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Overloaded Cakes: Decadent Cakes from DFW Pastry Chefs

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What a treat we have for you today: these overloaded cakes from DFW pastry chefs are delightfully decadent and oh-so-sweet! Photographed by Deven Ashley Photography at Dallas’ House of DIRT venue, each one of these jaw-dropping cakes is a unique, original creation from one of DFW’s top wedding cake bakeries. Abounding with florals, fruit, candied creations, icing and more, these overloaded cakes prove that on occasion, more is really more. Take a look below at these gorgeous gourmet concoctions and the bakers’ inspiration behind them, and to see more from these talented bakers, check out our Local Vendors page!

Photos // Deven Ashley Photography

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The Butterfly Cake Factory

“My favorite part of this design was the hand-sketched floral. I was completely in awe of Alli K Design’s black and white flowers and knew I’d have to incorporate them somehow. When I found out about the concept for this issue, I wanted to do something different than what had been trending on a Pinterest. Our round, white fondant covered cake is topped with torched meringue and French macarons. It is adorned with sugar flowers, gold sails and finished with hand-sketched flowers.” – Brittany Ducray of The Butterfly Cake Factory

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C. Marie’s Sweets

“Cool clean lines, raw sugar crystals and geometric shapes inspired this cake. We love winter’s ice and bright white along with the royalty of gold. Any cake can be chocolate when covered in porcelain fondant!” – Christine Shulman and Amy Pittman-Heglund of C. Marie’s Sweets

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HoneyLove Cakery

“This semi-naked cake is garnished with fresh blueberries and candied lemons, playing off the flavor of its scrumptious lemon blueberry recipe. This is our favorite flavor to expose because the blueberries add a creative touch to the design.” – Nicole Foster of HoneyLove Cakery

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Creme de la Creme Cake Company

“Simple, elegant decadent chocolate with edible gold leaf flakes and gorgeous fresh flowers and mixed fresh fruit — this bridal cake is a little unexpected with the chocolate truffle background, but the beautiful flowers and fruit keep to that traditional nod as well.” – Jamie Holder of Creme de la Creme Cake Company

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Delicious Cakes

“I named the cake ‘Not so Bashful’ because it’s a semi-naked cake. This design is very popular for venues with rustic décor. The cake is a rich moist yellow cake with a hint of vanilla flavoring. What I love most about this cake is that it is simple but eloquent and the flowers bring in a splash of the bride’s colors.” – Butch Stivers of Delicious Cakes

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Loft22 Cakes

“I decided to do a white explosion of white chocolate with meringue and crystal clear rock candy. To enhance the design with a bit more color and textures, there are added elements of nectar slices, cookies and even mint candies.” – Tareka Lofton of Loft22 Cakes

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Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery

“Our cake design is a three-tier round with a taller middle tier to give it a more modern silhouette. It is our vanilla cake with a blackberry and cream cheese filling, and we mixed in fresh blackberry into the frosting on the middle tier as well. To balance out the rich fall hues of this cake, we did a wine-colored chocolate, ganache drizzle on the top and bottom tiers along with sugar flowers, French macarons and abstract pieces of marbled chocolate.” – Heidi Allison of Sugar Bee Sweets

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Tart Bakery

“For this look, nothing seemed more natural than to have our berry vanilla cake overflowing with all of our favorite cake garnishes: fresh florals and berries, macarons, meringue kisses, double drip and of course… gold popcorn.” – Sam Major of Tart Bakery

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Highland Park Village’s Bird Bakery

“We can create almost any design, but for this cake, we chose a classic smooth finish, topped with cascading fresh flowers. More than ever, brides are loving naked cakes, simple spatula work and smooth finishes, topped with peonies, ranunculus or garden roses. I love this cake because it’s classic, gorgeous, makes a statement and like everything at BIRD Bakery, tastes absolutely delicious!” – Elizabeth Chambers of Bird Bakery

Charming Downtown Engagement from Jacque Manaugh Photography

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With sweeping city views of some of Dallas’ most spectacular settings behind them, adorable couple Rachel and Greg’s charming downtown engagement from Jacque Manaugh Photography is filled with dreamy imagery, stylish outfits and tons of sweet moments to treasure for a lifetime! The iconic Majestic Theater made for the perfect, postcard like photos with a subtle vintage feel. We love how they chose to also incorporate the setting of their engagement into the celebratory shoot by making a stop by The Filter Building at White Rock Lake for some truly swoon-worthy moments! Scroll on to check out this darling engagement session and more on the couple’s meet cute story and upcoming wedding details below!

Photos // Jacque Manaugh Photography

Having already met at work, it wasn’t until Rachel and Greg were placed on the same project for a big super bowl campaign that they realized their undeniable connection and chemistry and became instantly smitten! Fast-forward to a balmy, 90 degree day when Greg suggested a walk around White Rock Lake (suspiciously outfitted in a nice pair of jeans). To her surprise and delight, Greg proposed there with both his and her family watching incognito behind the bushes!

