a wedding cake tasting session

From Cavin Elizabeth Photography One of the things I am most passionate about in my business is educating brides on the different aspects of photography and wedding planning decisions that affect their wedding imagery. When fashion blogger Jessica of Cubicle Chic reached out to me about shooting her real cake tasting and consultation with her dessertier, I immediately jumped on the chance to shoot something that would inspire brides for their own cake tastings.

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From the bride – If you happen to be planning a wedding, 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:

  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.

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  1. 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!

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  1. 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.

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!!

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  1. 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!

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Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography // Bride: Cubicle Chic // Desserts: Peggy’s Kitchen // Planner: Nicole George Events // Location: San Diego, California.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

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