12 hand-painted wedding cakes

Hand-painted wedding cakes are popping up all over and we just can’t get enough- count us in on that bandwagon! Many take on a stained glass effect, others a spackled impressionist vibe, and still others seem to be wrapped in a veneer of wallpaper or fabric. I’m not saying that gum paste lace overlays on cakes are out, mind you- but it’s so refreshing to see an innovative and painterly take on wedding cakes.

Hand-painting cakes seems to be an art within an already refined and unbelievable art form, whether bakers are using fondant or buttercream, bold color or just the brush of gold leaf. I think fondant works the best visually for a really sleek foundation or canvas, if you will. Take a piece of Anna Weatherly china, a snippet of Scalamandré fabric, or even your favorite Klimt or Monet and show it to your cake baker for inspiration- the possibilities are endless.

hand painted aztec cake

Talk about de rigeur- this Aztec-ish gold brushed cake is Art Decor + also very now. Gateaux Inc via The Cake Blog.

hand-painted strawberry wedding cakeI have a thang for strawberries and berries in design for general.This whimsical Nadia & Co painted cake totally nails it with the mini portraiture of itself, the Marie-Antoinette-picnic-ishness of it all. via 100 Layer Cake

delft chinoiserie hand-painted wedding cake

This Hey There Cupcake lasercut-and-hand-painted cake just kills me. Forget that it’s perfectly styled against the loveliest paper- that doesn’t hurt.

hand-painted flower wedding cake

This architectural cake is over-the-top gorgeous with its hand-painted flowers and textural sugar flowers. I wish they didn’t have the hideous glassine board (pet peeve!!) but beggars can’t be choosers. I love that the bottom two bases have a deeper background tone than the rest, lending it an extra garden-inspired effect. via WedLuxe

malachite hand-painted wedding cake

I think I fell outta my chair over this one from Ruze Cake House . . . malachite-meets-marble with copper leaf edging? Yes please- any day.

impressionist hand-painted wedding cake

Well when does Maggie Austin Cakes ever miss? Her crêpe-layered be-ruffled cakes have spawned thousands of memes, so it’ll be fun to watch cake artists everywhere try their hand at this wizardry.

painted flower wedding cake

This little beauty from Aussies Cake Ink is the perfect painted cake for an intimate wedding cake, and the sugar flower work is insane. via Polka Dot Bride

painterly hand-painted wedding cake

I think I’ve had this The Cake Blog cake on my radar for forever. Love me a stripe, and the watercolor paint washed base is just too beautiful to eat. via Intimate Weddings

watercolor floral painted cake

Coco Paloma deploys a soft + feminine watercolor floral painted effect on this sweet cake. via The Cake Blog

cocoa lane love painted cake

Cocoa Lane Sweeterie layered hand-spackled texture with a perfect matte fondant middle tier for their lovely gold leaf “Love” lettering and painted blooms. via The Cake Blog

gold brushed painted cake

Back-brushing gold leaf bands takes this painted Baked wedding cake from simple to striking. via Style Unveiled

hand-painted floral wedding cake

Nevie-Pie Cakes nearly steals the show with this hand-painted + sugar flower cake. via Brides

What do you think- too “out there”? Too au courant but meant to fade? I think if it’s inspired by your grandmother’s heirloom Limoges teacup, you’ll till be proud you went this route in 30 years.




beautiful calligraphy spotlight : paperglaze

We’re suckers for beautiful calligraphy, but who isn’t? It’s rare that we have a client who doesn’t join forces with us and already have a paperlust that can’t be quenched. Takes one to know one. Paperglaze is just one of the latest lovely hand-letterers we’ve discovered, and she’s so fun to follow on Instagram.

Lest you didn’t know, calligraphy is far harder and more nuanced than it seems. These artists work like architects at a slanted desk space, painstakingly bent over their paperie for hours on end. They’re not curled up on the couch churning them out on some flat-surfaced lap desk, my friends. To boot, fine art calligraphers are mixing and melding their own whimsical paint colors to achieve those perfectly opaque, mercurially beautiful colors you see deployed throughout lovely wedding stationery suites all over the world. It is an ancient art that (thankfully) still thrives today. Remember too that the world is flat- if you fall in love with a West Coast calligrapher and happen to live in central Maine, it has no bearing on your selection for your wedding stationery calligraphy- you can easily tap your favorite calligrapher and use trusty Fed Ex to ship back and forth as need be . . . . so follow your instincts and book whom you love!

