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INSPIRATION GIFTS FOR THE GUYS SCRUMPTIOUS CAKES BY DESIGN REAL WEDDINGS MEL & SCOTT LISA & DAN

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Cover Credits Photographer: Jessica Photography ( www.jessicaphotography.co.nz) Couple: Scott & Mel

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Mel & Scott This month we have the goregeous wedding of Mel and Scott as shot by the super talented Jessica Higueras. Enjoy!

In Mel’s words.... HOW WE MET: Seven years ago at a pool party at my friend Lisa’s house - Scott sat on my towel so I would have to talk to him when I got out of the pool THE PROPOSAL: Piha at Sunset - Scott surprised me with what I thought was just a date night but he had arranged a long weekend off work and proposed along my favourite stretch of the beach at sunset. THE BEST PART: Vows: Scott and I drinking Italian Cognac under the stars after all the guests had left. Little boy watching us get photos taken at the beach then giving Scott pompoms and saying “they are for your wife” WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO OTHER BRIDES WHEN PLANNING THEIR WEDDING: You can do it in 8 weeks but 12 would be better. GUESTS: 80 Travelled from Auckland, London, Vancouver, Melbourne, Taranaki and Christchurch


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Suppliers VENUE Villa Toscana - Whitianga - Coromandel: www.villatoscana.co.nz/ THE GOWN Blue Bow Bridal: http://www.bluebowbridal.co.nz/ BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Charlie Brown GROOM’S & GROOMSMAN’S SUITS Charles Tyrwhitt www.ctshirts.co.uk MAKEUP Hayley - Whitianga http://ido-weddings.co.nz/ CAKE Ina - Grandma Maddox FLOWERS Howick Markets www.facebook.com/BeyondRoseGardenLtd DECORATION Bride & Mum INVITATIONS Scott via online website www.wix.com PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica Photography - www.jessicaphotography.co.nz

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This month we talk with Jo Tan from Scrumptious Cakes by Design about her creations and ask her for any tips in choosing the all important wedding cake... After you’ve read the interview, make sure you check out Jo’s website: www.scrumptiouscakesnz.co.nz

Tell us a little about yourself and Scrumptious Cakes by Design My name is Jo Tan and I am Scrumptious Cakes by Design. For as long as I remember I have made cakes just because I love eating them! My great Aunt used to decorate wedding cakes and I still remember watching her in awe. After a year in fine arts I moved to England where I trained and worked as a chef at 5 star hotels Hanbury Manor and Ashdown Forest Hotel. I moved home and had my three little angels and started creating again practicing on birthday cakes. After getting so sick of them not turning out as I planned I went into serious cake training. Here I am 6 years later with my own licenced studio on the end of our house and loving my career! I have to say the highlight so far has been decorating cakes for Goodmorning. I was on 3 times last year and, being a fan, I especially loved creating an tv/ambulance/birthday cake for Shortland Street’s 20th birthday with Sally Martin who plays Nicole and Elizabeth McRae who played Marj, though Rod Cheeseman almost showed me up a couple of times with his icing skills! Nothing in my job makes me happier and all the hours of effort worthwhile than that first expression when a client sees their cake and they love it. What are the favourite flavours at the moment? Do people generally stick with a single flavour or have more than one? Chocolate mud is always popular, and being a mud cake it gets better after a couple of days, so if the cake has to travel or sit somewhere for a while before the occasion it is no problem. Last season I saw an preference for dark chocolate emerging, maybe it’s the regal richness that suits the formal aspect of a wedding, also maybe because it is so rich a finger slice is perfect. It was very popular last season for the cakes to have the traditional top tier as fruit cake to be kept for either the 1st year anniversary or for the birth of their child which I think is a lovely idea. Having multiple flavours is also a good idea because red velvet will please Aunt Maude who can’t eat chocolate, and little


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cousin Benny will love chocolate just cause so everyone is happy. With many budgets being slimmed down, do you find that people are beginning to use their wedding cake as a dessert replacement rather than having both cake and dessert? It is a great idea having the cake as the dessert, as it means you are not paying for your guests to essentially have two desserts, though I only knew of one of my brides doing this last season. If they do, do you have any guidelines for cake/people ratio? The guide below (courtesy of www.cookiescupcakesandcardio.com) is for cutting wedding cakes vs party cakes, and I think a dessert slice would be about the size of a party slice. Keep in mind a wedding cake is normally quite dense (ie mud cakes and rich fruit cakes) to enable it to carry the fondant icing and complement the ganache so, even if you are serving your cake for dessert, your guests may not need large slices.

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Are there any designs that are particularly popular at the moment? Vintage is in at the moment with embroidery patterns, lace and brooches. I am loving the effect of shimmer dust on the white base icing which almost makes the icing look like satin. Patterns and textures created using pearls and cachous and/or diamante on a white with white flowers can look stunning. Although it will obviously vary depending on the couple’s specific requirements, approximately how much should a couple budget for their cake? My 3 tier wedding cakes start at approx $400, it is hard to give you a price as it depends on so many factors for example - size of each tier, are all tiers the same flavour, labour and detail work, delivered? There is also a lot of variation in price out there. How long prior to the wedding should the cake be ordered? I work alone and I won’t overload myself to ensure that each cake gets the attention it requires. This means that I only take on two wedding cakes per week, and last year I was booked up for Feb and March 2013 by November 2012 so don’t leave it too long to hire the artist you want! I would probably do it six months in advance. Do you have any tips for a couple when choosing the type of wedding cake they are after. Always check out the cake maker’s portfolio of past creations, look for shape and size in photos - is this what you are after? How smooth is their icing? Also not everyone will eat cake so don’t overcater if you have budget constraints. What is the most interesting design that you have been asked to do? I was asked to make to make two halo helmets to sit on the top of a cake, and one had a bow on for the bride, this was a surprise addition for the groom from the bride and apparently he was stoked!

