2019 in Cakes

Beautiful and Unique Fresh Floral Designs for Baltimore Wedding Cakes

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Reflecting on a wonderful year, I will have much to share about 2019’s weddings and other adventures; today I wanted to start by sharing some of my favorite cake designs. This year it hit me how much I love decorating cakes and it has actually become one of my favorite parts of designing wedding flowers. Rather than an afterthought (a rose here, a rose there, some eucalyptus here) cake flowers can be an easy opportunity to add beauty, color, and fun to one of the best parts of your wedding reception. I’m excited to share a little more about cakes I decorated this year, and what was involved in creating these designs.

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Lindsey Paradiso Photography; Classically Cakes

This big, beautiful tiered cake by Classically Cakes for my friends Elise and Travis was decorated with spray roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, thistle, and Italian ruscus foliage. I co-decorated this cake with Classically Cakes during wedding setup, so it was a group effort! I loved that this was a “half-” naked cake, beautifully accented with gold foil.

 

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Sugarbakers Cakes; Violet Floral Designs

Nobody does classic, gorgeous icing work like Sugar Bakers Cakes, so I kept the flowers simple with Abbie’s cake to accent their lace designs rather than cover them up. For this September wedding I used local dahlias and lisianthus; the cake also features burgundy orchids, eucalyptus, and roses.

 

Baltimore Whimsical Wedding Cake Inspiration
Fluffy Thoughts Cakes; Violet Floral Designs
When Tehtena shared her vision for a whimsical, colorful floral design for her wedding cake, I almost flipped out from how excited I was to bring this unique concept to life. She ordered from Fluffy Thoughts Cakes (who, by the way, create their own absolutely stunning cake designs, sugar flowers, and more), and I decorated the cake with whimsical, seasonal summer flowers like zinnias, lisianthus, strawflower, and gomphrena, all grown by our friends at Two Boots Farm Another flower (not local) is the delicate waxflower, which was pressed into the middle illusion layer. It felt perfect for a secret garden-inspired outdoor reception at Strong Mansion
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Lush Floral Cake Topper for Woodberry Kitchen Wedding: L.A. Birdie Photography; Baker: Amber Croom (IG: @and4dessert)

For Taylor and Robert’s intimate Woodberry Kitchen wedding in Clipper Mill, Baltimore, the couple put so much thought into every detail. Taylor is the fiber artist behind Myth and Moss, and the lovely vision for her wedding was full of details she either created herself, by Dear Darling Weddings, or as part of their creative duo The Darling Myth. Taylor wanted a colorful, lush statement of a cake topper, and I enjoyed creating a crescent-shaped design with an ombre, or color-gradient, effect. It was all captured beautifully by L.A. Birdie Photography too.

This topper was created off-site in the studio and then the pre-made piece was placed on the cake (with a protective paper liner) during setup. This makes it easier for the caterer to cut and use the whole cake without contamination from flowers, or the hassle of pulling them out of the frosting–especially important in this case because it is a smaller cake.

Final thoughts about cake flowers:

–When you’re planning your cake decorations, you have a few options: 1) your baker will place fresh or sugar flowers on the cake and then deliver it 2) the baker will deliver the cake and then decorate it with flowers purchased from the florist or 3) the baker will deliver the cake and the florist will decorate it with fresh flowers. The cakes featured in this post were decorated by Violet Floral Designs.

–It’s easier to plan the flowers you’d like on your cake after having a cake size and design finalized, so during the initial process of planning and booking your flowers I’d recommend leaving cake flowers in your quote as a placeholder until closer to the big day. (Haven’t booked your 2020 wedding with us yet? Contact us here to get started!)

–Flowers should not be directly inserted into any portion of a cake that will be eaten, especially imported flowers or poisonous flowers (I’m looking at you, ranunculus). Typically I use straws, paper liners, and stem wraps to protect cakes from contamination.

Thanks for checking out this post about one of my favorite subjects: fresh cake flowers! To learn more about our wedding services at Violet Floral Designs, click here, or check out more of our work over in our Portfolio.

 

Vining Greenery and Lush Color: Travis and Elise – Silk Mill Wedding

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Photo by Lindsey Paradiso Photography – Inn at the Old Silk Mill; Fredericksburg, Virginia

Time to celebrate Elise and Travis, their wedding, and their new marriage!

Elise is a friend of mine from graduate school, and I was so excited to contribute flowers for her wedding to Travis. Because I know Elise it feels a little odd to jot down a glib synopsis of her wedding day: when I think about their beautiful relationship, and the joy of celebrating with them on their wedding day in March, I am still moved. When someone you care about chooses to spend their life with another person who loves them and treats them well, it’s no small thing! I’m so thankful for the relationship Elise and Travis have, and I’m excited to share a little glimpse into their wedding today, thanks to the beautiful work of Lindsey Paradiso Photography.

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Elise and Travis were married at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a gorgeous wedding venue with a historic, natural feel. Lots of antique mirrors and exposed brick–I was LOVING the feel of this space, which reminded me a lot of the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House here at home in Baltimore. For the Jewish wedding ceremony, Travis built a beautiful birch chuppah and set it up himself the morning of the wedding. The vision for the ceremony design, which came about through discussions with Elise, was to create a design that felt organic and as if it were reaching into the whole ceremony space, connecting the guests to what was taking place. To achieve this feeling our team draped smilax vine all over the chuppah, on the fabric drape behind the ceremony area, on chairs in the front row, and on the floor near the ceremony. Smilax is one of my favorite foliages to use for installations like this at weddings, because it feels so airy but lush at the same time.

Elise chose bridesmaids’ dresses in a lovely “Chianti” color from David’s Bridal, and the flowers blended rich wine and oxblood colors with white, mauve, and blue. Elise’s spring bouquet featured mauve “pixie dust” ranunculus,  white anemones, wine-colored lisianthus, astilbe, garden roses, thistles, tweedia, and muscari (or grape hyacinth). I loved the mixture of sweetness and mood that was at play in these flowers.

It was such a treat to think through the details of this wedding with Elise, who is so thoughtful and creative, with a great sense of style. I love talking through the vision for the wedding with my clients, because hearing the details of what is important to them and how they want their wedding to feel really allows me to bring that vision to life in the flowers. This is one of the joys of custom floral design, for me: engaging the thought and intention that goes into creating something that will speak to my clients and feel just right for their wedding.

I want to thank Elise and Travis for entrusting me with their wedding flowers and including me in their celebrations. And also, thanks to the other vendors at this wedding, who were absolutely amazing to work with:

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Venue: Inn at the Old Silk Mill – Fredericksburg, Virginia

Photography: Lindsey Paradiso

Cake: Classically Cakes

Florist: Violet Floral Designs – Maryland Wedding Florist

If you are interested in custom floral design for your wedding from Violet Floral Designs, reach out to violetfloraldesigns@gmail.com, read more about our wedding services or contact us through the Wedding Inquiry form.