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Peaches & Cream! A Real Wedding In The North East – Cheryl & Peter

April 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s rubbish being back at work after the long weekend isn’t it?!  And yes, it’s still rubbish even if you get to look at beautiful weddings all day long like I do – there’s always admin and invoicing to do in any business people… and let’s got even touch on VAT returns!

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So, it’s safe to say that we’ll all probably be in need of a pick-me-up.  Right about now.

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Lucky for us, Cheryl and Peter’s gorgeous Real Wedding in the North East is a little ray of sunshine with pretty smiles, a pretty venue, pretty styling, and, well, just about pretty everything really.  So let’s prettify our Tuesday afternoon, and be inspired!

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And go on, why not reach for the biscuit tin too? After the sugar fest that is the Easter weekend, surely more chocolate can’t really hurt us?!

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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Cheryl says:  Peter asked me to marry him on 4th September 2011 at my parents’ home (it was my parents’ wedding anniversary).  We were married on 7th October 2012 at Beamish Hall in County Durham. 

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We chose the venue as we loved the grand appearance from the outside and the traditional yet modern features of the inside. The big bay windows and the beautiful chandeliers won us over.  In keeping with the venue, we opted for a modern vintage theme, with a simple yet pretty colour scheme of ivory with pearls and lace and antique rose bridesmaid dresses.

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I chose a dress by Madeline Gardner New York for Mori Lee from Brides Dream.  It was an understated lace dress with a modern twist.  My gorgeous headpiece was by What Katy Did Next. 

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Purely Bridesmaids and our groomsmen hired suits from Gavin Scott Menswear.

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I carried a mixture of roses in ivory and creams and a touch of vintage pink to match the bridesmaids by Nature’s Gift.  The bouquet was kept very neat and feminine with stalks on show with a mix of hessian and lace as a bow.

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The ceremony was also held at the Hall and we chose to have a candle ceremony where there are three candles, two lit from the beginning to represent the two families and the our mothers were asked to light the centre candle which represented the families coming together.

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We had a harpist – Clare Bakewell -  to play ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ for the bridesmaids/groomsmen to enter to and then ‘Halo’ for my entrance. She stayed and played outside throughout the drinks reception too.

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We hand made our table names using wooden plaques with pearl bows – and each table was a different Walt Disney quotation. 

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We chose a gorgeous four tier wedding cake with two layers of fruit, a layer of sponge and a layer of chocolate (we couldn’t decide)!  The cake was iced in ivory with pearl drops and an edible vintage rose oversized bow on the top.  We also chose cake pop wedding favours from Olipops.  

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We had unique bespoke ‘peg’ dolls made to stand by the cake and these actually looked like us! These were made by What Katy Did Next who also created our ring cushion. 

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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For the evening entertainment we had a swing band – Jeff Dingle & the Moodswing Trio – who were amazing and I danced to ‘My Girl’ with my step-dad and our first dance was Paolo Nutini’s “Loving you”.

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Beamish Hall Wedding by David E Williams

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute of your day, take it all in and appreciate all of your loved ones coming together.

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Congratulations Cheryl & Pete!

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Fancy sharing your own big day with Brides Up North?  Here’s how.

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Lace & Lilies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Leanne & Chris

January 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcoming in a frosty week on the wedding blog with a seasonal winter wonderland wedding in the North East, sent to me by my friend  – the fabulous – Helen Russell Photography.  With lace, lilies and just the right amount of sparkle, this Real Wedding is a whole lot of lovely!

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Over to Leanne:   We got engaged in New York in November 2010. It was all very romantic in front of a burning log fire with rose petals and champagne. Chris had reserved an old library type room with very high ceilings and character and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be placed in front of the burning fire and then when we arrived he sat me down and popped the question!

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We were married on 16 December 2011 at St Wilfrids RC Church in Bishop Auckland for the service and then Beamish Hall for our reception.  We both love the building and grounds at Beamish Hall as it has a lovely feel to it. We also think the rooms at Beamish are very warm and intimate with perfect scenery.  We went for a Christmas winter wonderland vibe with lots of white, silver and crystals, chair covers by Posh Chair Covers & Bows, plus plenty of candles and fairy lights. 

