monannie cakes branding session at thorpe manor

Let me tell you something – there’s nothing quite like MonAnnie Cakes. When it comes to luxury wedding cakes and desserts, no one can compete with this husband-and-wife powerhouse. Owned by Segun and Fen, MonAnnie Cakes is known for providing an extraordinary experience that’s so much more than cakes, patisseries, and desserts.

In Fen’s own words, MonAnnie Cakes is committed to “creating bespoke, flavor-first, elegant wedding cakes, desserts, and patisserie”. And from trying MonAnnie Cakes’ offerings myself, I can confirm that she meant every single word.

MonAnnie Cakes Cakes Branding Shoot

When Fen contacted me about having a branding shoot for MonAnnie Cakes, I was over the moon. I’ve worked with Fen and Segun over the years. I’ve seen them grow their business into the successful luxury wedding cake brand that it is now. I also personally know them to be genuinely kind and caring persons who only give the best in anything they do. Safe to say, I’m lucky to know this wonderful couple and couldn’t be happier that they’ve chosen me to capture their brand.

This shoot was focused on Fen and highlighted her role as the “hands” of MonAnnie Cakes. Segun is the “mouth” of MonAnnie Cakes and is usually in charge of trying Fen’s treats. But luckily on this day, I was allowed to take over that important role. What a treat!

Our goal for the Monannie Cakes Branding Shoot was to create beautiful images that they can use for the launch of their new website. So we spent the entire rainy afternoon setting up their cakes and patisserie at the beautiful Thorpe Manor. Our lovely friend Alex of Alexandra Rose Weddings styled the wonderful patisserie and cake setups as well as the stunning floral displays.


Here’s what Fen of MonAnnie Cakes has to say about working with me:

“I decided to book Cristina for my brand shoot because of her incredible talent and considered approach to design. With her, it’s not just about taking beautiful photos. But about capturing the essence of your brand and telling your brand story through the images. My favorite part of working with Cristina is her inspiring warm personality, and her ability to make me feel safe and comfortable in front of the lens. When I received by my MonAnnie Cakes photos I was blown away by all the shots! They were just perfect! I especially loved the detailed shoots. As a cake designer, a lot of work goes into the little details. Cristina takes the time to capture all intricacies beautifully. Cristina is a master at her craft and my go-to photographer for my branding imagery. With Cristina, you are in for an unforgettable visual experience.” – Fen, MonAnnie Cakes

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