Updated: Sep 14
When we think of monochrome, we so often think of black and white; but in actual fact, it can also mean just one colour. That was the case with Amber and Guy’s neutral wedding cake, which I created in one shade of ivory. It went perfectly with their elegant boho theme at Godwick Hall.
There’s a reason that Godwick Hall is an iconic Norfolk wedding venue: because it’s stunning, simple as that! The Hall is a magnificent Georgian mansion, surrounded by acres of gorgeous countryside (including a walled garden, where Amber and Guy got married.) Alongside the Hall, there’s also The Great Barn, a blank canvas venue with huge oak beams and a high roof.
Modern, monochrome boho styling
Amber and Guy went for a rustic, yet refined vibe for their wedding. To bring the modern, elegant boho vibe to life, they focussed on one colour – white – and achieved depth by using lots of texture, a method I emulated when designing their neutral wedding cake (you know how much I love textured wedding cakes.)
Outside garden ceremony
The ceremony took place in the gardens outside, where the seats were set up facing a beautiful focal floral arrangement from The Botany House. Each side of the semi-hoop featured asymmetric florals which were heavy in size but delicate in detail, and framed Amber and Guy perfectly as they said their vows. Greenery and foliage abounded, studded with beautifully textured white flowers. This colourway continued in the mini floral explosions that lined the wide hessian aisle, leading up to the vintage rug placed at the top.
The Great Barn wedding reception, with incredible textured decor
After the ceremony, Amber, Guy and their guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in The Great Barn, which was also the setting of the reception. The original brickwork of The Great Barn means it's already a beautiful foundation, but this wedding took it to the next level with the styling.
The main styling for the reception came in the form of huge fabric installations, artfully arranged by Mia Sylvia. It’s hard to explain the magic Mia created in words, so do check out these photos instead – but also, because this is a blog, I’ll try! Soft, wide swathes of fabric were draped across the wall, and bolts placed to hang down in waves. Draped over the window on one of the walls in the barn, with daylight diffusing perfectly through it, it added a beautifully romantic vibe.
Mia also created a chill-out section in the glass-ceilinged extension to The Garden Barn, framing the comfy sofas with white fabric shot through with taupe. Rattan circular rugs and wicker seat cushions sat beneath and beside the low coffee table, covered in a dove grey fabric, and set with three gold candlesticks
More white flowers and greenery lined the trestle tables, in mismatched glass and ceramic bud vases. The gold candlesticks were complemented by the table numbers and signage around the venue, presented in gold photo frames. Plus, wherever there was a sign, there was also more beautiful fabric to draw attention to it. For example, as guests entered The Barn they were greeted by a wicker basket of confetti, atop two stacked wooden crates and draped with fabric. There were also signs announcing the order of the day, the guest book, and the table which held their all-important neutral wedding cake…
Neutral wedding cake
During our consultation, Amber sent me several images of cakes that she liked the style of and wanted to offer as inspiration. The main feature that tied them together was a neutral colour palette, plus an abundance of texture. Both of these characteristics were right up my street (textured wedding cakes are my absolute jam anyway, and a neutral wedding cake is the perfect brief to push this stunning style even further) so I love love loved making their cake!
For the base of their neutral wedding cake, Amber and Guy chose two delicious flavours: Salted Caramel, and Strawberry and Champagne. Then, it was time to turn our attention to the decoration.
To create the textured element of the cake, I used three different mediums. Firstly, I used layers of textured sugarpaste as the base, wrapping them around the tiers to create a distressed, plaster-like effect on the cake (luckily…it didn’t taste like plaster!). Next, I created loads of individually wired wafer paper petals, which I lovingly and painstakingly attached together to create feather-light branches. Finally, I finished the neutral wedding cake design off with some delicate rice paper sails, to add even more depth and bring the other two elements together.
Laidback bridal look
Amber won the bridal accessory game, too, with so many good pieces throughout the day. Her sleek, streamlined V-neck wedding dress from Le Jour was stunning in its simplicity, and for her portraits she added a cute jacket with feathered sleeves and a total It bag (be still my beaded, I mean beating, heart!) Later, she wore a balloon-sleeved cardigan covered in tiny pearls, for a soft, still chic evening look.
Looking for your own neutral wedding cake?
If you’re looking for a neutral wedding cake and love what I created for Amber and Guy, I’d love to chat to you about your wedding plans! You can get in touch here to tell me about what you’ve got planned so far (and if that’s not all that much, don’t worry! That’s ok too.)
And you don’t just have to take my word for it, either - here’s what the lovely bride and groom had to say about working with me on their neutral wedding cake:
“Our cake was absolutely stunning, we wanted something simple & elegant but with a rustic/boho edge with lots of texture. It tasted incredible too. We received lots of compliments on the day and after.”
Venue: Godwick Hall https://godwickhall.co.uk/
Photographer: Megan Duffield Photography https://meganduffield.com/
Fabric installations and styling: Mia Sylvia https://www.miasylvia.co.uk/
Flowers: The Botany House https://www.thebotanyhouse.co.uk/
Rugs, Lighting and garden games: Belles & Beaus https://bellesandbeausweddingstyling.co.uk/
Dress: Le Jour https://lejourbridal.co.uk/
Hair: Amie Kelly from Gemma Holiday http://www.gemmaholiday.com/
Make up: Stephanie Alexandra https://stephaniealexandrabridal.com/
Wedding Videography: Kelly Southby https://www.kellysouthby.co.uk/
Flower wall: Pretty Options https://www.prettyoptions.co.uk/
DJ: Discoshed https://www.discoshed.com/
Catering: Florentina https://florentina-events.com/
Pizza: Broadside Pizza https://broadsidepizza.co.uk/