First, My sister and her new husband got matching tatoos a while ago. For the tatoo, they chose a simple tree image (I’m not the only one in the family that tends towards nature designs!). As an engagement gift for them, I carved a larger image of the tree and made a block print. I framed it and they hung it in their livingroom, but the life of the stamp didn’t end there. To incorporate this into their wedding, we used the stamp to make cards with table names on them. And– to top it off– all of the tables were named after trees!
Finally, [and my biggest task for the week], I had offered to make them a wedding cake. They originally weren’t planning to have one– just to have a dessert bar, with some family and friends bringing along desserts to share. So the cake I made wasn’t huge (it didn’t have to feed everyone there), but I did want to follow with the nature theme. So, here it is, in all it’s glory:
Each layer was a different kind of cake. The top was an apple raspberry, the middle was a carrot cake, and the bottom was chocolate zuchinni cake. I called it the garden cake! It was especially garden oriented, because my partner and I tried to grow some of the ingredients ourselves. The carrots were an heirloom variety (St. Valery) we grew in our community garden plot. The zucchini came from my sister’s future in-law’s garden. And other ingredients came from our local farmer’s market. Finally, all of the fresh, green decoration was clipped from my mom’s herb garden the day before the wedding. Fresh blooming lavender was arranged on top, with mint and lemon balm leaves in the middle sections, and more lavender sprigs at the bottom. It turned out just the way I had hoped it would.
And– a great bonus– I got to be front and center when the cake was cut 🙂
** All photos in this post were taken by my sister’s wedding photographer, Mike Brice. You can see more of his work here.