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A Little Cake Sparkle

When you work in the wedding industry, you have to love all things feminine, romantic, and glamorous. It’s just a given. Lace, metallics, ruffles, diamonds…you name it. But let’s face it – there are only so many different color and textile combinations and sometimes things can have a tendency to feel a little stale. Thankfully, Timeesha Duncan of Tim Duncan Events gave us the opportunity to replace romance with whimsy and feminine with bold. And whenever you give us a chance to be bold, we’ll definitely run with it!

Above is a peek at the inspiration board Timeesha gave us as the basis for a modern photo shoot for the new issue of Oh-Brides Magazine. The pizzazz and pop comes from the sharp contrast of gold and black. While gold is a traditional wedding color, black is just as much not. But it’s the black in this color palette that really enhances the shine and sparkle of the gold, so we knew we had to make it a key element in our cake design.

While we toyed around with the idea of making a cake completely covered in black fondant, we felt that brides might not find it accessible or applicable to their own ideas of the perfect wedding cake. The sketch we ultimately chose features an abstract array of hexagons in the black and gold color scheme. Mimicking the light and movement of sparkling glitter, we thought this design struck the perfect balance between fun and elegant.

As long as we were making a fun cake, we couldn’t pass up the change to make some ruffle flower mini cakes and cookie favors to match! Everyone who is anyone needs their own personal mini cake.

 

Hello, adorable!

{ photos by Inga Finch Photography }

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Real Wedding Cake: Leauna & Eron

Nothing makes us happier than seeing the final photos from a beautiful wedding and a memorable wedding cake. Leauna and Eron tied the knot last August and we’ve been dying to share their cakes since then!

 

The wedding cake was a towering beauty iced in our traditional buttercream with black fondant accents. In between each tier is a lovely combination of hydrangeas and roses to match the ceremony decor. These classic motifs set against the urban industrial feel of The Foundry at Puritan Mill create a wonderful juxtaposition of soft and strong.

  

And as if that wasn’t enough, we created a custom groom’s cake – an homage to Eron’s love of Ralph Lauren polos!

 

Okay, we lied. There is something that makes us happier than seeing these photos… making a beautiful couple’s cake dreams come true!

{ photos by Project Duo Photography }

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Slam Dunk of a Cake

Once in a blue moon, someone comes to us with a wonderful challenge of a cake. We get inquiries for edible versions of cars and purses all the time, but this past December we received a particularly special request.

To celebrate their anniversary, a former Miss Universe and an NBA star asked us to create a cake replica of two objects that best represented the union of their worlds – the Miss Universe crown atop a true-to-life basketball. The thought of this cake both exhilarated and terrified us, but we knew we couldn’t pass up the chance to do something so extraordinary!

We definitely had our work cut out for us; the process had to begin with research, research, research. Our goal was to get both objects as close to the real object as possible and to do so, we gathered as many pictures and measurements as we could find. We then started by carving the basketball out of stacked layers of cake and then we covered it in orange fondant for the base of the color. From there, we imprinted the basketball texture onto the fondant and then spray-painted and added more details as needed to bring the ball to life.

 

The Miss Universe crown was the more intimidating part of the design, due to its fragility when made in edible materials. Thankfully, our genius decorating team was able to create the frame of the jeweled beauty using a styrofoam ball as a structural base. In the end, the glittering cake tiara was beautiful enough to wear on your own head!

To tie all the various elements together, we just couldn’t resist transforming the cake board into basketball court tile. The final finishing touch was a pair of dog bones – an homage to the canine of the family!

 

Not to toot our own horn, but…. toot toot! Our finished design was nothing short of amazing and we are so proud to call it ours. The proof is in the picture pudding…

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Modern Glam

Everyone has different definitions of “modern” and “glamorous” – bright colors, bling, crazy shapes, you name it. But for the new issue of Oh-Brides Magazine, we decided to do a more understated elegant interpretation of “modern glam”.

 

The cake seen here, photographed at 200 Peachtree, is deceptively simple. It’s unique composition is made up of three square tiers and a sugar flower. The bottom tier has pearlized fondant pleating which continues up into the main body of the cake. This pleating mimics the graceful movement often seen in satin ruching on wedding gowns. The sugar blossom acts as a delicate punctuation mark and finishes the cake off with just a hint of color.

 

Ever heard “less is more”? Well, this cake proves exactly that. We’re so used to throwing everything we have at a design, that it was really refreshing to be a bit more restrained. The result is such an elegant and timeless piece – we’re sure it’ll stay in style for quite some time!

{ photos by Inije Photography }

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Audrey Hepburn

Tired of seeing scrolls and lace? Every now and then, we are too. Luckily, Brian Green of F&G Events gave us mold-breaking inspiration for a fabulous Occasions Magazine photo shoot set at the W Midtown Atlanta. He asked us to craft a sweet little cake inspired by a timeless style icon – Audrey Hepburn – My Fair Lady to be exact.

Our initial idea was to combine white lace and black and white ribbon in cake form to mimic her dress. But while that would have been lovely, we wanted to design something a bit more modern instead. So we took the element of the black and white ribbon and made the cake just that.

It almost looks as if we took the ribbon off her hat and simply tied it around the cake. Trust us – it was much more difficult than it sounds! Our hard work paid off though. The bold graphic lines of the ribbon make a fantastic statement, especially on a smaller cake that could work for both weddings and special events.

