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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica will be blogging for us once a month until her wedding this May. In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Lisa

One of the things Zack and I were most looking forward to during our planning process was our wedding cake tasting! After looking through the various cake designers in the Knoxville area, we are excited to say that Art of Cakes will be designing our wedding cake. We recently had our cake tasting, and it was a really fun (and delicious!) morning!

While the tasting itself was such a blast, I did need to gather some inspiration and create a design vision before we stepped foot into the bakery. Buttercream or fondant? Classic or modern? Three-tier or two-tier? I had a few different ideas in mind that were all fairly different from one another, and I was torn! Here’s a look at some of my inspiration:

Artistic-Inspired: Since I am a watercolor artist and love surrounding myself with vibrant colors and beautiful textures, I thought it might be fun to incorporate some of these details into our cake! I remember being in such awe of painted cakes the first time I saw one. The creativity and artistry put into the intricate designs is something I greatly appreciate–some of these cakes are almost too pretty to eat!

Top: Catherine Guidry via Style Me Pretty, Peaches & Mint via Wedding Sparrow; bottom: Elizabeth Fogarty via Style Me Pretty

White: A big part of me also desires a classic, white wedding cake! I love how traditional they look, and know this style of cake would be one I would still appreciate when I look at pictures years down the road. However, if I choose a white wedding cake, I would still like to add a touch of modern style to it, either through a unique hexagonal shape, minimalist flowers, or a two-tier design.

KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Kayla Barker via Style Me Pretty

Colored: I have started to notice a trend with colored wedding cakes lately. While I am not normally one to follow trends, I do adore this look! It is a great compromise between the ultra modern, artistic cakes and the traditional white wedding cakes. Having a colored wedding cake would also be a beautiful way to incorporate one of our softer wedding colors, like a dove gray or blush! The brushed gold details on these cakes also make me swoon, and are a great way to include a subtler hint of artistry.

Top: Paula O’Hara via Style Me Pretty, Kerinsa Marie via Style Me Pretty; bottom: ModWedding, Lauren Gabrielle via Style Me Pretty

Throughout the inspiration gathering process, I realized a few things about my preferences that I never would have thought about before starting my search. I quickly learned that I gravitate more toward the two-tier style, regardless of the overall cake design. As well as our two-tiered cake, we will have a sheet cake in the kitchen using one of our cake flavors, so we will have plenty for our guests to enjoy!

I also realized that all of the cake designs I am attracted to require fondant. There is such a stigma against fondant, but Art of Cakes promised us that theirs has a light, marshmallow texture and a sweet flavor–nothing like the fondant of my parents’ time! We also decided on one classic and one unique flavor that we hope our guests will love! Hint: one of the flavors is pink in color, so we will get to cut into a pink cake!! I am so excited about how that will look in pictures!

Overall, this process was so much fun! We are still finalizing our cake design, but I have a feeling I know which one we will choose! Zack loves the design, and said he was shocked at my choice! That being said, do y’all have any guesses as to which we will choose?

Friends, I’d love to know: what style of cake design did you have at your wedding, or do you plan to have at your upcoming reception? What influenced your wedding cake style and helped you to make your decision?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Anita reply

    So pretty and such a stunning decoration

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Savannah + Henry met at a conference in Arizona, and through he lived in Boston and she lived in Atlanta, they started dating after their business relationship took a romantic turn. Long-distance dating may be hard, but S + H made it work! They flew to see each other every single week. “If we missed each other on a weekend, Henry would fly down mid-week to have dinner and fly out on the 7AM flight the next morning,” said Savannah. Now that’s love and dedication! We’re happy that Savannah, who was tired of the travel, made the move to Boston to be with Henry because as these images from Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay show us, they are a beautiful couple!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom and two close girlfriends came down to Charleston with me. Our wedding planner’s roommate worked at a small wedding dress boutique on Daniel Island and she was able to see us after hours. We drank wine and I only tried on 7-8 dresses and was torn between two very different dresses. I slept on it and woke up the next morning knowing which was the best fit. We went back later that day to put down the deposit.

I love peonies but they were out of season, so we went with a combination of peony-like flowers that were cream-colored with a hint of blush. We wanted a lot of greenery so we also used magnolia leaves in the chandeliers at the ceremony.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. Henry didn’t know anything about my dress and we wanted the moment we first saw each other to be when I walked down the aisle. It was a very special moment.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Henry’s cousin Johnny read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 that was probably most favorite piece from the ceremony. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Other ceremony songs we included were both Beatles songs, “Here Comes the Sun” and “All you need is Love.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My husband, Henry, is from New York and it was very important for us to show his family why we love the South. I’d say the food was the biggest Southern influence which included fried chicken, duck buns with coleslaw, shrimp and grits and more.

Y’all, I seriously love these magnolia leaf chandeliers! What a great way to add some Southern greenery to the room.

Our cake was amazing. Once again, we wanted something simple. It was a round, three-tiered vanilla cream cake with buttercream icing. The middle tier was red velvet. The cake was covered with beige polka dots.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We originally met at an industry conference in Scottsdale, AZ. What started as a business relationship turned to friendship and eventually dating. We dated long distance for 9-10 months and saw each other literally every single week from Atlanta to Boston. If we missed each other on a weekend, Henry would fly down mid-week to have dinner and fly out on the 7AM flight the next morning. Eventually, we got tired of the travel so I moved to Boston.
Describe the proposal. On the one year anniversary of me moving to Boston, we decided to head out of work early on a Monday night and head down to our house on Nantucket. We opened a good bottle of wine and packed up some snacks, music and our dog, Roscoe, to head down to the beach to watch the sunset. As the sun set over the horizon, Henry suggested we stand up to get a better view and he took a knee and asked me to marry him.
In what month did you get married? September
How many guests attended your wedding? 200
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the café lighting by the water. The lights looked amazing and carried a romantic atmosphere out from the tent to the sitting area by the water.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We honestly had it pretty easy. Our wedding planner, Lindsey, was amazing and I think she handled any foreseen issues before they got to us. I’m sure every bride and groom deal with the struggle of trying to please everyone but eventually we just decided we were going to do everything like we wanted it done.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band! Our vision of our wedding was a beautiful ceremony by the water and a HUGE party. Our band was truly amazing and we danced all night!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s hard to pick just one. I think finalizing our vows and being announced as husband and wife was a pretty fantastic moment. I think dancing with my dad was a pretty memorable moment. He kept my jitters at bay by making me laugh most of the way down the aisle.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax. It’s such a fun day and you should really enjoy the process of planning if you don’t stress and just trust that it’ll all work out.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? My wedding gift from Henry was a second puppy, so we now have two long haired dachshunds. The puppy is a girl and we named her Mal’e after visiting the Maldives for our honeymoon (the capital is Mal’e). We’re not ready for kids yet, so I think our immediate focus is spending time together and with the pups. We’re looking forward to continuing life together and seeing where that takes us.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    This might be my new favorite SW wedding! All of the flowers are so perfect, her dress is stunning, and that cake is divine!

  2. avatar Inspired by This Blog reply

    What a beautiful ceremony under the trees. And that cake! Gorgeous!!! :]

  3. avatar Lauren Stefanski reply

    Who designs this dress? I LOVE it! She looks gorgeous!

  4. avatar Emily Ewing reply

    Who is her dress designer! Please let us know! I’m going dress shopping very soon and would love to know!

  5. avatar Anna reply

    I need to know who the designer of her dress is!!!

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    what band did you use? I am searching for a good band.

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