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Pip and George got married at the very beautiful Hampstead Parish church in London before moving to St Stephen’s (another converted church which is now the most beautiful multi purpose venue) for their reception. As you can see it rained, and rained and then rained some more before the skies finally cleared and the sun shone briefly in the early evening. I actually don’t mind the rain so much, it can make for some interesting photographs – reflections, people running to keep dry, huddling under umbrellas – and people generally quite like something to chat about and a bit of bad weather is great for raising English spirits!

Despite the rain the day was fantastic fun and I had a great time photographing everyone enjoying themselves. I have included some of my favourite moments below – I think my personal favourite is the one of Pip and George giggling together at something during the ceremony (7th one down). I think it was possibly during a hymn, it was the type of image that was “hard won” from my point of view – I sort of knew that it was inevitably going to happen and it was the result of a good few minutes of patient waiting on my part. The glance between them only lasted for a second or so but it was well worth the wait – I love George’s crazy fun expression!

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I love this photograph because it really does have all of the ingredients from the title above! The bride and her father were waiting expectantly at the entrance to chapel just prior to the ceremony. This is always a moment of slight nervous tension and I am always at this point looking for glances and connection between the bride and her entourage. Generally this will be a meaningful look between the bride and father, a teary eye or a proud smile, but in this case Lucy briefly turned round and received this brilliant “OK” of reassurance from her bridesmaid. The picture is also greatly enhanced by the lighting which, at this particular moment when Lucy turned round illuminated her expression beautifully.

So, there is certainly a certain amount of anticipation and timing involved in making an image like this but how much of it is luck? I suppose that anyone can take a lucky shot. In fact if almost anyone took enough pictures at a wedding and were concentrating on what they were doing they would, almost certainly, get one of two lucky shots. To a certain extent that is relatively easy but it is a completely different story in creating multiple “lucky shots” at a wedding. Creating a consistent and representative visual document of the day requires a much greater skill and the ability to “make your luck” through anticipation, timing, emotional empathy and attunement as well as a high level of technical proficiency. Yes, I was lucky to get this image but I was also prepared and looking for it and this is a scenario that happens over and over during the course of photographing a wedding. I do the very best I can to increase the odds!

Most of my photography is about images which show significant moments, small interactions that tell part of a bigger story. As far as I am concerned every image must have a storytelling, commentating or, to a lesser extent, a recording purpose so that when all of the photographs are put together the wedding had a coherence and balance. If you would like to see how all of these smaller elements fit together then have a look over at my albums page.

I have to say that, like a lot of people, I am extremely partial to a nice slice of cake washed down with a good strong cup of tea! Unfortunately, as I’m getting older, this penchant is slightly manifesting itself in a paunchy resignation to middle age however, as my physique slides slightly outwards and southwards, I have taken up running and the benefits of this are slightly assuaging my guilt at my cake and chocolate loving habits. (I realise that I used the word “slightly” three times in the last sentence – read into that what you will!). Bearing all this in mind this has to be one of the most delicious blog posts to research and write. I have across a large number of wedding cakes and cupcakes in my time (sadly I generally get to look and smell only) and I thought it would be great idea to compile a post about some of the best wedding cakes and cupcake suppliers in Cambridgeshire. Some of them I have had the pleasure of meeting first hand and seeing their fantastic work whilst others are new to me. They are all, however, passionate about their work, create the most scrummy cakes and are committed to providing the highest quality service for your wedding day.

So, in no particular order here are some of the best wedding cakes and cupcakes in Cambridgeshire. I am going to include lots of mouth watering pictures so be prepared!

 

Scrumptious Buns

Samantha Douglass, aka Scrumptious Buns, is an Award Winning Cake Artist and sugarcraft teacher based in Coltishall, Norfolk offering bespoke artisan Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and Cake Pops for all occasions. All sweet treats that leave their kitchen are custom designed to suit your requirements, creating unique designs and themes are a speciality! The cakes, cookies and cake pops are all handmade by Sam in small batches – they taste better that way – using organic, locally sourced ingredients where possible to ensure the very best quality and taste…. not only do they look beautiful, they taste truly delicious too – just ask her many loyal customers!

