Images by Gooch & Gawler.
So last Friday we brought you a Gin Bar and this week we’re serving up cake! We know what makes you tick…
We’re currently swooning over award-winning London based cake designer The Enchanting Cake Company and their stunning wedding cakes which are almost too pretty to eat (almost!).
The Enchanting Cake Company specialises in creating magnificent, truly bespoke cakes and dessert tables that become the centrepiece of events, using only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. A commitment to exceptional flavour ensures the designs look and taste spectacular. The extensive flavour options are ever evolving based on client preferences, including classic favourites such as Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Lemon Drizzle to more exotic sponges infused with Caramel Dulce de Leche and Masala Chai tea.
Ramla offers a truly bespoke service far exceeding what is traditionally expected of a cake designer. A contant source of ideas, inspiration and support throughout the wedding planning journey, The Enchanting Cake Company work closely with not only clients and planners but other suppliers such as florists, stylists, venues and caterers. This closeness allows them to draw inspiration from wedding details such as décor, invitations and flowers to create show-stopping cakes that are the perfect interpretation of the wedding theme.
Ramla is offering our readers 10% off wedding cakes that are booked by the end of the 2017 using the exclusive discount code COCO2017.
Read on to discover the story of founder Ramla and her top tips for choosing your wedding cake… Also just click in to any photo to see the name of the cake, the price and the number of portions it provides!
Notes from Enchanting Cakes
I started my journey into the wedding cake business just over 3 years ago having left behind a career in dentistry. I always had a passion for baking and art from a young age but decided to pursue a more practical career before my creative side took over again! In 2013 I decided to take the plunge and make it a full time business. The more artistic and creative nature of the job suited me much better and I very quickly ventured into the world of wedding cakes.
I was drawn to the opulent statement style wedding cakes and started designing my first collection. I love working with brides and bringing their ideas to life, from the very first consultation I spend time with the couple to understand their vision of their big day and design something truly unique for them. I love how no two cakes are ever the same. The bespoke nature of the design process means every cake is unique to the couple and even when choosing a classic design there is always some personalisation for the couple.
Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.
As if Monday’s Home Tour of One Marylebone wasn’t enough, we’re taking a little nosey around one of its sister venues from the One Events portfolio – the equally lavish One Belgravia. Think crystal chandeliers, sweeping staircases and ornate architecture.
Amber and Gyan are back with their words and gorgeous images to help paint the picture of this grand blank canvas London wedding venue!
Notes from One Belgravia
The prestigious and contemporary space is a perfect setting for weddings and celebrations. The impressive venue is able to host dinners for up to 200 guests, standing receptions for 300 and ceremonies for 150.
Overlooking Buckingham Palace’s gardens, the event space is comprised of two floors joined together by a majestic marble staircase. The Oak Room, located on the Ground Floor has full height oak panelled walls, which is the perfect setting for a drinks reception before guests are invited to the light and contemporary Grand Gallery for dinner and dancing.
Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.
Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. Beautifully refurbished to the original designs of Sir John Soane, the historic building was the first venue to open under the luxurious One Events portfolio.
We asked Amber for a little more detail on the venue, to illustrate Gyan Gurung Photography has once again obliged by providing these stunning images…
Notes from One Marylebone
The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The 2nd floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events.
The venue has attracted leading brands across a variety of industries and is able to host ceremonies for up to 350, receptions for up to 500 and sit down dinners for 350. One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues.
Images by Lisa Dawn.
So what does make Blenheim Palace a special wedding destination I hear you ask..? Well funnily enough I have some answers for you. Discover why the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site makes such a special, memorable and unique venue for a wedding celebration and civil ceremony!
Happy Friday reading my friends… The fact geeks and true romantics amongst you will be very happy.
- 300 years of history and counting Blenheim Palace is a privately-owned home and Estate with a hugely diverse history that is still being written. The Dukes of Marlborough have lived here since 1705 and today the Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family. The Estate is a working one and is part of a long, living and lasting heritage.
- Sir Winston Churchill (who was born in the Palace) once said “My greatest achievement was to persuade my wife to marry me” and he achieved this in The Temple of Diana in the formal gardens here. Churchill proposed to his beloved Clementine as they took shelter from a downpour in summer 1908. The spot is now a romantic must-visit for couples and a popular wedding photo location.
- ‘The Finest View in England’ Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2000 acres of Parkland, and is one of the largest and most impressive projects by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the famous English landscape gardener. The parkland is unrivalled and in 1874 Lord Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston’s father) named the one part of the Park as having “The finest view in England”.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site There are only a few places across the world given the right to call themselves a World Heritage Site, and Blenheim Palace is one of them. Being awarded its status in 1987, the Blenheim Palace Estate is ‘recognized as being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection’, meaning you won’t find a more beautiful or cared-for setting for your big day.
Image by Kate Nielen Photography.
It’s hard to know where to start when I think about Wickham House… There is just too much goodness everywhere you look. Earlier this year I was a guest of Philippa & James, owners of this ridiculously handsome country house. As well as being taken on a superb guided tour, I sat in their kitchen, drank coffee and chatted about weddings.
Philippa is quite extraordinary and I left feeling thoroughly inspired by this lady. I think I actually called her ruddy brilliant. With a long and successful career in the City, Philippa & James alongside their Events Manager Isabel, are now pouring their energy and passion into their beautiful home and offering it to couples for their big day celebrations.
“Wickham House combines timeless elegance with the laid-back charm of Berkshire’s rural countryside. A stunning location for luxury marquee and tent weddings, Wickham offers a blank canvas to design a completely bespoke wedding with the spectacular backdrop of our family home. Whether you are planning an opulent affair or a celebration with a bohemian twist, Wickham House is the idyllic location…”
I can’t help but agree this is a truly idyllic spot, press play and watch this fab film by Burlison Photography, then continue to read all about your wedding day possibilities punctuated with the dreamiest of images by Kate Nielen Photography.
The Planning Process
The attention to detail at Wickham House is second to none, so it’s no surprise they work solely with Wedding Planners. They can recommend the right planner to enable your wedding day and, alongside your chosen planner, they will help you design your dream wedding. Whether you want a lavish classic affair or perhaps a slightly more relaxed-bohemian weekend, they have wonderful relationships with several different planners, all varying in style.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the ceremony location at Wickham House as there are three quite enchanting spots to choose from.
Next door, quite literally, is their charming Village Church. Surprisingly spacious it can comfortably seat up to 200 guests! The privacy this Church offers is wonderful and there’s absolutely no need for your guests to travel from ceremony to reception at this venue. If however you are not local to the area but still want this traditional element to your big day, then you are able to attend the Church once a month for six months prior to the wedding day. There is also the option to host a civil ceremony within the estate or a registry office ceremony followed by a Blessing in the church.
The Walled Garden
Now I’ve seen a fair few walled gardens in my time, indeed I even chose a walled garden for my own big day, BUT this has to be the best walled garden… ever. The entrance, both grand and promising, absolutely mirrors what lies beyond. Designed and lovingly crafted by Philippa & James, this Walled Garden was my personal highlight of the venue tour. The garden provides a spectacular yet intimate setting for a wedding ceremony and the Pagoda is licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 200 guests seated on the sunken lawn. Within this magical setting you can also find a stunning pool, a pavilion and gorgeous gardens galore. I could honestly have stayed here all day!
As if Wickham House didn’t offer enough, there’s The Barn; a wonderfully cosy wet weather option for a Civil Ceremony. It can accommodate 125 guests seated theatre style or for larger parties, the space can be extended by a small marquee to cover the terrace directly outside the sliding doors.