Just shy of a month away from their wedding at The Hall on Dragon, the couple has planned for their wedding to embody a modern classics feel with a touch of whimsy. Chinoiserie vases and citrus-filled table arrangements will add a splash of color to an otherwise clean color palette of soft ivories and whites. As one of their favorite details, the couple plans to honor Greg’s late mother by hanging her artwork along the hall to usher guests into the ceremony. We can’t wait to see all of the sweet moments of their beautiful day brought to life!

Delicate Garden Wedding Inspiration Captured by Alba Rose Photography

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We are oh-so excited to share more stunning content with you, directly from the pages of our gorgeous new Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Brides of North Texas! Today, we’re highlighting this romantic, delicate garden wedding inspiration at Hidden Creek Events! Shot by Alba Rose Photography, beautiful rentals from Top Tier Event Rentals + Staffing along with bright blooms, courtesy of Out of the Garden, set an elegant tone for the day. Bella Bridesmaids provided the dreamiest pastel and floral-print bridesmaid dresses, while Grand Slam Glam worked their beauty magic with flawless hair and makeup. Delectable desserts from Dandelion Cheesecakes are nothing short of perfection! Keep scrolling for the wedding inspo of your dreams, and head over to our Pinterest page for even more ideas! Cheers!

Photos // Alba Rose Photography

Local Venue Spotlight: Located just 30 minutes east of Downtown Dallas, near Rockwall, and set among the lush trees and the roaming landscapes, Hidden Creek Events is a breathtaking setting within the city. When entering the rustic space, you’ll get a Texas feel with a touch of elegance. Whether your backdrop is the clearing within the trees, or the vintage-style barn, Hidden Creek boasts an open floor plan, lush gardens, beautiful vistas and natural landscapes perfect for any event!

Modern Romance Altar Design from MK Event Boutique

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Nothing says chic and sophisticated like this enchanting altar blossoming with deep hues of burgundy, blush and crisp white designed by MK Event Boutique and topped with florals by Lush Couture Florals. This altar radiates vibes of modern romance with gold accents accompanied by lush greenery cascading down to meet the floor. These rich and captivating hues add the perfect pop of vibrance against modern wood paneling at the Hall on Dragon. To add a bold and striking twist, Beautiful Event Rentals provides black ceremony chairs accompanied by black candlestick holders to enhance the romance! The perfect color combination of black and gold patterns make for iconic and memorable invitations by MK Event Boutique to capture the essence of modern romance. The swoon-worthy gown from Bridal Boutique features lace detailing from top to bottom, with a soft exposed neckline and long sleeves making for a traditional yet modern bridal look. To intensify the romantic and glamorous look, Tease to Please Hair & Makeup styled a soft and whimsical up-do to complete this bridal beauty. With Kristen Dee Photography behind the lens, this alluring setting is beautifully captured and showcases passion and creativity in every image. This ceremony scene with unique design concepts is the perfect setup that emits a romantic, intimate and modern atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy for this oh-so-dreamy occasion! Cheers!

Photos // Kristen Dee Photography

From the planners, Hannah Heres & Annie Edgar of MK Event Boutique: “Moody wedding color palettes are a huge and unique trend with modern weddings, so that is why we wanted to use a bold and rich color palette. For this shoot, we incorporated gold, black and deep burgundy hues with pops of dark purple, blush and greenery. These rich hues set the tone for a romantic, intimate and dreamy ceremony setting for saying ‘I do’ to your soulmate.”

Spring Soiree Wedding Walkthrough with Olive & Nine

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Often times weddings planners spend their careers planning weddings and events for others, but when the time comes for their own special day, magic happens! Today we’ve got a treat for our readers as Jordan Sutton of Olive & Nine shares her Wedding Walkthrough for her own wedding day! Using the trendy dusty blue hue against the white space of The Nest at Ruth Farms, her own spring soiree with hubby Michael was picture perfect from top to bottom. Read on for her tips on creating an event that’s uniquely you!

Photos // Katie Lamb

Spring Soiree Wedding Walkthrough Olive and Nine

From the planner: “Our vision was simple and thoughtful. We wanted each guest to know that we appreciated them. Time is a gift and we were grateful that so many traveled from far and wide, and even close, to make the wedding day perfect.”

“We incorporated hues of dusty blue and lots of greenery to add to the existing beautiful white space. The ceremony was outside near the pond and the reception was inside, so we had the best of both worlds!”

“We wanted everyone to know how much it meant to us that they were there, so our seating chart was a letter box filled with hand written letters of thanks to each of our guests with their table numbers written on the outside. As they walked into the space, we wanted everyone to experience a day as we would want it, so fittingly we had everyone eat cake first as they sat down for the reception. Our cakes were centerpieces in hopes that this would create community around the tables and encourage people to get up and move around to find other flavors and mingle with other tables. ”

“Considering this was a wedding planner’s wedding, I wanted to make it simple, and I wanted to throw myself into the little details. I think that’s what makes a wedding special!”

“Last but not least, since Michael works for Bell Helicopter, we wanted to leave in one! We arranged a helicopter exit and flew away in an aircraft that he works with day in and day out!”