 

 

 

{ photos by Claudia McDade Photography }

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Upcoming Bridal Events

Ah, the start of a brand new year. January means the season of resolutions, new beginnings… and bridal shows! All you newly engaged Atlanta brides get bombarded with promotions and events to help you get started in your wedding planning. We can’t pass up the chance to get some of our delicious cake in your system, so here are two upcoming events you do not want to miss!

Champagne & Sweets at StudioWed Atlanta

Thursday, January 24, 6:30-8:30 pm

Enjoy an evening dedicated to wedding inspiration, table designs, and decor ideas in the studio as you mingle with expert wedding professionals. Sip champagne and enjoy delectable desserts. All brides and grooms will receive a gift. This is a complimentary event open to to all engaged couples and our industry friends. Register to attend at http://studiowedopenhouse.eventbrite.com/

Wedding 1-on-1 at Rhodes Hall

Sunday, January 27, 2:00-5:00 pm

Join some of Atlanta’s most trusted wedding professionals to get valuable expert advice for planning your own dream wedding. ”Wedding 1 on 1″ is designed to offer future brides a personal approach to planning in an intimate setting that won’t stress them out! Guests will have a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of wedding planning – from catering trends to choosing the right photographer, dresses, décor and more. More info and registration here http://www.weddingoneonone.com/

See ya there!

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The Drama of Cake

When our friend, Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events, asked us to create a custom display cake for an upcoming Atlantan Brides photo shoot – we had to say yes! As you probably know by now, designing custom cakes is our favorite thing to do and with photo shoots we can really push the envelope. The inspiration for this photo shoot was to be the much-anticipated movie Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley. If you know nothing of the Tolstoy novel it’s based upon, just imagine lavish 19th century Russian aristocracy mixed with forbidden love. It’s the perfect recipe for drama.

We wanted to do something to push ourselves out of the box in a way that really embodied the atmosphere and mood of the story itself. In order to do that, we took the classic floral motif and turned it on its head by having the flower petals consume the cake rather than the way it traditionally blooms outwards. The result is something quite unique; coupled with some painted gold vines, our vision was complete.

The floral motif turns into something like a living organism, but frozen in time. The soft ambient sunlight in the photos casts the perfect glow for our cake to live in. Can you think of any other movies that might make great cake inspiration?

{ photos by Heidi of Our Labor of Love }

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The Art of Cake

If you’ve ever wondered how we come up with such unique designs, the first place you’ll want to look is the drawing board. Literally. In addition to the joy of making a real bride and groom happy, we get to make display cakes where we really get to unleash our creativity and cake skills. Always romantic, but almost never the same, the themes given to us are the ultimate source of sweet inspiration. To give you a better idea of the design origins of our cakes, here are a few sketches of recently featured ones.

Inspired Bride Showcase: Parisian Romance

Utilizing traditional European motifs, our goal was to convey the opulence of Paris without being too ostentatious or over-the-top. Incorporating eclectic elements like the textured ribbon and the birdcage topper helped bring the design back to a more soft and relatable tone.

StudioWed Vignette: Winter Wonderland

Though we were given a storyboard for the setting, we truly drew inspiration from the timeless fairy tale romance of Snow White. With the popularity of contemporary re-imaginings like Snow White & the Huntsman and Once Upon A Time, it was high time we made a design that indulged fantasy. Falling red rose petals in white snow is a simply stunning combination that makes us feel cozy and wistful.

Southern Charm: Magnolia Bloom

It’s a given. Everyone loves flowers! When asked to create something based upon Southern blooms, what else could we do but a bunch of sugar flowers? To truly highlight the large and stately petals of the Magnolia, we just drew pattern inspiration from textiles to create the backdrop to the floral arrangement. Sometimes simplicity is just the best way to go.

Stay tuned for more sketch-to-life recaps in our blog!

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Real Wedding Cake: Jenni & Mike

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than being part of a truly special wedding day. Jenni & Mike’s well-curated affair at Mason Murer Fine Art was one for the books. Jenni says, “I paint all the time, so an art gallery has a special place in my heart. But, the location in general was just something different, which is how Mike and I feel we are. Our relationship isn’t like anyone else’s, so we didn’t want our wedding to be either.”

 

Their choice to use an art gallery was perfect as an elegant backdrop to their modern eclectic style. Jenni’s love of sparkle led us to design a balanced combination of sugar crystals and sugar veil lace in an ivory and gold metallic color scheme.

A big thanks to Jenni and Mike for letting us contribute our own work of art to their unique celebration. We look forward to many more sparkling cakes to come!

{ photos by The Decisive Moment }

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Southern Charm

We are so proud that the Atlantan Brides Magazine chose to feature us in their newest seasonal issue! We were asked to create a design inspired by the traditional beauty of Southern blooms and oh boy, did we.

Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring and floral doesn’t have to mean trite. We wanted to come up with a design that would satisfy the eclectic taste of Southern brides through the use of a regal and timeless flower – the Magnolia. The result is a feeling of elegance and grace that is balanced with a connection to the earth and home.

The color scheme features a soft warm gold and ivory in modern textures. This serves as an subtle but stunning backdrop to a garland of sugar Magnolias which cascade down the front of the cake. By altering the cake shape and heights of the tiers, we gave this traditional theme a modern twist.

Everyone has a relationship to nature in some form or another. In various cultures, flowers are symbols of beauty, fertility, and peace – so it’s only natural that a floral motif will always be a part of wedding celebrations. From bouquets to centerpieces, the gathering of flowers means the gathering of health and happiness. And we’re happy to have made yet another beautiful design that speaks exactly to that!

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