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10 Sweet Takes on Cakes

Words by Courtney Cox


When planning a destination wedding, you’re going to spend months deciding on countless details and making endless style choices. While it can be daunting at times, picking a theme or honing in our your personality as a couple will really pay off in the end. As an example of thoughtful planning done right, we’ve selected ten of our favorite cakes – each of which had its own unique style and made its own W-Day statement.

Pretty as a Picture

This particular wedding was a standout due to its vibrant floral creations. These extended even onto the cake with its intricate lace-inspired details.
Cake by: Lydia’s Cakes
Photographed by: VUE Photography 

Modern Metallic Aztec

Not for the faint of heart, this cake is more like a piece of art. From the bold pattern choice to the interesting size and scale – this was sure to be a showstopper.
Cake by: A Wish and A Whisk
Photographed by: John Schnack Photography

Classically Chic

Delicate sugar flowers take center stage on this classic, shabby chic dessert.
Cake by: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach
Photographed by: This Modern Romance photography 

Plumed Parisian Pastel

Marie Antoinette herself would sit-up and take notice of this classic Parisian confection. The dramatic feather topper and golden-ribbon stand add personality.
Cake by: Classic Cakes 
Photographed by: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photography

Patterned Perfection

Ideal for a modern twist on the nautical wedding, this cake is classic with a golden surprise. Including the trendy pattern on only one tier makes it pop.
Cake by: Sweet and Saucy
Photographed by: Jen Huang Photography

Italian Rustic Romance

This cake appears to have been made for the Italian countryside. Bright, ripened berries add textural interest and a touch of natural sweetness.
Cake by: Il Faro di Capo d’Orso
Photographed by: De Tito Photography

Quilted Couture

This cake is an example of a monogram done right. The quilted technique provides visual interest and a personalized, fabric feel.
Cake by: Fleur de Lisa Wedding Cakes
Photographed by: Caroline Tran Photography

Dark and Dreamy

If shock and awe is your aim, this dramatic cake is sure to turn heads. The dark fondant is softened by touches of lace-inspired details.
Cake by: Maui Sweet Cakes
Photographed by: Tamiz Photography

Delicious & Destination-Inspired

Pick a wedding theme and stick with it! This simple, yet refined cake is a perfect example from a cliff-side Big Sur destination wedding.
Cake by: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes
Photographed by: Carlie Statsky Photography

Fanned Fantasy

What this miniature cake lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. The fanned fondant pieces add interest and movement to an otherwise neutral cake.
Cake by: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach
Photographed by: Braedon Flynn Photography

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): De Tito PhotographyVUE PhotographyJohn Schnack PhotographyThis Modern Romance photographyAlea Lovely Fine Art PhotographyJen Huang PhotographyCaroline Tran PhotographyTamiz PhotographyCarlie Statsky photography and Braedon Flynn Photography.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2015 issue. You can order a copy here.

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