Amanda and Tim were such an incredible couple to work with! I met with Amanda at Wedding 101 at The Factory in Franklin. She was very sweet and had a good idea of what she wanted right away. We met once to quote and the next time to finalize details and that’s all it took to make her wedding much sweeter!
Amanda and Tim were to be married at the Carnton Plantation with a reception following at the Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin. Both of these venues are so unique. I adore the Carnton for outdoor weddings. Though the history of the Widow of the South, as it was immortalized in Robert Hicks’ New York Times bestseller, was a place of bloody battle; there is a feeling of life all about the property. The Rolling Hills Community Church is located in the WareHouse in Franklin and is a venue like no other. It is extremely spacious and has several different rooms and halls that could be utilized for wedding guests. It is very clean and airy, almost like a dressed up gym…or better yet as a high-end loft before it is cluttered with walls and furniture.
Amanda chose Allan Williams Photography from Thompson Station and she certainly made a great choice. It was the first time I had worked with Allan and I was so thrilled for the opportunity. Allan Williams shoots in a soft and romantic light, capturing the best possible look for the bride, the groom, the guests, and most importantly for me, the cake. I was so thrilled to see my cake through his eyes I stared admiring the photos for an hour. He was happy to share digital images with me that I will be in turn sharing with you in this post. For more of Amanda and Tim’s incredible day through Allan’s talented lenses, check out his blog!
Amanda also worked with Always in Bloom florists from The Factory in Franklin. They did an amazing job not only on the topper for the cake, but the flowers throughout the wedding and reception. Never have I been so thrilled to place a topper on a cake. While I always love to use edible gumpaste flowers for my cakes, sometimes it’s because the topper that florists make don’t necessarily work well with the cake. Sometimes they are extremely large, or have a huge bunch of stems they want stuck down into the cake, or they are poisonous flowers that should not be placed on something edible. This one however, was simply exquisite. It helps that my favorite flower is a peach rose and they were abundant in the topper. This topper was created on a small flat pyrex type container that I simply had to slide onto the cake. They provided plenty of extra flowers for under the glass cake stand and plenty of petals for me to utilize in any way I saw fit. Kudos to Always in Bloom! They are now ranked in my favorites!
Amanda’s cake stand was also truly unique. We had talked during her meeting and her vision was to place a large piece of tempered glass onto four cubes of glass-like the blocks they use in some showers or windows in some hotels. I mentioned that Hobby Lobby has 40% off coupons all the time and they sell large glass pieces. Sometimes you have to ask for them, but they have several sizes for very reasonable prices, especially when using a coupon! Amanda ended up buying 4 square votive holders and placing battery operated votives inside. She positioned them the way she wanted, placed white lights and roses around them and then put the large piece of square glass over the top. That became the most gorgeous cake stand for her romantic wedding cake.
Amanda chose a four tier square cake of alternating flavors of traditional white with no filling and white chocolate with raspberry filling. She wanted the entire cake to be covered with vanilla buttercream and piped with upward scrolls and tiny leaves. I think you’ll agree that the results were beautiful.
Tim’s cake was to be all about golf, incorporating the Masters leader board featuring him and a few groomsmen beating the champs. She wanted to include a green if I had room and maybe some chocolate golf balls around the edge. Tim’s cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge buttercream mixed with chocolate toffee pieces. It was a really fun one to make.
I am so thrilled to have worked with this couple. It was an honor to make their day just a little sweeter.
Amanda and Tim, may the first look you shared with one another on your wedding day be forever in your hearts!