When a wedding invitation lands on our doormat among the usual pile of junk mail and bills, I get a real sense of excitement. I love seeing the effort and thought that has gone into the simplest of details and that for me starts with the invitations. I absolutely love being a guest at a wedding. We were lucky enough this year to attend the wedding of some of our very good friends. I loved seeing the nervous look of anticipation on the grooms face as he anxiously waited for his bride to arrive. I loved seeing the bridesmaids walk up the aisle, proud to have such a honourary position and be there for their nearest and dearest on the most important day of their lives. I loved seeing the bride for the first time, beautiful in her gown and beaming from ear to ear, as she floated up the aisle. One of the best parts of this moment was glancing back at the groom and seeing his face as he saw his bride for the very first time. I loved watching the vows and remembering my own vows, remembering my own wedding day and how I felt to be the bride on that glorious day. I loved how when the bride and groom walked back down the aisle together as husband and wife, you could see the relief on their faces, knowing they could now start to relax and look forward to that cold glass of bubbly, or beer, in their hands.
As a cake maker, I meet many happy couples planning their special day. The wedding cake process starts with a consultation, and freshly baked cake samples of course, which I always get excited about as I can just feel the excitement emanating from the couple when talking about their plans for the day. From chatting and getting to know each couple during these consultations, I get a real feel for the style of cake they are looking for. I always work with the couple to design the cake, incorporating their ideas and coming up with the perfect design. Each person, each couple is completely unique and so it makes perfect sense that each wedding and therefore, each wedding cake, should also be.
On the day of my clients’ wedding, I arrive at their venue early to set up their dream wedding cake. There is often a lot of hustle and bustle going on, the venue is being decorated, the tables are being set, and sometimes I get to see some members of the bridal party, checking on the progress in the venue, or even a glimpse of some super excited bridesmaids or page boys running around the gardens. I can always feel the excitement brewing while I’m there stacking the cakes and adding he finishing touches. This is one of my favourite moments of my work, the cake is set, the venue is looking stunning and I just feel so excited for my clients, knowing that they are about to have the most perfect day of their lives.
It’s very rare (unless of course I’m making the wedding cake for friends and family and am a guest at the wedding!) for me to see another glimpse of the wedding cake, or any other part of the wedding day. I frequently receive thank you messages or notes, which I keep as I treasure them all, and occasionally I receive a picture of the cake being cut, which is so lovely to see.
I have recently been sent a video clip of Tara and Ben’s wedding day, for whom I created my three tier chocolate covered wedding cake design back in September. It’s so touching to get to see a little glimpse of their special day, remembering back to our initial consultation when they were in the early stages of planning their big day and the excitement was starting to bloom. Here’s their wedding video clip (keep an eye out for the cake!) kindly shared by Tara and Ben and their talented videographer at Portray Wedding Films
The typical wedding season may be over for the year, but I still have some beautiful winter wedding cakes to create, and more happy couples to meet for their consultations. Wedding fever continues for me all year round, and I really wouldn’t have it any other way.