Cake Attack!

This was my first decorated cake from our Wilton course! We learned about gel transfer and were supposed to make a rainbow cake, but I HAD to do something different! So I did a gel transfer of the B&R Events logo, and I think it turned out nicely!
All my close friends know that I do not like clowns, but here I was in our third class forced to make a clown cake. Ugh! So, I decided to make the cake humorous and had one of the clowns struggling to get up on the cake with his friends. All my classmates and teacher were hysterics!
And this week, before my final class where we will make a cake involving icing roses, swiss dots, and drop flowers, I decided to make a practice cake.

I did chocolate buttercream icing on white cake and made white drop flowers with violet centers and violet swiss dots. I thought it was adorable! **Excuse the blurriness, my camera had been left in the cold car overnight.**
Stay tuned for the last cake of course 1!


Northern vs. Southern

As promised, I am going to map out the difference between a northern wedding and a southern wedding. These are just little differences that I have observed from coordinating southern weddings and participating in northern weddings. This is a combination of humor and seriousness, so please take everything with a grain of salt.

The send off:
Northern: After the ceremony
Southern: After the reception

The photographer:
Northern: http://www.imagesphotostudio.com/
Southern: http://www.amywoodphotography.com/

Getting ready and posed pictures:
Northern: The pictures of the bride and her attendants are taken at the mother of the bride's home. The pictures of the groom are taken at his mother's home or his own home. These are all the group shots and getting ready shots. Most of the time, the bridesmaids must pay to have their hair and make up done.
Southern: The bride generally gets ready at the ceremony location and the groom gets ready either at home or at a hotel. Bridesmaids usually have the option of paying a professional for their hair or make up or it is a gift from the bride. Posed shots are taken at the ceremony location or the grounds of the ceremony location.

The first dance and other activities:
Northern: The bridal party and new couple are announced and go straight into their first dance. The first dance is then followed by the bridal party dance, and then the best man speech and toast. Then dinner and after dinner the cake cutting and parent dances. Later comes the bouquet toss, etc.
Southern: Everyone is announced and the new couple goes into their first dance. After the first dance is the blessing. Then dinner. Then the speeches and toasts followed immediately by cake cutting so that guests still have their dessert wine to go with their cake. After cake is other festivities, that is usually kicked off by the parents dances.

Northern: A cocktail hour that would put many parties to shame (think a couple of action stations, passed appetizers, and several displays), a sit down dinner, and a Vienese sweet table with coffee bar and flambe station. Don't forget about the 5 hours open bar.
Southern: Cocktail hour is more low key with cheese and fruit, dinner can be sit down or buffet, dessert is cake. A lot of southern girls will even opt for the cocktail reception. An open bar is an option, not a requirement. Some girls choose to have beer and wine instead, or just wine.


Cake Decorating

As the majority of our visitors know, B & R Events is a mother-daughter partnership. My mother and I are very close and we are fortunate that we can run our business together.

Mom and I love to cook, and I especially love to bake. We decided that we were going to take cake decorating classes as a project during our slower season (November-January). This month we will be taking the Wilton Method Course 1. We had our first class on Monday and it was so interesting. The next three weeks we will learn how to make roses, some borders, drop flowers, leaves, and how to write on cakes. December we will take course 2 and January we will take course 3.

Are we looking to expand B & R Events? Probably not. It is always nice to have different options in case of an emergency. (Flowers, make up, and now cakes will be covered!) I will be posting pictures of our creations on the blog. Stay tuned!