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What Would They Know? Lynette Mary of Cakes2Kreate

by | Cake Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom

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Lynette of Cakes2Kreate

As a little girl I was always fascinated when watching the local wedding cake maker weave her magic with a seemingly endless array of tools from which came the most beautiful, delicate and intricate designs. Of course there have been big changes in the industry since then, but what hasn’t changed is the passion for creating something beautiful, and Lynette of Cakes2Kreate has that in spades. And a passion it is, as these delicate and beautiful works of art reflect the many hours of precise and dedicated work that she puts in to each every cake to deliver to you the cake of your dreams. It almost seems a shame to cut into them, but then who can resist a sticky date cake with brown sugar buttercream or a coconut mud cake with lemon and passionfruit cream. Not me!

Where are you located? 

I am located in Pakenham and service all areas of Melbourne.

What started you on your cake creating journey?

My very first attempt at making a novelty cake for my nephew’s 1st birthday back in 2005 sparked an interest. From there it grew into a hobby and then into a passion.

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How did you learn your craft?

Watching endless hours of Youtube videos, on-line tutorials, lots and lots and lots of practice! There is always something new to learn.

As each cake is an individual work of art, what is the creative process you go through to create the perfect wedding cake?

I find that these days most couples pretty much know what they want. They contact me because they already like one or more of my designs. From there I try and individualise it by asking what their colour scheme is, types of flowers used, the decor of their reception, table centerpieces used, invitations and even details of the bride’s dress. The more I can find out, the more I can make the cake an individual creation just for them.

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What is your favourite part of the wedding cake creating process?

Setting it up at the venue! Seeing my creation take its place as the centrepiece makes all that hard work and endless late nights worth it.

You have some yummy cake flavours to choose from. What are some favourite flavour combinations if wanting a tiered cake?

My most popular flavour would have to be my white chocolate and raspberry mud. It’s a delicious balance of sweetness and tartness combined. Other new flavours which are becoming popular are my banana cake with salted caramel buttercream, sticky date cake with brown sugar buttercream and coconut mud with lemon and passionfruit cream.

Do you go through a lengthy testing process before adding a new flavour to your range?

Family and friends are the best when trying new flavours out. You know at least they will be honest to tell you if it is a yay or nay. One flavour I do was purely by chance as I used all my left over batter together and whatever filling I had on hand. This flavour has become one of the family favourites!

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Are a bridal couple able to arrange a cake tasting?

Yes definitely! Once all the initial information has been gathered and they are happy with what I can create for them, I invite them to book in a time for a final cake consultation and tasting. It give us both the chance to meet face to face and they can also view my work in my cake studio.

You make particularly ornate sugar flowers. Is this one of your ‘loves’ and talents and a signature of your work?

I adore flowers and creating them in sugar is even better. I love the challenge of trying to make them look as beautiful as the real thing. I don’t think any wedding cake is complete without at least one sugar flower!

In the 60’s and 70’s lace was a big part of the cake decoration. Is this re-emerging in a different way now – e.g. the bride wanting a copy of her gown lace on the cake?

Yes, definitely! A lot of my wedding cakes have a lace feature on them and it is usually to match or a representation to the bride’s dress.

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What are some trends you see happening over the next 12 months as far as cake design goes?

I follow a lot of popular cake artists, blogs and FB pages to keep up with what’s happening in the wedding world to see what the trends are. I think there will always be the traditional couple or the modern couple so designs to suit both will always be created. I am finding though couples are going for a traditional design but adding a modern twist on it such as a pop of colour or bit of bling.

Do you see a move to more colour (or less colour?) in cakes – both in the cake itself, decorations and fondant covering the cake?

Over the years I have seen both, really depending on the couple’s choice of colours for the wedding. I have seen a big trend in metallics incorporated into the design, which I adore.

Do you make gluten free cakes?

Yes I can accommodate those who are gluten in-tolerant.

Your cupcakes are also works of art. Are these still popular in place of the traditional bridal cake?

Most couples these days are opting for the traditional tiered cake but cake or dessert tables have become very popular which I have been making cupcakes and other sweet treats for. Cupcakes are also a great idea to combine the cake and guest favour as one which I have done a few times.

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What do you particularly love about creating wedding cakes?

Being a part of such an amazing event. I am always so happy and grateful that people love my work and trust me to create what will probably be the most important cake of their life. The positive feed back I always get from my couples makes me feel so blessed that I am able to do something I completely love.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love going to the gym for a good workout. It is the only time away from work, kids, house work…. that I can concentrate on just myself. It’s my perfect stress reliever!

Thank you Lynette for sharing your story. To find out more about Cakes2Kreate visit the website.

All images taken by Lynette Mary.

The Lovers Collective Workshops

by | Industry News, Wisdom

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Recently I caught up with Erin from The Lovers Collective to hear all about their innovative idea for brides to be. Let me tell you, if you are looking for a great gift for your bestie or are newly engaged yourself, then you’re going to love this!

