Archive for June, 2009

San Diego Photo Shoot

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Too much work left me blogless for the week, but I’m back to share a lot of fun photos with you.  Over the last few months I have had some amazing experiences with so many talented vendors in the wedding industry and I am so happy to share them with you!  This photo shoot was for a top San Diego wedding magazine and I was privileged enough to work with LaVonne from Adorations, who did all the floral designs, Rebecca Gaffney & Mia Saling from Red Letter Days, who designed the second shoot, Kelly Aull from Mint Weddings, was the event coordinator of the hawaiian themed shoot, and Karrie & Elizabeth from Posh Paperie who did the menus & notecards.  

The first tablescape was a hawaiian theme and I think it turned out lovely!  I decided to to mini cakes for the table and we wanted to match the invitations with the dessert so we printed the pattern on edible frosting sheets.  We then covered the mini cakes in fondant and wrapped the cake with the frosting sheets.  We piped mini white royal icing dots, added a yellow circle of fondant on top, and finished if off with yellow sugar plumerias.  LaVonne came up with the great idea to place the mini cakes in a gorgeous peony…love, love, loved it!  Everyone really came together and created a beautiful look!

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Now onto the Spanish Flamenco shoot!  For this shoot we decided to do a black and white cake with red accents.  Sara made a gorgeous sugar red rose and then we made sugar pearls and jewels.  The tablescape was simply amazing and was larger than life! Posh Paperie did fabulous job with the menu cards too!

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And lastly thanks to one of my best girlfriend’s Karrie…thanks for getting me this fabulous shoot!

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Also stay tuned for some exciting news to come!

Wedding Cakes & Store Photos

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! I wanted to share lots of photos with you, since I didn’t get to post too much this week. We’ll first start off with photos of the three wedding cakes I did this weekend. Two of the three cakes were actually chosen from designs that I had already done, with a little tweaking of the colors. I will be doing a tutorial on how to do the first cake shortly!

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This last week we actually had a lot of progress with the store and it was so exciting to see things coming along! The flooring and painting got finished and the main signs were put up! I even was able to get some furniture pieces into my office! I took lots of pictures along the way so I could share them with you…thanks for checking them out!

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Most of the store was painted in white to keep it light and airy, but for my office I wanted to go with the color scheme of white, grey, and yellow! I found the most adorable table and chair set at Anthropologie for around 50%…woo hoo! I am obsessed with it! The chair cushions are getting a new fabric on them, which with make it look even more cute!

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Here is a sneak peak of some of the goodies I bought for the store!

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I also couldn’t resist bringing along the cutest models ever to show off my new stuff. Please welcome my gorgeous nieces…Kimberly, Melody, & Brianna!

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They had so much fun posing for the photos once we were inside the shop!

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And here is a sneak of what I have been doing lately…spending money, money, money on stuff for the shop!!!

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Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Communion Cake

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Well, I am sticking to my word and posting for the third time this week…I know…it really can’t be true, but by golly I did it!  (I might even try for four posts…I don’t want to get ahead of myself though).  This cake was requested by a client of mine for their little boy’s first communion.  I sent them a bunch of inspirational photos of cakes that I liked and they fell in love with a design from the Pink Cake Box. Normally I always try to do original designs for the most part, but I also loved their cake design and so I went with the basic look, but added my own little Sweet & Saucy touch to it.  Overall I was really happy with how it turned out and I wanted to share a couple details of it with you!

The color scheme was shades of brown, light gold/tan, and white so we decided to color the fondant a light brown shade.  The cake was buttermilk cake with lemon cream and fresh raspberries and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and espresso kahlua cream cheese frosting.

Then I printed the message on edible frosting sheets and applied it to a thin piece of fondant.  Then I applied it to the cake.  To add a little extra detail I piped on white royal icing dots for the border.

The main detail of the cake was the Bible and rosary necklace.  I made the Bible out of carrot cake and iced it with a thin layer of buttercream and then added a strip of fondant for the “pages”.  I used a scoring tool to make the page marks.  

