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Floral Leftovers

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Looking for a way to save some money on gumpaste decor?  Here’s a thought for those last minute events.

When a bride purchases specific gumpaste flowers for an event I charge a flat fee depending on if we’re talking about a topper or a cascade.  Sometimes the decorations require multiple types of flowers from different sets, and at the end of wedding season I end up with small bunches of lots of different kinds of flowers.  They won’e be able to fit any kind of theme from my design book, but with the right airbrush colors, I can form an exciting bouquet for the right event.

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This combination isn’t for everyone, especially when it comes to weddings.  This cake in particular was for a customer who wanted to surprise her friend at an informal potluck wedding celebration.  I got the sense the couple was laid back, fun loving, and would be more interested in a cake that was vibrant, colorful, and playful instead of formal, traditional, and reserved.  Since the wedding was taking place at the end of August, I decided to go with bright colors yet stick to a realistic color palette.  None of these flowers would be found growing any where near each other in nature, but I think that’s part of the fun.  Since the customer was up for anything I gave her a discount on the flowers because it allowed me to use up several of my extra bits from weddings past.

The center piece is made of chocolate.  I wanted it to be reminiscent of a couple carving their names in a tree, but I upgraded the design with delicate swirls and scrollwork to represent the importance and significance of signing wedding documents.

The customer let me know the cake was a big hit, which was no surprise because it was a Fruit and Cream cake, but I’m always happy to hear when my “anything goes” designs work out.

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