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I chose a vintage style dress by the amazing Ian Stuart.  To compliment this, my chief bridesmaid wore a long gun metal grey dress and the youngest bridesmaid wore an ivory flower girl’s dress. Both bridesmaids had grey fur shrugs and vintage brooches too.  I carried a simple Lily of The Valley bouquet by The Funky Flower Company

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We went all out and chose a Sex and the City 2 themed cake which consisted of three tiers with Swarovski Crystals in between!  So fabulous!  Our favours were donations to Cancer Research and cake pops by the brilliant Popcake Kitchen

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In the evening, we were entertained by a live band, The Monologues and then The Mobile DJ Company.  Paul Lytton kept us all guessing with his amazing magic tricks!  

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After the wedding we went to a castle for a couple of days on a “mini moon” however we are hoping to go somewhere hot and exotic in the next few months – destination undecided!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute and absorb it all in as it goes very quickly. Try to just relax and enjoy the whole experience as its magical!

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Congratulations Leanne & Chris!

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  – Images © 2012 Helen Russell Photography 

Helen Russell Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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The Great Brides Up North Birthday Bakeaway! WIN 30 Wedding Favour Pops Worth £75 By Popits Cake Pops

November 24th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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All good things must come to an end.  It’s been sugar overload this week as we have been celebrating the wedding blog’s first birthday (catch up on my recollections of a year of wedding blogging here) with a whole load of cake.  It’s been wedding cake giveaways galore on these silver swirly pages – and you still have time to enter:

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WIN A Grooms Or Engagement Cake Worth £150 With Little Town Bakery

Win 50 Cake Pop Favours Worth £125 With The Whimsical Cake Company

Win 24 Hen Party Themed Cupcakes With Baked Cupcakery

Win 50 Wedding Cookie Favours With Cakes By Beth

Win £300 OFF The Wedding Cake Of You Choice With Celebration Cakes

WIN Your Hen Party Popcakes With Popcake Kitchen

WIN 80 Wedding Cupcakes With Fancie

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One final sugary swansong today with our final giveaway in the series, from Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Popits Cake Pops

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Popits Cake Pops

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Brides Up North and Popits Cake Pops are offering one lucky wedding blog reader the chance to win 30 Wedding Favour Cake Pops worth £75!

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To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment using the comments button at the bottom this post, telling us why you should take home the sugar*

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The competition will close on 24 December 2011 at midnight (just in time for Santa!)

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Dieters – it’s safe to look again now! Smile with tongue out

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize to be collected or a reasonable delivery charge may be incurred

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2011 Popits Cake Pops

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Let Them Eat (Whimsical) Cake! Supplier Showcase: The Whimsical Cake Company

October 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Have I got a treat for you this morning.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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The lovely Skye from The Whimsical Cake Company absolutely nailed it when she supported my Brides Up North Tweet Up Yorkshire with her adorable sparkling white rose cupcakes and pretty pink Brides Up North cake pops.  The plates were literally licked clean!  And this was meant to be a posh and decorous event!

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I just knew that her wedding cakes were going to be to die for.  And she certainly did not disappoint.  These cakes aren’t just packed full of fruit and marzipan – they have bags of personality too!  Following an exclusive fondant fashion shoot  styled by Cat Hepple Photography at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, I give you The Whimsical Cake Company.

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Be quick Brides Up North, with sugar this pretty I know that Skye’s services are going to be in very high demand.  Amen to amazing Northern Talent!

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Skye says: I started The Whimsical Cake Company after baking cakes for family and friends and people were always telling me I should start a business.  Going right to the start, one day my daughter asked if we could make some butterfly buns.  Surely every mum knows how to make these?!  Well i didn’t.  Wanting to be Super Mum I ran out and bought a cupcake book.  I then became hooked on baking and began travelling to London to improve my skills. After learning the basics I am proud to say that I am self taught.

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At present I bake from home as my children are still young and starting any business takes all of your time and energy. I have a long term plan to open something exciting in the future… so watch this space!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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I love having the initial enquiry from a bride and groom and expanding on their idea to make an amazing cake. I think when a customer sees their cake for the first time they should say “Wow!” – and I’d be disappointed if they didn’t!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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I can make any type of cake, although I specialize in and love designing balancing cakes, topsy turvy cakes and 3D cakes. Cakes should be fun and I find that a lot of my brides want something different. I actually get a lot of orders for Alice in Wonderland themed weddings.  I make all different flavours although Death by Chocolate seems to be a wedding favourite.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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I also make Groom’s cakes, an idea which originated from America. A bride will ask me to make a surprise cake in the design of the groom’s favourite football stadium or even their dog!  Dog cakes are becoming very popular! 

