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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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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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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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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Snow Falling on Cake

If you’ve ever imagined your wedding being a fairy tale ending come true, this will be the scene for you. Inspired by the romantic notion of a classic winter wonderland, we collaborated with some of our fellow StudioWed vendors to craft a seasonal window display to remember.

Our goal was to create a cake that looked like it had been sitting out during a soft winter’s snowfall. Rose petals fall down the cake as time stands still. Wooden planks on the second tier match the rustic quality of the outdoor scene and fit perfectly with the barrel cake stand.

Our SW colleagues pulled out the big guns on this one! Complete with drop crystals, a fur runner, and mirrored tabletop, this window is dressed like none other. The cozy sofa seating adds to the luxury of this elegant setting.

{ A Big To Do Event, Linens and Table by I Do Linens, Stationary by Foglio Press, Floral Design by Jackson Durham, Photography by Janet Howard Studio }

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FGC on Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty puts it best when they say “it’s the sweet and simple things in life that matter most”. As you can imagine, we completely agree. Who says your wedding cake has to have tons of bling, fondant, or scrolls to be elegant? Featured on SMP Georgia, this elegant garden wedding at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens shows that a little can really go a long (and beautiful) way. Their yellow & grey color scheme was perfect for the sunny summer wedding. Our simple buttercream and fondant cake design really allowed the lovebird topper to shine.

{ photos by Something Pretty Photography }

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Grey & Garden Rose

In this day and age, coming up with a fresh and new color palette is hard to come by. Fortunately, there are professionals to do it for you! Most people might think “grey” is drab and boring, but paired with the right shade of pink, it can become crisp and elegant. We teamed up with Lemiga Events for a photoshoot in Occasions Magazine to show how this color combo can really shine.

Mimicking the feminine accents of an E. Lebron gown, we created a cake design featuring fondant ruffles, “puffy pillows”, and sugar flowers. The soft rose ruffles of the cake are tipped in silver while each pillow is a hand-made wonder.

Michelle Gainey’s theme of “City Chic Summer Romance” was the perfect scene for this opulent design.

A cake like this is sure to have your guests craving sweet satisfaction!

{ photos by Vue Photography }

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