How I Got Here: Luxury Cake for Sustainable Weddings

Mission & Values

Love from Lila exists to prove that the best cake in the world can and should be environmentally, socially and financially conscious too. Therefore, when you order a cake from us, you can expect it to be produced in line with these principles:

  • Sustainability enhances luxury, it does not compromise it
  • Your cake will not knowingly cause harm to another living creature (human, animal, insect or otherwise)
  • Everyone who contributes to your cake (from field to finish) is rewarded fairly for their involvement
  • Your cake will be inspired by nature – seasonality, colours, flowers – and will avoid non-natural additions e.g. wires, plastic
  • We have a responsibility to support projects and charities, through financial donations, giving time or raising awareness
  • If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place. Gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, nationality etc. mean nothing here
  • Sustainability is about making small, positive changes to everyday life. Everyone can get involved, and we aim to support and inspire other businesses and individuals to do so
  • We aim to reduce, reuse, re-purpose, and recycle everything we can (in that order)
  • We are constantly looking for new changes we can make to improve our sustainability

I want to inspire everyone (wedding suppliers, couples, individuals) to make little swaps in their everyday life to become more sustainable. My vision is a wedding industry where sustainability is the new normal, without compromising luxury.

Sustainable Lifestyle in Surrey - Knole Park Photoshoot - Love from Lila

I started Love from Lila in 2015 because I couldn’t see any cake designers who understood real cooking techniques and sustainability. And more importantly, how they go together. The longer I have spent in the industry, the more I see a need for businesses who truly understand what a sustainable wedding is and how they can help couples to arrange one. I am not a vegan eco-warrior or activist. I am just a normal person, trying to live a more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle. I make luxury, sustainable wedding cakes for lovely couples and individuals who are also trying to do a little good in the world. I live a pretty normal 9-5 life in my little semi-detached house with my partner. But I am making a conscious effort to change how we live in order to reduce the impact we’re having on the environment.

Supporting Luxurious, Sustainable Weddings

Food provenance and particularly animal welfare has always been an important topic in my family. My mum started her career as a chef and is now responsible for kitchens that feed thousands of people every day. Over the years, she’s received countless awards for her commitment to sustainable ingredients in her kitchens. It’s something that both of us are passionate about in our professional and personal lives. And it’s something that I am bringing to the wedding industry. Promoting the concept of a sustainable wedding, and helping couples source the best sustainable suppliers for their event. I have spent the last few years understanding and improving the sustainability of Love from Lila and seeking out other suppliers who are the best in their field, whilst being sustainable too. If you want to read more, there are a couple of blog posts on the site that might help – planning a sustainable wedding and understanding what a sustainable wedding cake is. As far as I’m concerned, your wedding cake should be the best cake you ever eat. It should be like sitting down to a Michelin starred dinner – the entire experience should be amazing. It should look beautiful, taste phenomenal and be sourced responsibly. There should be no sacrifice in flavour or appearance just because it is eco-friendly. That’s why Love from Lila is here. Luxury and sustainability, hand-in-hand.

I started Love from Lila in 2015 because I couldn’t see any cake designers who understood real cooking techniques and sustainability. And more importantly, how they go together. The longer I have spent in the industry, the more I see a need for businesses who truly understand what a sustainable wedding is and how they can help couples to arrange one. I am not a vegan eco-warrior or activist. I am just a normal person, trying to live a more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle. I make luxury, sustainable wedding cakes for lovely couples and individuals who are also trying to do a little good in the world. I live a pretty normal 9-5 life in my little semi-detached house with my partner. But I am making a conscious effort to change how we live in order to reduce the impact we’re having on the environment.

Supporting Luxurious, Sustainable Weddings

Food provenance and particularly animal welfare has always been an important topic in my family. My mum started her career as a chef and is now responsible for kitchens that feed thousands of people every day. Over the years, she’s received countless awards for her commitment to sustainable ingredients in her kitchens. It’s something that both of us are passionate about in our professional and personal lives. And it’s something that I am bringing to the wedding industry. Promoting the concept of a sustainable wedding, and helping couples source the best sustainable suppliers for their event. I have spent the last few years understanding and improving the sustainability of Love from Lila and seeking out other suppliers who are the best in their field, whilst being sustainable too. If you want to read more, there are a couple of blog posts on the site that might help – planning a sustainable wedding and understanding what a sustainable wedding cake is. As far as I’m concerned, your wedding cake should be the best cake you ever eat. It should be like sitting down to a Michelin starred dinner – the entire experience should be amazing. It should look beautiful, taste phenomenal and be sourced responsibly. There should be no sacrifice in flavour or appearance just because it is eco-friendly. That’s why Love from Lila is here. Luxury and sustainability, hand-in-hand.

