Throw back Thursday...DIY Wedding!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

About 3 years ago an old friend asked for my help putting together a few details for her sister's DIY wedding.  One of those details was designing and making her wedding cake!  Now, I have been baking and DIYing my entire life but I have ZERO formal baking/cooking training.  What I did have was a long family history of some seriously talented home bakers so I knew I could do it!  Equip with this behemoth challenge I pulled out every cookbook I owned and spent hours and hours researching blogs and youtube videos to tackle this project. she is! Take that Pinterest! I used a 50/50 combination of white modeling chocolate that I made myself and Satin Ice White Gum Paste for both the ruffles and the flowers.  If you're interested, I can share the higher density cake recipe I use for all the special occasion cakes I make for family and friends.  It holds up beautifully to my favorite Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting.

I made this cutie small tester cake for her to try at her bridal shower.  It was about 3" x 3".

The icing on the cake....early last that year we found out that her wedding was featured on 
Style Me Pretty!  Here is a link to the stunning photos taken by the oh so talented 

Stoffer Photography took this beautiful picture of the sweets table!
We decided on sweet ruffles and peachy sugar flowers.

The other pretty details I was responsible for...centerpieces and flowers.  I went to the Division Street Farmer's Market the morning of the wedding and bought all of the flowers for less than $100!  I had no idea what my favorite flower vendor would have but I trusted he would be well stocked so I picked out the prettiest Texas roses, snapdragons, gladiolus and ranunculus he had and was quickly on my way to set up!  Two other friends, Lisa and Mandy, met me at the venue mid-morning and we scavenged around Architectural Artifacts for crystals, old tiles, vintage books, jars, door knobs and other vintage treasures to put together these simple but sweet centerpieces.

Photo by Stoffer Photography

Photo by Stoffer Photography

Photo by Stoffer Photography

Catherine collected the most beautiful vintage plates for her reception that paired perfectly with her vision for an eclectic vintage wedding.  And later she ended up selling them to one of my friends who also put together her own backyard wedding! Love the kindred spirits of vintagey brides!

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