Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Vintage Custom Wedding Cake at Rosecliff Mansion | Newport RI Weddings

Niki & Joe's Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI
July 25th, 2015

This past summer, we had the honor of being part of this beautiful wedding at Rosecliff Mansion, an opulent testament to the gilded age that set the stage for this romantic affair.

For those of you not familiar with the Newport Mansions, Rosecliff is a French Baroque Revival built on a 6.5 acre estate on the coastline of Newport. It was inspired by the Grand Trianon in Versailles and its Ballroom alone, where wedding receptions are held, is 2,800 sq ft.

Romantic Vintage Wedding
The Main Ballroom at Rosecliff Mansion dressed up in gold, champagne, blush & ivory

white and gold custom wedding cake with sugar flowers
Another beautiful Newport wedding cake

floral centerpiece at rosecliff mansion
Lush flower centerpieces atop crystal candelabra
floral decor at rosecliff mansion ri
Exquisite Floral Design by Stoneblossom

I met with Niki, our bride, in early October last year, and during our meeting we discussed the feel she wanted for her wedding cake, a vintage, romantic but elegant cake with cascading sugar flowers matching the wedding flowers.

I came up with three design options, and after a few revisions Niki decided on the one below

Our proposed custom wedding cake design

As with any creative process, the actual wedding cake might have a few changes; in this case I decided to add more flowers towards the base of the cake to anchor the tiers and also to give a more opulent look.

I love that Niki chose a very different linen for the cake table; this one was just perfect with its feathery layers of organza petals, so romantic & pretty. Just a touch of whimsy in an otherwise very formal event.

White & Gold custom wedding cake with handmade sugar flowers
Wedding Cake table dressed with a blush linen and mercury glass votives

Hand-painting the decorative details, such as borders and piping, can be painstaking but it's well worth it when you see the final product.

Molded fondant pearls & piped details ready to be gilded

For the cake flavors, Niki & Joe decided on alternating tiers of  decadent Toasted Almond Cake with Dulce de Leche over Apricot Preserves & Vanilla Mousseline, and Dark Chocolate Cake with refreshing Raspberry Mousseline and Bittersweet Ganache over Raspberry Preserves.

white and gold wedding cake with handmade sugar flowers

white and gold custom wedding cake with sugar flowers

sugar flowers custom wedding cake rosecliff mansion
Handmade sugar flowers

Custom wedding cake with sugar flowers
The handmade sugar flowers matched the centerpieces. Juliet peach roses, hydrangeas, blush roses & orchids.

white and gold romantic custom wedding cake with sugar flowers
Image courtesy of Christian Oth Studio

Congratulations to Niki & Joe, and may they share a long life of happiness together!

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

Vendor Credits: 

Venue: Rosecliff Mansion 
Caterer: Russel Morin

Floral Design: Stoneblossom

Event Planner: Erica Phillips Details with Love

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

Linens: La Tavola

Lighting: Ormonde Production


Monday, December 8, 2014

WellWed Hamptons Editorial Feature | Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration | NYC Wedding Cakes

We are so excited to have our work showcased in the pages of the latest issue [No. 10] of WellWed Hamptons!  A great resource filled with advice, ideas and anything you need to know if you're planning a wedding in the Hamptons.

A Big Thanks to Judy Pak & Matthew Lee for the dazzling and beautiful photography! 

