Wedding Sweets and Treats

Wedding Sweets and Treats

*This was originally posted on June 8. I’ve updated some info, and added more pictures*

Last year in May, I emailed two businesses about wedding cakes, one called Sweet Bakery and Cakery, and  the other one called Stiletto Studio Cakes. I had heard amazing things about both places. In June, we went to a tasting at each one.

First, Stiletto Studio Cakes is incredible. They do amazing and creative designs.

We went into the tasting with no idea about what we wanted. We just thought, hey…cake. The tasting was a group one with around 20 people. Everyone milled around trying cake. They had lots of little pieces of different flavoured cakes, as well fillings, icings, examples, and all sorts. The lovely people who worked there asked us what we were thinking for our wedding cake. We wanted something small ish, as we were having a small wedding, we didn’t want a huge cake, as who would eat it all? Other than that, we had no idea. We liked a few flavours (vanilla, and lemon and raspberry stuck out a lot), and said we would email through ideas or any questions we had.

Next, we went to Sweet Bakery and Cakery. They were a smaller business, but just as recommended. They did more ‘naked’ cakes, they looked less ‘spectacular’, but just as beautiful.

  

This time, the tasting was one on one. We met with the owner Grace, (who apparently is friends with our wedding florist), and she had brought lots of mini cupcakes in a range of flavours that we were interested in. In our original email, she asked what kinds of flavours we liked or were interested in, which we appreciated. I scoffed down all the mini cupcakes as we talked about details and what our thoughts were. She was the one who first suggested a cupcake tower, with a small one tier cake on top. I really liked that idea, and it stuck. I saw a few on Pinterest which I emailed through.

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After talking with Grace, and seeing the designs they did, we decided to go with them. We liked their style better, and we really got along with Grace. It was just a matter of personal preference.

Now, it took us aaaages to land on the flavours for the cakes and the cupcakes. We went back a few times to try out different cupcakes, because they were all just so delicious. Also, a week after our tasting, they opened up a branch of their bakery literally minutes from Rory’s work. I found out when he came home with cupcakes. I think it was fate to choose them.

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After literally weeks of discussion, we landed on Lemon and Raspberry for the cake. Grace talked about buttercream roses for the icing (we aren’t fans of ganache or fondant), and we decided we’d sort out the cake topper. For the cupcakes, we landed on Mocha, Choc Peppermint and Peanut Butter Choc. We rented a cupcake stand from them, signed the contract, paid and that was that! This was all sorted during June of last year. It was one of the earliest parts we landed on, along with the venue and photographer. It was also one of the most fun parts of planning our wedding!

So, to wrap up this post, here comes some photos of our wedding cake and cupcakes on the big day.

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Cake and cupcakes
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Close up of cake and cake topper
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Close up of cupcakes
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“Love is Sweet”
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Rory digging into the desserts
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My best friend and M.O.H. Kruti took this lovely photo of her cupcake choice (Peanut Butter)

Now, I will end this on a serious, sad (at least for me) note. I did not eat any of the cake, and barely any of the cupcakes on my wedding. I KNOW! How could I?? Look, I really wanted to try them leading up to it, but on the day (and the rehearsal the night before), I didn’t feel hungry. It was really weird, I had scoffed all the previous cupcakes I tried, but the whole day, I  just didn’t feel hungry. I did eat between the ceremony and reception though, as food kept being thrown in my direction (Rory and Kruti’s doing). But I barely tried our amazing desserts. Our guests loved them though. We got more cupcakes than guests, so we encouraged people to take them home, which many did! Also, we split the remaining cake between our families, as we were off to Fiji and didn’t want it to spoil. Long story short, all those jokes about people saying that you wouldn’t eat much on your wedding day turned out to be true for me. That is probably my only regret on the day. If/When you guys do/did get married, remember to eat cake.

Angela.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

Even more wedding related posts! This one is a little more personal, it’s about our ceremony. This took a lot of time to figure out. After talking with our officiant, he suggested looking at ideas online. Turns out there’s a whole bunch of scripts and ideas for every single type of ceremony out there. Again, thank you Pinterest.

So, how I ended up with our ceremony script, was taking bits and pieces that I liked from a whole bunch of different places. I mostly looked at secular ceremonies, even though ours was kind of religious, since our officiant was my pastor from the Baptist church I went to growing up. But he was chill with us doing any kind of ceremony which was nice. He did start off the ceremony with a message (kind of sermon) about love. Which, I’ll be honest, I did let my mind wander, it’s hard for me to stay focused on those things. But when we got into the Filipino ceremony traditions, and the vows, I was completely involved.

Here’s how the rest of this post will go. I’m going to just copy and paste our ceremony script in, so you guys can have a read of it, and also I don’t want to lose it. I’ll also put in pictures along the way, to break up the words. If you don’t feel like reading, I don’t blame you. Just feel free to skim and look at the pictures!

  • Opening

Hello and welcome, everybody!  Please be seated.  Each person here is an important part of Rory and Angela’s circle of family and friends and they are so glad that you are here with them today.

We are gathered together on this day to witness and celebrate the marriage of Rory and Angela. We come together not to mark the start of a relationship, but to acknowledge and strengthen a bond that already  exists. This ceremony is a public affirmation of that bond and as their dearest family and friends, it is our honour and privilege to stand witness to this event. This day is made possible not only because of your love for each other, but through the grace and support of your family and friends. It is our hope that your fulfilment and joy in each other will increase with each passing year. Marriage is a commitment in life, where two people can find and bring out the very best in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that has the promise of a lifetime.

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  • Filipino Traditions

The ceremonies  you are about to witness are uniquely and traditionally a part of the Filipino wedding. These traditional items were used in Angela’s parents wedding 28 years ago.

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Veil Ceremony

I invite Daniel and Kruti to join us and to lay a veil over you to clothe you together. Let this be a symbol of the faithful love you have for each other. Through the passing of the years, let the veil remind you that you belong to each other and to no one else.

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Cord Ceremony

I invite Bex and Andrew to place a cord over you. This cord symbolizes an infinite bond of love you share that keeps your relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that you both are no longer two, but one in marriage. And, may your love grow stronger and bind you closer together through the years.

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Coin Ceremony

Now let us do an exchange of the coins. These Coins are the symbol of the union of your faith with each other when it comes to material things.

The coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them. May God bless these coins that symbolize mutual support and responsibility.

Rory – “Angela, I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to your welfare.”

Angela – “I accept them and in the same way pledge my dedication to your welfare”.

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Removal of Veil and Cord

I would like to call on Michael and Jo to remove the cord and veil.

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  • Vows

Rory, do you take Angela to be your wife? (I do).

Repeat after me:

Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Angela, to be my partner. I am proud to be your husband and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

Angela, do you take Rory to be your husband? (I do).

Repeat after me:

Today, surrounded by people who love us, I choose you, Rory, to be your partner. I am proud to be your wife and to join my life with yours. I vow to support you, push you, inspire you, and above all love you, for better or worse, in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

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  • Ring Ceremony and Vows

Rory and Angela, these rings are an external and visible sign of the internal bond which unites the two of you. A bond built on a strong foundation of trust, respect and adoration.

Rory, as you place this ring on Angela’s finger, repeat after me:

“Angela, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.”

Angela, as you place this ring on Rory’s finger, repeat after me:

“Rory, I give you this ring, as a daily reminder of my love for you.”

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Pronouncement and Kiss

Rory and Angela, on behalf of all those present I pronounce you husband and wife.  You may now kiss the bride!

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If you made it to the end, congrats! What special or cultural traditions did you guys have in your wedding, or plan to have? Or just know of and want to mention? 😀

Angela.