As we layer-up and hunker-down for the approaching winter, we want to take one fond look back at the incredible summer & fall we’ve had here at Crema, and in particular the fall weddings we’ve been so honored to be a part of!
Sweet Tables have been a growing trend at weddings and special occasions for a few years now. We love doing Sweet Tables because we get to make super-cute mini items, and guests can try a bunch of different desserts instead of just one! Some brides pick a design or flavor theme for their table, while others mix and match so they can include a little of everyone’s favorite items. Gwen & Jake’s wedding Sweet Table at The Overbrook House in Buzzards Bay was a rustic display of all of the couple’s favorite desserts. As a former baker and chef at Crema, Gwen has a special spot in her heart for sweets, and this vintage mixer was a perfect accent piece on her table. All photos are by the incredibly talented Zac Wolf!
Next up was Jen & Oliver’s Pie Bar at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. This Labor Day weekend wedding was UNREAL – Amy Kimball Events turned the ballroom of the Fairmont into a rustic shabby-chic venue with just the right mix of elegance and down-home whimsy. When Amy approached us and said that Jen and Oliver wanted to do a variety of pies instead of the traditional cake for their wedding, we knew we had a really fun project on our hands! Jen and Oliver spoke our language when it came to pie and tart flavors and they selected some of our all-time faves: chocolate-espresso, coconut cream, key lime meringue, peach, berries & cream, and strawberry-rhubarb. YUM! We mix-and-matched tart sizes and shapes to give the desserts a rustic, eclectic look, and we worked in lots of wood and metal elements and chalkboard signs give the table a warm, inviting feel. For design embellishments on the tables we pulled in the raw ingredients from the desserts, like a huge mason jar full of fresh strawberries, little jars of coffee beans and fresh limes on the tables as sign-holders. Jen & Oliver’s big day (including the pie bar!) was beautifully photographed by Lauren Killian of Person + Killian Photography.
Now we don’t want to give the impression that we’re not just as psyched about cake as we are about Sweet Tables & pies, so here are two of our favorite wedding cake projects of the past few months!
Daniella and Jay had a true fairytale wedding at the Boston Public Library in September. Their dream-of-a-wedding-planner was Eliza Rafferty of The Catered Affair. Getting married in the library’s courtyard at dusk, Daniella and Jay set the tone for a romantic, elegant and intimate evening. Their style is sophisticated yet creative and relaxed at the same time. The vision that Daniella had for their wedding cake fit this same description to a T; Daniella wanted a “naked cake” meaning that one could see all the exposed cake and buttercream layers from the side, and then between the tiers she wanted fresh flowers. This look is absolutely STUNNING. Daniella and Jay are chocolate lovers so our devil’s food chocolate cake was the obvious choice. Since they had a large wedding of almost 300 guests they needed to get a side cake in addition to the main attraction, so it made complete sense to get two different flavors so guests had options. Decadent Chocolate Bourbon and luscious Chocolate Peanut Butter were the winners…drool. To end the night on a sweet note, Daniella and Jay sent guests home with custom Crema-made bicycle sugar cookies, an homage to the years they spent living abroad and biking in Amsterdam! Photographer Ned Jackson did an incredible job of capturing the day (and the deliciousness).
Elaine and Josh were married in October at Habitat, a wildlife sanctuary in Belmont – what a hidden gem! This couple was looking for a trio of wedding cakes, similar in style to these cakes we did for a wedding in Beverly in August 2012:
What we believe truly sets our cakes apart is the fact that the quality, freshness and flavors of the cake are equally important to the overall look. Elaine and Josh agreed, and they chose three different types of cakes for their trio: Chocolate-Covered Espresso, Vanilla & Lemon Crème, and Hazelnut Chocolate.
As we do, Elaine and Josh love the look of natural, just-frosted cakes. Elaine also asked about doing one of the cakes with “naked” sides, which of course came out incredibly beautiful! Poppy Florals had exquisite succulents and dahlias on hand for us to place atop the cakes, which tied them in perfectly with the natural garden look of the venue. The lovely photographs are thanks to Dreamlove Wedding Photography.
A HUGE thank you to Gwen & Jake, Jen & Oliver, Daniella & Jay, and Elaine & Josh for allowing us to be a part of your wedding days! <3