COMPLEMENTARY CAKES: Whether it’s the dream shoes you just had to have or the family heirloom you’ll wear down the aisle, give a nod to your most prized Big-Day accessory and use it as inspiration for your cake’s design.
Statement jewelry with mixed metals and bold patterns is perfect for informing a cake that will be just as eye-catching as the piece itself.
Vanilla-buttermilk cake filled with vanilla silk buttercream, topped with hand-painted gold pear-shaped accents and rope piping, around $11.50 per person or $2,300 for a 200-person wedding, created by Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia. Annieglass Edgey pedestal cake plate, $399 at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia.
18-karat yellow-gold and diamond cuff, $19,350 at Cooke & Berlinger, Haverford. Royal Limoges Oliver salad plate, $90 at Home Grown, Haverford.
Both the sparkle and the detail of these special-occasion heels add interest to an otherwise simple design.
Grand Marnier-soaked pound cake with raspberry preserve filling, covered in a pink luster fondant with silver-dusted fondant rope and rhinestones around the base of each
tier, around $7.50 per person or $1,500 for a 200-person wedding, created by the Hotel du Pont, Wilmington. Rene Caovilla platform interlocking crystal-strap sandals, $1,495 at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia. Juliska Firenze almond marbleized cocktail plates, $88 for a set of four at Manor Home & Gifts, Philadelphia.
Pearls and crystals are just as gorgeous on your cake as they are as finishing touches to your dress.
Banana cake soaked with vanilla syrup, filled with alternating layers of hazelnut and peanut butter buttercream and covered in vanilla buttercream and quilted fondant, around $10 per person (plus cost of crystals) or $2,000 for a 200-person wedding, created by Felix’s Caketeria, Newtown.
Monique Lhuillier Starburst belt, $805 at the Wedding Shoppe, Wayne. Arte Italica Regale cake stand, $185 at Manor Home & Gifts, Philadelphia.
Show the vintage piece you know you’ll wear for your wedding day to your baker and let it inspire the whole confection.
Chocolate cake with sour cherry buttercream and dried cherries steeped in pinot noir syrup, around $7.50 per person or $1,500 for a 200-person wedding, created by Cake Art Studio, Paoli. Arte Italica pewter cake server, $83, and cake stand, $225, both at Bloomingdale’s, multiple locations. Saint-Louis flute, $550 each, and William Yeoward Bunny flute, $330 per pair, both at Manor Home & Gifts, Philadelphia.
Vintage white-gold diamond watch, stylist’s own. (Similar styles available at Halloween, Philadelphia.) Arte Italica pewter cake stand, $225 at Bloomingdale’s, multiple locations.
Let your “wow” headpiece inspire gasp-worthy embellishments on your Big Day dessert.
Four-layer dark chocolate cake with chai vanilla frosting, covered in white fondant and adorned with handmade edible rice-paper feathers and roses dusted in silver shimmer, around $8 per person
or $1,600 for a 200-person wedding, created by Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, Philadelphia. Maria Elena satin ribbon headpiece with crystal flowers, $1,555 at Elizabeth Johns, Ardmore. Match Loreto cake stand, $430 at Manor Home & Gifts, Philadelphia. Michael Aram Black Orchid tidbit plate, $21 at Home Grown, Haverford. Orrefors Divine flute, $250 at Bloomingdale’s, multiple locations.
Edible pearls echo the sweetness of this wedding- perfect clutch.
Five alternating tiers of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and yellow cake with lemon curd, around $10 per person or $2,000 for a 200-person wedding, created by Night Kitchen Bakery, Chestnut Hill. Moyna Effervescence pearl clutch, $210 at BHLDN.com.
This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding. Photography by Jonathan Pushnik. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz.