Cakes, Cake and more Cake!

Finally on to the dessert, the best tasting part of a wedding.

I really wanted to have cupcakes as part of our desserts. We already had gulab jub, a traditional asian dessert served with ice cream as a part of our meal. But I really wanted to have something from my culture as well, this is where the cupcakes came in.

Thanks to Pintrest, I had the exact idea of how I wanted the cupcakes and cake to be displayed. Again, since we are not a super fancy shamncy couple we wanted a simple cake design. We decided on a semi-naked icing, which is a light layer of icing. We also wanted to have macaroons and fresh flowers to decorate the top. I really wanted to have a cake topper, like those super cute Mr and Mrs wooden lettering. However, my husband was very unimpressed with any cake topper I showed him. Marriage is a compromise, and every once in awhile I am the one who has to comprise.

La Belle Cake Company

So, flowers and macaroons, a one tier cake and 350 cupcakes was our final decision. Choosing a cake vendor was possibly the most fun of choosing all the vendors. Since each initial meeting includes a cake tasting.

We decided on La Belle Cake Company for our cake vendors. During our cake tasting, we went over cake flavors, designs and even different colors that we wanted the cupcake icing to be. They were super attentive and made sure we had everything we wanted.

We had two cakes, one for each side and then divided the cupcakes between the sides as well. The flavor of our main cake was lavender and lemon, we wanted to go with something light since it was a summer wedding. The cupcake flavors were a mix of salted caramel, vanilla, lemon and white chocolate raspberry.

Sweet Treats Bedford

Obviously, 350 cupcakes aren’t enough, we also had a dessert table. Sweet Treats Bedford, do a wide variety of dessert table options. They also have popcorn, cotton candy and even a selfie station!

The dessert table we choose had around 250 different dessert options Everything from Oreo cheesecakes to lemon meringue. They were a hit! Each dessert is hand crafted so every single one looks incredible. With so much detail added the desserts were almost too pretty to eat. They also kept with our floral theme by adding a mini-flower wall backdrop.

All things rustic and floral

For our wedding, I really wanted everything to be rustic and floral. Having worked as a bridal stylist, I had seen so many different wedding color combinations, wedding themes and everything in between. This helped me know exactly what I did and didn’t want for our wedding

This post is all about our decor vendors, Herts Vintage Hire and Kenza Creations.

Herts Vintage Hire

We originally had the idea of having a wooden type cart for desserts. As we were looking around for different rustic carts, we stumbled on Herts Vintage Hire’s website. They had not only the carts we were looking for but also, selfie station set ups and all the signage we were going to make ourselves. Ladders that could be decorated according to your own style and much more. We knew that we had to have Carla and her team to make all the elements of our wedding come together.

When we met with Carla, we gave her the entire run down of the day, the layout of the venue and our vision. We talked about what styles we liked, colors, and the props we wanted. What’s really cool is that Carla creates a Pintrest board for all her clients. So that together you can add what you like and she can get an even better idea of your style. From Carla, we ended up choosing:

  • Vintage Photo frame with a matching vintage suitcase for our selfie station
  • Rustic ladder with all sorts of decor
  • Signage that labeled the men and women’s side
  • A personalized welcome sign that were able to take home with us
  • Jars, candles and books to decorate the two cupcake tables

These are the items we choose. With Carla’s amazing eye for detail she included even more. I had only asked her to decorate the ladder, selfie station and the two cupcake tables. But she went above and beyond!

When I arrived at the venue I could not have been more thrilled with how everything was put together. The ladder had even more props that we had originally chosen. The centerpieces we made all had wooden confetti pieces (We had 35 tables in all so that was no easy task).

Every empty space was filled with props and signs that matched our theme perfectly. I would highly recommend Herts Vintage Hire for any event you may have.

Kenza Creations

I’d never been to an Asian wedding so I had no idea what the staging thing was all about. Traditionally people have a stage built for their wedding. They’re usually super elegant and have seating, this is where you take family photos and bride and groom photos.

We looked around at a couple different vendors for staging and decided on Kenza Creations. They had more stages in the style that we were going for. Neither my hubby or I really wanted a super glitzy wedding so when we saw a stage with a flower wall and massive trees, we were sold. Since we had separate sides for the men and women, we went with two different stages.

