Photoshoot at Upcote Barn πŸ’πŸ‘°πŸ½

Last week, I had the pleasure of working on a wedding photoshoot at the beautiful venue of Upcote Barn with an amazing list of other local Cotswold suppliers (please find at the end of article). Luckily, we had beautiful weather and it was the perfect setting for what we wanted. 
As you can see, the colour scheme that we all worked to was, burgundies, reds, whites and pops of yellows, greens and oranges. Because it was such a sunny, luscious day, this looks perfect for a summer wedding, but we were going for more of an Autumnal feel. All images are courtesy of the incredible Ben from Blooming Photography....

And here is the stationery that I designed specifically for the day... which will soon be available on the website as part of a new customisable range of luxe designs : The Foil Collection. The gold leaf illustration is the focal point of this design, reflective of foliage, elegance and decadence...

And the Wonderful Supplier List

Venue: The Barn at Upcote
Flowers: Aqua Flowers
Photography: Blooming Photography
Cake: Cake Daydreams
Dress: The Cotswold Frock Shop
Props/ Decoration: Every Event Hire
Make Up: Debbie Mac
Stationery: Retro Press

Wedding Signage for the Big Day πŸ‘°πŸ½πŸ€΅πŸΌ

Here at Retro Press, it's not all about the wedding invitations, but actually every little aspect of the Big Day itself. I often get asked if I can create little signs to accompany all the added extras that couples have on their wedding day... and the answer is yes of course! Whether it's a sign for your polaroid camera, bubbly bar or coffee station, we can do anything tailored to you. This means that you don't have to order generic ones online, but you can still have these designed to match your theme and style of your wedding. Here are some recent signs that I did for a lovely couple....
Please do get in touch for more details, I'd love to help.

Illustrated Order of the Day Wedding Sign

Signage for the Big Day itself is as important as all the other aspects of your stationery - it's in these little details that your guests will be WOWED by...! An Order of the Day sign is great for so many reasons:

- Your guests love to know what's going on (and how to pace themselves!)
- It sets the tone for the day
- It creates an air of excitement
- It's something that is really unique to you and your Big Day
- It's something that you can keep and cherish afterwards

I recently had the pleasure in designing and creating a bespoke Order of the Day sign in which I hand painted every illustration and created a timeline of events. The font and style of the sign is all in keeping with couple's other stationery (table cards, order of service booklets, place names etc). It's been printed onto foam board, thus can be free standing on an easel (you could also do something similar but have it framed instead). 

Please do get in touch if you would like something unique created for your Order of the Day.

Rustic Day Stationery from the Tailored Collection

I often get asked if there is Day stationery to accompany the the Tailored Collection designs... And the answer is yes! So that includes everything from the Order of Services, the Table Plan, the Place Name cards, Table Cards, Signage, Menus and anything else you can think of. I feel like it's sometimes hard to envision your invitation design translated into these stationery items so I thought I'd dedicate a post to it, focusing on just one of the designs from the Collection; The Blue Thistle invitation.

The invitation design was inspired by the wonderful rustic wedding theme. But I wanted to create something that was rather elegant and something a bit different to the normal idea of "rustic". Printed on beautiful brown kraft card, this design is quite simple yet bold, luxurious and sets the tone for a barn type wedding. There is the option to have it printed on a white card or even a different coloured background, which changes the tone completely.... It's amazing how much the paper stock makes a difference the overall style and vibe. Have a look at the Invitation and Save the Date suite below....

And now for the Day Stationery items... These are from a couple that recently got married at the stunning Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. As you can see, they decided to go for Order of Service booklets, name place cards, table cards and they also had a table plan too (waiting for photos of this).... Everything is in keeping with each other which makes such a big impression on the Big Day itself. It's that attention to detail that leaves your guests WOWED!

Please do get in touch for more information, samples or even just a chat!

Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Art Deco as a theme for your wedding day is one that will never date... Everything about it is classy, stylish and there are so many ways that you can make it unique to you. I personally love all the dark, moody, rich colours that are associated with the Art Deco period, along with the structured, geometric shapes, patterns and beautiful textures. There are a lot of decadent features, lavish golds and it just screams luxury, elegance and extravagance!

