Friday, August 2, 2013

Dearly Beloved...

This was an exciting spring for our family! We had two weddings, a week apart, as two of our nephews were married!  The first wedding, on June 1st, was in Colorado!  It was a beautiful wedding, overlooking the Garden of the Gods!  The 2nd wedding, on June 8th, was in Michigan.  We were thrilled and excited to be asked to help with the decorations and desserts!  The Bride and Groom decided to use tropical colors for their color scheme.  They decided on six colors, think citrus fruits, or sherbets.  Each table featured one of these colors.  The linens were white, and each table was decorated with a fabric flower centerpiece, chair bows, and large fluffly tissure balls hanging overhead.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!

 As you can see, the room just lit up with the colors!

I blogged earlier about the fabric flowers we were making for the centerpieces.  They turned out to be perfect for the tables; my husband really does a nice job arranging flowers.

 The room was so festive and inviting.  It was a great evening!

We made 108 fabric flowers, plus a few more to make sure we were covered, for the reception centerpieces.  That's 18 petals per flower, so we made a total of 2,070 individual petals!  I'm glad that I didn't figure that out before we started.  It took about an hour to make each flower, so that's about 115 hours!  But, they were so pretty on the tables, it was well worth it! 

  Soooo Beautiful!!

 A Hot Pink Table!

I really didn't help very much with the actual decorating.  I was very busy with the desserts.  The Bride and Groom decided to have cupcakes rather than a large wedding cake.  And, they asked me to make them..I was thrilled!!!  After a few taste testings, one with the couple and family, and a few trial and errors here at home, they decided on seven flavors. They also asked that the cupcakes reflect the color scheme of the wedding reception....tropical!! 

 I identified the seven cupcake flavors with these color coded tags, to match the frosting on each cupcake.  I think it worked pretty well.  (Photograph-

 Vanilla Cupcakes
 Lemon Cupcakes..a little more obvious.  I actually used lemon curd as a filler for these cupcakes, a nice little surprise.  I had fun looking for cupcake papers and toppings.  These toppers are chewy lemon slice candies.
I also added candies to the table.  These are "Sixlets," which are a pearlized candy coated chocolate.
I was able to find the Sixlets in all 6 colors, plus pearl white.  The photographer was wonderful and took some amazing pictures of the dessert table and generously shared them with me.  This is one of his pictures.  Photographer:  Carl Bengtsson, Millennium Arts & Entertainment.

 Chocolate- my favorite!


Vanilla- (white chocolate bride and groom from candy molds)


 Cookies and Cream

It was difficult to find the toppings that I wanted to use to match the theme.  So, I ended up making quite a few of them from candy molds and chocolate, white chocolate, and candy melts.  I put the extra candy toppings in candy dishes on the dessert table.

 Pumpkin Spice
(Candy mold pumpkin topping)

 Tutti Frutti
(Candy Mold white chocolate hearts)


 A table full of sweetness!

 So pretty!
 The Bride and Groom also asked me to make a "Tasting Cake" for them...cherry!  They love Disney and actually went to Disney World for their honeymoon, so the Cake Topper that they found was perfect!

 The Bride wanted a pink cake with ruffles...

 Which I must admit, was fun to make!


The wedding was unique, lots of fun, and a truly great celebration.  I am so honored that they asked for my help with this very special that I'll always remember!

Have a great week...welcome August!


  1. Those cupcakes were SOOOOO yummy - and the flowers were beautiful!

  2. What a great overview and reminder of the event; the cupcakes were wonderful and the flowers were a perfect compliment to the festivities!

  3. woohoo---what a great recap of the decorations and beautiful as well as delicious cupcakes! You definitely could have another career after retirement. Wonderful! tmv