Supplier Spotlight- Vanilla Pod Bakery
1. What first made you fall in love with baking?
I first remember falling in love with baking as a child, I must have been about 6 or 7 and I remember creating jam tarts with my Dad, scones with my Grandma and meringues with mum on the weekends…. Though not all at the same time! The second time I remember falling in love with it, was when I was teenager, when I was 13 I got ME, so I had to stop everything, but I remember as I was getting better in my late teenage years my love of baking started to take shape again, and baking, when I felt well enough, was pure joy for me.
2. What made you decide to become a professional cake maker within the Wedding industry?
When I first started my business, I was making ‘everyday cakes’ and selling them on farmers market stands and into cafes. Then one of my customers approached me to make a cupcake tower for their wedding, (this would have been about 2008/09) and the rest, as they say, is history. I fell in love with the wedding world and the wonderful happiness of the occasion.
3. How would you describe your style of Cakes?
I would say our true Vanilla Pod Bakery style is relaxed yet elegant cakes. I really do love the wild florals and understated glamour.
4. What is your favourite part or parts of a Wedding Day?
The cutting of the cake of course! It is such a special moment, steeped in history and one of the first moments a couple shares once they have married.
5. Could you explain a little about what Couples can expect when they book you?
Prior to booking: Couples can choose to have an initial free phone consultation with myself (Pia Cato) and order a delicious tasting box, which can be ordered and purchased directly from our website.
Save the Date: Once a couple knows they would love to commission us for their special day, we send a Save The Date form and deposit invoice.
6. What top tips and advice do you offer your Couples ahead of or on their Wedding Day?
My number one tip, is to relax and enjoy the journey of planning your wedding. It is such a special event and the planning is part of the wonderful build up to it.
7. Can you share some of your favourite cakes that you’ve created for Hyde House Wedding Days?
Oh my gosh, there have been so many wonderful cakes. But really I love the elegant semi naked cakes we have created with abundance of fresh fruit and fresh flowers.
8. What do you love most about creating cakes for Hyde House Couples?
I love that the team at Hyde House are awesome and totally make each couple feel so special. It is always a pleasure to work at Hyde House and it is one of those wonderful places that honestly gets better and better each year. Plus the couples who get married at Hyde House are so wonderful, they are so relaxed and just trust that we are going to create their perfect cake #LoveHydeHouse
At the beginning of 2020 we closed our doors and gave the House a whole new look; little did we know that it would be quite a while before many of our Couples would get to see these wonderful changes in person. Since our doors have opened we have loved showing everyone around the newly refurbished spaces and have really enjoyed seeing so many positive reactions!
One of the biggest transformations that took place here at Hyde House was on the ground floor in a spacious room that was once the Planning Teams office and is now – the Library. Not only is the library a wonderfully designed, cosy room for people to relax in, it is also used on Wedding Day mornings for one half of the Wedding Party to get ready in. It really is the perfect private space to spend those special pre-Wedding hours with your closest friends and family.
The other drastic transformation was in the Bedrooms where every single room was re-furnished and re-decorated. The Bridal Suite is now complete with a four-poster bed, elegant new furnishings and a freestanding copper bathtub, in the bedroom no less, and all of the other 19 bedrooms have been made even more luxurious than before so you’ll always have a good nights sleep at Hyde House!
So please do scroll away to see the exciting changes. Xx
Spring and Summer Wedding Inspiration at Hyde House
Here at Hyde House, both The Grange and The Barn are beautiful, open spaces that are neutral in design and offer endless styling opportunities to our Couples for both The Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast; so whatever the Season, your style or preferences, our Barn’s are your blank canvas that can bring your vision to life without limitation.
As a Team, we really love this about the Venue because no Wedding Day is ever the same and we are constantly amazed at how creative Couples and their wonderful Suppliers are and how they are able to put their own stamp on Hyde House.
Knowing where to start when planning your Big Day can be overwhelming, so we wanted to put together some gorgeous imagery from Spring and Summer Ceremonies and Wedding Breakfasts at Hyde House, including breathtaking Outdoor Ceremonies underneath The Arbor, to give you all some inspiration as you embark on this exciting process!
L- Pear and Bear Photography | Go Wild Flowers; R- White Stag Wedding Photography | Field Gate Flowers; Kayleigh Pope Photography
White Stag Wedding Photography | All For Love London; Katie Hamilton Photography | Stephanie Saunders Floral Design
Jessica Reeve Photography | Rebel and the Rose; White Stag Wedding Photography | All For Love London
Bowtie and Belle Photography | Cotswold Blooms
Katie Hamilton Photography | The Bespoke Flowers Company | Styletopia; Katie Hamilton Photography | Stephanie Saunders Photography
L- Jessica Raphael Photography | Stephanie Saunders Flowers; R- Natalie Watts Photography | Forget Me Nots Florist
Electric Blue Photography | Penny Lane Vintage Hire; White Stag Wedding Photography | All For Love London
L- Katie Hamilton Photography | The Bespoke Flowers Company | Styletopia; R- Pear and Bear Photography
For more inspiration, follow us on Instagram. You can find us @hyde_house.
Autumn and Winter Wedding Day Inspiration at Hyde House
We adore Autumn and Winter Wedding Days here at Hyde House! From the romantic seasonal blooms, the stunning use of foliage, the warm Autumnal tones and the use of fairy and candlelights (to name but a few) we love seeing how the different spaces are transformed!
The Grange and The Barn offer endless possibilities when it comes to your floral and styling vision and when it comes to The Ceremony, there are so many ways you can make The Grange your own; whether that be by dressing the Entrance to make an impact on arrival, creating an aisle adorned with florals or foliage, tying beautiful pew ends to our cross back chairs, having abundant floral arrangements on plinths either side of the window or perhaps framing it with a garland instead… you really can take your pick, or even do something that hasn’t been done before!
And when it comes to The Barn you can choose to keep it minimal and let the gorgeous Barn features speak for themselves or completely make it your own for your Wedding Breakfast by filling the space with all of the flowers, floral/foliage/leafy chandeliers, additional lighting that you would like.
Sometimes deciding upon your vision when there are very few limitations can be overwhelming, so we wanted to share just some of the ways our Couples alongside their exceptionally talented Wedding Suppliers have dressed both The Grange and The Barn in those wonderful Autumn and Winter months in the hopes that it will inspire you and get your creative juices flowing for your own Big Day!
Rob Tarren Photography | You Me and Myrtle
Blooming Photography | The Flower Girl Style; L- Helen Sarah Pictures; R- Oobaloos Photography | Haze Lea Floral Designs
Lush Imaging | The Native Florist; Amy Rose Photography | Ivison Florist; Joanna Brooks Photography | Rosy Lea Florist
Rob Tarren Photography | You Me and Myrtle; Courtney Louise Photography
Joanna Briggs Photography | Flowers By Charlotte Elizabeth; L- White Stag Wedding Photography | Forget Me Nots; R- Siobhan Beales Photography
Oobaloos Photography | Haze Lea Floral Designs; Lucie Hamilton Photography | Lily Fee Floral Design; Oobaloos Photography | Stephanie Saunders Flowers
For more Wintery and Autumnal Wedding Inspiration head to our Instagram… you can find us @hyde_house