Category Archives: Cakes

Apr 22, 2018

Well, we just think this bright pink Hamptons beachside affair couldn’t be more perfect to share on Valentine’s Day. We’re thrilled that this Hamptons wedding was also recently featured on Brides.  We hope you enjoy the details as much as we enjoyed working on this one… All of the photos by Liz Banfield.

The bride knew that the whimsical designs of graphic artist, Happy Menocal would be a must for her big day… They selected a broad color palette that set the design tone for the affair.

The bride went with a tulle and crystal covered Monique Lhuillier gown. The veil was also embellished with crystals, for the formal ceremony, but a down-do and fresh flowers took over at the reception.  We made a wild but sophisticated bouquet of phalenopsis orchids, wild peonies, and trailing greenery perfectly fit for a bride. The Groom’s blue Ermenegildo Zegna Made to Measure suite was perfect for the coastal climate and color palette.

Working with the array featured on the printed materials’ color palette, the bridesmaids all wore mixmatched dresses… Our bouquets were crafted from a variety of local wildflowers and seasonal blooms. The bride, who is an architect herself, chose the Church of the Atonement for her ceremony, which was build in the 1880’s by a well known NYC firm.  She is a long time fan of the classic shingled style of buildings seen in the Hamptons, so it was a natural fit. With the dark grey, the vivid fuschia orchids seemed to feel very celebratory for the big day.

The couple love food and wine having traveled extensively and living overseas, so the food and wine aspect was very important to them. We worked with Chef Peter Ambrose in the Hamptons to create a delicious menu that also looked lovely as well.  Servers greeted guests with coupes of champagne dotted with pink orchids, mini lobster rolls, grilled seafood, and we designed large standing cocktail tables for an abundant charcuterie display… all accented with our custom garden parasols.

A potted urn of phalenopsis orchids in varying shades of pink made the perfect centerpiece for the grassy topped escort card display.

Homemade jam favors by Briermere Farms received custom packaging for guests’ take home.

The tabletops were simple and organic… The lighter shades set the tone, allowing for the menus (Happy Menocal), escort tags and hand painted table numbers, and the food to be the pops of color throughout.

After dinner, guests moved into the lounge tent for dessert and dancing, bars were covered in custom fabric and orchid arrangements throughout provided whimsical pops of the mixed color palette.

An artful dessert display of locally made pies accompanied the traditional white wedding cake made by Sugar Sugar. For a topper, a simple spray of pink orchids was an artful touch.

Guests danced and partied well into the evening in the cozy tent, enjoying tunes from the Kevin Osbourne Band.

Before departing as husband and wife in a Classic Rolls Royce, guests sent them off properly with glowing sparklers…



4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Monday in the middle of winter definitely calls for a shot of sweet treats!  Wedding cake tastings are definitely one of the most fun moments in the planning process, but for us designing the vignettes for the cake at the actual wedding is something we love. Not to mention, the cakes themselves can be works of art!  Today we are sharing some of our favorites from the last couple years of weddings… The cake above by Jim Smeal, was recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Our wedding in Newport, RI was a pastel confectionary design in and of itself- inspired by the carpet in the bride’s bedroom growing up- so fitting that the cake should match. The traditional tiered cake was separated by perfect pink roses… Cake by Confectionary Designs.

photo by Liz Banfield

This simple but whimsical cake was dressed up with wildflowers and greenery atop a monogramed linen- I loved this look as it gave some depth and design for the must have cake cutting photo. Cake by Jim Smeal.  You can see more from this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Loved this modern and glam inspired cake by Jim Smeal. The extra tall tiers were covered in flawless marbleized and gold leafed design.  We placed it on a simple acrylic table draped with orchid strands, but the candles really had the gold shining..

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this at home wedding, a large bay window overlooking the party made the perfect picture window for this cake by Jim Smeal. Large lush flower arrangements accented around the bottom of the table while a few blooms were artfully placed on the cake itself.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a formal classic wedding at home in Greenville, SC with a mediterranean flair, this cake was hand crafted by a family friend… And was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

As the old saying goes- let them eat cake!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018


This breathtaking ceremony took place under the oaks at Drayton Hall Plantation. This bride was all about glamour and wanted a modern flair for her southern plantation affair. So, we added luxe details including chandeliers covered with spanish moss dripping from the branches of the old oak overlooking the pond. Swaths of orchid blooms draped along the aisle runner of plush white carpet.  An arch of floral covered branches in footed urns framed the spot where the couple tied the knot.

accessorie collage

Great little takeaway for upcoming and future brides- have all of your bridesmaids sign the bottom of your wedding shoes, and the first name to rub off will be the next to get married.  The guest welcome bags were canvas shoe bags (which made it easy for out of town guests to take home) filled with hotel room essentials, including a “Charleston” candle by Archipelago.  This braid/bun combo was a bridal hair showstopper!

flower girl aisle couple and dogs

This couple made a great point of including loved ones on the big day- Small nieces acted as flower girls, and the couple’s two golden retrievers made a guest appearance for photos.

tent collage

After the ceremony, guests walked the grounds of Drayton Hall towards the riverbanks where they entered a cocktail tent full of plush lounge furniture, candlelight and chandeliers.

printing collage

Lettered Olive was loving being able to mix up materials for this bride- the menu cards, escort cards, and table names were all etched acrylic signs. In lieu of a guest book, guests were asked to take a polaroid photo and write a note which went in a box for the couple to have at home..

lounge overall

After dinner, guests entered an all white and silver swank lounge for dancing. It had been sealed off during dinner, so the big reveal really wowed the guests. The Casablanca lilies used in the centerpieces filled the room with their scent which was an unplanned but pleasant surprise detail!

cake collage

Inexpensive and comfy asian slippers took place of flip flops for guests needing to change out of their high heels. This mod octagon shimmering cake by Jim Smeal was definitely a stand alone centerpiece. Guests not wanting to indulge at the party, were given slices in boxes that they could take home with them.

lounge center shot

Intimate seating lining the edges of the dance floor allowed for cozy conversation and quick break to rest!

Silly String collage

Having a fun couple allows us to get really creative, which is of course, fun for us. For the send off, everyone “Got Silly at Hilary and Will’s Wedding” with custom covered silly string cans.

getaway car

The vintage getaway car was adorned with paper flowers in the brides’ colors. Loved the throwback to weddings when decorating the car was a really big deal!
Thank you to Liz Banfield for all of the gorgeous shots!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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