Mission & Values

Love from Lila exists to prove that the best cake in the world can and should be environmentally, socially and financially conscious too. Therefore, when you order a cake from us, you can expect it to be produced in line with these principles:

  • Sustainability enhances luxury, it does not compromise it
  • Your cake will not knowingly cause harm to another living creature (human, animal, insect or otherwise)
  • Everyone who contributes to your cake (from field to finish) is rewarded fairly for their involvement
  • Your cake will be inspired by nature – seasonality, colours, flowers – and will avoid non-natural additions e.g. wires, plastic
  • We have a responsibility to support projects and charities, through financial donations, giving time or raising awareness
  • If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place. Gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, nationality etc. mean nothing here
  • Sustainability is about making small, positive changes to everyday life. Everyone can get involved, and we aim to support and inspire other businesses and individuals to do so
  • We aim to reduce, reuse, re-purpose, and recycle everything we can (in that order)
  • We are constantly looking for new changes we can make to improve our sustainability

I want to inspire everyone (wedding suppliers, couples, individuals) to make little swaps in their everyday life to become more sustainable. My vision is a wedding industry where sustainability is the new normal, without compromising luxury.

A Lifelong Commitment to Cake

I have been baking cakes for as long as I can remember. It started as a way to keep me quiet as a child – I think that’s everyone’s story, really! And I have my nan and our battered copy of the Dairy Book of Home Cooking to thank for teaching me the basics. As I grew up, I became fascinated with the technical side of things. I saw piping tips and blowtorches on TV and wanted to be able to do what the fancy chefs were doing. With a bookshelf full of recipes and techniques, and a lot of failed attempts under my belt, I truly understand what it takes to make outstanding cake! I’m still fascinated by food. Some of food heroes include Gordon Ramsay, Monica Galetti and Adriano Zumbo. When you strip away the swearing and directness of Gordon Ramsay, he is clearly a man who has studied food, is passionate about it, and understands how to technically construct a dish. Monica Galetti is a driven, dedicated woman who is out there proving how good she is. And Adriano Zumbo is like Willy Wonka! He has a completely unique mind, but knows exactly how to create the perfect dessert. I hope I bring a little bit of each of them to what I do, mixed with a passion for sustainability.

Promoting a Sustainable Lifestyle

My partner and I met back in 2009 at university. We both come from very different backgrounds. Opposite ends of the spectrum almost! I grew up on the outskirts of London in a semi-detached house with too many pets to count – dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. He grew up on a sheep farm in Wales surrounded by working animals – dogs, cats, sheep, horses and chickens. Something that has always been important to us is animal welfare and getting the best food we could afford. As we’ve grown up and had more of our own money to spend, we’ve made more of an effort to buy consciously. Not just in terms of meat, but in most aspects of our life. We only eat meat once a fortnight, which we source especially from Pipers because we know that it is high welfare, slow grown, sustainable meat (get £10 off your first order, and I get £10 too). We try to make the most of in season, British fruit and vegetables. We prioritise cruelty free or vegan toiletries and cleaning products over a generic brand. And we will support a smaller, independent local business like Honey Bee Beautiful where it makes sense. Around the house, we try and live by the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle. We try and keep our water and electricity usage down. We have minimal food waste. And we try to keep our garden ‘wildlife friendly’. We have a little herb garden in the front, and allow the back garden to grow relatively wildly. We get plenty of cats, birds and insects visiting so we must be doing something right! If you want to learn a little more about the simple changes you can make, the UN have a fab ‘lazy person’s guide to saving the world‘ – I’d say as a household and a business, we meet most points from Level 1-4!

Aspiring Businesswoman

As well as running Love from Lila, I spend the other half of my time running Pink Jelly People Consultancy. It is a specialist HR consultancy which helps businesses to create real organisational and individual change. I use people data and brain friendly learning to understand issues, empower changes in behaviour and inspire new ways of thinking. Some of the issues I might be involved in tackling for businesses include gender diversity, equal pay and ethnic diversity. Some days I could be sat in front of a spreadsheet crunching numbers, and other days I will be in a meeting room full of people, facilitating a workshop. It’s a job that I spent many years training to do, and it means that I’m part of some amazing projects! In both aspects of my life, it’s not just about providing a good cake or transformational workshop, it’s about running professional businesses.

Outside of Work

2020 has seen me trying to organise my very own sustainable wedding. My partner and I knew from the beginning that our wedding would be low key but luxurious. As a couple, we tend to spend our money on a few nice things. So that’s how we’ve planned our wedding. There are a few things for us that were really important – photographer, food, rings and church. We are splashing out on those things so that they are ‘perfect’. Beyond that, we’ll buy the best that we can afford with the budget that is left. There is definitely no concept of ‘we must have this because it’s expected’ in our wedding planning! When I’m not in front of a computer, I’m usually out wandering around a park, zoo or wildlife area. Sometimes I’ll even have a camera in hand. I love animals, flowers and nature, and that is where my design inspiration usually comes from. Harmony with nature.