All dressed up

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Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography
Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography

Taran is one of those people who, when you meet her, you just instantly want to be her friend. Full of joy and exuberance—and I only spent 45 minutes with her! I can only imagine how her friends, family, and groom must feel about her. As Taran excitedly explained the vibe, feel, and colors of her wedding, she also brought up her wedding dress. Of course I asked to see pictures and was instantly inspired. Taran’s dress was fabulous. I could tell that it really fit her fun, romantic personal style and wedding, and I wanted to share that in her cake. Tea-length with a ruched satin ribbon and layers of uniquely shaped lacy flowers. All above a cute flared A-lined skirt. She had the perfect dress for a literal translation of a dress design to a cake design. And since Taran loved her dress so much, she was as excited about the cake design as I was.

Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography
Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography

To accomplish the design, Stephanie pearlized a band of white modeling chocolate and pulled and folded it until it was ruched like the satin on Taran’s dress. For the overlaying lacy floral effect, she used a technique called brush embroidery in which you pipe a pattern and then use a damp paintbrush to pull some of the icing in. It’s soft and delicate. Stephanie had premade some gumpaste flowers with their own brush embroidery detailing and a few pearls—taking more inspiration from the actual dress. These then created the overlaid patterns and gave the cake more dimension.

Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography
Photo by Tim Kamppinen Photography

Taran and Nick absolutely had to have a buttercream-iced cake, because, well, we have pretty fantastic buttercream. It’s rich, smooth, and creamy with a hint of vanilla and not too sweet. What could be better? Not much for our couple. So even though they were getting married outdoors in a park in early fall, we thought, “It’s October. It probably won’t be too hot.” Fortunately, we were right. Unfortunately, we were a little too right. It was 41? that day—as cold as most refrigerators! Not exactly what you’d expect at that time, even in Michigan. All day I was thinking, “poor Taran” being outside in her awesome tea-length dress and how cold she must be. But like any good-spirited bride (and we knew she was), she took the cold weather as simply another part of the day and remained fabulous. When I saw the photos it was pretty clear that her happiness shined through the weather. Congratulations Taran & Nick!

Photos by Tim Kamppinen Photography
Photos by Tim Kamppinen Photography