Six months today, on a beach in Barbados, I will be marrying my best friend and love of my life, my darling Tim Box.
I am so excited! The wedding planning so far has been fantastic. We’ve booked the wedding and honeymoon booked through Travel By Lesley at a Sandals resort in Barbados, my shoes, veil as well as fun stuff like the favours. I’ve been really enjoying the creative side of it all.
As we’re getting married abroad, just the two of us, we’ll be having a ‘Wedding After Party’ when we return at the beautiful Westenhanger Castle in Hythe, Kent.
The castle walls were built in around 1400 set in fourteen acres of wonderful Kentish countryside. Two manor houses stood on the site and merged in 1509. The castle was sold to Henry VIII and remained in crown property until 1585. Now privately owned and a popular wedding venue and conference centre. Sarah, who runs all of the events there is fantastic. Making sure all of your needs are met, answering any questions and making you feel at ease about all the organisation!
Now, my attention will turn to a sweet part of planning; the cake!
I will be making my own cake and as of yet I’m still not 100% on design, flavours or even how many tiers! I just know I want it to be fun and to reflect our personality. Our colours are light blue and white and the main theme is, quite aptly, ‘beach wedding’. This shells, sand and lovely shades of blue.
I’ve made quite a few wedding cakes over the years (check below for some of my favourites!) and I’m really excited to be making and decorating this very special one. I’m going to be making a lot of the decorations in advance so I have limited stress when I get back from Barbados! That’s the great thing about sugar decorations, they can be made well ahead of time as long as they are stored correctly. For decorations made from modelling paste, once they have completely dried, I keep them in a non-airtight box (so something like a card cake box) with a sheet of kitchen roll over the top. This keeps them clean and allows air to get them, keeping them firm. If you make decorations and put them in an air tight tupperware box, the sugar can start to sweat and go soft. Not what you need for your delicate decorations! For more about sugar and how to use it best, check out my article here.
I’ll be posting more about my wedding cake, hen party cake and general wedding planning over the next few months on my journey to becoming Mrs Britt Box!