Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wedding Dress Inspired Wedding Cake | Purple & White Wedding Cake | Inn At Longshore Wedding

Ana always encourages her brides to bring visuals representing their style, and anything that relates to their wedding, such as fabric swatches, flowers, invitation, etc. Visuals are important in order to show Ana, your vision and personal details you might want included in your wedding cake design.
Some brides bring swatches of their dress fabric and/or lace, or an image of their wedding dress.

The details of a beautiful wedding dress often inspire Ana to mimic a certain look onto the custom cake.  In this case, the delicate lace pattern from the bride's dress.

For this early Fall wedding cake, Ana mirrored the subtle floral designs of the bride's lace on her dress onto the custom wedding cake by using one of her signature techniques: brushed embroidery.
Brushed embroidery is a very labor intensive wedding cake decorating technique. First the pattern has to be piped with thin royal icing using a very fine tip, tracing around the design, then using a soft brush the icing is made smooth. The last step is to paint the whole design with an edible pearl dust to add dimension.

By adding handcrafted sugar flowers in different shades of purple, Ana incorporated Annalies' wedding colors into the wedding cake design. 

 The lavender and purple sugar flowers coordinated perfectly with the wedding color palette.

White Tahitian vanilla cake with layers of fresh raspberry and French vanilla mousseline. Lavender hand-crafted sugar rose.

 We were able to share these beautiful images thanks to Melani Lust, a very accomplished artist. If you're looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding, make sure to pay a visit to her website

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Photography:  Melani Lust
Venue:  The Inn At Longshore, Westport CT

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Alex & Breck - A Spring Wedding in Connecticut - Hartford Golf Club Wedding

Alex & Breck got married on a beautiful Spring day in Hartford, Connecticut. They met while in college at Sewanee: University of the South, in Tennessee.  From the first time I met them at their wedding cake tasting at our Cheshire, Connecticut studio,  I could see that they just exuded love for each other.  Take an inside look at their beautiful Spring wedding!

A glorious day for a Spring wedding at St. John's Church in West Hartford, Connecticut

Monique Lhuillier gown, and Manolo Blahnik Swan shoes, - See more at:
Monique Lhuillier gown, and Manolo Blahnik Swan shoes, - See more at:
Monique Lhuillier gown, and Manolo Blahnik Swan shoes, - See more at:
Alex in her beautiful Monique Lhuillier dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes

Breck in his sleek white tux.  Stationery by Mrs. John Strong

Reception: Hartford Golf Club                               Wedding Design & Planning: Ambiance Luxe

The gorgeous custom wedding flowers at the reception and lush bride's bouquet created by Jane Rynalski from Just For You Flower Design.

The wedding cake we created for Alex & Breck consisted of five round tiers with alternating flavors: White Tahitian vanilla cake with layers of raspberry and French vanilla mousseline & Dark chocolate cake with layers of chocolate mousseline and bittersweet ganache over raspberry preserves. "Not only did the cake look beautiful, but it tasted delicious!" were the words I heard from Alex's mom when she called me the day after the wedding.  It always makes our day when we hear that the guests raved about the wedding cake!
Vanilla meringue buttercream and Swiss white fondant finished cake, with hand-molded fondant pearls borders, gumpaste monogram, and cascading hand-made sugar flowers.

Wedding cake details: Gumpaste custom monogram plaque with piped initials painted with pearl dust, hand-molded pearls, & cascading sugar flowers

Top & bottom: Close-up of hand-crafted sugar flowers: cream peonies, pink and cream roses, blush garden roses, white ranunculus, freesias, sweet peas, white phaelenopsis orchids,  berries and greenery.

Cascading hand-crafted sugar flowers detail

Close-up of sugar flower topper

The happy couple!

Left: place setting blush napkin.  Right: Romantic blush bridesmaid gown by Amsale

Left: Alex with her bridesmaids  Right: wedding detail, chandelier with strands of hanging orchids.

Congratulations Alex & Breck! 

A special thanks to Vicki & Erik for the amazing images

To learn more about the custom wedding cake design process, 
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Wedding Resources:

Wedding Planning & Design: Ambiance Luxe
Lighting: Shindig Lighting

Ceremony: St. John’s
Reception: Hartford Golf Club
Hair – Naomi’s Salon
Makeup – Milano Spa
Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Flowers – Just for You Floral Design
Bridesmaids Dresses – Amsale
Shoes- Manolo Blahnik
Cake – Ana Parzych
Stationary – Mrs. John Strong
Band – True Blue
Wedding Planning & Design – Ambiance Luxe
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Ceremony: St. John’s
Reception: Hartford Golf Club
Hair – Naomi’s Salon
Makeup – Milano Spa
Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Flowers – Just for You Floral Design
Bridesmaids Dresses – Amsale
Shoes- Manolo Blahnik
Cake – Ana Parzych
Stationary – Mrs. John Strong
Band – True Blue
Wedding Planning & Design – Ambiance Luxe
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wadsworth Mansion CT Wedding - Blush & Gold Wedding Cake - Romantic Wedding Cake

We've been so busy for a long while...but as our wedding season starts winding down, it's time we begin again sharing the beautiful events that our cakes have been part of these past seasons.

I'll start with this romantic early fall wedding that took place last year at The Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut, a majestic classic revival house with lovely grounds.