Here are just a few inspirational images I have pinned on my Art Deco Pinterest board to get you thinking...

And here is a very recent Bespoke Save the Date card that I have designed and printed for a couple. The background is a marble wash of navy blue, with certain shapes darker than others, which really helps to create depth and texture. All the gold you see in these have been foiled to give that added WOW factor. The gold foil is amazing when it catches certain lights and it's a definitely a luxury finish that your guests are going to be impressed with. This design is totally unique to Derynn & George and I am just so so excited to create their invitations.

Art Deco Save the Date

If you're thinking of going for an Art Deco themed wedding, then please do get in touch to discuss your ideas... I just love it!

First Birthday Invitations πŸ’•

Here at Retro Press, it's not just about wedding stationery... It's everything; party invitations, Christening invitations, Anniversary prints, Christmas cards... You name it, I do it! And that's what I love about my job- everyday there's something new and different to design, a new client or couple to meet (whether on the phone or in person) and I embrace it all!
I recently had the pleasure of designing some First Birthday Invitations for a couple who in fact I had worked closely with on their wedding invitations from 2 years ago. The theme was gold and baby pink, to be fun but stylish (of course).
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First Birthday Invitations

If you have something special in mind, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'd love to hear your ideas!

Order Of Services for the Big Day πŸ’

Gone are the days of boring, flimsy, poor quality Order of Service...  Over the years, I have designed and created many different types of Order of Services. I get asked so many different questions about these stationery items and I find that many of my couples struggle to bring these together. My job, as with all the other stationery, is to make it as painless a process as possible, whilst of course, making them perfect for you. 

The kinds of things you need to consider when it comes to ordering your Order of Service are:
- Do you want them to be in the same design and style as your invitations? So the same colours, motifs, patterns, gold foiling, paper stock etc.
- How much information are you going to have in them? Are they simply going to be timelines of the day or are they going to contain all the hymns, readings, etc.
- Do you want to provide your guests with one per couple or one per person? 

There are basically 3 different formats to choose from with Orders of Service and heres a little breakdown for you; 

  • A card, either A6 or A5 size. Single or double sided, depending upon how much information you need on them. This option is definitely one for couples that don't have much information to go on them in general. 
  • Folded card; a 4 page booklet. Again, I would suggest to go for this style if you don't have an abundance of information to go on them.
  • An 8 page Booklet; which I find is the most popular option. With this style, you have an outer cover, which can be printed on all sides and then an insert sheet which is stapled in. These are great for when there is a lot of information- like having the hymns written out etc.

In terms of design, as ever, there are so many options, but I feel like I can put them into 'categories' for you:

  • Most of my couples usually carry on their design from their invites to their Orders of Service, so including a motif, the same fonts, colours and overall vibe.
  • Others like to include a sketch of the Church/ venue that they are getting married in.
  • And sometimes, people want to go more traditional with them and keep them quite simple- so no patterns or illustrations.

At the end of the day, it's up to you. It's a personal preference. But these are so important to get right because your guests will naturally keep hold of them as a momento of your Big Day. Have a look below at just a selection of past Orders... Please do get in touch if you have any questions and need any help with sorting yours out.

Order of Service Cards

Brown Kraft Order of Service Booklets

Order of Service Booklet with Church Illustrations

Traditional Order of Service Booklets

Themed Order of Service Booklets

Additional Luxury Wedding Stationery Embellishments ❀️

Do you get as excited about your wedding stationery as you do about your flowers, cake or even dress?! ... If you do, then adding luxury extras to your invitations or day stationery is going to be unavoidable!
Your invitations are going to be the first little insight that your guests have into your wedding. You want to set the tone and make sure that they know what kind of day to expect. Whether it's a rustic, country, elegant, urban or Indian wedding, it's important that your invites match up to the same vibe that you're going for.
There are just so many things that you can add to your invitations to make them personalised and unique to you and I often get asked about the possibilities here at Retro Press... Well they are endless and I am constantly adding new things to the list of things that I can do/ offer! Thus, I thought it might be useful however to highlight some of these things, so I have created a new page on the website especially dedicated to these luxury embellishments. The list on here at the moment:

  • Foiling
  • Blind Debossing
  • Addressed Envelopes
  • Individually printed Guest names on your invites
  • Personalised Wax Stamps
  • Hand Torn Edging
  • Belly Bands
  • Envelope Liners
  • Bull Dog Clips

You can have a read in detail about of all of these stylish, bespoke additions on the website, but here's a quick look to get you inspired...

