Like the proverbial kids in a candy store, we’re massively excited to introduce the sublime creative talents of Caitlin Mitchell, Owner & Creative Decorator at A Little Cake Place. Her lavish designs range from gravity defying hanging cakes, to multi-tiered cakes that encompass styles from classically simple to the most intricate details. Whatever you’ve imagined, Caitlin can bring it to life in all it’s sweetness. The tag line “Haute Couture of Cakes” is certainly apt.
How Caitlin started in the wedding industry is, in itself, a romantic story that was inspired by the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’. Intrigued by an exquisite cupcake created by Kristen Wigg’s character, Annie, Caitlin enrolled in an introductory course and soon discovered her flair for cake decorating and design.
After starting out in 2012, A Little Cake Place was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards just one year later, and then, in 2015, was announced the winner in the Cake Design category.
We spoke with Caitlin about her experience with wedding couples and cakes, and how she never grows tired of the excitement of creating beautiful wedding cakes.
“My favourite part about creating a wedding cake for a couple is finding out about their wedding, all of the little details, such as the dress, bridesmaids dresses, colour scheme, flowers and so much more. Pulling it altogether and creating a unique design for that couple. There is always that personal touch in the designs then, sometimes exceptionally unique. I love being a part of it.”
Caitlin stays at the forefront of industry designs, and is constantly thinking outside the box, with new designs that combine traditional and current techniques.
The hardest challenge Caitlin has is when the couple doesn’t have a vision for their cake – “The cake is usually the last part of the wedding puzzle, and it is ideal for the other elements of the day to be determined first.”
“My most valuable piece of advice is; don’t get caught up on small details, relax and enjoy the day … and make sure a piece of cake is saved for you at the end of the night!”, said Caitlin.
With it’s central Brisbane location at City Hall, close to some exceptional bridal shopping opportunities and great eateries around Queen Street, the Ideal Bride expo could be the perfect place to get your besties together for some serious planning.
City Hall certainly is a spectacular venue, with it’s cavernous circular chamber lending elegance and old world sophistication to any event. The Ideal Bride team are always welcoming and have invested in state of the art technology to assist your planning, starting with tablet driven registration forms and scannable tickets to enable you to register interest with exhibitors.
There were a wide range of suppliers to choose from, and a real mix of styles, from shabby chic to elegant modern.
Our main interest, of course, was the fashion parade, which kicked off very promptly and presented by the personable Courtney Thorpe, 2014 Miss World Australia. The show featured two of Brisbane’s well known wedding gown designers, Elizabeth de Varga and Jordana Regan, who have featured at MBFF in the past, as well as a several other labels, including JK Couture Designs, Hills in Hollywood and A Formal Affair, in front of a full audience.
The boys livened things up for the crowd with a little bit of personality showing though, but the most applause was reserved for the young children in flower-girl and page-boy outfits.
It may not have had Jennifer Hawkins walking for Myer, but for us here at The Wedding Alley, this show was the big ticket item of the week. Brad’s stunning collection for Darb at The Brisbane Arcade Group Show had whetted our appetite and we were hungry for more from some of Brisbane’s very best couture designers.
The long, simple catwalk and well paced timing was ideally suited to showcase some truly spectacular collections with a show that engaged all the senses.The lighting of the show accentuated the embellishments and bling of each piece and being front row, in the middle of the catwalk, enabled me to feel surrounded by the gowns and appreciate their sensual textures. Collections ranged from eclectic mixes through to classic elegance and on to magnificent themed segments. The layering of fabrics was a common theme, as was the use of stronger and more coarse laces that suit today’s confident brides. Next season’s colours made subtle appearances in some collections, with stylish and dramatic headpieces also a big feature.
It was wonderful to see Tammie Nitschke back on the runway at MBFF and her collection emphasised her romantic, beautifully embellished style. The gown reveal was a big wow factor. Full bodied skirts were unclipped to reveal options for every bride including a gown with a short lace skirt, a sophisticated pant suit and the most fun being a short, sexy playsuit.
Jordanna Regan Couture
Showcasing a dramatic, form-fitting, diverse range of sensual gowns for the modern bride, Jordana created a fascinating segment. A dusky, off white gown, with incredible floral ruffles from thigh to floor that appeared to move almost of it’s own accord was our particular favourite.
Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan
Elegant designs in classic shapes created with sumptuous fabrics were the hallmark of this collection from Brisbane bridal couture royalty. Beautiful layering of lace with sequin embellishment was again a feature, with stylish matching headpieces providing an added touch of elegance to each piece.
A first time showing, Daniel’s gowns had a sleek, sexy silhouette with beautiful detailing. He showcased a sophisticated range of styles married with diverse range of exciting headpieces.
