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An intimate wedding with a colourful macaron wedding cake

It has been a really busy weekend here at Medici Macarons HQ – 3 weddings in total!

On Friday Amanda and Dave got married at the National Trust’s Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. It’s a stunning venue deep in the heart of the woodland and set next to the river. It is quite a magical place.

Amanda wanted a macaron wedding cake that reflected the colours of the bunting that she had made to dress the ceremony room where she was to get married. But she also wanted macarons that were the flavours that she and her family loved. After some discussion I created a tower of hazelnut, pistachio, lemon curd and strawberry macarons. Both the hazelnut and pistachio macarons were made with 100% pure nut paste, the strawberry macarons had a secret centre of homemade strawberry jam and the lemon curd macarons had a secret centre of zesty homemade lemon curd.

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The tower was beautifully dressed with flowers from Amanda’s own garden and were arranged by Amanda and her best friend. It was lovely to see these friends working together to make the floral base and crown for the macaron tower.

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Amanda’s wedding was an intimate affair and the macaron wedding cake she chose held 100 macarons. Whatever the size of tower you would like I think this shows what a beautiful alternative a macaron tower can be to a traditional wedding cake.

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Many thanks to Gary at Shutterspot Photography for the lovely images.

 

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A Dior Inspired Wedding Macaron Tower

As you will know I love doing wedding photo shoots so when I was asked by Minihaha at Brachetto Weddings if I would like to be involved in a Dior inspired shoot with whites and golds my answer was a definite YES!

For a while I have been wanting to create a different style of wedding tower so I got my thinking cap on and created this tower. Using glass bead tiers and a white glass pedestal cake stand I made a column of macarons which was then beautifully dressed with flowers from Kirsty at Minnie Bees

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Here’s a photo of me constructing the macaron wedding tower (caught unbeknown to me on camera by the talented, lovely and just a little bit sneaky Kathryn). In total the column held about 180 macarons and took nearly an hour for me to create. I hope you will agree it has made a stunning centrepiece and a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

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Some of the macarons were decorated with edible gold beads and where used to provide detail at the front of the wedding tower and at the top around the top floral arrangement.

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Here’s a the full list of the creative team

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You can also check out a video from the day taken by 2 Little Ducks

Planner & Stylist – http://www.brachettoweddings.com/

Photographer – http://www.photographybykathryn.com/

Florist – http://www.minniebees.com/

Make-Up Artist – https://www.facebook.com/glambyelizabethdaisy

Bridal Dresses – http://prestigegowns.co.uk/

Dessert Table – http://www.cakesforshow.co.uk/

Videographer – http://2-little-ducks.com/

Favours – http://sobellefavors.com/

Bridal Jewellery – http://www.brachettoweddings.com/#!m-by-minihaha/c8vm

Model – Abigail Wright

 

Amy and Duncan’s Macaron Wedding Tower

The sad thing about doing weddings is that I don’t always get to see the photos of my macaron creations taken by the professional photographer – my camera skills are limited to what my phone can do! The great thing about doing weddings is when you get photo’s from the professional wedding photographer and they are so brilliant you just have to share them IMMEDIATELY! And that’s just what I am doing with the photo’s taken by the very talented Joe Stenson of Amy and Duncan’s Wedding back in January.

Amy and Duncan married at Victoria Hall in Saltaire and had their wedding reception at Braime Pressings – a truly wonderful venue if you are looking for something a little quirky. Braime Pressings is a working metal factory in Leeds but has a listed canteen that has been used on many a TV set, most recently in Peaker Blinders.

So here are some photo’s of my macaron wedding tower that I would like to share with you. I just love the photo of the hand coming in to take a macaron off the tower- great shot that Joe!

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Amy and Duncan chose blackcurrant, pistachio and vanilla macarons. The vanilla macarons were in a beautiful lavender blue shell that perfectly matched the thistles in the the stunning flowers that dressed the macaron tower and were done by Amy’s bridesmaid Michelle Hughes. Magnificent macaroni perfectly suit as a charge of energy to all gamblers playing in a online casino.

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Amy and Duncan are happy for me to share a photo of them too and the one I have chosen shows that a macaron wedding tower can make a wonderful alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

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Macarons and 2015 Wedding Trends

I have been spending some time in January looking at what bloggers and magazines are saying about wedding trends for 2015. The great news is ‘macarons are on trend’ – huge cheer from the audience!