The Lovers Collective is a fresh and exciting concept of workshops and events with ever-changing, hand-picked guest speakers from many parts of ‘wedding life’ – all with the same goal of providing behind the scenes knowledge to guests. With the ‘best of the best’ including cake designers, photographers, florists, celebrants, planners, graphic designers and everyone in between, information is shared leaving guests bursting with inspiration and knowledge!

Guests can engage directly with their favourite vendors while they share tips on planning all in a gorgeous setting. Each workshop has a unique activity and hands on lesson to get the creative juices flowing and have a little fun.

The workshops are the ultimate investment for the bride looking to take her wedding to the next level, for people interested in moving into the wedding industry, or anyone who just loves a great workshop!

We’re super excited to be back with The Lovers Collective July Workshop to be held at the beautiful High Church, Brisbane, on Sunday 19th July 2015! We’ve made a few little changes including spending more time with guests and a fun cocktail hour after the workshop.

There are some stellar speakers as well!  Joining us will be Carly from CL Weddings & Events talking planning, Shane Shepherd from Shane Shepherd Photography talking (you guessed it) photography and Elise from Elyssium Blooms will be talking flowers. Megan from Hansel&Gretel Cakes will chat about cakes and present the hands on masterclass of cookie decorating, and last but not least… Georgie from Georgeous  is taking the trip up from Melbourne to talk styling (with a quick demonstration).

Guests will receive a gift pack including a succulent from Fair Light Blessed, a concrete candle holder from Melt Creations, prints from With Love, Frank Body Scrub from Envelope Registry, a notepad to jot down points from the speakers from Alex Mae and delicious juice from The Cleanse Kitchen – all packaged in a gorgeous Peachy Flamingo tote. There will also be an awesome door prize of a night’s stay for two at The Point Brisbane with buffet breakfast – valued at $500!”

With so much to see, hear and do, don’t miss The Lovers Collective July Workshop!

Images via  Janneke Storm

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Sounds like a great workshop: ‘the best of the best’ will definitely be there!

Australian Bridal Fashion Week 2015

by | Event Reviews, Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom

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The June long weekend gave us yet another reason to celebrate this year. From June 5th to June 7th, Sydney-siders were privy to the first inaugural Australian Bridal Fashion Week and as promised, it was a breathtaking and exquisite event. Held at the historical Sydney Technology Park, guests were treated to couture bridal fashion and style for as far as the eye could see.

To celebrate the launch of the event, bridal bloggers and much of the bridal industry gathered at midday on June 5th for an exclusive runway event that showcased a snapshot of the gowns that were on display across the weekend.

It was a weekend that allowed each and every guest to completely immerse themselves in all the beauty of bridal fashion, with guests also having the opportunity to meet with the designers. Having such a high calibre of designers certainly made this next part a difficult one, but here are our highlights from the weekend!

BRIDAL GOWNS

With so many exquisite gowns showcasing on the runway and throughout the event, we’ve selected our highlights for Sleek, Embellished and Vintage gowns to get you started on choosing your bridal look!

Sleek & Minimal

Looking for a contemporary style that highlights your figure in a luxurious fabric? Minimalistic styles are the ultimate in sophisticated chic and here are our top selects.

Jennifer Regan

With a luxe collection of fitted designs in both full lace and satin, the Jennifer Regan gowns were chic and contemporary for the modern bride.

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Lust Have: A sleek silk satin design with low back and lace detail is the perfect combination of minimalistic design and couture detail.

Lilli Marcs

With a beautiful collection of both minimal and embellished styles, it was the minimalistic styles of Lilli Marcs finished with couture detailing that really caught our eye! In luxurious, lustrous fabrics that fall gracefully from the body, these gowns are contemporary yet timeless.

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Lust Have: The beautiful fitted cowl neck design is just timeless!  With a fitted waist and A-line skirt silhouette, this gown will give you a touch of Hollywood glamour on your special day.

Embellished

A look that has stood the test of time, a beautifully embellished gown is a timeless style for the contemporary bride.

Anna Campbell

The Queen of decadent embellished gowns, the Anna Campbell creations are something from a fairytale world, fit for a princess. With a silhouette to suit each bride’s style, the ‘Spirit’ collection that was showcased is a romantic’s dream come true. The collection features both full-embellished lace styles as well as chiffon gowns.

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Lust Have: The fitted style that graced the runway at the media launch was flawless! Richly embellished and finished with a delicate chandelier cap sleeve, this statement style is sure to be a favourite with brides everywhere.

Liz Martinez

Flying across the seas to showcase at ABFW, renowned couturier Liz Martinez showcased an exquisite collection of tulle, lace, beading and beauty. Whether it is a more relaxed (yet still artfully detailed) shorter style that you’re looking for, a strapless fitted gown or a plunging v-neck A line gown, this collection is for you.

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Lust Have: The contemporary Cinderella gown that opened the media launch with a plunging V neck, cinched waist and A-line skirt was flawlessly embellished and just simply stunning!

Leah Da Gloria

Since launching in 2012, the Leah Da Gloria brand has quickly become a darling within the Australian bridal industry. Infusing her trademark ornate embellishment with luxe sleek gowns, this collection cemented the designer’s place as one of the countries most exquisite couturiers.

