It’s almost Sneha and Mehul’s 2nd wedding anniversary, and I can’t believe I’m only sharing details here on my blog now about their stunning 2 day wedding at Euridge Manor! Their cake design really was a very special one – full of meaning and thought and care. The bride herself, Sneha, you may already know as she is the inspiring woman behind Paint Pots & Quills – Sneha is a full-time Doctor and started practicing the art of calligraphy as a means to finding relaxation away from her demanding job, which obviously became even more intense during 2020 with the pressure placed on frontline workers. Calligraphy became so important to her as a means to escape the stress and offered her the time to find calm and inner peace. Her passion for her creativity has led her to be interviewed in Harper’s Bazaar and also brought her the opportunity to be the on-site calligrapher at the AmFAR Gala 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival.
I myself had started following Sneha on Instagram after discovering her through a fellow wedding supplier and was drawn to her soothing and calming Instagram posts. She is so kind a caring and goes out of her way to support fellow creatives online and very quickly we struck up a friendship. But little did I know that soon after connecting with Sneha, that she and Mehul would commission me to make their wedding cake and Sneha had a particular idea in mind for their cake when she sought me out. She wished to incorporate her calligraphy into the cake, so we came up with the idea of her hand-calligraphed words being written on edible rice paper sails. There was a little trial and error as I had to craft the sails to provide a surface that she could write on, and also finding the right ink for an edible surface.
The end result was so beautiful and Sneha chose a shimmering ink that caught the light to inscribe words from their wedding vows on the sails. The cake itself was a marbled buttercream effect with just a touch of colour and edible gold accents as a nod to other elements in their wedding. The texture and the colours of the cake were created to complement the stone walls of Euridge Manor.
Here are some photos of the cake taken by Cristina Ilao who has captured the intricate details of the shimmering calligraphy as well as the texture of the marbled buttercream finish
The cake played only a small part in their epic 2 day wedding celebrations which included a civil ceremony as well as a Hindu wedding. Sneha and Mehul’s wedding had been postponed due to Covid and so when they finally got to have their celebrations – everything was all the more heartfelt. And knowing how much thought and consideration they’d put into their wedding, made me feel all the more grateful to be involved.
When Sneha and Mehul shared their words for a testimonial with me, I was beyond touched:
“Vaani was an absolute dream to work with. We had a slightly unique idea for our wedding cake, one which hadn’t been done before and Vaani was completely willing to experiment with us to deliver our vision from the very beginning. Not only is she an exceptional cake maker she is also the kindest, most humble human. Easily one of our favourite wedding suppliers. We got married during the pandemic and Vaani was accommodating, considerate and a shoulder to lean on if we needed. She went from being a supplier to a friend very quickly and we are very very lucky to have chosen her for our wedding.
The cake was delicious, complimented by many guests. We froze our top tier for our first anniversary and it was absolutely divine. Couldn’t recommend her enough, genuinely a very talented artisan and a truly wonderful human.”
Venue: Euridge Manor
Wedding Photography: Muse Motion Pictures
Bridesmaid sari draping @sari_services
Wedding Cake: Sugar Plum Bakes
Bride / Calligraphy: Paint Pots & Quills