Client Spotlight: A Beautiful Blush Wedding at 12 Hotel in Atlanta

Dee (33, who works in digital advertising operations) and Craig (38, a graphic designer) met online while living in South Florida.  On their first date they spent the entire day together!   Dee says “it was like going on several dates in one day, we went to a street fair, the movies, a museum, dinner, and a bar”.  They were enjoying each other’s company so much neither wanted the day to end.

During their courtship they developed a tradition of planning surprise activities for the other’s birthdays.  It was during Craig’s surprise Birthday BBQ that he proposed.

Dee was initially unsure of the feel she wanted for her wedding, but she knew she didn’t want traditional.   It wasn’t until she found her dress; a beautiful blush colored a-line dress with a sweetheart neckline that she knew.   This became the inspiration for the rest of the wedding.

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Dee writes a home décor blog that focuses primarily on budget friendly ideas (www.deevadesigns.com) so it was natural for her to tie together elements that were homemade with items that were rented from vendors to create a whimsical but elegant feel throughout their venue.  They were married under a chuppah with white drapes and an antique white chandelier that they made.  Blush color accented by gold and ivory adorned items such as faux floral balls for their cocktail tables, the birdcage that was used as their gift card box, and Manzanita trees adorned with blush peony and crystals that where used on their cross shaped tables.

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Craig as the graphic designer, used their initials to create a heart which became the logo that would be used throughout their wedding.  It was on their save the dates, their programs and even the cake.  YES….THE CAKE!

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It’s a Sweet Life had the pleasure of creating a beautiful cake highlighted with their logo and a cluster of blush colored edible wafer paper flowers that sat atop a display of individual cakes for each of their guests.   Each cake was a stunning blush, or ivory in color highlighted with wafer paper flowers, gold dragee, and edible gold lace appliqué.   The display was the perfect centerpiece to the event.

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Craig and Dee were both such a pleasure to work with and their creativity and love were inspiring.  Congratulations on a beautiful wedding day and we at It’s a Sweet Life wish you many happy years to come.
Photography by Shawn R Photography http://www.shawnrphotography.com/

Top 10 Tips for Selecting the Best Atlanta Wedding Cake

  1. Be inspired:  When meeting your Atlanta wedding cake decorator for the first time, bring as much information as possible; theme of the wedding, wedding invitation, design of your dress, color schemes and inspiration from the room and flowers. It will make the design process and selection easier.
  2. Be honest about your budget:  It really is important that you trust your cake designer enough that you tell them your real budget. Real! There are lots of ways to translate blush pink peonies and lace into a wedding cake, and letting your designer know means they can work on ideas that are actually realistic. (And they won’t try to wring you for every penny, I promise.)  If you’re on a tight budget, think about having an oversized statement sugar flower or blocks of color, rather than piped lace or a floral cascade.
  3. Portions dictate size:  It’s not the other way around, the number of people you need to serve is more important than the number of tiers you think your cake should have. If your number is on the low side you can make it up with dummy tiers, but bear in mind that they aren’t free, and a 5 tier cake at a wedding with 40 people will probably result in a few awkward stares.
  4. Make sure you like their style:  Cake designers have styles too! If you are looking for an ombre cake with an extended/double barrel tier, chances are you shouldn’t go looking for someone who still uses pillars and stairways.  The same goes for buttercream vs. fondant, some designers are happy to work with both, but you’re much better off finding someone who works with the medium you want for your cake.
  5. Taste the Cake:  Besides being a showpiece, your Atlanta wedding cake should taste amazing too. When you meet with prospective bakers, taste lots of flavors. Don’t be afraid to stray from vanilla and chocolate. And don’t forget to sample fillings too—many bakers are working with complex flavorings, like guava and mango or hazelnut and mocha.
  6. Consider the Weather:  If you’re having an outdoor wedding in a hot climate, stay away from whipped cream, meringue, and buttercream: They melt. Ask your baker about summer icing options; You might want to go for a fondant-covered cake — it doesn’t even need to be refrigerated.   At It’s a Sweet Life we suggest fondant on top of buttercream. Fondant done right doesn’t have to change anything but the look.  Most bakers layer it over buttercream anyway.  If your guests don’t want to eat it, they can peel it off and still have a standard amount of buttercream to enjoy with their cake.
  7. Mind your Magazines:  Keep in mind, magazines have food stylists, editors, and assistants working nonstop to keep the cakes looking perfect. These people spend hours fixing the sweating, dripping, leaning, or sagging that can happen to a cake after it’s been sitting for a while. And if what they do doesn’t work, they can fix it with Photoshop. They also have the luxury of creating cakes from stuff that isn’t edible — most cakes in magazines are iced pieces of Styrofoam, which certainly doesn’t taste very good. So don’t expect your cake designer to be able to replicate exactly what you see in print.
  8. Top it off:  There are many beautiful and unique ways to top off your cake, so you can avoid plastic figurines (unless you’re going for cool-kitsch). If you have an heirloom piece — especially a fine porcelain antique — work with your baker to integrate it into an appropriate design. A pair of sugar or gingerbread cookies can look charming atop a country wedding cake. Finely sculpted maple sugar or marzipan figurines are quaint. Other alternatives: a bouquet of sugar flowers, a cascade of icing ribbons, or even a sugar block carved out to reveal your new monogram.
  9. Lock Down Delivery Details:  Atlanta wedding cake delivery takes coordination (and sometimes a refrigerated van), so give yourself peace of mind and opt to have your cake delivered. Complex cakes may not necessarily arrive in final form, so allow time and space for assembly. And make sure that once the masterpiece is delivered, it has a place at the venue (especially if it requires refrigeration). Bottom line: Discuss all the delivery details with your baker before signing the contract.
  10. After the Wedding:  Avoid freezer burn! Even if you take the most painstaking packaging measures, eating the top tier of your cake on your first anniversary sounds far better than it tastes. Treat yourself to a fresh cake in the same flavor, or a replica of your top tier once you’ve survived the first year.  If you must adhere to tradition, wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then bag it in an airtight baggie. Stay away from aluminum foil — it might not protect against freezer burn as well as plastic wrap because it’s not an airtight material.

