Sometimes when you know, you know…you know? In this circumstance, Tara, our bride, saw a picture of a cake and just knew it was the one for her reception. Held in the lovely and classic Lovett Hall, at The Henry Ford, Tara found a cake that she thought matched the vintage and Victorian feel of the gorgeous ballroom.
When a cake is as breathtakingly beautiful as Tara felt that the picture was, you don’t want to change too much and take away from her vision. Therefore, we switched some colors around to match her purple, ivory, and champagne color palette but left the basic concept the same. All of the ruffled flowers were handmade, all lustered, some texturized and painted, all to create more beauty and depth. We fashioned a mold and made a few brooches along with handmade buttons and lustered pearls for the centers of these flowers. We then colored and rolled the larger pearls, and then lustered all of them (basically it was a luster-fest!).
The tricky part for us was the lace. What we determined while thoroughly examining the photos of the cake was that 3 of the tiers had real lace draped over and around it them. While we made several attempts to come up with something similar, nothing was quite right. We ended up calling Tara to let her decide: change the lace pattern, and look, and have the whole cake be edible; or use real lace, and keep the integrity of the design, but that part be inedible. She chose to use real lace, especially since it’s so easy for the kitchen to peel it off! Add in a few ruffles and a band of dragées as well as swirls and loops of pearls and we were good to go!
Congratulations Tara and Ryan—thank you for letting us be such a big part of your wedding! And a big thanks to Jeffrey Lewis Bennett for the beautiful photographs.