Beauté Blanche

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Confetti Magazine’s Summer 2017 issue has just hit the stands and we are buzzing to show you all some of the photos we took from the romantic styled shoot featured in this issue! So here we go 😉

The location for this shoot was Lough Rynn Castle, one of Ireland’s premier castle hotels situated in Co. Leitrim. Dating back to more than 200 years, this Victorian manor boasts stunning details of a luxurious time long past that made it a perfect venue for this collaborative display of talent and beauty. Styled by the ever so talented Grace Campbell of Grace & Saviour and the equally creative Christina Brosnan behind the lens, we knew this project was going to be of epic proportions!

The brief that we received was very straightforward: no colours except shades of white, grey or black, and small accents of gold or bronze. With this in mind, we created a wedding cake that exuded a dainty and delicate feel yet very powerful in presence.

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The colour palette was very simple and minimal to the point of being almost monochromatic. Almost. As I was excitedly browsing through the magazine spread, it certainly was nowhere near binary. It was like a mosaic, a work of art that was so beautiful and so romantic! Our stunning models Grace and Piaras, both from Morgan The Agency, executed the couple scenes with such intimacy that if I had not known them, I swear I would think they’re a real couple! They look so perfect, so in love. Grace was made even more stunning by the beauty squad: Stacey of Making Faces Makeup Studio and Lynda and Lauren from LS Hair Westport. The wedding dresses featured in the shoot were all very classy, elegant, and supremely chic! Soft shades of ivory, cream, and white were very evident which perfectly suited the look and feel that the team was going for.

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With a variety of neutral hues, textures and beautiful ribbons, white florals are definitely far from boring. Here the incredibly talented Judi of Balla Florists created oversized bouquets of white fresh blooms and garden greenery.

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Light toned and soft styles, classy tablescapes are an eternal favourite as demonstrated by Grace in this table styling.

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When it comes to an all-white setting, less is definitely more. Neutral hues and shades of white, unassuming and unprejudiced, is so incredibly chic that will definitely raise your style ante!

NOTE: All photos used in this article are our own.

VENDORS

Styling: Grace Campbell, www.graceandsaviour.com

Photography: Christina Brosnan, www.brosnanphotographic.com

Make Up: Stacey Brennan, www.making-faces.ie

Hair: Lynda Mc Nally and Lauren Beirne, www.lshair.ie

Cake: Jen Rojas, www.cupcakesandcounting.com

Models: Grace and Piaras for Morgan The Agency, www.morgantheagency.com

Stationery: www.asyouwish.ie

Dresses: www.myrtleivory.ie

   www.alicemay.ie

   www.houseofdelphine.com

   weddingsbynikkikavanagh.com

Location: Lough Rynn Castle, www.loughrynn.com

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The Caketress Masterclass

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The student and the teacher 🙂  (Photo credit: Decobake Bachelors Walk)

It got me extremely excited when I found out that The Caketress was going to hold classes right here in Dublin! I stumbled upon Lori’s Instagram account a couple of years ago and I’ve been an avid fan ever since!

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The Caketress (Photo credit: http://www.thecaketress.ca)

The first time I met Lori at Decobake Bachelors Walk, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. Lori’s so pretty! I said to myself, I am not leaving this class without a selfie with her LOL

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The Selfie

Lori teaches very well. The way she renders her instructions during the class was straightforward and easy enough to follow. She would really bring out the artist in you. I learned to expand and broaden my imagination and I was so pleased with how my cake turned out!

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Photo credit: Decobake Bachelors Walk

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It’s all about the details! (Photo credit: Decobake Bachelors Walk)

As a cake decorator myself, it is always a pleasure in attending classes of very talented cake artists. It gives me the opportunity to continue to learn, discover new ways and techniques, just like upscaling one’s self in a way. Life, indeed, is one big learning curve and it’s really up to you if you want to be productive and make the most out of your skills or get left behind. Attending classes is also the perfect medium to share ideas, make new friends and expand your network!

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With the super friendly Adele Condron King. Behind us is her stunning shabby-chic vintage cake!

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And here’s my version! (Photo credit: Decobake Bachelors Walk)
The Party After The After Party

The Party After The After Party

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The wedding reception is usually the culmination of all the hard work spent in planning and organising the big day. This part is the most fun and candid where everyone tends to let loose a little (or a lot!) all thanks to those complimentary bubblies and other party beverages! Sure why not if they’re free, right?

So what happens after? What happens after when most of the guests bid their goodbyes and head home?

We recently baked a cake for a same sex couple, both named Daniel (pretty handy, huh?), and we are loving their after party plan! So after the wedding reception, they have invited a few of their closest family and friends to attend their “after party” in The Penthouse Suite at The Morgan Hotel. We love this idea as this gives the couple a chance to truly celebrate their union with the people most closest to them. We all know how wedding receptions are like where more often than not, the couple tends to spend the majority of their time trying to entertain all their guests. We all know that this is next to impossible! Amazing idea, right?

Going back to the venue, the suite is chic, sophisticated, and super STUNNING! Here are some photos to prove it 🙂

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The suite is very spacious with tons of natural light so your photos are guaranteed to be amazing! The purple wall is one of the hotel’s trademarks.
The infamous rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the capital, Dublin City!
The infamous rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of Dublin City!
So Instagram worthy!
We are going gaga over this gigantic frame with the iconic Spire as the background! So Instagram worthy!
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We are in love with this Air Stream, so neat and handy! We could entertain our clients here all day long!
The interior of the Air Stream, embossed leather with a dash of royal pinkness!
The interior of the Air Stream, embossed leather with a dash of royal pinkness!
Oriental style meets Parisian furniture.
Oriental style meets Parisian furniture.
The welcoming committee!
The welcoming committee!
Did we mention that we are in love with this place? Love love love!
Did we mention that we are in love with this place? Love love love!

And of course, the wedding cake…

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The wedding cake is 2-tiered, dark chocolate in flavour and covered in white fondant.
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The couple have also requested to add fresh roses to the cake. Here we have used Red Naomi Roses placed in between tiers and at the top.
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The wedding cake in its full regalia!
Out with the big, in with the smaller wedding cakes!

Out with the big, in with the smaller wedding cakes!

Wedding cakes are considered as one of the main attractions during marriage ceremonies. Aside from the bride and her wedding dress, the wedding cake completes the top 3 things most guests are looking forward to at a wedding. However, time is changing and so as the trend in wedding cakes. We’ve been so used to the idea of big, tall wedding cakes that are strategically placed in a corner (or centre) of the reception venue for everyone’s viewing pleasure. There is a recent trend on smaller wedding cakes that is taking over the wedding world by storm, and we are loving them! They’re economical, practical and every bit as elegant as the traditional wedding cakes all bundled up in a 2-tier of yumminess!

We’ve recently had the pleasure of showcasing 3 beautiful small wedding cakes and cupcakes in Asia Wedding Network. To Michelle Yuan and the rest of the AWN team, thank you so much for featuring our bakes! A big thank you too to Finnstown Castle Hotel for providing us with the stunning venue, to Crafty Letters for the “Happily Ever After” cake topper, and to Jay Alexis for the photography. Read here for the full article.

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