Archive | November, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!

18 Nov

Today’s post is going to be about a new favorite topic… wedding cake!  I have found this to be one of my favorites parts of planning for my wedding!  For anyone with a sweet tooth, how can it not be?  Luckily, Chris shares my sweet tooth so we had a lot of fun throwing around ideas and plotting and planning.

A few months ago, I came across an article about Queen Victoria’s wedding cake in Entertainment Weekly.  Her wedding is credited for being the first to have a cake. And it’s pretty ornate!

I couldn’t find a picture online, but here is Queen Elizabeth’s cake:

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Princess Grace Kelly of Morocco:

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Prince Pavlov of Greece and Marie Chantal Miller:

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I love the scalloped design and the fresh, pretty colors! The cake at a wedding can be a real show stopper, if it’s done right. When we were planning, my mom bought the Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes book, and we had a blast pouring over the pages, drooling over the decadent and well-executed cakes! Here are some of my favorites:

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I love the delicate, feminine look of this cake. The French Madeline cookies, the pink icing, the decor on the upper edge of each layer. A scaled down version of this would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower!

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This cake is ornate! No novices could pull this off, but it still has a simple, understated look that keeps it from seeming too intricate.

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This was one of my favorites. I love the rustic simplicity of this cake, and how it still manages to look elegant and refined. This was a design we considered for our wedding cake! We eventually wound up going with something else but I plan to make a smaller version of this!

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This served as an inspiration for the Groom’s Cake. For those who don’t know of this tradition, the Groom’s cake is another cake served at the wedding that the bride has made based on the tastes, hobbies, and interests of the Groom. Sometimes it’s a surprise, but it doesn’t have to be. This is a tradition that originated in the South. I kept the cake topper for ours a secret from Chris, but told him about the flavors I had planned. He loves chocolate and peanut butter, so he was a little hesitant when I didn’t want to consider chocolate for our wedding cake. Our groom’s cake was chocolate, with peanut butter ganache filling and rippled chocolate icing, like in the above picture. The bakers gilded fruit that my mom and aunt found with gold food powder, and used nuts, greenery, and red berries to top both the groom’s cake and the wedding cake. Perched in the middle of the groom’s cake was a small figurine of Chris’ beloved corgi, Snuffy.

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My aunt, Jill, is a master chef and baker. She was originally going to bake both the wedding cake and groom’s cake, but we ran into issues with the logistics. She still made a killer pumpkin spice cake for my bridesmaids’ luncheon!

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Now that I’ve indulged myself in a little sweet talk today, time to go clean… the mound of clothes in the laundry hamper isn’t going to wash itself! More related articles below!

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Something Old, Something New…

17 Nov

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to be married to my best friend! We were married in the Historic District in downtown Charleston, SC. Since Chris and I tend to gravitate towards all things vintage, we were married in the beautiful Episcopal church that my parents attend. It has been around since the 1700’s, built before the US was a country. In fact, George Washington even worshipped in one of the pews! The reception was at another Colonial Era building two doors down. It was built as a Society Hall but now also serves as a reception hall for weddings and other events.  If those walls could talk, I’m sure there would be all kinds of stories!

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Before the wedding, my mom gave me my Something Old. It was a handkerchief that a friend of hers had sewn into a baby bonnet, and that I had worn home from the hospital after being born. It came with a poem that instructed the bride to snip the threads in order to have a handkerchief to carry on her wedding day. As my mom read the poem to me and held the bonnet I wore home from the hospital over 30 years ago, tears rolled down her face.

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It was a moment I will never forget. It was such a neat idea, and so special, I have decided to try to revive this beautiful trend. I have started going through my collection of vintage handkerchiefs to find hankies pretty enough to be made into bonnets, to give as gifts!  I think I have some winners… will post updates on this.

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