28th September, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Trashing the dress is a new photographic trend that has recently become a popular way of photographing a bride in an elegant dress in a scene that trashes the dress. It’s fast becoming a great trend and here is an example of one ‘trashing the dress’
It’s a fantastic way of photographing a couple in their natural state. How can anyone argue that the above is not a great picture? It simply is and depicts happiness in all its glory.
The trend is becoming more and more elaborate and as your wedding day progresses, most brides will usually change out of their dress into something more comfortable and “trashing the dress” photographs is a wonderful way to bring that period of time where the bride wears her dress and uses it as a way of showing her happiness.
We think it a wonderful way to propagate the couple’s happiness and bring the whole day into a set of pictures that show nothing other than joy at being united as one unit.
Many brides dream about their wedding dress for years. Many dresses are stored for years and some are handed down over the years; yet, so many are packed away in boxes as a simple memento for the day. Some even never see the light of day again.
The thought of trashing a dress can appear as a horrific act, yet it has been around since the late nineties and was first introduced by the actress Meg Cummings, on the TV show Sunset Beach as she ran into the sea when her wedding was interrupted. Sources lay claim to their own ideas of when it all started.
The trashing of the dress is to an extent an exhibition of the bride’s devilish streak and that while she’s spent time planning her dress, in a messy, damaging way, she wants her dress to symbolize her happiness and while it is lovely to dress up and be made up, extreme settings can be such a photographic opportunity. It’s a popular way of portraying the bride’s happiness and in essence, the polar opposite to the traditional somewhat slightly stiff pictures that can so often be described as “posing”
This is a great way of showing bringing out the couple’s hobbies. If they like walking in muddy areas with wellington boots on, then a picture of the bride in a muddy area in her dress with wellington boots will symbolize her life and what she enjoys doing. If she enjoys water sports, then splashing in the sea with her dress on is a symbolic picture and a lot of fun for those who don’t mind getting wet.
For the artistic bride, a picture of her against a splashed wall full of paint which has hit her dress can be so symbolic and her husband could join in that too. (Obviously that is no good if the suit has been hired)
Whatever her hobby is, there is something which can be incorporated into trashing the dress as a symbol of the beginning of her life as a married woman. Water is a popular choice and can be used in rivers and seas. It’s one of the more common ones around.
Now this picture is highly extreme and it’s anyone guess what the bride’s suggesting here:
The choice is endless as are limits. Trashing the dress is not such a bad idea after all.
1st September, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
As summer comes to an end, new beginnings come to mind. We might have a huge chunk left of 2013 still to think about, but with 2014 hiding round the corner, we wanted to think about the wedding trends that will be hot next year– particularly the edible kind.
It looks like 2014 will bring in some bold and beautiful weddings; this is good news, especially if you have a taste for the dramatic. Theatrical will be in, which is thrilling for guests, but one could pose some bakers a tough challenge. Go for a cake with large, bold colored fondant flowers. Fortunately this dramatic trend can mean really over the top wedding cakes, with brilliant colors and fun features.
If you’re looking for a wedding to remember, but find the whole theatrical theme a little OTT, then you can go the lighthearted route and pick out something quirky. Having something with a sense of humor or even little details that capture both yours and your partner’s personality is definitely the way to go in 2014. Go for cute personalized cake toppers to really get your character out there – whether you’re a same sex couple, one with a shared quirky passion or even want something Star Wars themed, there is a cake topper waiting just for you!
Green is in, and we’re not talking about the color. Organic and eco-friendly weddings are going to be hot in the coming year, so how can you take steps to set up a Mother Earth friendly wedding?
You can go for some organic baking, perhaps even a green themed cake, or something simple and delicious like a cheese wedding cake. You could even go crazy on the décor and have chocolate leaves on top.
Also fitting into the natural theme, but also with a romantic touch are roses. Nothing says romance like red roses, and while marzipan flowers are an easy touch on the cake, you could even go a bit adventurous and use candied flowers for an alternative touch.
Roses might seem cliché, but going a creative route like rose flavored fondant or rose jam with a sponge cake could really help give guests a cake to remember.
