Chateau Morrisette Winery Wedding: John & Jennifer

Classic, elegant and romantic are just a few words that I would use to describe Jennifer and John’s wedding. Their lovely wedding was held at Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd Virginia. 

Natalie Gibbs Photography 

Natalie Gibbs Photography 

For the wedding cake, each tier was covered in a rustic buttercream design and fresh flowers were added to the top and sides. The cake was displayed on a white pedestal stand and set up in front of double door leading out onto the indoor terrace. On the inside: Vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean filling; Strawberry cake with a fresh strawberry filling and Lemon cake with lemon curd. 

Natalie Gibbs Photography

Natalie Gibbs Photography

Jennifer also wanted to incorporate a grooms cake for John into their reception. I created a simple two tier naked cake covered with fresh berries. I just love the custom cake stand that she provided for the cake display. Vanilla cake with white chocolate filling and a fresh raspberry puree was enjoyed by the guests who had a slice of the grooms cake. 

Natalie Gibbs Photography 

Natalie Gibbs Photography 

Lastly each guests enjoyed a custom made Virginia shaped cookie as a favor to take home. As take on the "Virginia is for Lovers" theme I placed a pink heart over Floyd on each cookie to symbolize their love.  

Natalie Gibbs Photography

Natalie Gibbs Photography

And a cake cutting picture because that is my favorite part :) This photo doesn't disappoint, I love John's expression! 

Natalie Gibbs Photography

Natalie Gibbs Photography

A big "Thank You" to Natalie Gibbs for sharing her beautiful photos. If you are still looking for a photographer for you big day take a peek at her website, Natalie Gibbs Photography her work speaks for itself. 

If you are still looking for a professional to make your wedding cake in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg or Radford Virginia call me at 540-493-6812. Take a moment to check out my wedding cake gallery and see what other couples are saying in Roanoke, Virginia about their wedding cake experience.  I am one the most popular wedding cake bakers in Roanoke, Virginia and I would love the opportunity to work with your wedding day. -Sarah Blanchard

Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast: Wedding Dessert Bar

Tasher and Cory were married Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast in Radford, Virginia on a beautiful May day. The wedding took place at the gazebo with the reception to follow in the sunken garden surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and a lovely waterfall. The guests enjoyed a very yummy dessert bar filled with the couple’s favorite sweets. They had cake pops in flavors of Almond Joy & Reese’s as well as  chocolate, vanilla, almond & red velvet cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream. They also had chocolate chip & snickerdoodle cookies and "Papa's Favorite Brown Sugar Cake” shaped to represent a rotary engine. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Almond Joy Cakes Pop and Cookies

Cake shaped to represent a rotary engine 

Almond Cake Pops

Snickerdoodle & Chocoalte Chip Cookies

Almond Joy Cake Pops

If you are still looking for a professional to make your wedding cake in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg or Radford Virginia call me at 540-493-6812. Take a moment to check out my wedding cake gallery and see what other couples are saying in Roanoke, Virginia about their wedding cake experience.  I am one of the most popular wedding cake bakers in Roanoke, Virginia and I would love the opportunity to work with you on such a special occasion. 

7 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful. How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice? First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.


A few tips to finding the right ones for you…

Do Your Homework

You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first. Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
 

Meet With Them

 An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.


Ask Questions

There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand. If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.


Listen

Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

Check References

Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake. Websites like theknot.com and weddingwire.com can provide a wealth of knowledge and real client referrals that can't be altered by the vendor.  Ask the wedding vendors that you have already booked for professional references if you are unsure of a certain vendor. Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems. Weigh all of this information into your choices.


Here are 7 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

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  1. How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have? This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.
  2. How much do you cost? Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.  Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
  3. How much is the deposit? 
  4. What specifically is included in that cost? Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring.  The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account.
  5. What happens if I cancel?  What happens if you cancel? Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?
  6. Do you use a contract? If the answer is No, RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
  7. Are there any additional fees? Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly.  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.

If chosen wisely, with the right wedding vendors you get expert help and advice…for free!

If you are still looking for a professional to make your wedding cake in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg or Radford Virginia call me at 540-493-6812. Take a moment to check out my wedding cake gallery and see what other couples are saying in Roanoke, Virginia about their wedding cake experience.  I am one the the most popular wedding cake bakers in Roanoke, Virginia and  I would love the opportunity to work with you on this very special occasion.

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Evergreen Winter Wedding Dress-Ruffled Blog Feature

Incredible details abound in this modern winter shoot featured on Ruffled Blog, a wedding blog for stylish brides and creative couples. I am so excited to be featured alongside the very talented Nicole Colwell Photography and Gloriosa. 

I love to collaborate with other talented wedding vendors to bring a vision to life. Nicole Colwell Photography and Gloriosa are the brains (and talent) that brought this exceptional idea to life. From the brides evergreen skirt to the gorgeous place settings, this shoot is far from drab and puts a new spin on saying "I do" in the winter. 

The cake was inspired by couples unique wedding invitations and features a double barrel tier, measuring 8 inches tall, decorated with a deer silhouette and sugared berries. The two coordinating naked cakes are topped with sugared berries and fresh cinnamon sticks. We finished off the table with white chocolate cranberry cookies and tall glasses of milk. 

Check out the full photo shoot here where was featured on Ruffled Blog.

If you are still looking for a professional to make your wedding cake in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg or Radford Virginia call me at 540-493-6812. Take a moment to check out my wedding cake gallery and see what other couples are saying in Roanoke, Virginia about their wedding cake experience.  I am one the most popular wedding cake bakers in Roanoke, Virginia and  I would love the opportunity to work with you on the most important day of your life. 

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"Naked" Cakes-2016 Wedding Cake Trends

Semi-Naked cake topped with fresh cherries, blackberries, red pears and dried dates. Photo by: Sarah Blanchard Roanoke, VA

Semi-Naked cake topped with fresh cherries, blackberries, red pears and dried dates.
Photo by: Sarah Blanchard Roanoke, VA

"Naked" wedding cakes are a continuing trend from 2015 that are extremely popular in the Roanoke, VA area this year. This trend is popular for outdoor or rustic settings and elegant Virginia vineyard weddings. Instead of frosting the outside of you wedding cake with layers  of fondant or buttercream, I simply increase the filling between tiers and leave the cake layers exposed, for a fresh (and delicious!) look. You can opt for a completely "naked" look or a "semi-naked" cake as shown in the photo. This exposed look is popular with couples looking for a traditional wedding cake alternative or a wedding cake to fit a rustic Virginia wedding.

To up the style factor for your wedding cake you can add fresh flowers or beautiful season fruit in your coordinating colors.  Saying "I do" in the fall or winter? Naked cakes are gorgeous covered with sugared fruit and cinnamon sticks or dripping with white chocolate ganache. Several small naked cakes would also look great on your wedding dessert table or a red velvet naked cake to celebrate your holiday nuptials. The old saying, "It's what's on the inside that counts" certainly applies to this wedding cake trend!

If you are still looking for a professional to make your wedding cake in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Blacksburg or Radford Virginia call me at 540-493-6812. Take a moment to check out my wedding cake gallery and see what other couples are saying in Roanoke, Virginia about their wedding cake experience.  I am one the most popular wedding cake bakers in Roanoke, Virginia and  I would love the opportunity to work with you on the most important day of your life. 

 

 

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