The Wedding Event: Patti Cakes

If you read our post yesterday you know that we will be introducing some of the fabulous vendors that will help make the Wedding Event the great wedding show it is destine to be...I have already introduced you to the often imitated, never duplicated Daevid Reed of Daevids Flowers...and today I thought  I'd tantalize your taste buds and make you hungry just talking about our very good friend and amazing baker, Emily Patti of Patti Cakes Inc

Nearly 2 years ago we interviewed Emily as part of our "Monday Meeting" Series on our blog...Today I thought i'd repost her responses to our questions along with some of her amazing cakes she has created since our last feature..

How did you get into creating and designing special event cakes?
I have always had an artistic streak growing up but never really utilized it. When I had my son, I started making his birthday cakes every year. A few years later, a friend of mine literally forced me to make her wedding cake. It turned out to be a huge success! My business grew not only from a love of art, but a lifelong love of sweets as well.

What is the biggest trend you are seeing in the world of Wedding Cakes?
Having an extreme groom’s cake featured at the wedding along with the wedding cake. This is a way to get your fiancĂ© to become willingly involved and excited about the process and together we can come up with something so creative and that will be such a conversation piece at the wedding! This is a great way to let the personality of the groom or the two of you as a couple shine. Plus, unlike featuring a groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner, everyone has the opportunity to see it.

What is your favorite part of working with a bride and creating her dream day?
Having the opportunity to hear her ideas and details in order to come up with a cake that is truly unique and personal. It’s more fun to combine our ideas to come up with a piece of art that makes a statement rather than just serve as the “expected” wedding cake. I’m so fortunate that I’m given the opportunity to create the centerpiece for a couple’s biggest day of their life.

What is a cake trend that is over-used in modern weddings?I have been so lucky to work with brides that relish the opportunity to get creative with their cake that I haven’t really come across something that is “over-used”. I always say “it’s trendy to be unique!”. Take this opportunity to let your ideas run, choose cake flavors that you really like and not what you feel is expected, and start your own trend.

What advice would you give a bride and groom when they are trying to pick the best cake with the best vendor?
Follow your heart! The cake is ultimately an edible, artistic expression that should compliment your personality. It should not only serve as a memorable centerpiece for your event, but leave a delicious taste in the mouth of all your guests. Choose the vendor that you truly believe understands the image and feel that you are trying to convey.
One of my favorite cakes photographed so beautifully and it was simple yet out of the box. This cake was for the wedding of Jerri and Shaka. (image courtesy of Hayne Photographers)
Such a great cake...I believe it was derived from a cake in Sex and The City and this beautiful cake was for our clients Laura and Matt. (image courtesy of Sam Hughes)...Did I also mention this wedding was recently featured on the national blog of Weddings Unveiled Magazine
The above to images were from a beautiful lemon and lime themed wedding that we were honored to plan at the Virginia Beach Westin. The top cake was our clients grooms matched his Rolex to a T. AMAZING!  (images courtesy of Hayne Photographers) 
Yep...thats a replica of a Canon 5D...for a party near and dear to my heart...My hubby's 30th surprise party. 
I love quilting on a's traditional yet modern. Really pretty and classic. This is Stephanie and JJ...a very fun couple who just celebrated their 1 year anniversary! (image courtesy of Hayne Photographers)
A snapshot of our office usually sits in our conference room...but here we had to share it with potential brides at the Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase. It's so clean and classic! It gets complimented daily in our studio. 
This amazing cake graced the pages of Bride & Bloom Magazine (still currently on newsstands). Daevid and I came up with the design concept behind this amazing shoot and Emily pulled through as always! Thank you Emily! Without you...cakes might taste good but they definitely wouldn't look good! (image courtesy of Eleise Theuer)

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