Wedding Shoot – Runton Beach -May ’17

Wedding Shoot – Runton Beach -May ’17

One of the things I love about my job is being able to mix with other creative folk and put together our dreamscape of a wedding shoot scenario. In May we did that on a wind swept beach with sea tumbled stones and a seafoam theme.

We took our inspiration from the dunes and seaweed in our coastal region, the brine tumbled flints, mussels and barnacles, sea holly and seaweed, wind caught ribbons and mermaid tinted hair.

Styled on a local myth of a mermaid carving on a church pew end in Upper Sheringham, folklore says that a beautiful siren came up from the salty shores of the North Norfolk Coast and made her way to the local church hearing heavenly singing, once there she never left and is still seen there today – waiting for her man..You can see this carving to this day if you fancy a visit to the seaside.

Our friend and model, Charlotte (not actually a mermaid) wore her (actual real) wedding dress into the sea with her own mermaid coloured Converse, a seashell crown and flower crowns made by Sharon at Flower30, as well as being bedecked by beautiful blousy bouquets which trailed through the sea.

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When I heard the brief for Neptunes daughter I immediately thought of not just the beach landscape itself but all the different colours and textures of the Norfolk seaside.  With this in mind we set about collecting flowers in tones of blue, green, pink, peach with a touch of yellow and white. Delphiniums ,Protea ,Roses (sweet avalanche ), Eryngium, Ranunculus and Veronica with frons of pine found around the area.

With this style of wedding a shell headress was a must again  taking inspiration from the colours of the shells. The first bouquet a trailing over the arm design which I imagined would be woven through the water as Neptune’s Daughter made her way to land..

The Alternative bouquet is much looser and has the feeling of light romance with dainty blooms of Aqual flowers and Ranunculus with foliages including Panicum fountain and Brunia ‘

Cakes caught our imagination in fresh zesty lemon curd and meringue flavours, deocrated with jade coloured icing and one with vanilla caviar buttercream,  mussel shells and dehydrated seaweed, meringue kisses and buttercream barnacles with touches of gold washed lustre, pine skeletons from the beach and flora from Sharons beach kit of flowers.

Wedding Shoot Dream Team:

Big Phat Photoshttp://www.bigphatphotos.co.uk

Flower30 www.flower30.co.uk

Kirsty Barton-Grimley http://kirstiemakeup.com/

White dress – models own

Green dress – Willow & Pearl https://willowandpearl.co.uk/

Model – Charlotte Neale

Location – West Runton beach

Cake – yours truly.

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Dark Cake Trends 2016

Dark Cake Trends 2016, fashions come and go but when it comes to baking 2016 is all about the dark and mysterious, the rich and decadent. Here are some of our favourites for our little corner of North Norfolk for the up and coming year, it’s darkly fascinating.BlackCherry

When you think of cake for weddings, birthdays or other celebrations a dark cake maybe isn’t neccesarily a first thought. Maybe nice old chocolate cake might hit the spot, but move over Mr Hum Drum Chocolate cake, reveal centre stage a rich dark fudgey chocolate cake made with a hint of coffee, or a delectable Guinness cake resplendent with a dreamy cream cheese topping. More often than not my special celebration orders are requests for my gingerbread cake and cinnamon frosting which has been a favourite for the past couple of years, along with new pal Salted Caramel and its glorious cascade of molten caramel with crunches of sea salt.  They’re partnering up on some occasions too – nothing says we’re having a party like calorific abandonment and pure cakery hedonism!!

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To whet the appetite we have firstly have a couple of cupcakes and big cakes after my own heart, we’ve added caramel popcorn, halved Maltesers, crunchie bars, fudge and other sweet treats with a good glug of caramel on a caramel cake and matching buttercream.

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Smartened up these topped cakes can be simply stunning with some precise dribbling and piping, crowned with buttery crumble on a sticky toffee inspired cake.

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A meeting in the middle from the naked cake fascination that still holds true and cake tables is a pudding cake.  Think of your favourite comfort puds and pile ’em up with Chantilly cream and beautifully shiny toffee sauce.  something for everyone, it’s a sure-fire winner!

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If there are no allergy sufferers amongst your number (of which we could cater for undoubtedly) there’s a rather smashing peanut thing going on out there. Peanutty hot drinks have been hitting the shops and Reese’s Peanut Cups are over here and have no fear. We love ’em.  Perfect for your fellow nut lovers out there.

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More dark and brooding naked cakes, there’s plenty for everyone to whet all appetites.

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If cultured and swish is favoured how about this immaculate black fondant covered cake with our favourite gold leaf technique on the base cake, simply stunning.  Evergreens compliment the black and gold to perfection. Adorable.

