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
www.anaparzychcakes.com


Resources:  
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 www.anaparzychcakes.com


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
























Monday, January 20, 2014

Indian Wedding Cake, Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Greenwich, CT, Red and Gold Wedding Cake

I always enjoy the challenge of designing and creating a wedding cake for an Indian wedding; I find plenty of inspiration in the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of the wedding sari and decor.

This cake had the added challenge of being on very short notice.  This didn't present a problem, as the bride brought me very inspiring elements.

When I saw the invitation, I knew that I would have to incorporate it into the design.  In the end, I decided to make a gumpaste plaque of the whole clasp, with the couple's piped initials, as a focal point of the cake.  After the piped initials had dried, I carefully painted with gold dust.


                    
           The ornate wedding invitation                                         The stunning wedding sari


The wedding sari provided the inspiration for color and patterns.

my iphone Image showing true colors


Because of limited time, this is one of the few custom wedding cakes I've made without providing a sketch.

The wedding cake topper consists of 6 identical gumpaste pieces shaped in a paisley pattern, dried, painted in gold, and then arranged radially.



The wedding cake tiers are covered in fuchsia and red fondant.  The borders at the bottom of each wedding cake tier are ornately textured pressed fondant pieces, carefully formed to the contours of the tier and painted gold.

The 3 tiers other than the one featuring the monogram plaque were piped with various patterns inspired by the invitation and wedding sari.



The cake itself was of two flavor combinations: White Tahitian vanilla cake with 2 layers of strawberry mousseline and 1 layer of French vanilla mousseline, and Dark chocolate cake with 2 layers of chocolate mousseline and 1 layer of bittersweet ganache over raspberry preserves.


Thanks to Ira Lippke Studios for the wonderful images, and to the Hyatt Regency Greenwich for their assistance and for a providing a beautiful setting for my cake.


To learn more about the design process for a custom wedding 





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Greenwich CC Wedding Cake| CT Wedding Cake | Fall Wedding Cake


  
This 5-tier beautiful wedding cake is decorated with our signature brushed embroidery technique, and has cascading handcrafted sugar flowers around both the front and back. 




Wedding cake sketch by Ana Parzych



 Delicate brushed embroidery and hand molded fondant pearl strands embellish each cake tier.



 
Handcrafted sugar flowers & leaves: dahlias, peonies, garden roses, orchids, freesias, sweet peas & dusty miller.
 




  The custom wedding cake fit in perfectly with the flower decor at the Greenwich Country Club


 


Beautiful flowers by KD & J Botanica





For more information on creating a custom wedding for your wedding or special event visit:


Venue: Greenwich Country Club, Greenwich, CT
Flowers: KD & J Botanica, Westport, CT



Saturday, November 2, 2013

Custom Wedding Cake | Brooklawn Contry Club | Fairfield Wedding | CT


Our brides are always excited to plan their custom wedding cake with Ana, but do not always know where to draw inspiration from. Ana suggests to each client, that they bring visuals that represent their wedding style. These visuals may include a swatch or image of a client's bridal gown.



At her consultation with bride, Jill, Ana was inspired by the draped sweetheart neckline of the Jill's wedding dress. Often, details such as flower appliqu├ęs or lace patterns inspire a custom wedding design, but the seemingly simple way the fabric of a dress is structured inspired Ana.

Ana sketched a cake design that incorporated the draping of Jill's dress. 

Similarly to draping cloth, Ana draped white fondant, tapering the ends together at the front of the five-tiered cake and accenting it with lush handcrafted pink sugar peonies and pressed green fondant leaves.

Congratulations to Jill & Rich

To learn more about our custom cake design process visit:





Photography by Steve DePino
Venue: Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield CT
Flowers & Event Design: KD & J Botanica Studio

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Petite Custom Wedding Cake | Winvian, Litchfield Hills, CT

Ana designed this beautiful petite custom wedding cake for a lovely Winvian wedding.

The amazing JagStudios captured this sweet custom design. 


Lush sugar flowers, pink peonies, cream garden roses, and white freesias accented the design.



The couple chose to have a dessert table with delicious cookies and sweet treats.




The newlyweds cut the cake
Pressed green sugar leaves accent the design.




Successful cake cutting! 

The newlyweds enjoyed their delicious red-velvet cake. 


To learn more about our custom cake design process visit:



Photography by JagStudios
Venue:  Winvian | Litchfield, CT
Event Planner: Claire S. Gordon

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Winter White Custom Wedding Cake | Grace Ormonde Wedding Style | Eolia Mansion at Harkness| RI | NYC | CT



An all-white custom wedding cake design, like this one we created for a Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine photo shoot, is a beautiful choice for a winter wedding.This five-tiered cake is covered in white fondant and adorned with an array of all-white flowers and leaves.


Glittering silver flower centers give the predominately white cake a shimmering aura and accent the cake.



To learn more about our custom cake design process visit:






Photography by JagStudios