Since I recently got hitched, and have all the photos from the big day, I launched a weekly series sharing my favorite images and memories, and a few tips and resources along the way. If you're planning a wedding, make sure to check out "The Credits" at the end. Enjoy!
Love is sweet, I'm sure you've heard, so a wedding wouldn't be complete without a bit (or a lot) of sugar.
I love the dessert bar trend and while my hubby and I knew we wanted a cake to cut, we also wanted to go beyond the traditional. I'm a fan of having a little bit of everything—a nibble of this, a nibble of that—opposed to a big piece of one thing. Not to mention a table covered in varying, bite-sized desserts is just plain pretty.
There was something for everyone on our dessert bar, which was filled with a mix of bakery-made and homemade goodies, for a personal touch.
We got our passionfruit chiffon cake from Twiggs Bakery, which has a storefront in the University Heights/ North Park neighborhood of San Diego. The sweet-and-tart tropical-flavored custard reminded us of our Maui vacation, where GT proposed. We tasted at Twiggs first, and while we tried out a couple more wedding cake bakers before making our final decision, Twiggs was impossible to beat. We were able to try all their cakes and frostings and the flavors were wonderful. But what really sold us was the affordability factor. Their fair price points (coupled with a military discount) enabled us to upgrade to a three-tiered cake (initially we were going two-tiered) and get a groom's cake. Being the huge football fan he is, GT's cake featured a Chargers theme. We went out-of-the-box with the flavor: Mexican chocolate, a chocolate cinnamon cake spiced with cayenne and black pepper and frosted with a cinnamon buttercream.
Friends and family contributed the mini desserts. Since I love fruity desserts and GT is obsessed with Oreos, my maid of honor—who is a master baker, in my humble opinion—made lemon bars and cookies 'n cream truffles. (She also made lemon-lavender shortbread cookies that were placed at our infused-water station, for guests to enjoy before the ceremony.) My mother-in-law made her famous Mexican wedding cookies, which I thought was a nice family touch, especially since GT's paternal grandmother was born and raised in Mexico.
And since I love macarons (who doesn't?), but they can be tricky to make if you've never made them before, we ordered six-dozen from bouchée, a gourmet organic confectionery maker, also based in San Diego. I picked flavors that complemented our color scheme: Pistachio, Rose, French Lavender and Nocciola (hazelnut). Those 72 cookies went fast—I think my hubs and I only had one or two each! In fact, all of our mini treats were gobbled up so quickly that we didn't even use the cute, hand-stamped to-go bags we made for our guests. But we did have lots of leftover cake. (Which we shared with friends and family for weeks after the wedding. And it was still good! That's sayin' somethin'.)
This is likely the final big recap post of our wedding day, but fear not, I will keep up with the Wedding Wednesdays series! There is still more to share (Etsy finds, albums, videography, pre-wedding ideas, DIYs, etc.). Plus, my bestie is getting married soon. (Not to mention several other friends! It's that time of life.) So please keep tuning in.
Also, if you missed any previous Wedding Wednesdays, you can catch up here:
SWEETS: Wedding Cake and Groom's Cake from Twiggs Bakery | Macarons from bouchée | Lemon Bars, Oreo Truffles and Mexican Wedding Cookies homemade
DETAILS: Custom Pale Gray Love Bird Cake Topper from Dances with Clay | Wood slices from Michaels | Colored glass cake stands and wood bark pedestal stands from World Market | Green ruffle plates from Anthropologie (discontinued, similar here) | Love is Sweet chalkboard-style sign from Hallmark | Blank place cards and decorative tape (for dessert signs) from Paper Source | Mini succulents (potted by bride and groom) from Succulents Galore
VENUE: Martin Johnson House
RENTALS: Platinum Party Rentals
FLORALS: Modern Bouquet