Archive for July, 2010

Old School Glamour

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

This wedding is pure beauty!  The couple, the flowers, the venue…..everything is simply breathtaking!  I had a such a great time working with Lauren on her wedding and she was a true dream bride.  She really valued my opinion and trusted in me to pull off her vision!  Hayley & Nate did the set up for this wedding and Carissa from JL Designs did the flowers  & design for the wedding and our lovely mini dessert bar as well!  The talented Yelena Johnson, of The Stylish Soiree, also did the gorgeous wedding design too & I have to say that I loved every detail.  Thanks to Aaron Delesie for the beautiful photos!

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The ceremony is simply dreamy!

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Lauren & Brian were truly picture perfect!  I also loved how throughout the whole wedding you could tell they were having such a great time!

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The details for the reception were so unique and I loved every bit of it!

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The flowers that Carissa did were so beautiful…

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No onto the desserts!  We did a full mini dessert bar filled with mini cupcakes, cookies, and cake lollipops!  I really wish we could’ve done their wedding cake too, but it came with the venue.  At least Lauren came up with a great idea and we surprised Brian with a boxing glove cake since he is loves watching & participating in boxing matches.

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The boxing glove cake…

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And they lived happily ever after!

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Here is the whole team who made their dream come true!

Venue: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbara / Venue Coordinator: Kellie Berdon / Flowers and Design: Carissa Jones-Jowett of JL Designs / Photographer: Aaron Delesie / Wedding Coordinator: Jenifour Jones of Go Get It Events / Wedding Design Consultant: Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree / Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbaraa / Grooms Cake and Mini Desert Bar: Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop / Lounge Furniture Rentals: LUXE Event Rentals & Decor / Chivari Chair and Dance Floor Rentals and Lighting: ChivariChairRentals.com / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Guitar Trio: Karl Grossman and Camino Rio / Band: Clockwork / Photobooth: SB Photobooths / Invitation and Printed Materials Design: Christina Reinersman / Invitation Letterpress: Kristin Walker of Twin Ravens Press / Cocktail Hour Linen Rentals: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens, Inc. / Reception Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linens / Dress: Junko Yoshioka / Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston via Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Bride’s Make-up: Stevi Christine / Bride’s Hair: Christine Symonds

Carved Cakes: Soccer Ball & Nike Shoe

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

For those blog followers of mine who have been following me since the beginning they know that I use to do a lot of tutorials and I really quite enjoyed doing them! Sadly with the growth of my business I haven’t had very much time to do in depth tutorials, but quite often I get asked to do more of them.  The past couple of months we have been doing a lot more sculpted cakes and I thought that I would photograph the steps a little bit more in hopes that the visuals would give a peak into how we made them.  I hope you enjoy it & learn a thing or two…I know I do every time we do one of these cakes :)

First up was a cake we got requested for a rehearsal dinner.  The groom loved his Nike Air Jordan shoes and his fiance wanted us to recreate his favorite pair.  It was a lot of fun & quite yummy too!  Here are the photots!

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You definitely have to first start with really delicious cake…for this cake it was chocolate nutella hazelnut cake!

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I then always coat my cakes in swiss meringue buttercream and normally fondant too.

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Time for the details and boy were there a lot of them.

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I forgot to photograph some details along the way, so my apologies, but here is the final cake!

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The other fun carved cake we did that week was for another groom’s cake.  This time the bride wanted us to make her husband, who was a huge Liverpool fan, a large soccer ball complete with the Liverpool logo!

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This time we started with carrot cake & cream cheese frosting!

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I put one large dowel in the middle of the cake and cut it to the top of the cake just for a little extra stability.

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Once I have the basic shape then I start fine tuning the shape with a serrated knife and then put a layer of swiss meringue buttercream over the whole cake.

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Kyong made the job a lot easier when she brought in a cookie cutter in the shape of a pentagon.  Then we printed off the computer a shape of a hexagon that matched the sides of the pentagon and laminated it with tape.  These are the shapes we used to cut the basic puzzle pieces for this soccer ball cake.  We had also previously fondanted a cake board with green fondant for the soccer ball to sit on it.

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The finished soccer ball, now all we have to add in the edible printed logo for the Liverpool team.

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Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Pinwheels, kites, & balloons!

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I am absolutely so lucky to get to work with so many talented people all the time!  This wedding was a dream come true and you’ll see why when you look at the amazing photos that Ashley Rose took!  My fabulous friend Jesi Haack from Jesi Haack Weddings was the genius behind it!  This was the wedding she talked to me about for month and months, saying that she was SO excited for it and now I can see why.  The couple, Lauren & Jeff, were amazing and really let Jesi do her magic!  Carissa, from JL Designs, blew me away with her floral design as always & my girls at Posh Paperie, Karrie & Elizabeth, designed the most adorable invitations ever!

