Wedding cake by Claire's Sweet Temptations covered in fern

Getting to Know – Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Company Name: Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Interview with: Claire Potts

Location/Coverage: Cornwall, Devon, South West and London

What does Claire’s Sweet Temptations do?

Claire’s Sweet Temptations designs and makes bespoke wedding cakes. I make all the cakes myself from scratch, and I also make all the sugar flowers and decorations.

Wedding cake by Claire's Sweet Temptations covered in fern

How did Claire’s Sweet Temptations get started and how long has the business been going?

Claire’s Sweet Temptations started as many small businesses do – almost by accident. Making cakes for friends and family led to a local diner asking me to make cakes for them, and a diner customer then asked if I did wedding cakes. I said yes, and the business started from there.

Buttercream wedding cake with purple macarons, made by Claire's Sweet Temptations

Have you always wanted to make cakes for a living?

No. I left school and trained in horticulture, and I then decided to do a degree in English Literature (as you do.) But I’ve always been artistic, and I always wanted a job that allowed for creativity.

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Bride and groom walking through a colourful shower of confetti

A Merribee Wedding with a 70’s Disco Vibe

This wedding is super-cool. I mean, come on… a dog in a tux, the groom in a white suit and the bride with two outfits including a fabulous silver jumpsuit; these three things alone make for a REALLY cool wedding, right?! And the best thing? The wedding has a 70’s disco vibe!

I absolutely love every little detail of this amazing wedding that took place at Merribee, New South Wales, in its seven acres of landscaped gardens. Eden and James had a wonderful outdoor wedding ceremony, followed by a party reception in the barn. The couple styled the barn with long banquet style rustic tables adorned with pretty floral and fruit arrangements. Eden and James chose a colour palette of soft pinks, peach and berry hues, and the berries and fruits work really well and give another dimension to the styling. The barn was styled with really cool Sputnik chandeliers, disco balls, incredible floral installations that drape from the timbers of the barn, and metallic gold foil curtain drapes for the walls.

Bride and groom walking through a colourful shower of confetti

Now, when I said Eden wore two outfits, I should have said “two of the most beautiful wedding outfits I’ve ever seen”! For the wedding ceremony Eden wore ‘Zeppelin’ by Rue De Seine, a divine 70’s inspired dress just perfect for her. The layered skirt panelling, full front split and angel sleeves make this dress really unique. For the reception party Eden changed into the most incredible silver, custom beaded silk wedding jumpsuit by Hayley Burton Bridal. It was the perfect choice for Eden to dance the night away in at their 70’s disco themed wedding.

I really love the choice of bridesmaid dresses too. Each bridesmaid wore a different dress in soft pink or blush to match the colour palette; some short, some long, some floral, some plain, but together they created a really pretty look.

This really is one hell of a wedding and party, with awesome food and a spectacular wedding cake that gave the guests the fuel they needed to dance the night away! A huge thank you to Lara Hotz Photography for sharing this spectacular 70’s disco themed wedding…

I Nearly Died

“James and I met at 4am on Oxford Street in Sydney. That was nearly nine years ago now, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Wow, how time flies!

“James proposed on my 30th birthday. I had planned a trip to the Hunter Valley with about 15 of our friends, and was all stressed out, trying to make everything go smoothly.

“The night before the wine tour, James said he wanted to take me somewhere before we go; as I’m a bit of a lightweight I assumed it was breakfast. So, we got up early and James drove me to this secluded patch of bushland, complete with a little bubbling brook – it was beautiful! He pulled out a picnic basket with all my favourites, but then our dog, Theo, started rolling in something. I started yelling, trying to get up to stop him, and while this was happening, James was trying to get my attention.

“It took me a second to realise he was down on one knee in front of me. “I was just wondering if you would marry me?” he said. I nearly died, and of course I said yes! Soon afterwards, we went back to the house where our cheering friends were! We all went on to have a huge rager, dancing and laughing until the sun came up. That day was one of the happiest days of my life!”

Manicured hedges at Merribee

Merribee sign

Bridal jumpsuit hanging in front of window

Strappy bridal shoes

Gold sequin bag

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses hanging in front of window

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