Category Archives: Cake

Wedding Recaps: Cutting the Cake


One of the last things that we did before our photographer left for the night was cut the wedding cake. Let me start off by saying that I loved our cake! It was so beautiful, and I was completely thrilled with how it turned out. I was a little awestruck when I saw it for the first time! And it tasted amazing too. Each layer had two flavors in it: chocolate chocolate chip and raspberry swirl. They were special and unique flavors without being too crazy. There were kids at our wedding, after all, and we wanted them to enjoy the cake too!

Another thing about wedding cake…I hate the tradition of smooshing cake in each other’s faces. I hate it in a “I paid a lot of money to look like this today, so please don’t ruin it with frosting, thank you very much,” sort of way. I get that it’s fun to some people…but not me. Luckily, Shaun and I were 100% on the same page with this. We don’t have those funny pictures of an impromptu cake fight, but that’s perfectly alright with me.

How do you feel about wedding cake – do you ever eat it? And how do you feel about the face-smashing tradition? Love it or leave it?


Wedding Recaps: Centerpieces


There were a lot of details at our reception that really helped pull everything together and brought another element of beauty to our wedding day. As you know, I was really torn about centerpieces. I didn’t have any clear idea of what I wanted, and I didn’t care about them enough to spend a lot of money on them. Well, two of my aunts and one of my uncles really saved the day! Before I even told my family how upset/frustrated I was becoming with the whole thing, they offered to take over the job of setting up the reception hall, and offered to design my centerpieces as part of their wedding gift to me and Shaun. I had no idea what the centerpieces were going to look like until we got to the reception, and I was blown away! They were absolutely beautiful!

How We Chose…the Rest of our Vendors!


Yes, I know. The title of this post is very fancy, to say the least. The last few days I’ve been filling you in on our quest to find the perfect venues, musicians, photographers and videographers…but that’s only the beginning. The truth is that we’ve booked many other vendors for our big day who don’t quite fit as nicely into a little category like the others. This post is going to tell you a little bit about who they are and how we found them!

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More favorite shots: the reception


From everything that I know about weddings, the reception is the time and place for food, drink, dancing and general merriment – and all of the fantastic photo opportunities that come with those things.

Much like the ceremony photos, there aren’t many reception photos available on our photographer’s blog because all of them basically turn out the same. They are photos that memorialize important, iconic parts of the wedding day, but they aren’t unexpected or new. As such, I turned mostly to Weddingbee for the photos in this post, because the blogger bees include every wonderful moment in their wedding recaps!

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Vintage with a twist – finding our wedding inspiration


Today we’re back to blogging about wedding things. Specifically, I’d like to let you all peek into my head and see (momentarily) where I’m drawing a lot of my inspiration from for the wedding. But first, you have to promise not to laugh. Seriously. If you’ve checked out my Pinterest account (and specifically the board titled “Wedding Style Ideas for Me“), you’ll already have caught a glimpse.

Yep. It’s the movie Titanic. I’ll give you a few moments to judge. … Moving on.

Yes. It’s a movie based on a real-life tragedy. No, that is not necessarily the most romantic place you could think to draw inspiration from. No, we are not having a Titanic-themed wedding. But you have to admit, it’s a freaking beautiful movie. Besides Kate Winslet being the most gorgeous woman alive (and one who I respect as a person, based on things I’ve read about her), it’s got Leo. As in #1 on my elevator list Leo. I probably didn’t need to add that qualifier. Sorry, TMI.

So aside from the gorgeous actors and the love story that makes my heart hurt (a phrase that my friends and I use to describe those perfectly painful but glorious moments on a TV/movie/etc. where you love it but almost can’t bear to watch all at the same time), there are tons of beautiful little details that I think would translate well into wedding decor. We’re not going for a full-on vintage theme for our wedding, but there will definitely be vintage-y elements throughout. And man do I love turn-of-the-century vintage.

Let’s start with the style. I knew from the moment we started planning (before I had a dress or anything else, really) that this is the hair that I want for our big day.

(Source 1 and Source 2)

I love the soft, face-framing curls and the all-up hairstyle. I love everything about it. I love the little bits of sparkle that run throughout (which we might modify to a simple headband, with the veil coming from the bottom of the bun). It’s simple but elegant. Exactly what I’m looking for.

Best of all, the wonderfully amazing chica who will be doing my hair (as well as my girls and probably the mothers too, she’s going to have a busy day!) told me that this simple but elegant style will go very nicely with the style of my dress. Yay! Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to show anyone, but she had to see. She had to let me know whether this look would work with it, and it will. I hope. Even my dress is in the spirit of the vintage-with-a-twist theme we seem to be developing here, with its gorgeous lace and beading. But that’s all I’m saying on that subject for now.

I’ve also looked to the movie for help with things that I don’t care so much about, but that others insist are important. For instance, centerpieces.