Kathryn & Lev got married on a sunny afternoon in early October.

Kathryn, who is the talented editor at Who’s Hungry Magazine and also a lifestyle contributor at Marie Claire, had fallen in love with one of our AP Signature wedding cakes called "Windswept."


This is one of our most requested signature cakes, as its design is timeless and elegant and it can be customized to the wedding colors.

Kathryn had a request, that we match the cream and blush shades of her wedding reception flowers and also a little touch of gold, which we accomplished by painting the center stamens of the peony in a muted gold dust.  The textured fondant was finished with a dusting of edible pearl dust for an added elegant touch.


The cake was not only beautiful, but delicious as well.  The couple chose two different cake flavors and fillings; the top and bottom tiers were white Tahitian vanilla cake with two layers of fresh strawberry mousseline and one layer of French vanilla, and the middle tiers were toasted almond cake with 2 layers of mocha mousseline and 1 layer of French vanilla mousseline.                                                                                                                                                          

 A sweet ending to a memorable day! Kathryn & Lev's first bite of wedding cake!

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Wedding Resources:

Venue: The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill
Photography: Binary Flips
Bridal Gown: by Liancarlo,  A Little Something White
Event Planning: Jubilee Event
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Floral Design: BLUSH Floral Design
Wedding Stationery: Coral Pheasant
Musicians: Millenium Music
Lighting: Rob Alberti
Bride’s Makeup: d.d. Nickel
Bridesmaids Makeup: Salon Naomi
Chandeliers: Ryan Designs
Tent: Connecticut Rental Center

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Royal Wedding Cake | BRIDES Magazine: A Wedding Fit For A Royal

This past winter I was commissioned by the editors of BRIDES to come up with a modern version of a royal cake a la Grace Kelly, the princess & style icon so admired and well known for her impeccable taste and demure demeanor. As you know, a new movie Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, will premiere this Spring.

BRIDES Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue

From the pages of BRIDES: Inspiration for a modern day royal wedding.

I decided to use hexagon shaped cake tiers to give the wedding cake a more architectural look, and I added 3 spacers for height.  Each fondant-covered spacer was surrounded by gilded gum paste acanthus leaves. Royal wedding cakes traditionally feature their coat of arms; I came up with a simplified 3-D version of the Monaco Coat of Arms in white and gold. I also added a small sugar crown at the top to serve as a base for a spray of Lily of the Valley, which I handcrafted from sugar. Princess Grace carried these delicate blooms on her wedding day, which seems to be a favorite among royals. Another recent royal bride, Kate Middleton, carried a bouquet of Lily of the Valley on her wedding day as well.

The Lily of the Valley theme is repeated throughout the cake, as you can see on the wedding cake sides, which were embellished with brushed embroidery painted with edible pearl dust. A gum paste monogram plaque with gilded initials is surrounded by tiny white gum paste leaves to resemble a laurel wreath.

To learn more about the wedding cake design process, please visit our website

BRIDES magazine
Photography: Dyad Photography ~ Colleen Picciotti
Venue: Oheka Castle
China: Marchesa for Lenox 
Bouquet: Fleurs NYC
Dress: Rosa Clara`
Ring: Kwiat

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Wedding Cake Inspired by Fashion | Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Photoshoot | Summer Wedding Cake

We're usually asked throughout the year to come up with new designs for editorial wedding cake features. This is a great opportunity for us cake designers to create something unique not necessarily for a client but for ourselves.

I created this wedding cake for the Spring 2014 issue of  Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine, a luxury wedding source, in the stands now. The photoshoot took place at The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, a gorgeous venue with breathtaking grounds.

I get a lot of inspiration from fashion, I'm a big fan of fame designer Thakoon's edgy floral prints, I had seen this spring look outfit in Vogue and just fell in love with it!

 Photo Vogue magazine
I really liked the contrast between the black background and the lush and vibrant flowers: peonies and garden roses in corals, peaches, pinks and sage greens.

We started by creating the flowers. When making gumpaste peonies, each individual petal is cut, formed and wired individually, it's a painstaking process but it's what makes our sugar flowers so unique and realistic.


Left: shows the individual gum paste petals ready to be wired to form the full flower. 
Right: the taped gum paste flowers ready to be dusted

This is our canvas, a multitiered cake with ivory, black and gold finished fondant. Ready to be embellished.  We also added some molded & gilded gumpaste acanthus leaves, and fondant ribbons.

Here's the finished wedding cake as featured on GO Wedding Style

Photo by JAG Studios

Gumpaste cherry blossoms stems                                   Gumpaste peonies

 Gilded details add elegance to the wedding cake design

The Wadsworth Mansion (top left) offered a beautiful architectural background for our wedding cake. If you're looking for an elegant venue for your wedding, make sure to pay a visit. Not only is the Mansion stunning inside but it has beautiful grounds for an outdoor ceremony.

Me and my dear friend Jacklyn Greenberg (top right). She's the founder/owner of JAG Studios, (a boutique photography studio), a true artist, and it's always an honor to work with her when she's around; she travels all over the world doing what she loves, capturing the most memorable events in people's lives!

To learn more about the wedding cake design process, please visit our website at

Venue: The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
Photography: JAG Studios
Other Resources: Vogue, Thakoon

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