Saturday, July 31, 2010

WEDDING: Powell-McCarthy, Barnsley Gardens, 7/31/10

What a great wedding to end my July with. This was my second trip to Barnsley Gardens ..... and each time we have run into some horrific thunder storms on the way up. I was glad to see however that the rain had come and gone so that CJ and Jim could stick with their original plan to marry at the ruins and party at the Town Hall.

When CJ Powell and Jim McCarthy met with me .... I felt very comfortable with them, like I had known them for years. Having looked through my blog prior to our meeting, CJ knew exactly which design she wanted. She brought with her a copy of the "The Best of ..." cake done a month earlier. Their reception was small in numbers and didn't need many servings, so with the middle tier Fake .. it only served 64.

I often tell folks that "I drive like a mad woman" when I deliver cakes ... well, after delivering this one, I was zooming down a straight open road and just ahead to the right was one of Adairville's finest ..... he flashed his lights to tell me to "slow it down, sister" .. and I did. :)

I wish CJ and Jim many happy years together. Thanks for allowing me to play such an important role on your special day.

Music: Children of the bride/groom
Photo: Niece of the Groom
Floral: Poes Bloomers, JoAnn Brown
Caterer: Barnsley Gardens Resort

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" Square - Vanilla cake filled w/ fresh sliced strawberries
8" Square - FAKE
10" Square - Chocolate cake filled w/ Chocolate buttercream

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FUN CAKES: July 2010

JULY 2010

In addition to 4 wedding cakes and 2 groom cakes (look for the individual July wedding posts) ..... I've kept busy with the following:

My friend Liz celebrated her 30th birthday in style .... a leopard print bustier was in order ....

Belle was created for a 3rd birthday celebration.

This post-wedding cake was created for EJ Sadler of Blue World Studios who recently married and needed a small cake to celebrate with. Thanks, EJ for the photo.

This Basket o' Berries cake was created for an 80th birthday celebration.

Former bride and forever client Nacirema Stewart ordered this "money" cake for Otis's birthday celebration to let him know that he is "priceless".

Leslie ordered this cake for a friends baby shower. This is a replica of the shower invitation. Too cute.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What is a Plateau ?????

pla·teau - noun
def: A flat stand, as for a centerpiece

Nothing makes that gorgeous cake more elegant than a silver cake stand. When you think of all the photos that are usually taken around the cake table of the bride and groom, the cake with the bouquets, the cake cutting, the toasting and so on, you will realize that the cake table usually turns into a central focus for the photographer.

Plateau's come in all different shapes and sizes ... basically anything flat and sturdy can be used. I have 8 and 10" crystal pedestals, 14" Round and Square, 18" Round and Square, 22" Round and Square, Wrought Iron and Wooden plateau's available.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

WEDDING: West-Barto, Braselton-Stover House, 7/24/10

This was my first delivery to the Braselton-Stover House. It's worth looking into. Charming and elegant describes the historical Braselton-Stover House located in downtown Braselton, Georgia. Built in 1916 by Green Braselton, the second son born to the town’s founder, William Harrison Braselton, the house was purchased in December 2000 and faithfully restored to its current beauty and charm by Mary and Marvin Stover.

In addition to the historical house with its inviting wrap-around porch, is the 6000 square foot banquet facility that was completed in November 2008. It's gorgeous. Like the house, the new facility features period furnishings and is beautifully decorated. French doors open from the banquet hall onto the veranda overlooking the garden area.

I shouldn't have "favorite" couples, but Katie West and Burt Barto could be considered "favorites". When we met back in February, I realized that this was a couple meant for each other. Katie didn't want the normal "stacked" cake ... she went out of the box and we placed each cake on its own board and used covered elevation to showcase them. Navy ribbon and yellow/white floral finished each cake. It came out great.

Burt's cake was all his design. I have never seen a groom so excited about his cake as Burt was. He had a vision of a groom throwing a ball to his bride who was standing at home plate. It's called "Batter Up" !!! I sure hope he was happy with my interpretation of his cake design.

Katie works with my next door neighbor and I can't wait to hear all about their wedding.

Congratulations, Katie and Burt !!! See you on your first anniversary.

Music: Spectrum Entertainment
Photo: Atlanta Artistic Weddings / David Diener Photography ( ( Thanks for the very quick turnaround !!!!!
Floral: Ann's Flower Shop, Winder
Caterer: Cornbread and Caviar (heavy hors d'oeuvre .. looked incredible)

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" Cutting Cake: Vanilla cake filled w/ Fresh Sliced Strawberries
8" Square - Strawberry cake filled w/ Strawberry Cream Cheese
8" Square - Lemon cake filled w/ Raspberry
8" Square - White cake filled w/ Cookies n' Cream
8" Square - Carrot cake filled w/ Cream Cheese

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
12" Square - Chocolate cake filled w/ Bailey's

Saturday, July 17, 2010

WEDDING: Lepchenske-Etheridge, Peachtree Club, 7/17/10

My second delivery of the day was to The Peachtree Club. It's a little difficult to make deliveries (security was not around to unlock doors) but The Peachtree Club has recently gone through some renovations and it's quite lovely .. not to mention the view from the 28th (top) floor.

On our way to The Peachtree Club, we went through a nasty rain storm. Although the balcony had cover, I was hoping the storm would stay away and not rain on their wedding... but then again it wouldn't have dampened Jennifer and Brad's wedding at all.

Jennifer Lepchenske and Brad Etheridge are one of those couples who look good together and make a great team. I should really start taking pictures of my brides in their gowns .. she looked beautiful. We met back in March and after going thru my portfolio's decided to go with a simple yet elegant cake with streamers coming down on all four sides topped with their "E" monogram and white hydrangea.

The groom cake .... A House Divided ... Alabama vs Georgia. Came out cute !!!

Congratulations, Jennifer and Brad !!!

Music: Jamin' DJ's
Photo: Carrie Tabb Photography
Floral: Jeff Purdy
Caterer: Peachtree Club

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" Square -Red Velvet cake filled w/ Cream Cheese
8" Square - Lemon cake filled w/ Raspberry
10" Square - FAKE
12" Square - Almond cake filled w/ Sliced Strawberries

Groom Cake Flavor/Filling:
9x13" Chocolate cake filled w/ Chocolate Buttercream

WEDDING: Bergeron-Ham, Vines Mansion, 7/17/10

This was my first visit to Vines Mansion in Loganville. The grounds are beautiful. I can see why photographers love this site.

Carla Bergeron and Will Ham ..... Carla called me on June 25th, we met on June 28th, and her wedding was July 17th .... I wouldn't recommend all brides wait that long to secure the cake vendor, but this time it worked out. Her delivery was scheduled for early morning (9:00) and that gave me more than enough time to pick up my next cake and head out the door. Perfect timing.

Carla was one of my brides who knew exactly what style cake she wanted .. dark purple and limey green were her colors. Hand-drawn icing scrolls and accents in purple and green extended from live floral clumps.

Music: DJ - Gregory Jackson
Photography: Derek Wintermute Photography (
This is the first time that a photographer sent me the professional cake shot before I got a chance to send a note to request a copy. Thank you, Derek !
Floral: "I DO" Flowers
Caterer: Eagles Landing
Ice Cream: Brusters

Wedding Cake Flavor/Filling:
6" Square - Coconut cake filled w/ Raspberry Buttercream
8" Square - Red Velvet cake filled w/ Cream Cheese
10" Square - Red Velvet cake filled w/ Cream Cheese