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Still comfortably in its groove is the faithful naked cake of 2014/15.  It’s a look that’s still going strong as a tall, dark silhouette adorned with seasonal fruits and blooms.

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If these or any of the other cakes on our site or blog have captured you imagination contact us on 07932 874576 or email us on bunsoffun@hotmail.co.uk.

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In the words of Jesse ‘this week we ‘ave mostly been playing around with’

…some fancy-pants cakery techniques and adapting our dummy Wedding cake, the one we used for the Most Curious Wedding Show. Our ‘One-Cake-Four-Ways‘.

I love that working for myself means I can try my hand at anything and attack with aplomb once the boys are in bed and certain styles have rather caught my eye recently. Some of them you have seen me create already and some are some of the Top 10 styles for cakes right now, some are still to come. Other than that I’m quite comforted by Pintrest and leading blog bods that I’m giving you guys cakes and designs that are bang on trend. I’ve covered this before so some of you will know we have already ticked off the metallic cake with the gold leaf and edible lace effect, naked cakes – tick, woodland & butter-cream wedding cakes and ombre (usually a single graded colour in fondant, ruffles or buttercream) we have one lined up in the next month for a Christening for you.

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This large white cake has been the object of our affection, it’s a double height 10″ round cake with an 8″ round set right off centre to the back lines touching ‘2 o’clock’ as you look at it.  I was fortunate enough to have some very special authentic vintage lace ribbon, released from a languished 30 year retirement in my Mothers sewing box.  Our green fingered pals, namely the clever petal pixie at Flower30, Sharon, who did rather a dashing job (literally after a mercy call from me when another florist was unable to) siting some beautifully fresh succulents and a twirl here and there of jasmine foliage on the accommodating ledge.

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To adapt the cake as it sits we tried a combination of white-on-white with some gold, a sort of homage to Gustav Klimt – a favourite when studying Art & Design in Amersham back in the day. I prepared and cut vanilla rice wafer paper overlays and pressed gold leaf to create a stunning effect.  Feathery on the eye but with enough structure to carry a pleasing fascinator of florals or greenery or you could keep it chic and simple with white ribbon trim.  On a tiered cake this would be a gorgeous topper if smaller with a simple fondant iced layer as the base tier.

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I have been hopping foot to foot to try my hand at black board or chalk-boarding, depending on which side of The Big Pond you currently reside. To start with we had mixed results – towards the end of my dabble the only viable piece of black that was left resulted in me getting a stream of confidence and the old Art & Design blood started to flow pretty sweetly. I’d say I’m pretty comfortable about my next one – So much so I can’t wait to get going on the next black board cake in 2015.  Any design can be applied whether it’s short and sweet with a statement plaque or more elaborate and a total cover of black board.  Which ever way you choose it’s as fun, stylish and individual as you are!

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I love painted cake! It’s my new favourite thing! I have discovered this and like a dog loves catching a ball this is one technique I’m going to revisit again and again. There are so many ways for your cake artist to decorate it becomes dizzying to try to capture them. Designs can be so simple in that you could depict a small scene in the centre of the wall of your cake or you could have the whole surface pigmented as a colour wash or go mad and go wild and jazz in up in hot colours all getting cosy. Amazing.

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What Next:

Our Bucket List of Things Bun of Fun have lined up for 2015:

We love monogrammed and geometric cakes, they are precise pieces of art work preciously placed upon silken smooth fondant or Royal icing with edges to cut yourself on, something similar can be seen later on with Buns of Fun – like all good things you have to wait and it’s all coming in 2015

I’m also a fan of the more organic but meaningful ruffled and painted or illustrated cakes. Meaningful in that you kinda need to know where you’re going with it before committing to ruffle or paint. You need a starting point and a forward plan or it’s just going to look too unstructured and a little too crazy to love maybe…

So what have you got line up for this year – What else would you like to see?  We’d love to hear your hopes & plans.

As usual we look forward to helping you with your forth coming event.

Emma ♥

Facebook: Buns of Fun  Mobile: 07932 874576  Twitter & Pintrest: @BunsoffunEmma

Friday’s Quickie – Seven Spectacular Pins

As a Pinpest sometimes I find it hard to sort the wheat from the chaff so to speak, there’s oodles of cakes to choose from on Pintrest.  A bewilderment of baking some may say.  Stop – take a minute and admire the craveable creations we’ve Pinned this week.  It was a toughy to stop at seven..

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I adore the natural fell of these two cakes and that greenery is gorgeous whether on a buttercream cake or a more traditional cake tower.

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We’re experimenting with doodles on cakes so watch this space for Buns brushstrokes..

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Lastly, florals in any way or shape we love ’em!  We’re also partial to a bit of bling!

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