Friday, 12 August 2011

Culture,Cake & Couture..chapter 1

Some weeks back I was fortunate to meet Fiona Cairns; cake maker of the Royal Wedding cake. During the afternoon she mentioned that the wedding cake would be going on display at Buckingham Palace this summer along with the Wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. As soon as the ticket office opened for bookings a slot was booked for moi for the afternoon of Monday 1st August.
Blessed with glorious sunshine my afternoon started with a stroll up through Grosvenor square and Green park to Buckingham Palace.On arrival you pass through airport security control checks before being handed your complimentary headphones and audio guide. The tour takes you through some stunning rooms, courtyard and staircases as well as the throne room, where the 'official' royal wedding snaps were taken. The tour also takes in a special exhibition (other then the Royal wedding) of  the Royal Faberge collection. This is beautiful and has me hankering to now visit St Petersburg.
The Royal Wedding exhibit is displayed across two rooms, giving ample space for people to view. The dress is housed in a glass cabinet, allowing 360' access around the fixture. With a video and head set audio narrative by Sarah Burton, it gives an insight into the level of detail given to the craftsmanship that went into creating not just the dress, but the veil and shoes.  A stunning piece of couture. With tiara, earrings and replicated bouquet complimenting the display, it truly is magical.
The cake is displayed in the next room and as with the dress it is quite breathtaking. Having already seen in person some of the 'spare' flowers and the design brief I was still blown away by the design and level of detail on each of the tiers. A real work of art. a must for any cake maker to see..... jaw droppingly stunning.

The tour within the palace ends as you enter the garden.............. on a very warm day in London a much needed drink was required..... what better than a latte and ice-cream from the palace tea shop!....

followed by an amble through the garden to the exit......

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

Wow Theresa sounds like you had an absolutely amazing day. Her dress looked stunning watching it on the tv. Did you keep your coffee cup?? I know that I would have lol!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Culture,Cake & Couture..chapter 1

Some weeks back I was fortunate to meet Fiona Cairns; cake maker of the Royal Wedding cake. During the afternoon she mentioned that the wedding cake would be going on display at Buckingham Palace this summer along with the Wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge. As soon as the ticket office opened for bookings a slot was booked for moi for the afternoon of Monday 1st August.
Blessed with glorious sunshine my afternoon started with a stroll up through Grosvenor square and Green park to Buckingham Palace.On arrival you pass through airport security control checks before being handed your complimentary headphones and audio guide. The tour takes you through some stunning rooms, courtyard and staircases as well as the throne room, where the 'official' royal wedding snaps were taken. The tour also takes in a special exhibition (other then the Royal wedding) of  the Royal Faberge collection. This is beautiful and has me hankering to now visit St Petersburg.
The Royal Wedding exhibit is displayed across two rooms, giving ample space for people to view. The dress is housed in a glass cabinet, allowing 360' access around the fixture. With a video and head set audio narrative by Sarah Burton, it gives an insight into the level of detail given to the craftsmanship that went into creating not just the dress, but the veil and shoes.  A stunning piece of couture. With tiara, earrings and replicated bouquet complimenting the display, it truly is magical.
The cake is displayed in the next room and as with the dress it is quite breathtaking. Having already seen in person some of the 'spare' flowers and the design brief I was still blown away by the design and level of detail on each of the tiers. A real work of art. a must for any cake maker to see..... jaw droppingly stunning.

The tour within the palace ends as you enter the garden.............. on a very warm day in London a much needed drink was required..... what better than a latte and ice-cream from the palace tea shop!....

followed by an amble through the garden to the exit......

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

Wow Theresa sounds like you had an absolutely amazing day. Her dress looked stunning watching it on the tv. Did you keep your coffee cup?? I know that I would have lol!