Cakes have evolved tremendously over the years. What use to be a traditional white tiered cake has now become elaborately decorated confections that we like to call edible art. They are often the centerpiece of the event decor, complimenting the theme or floral choice. We caught up with the cake designer and mastermind behind Ana Parzych Cakes, Ana, so she could fill us in on growing trends and what’s down the pipeline for Ana Parzych Cakes.
- What are some of the growing trends in cake design?
We’re seeing a lot of clients requesting English-type garden roses for sugar flowers. We still make a lot of traditional roses but we use them more as fillers these days. The use of metallic colors, silver and gold, is still very much in demand. Also, architectural details like ornate moldings and borders. We custom-make our own silicone molds from unique pieces that we find at flea markets and on the Internet. Also very trendy are textural and hand-painted finishes to mimic fabric, lace, and embroidery.
- Do you have more requests for mini desserts rather than cakes?
We’re very well known for our centerpiece cakes; most of our cakes are 5 tiers or more and we don’t really do many mini desserts. Occasionally we do make mini cakes that are given as boxed favors, like a mini jewel cake to take home. In the past we’ve done several cakes (instead of just one main cake), each following a theme displayed on one table, instead of just one big multitier cake. One of these occasions was for a “secret garden theme wedding”, so we created one center cake with 3 tiers and cascading sugar flowers, plus a cake on each side of the table; one was covered in white chocolate bark and the other had molded baby ferns, mini blooms, and butterflies. It was a lot of fun.
- What are some of the things you tell your clients when they are choosing their cake/dessert table?
We always coordinate with the event designer, venue, and/or caterer to make sure that they’ll have the right size table to better display the cake, and the right linen. Our multi-tier cakes tend to be very heavy so a sturdy table is a must. A nice touch for the cake table are votives, and, depending on the style, a garland of greenery or a bed of moss will make for an amazing background for the cake.
- How has your business evolved over the years and what can we expect to see in the future?
This is our 10th wedding season and next year we’ll be celebrating 10 years in business! My husband Garry and I started this business in 2006 in Cheshire, CT. He’s an engineer by training, and I studied baking & pastries and majored in the fine arts. You need both to build the perfect cake. We now service all CT, NYC, RI & MA, and last year we made about 150 wedding cakes with half of the weddings taking place in NYC. Now that I’ve built my portfolio and word has gotten around, I took a bold step of accepting fewer orders, for bigger, more elaborate cakes. We’re so excited! When I look back at where we started, you can see that we’ve stayed true to our core values of creating a unique, one of a kind elegant cake design that will be remember for years to come. Every year we create more and more amazing cakes, the design process is still one of the most challenging aspects for me, after 10 years! I get bolder and bolder with the designs, because my staff has built the skills to execute my designs to perfection. It’s just a matter of making all the components fit together as whole to make the dream cake. It’s so rewarding to see the final product every weekend; it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful these cakes look. We’re planning many things to celebrate next year, and of course it involves cakes!
Cakes have evolved tremendously over the years. What use to be a traditional white tiered cake has now become elaborately decorated confections that we like to call edible art. They are often the centerpiece of the event decor, complimenting the theme or floral choice. We caught up with the cake designer and mastermind behind Ana […]
We can’t get enough of beautiful wedding stationery here at Bliss Celebrations Guide, and who can blame us? They’re the first visual glimpse of what your wedding guests can expect to see and experience on your big day! An effective invitation suite builds the excitement by establishing a clear concept with an artful and eye-catching design approach. Emily Hostetler, founder and lead designer of Paper Moss, walked us through a few different styles she’s created for clients and explained why each one works well.
Emily states this universal truth for wedding invitations: you can’t go wrong with a classic black and white combination to emphasize the formality of your wedding. Sarah and Mike’s invitation suite above perfectly epitomizes the traditional ideal with its neutral color palette, custom calligraphy monogram, and metallic detail to amplify the elegance. The couple incorporated stripes into their design, though, for a special twist that keeps their invites from looking too stuffy.
Garden-themed paper goods often run the risk of looking kitschy, but Cindy and Chris’s invitations are an exception. Emily explains that their use of a single vivid color is integral to the successful beauty of the design—a black and white treatment simply wouldn’t feel as fun and relaxed. The etched flowers make the botanical motif clear, but the font’s whimsical treatment and hand-drawn map really accentuate it.
