Wish Upon a Star

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Photo by Special Moments Photography
Photo by Special Moments Photography

Most of the time as cake decorators, we see trends, styles, and colors all come and go.  It’s a rare opportunity when someone actually picks something different.  Don’t get me wrong—we love our cakes and if it weren’t for the tradition of a wedding cake we wouldn’t have nearly as interesting of a job!  But on that note, I’d like to introduce you to Anna and Aaron, our non-traditional couple who picked a theme and really went for it.

Photo by Special Moments Photography
Photo by Special Moments Photography

Now I know that looking at this cake it doesn’t look non-traditional—it looks very classic.  This was a mini 3-tiered cake (a 4”, 6”, and 8”) that was really only there for Anna and Aaron’s ceremonial cut.  Small white gardenias and a little scrollwork behind the flowers all coming together with a pop of dark blue (to match the bride’s belt).  What’s so different you ask?  Well it has to do with everything around this cake.  Take a look at this next photo.

Photo by Special Moments Photography
Photo by Special Moments Photography

These delicious piles of chocolate covered goodies are our Cosmic Cakes.  Now the reason why this is important is because of that theme that was earlier mentioned.  Anna, who considers herself to be a very non-traditional person, and Aaron, picked a Full Moon Ceremony at Weller’s Carriage House in Saline.  As Anna described it to me, all of the places they were looking at just weren’t unique enough.  After too many disappointments, Anna went out on a 4-hour retail therapy session and in this time, Aaron did some searching and found Weller’s and their special ceremony.  Her response when she came home: “Babe…I like this.”  And so it began.

Photos by Special Moments Photography
Photos by Special Moments Photography

Apparently Anna’s mom recommended our bakery to her because she knew about our Cosmic Cakes.  These are our versions of “Whoopie Pies” so they’re rounds of chocolate cake filled with varying flavors of buttercream and then coated in a rich, dark chocolate.  The reason behind picking them was purely the word “cosmic” fitting into the full moon theme.  The main decoration for the evening was white stars so we topped the vanilla filled Cosmic Cakes with a small pearl lustered star.  The other flavors had their own distinguishing toppings such as salted peanuts for the peanut butter filling, a fondant raspberry for the raspberry filling, toasted coconut for the coconut filling, and a mint leaf for the chocolate mint buttercream filling.  All in all, they had 200 Cosmic Cakes, enough for each guest (and some cake if they wanted it too!).  The personalized cake stand, Cosmic cake stands and signs, as well as the table numbers were all made by Anna’s mom, dad, and sister.

Photo by Special Moments Photography
Photos by Special Moments Photography

So what happens in a Full Moon ceremony?  Apparently you eat first and then have the ceremony and then party ‘til the break of dawn—okay not really it’s more like 1 a.m.  So everyone was ushered out of the Carriage House to start the ceremony around 9:30 p.m. where Anna walked down the aisle with her father to an instrumental version of When You Wish Upon A Star—not only a beautiful song but keeps with the theme.  In the meantime, the cake and Cosmic Cakes were brought outdoors where they proceeded to cut the cake after the ceremony.  I’m adding this photo of their first dance because Anna pointed out to me that almost no one paid attention to them dancing because they were so busy picking out their dessert!  After staring at the Cosmic Cakes all dinner long without getting to try to one everyone congregated on the spot.  And it was true!  If you look at the photo everyone on the right is not watching them dance, they’re getting cake!

Photo by Special Moments Photography
Photo by Special Moments Photography

Photos by Special Moments Photography
Photos by Special Moments Photography

So here’s to doing something different and hoping that all of Anna and Aaron’s wishes come true.

And a special thank you to Patrick Abel from Special Moments Photography for the beautiful photos.