However, trends can come and go, and it looks like 2014 will be about creativity and personal expression. You can continue to experiment with some of 2013’s hottest cakes – like opting for cupcakes instead of the multitier wedding cake.
30th June, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
There are many aspects of planning a wedding that are drudgery at best, tortuous at worst. Fortunately, choosing a wedding cake is not one of them. Choosing a wedding cake is a seminal event in the planning life of many an engaged couple. With the advent of popular shows such as “Cake Boss”, the art of cake making has jumped into center stage, and nowhere is this more evident than in the arena of wedding planning.
There are so many types of cakes to choose from- not just in the form, but also the fillings and flavors. It is also possible to tailor a wedding cake to the overarching theme of the wedding itself- gone are the days of the simple sheet cake meted out in lackluster proportions, here are the halcyon days of carefully crafted fondant and awe-inspiring tiers of epic proportions.
In choosing the perfect wedding cake, a couple may schedule tastings with many local bakeries before they find “the one”. These cake tastings are a joyous affair; champagne or wine are often offered as accompaniments to the artful display of possibilities. Most modern bakeries are skilled in the art of catering to the finicky planning couple, and can tailor a cake specifically to special requests. Some even offer a different flavor and filling for each layer, making a wedding cake a mouthwatering, always surprising piece of edible art. Some couples choose to eschew the custom of serving and slicing a wedding cake, opting instead to serve an array of local goodies, a childhood favorite reproduced en masse, or even skip dessert altogether in the interest of protecting the waistlines of the guests, and controlling the ever-escalating cost of the celebration. In conclusion, finalizing the choice of a wedding cake needn’t be a stressful occurrence, but simply another choice in the long line of decisions a pre-wedded couple must face, albeit a fun and tasty one.
7th April, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
One of the key features of a wedding is the cake and sweets, which can be tricky, since it’s virtually impossible to cater to everyone’s taste. There are some ways over overcoming this, like having a multi-flavor tiered cake. Traditionally, a large tiered cake with icing and fondant is the popular choice for weddings, but recently little towers of cakes or even cup cakes are gaining popularity in weddings.
It helps to pick a theme for the wedding, and using the icing, sugar paste flowers, lacework and even monograms and motifs can help to find the right theme. Usually, a good cake maker will come and prepare the cake on the site.
There is a tradition that the top tier of the cake needs to be kept for the first anniversary. You’ll want to carefully wrap it up and store it in a cool and dry place, or simply you could freeze it. However, you could just store some of the sugar craft details in a glass container.
Some tips to help you get the perfect cake. Try to pick the cake after choosing the theme and take along the sample materials and colors to the cake maker. Do make sure you have sample tastings and if you’re going to include fresh ingredients to bear in mind that this will have to be made in advance, plus take into account of any allergies your guests may have.
If you’re serving dessert, then avoid having the same flavor for the cake, so a chocolate dessert and a cake might be just too much. Also, if you want to preserve a tier of the cake, make sure you discuss this with your cake make so you can store it the best. However, also check the practicalities, like whether delivery and assembly is included in the cost of the cake, and ask for a written contract including a deposit.
Arrange a time with the venue when you can access and set up the cake table.
You can get creative with the wedding cake. Cupcakes are becoming increasingly popular, and this is a way of accommodating a variety of flavors for guests with different tastes, plus cupcakes are easy to transport and assemble. The great thing about modern weddings is that it’s become more convenient to cater and set up shop, however for the traditionalists out there, there are still plenty of ways of having that perfect wedding cake.
8th February, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Cocktail hour is one of the most important parts of the wedding reception – it gives your family and friends a chance to mingle and have a bit of a social time before the formal sit-down dinner. You can opt for something understated and elegant like the champagne cocktail, but if you’re looking to dazzle guests, then try out some of these concoctions on your big day.
Find the big day tiring and you’re looking for a pick-me-up to fuel you for a long night of revelry? Then the Espresso Martini is the cocktail you need. For coffee lovers, this is the perfect drink, combining coffee flavored vodka with Kahlua, Bailey’s and espresso.
