Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If the wedding dress is the star of the ceremony, then the cake is surely the star of the reception. The mouth-dropping cakes you see below are those of Signature Cakes by Vicki and there's no doubt they leave guests in awe. They are lavish, elegant and everything that guests expect from a formal wedding reception.
The wonderful thing — if I had to choose just one — about formal weddings is the seamless blend of classic tradition with modern elegance. It’s especially lovely when a couple’s wedding cake effortlessly combines the two!
If you’re looking to have a formal wedding day, these cakes will definitely give you some inspiration. They also confirm the talent of Nashville's Signature Cakes by Vicki.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Some brides dream of a summer soiree filled with the sights and smells of freshly bloomed flowers, while others dream of a fall celebration incorporating the beautiful autumnal hues of the season. Whatever the vision for your perfect day may be, be sure to remember that the flavor of your cake is as important as the look of the cake!
Renay, owner of Sweetface Cakes, suggests that brides think seasonally when choosing the flavors and ultimate look of their cake.
“Try to stick with flavors that nature is providing at that specific time,” Renay says. “When you do, your cake will take on the true flavors of the season and taste rich and organic, not manufactured.”
Sweetface Cakes' popular spring and summer flavors feature lighter citrus-elements such as:
lemon with blueberry
white almond cake with key-lime infusion
Spring wedding cake
Summer wedding cake
Summer wedding cake
Sweetface Cakes' popular fall and winter flavors feature rich ingredients such as:
spiced carrot cake
pumpkin chocolate chip
chai spiced latte!
Winter wedding cake
Along with providing delicious and unique flavors to brides, Sweetface Cakes also utilizes fresh ingredients from local farmers whenever possible. Renay reveals, “When the freshest of local fruit of vegetables can be used, the cake will taste that much better!” We couldn’t agree more!
If you’re a bride looking for a scrumptious seasonal creation (or even traditional vanilla or chocolate) be sure to visit sweetfacecakes.com or call Renay at 615-481-2181 to set up a free tasting and consultation!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ashley’s Bride Guide would like to congratulate our friends Jason and Lorie, owners of Crumb de la Crumb who won "Best of Show" at the Taste of Bellevue!! Competing against 20 local restaurants, their cafe and bakery were presented with the top prize after voters sampled their delicious food and desserts.
Crumb de la Crumb offers delicious desserts, including beautiful wedding cakes, and all can be made gluten free or vegan. Here's a peak at some of their recent work.
Along with desserts, Lorie and Jason offer scrumptious salads, homemade soups and hot and cold sandwiches at The Cottage Café, their adorable cafe conveniently housed in the same location as their bakery.
If you've ever eaten any of their food or desserts, you know that winning Best in Show at the Taste of Bellevue is no surprise for this team, known for inventive food and flavor combinations.
If you haven't, be sure to visit them at 160 Belle Forest Circle to try out their delectable offerings and discover why they were voted best!!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Ribbons of Chocolate has added a grilled cheese bar and other fun dishes to their wedding catering options.
The grilled cheese bar can include pepper jack, blue cheese or just about any type of cheese. You can spice up the grilled cheese by adding meats like chicken, pepperoni, and bacon or veggies including spinach or asparagus. The options are endless.
In addition to the grilled cheese bar, Ribbons of Chocolate has other, fun wedding dishes like meatloaf sliders, chili bowls and spinach cups. All of these were on display at the Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show.
Contact Pam of Ribbons of Chocolate at (615) 449-4368 to learn more about their catering options for Nashville weddings.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Netra is a dedicated follower of AshleysBrideGuide.com. She called me in search of a must-have linen that she'd seen online. We chatted about the linen and her wedding. We talked for over an hour. She told me that she'd seen a piano cake designed by The Cupcake Collection, that I featured months ago, and knew they were the ones to create a surprise treat for her groom. She seemed more excited about her groom's cake than her own bridal cake!
The groom's cupcake tower:
During wedding planning, Netra's then fiance, Mark, was laid back and allowed her to take the lead when it came to making wedding decisions. He supported her and her preferences. But, it was important to Netra that Mark knew he mattered and that their wedding day was not just about her. She wanted a groom's cake that spoke to one of his loves, Kappa Alpha Psi.
She met with Mignon and Netta, at The Cupcake Collection, and explained her vision. She gave them free reign and The Cupcake Collection took it from there.
The theme: Kappa Alpha Psi
The concept: A cupcake tower versus a groom's cake. The tower would offer a variety of cake flavors for guests and different elements of the theme.
The flavors: Red Velvet, Strawberry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Sweet Potato, Wedding Cake
The look: 175 cupcakes on a custom stand; red cupcake liners provided by the bride; edible fraternity shields, candy canes and diamonds - all created by the baker; paperweight letters
The result: Mark was not only surprised, but he LOVED his cupcake tower. Some of his fraternity brothers were a bit jealous, but, Netra got the wow that she sought for Mark. It was his favorite part of the wedding.
The bridal cake:
The groom's cupcake tower was certainly meant to be the focal point; she wanted her groom to be the star. But, she also didn't want a boring cake. She wanted something small, but stunning enough to wow. She described her style and cake vision to the designers at The Cupcake Collection and they created an initial sketch. It wasn't her. It was grand and over the top, which they thought she'd like based on their conversation. It would certainly turn heads, but Netra didn't like it.
The Cupcake Collection asked Netra to relinquish control and trust them to do what they knew best, design cakes that their clients love. Once Netra did, The Cupcake Collection went back to the drawing board. Instead of depending solely on her descriptions, they went to her Pinterest boards where they saw her style visually: elegant, sophisticated, modern with jewel-toned, beading and chevron as design elements. They combined her words, her pins and her personality to sketch a cake that Netra loved!
The theme: Sophisticated Elegance
The concept: A memorable, custom cake stand that combined the bride's favorite elements along with a cake tier
The flavor: Wedding Cake
The result: Netra loved her wedding cake! The stand has become very popular with other Nashville brides at bridal shows.
Netra's wedding was photographed by Roland's Photography.