From now till April, I will be sharing bits and pieces of details of my wedding planning that I've really enjoyed. It's an ambitious goal... but I'm going to try to document this process as much as I can. On my list are things like wedding grown selection process, florist selection, and maybe how I found my wedding planner. (this will be a long one!) Is there anything in particular that you want to see?! Leave me a comment and let me know!
First up is the wedding cake and mini wedding desserts. Originally, this wasn't going to be a significant part of my wedding as neither my fiancé nor I are really into sweets. When comparing to all other elements of a wedding, we both thought cake and desserts weren't an important aspect for us. BUT ALL OF THIS CHANGED when I met Peggy.
Guys, checking out Peggy's website here and see all the amazing work she's done!
Peggy reached out to me over Instagram/email, and we met up. It turned out we have so many things in common - we both went to UCSD, we both grew up in Taiwan, and we share very similar views in what's aesthetically pleasing! I instantly knew she would be great to work with. Peggys' the type of person that listens more than she talks, and is very deliberate about her design, and is very thoughtful in her approach to her designs.
If you happen to be planning a wedding, too, I highly recommend you having an in-person meeting/tasting so everyone can be on the same page when it comes to the way desserts look, taste, and how important a role desserts play in the wedding compared to every other element. It's just such a fun type of meeting. And truth be told, and who doesn't like to chat wedding over some delicious dessert and hot cup of tea? So let met break down in the paragraph next that outlines the way we approached the dessert designing process:
P.S. All the photos here are taken by Cavin Elizabeth Photography - If you're still looking for a wedding photographer, you don't be disappointed with Cavin's meticulous work!!
1. Understanding Aesthetics & Taste
This, to me, was probably the most important aspect of it all. In viewing Peggy's website, it was immediately clear that she shares the clean and crisp colors with feminine touches that I really like. And both coming from Taiwanese up-bringing and culture, I knew she will be able to understand I'm not the biggest fan of most of the typically American desserts simply because the sugar content is usually way too high for my palate. So with these two factors locked in, I couldn't wait to get into the planning process with Peggy.
2. Determine Size of The Cake
Thanks to my wedding planner, Nicole, I didn't have to worry about it this much. She provided this chart and between her and Peggy, it was clear how much cake we needed based on the number of guests we have. Having an experienced wedding planner definitely pays off!
3. In Person Meeting and Tasting
This was the fun part!! All of the photos you see in this post are taken on the tasting day. It was such a team effort pulling together my wedding planner, cake designer, and photographer to get this project done, it came together seamlessly.
Peggy made 4 cakes for me, in mini-forms of course, including an almond cake, Ricotta cheese cake, flourless chocolate mousse cake, and a French strawberry cake. I have to honestly say they were ALL delicious, in 100% honesty. I'm not a dessert person to begin with, so when I say it's good, it's REALLY good!! It was hard picking THE one for our wedding, but I settled on the Ricotta cheese cake because I thought it would be appealing to most people. My personal favorite was the almond cake :p
We also had 3 kinds of mini desserts including rose macarons, mini fruit tarts, and these gorgeous looking white chocolate mousse raspberry verrines. I ended up asking her to make ALL of them for the wedding - the flavors were on POINT and they all looked so deliciously gorgeous!!
4. Adjustment and Post-Tasting Follow Up
After a wonderful time spent together tasting all the deliciousness, we had candid conversations about the wedding planning process with Cavin and Nicole both sharing their personal experiences with particular weddings in terms of planning and photography.
The next day, Peggy sent an email to confirm the type of cake and dessert I was going to have, and we also confirmed the number of each piece that she was going to make. With Nicole's input too, we also settled on cake stands, delivery time, clean-up and everything related to my wedding cake.
I can't tell you how much I'd recommend Peggy's service to all of you in San Diego. I mean, these pictures honestly speak for themselves, right? Pst... she also makes birthday cakes, kids cakes, and any other events. Reach out to her if you need to inquire about her service!
All photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Disclaimer: Peggy has kindly offered to provide tasting and day-of cake and dessert to me free of charge. But all opinion expressed here is with 100% honesty and sincerity.