Saturday, September 7, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake...

  (Photo Courtesy of Maggie Austin Cake)

Not surprisingly cake continues to be a integral part in pretty much every wedding.   Even with all the interest, and competition, last year in alternative desserts, the cake still survives, and transforms.  But where did this tradition come from you ask....well, let's take a look.

Way back when all these traditions were set in place, usually around the time of Ancient Greece, after the wedding ceremony a loaf of bread was used to celebrate the union.  The Groom would gnaw off a bit of the bread for good luck and prosperity, and then the remainder of the loaf was then broken over the Brides head.  As the crumbs fell to the ground, guests and well-wishers would scramble to scoop up the priceless morsels in hopes of gaining a wee bit of their own prosperity.  Ewwww!

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Later the tradition moved from bread to cake (thank goodness) and instead of having it broken over the lovely Bride's head, the cake was cut into teeny tiny slices so the Bride could slip each slice through her wedding ring, thus blessing them, before handing to each waiting guest.  Needless to say, this very time consuming tradition has evolved into cake being cut and handed out to guests on plates...oh happy day!

So now you know!  

Each year the trends affect cakes as well.  According to an article by Maggie Austin for HuffPost Weddings, these are the hottest trends you'll see in Wedding Cakes.  By the way, you can read her entire article by clicking on the link above.  I'm just going to paraphrase....and add my 'two cents worth', of course...
The 'Yum' Factor...
No more stale boring, white cakes...'no siree Bob'.  According to Austin, "Moist cake with decadent fillings and feather-light buttercream is the new standard."  And we couldn't be happier.  Look for cake designers to bring forth new complex combinations to 'wow' your guests.  No cake left behind...that is the new motto!

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Sugar Rush...
This year you will not see as many florist adding their special touches to the Wedding Cakes, instead Sugar Flowers will be the guest of honor on these lovely creations.  Why?  Well according to Austin, "These beautiful blooms will not fade or wilt, they're not sprayed with poisonous pesticides, and they can be completely customized. Whether it's a pop-art magnolia or a feathery peony edged in silver, couples are looking to cake designers to give them the flowers that Mother Nature can't."  Can't argue with that!

No More Freezer Burn!...
Personally I cannot think of anything less appealing than to defrost your wedding cake on your one year anniversary, so I am happy to see this tradition come to an end.  Today, many cake designers are offering couples an Anniversary Cake in place of the once obligatory frozen top layer for them to celebrate.  And doesn't that sound much more appealing than dragging out a year old frozen cake...absolutely!

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Frills....Frills...and More Frills...
Austin tells us, "The wedding dress has long been a source of inspiration for cake design, so it makes sense that the trends follow each other closely. Frills that are so thin they're translucent, intricate lace overlays across a smooth canvas, and layered appliques with subtle texture all reflect the hottest haute couture gowns."  So Brides, take note...gone is the heavy fondant draping, or swags, on cakes.  This year it's being replaced by softer, more delicate designs to mimic ones gown.

Fondant is King...
I will admit, I am not a big fan of fondant.  I tend to lean on the side of the most rustic look to cakes, even going so far as being a fan of the unfrosted designs.  However, having be given the daunting task of cutting a wedding cake, no easy feat I might add, I have changed my opinion of this confection.  This year, Austin says, "Whether you're in love with the austere lines of an English country manor awash in climbing blossoms or the humble and minimalist charm of wildflowers, fondant (with the buttercream tucked safely inside) is the perfect canvas for a design that's uniquely yours."  With a word of caution thrown in...."But whatever you choose, keep that cake out of the sun!"  Wise words.  I cannot begin to tell you the number of cakes we have had to reconstruct at the last minute because someone placed the cake in the sun...

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No More Whimsy...Thank You Very Much!
We've all seen them and marveled at their ability to stand upright.  Those crazy cakes that defy gravity and look as though at any moment could topple over onto themselves.  Well rest assured my lovelies, these cakes are a thing of the past...well, at least for weddings that is.  Austin reports, "Today's skilled cake designers are flexing their artistic muscles in a much more restrained way, focusing their energy on beautifully-executed details rather than structural engineering."  And that my friend is music to my ears! 

