Behind the Scenes - The Fisherman and the Mermaid
One of my favourite things about making cake toppers is that no two are ever the same. Each bride and groom has a unique story and I love being able to share some of the journeys their orders take and the thought behind them. Today's feature is all about how I made the little details sparkle for the lovely Rosie and Chris, whose love of the seaside inspired their special day.
Rosie contacted me through Etsy and was looking for a unique cake topper to fit her seaside-themed wedding. Although their wedding wasn't taking place anywhere near the beach, Rosie told me that she and Chris have a shared love of the seaside and got engaged on the beach, making it a perfect theme for their big day.
While I love making wedding dresses on cake toppers, I can't resist a bride that wants something a little different. Rosie asked if she could be a mermaid on their cake topper, with a white tail and bikini top, while Chris would wear his wedding suit with fisherman's wellies and a fishing net. Rosie told me that when she was little, she would frequently pretend to be a mermaid, even in public - how sweet is that? Although she also confessed that it did used to embarrass her mum sometimes! I couldn't wait to transform Rosie into a mermaid bride and set about making her figure and crafting a long white tail, complete with scale detail and a beautiful fanned out fin, scored to give texture and finished off with flecks of gold. I made a shell-inspired bikini top out of white clay and swept Rosie's dark brown hair into a side bun and adorned it with a little gold shell.
Once all the white detail on Rosie's was finished, I started on Chris' figure. I made his suit and then added on his wellies, adding layers of bright yellow clay until they were the right shape. I added his hair and before I got to work on the base, I couldn't resist posing the pair of them and taking photos of them "catching" each other in the net...
I suggested to Rosie about having something a little different for the base of their cake toppers to tie in with their theme. We agreed that the base would be half beach, half sea, with Rosie sitting in the sea and Chris on the shore, with his fishing net in hand. I had to keep the base to a certain size to make sure it fitted on top of Rosie and Chris' wedding cake, which Rosie's best friend's mum had made for them as a wedding gift - and what a cake it was! Perfectly on theme and I'm glad the cake toppers complimented it so well! Don't you just love it?
Fitting them on to the base was a little trickier than I'd originally thought as I wanted to position Rosie and Chris so that they were holding hands but as Rosie's tail was so long, I had to position them at a slight angle. I cut tiny bits of sandy-coloured clay to add texture to the beach and mixed up a bright blue with some extra white to give the effect of the surf and currents in the water, cut shapes in to give the effect of waves and positioned the pair of figures on their respective parts of the base. After joining their hands, I used a metal tool, that I fondly refer to as my "pokey stick" as I use it to put the holes in my little blue buttons, to draw the date of their wedding in the sand and added two small white hearts between the numbers. Once they were baked, I tucked Chris' fishing net into his free hand and boxed them up ready to be sent to their new owners.
Rosie and Chris' wedding looked like such a fun day and I absolutely love this photo of them cutting their fabulous cake. Trends come and go but incorporating a theme that you both love, whatever it may be, will stand the test of time as it makes your wedding that bit more personal. I'm sure that this is one wedding that will stay in their guests' memories for years to come. Congratulations Rosie and Chris, wishing you many more happy memories by the sea for years to come!