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY TOBIAS KRAUS : WWW.BESTMANWEDDINGS.CO.NZ


Lisa and Dan had an amazing wedding at Carrington Resort on the Karikari Peninsula photographed by the brilliant Tobias Kraus. Enjoy!

IMAGES BY TOBIAS KRAUS WWW.BESTMANWEDDINGS.CO.NZ


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VisionWorks Photography

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The Checklist Engaged to 9 months before Task

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Announce your engagement, including notices in the newspaper Organise for your families to meet, if they haven’t done so already Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, MC, flower girls, page boys Discuss the type of wedding you want, including budget Compile a draft guest list (this will help determine venue size) Choose venues for the ceremony and reception Set the date and time for the wedding Choose and book the following: • Photographer • Videographer • Entertainment • Caterer • Florist • Transport • Wedding Co-ordinator • Celebrant Start thinking about your dress (you may need to book a dressmaker) Consider purchasing wedding insurance to cover those things that are out of your control which may result in the wedding being postponed or cancelled Have an engagement party

9 months before Task

Order your wedding dress Choose your accessories: veil, jewellery, underwear, shoes and so on Choose the attire for the rest of the wedding party as applicable: • Groom • Bridesmaids • Groomsmen • Flower girls • Page boys Select stationery including: • Invitations

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• Thank you cards/notes • Place name cards • RSVP cards • Seating plan • Envelopes Book a calligrapher Send out save-the-date cards Contact rental companies to hire equipment, marquees, tables, etc Organise gift registry Start thinking about your honeymoon

6 months before Task

Order bridesmaids’ dresses Order/book the groom’s and groomsmen’s suits Help your mother and mother-in-law with their outfits Discuss your beauty regime with your beauty therapist Book in for marriage preparation course if needed Decide on and order your wedding cake Book your accommodation for the wedding night Investigate accommodation options for out of town guests Choose and purchase your wedding rings Make any honeymoon reservations

4 months before Task

Book hairdresser and make-up artist Order favours Discuss menu options with caterer/venue, including wine selection Organise entertainment if you are having children at the reception Speak with the celebrant or minister and decide on an order of service, responsibilities, speech making, readings, etc. Set your rehearsal date Let people know if they will be making a speech, doing a reading, etc Purchase wedding gifts for each other and the wedding party Organise time off work for your honeymoon Renew passports if necessary!

2 months before Task

Post invitations Write your vows Have your hair and makeup trials (remember to take your veil etc)

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Organise dancing lessons for the first dance Organise your hen’s and buck’s nights with the wedding party Confirm: • Flowers with florist – do they fit with the theme, colours, dresses • Menu with caterer • Accommodation for yourselves and your guests Organise any legal work, for example, pre-nuptial agreements, wills

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Apply for your marriage licence Confirm and finalise final guest numbers Make a seating plan (allow time for disagreements!) Have your dress fittings Organise bridal party’s final fittings (including accessories) Confirm groom’s and groomsmen’s outfits are ready Write your speech Confirm honeymoon accommodation and flight bookings Organise a house-sitter for while you are on honeymoon

2 weeks before Task

Confirm with everyone that you have booked for your wedding, advise final numbers and provide a emergency contact number to: • Venue • Caterer • Celebrant/Minister • Photographer • Videographer • Entertainment • Florist • Cake maker • Stationery • Car hire company • Hairdresser • Makeup artist • Favours • Hire company Make a list of everything that needs to be set up and/or taken to the ceremony and reception Have your final dress fitting including accessories. Take your chief bridesmaid so she knows how to how to attach your train etc.

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Make sure the bridesmaids have their dresses, footwear and accessories Have your final haircut and colour before the wedding Make sure the groom has his hair cut Finalise seating plan for reception Write place cards Practise walking around in your wedding shoes Have hen’s night and buck’s night

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Pick up your wedding dress and hang it in a safe place Wedding rehearsal (you may like to give the bridal party their gifts then) Pick up hire items, including groom’s and groomsmen’s attire Confirm honeymoon arrangements Pack for honeymoon Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned Pack an emergency kit for the day Final check on arrangements and plan for the day: • Who has the rings? • Have you paid entertainers etc ahead of time or do you need to take money? • Who is taking the gifts home after the wedding? • Who is dry-cleaning your dress the next day? • Who is returning the suits? • Make sure the bridal party are aware of their roles • Give a list of important contacts to a trusted family member or friend (can be the chief bridesmaid or the mother of the bride)

The day before Task

Relax and spend some quality time on your own! Present each other with gifts and remind each other why you love the other Give wedding bands to the best man and/or chief bridesmaid to hold during the ceremony

The big day Enjoy yourself!

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