Bespoke Wedding Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn 🌿

I am absolutely elated to be now affiliated with the beautiful Cotswold wedding venue, Lapstone Barn. Situated close to Broadway and other neighbouring villages such as Chipping Campden, it's the perfect location for a perfect countryside wedding.

Upon visiting Lapstone, I had a clear vision of what kind of wedding invitation I was going to design for them... I was blown away by the vast, luscious green views that surrounded the barn and I wanted to capture this within the invitation. The other striking thing that hit me about this venue was that it had an air of elegance and sophistication to it, more like a stately home rather than a rustic barn type feel. Again, I wanted to reflect this in the design.

Here's a little bit of 'behind the scenes' / process shots for you...

So as you can see, I have used a few different processes to create these; the first being the hand painted watercolour element. I wanted to capture the landscape with this watercolour wash and also make it personalised to the barn by recreating their motif. The second is hot foiling; I wanted to add a bit of 'sparkle' to the invites and I wanted to illustrate the beautiful fairy lights that run down their function room. The foiled element of the invitations can be in any colour, as can the watercolour wash- it's important to reflect YOUR Big Day, so I do always suggest having the splashes of your chosen colour scheme within your invitations.

Here is the final bespoke design I came up for the Barn... If you like what you see, please do get in touch to discuss your options. I would also highly recommend giving Lapstone a visit if you haven't already- you'll fall in love with the place as much as I did!

Lapstone Barn Bespoke Invitation
Bespoke Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn

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Save the Date 2019 Weddings πŸ’

At the moment here at Retro Press, I'm juggling lots of work, from on the day stationery items for couples getting married this summer, invitations for couples getting married from October onwards (so lots of Christmas invites in action) and Save the Date's for couples getting married in 2019.

Tips & Inside Knowledge 

- With your Save the Date cards, I would recommend sending them out between 8-12 months before the Big Day itself. This gives your guests plenty of time to book the time off work and most importantly keep your date free!

- Don't give too much info away on your Save the Dates- leave the venue as a nice surprise for when they receive their invitations. Keep them simple... So all you need on them is: Your Names (obviously!), Date, Location (The Cotswolds for instance) and then "Formal invitation to follow" (or words to that affect)- so that they don't panic about not having all the details! 

- If you're struggling to decide on what style you want your Save the Date's to be- in terms of colours, etc- I would say go for something more neutral. This way, you haven't restricted your options when it comes to your invitations.

- Which leads me nicely on to my next point... Do the Save the Dates have to match your invitations? In short, no! I mean, it's always nice if the theme of your wedding starts with your Save the Dates, but it's really not essential. As long as they are along the same tone and vibe, it's totally ok if you've had a change of heart when it comes to your invites... I would say that it's more important that your day stationery and invitations are in keeping (in terms of colours etc).

Styles

As with invitations, there are so many different styles of Save the Dates that you can go for. I have a few different ranges on my website, in which you can adapt to suit you. However, if non of them take your fancy, we can also go totally bespoke... Anything is possible!

LUXE Save the Dates

This is a collection designed for pure luxury. The watercolour wash in the background is adapted to your colour scheme- alternatively, you can have a 'clean' background. The Save the Date is foiled- which comes in a huge variety of colours, ranging from gold to hot pink (it doesn't have to be a metallic). They are A7 in size and come with matching luxury white envelopes.

Tag Style Save the Dates

There are x10 different designs in this tag style of Save the Dates. You can either add twine or ribbon to them to give them a slightly different look and feel. They are A7 in size, so small and cute! These are great, especially if you are not dead set on a theme yet. You can adapt the colour of the text to your preferred choice.

The Tailored Collection Save the Dates

These Save the Dates all have matching Invitation and Day stationery suites. So, from the start to finish, you can have the same design (also available with the tags and luxe range). These are postcard size (A6) and come with envelopes. With the option to upgrade to foiling if you wish. As with all my designs, nothing is restricted.