Loosen Up...
No longer will you see the rigid floral displays on cakes.  Things are loosening up quite a bit.  According to Maggie Austin, cake designer extraordinaire, "These days, things are getting a bit more... natural. Cake designers are opting for an organic feel for the arrangements and creating sugar flowers that pile or tumble or cascade in a way that is both realistic and fanciful."  

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Pedestal Cake Stands Please...
Even though they have become a staple in the industry, look for the ornate, and sometimes gaudy, cake stands, or cake drums as they are also called, to disappear from Cake Tables across the nation.  According to Austin, these heavy duty holders of wedding cakes are taking a back seat to the more delicate and lovely pedestal cake stand..."A pedestal cake stand. A slender pedestal elevates the cake off the table and gives the design height and presence."  

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So, there you have it...what's trending in cake design for this year.  As I mentioned earlier, for the complete article by Maggie Austin, click this link: Maggie Austin.  She can also be found offering classes and advise on!  Pretty awesome.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 Wedding Trends

Every year the experts come out with their list of 'trends' for the coming year...and this year is no exception.  As we head into the 2013 wedding season, be prepared for some fun and bold changes to the way weddings have been in the past!  This year there will be lots and lots of color, pattern, glitz and glamour...and a whole lot more.

First off...Color...
There are two colors that will be huge this year.  Emerald and Mint.  Pantone announced that Emerald IS the 'Color of the Year' for 2013...but both, in my opinion are fabulous.  Both are versatile...and both are, well, shall we say, 'Hot for 2013'.  Love saturation of color...then go with Emerald!

Not wanting to make quite as much of a statement...then go with Mint.  A more subtle, softer shade that will still wow...

Remember these colors are not just for dresses...oh no!  They can be used throughout your wedding color pallet.  Invitations, cake, linens, decor name it.  The creative mind can find numerous uses of these colors throughout the day.

And before we move off of colors all together...Pantone says that 'Greyed Jade' is another HOT color to watch for.  It's soft enough to be a neutral yet beautiful enough to make a statement.  What do you think?

Oh my goodness...Pattern...Pattern...and more Pattern...
This year's weddings are going to be using lots and lots of patterns.  Whether it is in the design on your cake, your dinner plates, or table linens, pattern will be everywhere.  And I love it.

Now, you don't have to go all 'frilly' and 'fru fru' with your patterns either.  If you're a more contemporary bride, go with patterns that speak directly to you!  But definitely go with pattern!

'Put a Bird On It'...of course!
Birds are huge this year...huge!  Everywhere you look in wedding trends you will see birds, so why not include a couple of your own 'love birds' into your decor and design...?

Bling...Lots and lots of BLING...
Nothing says romance like a beautiful chandelier...and they are all the rage for 2013. And the more the merrier.  Don't be frugal when using these beauties either...make a statement.   Be prepared too...GLITZ is back.  Look for all decor to go 'over the top' with glamour, glitz and all out bling!

Vintage is back!
Brides just can't get enough of the vintage look so this year everything 'vintage' is taking center stage.  Look for decor and dresses borrowing themes from the 20's, 30's and 40's.  Oh the fun you can have!




Camping...or as it's know nowadays...'Glamping'...
Yep...camping, you heard me right.  Thanks to Matthew McConaughey's uber stylist star-studded bash, this trend has taken off!  2013 couples are wanting that camping-feel with upscale accoutrements as long as there's a safari tent...or maybe an Airstream trailer!

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Lounging Areas...
These beauties remain BIG for 2013.  Couples are still wanting to offer guests a comfy space 'out of the fray' to relax, chat with friends or just hang out.  'The skies the limit' when it comes to the imaginative things you can do with these areas.  Whether your style is modern, vintage, rustic or contemporary, give it a go...your guests will Thank You!

For two years running, Peonies have been the favorite flower of brides across the country.  And they again capture that honor this year.  Remember peonies are only available for a short couple of months so if you are desperate for these beauties, and they are out of season, try 'garden' or 'cabbage' roses.  They give you that same delicate feel and are usually always available any time of the year.

Fabulous Cakes...
Cakes are taking on a bolder look for 2013.  Look for designs to either mimic the lace on a brides wedding dress, or make a huge leap to all out statement with appliqued designs that 'WOW' your guests.  

