Wedding Wednesday: The Icing on the Cake!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

I was just thinking about how I’d love to be sitting outside a bakery right now, on this rainy fall day, sipping a latte and eating something delicious.  Then I remembered it’s Wednesday and was inspired to nose around Pinterest to find some beautiful wedding cake ideas to share.

There are INFINITE ways to decorate a wedding cake.  Not only are they a perfect way to express your wedding’s theme, but they’re also the backdrop for some important wedding moments – think cake smash!! While I’m all for beautiful things, it’s also important to remember that your cake should be equally pretty and delicious!  Afterall – cakes aren’t cheap, and you definitely want to get the best bang for your buck!

Here are some of my favorite looks:

Not only am I a big fan of square cakes, but I can’t get enough of the purple damask pattern, metallic gold, and sparse cascading flowers.  It’s romantic, vintage, and has just enough going on.  Not to mention – despite all the gorgeous decor – it still looks yummy!

I can’t believe this is actually cake!  This rustic beauty is a true work of art!  I love the way the feminine flowers are peeking out of the masculine “wood.”  It would be a perfect centerpiece for a rustic/romantic wedding.  I can’t help but picture a setting like the cottage’s forest in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

I’m a sucker for all white weddings, and especially all white wedding cakes.  The one pictured is one of the most ornate cakes I’ve seen, and there’s something refreshingly beautiful about the monotone color palette and intricate details.

I featured this cake on last year’s Wedding Wednesday: Autumn Chic inspiration board.  I had to include it in this post, as it is one of my all-time favorite looks.  I first saw the un-iced cake concept when Hilary Duff married former NHL hockey player Mike Comrie in 2010. She liked the look because it was “vintage” and added to her wedding’s cozy theme. She also said she isn’t a huge fan of sweets, so nixing the icing personalized the cake to her liking – something to keep in mind if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth!  The look is not only vintage, but rustic, and screams of “down to earth” and “home.”  This Spiced version is the perfect centerpiece for an Autumn wedding.

Actress Hilary Duff and husband Mike Comrie cut their wedding cake.

Whoever designed this His and Her’s cake is genius!  The bride and groom are both represented in this beauty, and combines the growing trend of having a groom’s cake, without the extra cost.  In a world where weddings can be all about the bride, this is a great way to give your groom some attention too.

Who says a wedding cake has to be made of perfect tiers and flawless fondant?  Not me!  This Sandcastle cake is the perfect example of making your wedding cake truly your own.  Why stop with a castle? I also found this little gem:

Here are a few more looks I love:

I also came across a very helpful article from The Knot today – “Wedding Cakes – Our Top Tips.”   It has some seriously great advice, so be sure to check it out!

What is your favorite wedding cake design?  What did your wedding cake look like?

XO- Stephanie

Wedding Wednesday: Make Way for Ombre! Part II

Happy Wedding Wednesday!  It’s time for the second of our three-parter tribute to Ombre!  Are you as excited as me? I hope so!  The ombre look is the perfect addition to the wedding industry’s trends.  It adds a delicate, feminine, almost dreamy, touch to wedding decor, and has been used on everything from centerpieces, to wedding gowns!
There are infinite possibilities of Ombre-ing (I like to make everything verbs) up your wedding day.   You can use a little, or a whole lot, but as always, you should avoid too much of a good thing.  I highly suggest using accents of solid colors to anchor the look and emphasize the trend you’re hoping to show off.
So how exactly can you incorporate this trend?  Well, let’s start with an obvious take…
 
Wedding-Day Attire
I’m definitely a traditionalist when it comes to bride’s gowns – the standard white or ivory is my favorite – but as the photos below prove, there sure is a wow factor when a little ombre is thrown in!
ombre gowns
The blue chiffon dress is designed by Jason Grechwite and the neutral dress is from Lela Rose.  Per usual, Gwen Stefani was trendy before her time during her 2002 nuptials to rocker Gavin Rossdale when she weas pretty in pink in this ombre gown from Dior by John Galliano. What do you think about ombre wedding gowns?  Would you wear one?
If donning ombre yourself is unappealing, maybe you’ll like it better on your groom. Ties like this one are popping up in a lot of tuxedo shops, and come in a variety of colors. This picture on the left is from Top Hat Tuxedo located in Fox Chapel – for all my fellow Pittsburghers. (PS, I’ve worked with them before and their staff was extremely helpful and friendly!)
You can also have your bridesmaids wear ombre dresses, like this pretty purple one below from David’s Bridal, or have the girls wear different shades of the same dress and line them up in an ombre pattern like these pink examples.
The ombre order should be easy to pull off, as most bridesmaid dresses come in a variety of colors in similar shades.  You don’t have to just go from light to dark in one long line.  Mix it up a little by going back and forth in the fade, so maybe dark in the middle and light on the ends.
Whatever your vision may be, for ombre-inspired threads on your big day, you can definitely make it happen!
Flowers
Ombre is found in nature all over the place, so adding the trend into your bouquet and centerpieces is easy as pie!  These are my favorite finds – especially the flowers laid in the middle of the table.  It’s so simple, but really makes a statement, right?
Cakes
Check out these YUMTASTIC looking cakes. There are so many different ways your baker can incorporate the fading into the icing whether it be fondant ruffles, a special design or different colored layers.
 
As you can see, there are so many ways you can incorporate ombre into your special day.  Just remember – less is more!
What are you favorite ombre wedding looks?
XO Stephanie