Wedding at Cley Windmill, Norfolk

A Memorable Wedding at Cley Windmill

Luma Bakery recently delivered a projection mapped cake for an intimate wedding at Cley Windmill on the North Norfolk coast. Surveying the salt marshes to Blakeney Point, the windmill has operated as a guesthouse since 1983 and is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. As Norfolk residents and keen sailors in the waters around Cley, it is a place that is close to the couple’s hearts.



The windmill dates from the early 18th century and is an iconic local landmark. It has featured in the 1949 film ‘Conspirator’ with Elizabeth Taylor as well as Ruth Rendell Mysteries on television. It is also recognisable from the BBC One idents from the ‘90s featuring the red and yellow hot-air balloon.


Some of Luma Bakery’s most popular animations feature fairies dancing across the cake, writing out names and dates in glowing light trails, splashing the cake with fairy dust or triggering a cascade of light. However, these didn’t feel quite right for this wedding which was understated and so attuned to the venue. We felt strongly that the cake also had to be sympathetic to the character and tone of the event.

So instead, we included variations of the ‘fairytale’ animations at Cley: the cascade, tinted blue, had the feel of an elegant waterfall and the names and date were written on the cake in fluid, watery trails, in keeping with the aquatic theme.

Surrounded by such charming local features – the reeds, the water, the flint-walled cottages of the village – we all agreed that the vast majority of the projected content should be photographic and focused on Cley.

However, a slideshow of even the most breathtaking photographs can eventually feel static and monotonous, so we went about bringing each photo to life in various ways: in some this meant having the reeds sway subtly in the wind; for others, a flock of birds fly past, or clouds sweep across a blue sky. In a couple it meant having the sails of the windmill turning again.


For some images, something as simple as a cloud-swept blue sky brought the image to life.

A passing flock of seagulls and soft movement of the reeds makes this photograph feel more like video.

The turning of the sails and the ripple of the watery reflection even breathe life into an old black and white photograph of Cley.


The project was a testament to the versatility of Luma Bakery’s projection mapped cakes. They can be used to make a statement and put on a magical display, but through tailor-made content they can also be thematically blended into an event in a way that is fitting and beautiful.