I have to be honest, when I first saw the color that Pantone had announced for their 2017 color of the year I had a "WTF" moment.
The wedding cake can be one of the many great focal points at a wedding. I have been to many weddings where guests "ohhh" and "ahhh" over the wedding cake and take photos of the work of art, including myself!
On May 22, 2010, Rachelle and Ruben became Mr. and Mrs. at Siena Golf Club and Bistro. It was a windy and chilly day for May in Las Vegas, but that could not stop the love that they shared from radiating all around their friends and family. The ceremony and reception was flowing with beautiful green and orange flowers and music from DJ Gabriel Ortiz filled the air. An abundance of laughs were shared throughout the night and the most memorable laugh had to have been when the father of the bride stated that if Rachelle would not have married Ruben, he would have! I wish Rachelle and Ruben a lifetime filled with love and laughter and many cuddles from their cute doggy Charlie who made an appearance on their donation favor cards.
Enjoy the photos!
Lakeside ceremony at the Tuscan styled Siena Golf Course:
Alternating tall and low centerpieces adorned with hanging votives:
Intimate Sweetheart table with gold Chiavari chairs with a olive green sash and matching linen:
A fun twist on the traditional bouquet toss. Rachelle tossed three mini bouquets in the air, tricking guests and giving more then one girl the opportunity to catch the bouquet:
Wedding Coordination: Angelica McDonnell of Green Orchid Events
Ceremony and Reception Location: Siena Golf Club and Bistro
Ceremony Music: String Quartet by Las Vegas Events Music
Photographer: Trent Black
Videographer: Terrence Lighten of Lighten Films
Floral and Decor: Las Vegas Event Flowers and Decor
Reception Music: DJ Gabriel Ortiz with All Events DJ
Wedding Cake: Leopold's Bakery
Hair/Makeup: Veronica Robles and Nicole with Makeup to Remember
Actually, they're called "Cakelets" and they are one of many of Gimme Some Sugar's signature items. These cakelets are designed to feed 1 - 2 or 3-4 people which I think is perfect! Usually there is so much cake left over after a party and I personally find it wasteful. I'd rather get one or two cakelets for my small dinner parties and birthday celebrations! Below is the cakelet I ordered for my husband's birthday yesterday! He's a big fan of the whisky and said it was "the coolest cake I have ever seen!" I'd have to agree.
Check out more cakelets in their gallery here.
p.s. Sometimes I'm a clumsy wedding planner. I nicked the bottom left of the cake when I almost dropped the entire box going from my car into my house. Luckily, I don't usually need to handle wedding cake.
About Gimme Some Sugar:
Gimme Some Sugar is a custom cake studio headed up by talented cake designers Kristen and Miranda. Recently, Gimme Some Sugar has designed cakes for celebrities such as Kid Rock, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton. Oh, and did I mention they're really nice too? Yes, they are and you can call them for a consultation for your next big bash!
I admit I'm a little obsessed with Pink Cake Box. I just love that they can create a variety of cakes and they're all so beautiful. And I love that she updates us on her blog often. This light green cake with a bird's nest caught my eye today. It was filed under "baby shower" but I look into all categories for inspiration. I love the complementary cupcakes next to the cake. Simple. But I love it!
Bright colors make my day happy. Add sugar and I'm happier.
While attending the Wedding MBA exhibit, I came across a bite sized dessert that was too good to be true. The Lollicake Company delivers a twist on a childhood favorite. Lollicakes are cakes dipped in a chocolate shell on a stick. They come in 10 different flavors including: Triple Vanilla, Mint Chocolate, Lemon, Black & White, Carrot, Strawberry, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate and Spice. These delicious treats are sold by the dozen and arrive in a charming flower pot. The first dozen purchased is $25 and each dozen after that is only $20. Lollicakes are perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, favors, client gifts, and of course as wedding favors! Bon Appetit!