Bespoke Save the Date cards

And if all else fails... Go bespoke! Go for something totally unique and something that you need to get made especially for you in order to match up with your wedding dreams and ideas. These cards that you see below were blind debossed (so no ink) which creates a lovely texture and feel to them. Each and every one has been lovingly hand printed to create this simple yet so very effective finish.

Perspex Wedding Signs πŸ’

Here at Retro Press, I am constantly working on new projects, designs and stationery items that will wow your guests! From your Save the Dates right through to the on the Day stationery, it's important to set the tone of your wedding. You want to entice your guests, keep them excited and love every single moment of your Big Day as much as you do yourselves.

I will keep this post short and sweet as the images speak for themselves... I have recently designed and created these screen printed signs on Perspex. Each sign tells a little story and just makes for something a bit different and unique. I cannot wait to see pictures of them in situ from the wedding itself! They scream elegance and help to create a stylish ambiance. 

I am potentially going to design some generic perspex signs to purchase, but if in the meantime, you are looking for something similar, don't hesitate to get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Customisable Wedding Invitations; The Tailored Collection πŸ’•

The Tailored Collection is a varying suite of invitations that I have designed in order to make life easy for you whilst at the same time, still being unique to you. At the moment, there are 5 very different designs, thus hopefully there is at least one that catches your eye.

I get asked lots of questions about The Tailored Collection, so I thought I would try and answer the most frequent ones in this blog post!

Think of these invitations as starting points. The colours, wording and paper stocks used are all changeable and this is how you make the design bespoke to you. This is a service in which I provide that is complimentary when ordering from this collection... If however, you wanted to add an element in, like a motif, a building, an illustration, etc, extra design charges are applicable (and it just depends upon what you want adding).

Other embellishments that you might want to add into your design / final invitations:

- Twine & tags
- Matching belly bands
- Foiling
- Matching envelope liners
- Bespoke stickers
- Bespoke Wax stamp
- Printed personalised names on your invitations

How to place an order:

This is dead easy but it's not computerised (which would take away from the personal service that I pride myself on). All you have to do is fill out a form on the Contact page and I will get back to you within 24 working hours. Once we have had a discussion about your invitations and you have sent me the wording that you require, I will create a digital proof and send it back to you for your approval. Once you are totally happy, payment is made and production begins. 

The usual timescale:

If you're ordering in good time (not in a rush), I would say it takes about 2-3 weeks to turn your invitations around... If however, (which seems to happen a lot), you are ordering last minute, the quickest turn around time is 1 week (7 working days).

Matching On the Day Stationery:

Lots of couples want their day stationery to match their invitations... Personally, I think it's a nice touch and something that your guests will notice and appreciate. You've set the tone with your invitations so it makes sense to carry it through to on the Big Day too. All of the Tailored Collection designs come with matching day stationery items, but as these bits seem to leave my studio straight away so I don't have much in terms of samples, but I do have a few images so fear not! The stationery items for on the wedding day is endless and I do it all:

- Orders of Service booklets/ cards
- Place Names
- Table Plan
- Table Name/ Number cards
- Welcome sign / signage
- Labels for favours
- Menus for the tables

Sample Service:

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to see any invitation samples- I send these out free of charge... And I do think it's always worth doing so if you've got the time- just so you can see the paper stock, quality, colours etc.

Consultation time:

I don't usually meet up with my clients for consultations for the Tailored Collection; there shouldn't be any need to. Most people order online and we communicate via email. If you want a phone consultation, that's not a problem at all. But I work with brides and grooms from all over the country, so it's not always easy to meet up, hence why ordering from this collection is easier than going for something totally bespoke.

So, to give you an idea of how one of the designs from the Collection can be altered, please see the images below; all of these started with the White Snapdragon (first image) as the selected design from the outset... 

As you can see, each invitation is bespoke to the couple- with some choosing to add a motif, some adding foil, the change of the colours etc. There are so many options, you just need to know how to explore them! Please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about your invitations, I'm always here to help.

Autumnal Wedding Invitations πŸ‚

If you're getting married in the Autumn of this year (so from September onwards), I would suggest that you need to get thinking about your wedding invitations (if you haven't already). It's definitely not too late, but from experience, I would recommend sending them out 2-3 months before the Big Day itself. At the moment, I am working on lots of invitations for this time of the year as well as all the day stationery for couples getting married in the summer. It's all go!