Modern but quirky invitations are a refreshing spin for weddings, but it’s an aesthetic that can look busy if it’s not done carefully, warns Emily. Every detail included needs to intentional, so striving for minimalism is key. The distinct design of Marah and Dan’s invitations relies almost solely on the different font styles inscribed on a modern day layout versus the typical centered script.
For the coastal-minded folk among us, a nautical theme is the obvious way to go. Laura and Chris were able to convey their love for all things maritime in an understated fashion, avoiding huge anchors or prominent stripes, and opting for dainty pennants in the universal navy and white color anthem of sea. Familiar but subtle icons representative of the ocean inhibited any potential cheese-factor here.
It’s hard to ignore the rising vintage trend in wedding design, and Emily was able to capture the style elegantly in Christine and Jim’s invitation suite, while still retaining its trademark quaint charm and casual feel. Touches like the lace pattern, hand-drawn rustic farm animals, and craft paper envelope are elevated by the delicate calligraphy to strike the perfect balance between ornate and homely.
We can’t get enough of beautiful wedding stationery here at Bliss Celebrations Guide, and who can blame us? They’re the first visual glimpse of what your wedding guests can expect to see and experience on your big day! An effective invitation suite builds the excitement by establishing a clear concept with an artful and eye-catching […]
Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, plus what’s the jewelry buzz at the moment. After all, these are the rings BOTH of you will be wearing for a lifetime!
But let’s talk for a bit about the basics first…
Surprisingly, Long’s Jewelers recommends NOT going for the gold when it comes to metal type. Good ol’ platinum is the best type of metal. It’s virtually perfect due to its durability, and it’s hypoallergenic for those with sensitivities. Try to avoid tungsten rings at all costs, because they can’t be resized and can’t be easily removed if they ever get stuck on your finger (and no amount of butter is worth greasing that finger up to pop off a ring). Even white gold isn’t as practical as platinum, as it will have to be rhodium plated frequently to maintain its finish.
So how do you know you’ve got a legit ring? It’s as easy as squinting really hard and checking out the inside of the band, which should state the metal type and grade. If you’re in the business of buying rings and you’re not seeing that info, run the other way. You want to know exactly what you’re paying for—after all, it’s a nice chunk of change you’ll be spending!
Long’s Jewelers suggests giving yourself at least two months before the big day to special order your ring, and factor in as many costs as you can beforehand to lessen the sticker shock. Consider metal type, total diamond carat weight, and finger size, and keep in mind that with diamond or gemstone bands, the larger the finger size, the higher the band cost will be as more stones will be used. This leads us to believe that perhaps there really is something behind the whole wedding diet fad…
Now that we have the fundamentals out of the way, we can talk what’s hot. Long’s Jewelers was able to give us some insight on what’s popular in ring world and according to them, trend-seeking ladies should look for:
- Delicate stacking bands
- Rose gold and yellow gold metals
- Diamond eternity bands
- Sapphire and diamond bands
For rings fit for a fashion-centric groom, try one of these menswear hits:
- Carbon fiber accents
- Two-tone metal bands
- Beveled edge bands
- Hammered finishes
And if you really want to take your rings to the next level, Long’s Jewelers also offered up these unique ideas:
- Personally engraving a message in your handwriting
- Choosing a mixed metal ring (for example, yellow gold + white gold + rose gold)
- Choosing a colored gemstone band instead of traditional diamonds
- Engraving your partner’s fingerprint on your band’s interior through the brand Furrer-Jacot
Engagement rings often steal the spotlight when it comes to wedding excitement—so much attention is given to them that wedding band details are overlooked. We chatted with Long’s Jewelers to redeem the humble wedding band. They gave helpful tips and advice that will help you figure out what type of ring you should go for, […]
Inbal Dror is a haute couture designer based in Tel Aviv Isreal. Every gown is made to flatter the female form and exhibits extreme attention to detail. Each gown is a masterpiece that can best be described as wearable artwork. The 2015 bridal collection is absolutely breathtaking—we’re so in love with these gowns! This is Inbal Dror Part Two. We posted part one last Friday so if you haven’t already, be sure to check it out!
Inbal Dror Part Two of Collection 2015
Inbal Dror is a haute couture designer based in Tel Aviv Isreal. Every gown is made to flatter the female form and exhibits extreme attention to detail. Each gown is a masterpiece that can best be described as wearable artwork. The 2015 bridal collection is absolutely breathtaking—we’re so in love with these gowns! This is Inbal Dror Part […]