A classic shot in front of the iconic Van Dusen fireplace.
Alisha + Austin | September 2016
Van Dusen Mansion
Collaborating with florists on a cake design is super fun. I provide a cake that looks great as a stand-alone piece of art, but THEN -- then the florist comes in, loads it with the most amazing mix of white and peach roses, and you simply couldn't imagine it any other way.
That's what happened with this cake for Alisha and Austin's mansion wedding.
Don't get me wrong - it's definitely nerveracking watching someone poke stems into a cake you've spent dozens of hours perfecting. I basically hold my breath and pray they don't screw it up! ;) But seriously, before the poking even begins, I always chat with the florist to make sure we're on the same page about the look that the client wants to achieve.
In this case, Alisha wanted a lush spray of roses cascading across the cake, but not in a boring straight line. Sadie's opted to add a heavy curved swag, almost completely covering the 3rd tier. The spray even starts at the very top of the cake surrounding the cake topper, which I love.
I ADORE how gorgeous this cake turned out after Sadie's worked their magic. Sadie's Floral does a fabulous job with all types of floral design - not just cakes! I've seen their work first-hand multiple times and it's always amazing.
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Sadie's knows how to dress a cake. GORGEOUS!
And I love the couple's monogram topper from Better Off Wed (my go-to supplier for elegant cake toppers).
And if you're set against having fondant on your wedding cake - good news for you! This design is 100% buttercream. (Although, our fondant actually DOES taste good. Read more about it here.)
My own photos can't compare in quality to DnK's work above, but I'll share a few anyway just to showcase a few more details :)
You may have thought the top tiers of the cake were perfectly smooth. Upon closer inspection, you'll see that there was a subtle "spackled" or "stucco" finish. This was a super fun look to achieve, and I love that it adds just a bit of unexpected to the design. The "rough" texture is contrasted by the delicate pearl borders.
Next, I wanted to show you a close up of the beautiful base tier. There's a very popular design in both wedding and celebration cakes where tiers are completely covered in large buttercream rosettes (pick out the large ones from my photo below and imagine only those covering the tiers). It's a very pretty look, but not quite what Alisha wanted for her wedding. Instead, we intermixed those large rosettes with a variety of other piped flowers a more varied look.