WellWed Hamptons Cover Issue #10

Old Westbury Gardens in Long Island NY, the perfect setting for a whimsical and romantic wedding affair.

secret garden inspired wedding

(Below) Gilded and textured fondant embellish this timeless and utterly romantic wedding cake

gold & blush wedding cake with sugar peony
"Windswept" design (front) in gold & blush  (back) in white, from our AP Signature Line

Bridal styles by Gabriella New York.  Jenny Packham wedding gown

To see many more inspirational images from this photoshoot, visit our Blog: 

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Photography: Judy Pak & Matthew Lee
Venue: Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island NY 
Event Design: Loli Events NY
Flower Design: Rosehip 
Bridal Fashion: Gabriella New York  
Accesories: Emily Riggs 
Make-Up: Seong-Hee
Hair: Kakaboka
Linens: Nuage Designs 
Rentals: Poppies and Posies
Paper Goods: The Nic Studio 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Modern Pink & Orange Wedding Cake | The Loading Dock, Stamford, Connecticut Wedding

We were commissioned to create this fun & modern wedding cake in Connecticut, for the photoshoot of the cover story of this year's Bliss Magazine, a fabulous wedding and event resource guide based in Rhode Island.

Like always, we love the challenge and of course creating new wedding cake designs, and I was especially glad to be working with a team of wedding pros!

Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events came up with a preppy chic wedding Palm Beach theme, complete with pineapples and bright orange, pink and gold colors.  Diane Gaudett, a super talented wedding custom floral designer, created the lush and beautiful blooms that stood out against the white neutral canvas of The Loading Dock, a contemporary wedding and event venue in Stamford, Connecticut.

The knock out paper goods and invitations were carefully crafted by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design. All the wedding fashion styling was expertly curated by Beth Chapman from The White Dress By The Shore, who happens to be celebrating 10 years in business! The flawless make-up was done by another Connecticut wedding, pro Jennie Fresa, and the beautiful hair styles by Catie Bane.

Most people probably don't realize how much work and coordination goes into putting together a photoshoot like this.  The delicious catering bites and drinks were provided by Emily's Catering; all the unique furniture, bar, chandeliers and rentals were provided by Ryan Designs; and last but not least, wonderful photography by Carla Ten Eyck and team, without whom we couldn't be showing all this!

Enjoy, and we hope you'll be inspired to create your own special wedding.

The playful laser-cut pineapple invitation suite designed by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design

White & Gold polka dot favor bags and pink rock candy stir sticks

Even the cocktails match the theme colors!
Sashimi bites by Emily's Catering

We wanted the wedding cake to look pretty inside and out, so we tinted the citrus layers in pink and orange and filled them with delicious coconut mousseline!

ct pink & orange wedding cake
Look how beautiful this looks with the gold rimmed china!

ct pink & orange wedding cake

The wedding cake with gilded fondant stripes, monogram and stenciled details topped by colorful sugar flowers. Chic and modern.
ct white gold pink & orange wedding cake with sugar flowers
A fresh and modern take on luxe Palm Beach style

ct white & gold wedding cake with sugar flowers
Gilded stenciled icing

ct white gold pink & orange wedding cake with sugar flowers
Hand-crafted sugar pink garden roses , orange ranunculus and peonies,

ct white gold pink & orange wedding cake with sugar flowers
The chic lettering in the monogram plaque matches the invites

Gorgeous floral bouquet by Diane Gaudett Floral Designs
A lush runner of roses, dahlias, hydrangeas and garden roses

Sparkly sequined chandeliers with hanging crystals and matching chair covers, unexpected & unique.

Wedding & Bridesmaid dresses: The White Dress By The Shore 

Make-up by Jennie Fresa & Hair by Catie Bane

The cover photo of Bliss 2014 by Carla Ten Eyck
Bridal fashion by The White Dress By The Shore

Fun candy color stripes for a preppy look

To see the full story that was featured on Bliss Celebrations 2014 browse the E-ZINE

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

Venue: The Loading Dock Stamford, CT
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Event Design: Candice Coppola for Jubilee Events
Paper Goods & Stationery: Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design
Furniture Rentals & Chandeliers: Ryan Designs
Bridal Fashion & Styling: The White Dress By The Shore
Make-up: Jennie Fresa

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.
white ct wedding cake with purple sugar flowers

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

white and purple ct wedding cake

 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

To learn more about our custom wedding cake design process, please visit:

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, 
please visit

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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