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.Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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Depending on the design of a wedding cake or if the cake is a gravity defying cake, a wedding cake will take between three and four days to complete. A lot of my brides will also order matching favours to compliment their wedding cake.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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More and more brides are choosing cake pops as an alternative to a wedding cake. I display these on a cake pop tower which looks stunning at the venue and guests can help themselves.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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If i could go back and make my wedding cake I would have a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party cake, gravity defying with lots of unusual angles with the Mad Hatter sitting on the top. I would make each layer in different flavours and probably without a fruit cake as many brides are opting out of this.

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I would have candy centre pieces where people could help themselves with lots and lots of props. I am looking to renew my vows just so i can design my reception with all the ideas I have floating around my head as it is constantly filled with candy canes, cakes and all things nice!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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I would love to make a cake for Elton John (can you imagine the cake he would have)!  I would make him a huge white whimsical cake, with wired butterflies coming out of simple white roses… but HUGE!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Greyeye Photography

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My cakes start at £280 for a simple three tier sponge cake although prices depend on the style of cake and details.  Brides should place their order within three months of their wedding, although some people place their booking earlier and decide on the style of cake at a later date.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Cat Hepple Photography

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People can get in touch with me by visiting www.thewhimsicalcakecompany.co.uk, by telephone on 07515 941 541or by emailing skye@thewhimsicalcakecompany.co.uk

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The Whimsical Cake Company is also on Facebook and I am constantly updating my page with images.

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All together now:  nom nom nom nommmm!

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  – Images © 2011 Cat Hepple Photography and Greyeye Photography as tagged

The Whimsical Cake Company is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

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Candy Kisses! #BUNtweetup Yorkshire: The Details

September 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Now, when I started tinkering with blogging way back when – a long time before the wedding blog finally went live in November of last year – I never dreamed that one day I would be hosting a networking event for nearly 100 of Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry professionals.  Hell, even when I announced my plans for a “ Tweet Up” back in June, I was still envisaging me and about ten other lost souls down the local pub.

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But my little wedding blog has grown in popularity and profile just a bit since then (thank you for reading!) and as these things have a tendency to snowball: one small event became three larger regional events.  Before I knew it I had a HUGE guest list, a very long waiting list and three rather big events supported by a national bridal glossy – the wonderful Wedding Ideas Magazine – to organise.  Yorkshire was the biggest of the lot.  No pressure then.  Time to call in the professionals.

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After a bit of a lie down and a few deep breaths, I put together my team of #BUNtweetup Yorkshire helpers.  These talented bunch are absolute stars and I would recommend them time and time again to brides looking for great suppliers for your wedding. They are friendly, patient, kind, enthusiastic, creative, professional and above all big time fabulous at what they do. 

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They know who they are.  But I want YOU to know who they are.  Huge HUGE thanks to:

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Dine Services at The Mansion (stunning venue with attentive, slick and professional service); the beautiful, organised, calming and outright fab Katie from Perfect Days Vintage; the gorgeous and very very cool Jo from Vintage Twee; lovely lovely Lynne from Stems Design – an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic florist who decided that an orchid centrepiece just wasn’t good enough – we needed a tree (!); creative cake lady Skye from The Whimsical Cake Company (who made some teeny tiny white rose cupcakes and some very moreish pink cake pops); the fabulous girls at Fancie who branded my scrumptious Brides Up North cakes to the max; the amazing Andy Garfitt and Matt Tordoff of Greyeye Photography who constantly have me in stitches (book them now!); the super cool dreambooth – have a go, you’ll love it!; an amazing string quartet The Dotted Crotchets who rock pop songs better than Katy Perry hersef; the super fun Sean Elliott Photography with his chalk board of one liners; Andrea from the online treasure trove And All Things Nice; Sheree at Cute Maps for, well, making the maps cute; fantastic sport Forever Film on cameras (Spielberg better watch out for this Steven) and the super talented Helen at who designed my kick ass goody bags. 

