It all started with this photo from the summer issue of IN Style Weddings (oh, how I will miss that magazine!) Its a cake by Collette Peters inspired by Betsy Johnson.
Then onto the true inspiration for her cake, the brides wedding dress that was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw's wedding dress, minus the bird and plus the groom (thank goodness for both)
We went through one round of revisions and came with the above sketch. I was really excited about the peacock brooch in sugar and all the feminine ruffles! The bride wore a chocolate brown sash, and it was the perfect transition from the skirt of the dress to the bodice.
Then the cake! The ruffles needed a lot of support, so I added some gumpaste to keep them stiff enough to resemble fabric. The dragee brooch was much heavier than I anticipated,so I secured with floral wire and fondant, and luckily it had enough strength to stand out of the cake for a more dramatic effect.
I love when brides want to make a statement with their wedding cake and this bride also made a fashion statement!