The Donut Wedding Cake

Love Donuts?…Consider the Donut Wedding Cake!  Looking for something a little different from the ultra traditional wedding cake, but something that your guests will love….that YOU will love?  Look no further than the “Donut Wedding Cake”.  When you think about it, it’s BRILLIANT!  Pretty, tasty and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

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Now the “cake” above is just a thing of beauty!  And a donut is the prefect size to feed your bride or groom their “first bite” of something sweet.  And this particular cake looks sturdy enough for guests to “help themselves” from anywhere in the cake. If not done correctly, this could be a precarious situation with other “donut cake” types.

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Looking to combine your favorite donut dessert with a traditional wedding cake?  Then either the above or below photos could be for you!  The top pic has a darling “cutting cake” for the bride and groom to do the honors… then PERHAPS preserving the top layer for their first anniversary. Interested in saving the top layer of YOUR wedding cake?  Click on the following link Preserving the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake for details from an earlier blog post.  I actually used this method for my two daughters’ cakes and it worked well.  And the cake below provides an actual wedding cake with donut embellishments!

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Love donuts, but desire something a little different?  These donut holes could be just the ticket.  Maybe they could serve as an end of evening snack.

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And the donut cake below…love the flowers interspersed.  I think even I could create this lovely confection.  I know, I know, it wouldn’t be as easy as it looks.  But if you have a professional, or a talented friend or relative assemble this, it would definitely be a money saver.  An average wedding cake ranges from $ 500.00 to $ 1,500; most, somewhere in between. Not so with this cute donut cake.  But come on!  That’s probably not why you’d choose this option.  Donuts are just plain good…

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And if I were doing it…I wouldn’t mess around!  I’d just create this delightful donut wall!  🙂

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Nova McLaren – Bespoke Wedding Gown

Looking for an update from the new wedding dress designer Olivia Humphyres for Nova McLaren?  Would you consider a bespoke wedding gown? I recently did a question and answer session with her that will answer your questions better I.  She describes a wedding shoot she worked on.  Enjoy!

MK:  2016 has ended.   What were you been up to this past year?

O: I started off in the early spring meeting with my friend Katey from Waterford’s KLW Design Co. – she and a bunch on CT wedding vendors were working on a collaboration for a styled wedding shoot.  It was a celestial wedding shoot inspired by the Pantone colours of 2016: Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz.  Katey approached me to design a gown for the shoot.
MK: oh sounds like a delightful concept, what did you make?
O: I designed a dreamy serenity blue gown using french lace, silk organza and tulle with a latticed lace bodice and an airy flounced skirt – I had an idea that I wanted a very delicate version of a Daenerys Targaryen, (From ‘Game of Thones’), Gown!
MK: Beautiful! Where did you shoot?
 
 
O: We took some shots at the photographers studio near Hartford, then we relocated to a local beauty spot on a river where the light was dreamy!  And finally at a friend’s farm to shoot with her horse.

O: The shoot was debuted on Aisle Society  http://www.aislesociety.com/post/pieces-light-celestial-wedding-shoot which was so exciting and gave me lots of images to promote NOVA McLAREN!

MK: I love the photoshoot, the dress looked beautiful and blue is a choice I see for the bride who wants to truely encompass her ‘something blue’!
O: Yes!  The dress is actually available for purchase for $3500 – and it has a veil too, and it’s famous of course!
MK:  What else has been keeping you busy this year?
O:  I’ve been working with my 2017 brides, I met with them in early summer for their initial consolations – we swapped ideas so I could get a good feel of what they like and how they want to look, I took their measurements and I drew them original dress sketches which really got them excited!
MK:  Oh wow and do you discuss fabric details at this point too?
O: Absolutely!  My clients love looking at the different laces and love being able to play designer.  I saw them all at the end of summer with their first toile fitting (the cotton prototype) and now we’re almost ready to order fabric.
MK:  Sounds super exciting!  Summer was when you made your move here to Connecticut, how are you finding our corner of New England so far – does it remind you of home?
O: (laughs) Actually, yes! All the names are the same as back home in England, some of the pronunciations are a little different but I guess the revolution happened! We’re down in Madison on the shoreline and it’s beautiful, I love having more time here now I’ve resigned from my position as Pattern Maker at Christian Siriano.
MK:  He seems like such a nice guy!
O:  He is!  Really lovely and a great designer to work for, I enjoyed my time there a lot but I’m very happy to have more time to focus on NOVA McLAREN; designing and making beautiful dresses, meeting with new clients and promoting custom bridal wear by me!
MK:  That’s great Olivia!  I’m looking forward to hearing about the next phase of the dress process!
 Don’t worry, we’ll check in periodically with Olivia and see what’s she’s up to in 2017!  🙂  You can always visit her website at: http://www.novamclaren.com

