Staci and Rob chose an outdoor setting under a pergola at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn and Spa for their wedding dinner for 30, and wanted a rustic sweet cake to go along with it. She’s based in NYC, so we worked completely via email and phone. Staci sent fantastic inspiration pictures for me to draw from, so I created this pink sugar peony, a watermelon-red poppy, and an orange poppy (based on our California state flower!) to create the energy on this cake.
I love big bold flowers, but also believe they need some contrast in color and small detail, so I added a few groups of small green buds and bright yellow to offset the deeper sunset colors of the large-flower grouping. The buttercream exterior was really fun to detail, but after being so oriented to making things perfectly straight and flat, I have to admit it was *hard* for me to snap out of that mode and free up my wrists and brain to make something more randomly textured like this! I love the way it came out though, and can’t wait to do another cake like this for a very special birthday girl in April (hi Karina!).
I loved working with Ariel Yve of Ariel Yve Designs, and can’t wait to work with her again.
Big hugs to you all and happy 2012!