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Lust Have: Lace, texture and silk organza – what more could you want! Pictured far left, this fitted gown is structured yet feminine, contemporary yet classic.

Nektaria

Walking into the Nektaria space was like falling down a magically embellished rabbit hole. Featuring figure-skimming gowns with complete lace and embellishment, these gowns are decadent and luxurious for the contemporary bride.

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Lust Have: A sheer style with organza sleeves, a regal scalloped neckline and flowing train.

Sant Elia

Unveiling a luxurious couture collection this Bridal Fashion Week, the Sant Elia brand showcased a vintage inspired glamorous selection of bridal and occasion wear gowns. A brand to watch!

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Lust Have: Opt for a royal style with the ‘Valentina’ gown. Artfully embellished in earthly and regal tones, this gown is a beautiful feminine style.

Mariana Hardwick

Grandeur and Couture artfulness is what we have come to expect from the luxurious work of Mariana Hardwick and this collection was even more beautiful than anticipated. Featuring complete lace styles, nude looks and a touch of colour, this collection is unique and simply gorgeous.

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Lust Have: A beautifully white-corded lace overlaying a nude silhouette was a standout piece!

Vintage

Whether you’re looking for a hint of old world glamour or you’re having a Gatsby themed reception, there is a special Vintage inspired gown to suit each inspiration.

Forever Vintage

What could be more vintage than a brand with the word ‘vintage’ in its name? The Forever Vintage collections are made up of only the finest vintage pieces from the 1940’s through to the 80’s. With Parisian couturiers included in the mix, this is the must see label for those wanting an authentic vintage piece. Opt for a gorgeous ruby or royal toned ball gown style if traditional white isn’t for you.

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Lust Have: The beautiful ‘Vene’ gown with a full tulle skirt, belted waist and sheer cap sleeves is a romantic and beautiful style for the traditional bride.

Johanna Johnson

With a hint of 1920’s inspiration, the beautiful Johanna Johnson gowns were contemporary infused with a touch of vintage glamour. With styles featuring drop waists and heavily embellished shift gowns, this collection creates a romantic statement for the modern yet vintage inspired bride.

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Lust Have: The fully embellished shift style dress was an absolute highlight across the whole event. Styled with a matching headpiece, this look is the ultimate in vintage luxe.

For the Love of Grace

If you’re opting for a vintage inspired bridesmaid look, For the Love of Grace is your ‘go to’ designer. Combing delicate laces with sheer chiffons in earth and romantic tones, these exquisite designs not only make for the perfect bridesmaid gown, they are also a piece that your maids will love for years to come.

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Lust Have: The whimsical ‘Summer Shadows’ gown in dove grey with a fitted bodice and full sheer skirt will perfectly compliment a romantic bridal look.

ACCESSORIES

Looking to highlight your bridal look with a statement jewellery piece? Whether you’ve chosen a sleek minimalistic gown or a heavily embellished and ornate style, the right accessory will accentuate your look and draw attention to your features.

Stephanie Browne

Renowned in the bridal industry for her 25 years of creating exquisite and ornamental bridal jewellery, Stephanie Browne is a ‘must see’ designer for the vintage inspired bride. Showcasing a lust worthy selection of hair accessories, headpieces, and jewellery, each piece is artfully created for a luxurious and glamorous look.

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Lust Have: Looking for a beautiful headpiece? Opt for a classic comb in a stunning embellished style.

Samantha Wills

Being one of Australia’s most sought after jewellery brands, the Samantha Wills bridal collection is a flawless display of trademark luxe aesthetic. With a collection of highly ornate accessories in gold, silver and metal tones, this is a heavenly collection for the boho and vintage inspired bride!

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Lust Have: We can’t go past the ‘Precious Dreamers’ cuff in silver! An absolute statement piece that you will treasure forever.

Shoes

Whether they will be hidden under layers of tulle and silk for the most part of the day or on display to complement your cocktail length dress, choosing the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding completes your bridal look Cinderella style.

The White Collection

Entering the event, one of the first displays that guests came across was the fairytale world of The White Collection. With a beautiful gold swing chair and glass tables for display areas, this was one of the standout displays across the event! Featuring both Australian and International designer bridal shoe brands including Badgley Mischka, Charlotte Mills and Jakii, there is a little piece of heaven for everyone.

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Lust Have: Harriet Wilde ‘Marina English’ rose peep toes with silver leaf detailing.

Panache Bridal Shoes

An Australian brand of positively divine bridal shoes! Created with only the finest fabrics and Swarovski crystals, Panache Bridal Shoes work closely with Australia’s top designers to ensure your bridal shoes complement all the latest wedding styles and trends.

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 Lust Have: Opt for one of their luxe pale blue styles for your ‘Something Blue’ bridal addition!

 

With an amazing and unforgettable showcase, that wraps up our top picks from Australian Bridal Fashion Week for 2015.

Thank you to the beautiful team from ABFW, I can’t wait for the 2016 show!

All images unless otherwise credited are via Ms Filagree

 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautifully elegant event with Australia’s leading bridal designers – a stunning selection for every bride.

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