The middle of July brought me Stephanie and Ben. I can’t tell you how excited I was to make this couple’s wedding a little sweeter. Stephanie and Ben won a contest in Clarksville sponsored by Q108 and Clarksville Brides for a almost completely free wedding. Ben entered the contest for the couple and beat 60+ more couples with his plea for a wedding.
Ben and Stephanie were both overseas at the time, defending our freedom in the military. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of this couple and was thrilled to know that they won the contest. Covered with Icing gave a wedding cake valued at $350 for the contest. I met with Stephanie when she came back from Iraq in May, along with her best friend who had been keeping things under control at home while the couple was gone.
Stephanie was anything but a typical bride. She wanted lots of color, something completely crazy and off the wall. Together we designed an upside down square wedding cake covered with brightly colored fondant cutouts in hot pink, orange, bright green and peacock blue and accented with fondant Gerbera daisies in the same colors. To be fair, I need to add that Stephanie and Ben’s cake was valued quite a bit higher than the certificate I gave, even after the military discount, but the price of my freedom is worth way more than a few hundred dollars of cake. They gave me a gift and I simply reciprocated.
Stephanie wanted Ben to have a groom’s cake that was basically a big mud pit because Ben loves to go mudding in his truck when they are at home. His cake didn’t make quite the statement that hers did but it would have been difficult to take center stage away from her cake.
My friend and fantastic wedding photographer, Bethany Ann, met me at the venue, the Riverview Inn, to photograph the setup process. We had bartered services prior but I’m pretty sure I got the better end of the deal. She is such a sweet person, asking questions and trying to only shoot my good side during photos. Bless her heart!
My friend Danielle of Turning Point Productions taped the event and shared it recently in the Clarksville Brides blog. The couple was married right in front of the cake, so you can see it throughout the ceremony. Click to go right to it!
I had a great time making this unique and truly custom cake and learned a lot in the process. It was my first upside down cake.
I did use several tips and tricks I learned from Kaysie Lackey when building this cake, but some I just had to make up as I went along. I am not used to buying my cake supplies from Home Depot but the employees there were VERY helpful after I explained what I needed.
Once again I want to thank Q108 and Clarksville Brides for the opportunity to meet Stephanie and Ben and also the happy couple for giving me such a fun challenge!
Stephanie and Ben, may your marriage never be turned upside down!