Atlanta Wedding Cake Trends for 2015

The 2015 Wedding Season is upon us and judging by the sheer amount of inquiries we have had so far, you may be seeing some pretty epic Atlanta wedding cakes here at It’s a Sweet Life.  The past few years have seen lots of exciting developments in the cake world with new techniques and tools making many designs a possibility.

Wedding cakes have become an expressive medium for any couple and represents the artistic centerpiece of many wedding receptions.  I always tell my brides to go big with the cake – not necessarily the size but the design.  Cakes play and integral role in carrying out the theme of your wedding while portraying your personalities at the same time.

Here’s a look at what we think will be the top wedding cake trends for 2015:

Metallic Cakes

Metallic icing and dustings of glitter will be strong again this year.  From gold and silver to bronze and even rose gold; even the most traditional brides will find themselves obsessing over these metallic wedding cakes.  Metallics can adapt to any style, from the opulent feel of delicate embroidery in gold, to entire metallic glam tiers.

Faye Cahill of Faye Cahill Cake Design in Sydney Australia says  “Gold is HOT! Warm and glamorous, gold makes a strong statement.  Gold can be used either in fine detailing or over larger areas to really pop.”

“New for 2015, however, will be the mixing of gold and silver on one cake,” says Rachael Teufel, owner and designer of Intricate Icings Cake Design in Denver.

Pretty Amazing Cakes

Pretty Amazing Cakes

Wild Orchid Baking Company

Wild Orchid Baking Company

Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes

Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes

City Sweets & Confections

City Sweets & Confections

Lace Wedding Cakes

Experienced cake bakers are turning out tiers decorated with beautiful designs, reminiscent of the most gorgeous wedding gowns and vintage floral fabrics.

“A lot of brides are looking for patterns copied from the lace in their dress, or their china pattern,” says Sylvia Weinstock of Sylva Weinstock Cakes in New York City

Sugar-made buttons and ivory fondant lace appliqués accented with edible pearls create a beautifully romantic cake reminiscent to grandmothers heirloom wedding dress.  The key to pulling it off is color – light hues and little contrast work best.

Zoe Clark Cakes

Zoe Clark Cakes

It's a Sweet Life

It’s a Sweet Life

Sugar Ruffles

Sugar Ruffles

Cotton and Crumbs

Cotton and Crumbs

Ruffled Cakes

Tempting to touch and texture, ruffled and tulle looks will be big in 2015.   Ruffles are a perfect way to add a feminine touch at an Atlanta wedding cake.  “Frills are at home in every type of reception, from avant-garde to country chic,” says Maggie Austin of Maggie Austin Cake in Alexandria Virginia.
Textured sugar-made rosettes all over the cake are fun because the added dimension is different and unique, but the look still elegant and beautiful.  Whether you choose an all over ruffled look or just one tier, it’s sure to be a show-stopper.

It's a Sweet Life

It’s a Sweet Life

Charm City Cakes

Charm City Cakes

Oakleaf Cakes

Oakleaf Cakes

The Pastry Studio

The Pastry Studio

 

Naked Cakes

Naked cakes are all the rage, and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.  Perhaps you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about, but rest assured you’ve already seen one or two.  The saying “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” certainly applies to this wedding cake trend.  These unfrosted beauties come in all shapes and sizes.  The beauty in this design–the color of the cake itself can set a tone and influence the look and feel that your going for–another fun way to bring something to life!  My favorite part to naked cake designs is that the fun does not stop at just the beauty of the cake alone. The other side to the naked cake’s beauty is in its fillings & toppings, in the form of frosting, berries, caramel, honey, natural blooms and so much more!

“The exposed cake and filling of the naked cake appeal to both the eyes and the stomach,” says John Rusk of Alice’s Tea Cup in New York City.

Baker Mama

Baker Mama

Miss Ingredient

Miss Ingredient

Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings

Flour and Flourish

Flour and Flourish

Monogrammed Cakes

Brides put their monograms on everything from the napkins to the invitations.  But one of the most creative (and delicious) places to flaunt your initials is on your wedding cake. Monogrammed cake toppers have been popular for years, but now couples are taking the monogram off the top and are working them into the cake design instead to highlight their new shared name. Whether hidden in scroll-work or prominently placed on its own tier, it’s a sweet sentimental touch.

“When used in a repetitious design around the cake, the monogram becomes a pretty pattern, except to the discerning eye,” says Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur in Worthington, Ohio.

Artisan Cake Company

Artisan Cake Company

Cake Lady Cakes

Cake Lady Cakes

Cup a Dee Cakes

Cup a Dee Cakes

It's a Sweet Life

It’s a Sweet Life

Tell us: Which is your favorite trend in Atlanta wedding cakes?