Name: Julie Anne Hession Location: Private studio off of Sunset in Las Vegas (call for tastings and consultations)
Company Name: Julie Anne’s Number of Years in Business: 3 (2 years operated as a bakery/café; 1 year as a boutique cake decorator/caterer)
How did you get started in pastry arts? I have been baking for as long as I can remember. Having discovered a passion for pastry at a very young age, I spent countless hours in the kitchen, whipping up desserts for family and friends. My “schooling” consisted of poring over cookbooks, experimenting with various ingredients and techniques on my own, and of course some invaluable tips from mom. It eventually occurred to me that I should follow this passion and turn my love of baking into a livelihood.
What did you do prior to this? Before I started Julie Anne’s, I was a graduate school student at Duke University in North Carolina. Although I have lived in Las Vegas since 1992, I decided to go to Duke to get my MBA, which has been a valuable asset for running my business. The decision to attend Duke ended up being a good one for many reasons—that’s where I met my husband!
If you didn't design cakes and pastries for a living what would you be doing instead? I’m pretty sure that I would still be doing something food-related. I’ve done a little bit of food writing on the side, and I also publish a blog, which I really enjoy, so I think that I would be a full-time food writer and cookbook author.
What are some of your hobbies? I like to keep fit (this helps when you are surrounded by sweets on a daily basis!), so I take Bikram yoga classes, I run, and I love to go hiking when my schedule permits. I also enter cooking contests--my highlight so far was winning a Food Network cake competition last year. My husband and I own two rescue dogs, and I am a true animal-lover. We also enjoy traveling and trying new restaurants and types of cuisine.
What is the craziest wedding experience you’ve ever had? When I owned my bakery/café, I booked two weddings on the same day. Not only did we make the wedding cakes, but most of the food as well. Both clients were good customers at the store, and I didn’t want to turn them down. Little did I know that the weddings would be held at the same time on completely opposite sides of town. We ended up shutting down the café for the day so that the entire staff could focus on the weddings (we provided complimentary pastries and coffee outside for customers who did not know that we were closed). I positioned my strongest people at one wedding, and I started out at the other wedding. Once everything was secure there, I hurried to the other side of town to attend to the other wedding. It’s a miracle that none of the food or logistics was mixed up. Both weddings worked out beautifully, but I have never been so exhausted in my entire life!
What is the best wedding experience you’ve ever had? The first wedding that I ever did, purely because I felt the greatest sense of accomplishment after the cake had been successfully delivered to a smiling bride-to-be. I recall being extremely nervous throughout the process. Will I finish on time? Will the cake look right? Will the couple be happy? Fortunately, the answer to each of these questions was “Yes”!
What is your inspiration? I am inspired every day from things that I see, articles that I read, and even from people who I meet. Sometimes I will see a unique color combination in a beautifully decorated house, and I will think “Hmmm…..that would look beautiful on a cake.” If I find a delicious-sounding pie recipe in a magazine, I might try to turn that concept into a cake flavor. I also look at what other cake designers around the world are doing to get ideas for shapes, patterns, and borders. Last but certainly not least, I am inspired by my clients, as their ideas and personalities help to form the foundation of my designs. Name an exotic location you’d like to visit soon. I’ve heard wonderful things about Turks and Caicos, and the photos that I’ve seen have been beautiful. It looks like the perfect place for those who really want to escape! Why do your clients choose you over some of your competitors? Because we are a smaller business, I take ownership of and am personally involved with each and every project that I do, from the initial consultation to the delivery. As a result, I feel a great sense of responsibility for each order, and I pride myself on being a perfectionist with an eye for detail. Another benefit that we offer is our flexibility. If you don’t see your favorite flavor listed, we can create a flavor for you. Julie Anne’s also does custom sculpted cakes and personalized cookies, so we can serve as “one stop shopping” for wedding cakes, groom’s cakes, and party favors!
What is the best piece of advice you can offer a bride and groom on their wedding day? Don’t be afraid to ask for the things that you want, and don’t let other people convince you that you want something else. Remember that your wedding is about both of you, so don’t plan your celebration to please other people. If you love pistachio, then make (at least part of) your cake pistachio! Honor your family and friends with a special toast, personalized favors, or a thank-you note. The best way for guests to enjoy themselves during a wedding celebration is by seeing that the bride and groom are enjoying their special day!