Linger over these phenomenal hand calligraphy bits below, and check out the Written Word as well if you missed our exposé on her art!

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copper wedding details : cuckoo for copper

Copper wedding details are *so* on point for 2015/2016, but never you fear- they are timeless too. Think of all the fabby French kitchens just filled to the brim with gleaming copper pans, knobs, fobs, and the like. My childhood home was filled with hammered, burnished, gleaming, and muddied copper details throughout Mom’s cookware and tableware, and who doesn’t love a solid copper Moscow mule mug? One of our favorite copper weddings (with seafoam accents- yummmm) was featured in UnVeiled, and I still think back fondly on the hammered copper bar fronts, patinated copper bourbon bar, copper place card name placards, and more. Below, we rounded up the latest little copper details + nuances you can deploy to add a tasteful metallic moment into your big day.

copper wedding stationery

Expert tip: style your stationery suite on a gorgeous mottled copper tray. via 100 Layer Cake

calligraphy copper name cards

This is a little snap of a much larger vertical custom escort card board we designed and had produced by our floral team, Blossoms. Elizabeth Porcher Jones produced the calligraphy, and we had Blossoms hand-cut and patinated each copper card, then nail them into the board with tiny copper carpet tacks. Voilà!

copper containers for wedding flowers

Loving this copper container for soft blush blooms and the massed baby’s breath in a hammered gardening container totally works as aisle decor. via Fab Mood/Rock My Wedding

copper hair piece

This delicate leafy copper hair piece is so fresh + different from the bedazzled junque we see so often. via This Love of Yours

copper wax seal

Nothing beats a wax seal, and this copper wax seal is no exception. via Sylvie Gil

hammered copper place card names

At our estate table, we ribbon tied handmade hammered patinated copper place card placards to the backs of the chairs. via A Bryan Photo

copper escort cards

This copper escort card display is lovely + different, and we love the use of shutters. via Coco + Kelley

copper striped cake

You know we LOVE a stripe . . . this copper striped cake from Style Me Pretty is spot on.

gorgeous copper containers

Nothing beats a vignette of slightly boho flowers in coordinated copper containers. via Green Wedding Shoes

moscow mule mugs


And just to whet your palate- you can’t beat an engraved copper moscow mule mug replete with icy gingery cocktail this summer. via Brit.co



beautiful ring dish round-up

Your fabby new sparkler deserves a happy home- whether it’s a Mrs. Box or one of these beautiful ring dishes we’ve rounded up for you. We’re obsessed with the concept of a lovely vanity laden with artfully-arranged baubles and fragrances. How you arrange your jewels allows for easy grab-and-go, and these dishes below are no exception.

Side note + sparkler care: I have a Mama and a bevy of sisters who not only worked in the jewelry biz but have maje collections, so heed the wisdom:

1. Don’t wear your rings for housework, yard work, to the beach, or to the pool. Let those babies rest. Diamonds are actually a lot softer than you think, as per my buddies at Croghan’s– and prong-set stones can tee up some trouble as well.

2. Don’t sleep or shower in your jewelry- it’s bound to fade, etch, crack, and more over time with all that wear + tear.

3. Pick your go-to spot (like a ring dish or velvet-lined drawer) where you always drop your sparkly things before diving into something else- that way you’re sure not to lose them.

4. If you have white-gold in your band(s), did you know you can re-rhodium-plate them annually for renewed shine whilst getting a routine steam clean + prong check? Fun fact.

colorful marbleized ring dish

These marbleized ring dishes are so Kelly Wearstler-ish and fab, and you can either DIY them or snag them on Etsy.

handmade ring dish gold edge

I know- aren’t these Suite One Studio ring dishes just beyond? You need one in every color. You do.

gold edged ring dishes

Yeah, I couldn’t resist. I knew you’d want to see the tops of these bad boys.

bohemian wishbone ring holderI love a little wishbone for good luck- especially a gold one! This Dot & Bo ring dish could hold quite a few rings and bracelets too.

handmade pottery ring dishes

I had to represent, with this pressed patterned ceramic ring dish from Handmade Studio TN. Go vols!