I've been waiting for the update - were the bride and groom able to cut their cake or by the time they got around to it had it slid off it's stand and onto the floor?!?
The lemon cake had fresh strawberry filling and a vanilla-bean-with-just-the-hint-of-strawberry buttercream frosting which was very light and luscious - truly yummy - and all four layers behaved beautifully! Oh, I love my new refrigerator - because it can hold a two-tiered-4-layer cake without any problems!
The bride and groom wanted their cake to look like bark...this was as close as I could get...and while my camera angle was maybe a bit off, the cake itself was perfectly straight/even when I put on the finishing touches...remember that!
By the time Katie-the-cake-carrier and I arrived at our destination, the cake had "settled" just a bit and the top layer, even though supported with wooden skewers (which you can see poking out of the top of the cake!) was just a bit off...but no worries I thought, I had plenty of extra frosting to fix anything - anything but the temperature inside the stinkin' hot barn!!
The reception was held in a barn - adorable in every way except for the temp...the cake was melting!!! Oh sure, there were fans inside the barn, but they were blowing HOT air...I'm sure the cake was only upright for an hour or two...maybe three...but this picture was taken at 2:00 and the cake cutting was not until much, much later...maybe it was more of a cake scooping? Now that would be picture worthy! So I'm waiting to hear...no news is good news, right?
But that's not all...no, any sane person would have agreed to do either the cake OR the flowers - definitely not both and definitely NOT on a major holiday weekend! Godfrey! I need my head examined! Thankfully I had two very dear friends (thank you Doneen and Wendy!) who came to my rescue and helped me make arrangements for every cowboy boot you see on that table - plus some you don't (about 30 in all!) and 7 other large wooden vases and 14 Mason jars AND the bride's bouquet, toss bouquet, two bridesmaids bouquets and NINE boutonnieres in empty shot-gun shells! I'm exhausted just writing that. It was a LooooooooG weekend! On the other hand...volunteering is good, no? Volunteering is rewarding, right? Volunteering is not the same as being a doormat, is it? IS IT?!? Well whatever, except for the stress over the cake it was all great fun - it really way - but it was a ton of work! The wedding/reception could not have been held at a more spectacular place - like something out of Country Living or Anthropologie...below are just a few of the pics I was able to get before my camera died...