I met Allison and Alec after Allison’s mom had found me last March. When we got together for the consultation there were several people to help make decisions but Allison already had a pretty clear idea of what she wanted for a cake. It was such a fun meeting and nice to see how parents can still get along, even when they are no longer together, and make decisions with their children as in Alec’s case.
Alec had a pretty good idea of what he wanted which was something to do with the Florida Gators. He’s a huge fan and as we talked awhile, I knew I was going to convince him to go with a fun Gator head. I couldn’t wait to make that cake!
Allison and Alec held their reception in the Portland First Baptist Church gymnasium. I was so surprised when I arrived to find it looking like anything but a gym! It was full of pretty tables, massive hanging paper lanterns, and the cake tables right in the middle of the room. They really did a wonderful job of making it look like a fancy reception hall.
As I was bringing in the cakes I couldn’t help but notice a large easel that was covered up with a cloth. Of course I had to peek when I was finished and couldn’t resist finding some information about the photograph that had been hiding. It was a gorgeous bridal portrait of Allison sitting on an incredibly preserved old red pickup truck. If you know me at all, you know that I’m into classic cars and am impressed with anyone who loves a vehicle enough to painstakingly restore it to its better than original luster. This was one that I couldn’t possibly ignore.
Evidently this truck was the same truck that Allison’s mother, the beautiful Ms. Martha Hicks learned to drive on as a teenager. It belonged to Allison’s grandfather who kept it in the family. Allison looked so beautiful on that red truck, I had to take a photo of the photo just so I could share it on my blog! What an incredible tribute to her family heritage. I just love it.
Allison sitting on her Grandfather's truck
Allison’s flowers were heavily made up of green hydrangea with pink lillies, stephanotis, and a few callas. The large centerpieces lit up and were set on mirrors. I know they looked exquisite at night. She had menu cards at each place in their colors of ivory and black with their tempting buffet options typed up neatly.
Mirrored bowls with callas
Place menu cards
One addition to a reception that I always love to see is a kids’ table and this reception did it right! The table was set in the back and filled with all kinds of wonderful little trinkets to keep kids occupied for hours! It was decorated brightly with a balloon centerpiece-a true party place for the little ones. There were bags filled with light up toys, coloring books, snacks, and candy. My 18 yr old, Jessica, who came along to help me set up really wanted to be a kid at that table.
The Kids' Table!
The cake tables as I mentioned were in the center of the room and were the only tables (besides the kid’s table) decorated to stand way apart from the rest. The groom’s table was clothed in his Florida Gator colors of blue with an orange runner that the Gator head rested on and the bridal table was covered with sparkly black sequined linens that shone like diamonds in soft light. It was a beautiful setting for Allison and Alec’s five tier round wedding cake.
The cake was a palette pleaser of Sour Cream Almond, Traditional White, Strawberry and Extreme Citrus. It was covered with ivory vanilla buttercream and dark chocolate black fondant ribbons with alternating scrollwork and dotted pattern. It was topped with gumpaste flowers made up of tiny green blossoms with a few powder pink larger flowers.
Allison and Alec's 5 tier timeless beauty
The Groom’s cake was my delicious Red Velvet (yes, a bleeding Gator head!) filled and iced with Cheesecake buttercream and covered with handpainted vanilla fondant. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had making this cake. I literally sent a picture of it to my cousin, another huge Gator fan, at…well, I’m not going to tell you what time it was when I finished it the night before the wedding but I should NOT have been texting in the middle of the night! It was just too fun to not show off. Alec was very pleased with it and that’s all that mattered to me.
The Groom's Cake! Red Velvet for 100
I left for a week of the Tennessee River 600 just after I delivered and set up Allison and Alec’s cakes and it was a trip well deserved. It’s been a busy summer. While I didn’t relax nearly as much as I would have liked, it was still really fun to show off the cake pictures after I drove to Knoxville to begin the trip.
Don't you love this view?
Allison and Alec, may you always laugh together, embrace your similarities and accept the differences, and polish your love daily like that beautiful old truck so it will never rust or fade.