Okay that's weird, but why did you let her do it? If this was a paid order, you can't just let someone mess with the cake. It's lucky that the bride didn't seem to mind but if she hated it, she might have taken it up with you.
I think Starbucks stole Duffins from Bea of Bloomsbury #duffingate
As it's for 2014 dummies, I would definitely check what's trending on pinterest. Also, the popular wedding blogs (style me pretty, ruffled, wedding chicks) and generally things that you like.
I wouldn't bother with bridal magazines, they're like a year behind any sort of trends anyway. I think brides sort of follow trends, it's just that whatever is popular they tend to see more of, and so are drawn to them. Vintage is still ridiculously popular here, as well as naked...
You did an amazing job, congratulations. Some people are totally made for cake, and all your practice and dedication really paid off.
Did you manage to make the flowers or did you have the by them? Either way it's beautiful.
Hi, tbh anything for GCSE's will be fine. Maybe when you get to your A-levels and further you can try to plan for subjects that you think will help your career. I did science and maths a levels but now make wedding cakes, so it's not a field that you have to be super strict in qualifications wise.
As long as you get good grades, you'll be fine to get on a cooking/pastry course in the future.