by Charlene Russell, Terre et Lune Cake Design.

We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Charlene from Terre et Lune Cake design, one of our recommended suppliers for Tythe, Charlene has been to the barn a few times over the years with her beautiful and bespoke creations and we are thrilled to be able to share a little insight into some of her incredible designs and how an alternative wedding cake could be the perfect fit for your rustic barn wedding! There’s something for everyone here – over to Charlene…

Think of a barn wedding and you automatically think rustic, relaxed and imperfectly perfect. Wooden beams, stone walls, aged leather and roaring fires all conjure up a feel of warmth, cosiness and all-round hygge that tends to set the tone for your wedding styling and, whilst a barn wedding is generally considered to be an informal affair, that’s not to say that it can’t be luxurious.

As trends evolve, rustic wedding styling is moving towards more elaborate staging with showstopping floral installations, opulent table settings, carefully considered finishing touches and tuxedos and couture gowns, taking barn weddings from the cow shed to the Country Club!

When it comes to wedding cakes, the ever-popular semi-naked cake is still a favourite for rustic weddings but, as couples feel more inclined to make their special day personal and unique, there has been a move towards cake designs that complement more formal and luxe styling and showcase something different.

With that in mind, here are some alternative wedding cake ideas that still fit with the rustic nature of a barn setting yet bring a sense of artistry and style that will elevate your wedding cake from pretty to pretty darn amazing…

1. Rustic Florals

Encapsulating all the warmth of an autumn colour palette, this colourful duo is dramatic yet informal with a loose arrangement of wafer paper florals and foliage. The hand-painted watercolour effect softens the look giving the designs an antique, aged feel whilst the clear acrylic tier on the main cake coupled with a matching cake stand adds a contemporary touch.

(Images by Suzy Elizabeth Photography)

2. Scandi-inspired Neutrals

A neutral colour palette has become ever-more popular as the trend for a pared down, modern Scandi look has hit the wedding Pinterest boards. Although the colours are muted, the textured finish and swirl of petals adds movement and interest to this elegant and sophisticated design.

(Images by Suzy Elizabeth Photography)

3. Inspired by Nature

As most barn venues are nestled within the countryside, it only makes sense that you would bring the outside in and use nature as inspiration for your wedding styling. Using a deep forest green for this hand-painted marble effect cake and an unstructured arrangement of wafer paper florals makes this cake look as if it’s part of the scenery.

(Images by Poppy Carter Photography)

4. Understated Elegance

This design embraces a lighter colour palette for the spring and summer months, bringing in the light with a delicate hand-painted finish in blush and soft green watercolour and decorated with a cascade of handmade wafer paper Honesty (or Lunaria) that filters the light so perfectly.

(Images by Suzy Elizabeth Photography)

5. Something Blue

A celestial-inspired design that delivers on colour without being too bold. The wafer paper leaf cascades represent the hands of the couple reaching out, almost touching finger tips, across a starlit sky – so poetic! This design can be replicated in any colour-way and really makes a beautiful statement cake that can’t be ignored.

(Images by Poppy Carter Photography)

6. The Showstopper

If you really want to wow your guests, then this Dutch Masters still life inpired cake will have your guests wondering if it’s a vase of flowers or a real cake. This display of handmade wafer paper florals and hand-carved antique gold vase is a real showstopper that you won’t want to cut! If your rustic vibe is vintage and antique then this would fit in perfectly.

(Images by Nicola Dawson Photography)

About Terre et Lune Cake Design

Charlene Russell, the face behind Terre et Lune Cake Design, creates luxury bespoke wedding cakes for the creatively adventurous.  

Located on the leafy Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border, Charlene is passionate about the art of cake and delivering on exceptional flavour. Her speciality lies in hand-painted watercolour cakes and hand crafted wafer paper flowers, combining cake artistry with thoughtful design to produce distinctive and elegant centre-pieces that are uniquely made for you.

Email: [email protected]

Call: 07518 800529

Website: Terre et Lune Cake Design

Instagram: @terreetlunecakedesign

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