(Source, Source, Source)

The above are recreations either of movie sets or the actual thing. I love how all of the rooms are simple, but elegant and luxurious. They’re inviting without being overpowering. I like those things, and will probably do something similar, with some modern elements added in to fit the overall look of our day. So, based on that, here are my ideas for our centerpieces:

(Source: The Knot)

This particular cake has icing details that remind me of all of the intricate woodwork and detailing seen above. (For the record, I hate the topper) It’s got vintage elements to it, but we’d make it more modern with a cake whose tiers are different shapes:

(Source: Weddingbee)

So the moral of this post is that a) I love the movie Titanic and b) I think that a slightly updated version of vintage is a good overall “feel” for our wedding day. Between my love of lace and Shaun’s affinity for old trains (no lie, another post on that soon), a few elements inspired by the 1900-1910’s era are right up our alley, I think.

What do you think? Think I’m crazy? Like any of these things? Hate any of them?

What’s Important


One thing that keeps coming up over and over as we talk wedding (and especially wedding budgets!) is figuring out what’s important. In other words, what are the things that are worth spending the extra money on, and where should we try to save? It seems that everywhere we turn, different people have different opinions, and I’m extremely interested to hear what they (and you!) have to say.

My grandma once told me that the pictures are the most important thing on your wedding day. Everything else will be basically done after that day, but you will keep those pictures forever. You want a good photographer, and one who makes good prints, in a style that you appreciate, because these are the photos you’re going to cherish the rest of your life. All in all, I agree with her – and we ended up putting our photographer on the top of our “splurge” list, even though we are getting an amazing price for high quality photos from our photographer, Tricia DeWar!

When talking to my mom about flowers the other day, I mentioned that I “don’t really care” what they look like as long as they’re pretty. I mean, flowers die. I have some ideas of what I’d like the flowers to look like, but they lie mainly in color schemes. Specific flowers and arrangements aren’t something I consider super important, at least not enough to break the bank over. My mom revealed to me that flowers were one of her most important things on her wedding list! We still haven’t picked a florist. I haven’t even started talking to any, really. That will be a summer job, because choosing a florist is more about getting a feel for their personality and style. But I don’t want to break the bank over flowers. I want them to be pretty, and the color that I want. That’s about it.

I was also recently talking to one of my bridesmaids (who just got married herself last summer) about how expensive DJ services are. Again, a DJ is not something I consider high on my list of “splurge” priorities. As long we get our special songs (first dance, father/daughter, mother/son, etc.) and as long there is music playing and people enjoy it, I will be fine with that. But she said she’s been at several weddings where a bad DJ really ruined the party. Shaun and I finally picked a friend of ours who does DJ’ing to play at our wedding, and I think he’s going to be really great (plus we’re getting a great price!)

With all of these opinions all over the place, and so many conflicting with each other, I’m wondering what other people consider their “most important” splurge for the wedding. Obviously you want everything to be nice, but priorities have to come into play somewhere, unless you’re throwing a million dollar extravaganza (which we are not). Food? Music? Pictures? Flowers? The Dress? So many choices…so little money.

Another Dress and a Weekend at Home


I haven’t written anything in a few days, and I’m supposed to be working on a couple of papers due Thursday…so I figured this might be a good time to write a new blog post. Even though there isn’t much to say. 🙂

This weekend I went home for the first time since the semester started. It was amazing to spend time with my family and Shaun’s family. Not only is it nice to spend time with the people I love, but everyone has been so helpful with planning the details of the wedding (even though it’s still a year and a half away!) that the process has gone extremely smoothly so far. It helps that I have a lot of older cousins who have already gone through this and can recommend various venders, but a lot of the decisions we’ve made so far have come based on recommendations from people we know, so thank you to everyone!

This weekend, we decided that our cake will be made by Cake Designs by JoAnn, based in Algoma, WI. We’ve gotten a few cakes from her before and have always loved them, so we knew that she would be the perfect person to design our wedding cake. Not only that, but when my mom and I met with her at North Water Bakery, she was so down to earth and helpful that we knew right away she would be a blast to work with.

We also took a short trip to Tina Marie’s, also in Algoma. Even though we didn’t have an appointment, the owner took us up to the Bridal section (which is absolutely packed with gorgeous dresses) and tried on a few. The dress that my mom liked the best was a halter with a lot of pretty beading. I liked the way it fit, but I think something about the dress from Oconomowoc just seems to fit my personality better, at least so far. The good news? Tina Marie’s also carries that brand, so they could order that dress if it turns out to be “the one.” Based on her amazing hospitality, great selection and prices and great eye for fashion, I would be extremely surprised if my bridal party and I did not buy our dresses from Tina Marie’s. Here’s the dress from this weekend. Even though I’m not sold on it, it’s still pretty and was very flattering on me…I’m just worried it’s a little too “average” looking:

In the mean time, we’ve also been working on invitations (no pictures, those will be a surprise!) and have been looking around at photographers, limos, DJ’s, florists, and tons of other vendors that I never even thought we would have to think about. I’m glad we’re starting early so I won’t have to do as much next year at this time.

What do you think of the dress from this weekend? Better than the last one, or not as good? I’d love to hear feedback on the dresses or recommendations for the vendors we still need!