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In all the photos they look like they had SO much fun!  I just love it!

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Didn’t I tell you the invitations were cute!  And how much do you love these bride’s maid dresses!

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Now take a look at these paper flowers…aren’t they AMAZING!!!  Jesi seriously blew me away with these & her sweet hubby Ryan hung them all up for her since she is about ready to pop out a little baby boy!

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Look at Carissa’s gorgeous flowers too!

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For the dessert table we just wanted to make it bright, whimsy, & lots of fun!  The backdrop that Jesi created for us definitely helped pull it all together!  Hayley & Nate set it all up & I think they did a fabulous job!

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Wouldn’t you like to walk off into the sunset like this!  Congrats Jeff & Lauren!

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To see a full post of this wedding and get all the details check out the blog post on Green Wedding Shoes!

Pretty Pink Bridal Shower

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A few months back I had the pleasure of working with some of my best wedding girlfriends for our friend Leila of Be Inspired PR’s bridal shower!  I sadly was out of town for my trip to Texas for my class with Mike McCarey, but my sister was still able to make this gorgeous cake for her shower!  The details for this shower were beyond dreamy!  Courtney of Joyful Weddings & Events, Carissa of JL Designs, & Kellie of Be Inspired PR put the shower together and the lovely Jessica Claire took the gorgeous photos!

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This shower was so amazing that it got featured in a four page spread in Bride Guide Magazine & on Green Wedding Shoes! Definitely check out Jen’s blog to hear about ALL the details for this shower!

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And get ready for the details….

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How amazing is this custom perfume station!

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Here are all the vendors who made this special day happen!

Vendors
Dessert: Pinkberry
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Cupcakes: Cupcakes Couture
Custom scent station: Kamilyn
Venue: High Profile Productions
Floral and event design: JL Designs
Planner: Courtney Toney, Joyful Weddings and Events
Rentals: Classic Party RentalsLevel 4 International
Linens: Elegant Designs
Invitation: Momental Designs
All other paper goods: Olive Hue Paper
Video: Cana Video Production
Photographer: Jessica Claire
Hair and make-up: Kacee Geoffroy
Spray Tan: Danielle of Island Spray Tan

Spanish Style Wedding

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

First off I have to say THANK YOU to everyone for your sweet comments & encouragement after the last post!  We are all very excited for the show on TLC and it makes it even more fun that we can share it all with you who have been with us for a while now!

This next wedding that I’m going to share with you might be one of my favorites!  I always LOVE working with Courtney from Joyful Weddings & Events and Carissa from JL Designs and the venue Rancho Las Lomas is one of my favorites to work at as well.  The bride was one of the sweetest clients I have worked with yet and really trusted me to pull their vision through.  Their wedding had a Spanish style to it and once I saw their invitations I knew we had a great design for the cake!

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As you can see from their menu card, we took the exact pattern of their Spanish style flags and recreated a silicone mold of the design.  We then poured white chocolate into the mold and dusted it with pearl luster dust.  We draped the flags all along the cake like a banner and then made a large fushia sugar peony to accent the top!

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Carissa & Courtney out did themselves with the design for this wedding and I was truly blown away when I arrived on site.  I love the details!

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The color scheme for this wedding was so rich and deep…

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Another aspect I LOVED was that we got to do six mini rustic style cakes along with the large wedding cake.  I think this made for a gorgeous, dramatic display that was really the focal point of the reception!

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Courtney made the most adorable name cards for each cake with their flavor on it…she always pulls through for me!

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Of course the little bride & groom topper had to sneak into the display!

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Such a fun, personal wedding with lots of gorgeous details!  Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Big News!!! Guess who’s going to be on TLC!?!

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

So I am finally allowed to spill the beans…I’m going to be on TLC’s new summer time cake show, FABULOUS CAKES!!!  I definitely have to say that taping for 3 days straight inside my shop was one of the craziest experiences of my life and soon all of you will get to see it!  There was a lot of fun, a lot of stress, and a lot of CAKE!

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FABULOUS CAKES will air August 2nd @ 10pm ET/PT so make sure to watch it!  We made two huge, over the top cakes and I’m pretty sure it will be fun to watch as my whole team and I race to finish everything on time! Here are a couple behind the scenes sneak peeks!  Here I am with the producer for the show!

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It was so crazy having cameras record my every move, word, and facial expression…to be honest I’m a little scared to see how I come out on TV, but I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t seem too weird!

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Thanks so much to TLC for this great opportunity!  We had a great time doing the show and can’t wait to watch it on TV!


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