When it comes to your wedding invites, it's important to reflect the vibe, tone & theme of your wedding. So if you're having it in the Autumnal months, think of the colours: burgundy's, golds, bronzes, burnt oranges, maroons, navy's, coppers and also reds. I'm not saying that your invites can't be a blush rose (if that's the theme running throughout your wedding) for instance and actually I would highly recommend them to be if this is the styling for your Big Day. I'm also not implying that you need to have the iconic red and orange leaves on your invites just because you're getting married in October. Have a look at some past invitations I have created for around this time of year to give you some inspiration...

And if you're looking for some more inspiration for the Big Day itself, I have sieved through a lot of images on Pinterest and got a collation of some of my favourite styling ideas here... Please do get in touch with your ideas for your wedding stationery, be it invitations or on the day stationery, I cannot wait to hear from you!

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn πŸŒΏπŸ’

There's nothing better than receiving the official photographs from a wedding that you've been so involved in... I was very excited about these ones in particular as I had worked closely with the couple from the start (on their invitations) and then I went onto create their unique stationery for the Big Day itself. I just LOVE seeing how everything comes together- it's like a jigsaw puzzle and the stationery being one of the many pieces that helps make this day so special. 
Lisa & Ben came to me about a year ago with their styling ideas and dreams of what they envisioned their wedding to be like... They had already secured their date & venue; the beautiful Cripps Barn, located in the heart of the Cotswolds... So luxe rustic was the vibe; think, foliage, lots of greenery, brown kraft, ("strictly no bunting"), whites, creams and just stylish all over! I couldn't wait to get started! Oh and, they also have a miniature dachshund in which they wanted to feature on the invitations... so here they are to show you where we started our journey...

And now for the pics you've been waiting for... Photographed by the talented Adam Drake...

How amazing?! Everything looks just perfect and I am so happy to have been a part of it all. Now, here are some photo's of the wedding stationery that I created for this wonderful couple. I designed everything in keeping with their invitations, so everything is on brown kraft card and everything has the same feel and look as the invites did. The Table Plan and Order of the Day sign are both laser engraved on wood, so just enhancing the rustic tones of the day, but in an elegant, beautiful way.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you, Lisa & Ben, it's been an absolute please working with you both and thanks for sharing your amazing wedding pics with us!! Please see who else helped make this day special with the list of suppliers below:

Venue: Cripps Barn
Wedding Dress: Sarah Elizabeth Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix Bridal
Flowers: Beth from Go Wild Flowers
Hair: The Burdes Nest
Makeup: Hayley Johnson (Hayley's Boutique)
Men's suits: Mos Bross
Photography: Adam Drake
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Business Stationery for Red Pig Coffee 🐽

Nothing says COFFEE like brown kraft cards... They just seem to go hand in hand with each other. Red Pig Coffee Roasters are a fabulous company based in the Cotswolds that supply rich, glorious coffee to well respected coffee joints all over the country. When they came to me for a little re-brand and help with both the designing and printing of some of their products, I could'nt wait to get my hands on it.
We agreed that foiling their stationery was the way forward. Giving everything a luxury feel to it but keeping it all very much 'earthy' and reflective of their products. 
I have very much enjoyed working with the team behind Red Pig and looking forward to some more exciting things to come! 
Please get in touch if you'd like help with your business stationery... there's a lot to be said for having creating the right tone with your stationery.

Business Stationery for Vanilla Pod Bakery πŸ°πŸ‘°πŸ½

I recently had the pleasure of working with Pia from Vanilla Pod Bakery. Everything about her brand, style and cake designs scream luxury; so we wanted to resemble this with all of her stationery too.

I designed her gold foiled stickers as well as her business cards; which are triple layered, with pink edging and hand printed gold foil. Having such prestigious business cards really does set you apart from anyone else. It's the first impression someone gets of your business, so it's important to set the right tone.

If you haven't yet thought about your wedding cake, then make sure you look at all the wonderful creations www.vanillapodbakery.com Not only are Pia's designs incredible, but the huge range of flavours that she creates are just filled with mouth watering goodness!