I was so impressed with this team. They were super attentive and understanding. We had a tricky time because the men’s side was much smaller than the women’s. But they handled it like the pro’s they are. We played around with switching stages, switching sofas and then finally shortening the men’s stage so that there would be enough space. They did everything we asked. They helped us play around with spacing until we were absolutely happy with everything. On the day of the wedding, they showed up right on time and got to work. The stages were beautiful and I’m so glad we’ll have these pictures with them.

All photos taken by Zan Photography

Our UK Wedding

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about venues, flowers, and wedding colors. I had been counting down the days until our wedding finally arrived, thinking that it was taking so long. Now, that I look back it actually came in a flash.

Although we started planning for our wedding well ahead of time, the week before the big day we still had TONS of last minute things to do. We had a final appointments with the venue, our decor vendor and make-up trial. We still had to pick up all the flowers and make the center pieces.

The day before the wedding was filled with still last minute preparations. Things like packing up the car, picking up my bridal bouquet and getting my nails done. Then the wedding day finally arrived.

The Wedding Day

I woke up ate a quick breakfast, then proceeded to go door to door and wake up everyone else. We headed to the venue to start setting up the tables and centre pieces. When we got there our staging vendors were there and hauling up the branches, flowers and seating that would make up the stages for the men and women’s side.

It was a stressful morning, with a huge guest list we were worried about everyone having a place to sit. We added and moved tables around, added chairs, took chairs away, made the stage on the men’s side smaller. (Oh and by we, I mean my husband and the venue director.) You could find me with a latte in hand, setting up the center pieces. After my job was done, my sister-in-laws and I headed back to the house to start getting ready.

I was so lucky to find Emma Rae, my make-up artist for the day. She was incredible and so attentive. She listened to every detail about the theme for the wedding, looked at all the ideas I had for make-up looks and even incorporated the style of my dress to make sure my make-up matched with everything. I highly recommend her, if you’re ever in need for a make-up artist.

Once everyone was ready, we headed back to the venue. Our wedding was held at the Mercure Bedford Centre Hotel. It was absolutely perfect for what we needed. It was also right on the embankment so it was perfect for all the outside wedding photography.

When we walked into the venue, I could have cried. It was so incredible to see all of our ideas and vision put into life. It was absolutely everything i wanted and more. The entire day was filled with love and happiness and I will never forget it.

I will be doing a separate right up for all of our vendors, each one was so incredible. Make sure to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already so you don’t miss out!

Wedding Planning

We’ve been super busy planning our second wedding and I’m so excited with how everything is turning out.

The trickiest part of wedding planning is blending both of our cultures. My husband is Bangladeshi and I’m American. So to mix our backgrounds together, this is what we’re doing. We’re having traditional asian food for the main dishes. But for dessert we’re having cupcakes and a dessert table. While my husband is wearing a traditional shawarnee, I am wearing a modern style wedding dress from David’s Bridal. I’m also wearing tennis shoes! The Kate Spade bridal collection stole my heart. Bridesmaids dresses might be my favorite part of the wedding. The girls are wearing blush dresses from Asos. Instead of having super grand centerpieces, we are making our own with wood slices, candles, mason jars and flowers.

Our overall theme is very rustic (I know, every bride says that.) All the decor pieces are either wood, flowers, or antique pieces. All neutral colors. We hit the jackpot with Herts Vintage Hire. The owner is putting all the finishing touches to our venue to really create the perfect look. Antique frames and suitcase of props for our photo booth, ladders, and signage are just a few things she’s putting together.

Probably the grandest thing we’re going to have are the stages. Stages are set up for pictures and are very common in Asian weddings. The stages are super fancy to me but on the same hand, I’m not going to argue about having a flower wall at my wedding.

With all the big things booked we have only a few little bits left to put together and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. Check out our list of vendors and little preview of what’s to come below!

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Park Inn at Bedford

Wedding Décor: Kenza Creations and Herts Vintage Hire

Cake and Cupcakes: Labelle Cake Company

Dessert Table: Sweet Treat Bedford

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos

Catering: Premier Catering Services

Flowers: Fleurette Flowers

Photographer: Zan Photography