From the Magazine: Elegant Desserts Feature at The Grand America Hotel

I love wedding cake. I’m normally more of a salt person, but there’s something about a thick slice of cake topped with a rich but fluffy layer of buttercream that makes me weak in the tastebuds. So I always get excited for the magazine’s Desserts feature and photo shoot–and this issue was no exception.

The inspiration for the Desserts feature in our current winter/spring 2012 issue–photographed by Barrett Doran at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, and styled by Events By LMG–was classic white wedding cakes. We wanted to spotlight pretty, elegant, and delicate white-on-white wedding cakes and desserts, and incorporate soft shades of raspberry, apricot, blackberry, and dove gray through a few well-chosen props like flowers, favors, and linens.

Our inspiration board for the winter/spring 2012 Desserts feature

We spotlighted four dreamy white wedding cakes: an incredible eight-tier royal icing cake created by Jeffrey de Leon, executive pastry chef at The Grand America Hotel; a beautiful buttercream cake decorated with buttercream ruffles and roses by Julie Hill of Layers Cake; a trio of fondant cakes featuring sugar brooches and gum paste flowers by Janell Brown of One Sweet Slice; and a tiered, texture-rich coconut cake covered in snow-like coconut flakes by Therese Roper of Carlucci’s Bakery.

We also included French macarons from The Grand America’s La Bonne Vie, incredibly addictive coconut cake bites, and soft, frosted sugar cookies from The Sweet Tooth Fairy in the sweet spread.

Royal icing cake by The Grand America’s executive pastry chef Jeffrey de Leon

Buttercream cake by Layers Cake

Trio of fondant cakes by One Sweet Slice

Coconut cake by Carlucci’s Bakery

Mara Marian-Harwood of Events By LMG helped us bring the feature’s inspiration board to life. She worked with Studio Stems to create feminine, textural floral arrangements, Pink Piggy Design to craft cute, custom favors and printed materials, and Distinctive Inscriptions Calligraphy to hand-letter signage for the cake tables. She sourced luxe table linens from Wildflower Linen and mix-and-match cake plates from Macy’s.

Favors by Pink Piggy Design and Events by LMG

Assorted cake plates from Macy’s; table linen from Wildflower Linen

Most of the cakes we photograph are actually made of Styrofoam and frosted, but occasionally we have a cake–or slices of cake, as you can see above–that is the real deal, and my art director Samantha and I go on a sugar binge–and later, a sugar crash–sampling all the tasty morsels. The things you gotta do in the name of research…

Yes, that’s me. I told you I liked cake!

A big thank you to Events By LMG, The Grand America Hotel, Layers Cake, One Sweet Slice, The Sweet Tooth Fairy, Studio Stems, Pink Piggy Design, Distinctive Inscriptions Calligraphy, Macy’s, and Wildflower Linen for making our Desserts photo shoot and feature one sweet spread!

{All images by Barrett Doran from the winter/spring 2012 issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine}

10 Comments on “Giveaway: Win a Copy of Our New Winter/Spring 2013 Issue!

  1. I’m new to Utah..looking forward to Designing and Decorating in this Beautiful State…laying down roots.

    Thank you & look forward to getting my hands on a copy….~Juliette

    • Welcome to Utah, Juliette! We look forward to learning more about your work!

  2. In each edition I look forward to the Real Weddings feature. I have gotten so many good ideas from this, including tweaks to my theme from “Portrait of a Lady” Winter/Spring 2011. I’m hand making 12 crocheted doilies for my tables thanks to that stunning, romantic affair.

    • Brenda, the crocheted doilies sound lovely! Thanks for your comment!

  3. I’m choosing colors for my wedding right now, and I can’t wait to see the bridal bouquets to pick a combination from those! Can’t wait for the issue 🙂

    • Alissa, you’ll love the bridal bouquets in this issue, and you’re sure to be inspired by their dreamy pastel colors!

  4. I’m of course so curious to see the Real Weddings featured (there’s always so many lovely ones, I don’t know how you ever choose) but I can’t WAIT to see the fashion feature by Elizabeth Messina!

    • Liz, we’re super excited about our Real Wedding features and our fashion feature with Elizabeth Messina, too! Can’t wait for you to see them!

  5. I am excited to see some new styles of wedding gowns. I am hoping to see more non-strapless gowns 🙂

    • Cierra, you’re in luck, because we showcase a number of non-strapless gowns in the issue!

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