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My Son's Wedding & Cake

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm a mother-in-law!!! It's hard to believe... seems like only yesterday that I was the newlywed. But then I remind myself that next year will be my 30th wedding anniversary! This doesn't mean I'm getting old does it??? Wait... don't answer that question!  ;)

Earlier this month, my son got married to a wonderful young lady. I'm very happy and excited for the two of them. Their wedding day was beautiful and everything turned out better than we'd even hoped for.


 In case you were wondering... yes, I made their wedding cake! Some people tried to convince me not to make it. They said it would put too much stress and pressure on me then send me over the edge! Well, I really wanted to make their cake! (I can be a little feisty at times... by the way.) So I gave myself plenty of time and planned out a VERY detailed schedule! All in all I learned one thing about myself... if I really want to do something, then I'll find a way to do it! (Like I said... I can be a little feisty at times!)

They wanted their cake to be five 6" tiers with two 1" spacers. The colors were peach and gray. They asked for Sahara and Vendella roses, large open white ranunculus with green centers, and peach/green blushed hydrangeas. They were worried about the color gray not showing up enough in the cake so we covered the 1"spacers with gray fondant and added gray berries to the floral design. I also made a pale gray/green leaf (kind of like the lambs ear plant) to further incorporate gray into the floral design. I added a fondant wrap accented with silver dragees at the base of three tiers. Someone said to me, "I guess if your mom's the cake decorator, then the sky's the limit!" I suppose they're right! LOL

From the base of the plateau to the top of the flowers this cake measured about 41-1/2" tall.
A view from the other side.
Close up of the flowers on the base tier.
A fun angle from the top looking down as I put on more flowers.
One of the large open ranunculus.
Adding the final details.
As I was setting up the cake, a video was playing in the background of the bride and groom. The video showed many pictures of them from their births to their engagement. It was accompanied by beautiful love songs. This was the first time I'd seen the video. OH MY GOSH!!!! Seeing those pictures... especially the baby pictures of my son made me a little, kind of, slightly, quite, very... OK OK OK extremely emotional! In fact I was crying so hard, that I couldn't even see the cake because of all the tears! Didn't you notice the huge bags under my eyes in this picture?!? I'm such a mom...*sigh.
Luckily I pulled myself together before the reception that night.
The bride and groom cutting their cake.
Me and my hubby of almost 30 years!
My 17 yr old son caught the garter.  He's was so cute... a little embarrassed and not quite sure what to do with it.
Their first dance as husband and wife.
The mother and son dance.
Here are my other three children. They're all awesome kids!!! And I know... they don't look like each other at all!
Instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles... they wanted a shower of sparklers to send them on their way.
If I had it to do over, would I make their wedding cake again? Absolutely... it was a labor of love and I enjoyed every moment. The key to making it possible was "planning and preparation". And of course being a little bit feisty never hurts!

It was an amazing day for two awesome people! I wish them nothing but the best for their future life together!!!

11 comments:

  1. beautiful cake and beautiful wedding! I love the color combination and the flowers - unique and stunning =)

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    1. Thanks Angela! I was pleased with the way everything turned out. Also happy that we got enough gray into the design to make the color combination work well. :)
      ~Judy

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  2. OH my! What a gorgeous cake and wedding. The cake is stunning, come on now, how much time to put that confection together, including the hand-made flowers? :) Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! Hmmmmm... I didn't really keep track of the time I spent. But I worked on the flowers several hours a day (every day)for a month. They'd originally planned on the cake being in the center of the room, but changed their minds and moved it to the side. So I actually made enough flowers to decorate the cake all the way around. Lets just say... every place you looked there were sugar flowers. lol
      ~Judy

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  3. Oh my goodness! That cake is a masterpiece! Such lucky kids. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. I don't know if you remember me...Katy Birrell from the old AF ward....I have been following your blog. I dabble in cake and cookie decorating. Your art leaves me speechless....what an amazing, amazing gift you have....I can't believe how old you kids have gotten! And you look gorgeous! ((hugs))

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    1. Hi Katy! Of course I remember you! It's great to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words.... and yes, my kids are growing up way too fast! Hope all is well with you and your family. I hope you enjoy cake decorating as much as I have. It's been a great way to feed my creativity. Keep practicing! ;)

      ~Judy

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  5. Beautiful cake! I made my daughter's wedding cake, and YES, I would do it again!

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  6. *faint* - its absolutely stunning Judy - what a beautiful memory for you - your son and daughter in law to look back on. You excelled in every detail - I hope come November this year the Cutting Cake and 80+ mini cakes i make for my son and his bride to be are as beautiful as your creation... Again, your cake is just gorgeous - So many resons for you to be so proud of your family and caking skills - you surely are a gifted lady ... Maxine x

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  7. This is sooo beautiful , well done you. It really is stunning. I'm new to cake decorating but really love it. How many portions does this Make?

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