Love At Orange Shoes

Photo by Marci Curtis

What’s that?  Orange shoes?

Well I promise by the end it will all come together.

Meet Megan and Andrew.  A sweet, loving couple planning their wedding at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  The colors, peacock-inspired blue and lime green, were meant to run through the cake, the décor, all the way down to the peacock feather in Megan’s hair.  We decided for their July wedding to do a classic chiffon cake iced in buttercream with understated, clean decorations.  Since the colors were the main focus of the cake we went light on the design with graduated green ombre dots, which then highlighted the gold-dusted blue flowers.

Photo by Marci Curtis

Oh but that’s not all.  Megan decided to surprise her husband-to-be with a groom’s cake.  You see, Andrew is a Navy man and spent nearly ten years in the U.S. Navy Submarine force. Without the Navy and those submarines, Megan and Andrew may have never met.  Megan wanted to honor Andrew’s submarine days with…you guessed it, a submarine cake.  We went for the look of the submarine gliding down (or up I guess) into the water, still showing his sub’s call sign number.

Photos by Marci Curtis

So when I asked Megan if there was any other significance in choosing a submarine cake she explained to me how it all started…

Most of Andrew’s time in the Submarine force was spent in Washington, but his final service with the Navy was “shore duty” at the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Connecticut where he served as an instructor to new submariners.  It was there in Connecticut, in a little coffee shop where Megan and Andrew met.  He insulted her bright orange shoes and then asked her to dinner.  They’ve been together ever since.  (See, I told you it would all come together).  So when it came to surprising Andrew, it had to be a submarine cake.  I guess the only other option would have been a cake that looked like her orange “clown” shoes as he calls them, but that might have been a little strange for a groom’s cake.

Photo by Marci Curtis
Photos by Marci Curtis

Megan and Andrew shared their photos with me for this blog post and I had to include this photo because this is one awesome wedding kiss.  Plus, it reminds me of the infamous photo.  Congratulations Megan and Andrew on your newly wedded bliss.  I hope you still have the orange shoes and keep them forever.

Photo by Marci Curtis