Lapstone Barn Wedding Venue πŸ’’

So I went to visit the beautiful new wedding venue that is Lapstone Barn last week. Based in Chipping Campden, surrounded by just the most idyllic, luscious green countryside; it makes for the most perfect Cotswold Wedding venue around.


The drive up to it, in itself, was super impressive and instantly, upon arrival, I fell in love with the place straight away. It's got a very cosy, warming vibe to it, with a very cute reception area before entering the most amazing space in which the ceremonies take place. They can take up to 200 seated guests, for the ceremony and for the evening- a much larger capacity than most other barn venues. The thing that struck me the most about this barn in particular, was the light; it was exceptionally light throughout, which again, is quite unusual for this type of venue. I especially loved the old milking parlour that is now the dining/ evening space- the industrial yet country feel to it makes it so unique, vast and different. It even has it's own very cool bar area, with comfy armchairs and a log inspired fireplace - a perfect place to let your party feet have a rest! There's a fantastic courtyard in the middle of the barn, in which they can hold outside ceremonies... Amazing!!


If you haven't yet been to Lapstone to have a visit, you need to get up there! The team that run it are great, so very helpful and welcoming. I understand that dates are filling up fast, so you need to be quick! I'm very much looking forward to working with this venue in the near future and  have got some exciting things coming up... watch this space! If you have already booked and you are planning your wedding, please do get in touch about your stationery- let's make it all as dreamy as the venue πŸ’• Check out the website: www.lapstonebarn.co.uk

Brown Kraft Wedding Stationery πŸ·πŸ’•

The Brown Kraft Travel Tag is definitely one of my favourite styles of invitations. It's different, unique and enhances the rustic feel to your wedding. The design is unrestricted in the sense that you can go for something very modern (as in this post) or very traditional; the options are endless.

This blog post features the bespoke invitations for a couple who recently tied the knot along with their other on the day stationery items; their Place Names and Orders of Services. I also created their Table Plan and Table Numbers to match. 

Lyn & Tim were had their reception at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, so they wanted all of their stationery to be themed around the iconic old racing cars. As you can see, everything is in keeping and all looked wonderful! It's in the little touches of detail that make all the difference.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with your ideas for your invitations, I'm always excited to take on new challenges and new designs!

Wedding Fair at The Barn at Upcote πŸ’•

Taking part in The Upcote Wedding Fair is definitely a highlight of mine! The team that run the show and venue, Hannah, Jo & Andrew are just wonderful. They put on such a great event for all involved; suppliers and guests alike; there's so much to see, so many friendly faces and just a great atmosphere all round. I absolutely love it! 
It's a great opportunity, not only to showcase my work, but its also a chance to meet lots of excited newly engaged couples. I think it's important when providing such a personal service to try and meet my clients face to face- this isn't always possible, but I like to do so when I can.
If you haven't yet chosen your venue and you're looking to get married in the beautiful Cotswolds, in an idyllic setting, in a barn type venue, then look no further. Go and see Hannah and the team for a look around and I'm sure you'll fall in love with Upcote just as much as I did upon my first viewing.
Have a look at a few pics below, including Wedding Cakes from the wonderful Claire at Cake Daydreams along with Wedding Flowers from the marvellous Jo from Aqua Flowers.
Thanks for having us, already looking forward to the Autumn fair! xx

Business Stationery for Cake Daydreams πŸ°πŸ’•

When the wonderful Claire from Cake Daydreams approached me and wanted some "new business stationery goodness", I jumped at the opportunity at creating her new business cards, thank you cards and also menu cards for her amazing cakes. 

We decided to go for the luxury finish of foiling for the business cards; silver on a light blush pink and silver on a light grey. Instead of going for the standard size, Claire opted to go for square cards, which are a bit different and work very nicely with her logo. The Thank You cards and Menu cards are the same colour variants as the business cards, so everything matches beautifully. I designed everything in keeping and had lots of fun doing so!

If you haven't yet sourced your cake supplier for the Big Day, I can strongly recommend Claire from Cake Daydreams; her cake designs are second to non- she can create anything- the vast array of favours are just delicious and Claire provides an unrivalled professional, bespoke service mixed with a fun and honest approach. www.cakedaydreams.co.uk