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A wedding cake just isn’t complete without a proud bride and groom standing on top. There are of course plenty to choose from as with most things to do with weddings, but a personalised cake topper is a great way to add a special touch to the day and always makes a great talking point among your guests. So, today I introduce Shantel’s Cake Toppers, and here’s what she had to say to us;

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Q: Tell us a little bit about Shantel’s Cake Toppers and how you got started.

I first started up my business back in 2011 when my husband and I decided to re-new our wedding vows. I was looking into buying a cake topper, when I decided it would be quite fun to make it myself! My first one was awful, but with a little practice and patience they have vastly improved. I’m still learning new techniques and thinking of new ideas now, 4 years later!

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Q: What has been your most bizarre request for a cake topper and why?

I once had an enquiry from a lady who wanted a ‘divorce cake topper’ She wanted herself on the top of the cake, looking down at her marine ‘ex’ at the bottom of the cake – as if he’d fallen! I didn’t waste much time telling her this wasn’t something I wanted to be associated with – there was no way I would make something quite so disturbing! I’ve had many other requests which I have been happy to make including the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, bride and groom in a hot air balloon – even a groom giving the bride a piggy back, and a bride holding a groom in her arms!

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Q: How long does it take you to make a cake topper?

A ‘standard’ cake topper usually takes about a week at the most. I don’t work all the time, I have to fit it in around other things, and I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so I have to pace myself.

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Q: What advice can you pass on to our Brides to Be when it comes to planning their wedding day? (It can be anything).

Some very simple advice I would pass on to a bride to be is this:

  

 ”Always kiss hello and goodbye, even if you’re mad at each other!”

  

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Q: What’s been your biggest achievement to date? (It doesn’t have to be wedding related).

My biggest achievement to date would be starting up my own cake topper business, and sticking at it when things were tough. And of course, I couldn’t have done it without my husbands help :)

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Q: How do Brides to Be go about getting one of your amazing cake toppers?

Brides to be can find me on https://www.facebook.com/shantelscaketoppers where they will find all the information and examples they need.

  

Such amazing works of art! Of course your wedding cake will more than likely appear in your wedding album and be one of your stand out memories with one of these stunningly detailed cake toppers stood on top! Please pop over to Shantel’s Facebook page if you want to see more examples of her talented work and of course if you want to get one for yourself or someone else you know is getting married!

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shantelscaketoppers

It’s time to have a quick round up and catchup with what we’ve been chatting about all things wedding related over the past few weeks. It’s been a lovely few posts plunging you into wedding wonderfulness!

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We started off with some gorgeous wedding cakes from the appropriately named Emmazing Bakes! From hanging chandelier wedding cakes to a new trend and her award winning split wedding cake!

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See more of Emma’s amazing wedding cake creations on her post feature ‘Wedding Cakes that WOW’!

 

We then took a little trip down memory lane and re-introduced you to Impulse Glamour. A husband and wife team that specialise in boudoir photography. We had the opportunity to have some of our wedding underwear styled and photographed as well!

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What a great way of getting more from your bridal underwear and maybe making a special gift for your partner on the morning of your wedding day? Get an eyeful of some the amazing “bridal boudoir images from Gill” at Impulse Glamour.

 

Finally we took the liberty of taking up the last spot with our new wedding garters that Tanya has been working really hard on, from her Lucky Sixpence Wedding Garter to her Diamond Dreams Bridal Garter. Everything you need for your something blue and your lucky sixpence!

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Take a look at some of the more personalised designs that she’s been asked to create from different colours to favourite football team colours & charms! On our feature ‘Wedding garters with a personal touch‘!

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Well that’s it for this week. Keep an eye out over the next week, we’ll be introducing you to a FREE online wedding planner and a look at a wedding makeup artist from afar!

 

Hope you’ve got some ideas & inspiration for your big day.

 

Tanya

 

xx  

 

A crucial and eagerly awaited part of nearly every wedding is the cutting of the cake, it’s certainly a real favourite bit when I’m at a wedding anyway. I found a picture of one of Emma’s wedding cakes and immediately thought I have to write about this talented lady and introduce you all to her, and her business Emmazing Bakes! So here’s what Emma had to say when I asked a few questions about her wedding cakes.

 

Q – How did you get started with Emmazing Bakes?

I started baking while I was on maternity leave from my previous job. I made a cake for my own birthday which went viral on facebook so I started my facebook page on the back of that, I then set up my little cake business and things have been booming ever since. I absolutely love what I do, it almost doesn’t feel like work. I’m so passionate about edible art.

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Q - Where do you get your inspiration from when you’re making a couples wedding cake?

A lot of couples come to me with their design in mind, or have a rough idea what they’d like. I listen to what they’d like and chat with them armed with various of pictures to make a moodboard and go from there. I always like to add my own touches to cakes to make them unique. I spend hours and hours on social media sites and pinterest to keep up with the latest trends and pick up ideas and inspiration. I often go out and about and think ‘ that would look great in cake form’!

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Q – Have you had one wedding cake that has stood out for you as been a masterpiece of creation?

Definitely my split half and half caulkboard/silhouette wedding cake with the bride and groom. I originally designed and created this for Cake International in 2014 and was awarded a Bronze medal. I’ve since had lots of facebook attention and several enquiries and bookings for it. I wish I could get married again as I’d make it for myself :-p

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Q – Do you have any advice to couples when they’re looking for their wedding cake?

Do their homework on their baker. Check out their previous wedding cakes and the standard of their work. Most good bakers get booked up very quickly so try to find a good baker fairly quickly. Good cake isn’t cheap and cheap cake isn’t good.

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Q – What makes Emmazing Bakes stand out from other wedding cake makers?

I like to be a bit ‘non-traditional’ in my approach to designing wedding cakes. I really enjoy making cakes which are quirky and fun. I love it when a couples come to me with their ideas and we spend time bringing them all together. I have also had people allow me to go completely free reign for them, its a huge compliment that they have confidence in my ability to create something worthy of their wedding day.

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I like to think that because I conduct a lot of my business via social media that people can really portray their ideas to me at any time of day. Not having to get all your ideas across in one go but be able to send me stuff along the design journey, I’ve had brides send me their Pinterest boards, scribbled ideas, wedding dress pics and so on so we can really get to grips with what they want and I can create a personalised wedding cake just for them.

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Q – What’s in store for the future of Emmazing Bakes?

I’m very happy continuing making couples dream wedding cakes. I am looking into moving into a shop/premises over the next few years, but may have to wait until my children are a bit older. I hope my business continues to be as successful as it has been for the past 2 years.

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Q – What’s your favourite spice cake or sponge?

Definitely sticky toffee sponge with a gooey salted caramel filling. This flavour is probably my bestseller. mmmhmmm!

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 Some truly gorgeous wedding cakes along with some really good advice for when it comes to choosing the Baker for your wedding cake. If you want to see more of Emma’s work or would like to get in touch to find out more about her availability and prices then her social media links are just here!

 

I’m off to put the kettle on!

 
Website:- http://www.emmazingbakes.co.uk

 

Facebook:- http://www.facebook.com/emmazingbakes

 

Instagram:- https://instagram.com/emmazingbakes/

 

Twitter:- https://twitter.com/emmazingbakes

 

E-mail:- emmazingbakes(at)gmail