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Candlelit winter wedding at Cowdray House

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

I was very fortunate to kickstart 2023 with the most magical winters wedding for Diana & Nick at Cowdray House in Midhurst. On a beautiful January morning, I arrived at Cowdray to the familiar buzz of a wedding day and set to work on creating a beautiful display of their 3 tier buttercream wedding cake.

As I was setting up in Buck Hall, it was lovely to hear the excited conversations of the wedding guests, who had arrived from overseas and were staying at Cowdray House. My husband is South African, so I immediately picked up on the accent of Nick's family. We had a great chat and exchanged stories which was lovely.

Vintage roses & modern dried flowers were used to decorate the 3 tier buttercream wedding cake at Cowdray House

A very special part of my morning was meeting the bride and groom as I set up their cake. I usually don’t see most couples on their wedding day, so it made me really happy to watch Nick & Diana’s faces as they got their first glance of their bespoke wedding cake. They were overjoyed with it, as was I. "It's just what we wanted" they gasped.

Winter candlelit wedding at Cowdray House
The stunning candlelit ceremony

Diana had arranged a really beautiful selection of flowers for the wedding cake, from Charity Florist. Warm tones of pink and red gave a romantic vintage feel, whilst the dried grasses kept it modern… I must say, the florals were very on trend! The same arrangements were used all around the venue and were cleverly arranged amongst the antiques, around the fireplace and on the dining tables, to give a really cohesive design.

With a late afternoon ceremony, after the sun had set, Diana and Nick created an enchanting feel to their wedding. Their vows were exchanged by candlelight, which really made the most of the deep orange of Buck Hall in Cowdray House.

Candlelit wedding breakfast at Cowdray House
Candelabras created a romantic feel

For the wedding breakfast, long dining tables were again covered with lots of candles including elegant candelabras to add height and drama, all of which created a warm and inviting atmosphere for the delicious meal served by Jacaranda (another of the wonderful wedding suppliers based locally to me in Midhurst).

After the wedding breakfast (and a quick outfit change), the day continued with glitter face painting, laughing, endless fun & lots of dancing. At this point the cake was cut in style, with a ceremonial sword, before being cut into finger portions for the guests to enjoy late into the evening. I love it when couples have fun with the cake cutting - it often marks the start of the evening reception, so really is a time to be enjoyed.

Diana & Nick picked a lovely choice of flavours for their wedding cake – my signature Rich Chocolate cake with Biscoff buttercream, my best-selling Sticky Toffee Pudding cake with salted caramel buttercream, and a lovely Zesty Lemon cake with lemon curd & fresh lemon buttercream. It was a delicious combination of rich indulgent flavours, alongside the citrusy lemon for guests who prefer a lighter taste. I always encourage my couples to choose a different flavour for each tier, so that you can enjoy a choice on the day.

3 tier buttercream wedding cake at Cowdray House in Midhurst, West Sussex for a winter wedding
What a fun cake cutting photo!

It was such a honour to be part of this truly magical wedding and to know that my cake added some fun and magic to such a special day. As the recommended wedding cake designer for Cowdray House and The Walled Garden at Cowdray, it was great to work with their wonderful team of trusted suppliers again.

If you would love to find out more about designing your own beautiful wedding cake, please get in touch as I would love to hear from you.

Regan xxx

Diana & Nick's words….

“We ordered a cake through Wiggle Cakes for our wedding at Cowdray House, in Midhurst, West Sussex. It was absolutely delicious! We went for a 3 tier semi-naked cake. As we were abroad in the lead up to the wedding we were unable to do a tastings beforehand, but Regan guided us through the process and made recommendations of which flavours worked best to get the outcome that we wanted. She was always very quick at responding to emails and the fact that she is based in Midhurst and has worked at the venue before meant she was easily able to do the cake drop off and last few bits of assembly, including decorating the cake with flowers provided by our florist. The cake kept us all going as we partied into the small hours and the last pieces that we took home with us were still tasting good about a week later. We couldn't recommend Wiggle Cakes highly enough!”


Wedding cake: Wiggle Cakes

Photographer: Stephanie & Nicole

Florist: Charity Florist

Caterer: Jacaranda

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This looks like everything a winter wedding should be. Absolutely stunning. How lovely to read a blog of the overall wedding ambience and to see how much care and effort has gone in to making this magical occasion. Really special. The wedding cake looks amazing as ever.

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It was absolutely beautiful and everything was so well thought through. The photos are simply magical - the lighting is unreal!

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