, and especially meeting lots of brides & grooms and their families and friends. In the meantime there are several cakes to be made..back to the kitchen and the midnight oil!
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