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And I LOVE them.  Each and every one. 

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Wedding industry hobnobbing is all very well and good, but since this bridal blog is first and foremost for YOU, the real life Brides Up North planning your own wedding, I thought it might be nice to share some of the detail shots in a special blog post before I post all the pictures of the event itself.  After all, these images could easily be part of a candy coloured wedding inspiration shoot.  I hope that you find some ideas here for your own big day.  Any questions at all, or if you simply want to be put in touch with the suppliers who made this all happen (I have a burgeoning little black book of bridal contacts and I am at your service) – you know where to find me.

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Enjoy the delicious details.  Try not to lick the screen!

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Poptastic! Supplier Showcase: Popits Cake Pops

May 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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These little lollipops are proving to be the next big thing in wedding favours.  Today, Brides Up North chats to another fabulous cake pop creator, Featured Supplier, Popits Cake Pops

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How did Popits Cake Pops begin?

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I love home baking and whilst looking for ideas on cake web sites, I came across an American site and I loved the idea of cake pops. These were new and the possibilities were endless and following extensive research and with the support and encouragement from my wonderful husband and family Popits Cake Pops was born.

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What is your background?

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My education and professional experience started out in photography and art – designing cakes is an art that I enjoy very much.

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I am a Wife and Mother of two with a creative eye and 12 years’ experience in cake decorating and nothing makes me happier than creating new designs and sharing my creations. I am known for my creativity and my work is my passion. I listen to my clients’ choices, show samples of previous work and offer ideas to compliment their interests.  I always deliver what I promise.

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Where is Popits Cake Pops based?

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I am currently based from home, but my ambition is to open my own unit. I can deliver throughout the United Kingdom.

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What type of cake pops can you make? 

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At Popits Cake Pops we specialise in novelty cakes which can be designed to compliment any theme or event. They are simple but delicious bespoke tiny truffles of moist chocolate cake dipped into melted chocolate and garnished with a variety of sprinkles or drizzled with chocolate and packaged in individual cellophane wrapping and tied with a ribbon on a stick. They are fun, fashionable and ideal for people who want to make a unique statement, whilst at the same time satisfy a range of tastes. I love hearing about new ideas so if you have an idea that you don’t see on my site, just give me a call. My ultimate goal is to design cakes that are beautiful to look at and delicious to taste.

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Which is your favourite Popits Cake Pops design?

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My favourite design is a marble effect – it is eye catching and classically ageless – perfect for any theme.

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What celebrity’s wedding would you like to make cake pops for and why?

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I would love to make cake pops for Holly Willoughby. I could incorporate classic romance with modern contemporary as she epitomizes today’s modern woman. She is feminine, sexy and so on trend. I would do trendy monochrome and vibrant block colours to compliment her personality.

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What sort of cake pops would you have made for the Royal Wedding?

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I would have done sophisticated White Shimmer cake pops with hand painted entwined initials. For the fun aspect, I would have done Brit Pops – these proved very popular at a recent Wedding Fayre.

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Have you made any really unusual cake pops?

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My most unusual order was for an Elvis themed event. I had to make Elvis’ head with his trademark black quiff, the outcome was amazing. 

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How far in advance should Brides Up North place their order?

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Orders up to 100: 2 weeks’ notice

Orders greater than 100: 3 weeks’ notice

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Can you give me an idea on price?

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£2.00 to £2.50 per cake pop – discounts are available on orders greater than 100.

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Why should a Bride chose cake pops rather than a traditional wedding cake?

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You can have individual bespoke heavenly treats of your dreams on a small budget and with less cake to throw out. They are ideal for those who are mindful of what they eat as these guilt free little cake pops only last a bite or two – no one can resist them.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you?

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I invite brides to browse the many cakes I have designed for ideas in coming up with your own design.  Should you have any questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can pre-order your cake pops at www.popitscakepops.co.uk or email jljoyce@blueyonder.co.uk

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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It is a great way of finding information on wedding services in my area and has enabled me to support local businesses and suppliers. I have a friend getting married in May and Brides Up North has given us ideas for her wedding day. I especially like the section on real weddings.

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