A Peek at How I Spent June 16, 2007…
Cakes, Cookies, Weddings

I’m in a reminiscent mood today and while looking through our wedding pictures (and realizing that 3 years later we still haven’t ordered our album…I know, that’s really bad!), I thought that it would be fun to share an overview of our wonderful day and some of the vendors who helped to make it so special!  Below is a quick look at the event.  It was really hard to choose so few pictures to share because there were so many amazing ones but hopefully these give an idea of the feeling of the event!

Our wedding weekend was held in The Berkshire’s at Cranwell Resort, which was beautiful in June!  I had always wanted to get married in a “castle” or at an old estate and I loved that Cranwell was close to where most of our family would be coming from, but far enough away that our immediate family could make a short getaway out of the wedding.  I can’t thank Samantha, the wedding coordinator at Cranwell, enough for making our weekend run so smoothly!  All of the pictures below were taken by Lisa Berry who was our photographer who we both absolutely loved working with!  She did an amazing job not only capturing the day but also making us feel completely comfortable as we’re both very camera shy.

My sister and I watching from the bridal suite as the ceremony was set up and guests began arriving…

The flowers were the one item that I really didn’t know too much about when I first started the planning process.  I had no idea at all what to ask for when I met with florists, but when I met with Mary Anne Gillooy, all that I had to tell her was when we were getting married and that we were working with shades of purple and she was just brimming with amazing ideas!  It was such a relief because I really had no clue what kinds of flowers I could even have and would have never thought about using lilacs, although they are one of my favorite flowers!

I had to wear ballet flats because my gown would have had to have length added during alterations if I had wanted to wear heels…Justin was glad because heels would have made me a bit taller than him!

The beautiful flowers on the arch, and view of the mountains, for our ceremony…

My Dad and I walking down the aisle…

Justin looking a tiny bit nervous and Eileen Drumm (on the left), our wonderful Justice of the Peace…

At the very end of our ceremony a dark cloud rolled in and it started to pour!  You can see everyone in the background scattering and running for cover, although it looks like Justin and I are completely oblivious to it in this picture :)

Greeting guests on the (luckily) covered patio during the 20 minute downpour…

The result of all of that rain!

When Justin was really little he was in his Aunt’s wedding and ruined all of her wedding portraits by making bunny ears in every single one…a detail not noticed until they were developed!  Justin’s Dad stood in for his brother as Best Man because both his older and younger brother were deployed and couldn’t get leave at the time.  My brothers Andrew and Brett are on the left and were his groomsmen.

Some details and closeups…

We did a good number of DIY projects for our wedding, mostly because I love doing craft projects.  They included our save the dates, invitations, programs, seating cards, menu cards, card box, out-of-town guest baskets, guest book, and of course favors.  Ordering custom rubber stamps and embossing the resulting mongrams was a nice and inexpensive way to make our paper products look more professional.

I love the color combination of the purples, greens, and bright pinks in the bridesmaid boquests!

Tiny purple Swarovski crystals added a sparkly element to our seating cards…

Making the 100 cookie favors the week of our wedding was actually a pretty stressful project…I’m so glad that Justin was able to help because I don’t think I could have done it myself!

Our delicious cake was made by Something Sweet by Michelle and  I loved the detail of the sugar vase filled with gum paste flowers!  We had three different flavors, lemon with lemon curd and blueberries, white chocolate with white chocolate mousse and strawberries, and chocolate with chocolate ganache…all of which were completely heavenly!

Lots of flowers and even more candles in our reception…I adore the romantic feeling of candlelight!

We alternated large arrangements and small arrangements to fit the tall ceilings in the ball room…

The pillars in the ballroom gave more opportunities to add candlelight…

I love this picture of Justin dancing with his Mom!

Taking advantage of Cranwell for a few pictures before the sun goes down…

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Celtics Cake

I was just watching the end of the Celtics playoff game and I was reminded of this cake that I helped make while working for Something Sweet by Michelle a few years ago.  It was a groom’s cake that a bride ordered to serve as a surprise at their rehearsal dinner.  I actually like the idea of having the groom’s cake be the dessert at the rehearsal dinner and then having a traditional cake at the wedding reception.  This way both cakes can be fully enjoyed and really who can complain about having cake two days in a row?  To give an idea of the size of this cake I think that it was a 16 inch round.  The logo is one very large piece made entirely of royal icing and is almost as big as the cake.  To make a royal icing piece you pipe the design onto a wax paper covered cake board then flow it in with thinned icing.  It needs to sit and completely dry which takes a few days.  When you’re ready to use it you just carefully peel the wax paper off and place on the cake.  It’s really pretty simple and I’m always excited to make these because I love working with royal icing and it’s fun to watch the design come together as you fill in the colors.       


Pretty Pink Baby Shower Cake

I’ve gotten so behind with my blog lately for a number of reasons but I’m happy to say that I will hopefully be getting back on track next week.  I have lots of pictures to share from the past few months and have been very busy working on some exciting projects which I unfortunately can’t share just yet.  Bridal Shower/Wedding Season is starting in full force in April and that means lots of cookie pictures that I will be able to share!  In the meantime, check out this beautiful pink baby shower cake that Michelle of Something Sweet by Michelle recently made for an expecting mother…

I love the colors and the details on the mother figurine which is made out of gum paste.  So cute!


Cookies for a Sweet 16 Masquerade Ball!
Cakes, Cookies

I made some fun mask cookies a few weeks ago for a Masquerade Ball/Phantom of the Opera themed Sweet 16 party.  The colors were red and black with hints of silver.  I decided to do several different designs as well as an equal number of red and black masks so that they could be alternated on the tables.  The hints of silver come from dragees and hand painted details.  We finished their packaging with red and black satin ribbons.

I was lucky that the cake was created by Michelle from Something Sweet by Michelle because she sent me a picture that I could share!  It was a two-tiered white fondant covered cake with black piping and a cascade of red gum-paste roses.  The topper was one of the sparkly masks being given to guests when they arrived.


Swarovski Crystal Cake

Looking through my recent blog posts I noticed that I hadn’t shared a cake post in a while.  This past summer I had the chance to help Michelle of Something Sweet by Michelle deliver this beautiful crystal cake to Cranwell in Lenox, MA.  The cake was five white fondant covered tiers featuring a tumbling cascade of gum-paste flowers and Swarovski elements.  I believe that the cake was coconut cream with lemon curd, white chocolate mousse, and black raspberry coulis…a delicious combination!


All of the Swarovski crystals were glued in specific patterns on the ribbon used to circle each tier as well the ribbon loops in the cascade.  Notice that there are even crystals in the centers of the small flowers in the cascade.  I can only imagine how time consuming this was as each piece of ribbon was very long and such small crystals can be difficult to work with.


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