I then added the “cover” of fondant to the Bible.  I again used the edible frosting sheets for the print out of “Holy Bible”.  I placed it on a piece of light brown fondant and used a scoring tool to make the etching pattern and royal icing for the mini dots.  

I then made the edible sugar necklace and attached a tiny cross to the bottom of it.  I laid it on top of the Bible and let it fall down the cake slightly.  To add a little more detail to the cake I used small round circle cutters to add some dots around the tiers and then piped royal icing dots.  Lastly I sprayed the whole cake with luster dust and viola…it was done!

Now I couldn’t leave without sharing some recent photos of the dessert studio.  The hubby and I stopped by today to check out the paint job and I was in the “posing” mood so I grabbed the camera and gave it to him so he could take photos of me modeling my recent kitchen improvements!  

The walls all were painted…everything white, except for in my office I wanted 3 out of the four walls painted grey.  The color scheme in there is grey, yellow, and white.  

Here are some more shots inside the bakery part of it.

The flooring gets done tomorrow!  I am going with the polished concrete look…think modern, vintage-like!

And last, but not least is a photo of my amazing assistant!  I wanted to introduce her to you and publicly thank her for making my life SO much easier!  You’re the best Louisa!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Hope you have a fabulous week!

 

Weddings & Bridal Showers

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Well, I am trying to stick to my promise and keep the blogging to an all-time high this week, since I haven’t been blogging too much lately.  This post is all about LOVE…I have been meeting with lots of brides lately and recently we did some fun bridal showers and a wedding cake with mini desserts too.  These first photos are of the wedding…the bride wanted to incorporate lots of color, her love of butterflies, and their gorgeous monogram that they featured on their invitations.  This is the design we came up with!

The bride and groom also wanted to treat their guests to an assortment of mini desserts and wanted them all plated on one delicious table spread.  The mini desserts included banana cream pies, coconut cream pies, pumpkin caramel gingersnap cheesecakes, carrot cake and red velvet cake lollipops, and lavender lemon bars.  

These last photos are from the two bridal showers.  The first shower had the color scheme of yellow, teal, and white.  They ordered a variety of cupcakes and 75 bride and groom silhouette cookies…sadly I didn’t take any pictures of the cookies, but you can check out my previous post on them here.

This final cake was made to match the shower invitations, which had a cute, modern look to it.  The cake was chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and espresso, kahlua cream cheese frosting.  

Thanks for taking a look at them!

 

 

Lots of Announcements!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Lots of exciting things have been happening lately, which accounts for the lack of blogging…so sorry!  First off I have been waiting to announce this for quite some time…drumroll please…my new website is up!  I have to give a major shout out to my hubby @ 24Medium and one my best girlfriends Karrie @ karriepykedesigns for the wonderful site.  They took my idea and ran with it and it is more than I could’ve ever dreamed of!  I also have to thank all the wonderful vendors that I have worked with along the way…they made all the difference in the world!  The blog is the next in line for an update, so watch out!  

My hubby also persuaded me to join the Twitter World, so if you are on there too you can follow me and my crazy updates!

This past week I also got the biggest shock of my life when Style Me Pretty, which if you don’t know is basically the biggest wedding blog out there, featured my cakes!  Thanks so much Abby!  My cakes would never had made it on there without the help of Carissa from JL Designs, who designed the tablescapes, and Jasmine Star, who took the gorgeous photos!  You girls are the best…I am way too lucky to work with you! The rest of the gorgeous photos will be blogged soon so keep your eye out for them!

I also wanted to let everyone know to check out Jasmine’s fabulous blog so you can see all the gorgeous photos she took of my desserts that I brought to her event last night!  She captures things in a way I could never…thank you so much!

And last, but not least are some photos of the dessert studio to keep you up on the process!  The electrical, plumbing, and walls are all up and ready to go!  The sinks and hood just came in and next week the flooring and painting gets done…then it is time to MOVE IN!!!  Can’t wait!

Thanks for checking in!  Hopefully I will be blogging a lot more this week since I have SO many photos to share with you!

 

 


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