 

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If you’re planning a wedding, Scrumptious Buns can produce a fabulous cupcake tower, topped with either a giant cupcake or a classic round cake for the cutting of the cake celebration. The style of the cakes can be coordinated to suit your colour scheme or theme, with a wide variety of decadent flavours topped with truly indulgent toppings to choose from. It’s even possible to mix and match the flavours on each tier of the tower for a really individual touch!

To ensure your wedding cake is exactly as you’d dreamed, Sam offers a personal Design Consultation to discuss your ideas with regards to colour, flavours and styles and then produces a hand drawn illustration of the finished presentation to help you visualise how it will all look on your special day – I love this personal touch and can imagine keeping the illustration as a momento long after the wedding day itself.

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If you’re planning your hen night, why not go for a fun few hours of cupcake decorating, over a glass of Prosecco and some giggles with your friends. Sam is excited to announce that she has recently opened the doors to her cake life and now offers Cupcake, Cake, Cookie & Cake Pop Decorating Classes for all skill levels at her beautiful Cake School in the riverside village of Coltishall, Norfolk. Come along and learn some tricks of the trade!

For cupcake help, advice and to chat all things cake you can contact Sam on 07766 055435, email her at [email protected] and visit the Scrumptious Buns Cake School website at www.scrumptiousbunscakeschool.co.uk.

 

The Sweet Kitchen

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The Sweet Kitchen is has been owned and run by Helen Nicholson since 2009 and has established itself as one of the most trusted and high quality suppliers of cupcakes for all sorts of events in the area. Helen prides herself on her high standards of customer service and will always go the extra mile to ensure that her clients get exactly what they want. She goes on to say:

“I started my baking business about 5 years ago. I was very inspired by cakes I had discovered whilst living in California and wanted to recreate them here. Cupcakes have been incredibly popular over the past 5 years and still continue to be so for weddings, parties and other celebrations. I like to keep things simple, but stunning. That way you can make a great impression at a reasonable cost. Many couples want a more relaxed and fun approach to their weddings these days and a tower of cupcakes or other mini cakes can reflect this. I work in the Cambridgeshire area, sometimes popping over the county borders to Beds, Herts or Suffolk for weddings. I have made cupcake towers for weddings and civil marriages at many colleges in Cambridge and other lovely venues in the area. Each tower is unique and made specifically to order.”

 

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The Cake House Royston

The Cake House is a friendly family business run from home in Hertfordshire by Tami and her sister in law Caroline. Tami has been making and decorating cakes for over ten years and, amongst her many qualifications has completed a couture lace and sugar flower course with the world famous cake maker Peggy Porschen in London. Baking is very much in the blood for Caroline as she grew up helping with her mother’s baking business before developing skills by going to the prestigous Leiths School of Food and Wine. She is the main baker at The Cake House and her job is to perfectly bake and ice all the delicious cakes ready for expert decoration by Tami.

 

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The Cake House specialises in creating beautiful wedding cakes and can create a wide variety of styles, sizes and designs from elegant one tier cakes to spectacular four or even five tier creations! These are all decorated with piping and hand made sugar flowers and can have the flavour or flavours of your choice to make each cake individual and

All wedding cakes are ordered after a complimentary consultation and tasting session where you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas in detail, taste the different flavours and have a look at a number of The Cake House’s display cakes. On the day of the wedding there is a complementary cake delivery and setting up service to local wedding venues.

 

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Vanilla Cake Design

Vanilla Cake Design is a bespoke cake design business that has been delivering cakes with some serious “wow” factor since it was started by Michelle in 2003. Michelle’s background as a trained chef, in fact she won South Africa’s Young Chef of the Year in 1997, is the prefect foundation on which to build the business and she has found over the years that her skill has built her up a large and loyal customer base. Many bride and grooms return for anniversary cakes, birthday cakes and christening cakes and Michelle also has strong links with a number of local wedding venues and florists.

 

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Michelle meets with all of her wedding clients to go through ideas  the design. She is careful to consider all the fine details and coordinates her work with the wedding’s colour scheme, floristry and design. You are able to change any elements of the design as and when you want to ensure you get exactly the cake you want!

Vanilla Cake Design’s cakes taste as good as they look and are lovingly baked with premium ingredients including organic eggs, the finest Belgian chocolate and finely milled premium french flour. there are twelve customer favourite flavours to choose from but others can be made by request.

 

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