Throw it into a shaker with some ice cubes; throw it about a bit before you strain it into a martini glass. Garnish with a few coffee beans and that’ll keep your guests buzzed till the late hours.
If you have a taste for the sour and tangy, then Lemonhead is what the doctor ordered. This is made by mixing up some sprite, sour mix, Smirnoff Citrus vodka, a little triple sec and a dash of pink lemonade. Make sure you serve this up in a sugar-rimmed glass.
For a berry flavor, dazzle guests with a Purple Haze – a blend of alcoholic raspberry, cranberry juice, Chambord and Champagne or a Berritini, swapping the Champagne for sour apple rum. Serve them up in a martini glass and you’re good to go!
If you’re having a summertime wedding, then the Watermelon Martini is the trick. Just add some Watermelon liqueur, like DeKuyper Watermelon Pucker to Midori, Citron vodka and sour mix. This is ideal for those who don’t like the taste of alcohol but are looking for a buzz.
Are you a sweet tooth? Do you want something luxurious and sensual to offer your guests? Then the White Chocolate Truffle cocktail fits the bill. This dessert-in-a-glass combines vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, Frangelico and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Add a bit of espresso, a dash of milk and Kahlua and it’s a bit of decadence that packs a punch – despite its innocent appearance.
These picks are guaranteed to get your guests talking and will help to make your wedding a big one to remember, however there are always some safe options to keep in mind for guests who like their traditional cocktails. Make sure you have the ingredients stacked for a Mojito or a Margarita, which can of course come in a variety of flavors. Some love the traditional Martini, whether made with gin or vodka. For the ideal mix, offer your guests a mix of traditional, tried and tested cocktails alongside those of a more adventurous nature – who knows after a few safe Mojitos, you’ll find guests with a White Chocolate Truffle or a Purple Haze in hand. Definitely a wedding to remember – or not to remember, if your guests get carried away with the cocktails.
11th December, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
The traditional wedding cake might be synonymous with weddings, but for those of you looking to break with tradition, perhaps these ideas might whet your taste buds. A multiple tiered fondant covered cake might be non-negotiable, but take a look at some alternatives for those looking for trying something a little different.
Cupcakes have been hugely popular at weddings in recent year, and they’re extremely versatile with the number of creative fillings and flavors available. You have the choice to decorate them in any way possible, and they have the potential to be super elegant, just like a traditional cake, and at the same time easy to serve and eat.
A candy bar might be an odd thing to serve up at something as formal as a wedding, but the wonderful thing is that the options to serve up are unlimited. You can even get hold of bars that go with your wedding color scheme.
Pies are usually a great hit and you can get them in a variety of flavor and fillings, whether you make them yourself or find a trusted bakery. They can be as sweet or as tangy as you wish – perhaps even serve a variety.
One creative way to cater to all the sweet-toothed guests is to organize a cookie buffet. The hardest part to pull this off is narrowing down the selection since there are just so many types to choose from. Chocolate chip cookies are always a great hit, but maybe some macadamia nut or peanut cookies are a super choice. Not to mention such a wide variety such as biscotti, sandwich cookies and macaroons. Pick something that will go well with coffee, wine or even champagne, but take care of those who have nut allergies though.
If you’re getting married on a hot summers day, then ice cream is a popular choice and can be dressed up with nuts, sauces and even fruits. Ice cream is such a versatile dessert that it’s one that’s hard to go wrong with. And with sorbets and Champagne ices around, the only limit is your imagination.
Are you looking for a carnival themed wedding? Then why not eschew the wedding cake for cotton candy and caramel apples? You can dress up all your fairground treats to accommodate your wedding needs.
If you’re looking to cater to impress, then try out the croquembouche, a traditional French pastry with fluffy an bite-sized cream stuffed choux pastries formed into a cone and assembled with strings of caramel syrup. You can suspend this with sugar-spun ribbons and drizzle it with chocolate or caramel. This gravity defying dessert is bound to stun your guests.