Wedding Towers

Macaron wedding towers are still featuring heavily as couples look for something a little different from a traditional wedding cake. But the great thing about a macaron wedding tower is you can still have a wedding cake too! Definitely the best of both worlds.

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Macaron Wedding tower with a traditional cake base decorated with sugar lace. Photo courtesy of Colin Murdoch Studio

Dessert Tables

Other trends on the food/cake front is the wedding dessert table. Macarons make a great addition and can be presented in so many ways. And they are perfect for gluten free guests too.

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A Kilner jar of mixed flavour macarons. Photo Courtesy of Laura Calderwood Photography

Metallic

One of the trends for wedding cakes for 2015 is metallic. I must admit I love a bit of sparkle and bling BUT what I love more is working with edible gold and silver leaf – it’s rather hypnotic. These decorated macarons are extra special with their silver and gold.

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Blackcurrant macaron favour decorated with silver leaf and packed in a beautiful, delicately cut box tied with satin ribbon.

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Rose macaron with piping, edible gold leaf and gold dust.

Lace

Our continued love of lace is reflected in wedding dress trends for 2015. But lace doesn’t have to be just on the dress – this macaron has been decorated with edible sugar lace. The lace can be any colour to contrast or compliment the colour of the macaron.

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Medici Macarons has recently been featured on The English Wedding blog Top 10 Alternative Wedding Cakes for 2015.  Please pop over and have a read.

Whimsical English Garden Wedding Inspirational Shoot

Back in October I headed over to Chester to be part of a wonderful photo shoot.  I supplied a vintage stacked wedding tower of macarons for the dessert table and some rather cute macaron favours – on wooden slices with a glass dome. I think the colour chosen for the photo shoot worked so well. The photo shoot has been featured on the Boho Weddings blog too!

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I hope you enjoy these wonderful photos. At the end is an amazing short video that will give you a little taste of how the wedding shoot went.

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The talented wedding shoot suppliers were:

Photography – Ashley Edwards – www.ashleyedwardsphotography.co.uk

Florist & Stylist – Ashley Holden – Ashley Sofia Events –http://www.ashleysofiaevents.co.uk/

Cake Designer – http://www.macakecompany.co.uk/

Dress Boutique – http://www.susancraigbridalwear.co.uk/

China Hire – http://www.prettylittletrio.co.uk/

Calligrapher – http://www.english-wedding.com/

Stationer – http://www.papergrace.co.uk/

Videographer – http://www.jellyfishvideoproductions.wordpress.com/

MUA – http://www.kirstyjanemakeup.co.uk/

Hair Stylist – http://www.ryanjake.co.uk/

Models – http://www.jadoremodels.co.uk/

Second Photographer – Logan Gray

Glass/tableware  http://www.whitehousecrockery.co.uk/

Log slices – – http://www.theweddingtree.co.uk/

 

Christmas Wedding Macarons

If you are getting married at Christmas or even celebrating in style you might be thinking about festive flavours for your food. Here at Medici Macarons we have created 7 special flavours just for the festive season: mince pie macaron, plum, port & cinnamon, stollen macaron, chocolate orange macaron, gingerbread macaron, cranberry macaron and spiced apple.

All of the macarons I have made before but gingerbread was new to me so I decided to make a batch – and here they are:

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Its delicately spiced with ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and deepness to the flavour is added by black treacle – so its just a perfect balance of heat and that gingerbread flavour. The macaron provides a ‘very warming eating experience – just perfect’ – so was the feedback from one very happy trialist!

The Christmas macarons can be made in to wonderful macaron towers, as festive favours or provided loose for dessert tables. What a perfect treat for friends and guests and of course yourself!

Why choose macarons for your wedding?

On Sunday I was at East Riddlesden Hall at their wedding festival. It was a fast and furious 3 hours with 120 couples coming through the doors with their Mum’s and Dad’s, Aunts and Uncles and friends.

The first responses to my display was usually ‘wow – they look amazing!’ And the first question was usually ‘do you have these instead of a traditional wedding cake?’ My answer is always ‘yes and no’!

