Elegant Buttercream Cake for Somerley House Wedding

17 November 2023
4 tier buttercream wedding cake at Somerley House featured on Brides blog

It is with the utmost joy that I write this blog post about Tito and Evan’s exquisite wedding that took place in May earlier this year. It was held at the beautiful stately home of Somerley House (at which I am now honoured to be a recommended supplier) which is in Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. I grew up in the New Forest, so it’s always a treat to be able to return to my old stomping ground and the countryside there is like nowhere else in the UK. 

Tito and Evan chose to have a wedding that celebrated both of their culture and heritage – they incorporated Nigerian Yoruba traditions with quintessential English details into their multicultural celebration. When they first got in touch, the enquiry form contained adjectives about their wedding vision and aesthetics that excited me so much! I’ll share them here so you’ll understand what I mean:

Wedding theme: Modern, regency, rococo, soft romantic with a dash of whimsy. Think of warm, soft, intimate vibes with meadow florals and wildflowers; twinkling candles and soft warm lighting. Tito explained that she adored both the movie “Emma” (2020) and Shona Rhimes’ Bridgerton and was very much drawing inspiration from the visuals on both of those productions. You’ll be able to see from the photos that Tito’s vision was truly brought to life by their incredible wedding team. Assumpta, their wedding and event planner, was integral to their dream wedding becoming a reality but all in all in really was a wonderful team and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it. Brittany, their photographer, has captured all the magic and all the beauty.

This month, the team received the wonderful news that Tito and Evan’s wedding was being featured on Brides.com wedding blog – so actually if you want to read about every single little detail, Brides.com have shared a comprehensive account of their wedding journey.

So while I’m here, let me tell you a little more about their cake. Well, one of my main responsibilities with their cake was that it was nut-free as due to Evan’s allergy to nuts, having a wedding cake that he could safely eat was of the utmost importance. So first and foremost, as their wedding cake designer, ensuring that Evan felt confident and comfortable to eat his wedding cake on his wedding day was my main priority. And of course to make it all as delicious as possible in their favourite flavours which included carrot cake and lemon cake. When it came to the aesthetics of the cake, they wanted a cake that conveyed a feeling of ‘playful elegance’ and ‘dreamy indulgence’. These were phrases that came up in our design consultation and were also reflected in other parts of their wedding through their fresh flowers and wedding tablescape. Tito and Evan gave me creative freedom to design their showstopper cake. I wanted to complement their colour palette and I made edible rice paper sails in shimmering glacé pastel colours to decorate their 4 tier buttercream cake. I knew their cake would be taking centre stage in the Picture Gallery and I wanted it to be impactful and so I placed the rice paper sails in the cake to bring a feeling of movement, to give the feeling that the cake itself was almost dancing and joining in with the celebrations.

I don’t often get to see my couples on their wedding day but not only did I get to see them but I also got to see them experiencing their first look at the cake and the wedding tablescape. Tito’s squeals of joy and their grinning faces said it all – you can catch a glimpse from Assumpta’s Instagram Reel. 

Every space, be it indoors or out was thoughtfully designed and curated, it truly was an immersive wedding design and I hope it brings you much appreciation and inspiration. 

Before I finish up this post, I also wanted to share the kind feedback that Tito and Evan gave me after their wedding. They are a couple that I’ve got to know and adore through this planning process and I do miss our cake chats!

“Vaani created our wedding “cake of dreams”. It was everything we hoped it would be and more! From the moment we reached out to her, Vaani was such a gem. She listened to our vision, really tried to understand what we liked and worked her magic to create the most gorgeous and delicious cake.

We also mentioned needing the cake to be free of nuts and peanuts due to allergies and she was able to do this which meant everyone could enjoy the cake without worrying! We gave Vaani full creative freedom and she absolutely blew us away with the final cake. Our guests couldn’t stop the compliments either on both the taste and look.

Thank you Vaani, for your warm collaboration both in the lead up to the wedding and for delivering such a gorgeous final product for us.” 

Bride and groom | multicultural fusion wedding at Somerley House Hampshire UK
Bride and groom from multicultural wedding in traditional Nigerian aso oke outfits at Somerley House Hampshire UK

Lastly, if you would like to see a teaser of their wedding film, you can take a look on Assumpta’s Instagram

Wedding team:

Wedding Planner / Stylist: Ave Creations

Venue: Somerley House

Floral Designer: Bud Flora

Photographer: Brittany Painter Photography

Cake Designer: Sugar Plum Bakes 

Celebrant: Jennifer Patrice

Videographer Little Moments

Stationery: Dimitria Jordan

Caterer: Ginger Catering Company

MC: Folly Fresh

Live Illustrator: Lissie Art

Strings: Quattro String Quartet

Bridal designer: Fran Rios

Hair Stylist: Lizz Davies

Bride’s MUA: Slayed by Miks

Groom’s Outfit: Edit Suits

Nigerian Outfits: Bolams Aso Oke