French Patisserie Inspired Shoot

First let me start off by saying that this might be one of my favorites shoots I have EVER done!  Everything is pure dreaminess and I really have to thank Melissa from The Loveliest Day for inviting me to be a part of it!  I had the pleasure of making Melissa’s wedding cake about a year ago and now she has turned her passion for weddings & design into a business!  I would definitely recommend any new brides to check out Melissa & her gorgeous work…she is a joy to work with!  Below Melissa describes her thoughts about the shoot…

The inspiration behind this patisserie brunch bridal shower shoot was Ladurée and the other tea and pastry salons of Paris. For this shoot we created a dessert table and a tea bar, both ideas that can be easily re-created! The ribbon curtains, which hung behind the dessert table, were inspired by an image of the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons. In between the ribbon curtains I hung a vintage window pane, which I painted white. To me, the window helped bring in the feeling of a Parisian storefront.”

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I of course have to thank Ashley from Ashley Rose Photography for making me simply swoon over these images.  When I found out Ashely was the one taking the photos I jumped with joy and then when I saw them for the first time I nearly scream they were so gorgeous…thanks a million Ashely!

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I truly had a wonderful time dreaming up the desserts for this shoot. I wanted to stay away from fondant for once and really play around with beautiful colored buttercreams for the cakes.  It was so fun accenting them with french macarons, fresh fruit, and whimsical piping!  Instead of traditional cream puffs and eclairs I thought it would be fun to dip them in colored chocolates so they looked light and airy.

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For the mini cupcakes I made mini french macarons and used them as a fun accent on the frosting.

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I do have to say this is one of my favorite cakes…I just adore the mini madeline cookies on top!

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Melissa describes the decor a little more…

“I wanted to include some fresh flowers, but opted to keep it simple. I displayed the flowers in galvanized metal pails to mimic the look of street side flower shops in Paris. I also added a few single stems and mini bouquets here and there for a bit of added charm.”

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“Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods created some darling favor boxes. Perfect for guests to take home a few macarons or a colorful cream puff! The boxes were topped with some vintage mother of pearl buttons from my personal collection. You can add buttons like we did, or any other kind of accent you wish. The box has a lovely pattern, so it will also look great without additional accents if that’s the look you prefer! No matter what you choose, your guests will love these adorable favor boxes!”

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If you are wondering where we got all the amazing furniture and accent pieces look no further than Jenni from Found Vintage Rentals!  Jenni has the most fabulous collection of gorgeous pieces and they were just perfect for this shoot!

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If you loved this shoot as much as I did definitely check out the whole post on the lovely Ruffled Blog which also has downloads of Jane’s adorable printable material!

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16 Responses to “French Patisserie Inspired Shoot”

  1. It’s all gorgeous. Love all the different decorated cakes!

  2. Brancoprata says:

    This is what happens when a dream team works together… absolute perfection! Thank you for this amazing inspiration!

  3. lidia says:

    this is absolutely amazing like every thing you ever bake up (:
    i aspire to one day be as great as you.

  4. Absolutely perfect, not a detail missed! Love it!

  5. Naomi says:

    Wow… This is bananas! You are amazing!

  6. Libby James says:

    well thanks, now i’m drooling. it looks fab! :]

  7. This is so beautiful, everything is just perfect!

  8. faithy says:

    This is soo pretty..gorgeous gorgeous set up and everything looks so beautiful!

  9. Aunt Lynda says:

    Oh come on!!!! I want the exact party for my girls!!!

  10. Laurence says:

    This is so gorgeous! I love all of it! Except for the macarons and madeleines, the other cakes are nothing like what we have in France. Yours are much better looking! But so hard to replicate! Merci

  11. Kelsi says:

    looks like an absolute fairy tale.

  12. Val says:

    Incredibly Gorgeous!

  13. Love, love, love this shoot. Everything was beautiful, I love all your inspired Parisian treats. I especially love the madeline cake, so simple and elegant.

  14. Sandra Keefe says:

    Ohhhh my goodness…everything is so gorgeous. I love each and everyone of those treats. The shoot is wonderful but I bet the way you decorated them had allot to do with it. You go baby go!!! Elegant springs to mind!

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