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Sweet & Saucy Shop on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes

Monday, August 9th, 2010

So hopefully by now all of you have had a chance to see our Fabulous Cakes episode on TLC!  It was such a great experience and I feel really blessed to have been asked to do it.  To tell you the truth it was a last minute whirlwind experience that I basically only had 2 days to plan for.  I had been in contacts with TLC for a while about me pitching a wedding for the show and each time it fell through and then 2 days before Kristin & Michael’s wedding they confirmed everything and I said yes!  We had cameras in our studio for 3 days straight and let me tell you that is quite an experience.  I had no clue what they would use and how they would edit me and my shop, but overall I was really happy with how it turned out!

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It was such a pleasure to work on Kristin & Michael’s wedding and I could not of asked for a better couple for this show.  I was actually already booked for their wedding when I was approached for the show and when they said they were up for it too I was so happy.  We basically made their cake bigger & better than we had planned it to be and even threw in a groom’s cake (which I will talk about later).

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Kristen from The Treasured Petal did an amazing job with the floral design…I was seriously blown away by it!

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This is the first time I had the pleasure of Michael Norwood shooting a wedding of mine and it was truly a pleasure; his photos are simply breathtaking.

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This wedding definitely wouldn’t have been the same without the incredibly talented and sweet Angel Swanson of Events of Love & Splendor who did the wedding planning & design!  She made my job so easy!

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Once I met with Kristin I was so inspired by her and her creativity.  She designed and made the invitations herself and I have to say they are some of the most gorgeous ones I have seen.  She pulled such inspiration from the location of Rancho Las Lomas and really wanted to pull in the spanish tiles that they had there, spanish style lace, and of course her grandmother’s vintage buttons (if you watched the show)!

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We made silicone molds of her grandmother’s buttons, handpainted the tile design on the cake, took the tile pattern and used it for a depression & impression on the cake, made a giant sugar flower anenome flower since that was her favorite and finally lined the cake with spanish lace.  This cake was certainly one of my most daring designs that pushed the envelope, but I was truly proud of it once it all came together.  I LOVED how Michael captured their reaction when they first saw their wedding cake!

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Of course we also had do to a full on dessert bar for them as well!  Angel did a fabulous backdrop for us that really made it all pop!  We made custom sugar cookies with Kristin’s printed designs, cake lollipops, mini cupcakes, mini key lime pies, and chocolate chunk cookies

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One interesting aspect of the wedding and show is that I was actually asked to make a second cake that would be featured as well, so Kristin wanted to surprise Mike with a groom’s cake.  Kristin and Mike love their dog Baxter like a child and he was even a part of their wedding party.  Kristin thought Mike would flip if I made a 3D dog for him and so that was my mission. There was actually quite a lot of drama that occurred with me making Baxter (which would’ve made for great TV), but I guess they ran out of time for the episode so that is why he didn’t make it on the show.  Nonetheless here is the cute little guy!

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Again I loved seeing their reaction!

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Thanks so much to my incredible team at the shop…we all know I could never do anything with you!  A special thanks to my mom who keeps me sane, encourages me daily, gives me the best advice a girl could ask for, and is the most amazing business partner ever!

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Pops of Color

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

When I first met with the bride and her mother about 6 months ago for a consultation I automatically knew that I really wanted to book this wedding!  They were  fun, creative, and full of excitement for their big day and being from Texas and having a wedding here in California they had done their homework and found Courtney Toney, from Joyful Weddings & Events, to help plan for their wedding.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a fabulous planner, whether for the whole wedding process or at least just for the day of…they can make your wedding 10 times more enjoyable, creative, and memorable.  Courtney recommend Carissa, from JL Designs to our clients too and they fell in love (like they always do!).  So now I was really wanting the job and luckily they wanted me too!  This was such a fun wedding to plan for and was full of pops of color, fresh flowers, and cute details.  When I got to the venue I was blown away with the set-up that Courtney & Carissa had pulled off…it was just perfect! Here are some fabulous photos from Melissa Kelsey Photography of the day…enjoy!

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Here are some photos of the adorable couple!

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And more details from the gorgeous day…

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Now check out the cutest candy bar you have EVER seen!  I thought Courtney did an amazing job with the set-up of this!

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I was so excited for my dessert display because I knew Courtney was making me a fabulous backdrop and Carissa blew me away with the wheat grass and fresh tulip display for my cake stand to sit on…how amazing it that!?!  I wanted to pull together all the fun pops of color and make this display delicious eye candy!  The bride loved the cake I designed while I was in Ron Ben Israel’s class last year, so since I don’t like copying exact cakes that I have done before we switched it up by changing around the color scheme, flowers, and details…I loved how it turned out and was so excited once I put it on the cake stand!

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For the mini desserts we did monogram sugar cookies, mini key lime pies, passion fruit, coconut, macadamia nut tarts, mini cheesecakes with fresh raspberries, and cake lollipops.

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Love these ladies…

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And of course I had to snap a photo of my fabulous business partner, friend, and master cake lollipop maker…my wonderful mother!!!

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I don’t know how I ever thought I could run a whole store/business without her! She, along with my whole family, has been more amazing than I could ever of hoped and dreamed for.  After pulling 36 hours straight last weekend without sleep (yes, I overbooked)  I was even more grateful for the immense amount of help my mother has been!  

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Kayli & Darren’s Wedding

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Get ready for some GORGEOUS photos!!!  I have to say that I was so excited when one of my old friends from college asked me to do the desserts for her wedding.  To make it even better she introduced me to Jesi, from Jesi Haack Weddings who planned the whole wedding & design!  Since the day we met Jesi and I have hit it off and I absolutely love spending any time I can with her. She did a fabulous job with every detail of this wedding and really carried Kayli & Darren’s wedding design to the next level!  I was so excited when I got to the venue and saw the incredible backdrop Jesi created for my desserts…I can’t thank her enough!  Not only was I blessed with an amazing planner for this wedding, but the photographer is one of my favorites!  Aaron Shintaku, from Aaron Shintaku Photography, captured these fantastic images and literally left me speechless when I first saw them. Congratulations to Kayli & Darren…may the Lord bless your marriage greatly!

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I absolutely love creating full dessert bars that incorporate the wedding cake and mini desserts into a fully designed table.  Thanks to Jesi for the real tree stumps, handmade backdrop, and table runner!  For the cake we used billy button flowers as the main accent to the fun bird topper they wanted for the cake.  

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Here are some details shots of the beautiful couple and their wedding!

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And last but not least the mini desserts!  Kayli had asked me if we could include her mother’s cookies and grandmother’s fudge into the dessert spread and I’m glad we did because it gave that truly homespun feel!  For the desserts we did cheesecakes with raspberries, key lime pies, chocolate peanut butter balls, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and carrot cake lollipops.

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And finally the cute couple enjoying their first bite of cake!

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The other fabulous vendors were…

 

Photography:  Aaron Shintaku and Amy Hinden, formerly AHS Photography
2nd shooter (so Aaron could be a legit groomsman :):  Gabriel Ryan
Hair & Makeup:  Carlie Renee
DJ:  Johnny E
Officiant:  Isaac Marcs
Floral Design:  jesi haack weddings
Photobooth:  Foto Cabina
Event Design + Coordination:  jesi haack weddings
Beautiful Hair Piece:  Oh My Deer

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!


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