And finally...Mini-Food...
Caterers are reporting that couples are going for 'mini' offerings for their guests during the Cocktail Hour and for Dessert.  They are also incorporating 'ethnic' offerings as well highlighting the countries of their ancestors.  Plated meals are all the rage this year...but do look to offer some fun 'finger' foods to your'll be all the rage!

So there you have it...the newest wedding trends for 2013.  Any of them 'suit your fancy?'.  I have to admit I do love the idea of 'glamping' and will have to check into that over the next few months.  Nothing better than camping, glam-style!

Give me your thoughts...and go out there and make your wedding your own!

Until Next Time....

(Photo courtesy of 'Stellasweet Photography')

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Something's Must be Love...'Megan & Jason Get Married'

(All photos courtesy of 'Bertoli Photography')

We actually met Megan and Jason at Megan's cousin, Jennifer's wedding to her Jayson at the 'Coloma Country Inn' back in September 2011.  I remember the moment well...I was clearing dishes from the Witz family table when Megan's mom, Rhonda, asked if I was one of the wedding planners.  Of course I answered, 'yes'...and she said, 'You'll be hearing from us'.  And hear from her we did...about 6 months later as Megan and Jason were in the final stages of planning their wedding at the beautiful 'Flower Farm' in Loomis.

I cannot tell you what fun it was to be able to reunite with family and friends who had been at her cousin's wedding months earlier.  And to learn that our former InnCredible couple, Jennifer and Jayson, were expecting their first child.  It was like 'old home week' for Marjorie and me. We loved it!


So, I'm not sure where to begin.  They say, 'A picture's worth a thousand words', and oh my goodness, there were so many fabulous photos that Nick Bertoli and Lorrin, of 'Bertoli Photography', captured it was hard for me to choose which ones to use.  After going over them and over them, here are a few of my favorites.  There are lots more on his website if you want more...




Jason is a firefighter so the theme of their wedding centered around fire, fire fighting and of course, firemen...with a few chickens thrown in, but more on that later.  The 'Table Names' were different terms used in fire fighting.  There were vintage fire trucks on the tables.  And there was even a 'Grooms Cake' in the shape of helmet, complete with flames, just in case anyone didn't know the grooms profession!   Too cute!!!   

They even lined the aisle with two fire hoses...such a great idea!

Ok, just so you know...there were so many beautiful people in this wedding, it was almost criminal!  And if that wasn't enough, to 'spice things up a bit', our Happy Couple chose a 'special song' and wrote a few words for each member of their bridal party.  Classic idea that brought cheers, laughter and applause from the crowd!

And could this crowd party.  Oh my goodness, I honestly didn't think they would ever stop.  Take a look at the merriment happening after dinner.  Too much fun!  And I still have no idea what the bandanas meant!  It's gotta be a firefighter thing...!!!


As you might imagine, the Toasts were a big hit too.  Not once, but several times, the Bride and Groom were taken aback by the words of their 'loved ones'...hee hee.


Oh...and before I forget.  The chickens.  Oh how could I forget these lovelies.  If you've ever been to 'The Flower Farm', you know they have these amazing 'Gypsy Chicks' who live on the grounds...and wander freely to add their magic to the day.  However, from time to time they are known to wreak havoc during ceremonies.  And Megan and Jason's wedding was no exception.  Right in the middle of their vows, one boisterous roosters decided he was going to get his 'two cents' worth in and try to drown out the Groom.  Too funny...was the highlight of the ceremony. 

That and Jason being so anxious to say 'I Do' that he blurted it out before their Officiant, and fellow firefighter, Andrew Trigg, was able to get all the words out.  Now, that's a happy groom...LOL! 

The entire night was a blast.  So many wonderful people came together to celebrate the love and marriage of Megan and Jason.  Since their wedding, Jason has been off fighting fires in and around the area, and Megan got a teaching job.  We wish them all the love in the world and are blessed to have been such an important part of the biggest day of their lives.

Our 'Special Thanks' to all the InnCredible vendors who made Megan and Jason's wedding dreams come true:

Photographer:  'Bertoli Photography'
Wedding Planners:  'InnCredible Events'...that's us!

Until Next Time...

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