Thursday, March 17, 2011

Baking Bride

I have talked about our wedding cake before. I fully trusted Momma HS to bake our cake, but she started to doubt her abilities. She decided that we should just buy a cake, and offered to pay for one. She even went to say that she would go down, pick one out and everything, so that I didn't have to worry about it. I thank her for that very much, but that was not going to happen. So, I decided to bake our wedding cake!

We knew we didn't want anything big or extravagant, and I was up for any DIY projects, so what was one more? Most everyone we know tried to talk me out of it, Momma HS, MIL MS, friends, BMs, everyone. But once I set my mind to it, no one was going to stop me!

I went down to the store, bought a cake mix, looked around for pre-made fondant, and anything else I could think that I may need to make this cake. My first try at the cake was a major fail. I don't even have a picture of it because I ended up just eating it as I was trying to get it out of the pan! It just crumbled and broke and was a horrible mess. So I went back to the store, bought a different brand of cake mix, and tried again. This time, success!

Because I am a horrible blogger, I forgot to take pictures of the process! I figured I would just do a trial cake for the time being, but it turned out so good that I froze it and used it at our wedding!

I made 2 square cakes, one smaller then the other. I froze those, and once they were hard, I shaved and shaped them. The next step was to butter cream frost all around them. The base layer was covered in the fondant first (which actually rolled out really easy and smooth), then I added the top layer with a little frosting in between and put the fondant over the whole thing. This was the tricky part. Cutting the fondant around the top layer, making it fit it, and not cutting the bottom layer at all. But I did it! My lines weren't the straightest, but that was ok because I put a black ribbon around the bottom of the layers. And do you remember those flowers I used for the girls' hair? Well, I had some left, so I hot glued them to pins, and stuck them on the cake! And there it was, our wedding cake!

Us cutting it

The project that everyone thought would be so hard and that I shouldn't do, was actually super easy! I wouldn't say I was a cake genious or anything, but I think I did a pretty good job, and it served its purpose well.

Are there any projects you took on that people told you not to?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gift For My Girls

I only touched briefly on this subject when I bought my girls their pendants. I am very happy with how the gifts turned out, and wanted to share all that they got.

As you already know, I gave them their pendants to wrap around their bouquets and carry down the aisle. I also gave them nail polish in "Gunmetal", sandals from Old Navy (which I decorated with the date of our wedding and monogram), zip-up hoodies from Old Navy (I ironed on "Bridesmaid, Maid Of Honor, and Bride for me!), a lip gloss in a color they like, and put it all in a canvas bag from The Knot. I also wrote them all a letter telling them how much they mean to me and how thankful I was to have them as a part of our wedding.

Here is what everything looked like (minus the lip gloss)!

I had their name embroidered on the other side
Wrapped in a purple ribbon w/date and monogram on the bottom
This is just a pendant I had gotten myself :)
Morning of my wedding, getting ready in our sweatshirts

You might notice an extra BM on the end... I will tell you about that later :)

What did you get your BM for a gift?

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Are love story got blogged! Susan, who has the blog So...How Did You Meet Anyway?, asked me to share our story on how we met! I am so excited to have our story posted! Hope you enjoy it too!!!!