Q & A with the lovely Gillian from The Little Cupcakery!
Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.
I am Gillian, a wife, a mum, a teacher and a wedding cake designer.…life is busy!! I started my business in the summer of 2012 when my friend Lucy persuaded me to make her wedding cupcakes! At first I made mini cupcakes but everyone kept asking if I would make them a cake and so eventually after a lot of practise and eating a lot of sample cake recipes, I launched my celebration and wedding cake collections.
What do you love most about your job?
All of it…apart from the washing up! I love the creative process. I love meeting brides and discussing their wedding and bringing it all together in cake form. I adore designing and baking wedding cakes and creating each and every little sugar flower that adorns the final display.
Is there a popular cake or does each bride want something different?
Generally brides want a cake that is going to appeal to all their guests. I offer a different flavour/tier and so often they get 3/4 choices of cake. My most popular would definitely be the Strawberry & Champagne-light and fresh and perfect after a wedding meal.
Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?
There is a wealth of information in magazine form, blogs and online. Pinterest is a great starting point to get ideas of the kind of design that you might like…and even the kind you don’t! But don’t worry if you cant decide-if you bring a few ideas to your consultation a good designer will be able to look and listen to your thoughts and suggest some ideas for you. Try starting here https://uk.pinterest.com/tlcni/
Have you any advice for brides on choosing their cake?
Choose something that you will enjoy and love to eat. It is your day and it is important that you love your cake! Don’t order a sugarpaste cake if you are one of those people who pick off the icing and leave it on the plate! There are other options such as chocolate ganache, a naked cake or buttercream. The choice is yours.
What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?
Definitely having all the people that we loved the most in the one room altogether! Waltzing with my Grandpa would have to be up there too-a memory that I will treasure forever.
How early should I book my cake?
You can never be too early-especially if you are having a summer wedding or a Saturday. Good cake designers will be booked up more than a year in advance. If there is someone in particular that you would like to design your cake get in touch and see if they are free. I take names and then a small deposit nearer the time to secure your date. Then we meet and chat over coffee and cake
How can brides get in touch?
Best way is via email at email@example.com or via message on
Photography credited to Paula O’Hara and Jonathan Ryder.
Ivory & Pearl Open Night 2015
I have had thee craziest week, Mum, Daisy and I went to London and it was the craziest, funniest trip I think I’ve ever had! Picture this.. my (poor) mum, me and my 7 month old baby, 2 suitcases, 2 handbags and a pram trooping up and down stairs, in the tube out of the tube, walking miles.. to meet new bridal designers.. if you think owning your own business is glamorous.. think again! Mum’s wondering when she’ll be able to get on my private jet and stay in the Ritz..
Then on Thursday I did a presentation to the University of Ulster Digital Marketing Class, a Sample Sale today annnddd our OPEN NIGHT on Tuesday!! So who is coming on Tuesday?? Only the best of course!!
The White Letter Wedding Stationery
(Recently rebranded 17twelve)
((NB: Stationery not Stationary, as Stationary is standing still))
Kerry is very talented, and creates amazing wedding invitations that are that little bit different! She is also giving away this cool print to the first 20 brides.. “Love is only a word until we brought it to Life” an extract from her husbands book! If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I’m tempted to walk out the door and back in again.. just to get one!! I only hear glowing reports from Kerry’s brides, so if you want to meet her… come on Tuesday night! Here’s a little peak at the free print.
The Little Cupcakery
Gillian, who actually came to set up her cakes today at the Sample Sale, and my mum (yes my mum also helps at sample sales, open nights.. you name it .. she’s there) came into the room where Gillian had left her cakes.. and said ” ‘WOW’ these are amazing”, and then said, “she could of brought us a cupcake!!” haha! However, fear not the first 20 brides will receive a cupcake in their goodie bag AND she has samples to taste (Phew!).
Rebekah’s veils are featured in my boutique, and her work is just amazing, she does Skype calls with brides around the world and posts her veils off to countries as far away as New Zealand! For brides looking for a veil, you need to go to Rebekah’s studio in Belfast. One of my brides veils was as long as Rebekah’s studio, so whatever you have in mind, Rebekah can make it!
Sharon recently went out on her own, after doing the merchandising for Avoca for years! If you’ve been in my boutique, the flower display above my units was created by Sharon. She makes brooch bouquets in any colour and any style, she can even use your own brooches or source ones for you! Check her out..
Grace & Saviour
I know lots of my brides have already asked if Grace, from Grace & Saviour is coming to my open night.. and she is! She is so creative, has a great eye and if I was getting married again (renewing my vows!!) Grace would be top of my list! You may have seen Grace’s work featured on One Fab Day or you may have read her column in Inspire magazine, Grace travels all around Ireland and is one of the very best wedding stylists, Ireland has to offer.
Tracey recently set up her Macaroon business and has already won “Winner of UK Great Taste Awards 2014” and “Winner of “Best New Business” – North Down Awards 2014. It’s going to be a taste sensation on Tuesday night, as Tracey also has some goodies for the goodie bags!!
Tippy and Gillian
Tippy (make up artist) and Gillian (hair stylist) have recently joined forces, so if you need a make up artist and hair stylist for your wedding day, Tippy and Gillian will be there to help! They’ll even be creating hair and doing the make up for our models on Tuesday, so you can see their work for yourself!
Kat Mervyn Photography
All you really need to do is look at this photo, to see how talented Kat is. If there’s one website you should visit for inspiration, it’s this one..
Well that’s me for now, sitting watching Dragon’s Den, before we meet our good friends new girlfriend!
See you Tuesday!
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