Rossella's Champagne & Rose Wedding Cake and Dessert Table

Early in 2011, one of my oldest friends that I went to school with gave me the great news that she was getting married!   I was over the moon for both Rossella and Craig!
Immediately we spoke about what cake was to be made and Rossella wanted a dessert table also, again I was over the moon!   They initially planned to be married in Byron Bay, but decided to have their ceremony here in Sydney and the reception was going to be held in the beautiful grounds of Craig's parent's home in Dural.

Rose and I are like 2 peas in a pod really!   We are both very passionate, determined, organised and know what we want!   She had a vision in her head of what she wanted and it played out to a T.  

We received our invitations a few months before the wedding and they were beautifully made little booklets covered in the most glorious pebbled ivory paper.  I immediately thought that it should be incorporated into the cake.   When we finally sat down to discuss the fine details, she left it all to me and she also wanted to incorporate the invitation into the cake with that same colour scheme.   I also planned out some beautiful desserts that would be displayed on the dessert table.   Our visions were one!

This table was a labour of love and something that I had in my mind from the beginning.   However, I will say this!   I completely understand why dessert table stylists use photographers!   As it was summer, the dessert table items all needed to be refrigerated until just before consumption, the table was set underneath a beautiful tree in the grounds with natural (read "moonlight*) light!   I need night photography skills BADLY!   So my main frustration is that I wanted to have more beautiful photos to showcase this stunning table, but alas I need to settle for B- photos, with an A+ table! ;P   Oh well ... lucky dessert tables are not my business ..... I got great photos of the cake!

All photography by Blissfully Sweet unless stated otherwise*.

Onto the wedding!

The beautiful invitations that was the main inspiration for the cake.   The colour scheme of ivory, champagne and red was the main inspiration for all the desserts and the dessert table.

The property at Dural was set up so beautifully, it was just a dream!   Rossella organised everything herself, from the set up to the tables and furniture to the decorations.  The day of the wedding was a magnificent Sydney day, couldn't have ordered better!

Below are a few photos of the venue.

Table centrepieces and bomboniere

Did you just spy a sneaky peek of the cake and naked dessert table?  

Here are some close ups of the cake and the dessert table set up before the desserts came out.

The cake it is pride of position!   I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake!   Lets start from the bottom up!

Bottom tier is double height tier covered in a thin champagne colour fondant and covered in cascading fondant "scales" to mimic the design on the invitation.  The top two tiers are ivory.   I embossed gather lines up the sides of both tiers that was a play on Rossella's gorgeous dress and then I brush embroidered some flowers onto the sides in the same ivory.  Black swarovski crystals are placed about and then to bring out the brilliant red in the colour scheme, a single oversized red rose extended from the top tier.

The naked table set up and ready for desserts.   Suspended over the table are string chandeliers that I had made and used for my own 40th birthday.   I also hung candles in glass jars from the tree.  

The milk glass cake stands and the 3 tiered compotes are from the gorgeous Leanne at Sweet Style.

The table was then ready for guests and the bride and groom to arrive.   This beautiful table was hired for the occasion, as well as a butlers table for the kids treats from Splendid Days!   I can highly recommend their services and they have the most beautiful hire equipment.   Visit their website here.

and the lady of the moment, my gorgeous friend Rose!  Isn't she stunning!   I also loved this photo of Rose with her beautiful little boy Jesse and of course a gratutitous photo of Larry & I!!

It was time for me to start thinking of the desserts, and WOW what a menu was planned!

Printables by Blissfully Sweet
Are you ready for sweets overload??!   The dessert tabel menu read like this:

Vanilla Pannacotta Shots with Balsamic Strawberries
Raspberry Cheesecake Pots
Tiramisu Coffee Cups with Callebaut White Chocolate Shards
Mini Pavlova Spoons with Chantilly Cream and Pomegranate
Profiteroles with Vanilla Bean Custard & Cherries
White Chocolate, Cranberry, Macadamia & Hazelnut Rocky Road
"Rose" Turkish Delight
Jelly Beans (purchased from Sweet Style)
White Chocolate Covered Raspberries (purchased from Sweet Style)
Jelly Cups with Marshmallows (for the kids)

All desserts and sweets were made by moi!   Except for the Turkish Delight and the mints that were courtesy of Thomas Dux!  I can tell you right now that it took no more than maybe 15 minutes max for the entire table to be demolished!

WARNING - the next photos are the B- ones!!   A warning that moonlight is very hard to work with and that even then I will still refuse to use my flash!   It is my pet peeve!

The photo of Rose and Craig is courtesy of their official photographer.

You know what I mean now?!   But you get the picture of how it all looked!   The table took another hour of setting up, between going backwards and forwards to the cool room and assembling it all just so!   I then had to hold everyone back whilst I attempted these poor effort shots.  Having an audience while assembling, not the best.   Having the said audience waiting while you get photos, even worse!   Once I said the table was open, it was open season for one and all!

It was a GREAT success and everyone told me it was the highlight of the evening!

The desserts!   Again, these were the best shots that could be got!  :(

From top to bottom and left to right:
Profiteroles displayed in tea light holders, pannacotta shots, mini pav spoons, rocky road, raspberry cheesecake pots, jelly beans, kids jelly cups and pannacotta shots!

Photo courtesy of the official photographer
And I leave you now with this photo of gorgeous Rose and Craig cutting their cake.   It was such a special night and to see the fruits of my many hours of labour received so beautifully made it all worth it!   I wish my bitter disappointment over my bad night photography was not such a hard pill to swallow!

Congratulations to you both and to your 2/3's Brady Bunch!

All photography, cakes, styling, decorations and printables by Blissfully Sweet
Milk cand stands and tiered compote by Sweet Style.


Jo Andrade said...

bom dia, estar um show, lindo. bjs

Linda Vandermeer McCubbin said...

So beautiful, the moonlight photos looks amazing.

Cake delivery Philippines said...

such a cute and sweet wedding!

Drew Watts said...

Wonderful pictures!! Your dessert table décor is amazing. Dessert looks so luscious. Need to have some more ideas on wedding buffet table as have to arrange my niece’s wedding at one of grand and lavish NYC wedding venues. Hope will get some unique ideas.

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