This is another wedding cake from when I had the business. One of the things I loved about this was that the couple had asmaller reception held in an art gallery downtown. One of my favorite galleries, actually, where there were pieces I wanted badly, like a three foot high sculpted calla lily glazed in a earthy mix of browns and greens designed to look like burnished copper with verdigris. I loved both the use of color that wasn't traditional for the lily and that the artist used the medium in a way that made my eyes go wide when I realized that what I thought I was looking at from across the room wasn't what it was at all.
This cake was one of my favorites because it was a winter wedding with the color scheme of red and white, my personal favorite color is red, with red roses and holly with berries. The photo looks okay but in real life it was extremely attractive against the brick wall. I would have thought the reds would clash but it was the opposite. The brick background set off the vividness of the white buttercream and the true red of the roses.
I took a beating price-wise on this cake because there were so many gumpaste roses. The couple did pay me for a few dozen but at the time I just kept adding them in until I got the look we all REALLY wanted.
Not everyone thinks of cake decorating as artistry but I do. Other than the challenge of completion, I never really enjoyed just repeating a design from a Wilton book or a magazine where people want every single flower and border to be exactly the same in color and placement. That's yet another reason why I no longer have the business and only bake for family. With family, they're happy to get (within their theme) what I decide to create for them and they know I'm in my element when I have a free hand. I remember that this couple said only that they wanted a no pillar construction, no plastic bride and groom, and lots of red roses in a simple design. That's the way I like it too. The design seems common now but for twelve years ago in this Midwestern town, it was very progressive.
Every time I walk by that gallery at the corner of Walnut and South, I smile and hope those folks are still married and happy.