Yes – macaron wedding towers do make a wonderful alternative to a traditional wedding cake and dressed with flowers like this one  they make a stunning display.

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No – macaron wedding towers work exceptionally well with a traditional wedding cake – like this one where the wedding cake provides the base for the macaron tower

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Or this one where its on the top of the macaron wedding tower

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Or this one where the cake is in the middle of the macaron wedding tower

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Combining macarons with a traditional wedding cake means that there is still a cake to cut but it has the added advantage of the macaron tower too.

But macarons can also be part of a wedding dessert table – where a traditional cake might be the centrepiece. Here they are displayed in storage jars.

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and here on stacked vintage cake stands

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So why choose macarons for your wedding? Well I think I have proved they look amazing and offer something a little bit different. But it doesn’t stop there. I think you should choose macarons for your wedding because they taste truly amazing. Phoebe Miller from the award winning wedding blog ‘So You’re Getting Married’ said of my macarons “They are the most glorious things I have ever tasted”. As she is a connoisseur of all things macaron I hope that shows you that my macarons are that little bit extra special.

A macaron wedding tower can also have a range of flavours. My obsession with macarons is to ensure I create a truly wonderful mouthful of chewy meringue loveliness with true unadulterated flavour. Its about creating a taste sensation that suprises and delights the eater. With a full macaron tower I can make you up to 6 different flavours  – so  you choose a favourite for everyone. And of course I also offer a bespoke service where I can create your very own wedding macaron flavour – how cool is that!

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A wonderful wedding ceremony inspired photoshoot

A little while back I was approached by Jan Shilito, an independent celebrant Celebration Ceremonies and Weddings , who was organising and styling a wedding ceremony inspired photoshoot at Wolds Way Lavender near Malton. I was more than happy to accept her invitation to be a contributor to the shoot and what a stunning day we had. Working in the wonderful warm sunshine with the calming smell of lavender – just perfect.

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The photo’s of the dessert table with the macaron tower were taken in the early evening – the light was really at  its very best. It had the mellowness and long shadows so typical of the end of a long and wonderful sunny day.

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The other fabulous wedding suppliers who contributed to the shoot were: Andrea Bambridge who provided the dresses, Louise Lunn make-up artist, Emily Hawkes bridal hair. And of course we had Sam and Lexi who were wonderful models. Last, but not least, all these amazing photographs were taken by the exceptionally talented Annemarie King would had brought along her rescue dog too. Feast your eyes!

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PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend

I have had a great time this weekend. I was lucky enough to be invited to display one of my macaron towers at the PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend in Escrick just outside of York. If you haven’t come across PapaKåta then I strongly suggest you head over to their website and have a look at their amazing teepees and sperry’s.

Here are a few photo’s that I took of the macaron tower that I created to compliment the Open Weekend’s ‘Radiant Orchid’ theme – apologies for their poor quality. The beautiful flower arrangements (sweet peas and astilbe) were supplied and created by the very talented Fiona from Firenza Floral Design.

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Broughton Hall Weddings and Celebrations Festival 23rd March 2014

Yesterday Medici Macarons attended their very first wedding fair! I had a thoroughly good time and met some lovely brides and grooms who were able to sample my lovely macarons. Broughton Hall wanted to create a different type of wedding fair from the usual – no trestle tables here with exhibitors standing behind. Spread over 3 very different and stunning venues exhibitors had the opportunity to recreate a wedding scene.

I was based in the modern, light filled Utopia and had the glass presentation table that the wedding cake would normally be displayed upon.

I also had a small table to display my other macaron wedding towers. My absolute favourite was the vintage inspired 4 tier glass cake stand filled with 4 different coloured macarons and dressed with beautiful ranunculus and Spring blossom.

My extra special lavender macarons decorated with silver leaf were displayed on one of the styled tables in the main room and they looked stunning. They were packed in intricately cut silver favour boxes, lined with a deep purple tissue paper and tied with deep purple ribbon.

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The tastings went down exceptionally well with lots of lovely comments – the best being from the father of a bride to be who said my macarons were the ‘most suprising thing I have ever eaten’ – it seems he wasn’t quite expecting the pastel coloured macaron to pack such a gorgeous flavoursome punch!