The Sweetest Wedding Photography
The wedding cake is almost as essential as the bride and groom. This may be an exaggeration, but if you are only vaguely connected to the happy couple you want cake, cake is good, and the wedding cake is the best. Not only are you feeding the grumpy old uncle and giving him a sugar boost to get through his one and only dance, but you are also fulfilling a long-held tradition. There are the vows, the rings, the confetti, and then an impossibly large cake. All you need is that cherry on top – metaphorically speaking of course. A cherry on a wedding cake is apparently not so classy.
Wedding Cakes that have stunned
As a wedding photographer, you see a lot of cakes and get to taste a fair few too. The cake tends to represent the personality of the couple. There are those that are traditionalists and have the three white tiers and the little model of the wedding couple on top. We have heard how some couples have had these models made to look exactly like them, which is a lovely personal touch. It looks great in the wedding photographs too!
Then, there are those who are practical. The couple realises that cutting the cake is a chore no one wants on a wedding day. So, rather than a massive block of cake, they opt for a tower of cupcakes, one for each guest. There is usually a small cake for cutting, and then the bundles of taste are divided and devoured as a community.
The cakes that tend to make the biggest splash on wedding guests have an unusual twist. There may be a distinctive icing design that represents the love of the couple or some intricate sugar work. Sugar work is wonderful for your wedding photographer, as it adds delightful moments of light and texture that enhance your images. It is worth checking out Instagram for some wedding cake inspiration, as amateur photographers delight in showing off the perfect shots of the cake and cake cutting.
Wedding Venue Backdrop
As a professional wedding photographer, there is something more important than the taste of the wedding cake. Too often it is hidden off to the side or in a corner where it can go undamaged by raucous behaviour. However, the setting is all important for the best wedding photography. There needs to be plenty of light, preferably directly on the cake and the people around the cake. There also needs to be room to capture the reaction of the guests and tell the story of this fantastic moment.
When you meet with the wedding organiser at the site of your reception bring up the issue of the cake position. Make it clear that this is an essential centre-piece of your day and that it should be admired. You will have invested a lot of money on this cake and this moment, so it is important to check that you are going to get the most.
Brief your wedding photographer
The best wedding photographers will ask you to take them on a journey of your day. They will ask you to tell the story of what will happen when and the emotions you can imagine at this point. The timing and venue of the cake cutting should be part of this briefing.
You need to consider if you want it to be a touching intimate moment between husband and wife. If this is the case, then a little corner out the way with excellent lighting might just be the thing. You might want it to be a raucous celebration of over-indulgence – then centre-stage in the reception room, maybe with the cake brought out on a trolley. Then, it will be possible to capture the laughter and joyful reaction of the guests, as well as the moment between the couple.
In short, if you are going to commit to a delicious cake that took hours of care in design and cooking, make sure you plan how to make this moment momentous!