Catherine and Julian

November 28, 2017

We don't participate in many bridal shows, but a few years ago I decided to take two shows a month apart. Interestingly, I ended up meeting Catherine and Julian at both shows! Both times they stopped by for cake and I had the pleasure of talking with them about their wedding plans.

It was about six months later that I received an inquiry from Catherine and Julian to schedule their cake tasting. It was so exciting to finally get together. At the time we met, their wedding was approximately 18 months away and their wedding theme hadn't yet taken shape. Along the way, we were ready to start the design process

We discussed some of the design goals for their cake. It was clear that both Catherine and Julian wanted to steer clear of the traditional route. They both loved one of the display cakes in the shop that featured both round and octagon cake tiers. Some of the elements that we started to include were: details from their invitations, details from Catherine's dress and silver accents. 

Taking a look at the octagon tiers, I felt that something architectural belonged there, as if you were peering though a gate. When I described this idea, Julian exclaimed, "Oh my goodness - I'm an iron worker, that's perfect!" From there, the complete design was born! Julian had an idea of using triangular shapes that mimic the steel beams as they criss-cross each other, plus grommets.

bridge beam cake design
Bridge beam design inspiration

For the design, thin strips of fondant had to be cut and pieced into each of the panels on the octagon cake tiers.

Design process for architectural bridge beam design
bridge beam cake design
Bridge beam design starts to take shape
Lavender and white wedding cake
Finished cake incorporating bridge work and dress details

We loved that this design was very 'his and her,' the perfect juxtaposition in design! The gorgeous professional

photos in the header and on the front of the blog page were taken by the incredible Orlando of Orlando Photography