My best friends sister got married last week, and not only was I lucky enough to be invited, I also had the privilege of making the wedding cake. Which is quite stressful as they have high expectations!
The Wedding was in the Honan Chapel in UCC, and then we headed off to the Inchydoney Lodge and Spa, in West Cork. I have stayed there a couple of times, but never at a wedding. It’s in the most beautiful setting and has won numerous awards for both the Spa and the hotel itself. As we headed in our room was ready and on the same floor as the wedding venue, which makes it easier with heels, especially as the hotel lift gets very busy.
A very helpful “Ian” helped me bring in the cake which had to be assembled in situ. At that stage I was able to start relaxing, as the cake was now out of the heat, and somewhere solid. I had brought a full bag of tricks, about 6 palette knives, and numerous piping bags but thankfully it didn’t require much repair. No picture of the cake yet! Need to clear it with the bride.
We were sitting down for the meal when the weather was just turning a little nasty. The menu was on each table and other than one small omission was nicely done. When we had ordered a magician came around- I have his card somewhere! Being a Keith Barry fan I was wondering how good this guy was! He was excellent- and at that stage I’d only had one glass of prosecco! There had been canapés, but as seems to be the norm for me I had missed them- chatting too much I suppose- surprise surprise!
I had the Clonakilty Black Pudding starter, a little dry, and far too big for me- it was still beautifully seasoned and presented. I followed this with the Baked Cod- no pic- sorry! And the dessert plate was well received in general. Mind you I think the sorbet was a little out of place.
The speeches were heartfelt and the dancing vigorous! And we fell into bed like Cinderella not long after the stroke of midnight. As a plus for the hotel the after food was very good. No dry sandwiches or stale crisps, but instead lovely variety of sandwiches, both brown and white, and some sausages and dips. And all three layers of the cake cut, which was nice, they cut it beautifully.
Looking forward to my next week, and next wedding!