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6th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Dramatic Burgundy Semi-Naked Wedding Cake at Rise Hall!

Dramatic berry, burgundy and navy wedding cake by Juniper Cakery at Rise Hall

Isn’t this cake perfect for the darker and moodier months of the year? This burgundy semi-naked cake made one dramatic centrepiece at the lovely Rise Hall. Adorned with striking florals and an elegant take on an autumn palette this beauty was joy to make!

Dramatic berry, burgundy and navy wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

The gorgeous fresh flowers were provided by the lovely Sarah from Floral Lounge. Florals included deep burgundy roses, dainty wax flowers, blue thistles, ruscus leaves, and little white spray roses too! We particularly loved the foliage on the wax flowers as they look almost identical to rosemary springs. We arranged the florals so they were cascading around the cake which always looks so dramatic and luxurious. Can you have too many flowers? (Our vote is for a resounding ‘no’.)

Dramatic burgundy and navy wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Each tier was smoothed with matching light madagascan vanilla bean infused buttercream. The colour palette on the cake itself needed to be lovely and plain so the flowers could really do their work!

A lot of people ask us about delivering wedding cakes so… For taller cakes we transport them as 3 finished tiers and then stack the additional tiers on site securing the extra tier(s) in place with royal icing or chocolate. It can be a little nerve shattering especially when staff or guests are in the room, but you just need to take a deep breath and get to it.

Beautiful berry and navy semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Burgundy semi-naked wedding cake!

Just look at that gorgeous setting! This wedding cake was set-up underneath their winding staircase with it’s deep berry and mahogany tones. The light was perfect and next to the sumptuous flower filled urn it looked absolutely stunning!

Berry and navy themed wedding at Rise Hall with flowers by Floral Lounge

Berry and navy themed wedding at Rise Hall with flowers by Floral Lounge and styling by Cherry Williams

Here are some more shots of the serene Rise Hall all dressed and ready for guests! Tall candelabras filled with beautiful Floral Lounge flowers adorned tables in the ballroom. Each were then surrounded with pretty accents by Cherry Williams Party Hire including mercury glass vases and chunky Victorian style candlesticks!

Berry and navy themed wedding at Rise Hall with flowers from Floral Lounge

Berry and navy themed wedding at Rise Hall with flowers from Floral Lounge and styling by Cherry Williams

Rise Hall wedding with flowers by Floral Lounge and styling by Cherry Williams

Autumn Rise Hall wedding with flowers by Floral Lounge and styling by Cherry Williams

Even the staircase surrounding the cake table was dressed up! Filled with garlands of foliage and accent flowers it also featured lovely modern styled golden coach lamps.

Burgundy themed semi-naked wedding cake at Rise Hall by Juniper Cakery

Stunning berry and navy wedding cake at Rise Hall by Juniper Cakery

26th August 2017 // 0 Comments

Wild English Countryside Semi-Naked Wedding Cake!

Beautiful English countryside semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Naked cakes and semi-naked cakes are always exciting to create. We LOVE lots of elements in nature so it’s great for us to work with fresh florals, quirky herbs, and tempting fruits. This cake was definitely no exception! Who wouldn’t love an English countryside semi-naked wedding cake?

Pretty English garden semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Our main requests for this cake from the couple involved lots of country garden florals and that it wasn’t too contemporary in look. We sketched out rough ideas of placement before we kept going back to one that featured flowers and berries loaded onto two alternate tiers. We thought the fullness would mimic country gardens closely filled with herb pots and rose bushes.

Gorgeous English countryside semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

English garden inspired semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

English countryside semi-naked wedding cake!

The more heavier floral arrangements were first planned or ‘mapped’ out on alternate tiers. We began with the very top tier so that the cake instantly had extra height. One trick is to position the rose slightly upwards so it shows off the rose at a really pretty angle. It also gives the illusion of the large bloom roses being a little taller too. Then any draping florals or foliage get added. In this case it was the white freesias that hang elegantly along the tiers. Finally, we filled it in with small flowers, herbs and some fruits.

Stunning semi-naked wedding cake with florals and fruits by Juniper Cakery

The whole point of a naked or semi-naked cake is rustic wilderness. With that in mind we still like to have a little ‘form’ to our designs. Even more laid-back or random versions take a fair bit of planning. We’re often walking back and forth asking each other if a cluster of fruit makes it look off balance or if a rose perched on top looks odd. Taking snaps on our iPads helps too. If you’re not sure taking a picture distances yourself from it a little.

Wild countryside semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

Stunning semi-naked wedding cake with florals by Juniper Cakery

Herbs are an amazing and natural way to add to a semi-naked wedding cake. A lot of people are afraid to use them because they generally get used to flavour savoury food, but they add a fun quirky look and not much flavour when used to decorate. For this cake we used rosemary (our favourite… just look at those feather-y like plumes!) and thyme. We actually grow all our own herbs  too (Country Cream Oregano, Curly Mint, Lemon Balm, French Golden Oregano, Rosemary, Archer’s Gold Thyme, Curled Parsley…).

Stunning semi-naked wedding cake by Juniper Cakery

 

 


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