When I started my business two years ago, I didn't think that my cake toppers would be my best sellers. They have evolved so much since I started making them and I love how each one takes on a little personality of its own. I've not shared many details with you about the work that goes into them or the ideas and inspiration behind them so I thought it was about time I did!
This first feature is all about Charlotte and Toby and their little bulldog, Luna. The nicest thing about all this is that Charlotte has become a friend throughout this process and has inspired some of the new directions my business has taken. We even managed to meet up in person to walk our dogs when she was travelling back from her holiday in Cornwall recently!
Charlotte got in touch with me via Etsy at the beginning of the year. She was getting married in June and wanted a customised cake topper that included their dog, Luna. She asked if I could add some tattoos, "just some colours and squiggles and stuff" were her words. I loved the idea and asked her to send across some photos of her tattoos to see if I could add some detail.
Well, I didn't realise just how tattooed Charlotte was...the artwork both her and Toby have is amazing and really suits them. Her legs were covered in cool, colourful tattoos and the first things I noticed were the roses on her knees and the birdcage on her foot, whilst Toby's arms were covered in oriental inspired artwork - these two are completely made for each other!
Squiggles and a bit of colour were not going to cut it for me and they certainly wouldn't do Charlotte and Toby justice. I've never painted any detail on to the cake toppers I make; I personally feel the extra time taken to make little elements like this out of the clay add something special to the end result so I took as many elements as I could from Charlotte's legs and carved them out of clay. I made a Koi carp and skull for Toby's arm and we decided to dress him with a Superman shirt underneath his white shirt as the groomsmen were all going to be wearing super hero shirts under their suits for the big day, as you can see here!
The next step was Luna. Pets are often really tricky to make as they have such expressive faces and chances are, if you've ordered a pet cake topper from me, I will have reworked it a fair few times before you see it! Dogs with distinctive features are particularly hard to create as you want to make sure that you capture all those little details. It took me some time to get the shape of Luna's head and her wrinkled skin just right - I think this was probably about the fifth version I made of her before I emailed Charlotte with a picture but her lovely comments made it all worthwhile!
Charlotte and Toby were pleased with their models so I started on the base. I started rolling out the gold clay and stamping out the message for the base but I felt like it needed something extra to tie it in with the figures so I added a skull as I hadn't been able to fit Charlotte's on her legs (she is 6ft tall in real life compared to her teeny cake topper counterpart!) so I felt this was a nice way of including it.
Charlotte and Toby's wedding was not only beautiful, full of friends and family, but it looked like such a fun day too, something this couple is all about. They pulled the whole thing together in around 6 months and, although I know that it must have been stressful for them, all their hard work certainly paid off and all you can see in their wedding photos is lots of smiling faces and a very happy pair of newly weds. This wedding is what it should always be, all about the bride and groom, and I feel very lucky to have contributed a small part for their special day. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Jackson-Adams!