Modern, sexy shapes, softened by beautiful layering of lace textures were a feature of this cohesive and confident collection. The subtle use of sequins and lace within the layers of fabric added another dimension to these beautiful and sophisticated gowns.
Having already exhibited on opening night, Paul included a small collection in the main bridal show. A complete re-imaginging of the bridal gown, Paul displayed a dramatic range of unique styles that would suit alternative brides, along with a pair of ultra feminine gowns that beautifully incorporated the black and white season trend.
A dramatic change of tone heralded the arrival of George’s stunning themed collection. With the cavernous venue amplifying the cathedral sound, the first model out walked in a slow, pious way that created a near religious atmosphere. The collection that followed, inspired by the early christianity of ancient Rome, was simply sublime. Pure white toga necklines, gowns adorned with ancient roman Pegasus motifs and beautiful toga rope detailing created a true spectacle. The use of simple white laurel-wreath headpieces and crucifix inspired jewellery enhanced the experience and reinforced George’s already stellar reputation.
Thanks to Lindsay Bennett and the team at Mercedes Fashion Festival Brisbane for making the 10 year one of the every best. We’re missing it already, and can’t wait until next year.
Photos @mpvdave from Masterpieces Photography + Video
Makeup Napoleon Perdis
We had our own exciting August evening last night with an incredible night shoot for the next edition of The Wedding Alley magazine. The feature will showcase stunning gowns from When Freddie Met Lilly who are showing their new collection at New York Fashion Week in September. Vanessa’s gowns are the epitome of sexy sophistication – perfect for a multitude of occasions, from cocktail style wedding to red carpet soirée. Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video weaved his usual magic at some iconic Brisbane locations before wrapping up overlooking side-show alley at the Ekka. Models, Laura and Scott, were encouraged to play the role of star-crossed lovers in front of the ferris wheel, styling the shot more like an engagement shoot to reflect the many marriage proposals that take place there every year.
For your own special engagement photography session, make a time to speak with Dave at Masterpieces Photography + Video.
Gown and Suit: When Freddie Met Lilly | Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Mieko | Models: Laura and Scott
Planning your wedding? The leafy, semi-rural suburb of Brookfield offers a unique venue close to the City. Brookfield Hall is located in the picturesque western suburbs, only 14km from the heart of Brisbane. The Brookfield Hall, which once existed in Darra, has been part of the community for over a century and offers not only country charm, but a beautiful setting in which to create the wedding of your dreams.
If you are looking for inspiration, information and the perfect team to realise the wedding you always imagined, come along to the Brookfield Hall Wedding Showcase,Wednesday 15th July, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, hosted by Celebrations by Alysia, Brisbane’s premiere wedding planner and event stylist, and their amazing team of industry professionals. Complimentary drinks & canapés will be served.
RSVPs essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Industry experts will be available on the night to answer any questions you might have, and include: George Wu gowns, Boss Models, Noosh Catering, The Wedding Alley, La Papeterie Stationery & Design, Somerton Limousines, Masterpieces Photography and Video, AV Ideas, Pollen Florist, Gold Wedding Hire, Krissy’s Cakehouse, When Freddie Met Lilly Suits, House of Zion, Bridal Bling and Celebrations by Alysia. Channel 7’s Richard Champion will MC the event.
We had the pleasure of attending a floral workshop at hosted by Francesca Petherbridge of Francesca’s Flowers on Saturday. The workshops are a perfect opportunity for a girls get-together and could be the ideal activity for you and your bridesmaids to enjoy. After all there is tea and cake! Depending on the workshop you choose you will learn the basics for displaying your own fresh flowers beautifully.
Francesca has a beautiful boutique in the heart of trendy Paddington, filled with special little finds, along with all the flowers to create amazing floral art.
The workshop are intimate and the perfect activity to help prepare for your wedding. Try out different colour combinations, see everyone’s thought and designs, and gain valuable insight into flowers and how to make your wedding flowers amazing on your big day. You’ll also see how much skill and effort goes into each floral piece. So if you are contemplating doing your own flowers this is the perfect opportunity, under the watchful eye of an expert, to see if it’s possible. Or maybe just have fun, and realise an expert will create your dream flowers, and you can just enjoy every moment with your family and friends.
Vivien from Bundaburg, attended with her daughter from Gladstone, and a friend from Brisbane, “I knew nothing about floral arrangements, but I feel confident to attempting some floral arrangements at home. the workshop was very interesting, and the process was relaxing. I’m definitely glad we came along today.
The course we attended was aimed at novices, but even those those with a little more experience will still get some gems out of Francesca’s workshops. Jo had attended a workshop a year ago. She was attracted by the idea of coffee and flowers together. “I love that you choose you own flowers to make the bouquets. I would highly recommend attending any of Francesca’s workshops.”