Very early on in my planning process, I fell in love with personalized cake toppers. There are such unique and original toppers out there. And since I love Etsy and support handmade, I knew that somewhere on Etsy would be my perfect cake topper.
I looked, and I looked… and finally, I came across a pair of love birds too irresistible to pass up:
I may be the only bride on Earth who doesn’t watch “Say Yes to the Dress” but I still get my fill of reality wedding tv. The other day I was watching “Amazing Wedding Cakes” and inspiration struck. I whipped out my sketch pad and started sketching out some wedding cakes.
I was proud of my sketches until I tried drawing a cake with offset tiers. The outline looked more like a tugboat then a cake. I really saw no way of salvaging the design so I added some steam, water and an anchor.
My tugboat cake. Personal photo
In my last Post, I talked about the cake tasting disasters. But now on to tasting #3 and our cake!
I had done some research and found a tiny bakery about 45 minutes away from our venue. The place did wedding cakes but they were mostly a catering company/bakery in the heart of Annapolis, MD, called Palate Pleasers. When we walked in the owner created us with a huge smile and FINALLY I was excited about our cake. I had brought some pics to show him, giving him a rough idea of what we wanted.
For the colors
Cakes Photo: marneycakes.blogspot.com
I am not sure if I have mentioned in the past that I absolutely love to cook! Now, I am not saying that I am any good at it, but still love it and find it very therapeutic. I have just become addicted to a website called Food Gawker, and during my lazy Sunday ran across an amazing cupcake recipe on a blog called 17 and Baking… yes, that’s right folks, the blogger is only 17! Even if you decide not to try out this amazing recipe and design for cupakes, perfect for a wedding, I suggest you check out the blog just because she is incredible!
This is the ultimate in DIY, and could save you some big bucks on a wedding cake/cupcakes! I mean seriously, how perfect would these be for your wedding in your colors?!
Chrysanthemum Cupcakes from 17 and Baking
The cake tasting, for many of us, is something we get excited about. I mean seriously – you get to stand in line somewhere, or have a personal session, tasting 10+ types of cake. It’s every child’s dream!
However, for me, because I’m not a HUGE cake person, this part of the wedding planning process wasn’t something I was thrilled about. But, Lavender Dude was. We ended up having THREE tastings, but not by choice.
So let’s start with Tasting #1.
One thing I have absolutely loved about BridalBuds is the feedback I have gotten from everyone! I had so many questions along the way, and my wedding colors were probably one of the biggest dilemmas I faced. After much thought, I ended up going with Coral and Turquoise/Tiffany Blue. I was pretty excited about our colors given the room we were working with, and the amazing natural light that filled the room especially during the sunset. Of course with all the candles we had, it was just as beautiful at night.
Here are a few pics of our decor, with a special thanks to Charlene Lopez at the Key Largo Hilton, Blooming Design and Events and Edda’s Cake Designs for making our wedding an absolute dream. The creativity that went into designing this amazing scene was well beyond our wildest dreams.
Our wedding cake… I couldn’t stop starring at it, I was just so obsessed with it!
I am officially a married woman. We were married this past Saturday. Today is Tuesday and my husband and I are still drained! I just want to share a few brief hits and misses from our wedding and then I will get into the details in subsequent posts. Here is our first official wedding photo. Our amazing photographer, Amy Sandoval, posted this sneak peak on her blog and Facebook for us Sunday morning. I am dying to see the rest.
Now, let’s talk about my favorite thing…the details. As I mentioned before, the colors of our friends wedding were two tones of green with yellow. They did an amazing job by selecting just the right tones of green and yellow for their country wedding.
The following is what I am very passionate about and that’s cakes! The cake table was sweet and classic. Our friends focused more on flavor and they nailed it! They had marionberry or peach filling with orange cake. This was my first time tasting orange cake and it was out of this world. The cake was made by Mike’s Amazing Cakes, one of the most famous bakers in WA State.
Their cake topper was the initial of the groom’s last name.
Oh wedding cake topper. So many choices to choose from. There are whimsical couple figurines, the traditional bride and groom kissing figurines, word toppings (I do, Mr. & Mrs., etc.), monogram toppings, flowers… I mean, there is an endless list of things you could choose from. But for me, none of those were clicking. I did find a Mr. & Mrs. topper that I liked, but I didn’t love it. It just didn’t feel right.
From Etsy Seller: sophieskeepsakes
Going into the wedding planning, I know one thing for certain: I did not want to spend a lot of money on a cake.
I don’t have a sweet-tooth, and in general I think wedding cakes get more attention than they need. It’s just another expense that has the potential to add up into silly proportions.
This diamond encrusted wedding cake retailed for $1.3 MILLION! Say what?
According to CostHelper.com, The Bridal Association of America reports (as of March 2007) that the average cost of a wedding cake in the United States is $543.00. I am sure not everyone agrees with me, but in my book I could easily spend that money on something other than some butter, flour and icing. And those numbers are 3 years old!