Last Saturday was one of those perfect Spring days in Georgia – bright and warm with a softly blowing breeze. The air was full of energy because every thing felt fresh and alive. There was also the added buzz of excitement for two people beginning their journey through life together. Pêche Petite had the pleasure of making Sarah and Ethan’s wedding cake for their beautiful outdoor reception at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
We’ve all heard the saying “less is more” and I totally agree. You wouldn’t want to do anything else to this cake. It’s so elegant with a few carefully placed camellia flowers – any more and it’d feel cluttered. Sarah’s father made the cake stand! How neat is that? I love family members contributing personal touches to the wedding, just makes the celebration that much more special.
However, don’t let the simple exterior fool you, there was a lot of flavor underneath! The top tier was Pêche Petite’s signature cake, Red Velvet No. 9, filled with brown sugar cream cheese frosting. Classic. Always a hit. For those a bit more adventurous, the middle tier was Lemon Lavender, a beautiful medley of tangy lemon and savory floral notes. The cake had fresh lemon juice and zest in it and between the layers were lemon curd and lavender pastry cream. The bottom flavor was created just for this moment, and it is now Paige and my new favorite cake. It’s a raspberry dotted vanilla cake filled with raspberry preserves and white chocolate pastry cream with a middle layer of freshly whipped cream! Oh my! You just don’t know how good this cake is. The tart raspberries are a perfect counterpoint for the decadent white chocolate, and of course, whipped cream makes everything better!
The little ball flowers are Craspedia, also called billy balls, billy buttons, drumsticks or woollyheads (I like ‘woollyheads’ the best!). They are native to Australia and are part of the daisy family. I think they are adorable and a nice accent to the camellias.
The flowers were also found on the tables, along with cute succulent centerpieces. I liked the variety of vases. It created a more personal and relaxed feel to the table than identical wares. The mastermind behind it all was Molly McKinley. She designed Sarah and Ethan’s wedding, and made it looked so organic, so effortless. She has the amazing talent of editing, of knowing where the line is to keep things simple yet interesting.
Each design element was able to stand on its own, no need for excessive embellishments. The natural beauty spoke for itself.
This is the type of wedding I’d want to go to – simple and sweet. We saw Sarah for a brief moment (she looked GORGEOUS!), and she was cool as a cucumber. I can only imagine what a fun party the reception was, especially once the sun set and you were dancing under the stars.
save room for cake, xoxo Erin B. pastry chef