Interesting Reception Venue Options

Interesting Reception Venue Options…

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What about stepping outside the box and holding your wedding reception in a unique location?  That’s what a couple decided to do this past Saturday. (I coordinated the event, although they picked the venue).  They held their wedding ceremony at a more conventional site, but then chose the rather funky “Palace Theater” in Stafford Springs, CT for their reception.  What a hit!  It was cool and fun.  To make their reception even more memorable, their names were on the marque, pictured above.  (Although not in this photo, as it’s a stock picture),

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Above and below are photos looking down at the guest dining area from the balcony.  I think the lighting really added to the overall ambiance.  Remember, if you have a good florist, and a creative caterer, you can make any space beautiful.  Without the lighting, tables and chairs, the theater is rather sparse, but those items worked their magic.

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And below, a close up of the guest tables.  If your chairs are a little worse for wear, think seriously of chair covers like these.  They hide any blemishes, and give a formal air.  And remember, huge floral centerpieces are not needed to brighten a table.  Look how simple, yet elegant these are. The bold color against the white cloth helps achieve a “pop”.

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The bride and groom continued their theme with their initials in lights in front of their wedding cake.

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Below is a photo taken while standing in the balcony.  It was a lovely area for the guests to enjoy cocktail hour, and for vendors to take a few moments to relax and enjoy their own dinner when guests were dining below.

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My only concern for this venue was the lack of near parking.  The theater is located right on Stafford Springs’ charming Main Street.  I had to park on the street (parallel park no less, haven’t done that in years – I did ok!  🙂  ).  Luckily the bride and groom thought ahead and most guests were bussed in.  Problem solved!

All photos, Mary P. Karnes, except photo # 1

Over The Top Wedding Cakes

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Will you have an “Over the Top Wedding Cake”?  Weddings are the most personalized event you will ever attend OR host.  There is no right, or wrong.  Just your preferred tastes.  I happen to like the wedding cake as a decorating item.  Remember…wedding cake servings are far far smaller than a restaurant size dessert serving.  If served properly, your guests will receive only a sliver of cake.

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If I have 100 guests, I order a cake for 150-175, then order different cake flavors for different layers.  This way guests have a choice.  Most often, a bride will choose to have a cake. Why not spend a little extra, and make it a decorating piece like the cakes featured on this post?  Yes you’ll spend a little more, but how much would you spend on more flowers or decorations?  Thinking guests don’t favor wedding cake as much as other desserts these days?  You’d be right.  Pies have become quite the thing this season, especially in the summer and fall.  Most bridal couples still have a ‘small cake’ to cut and hopefully a portion to save.

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Think you’ll ever have to cut and serve a wedding cake?  Probably not…but just in case, click on the link and read how it’s done.  It’s interesting, and quite an art.  How to Cut a Wedding Cake.  The above cake is exceptional.  I like the photography as well, just a small glimpse of the cake.  But I do hope the wedding photographer got a shot of the entire cake.  It wouldn’t be one to miss!

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Fresh flowers definitely add to the lushness of a cake.  And I like all the 3-D work the baker applied to this cake, even if it’s not in the photographer’s focus.  But do flowers need to be real to LOOK real?  No, just look at my daughter’s cake below.  The flowers aren’t real, but spun sugar!

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Thank you to my lovely models…photo cred: Patty Cloherty

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