When it comes to selecting your wedding cake, there is no limit to how creative you can be. Be sure to select a uniquely designed cake that not only reflects your taste, but also the theme of your wedding. Many of the couples featured in 2012 certainly pushed the envelope with the designs of their cakes. The V o w s team applauds the highly sought-after team of wedding cake professionals for the exquisite creations that could pass muster at any celebrity wedding globally. It was challenging to reduce the numbers, but we’ve narrowed them down to 15 and now need your help in selecting the winner of our 'Vows — Best Cake of 2012'.
A MOSAIC CREATION
Dierdre Simone Allison Barnett and Richard Thomas Gaddy, who got married on January 28, 2012 at Laughing Waters, Ocho Rios, opted for a simple design. Their cake featured a mosaic design topped by a silver 'G' for their surname, Gaddy. The four-tier cake was a traditional fruitcake baked by the bride's grandmother Marjorie Barnett, and decorated by pastry chef Lincoln Peterkin.
The stunning cake selected by Associate Attorneys-atlaw at Bingham McCutchen LLP, San Francisco, Ryan Daniel Nassau and Danielle Marie Foreman, who exchanged vows at Laughing Waters, Ocho Rios, on April 21, 2012, was a feast for the eyes. The bride saw a picture of a similar cake in a bridal magazine and sent it to her mother in Jamaica. Her mother then showed it to their wedding planner, who asked Selena Wong if she could replicate it. “Of course!” was the confident reply. “We had to make accommodations for the hot weather, so instead of putting real flowers on it, Selena and her team designed it with several exquisite, multi-layered sugar flowers,” recalled Danielle. Several of the guests did not even realise that the flowers were edible, as they looked so natural. “As for flavour, we went back and forth over that. I love vanilla birthday cake and this particular lychee cake that's made down in Jamaica. Ryan loves German chocolate cake,” she explained. They were finally able to work out a compromise where the main cake was vanilla with a delicious fruity layered icing, and German chocolate cake (which had to be kept refrigerated all day) was served alongside it at the dessert station. “For the main cake, there was no way to avoid putting fondant on it, but Selena's fondant is not like regular plasticky fondant at all. It's flavourful and has a wonderful sugary texture. I really do regret not eating more of that cake,” shared Danielle ruefully.
An emerging trend of 2012 was to utilise assorted cupcakes, rather than the traditional wedding cake. Not only does this give guests a variety of options, but it also ensures that guests with unique food allergies will be able to sample the wedding cake. Digicel executive Abbi-Gaye O'Harris, head of network engineering, and her beau Krishna Phillipps, technology operations director, chose cupcakes for their wedding on February 11, 2012 at the UWI Mona Chapel. The beautifully presented cake and cupcakes were created by Desiree Fung and Kim Fennell.
Samuel Prescod and fiancée Dr Simarta Brennan tied the knot on March 24, 2012 with a wedding that celebrated their rich cultures. Their four-tier traditional wedding cake was yet another masterpiece by Selena Wong. The cake was decorated with hand-crafted sugar flowers that cascaded down the side. Gold ribbons also delicately adorned the base of each tier.
Love reigned supreme during the wedding ceremony of Courtney Fadlin, lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and Dr Caren Griffith, family physician at Andrews Memorial Seventh-Day Adventist Church, on April 08, 2012. Chef Lincoln Peterkin of HEART Runaway Bay Hotel created the couple's four-tier cake. It stood over two feet high and was designed with a sleek vintage look. The cake was decorated with orchids and roses that cascaded gracefully down the sides.
GREEN WITH ENVY
Dr Desmon Antonio Brown, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, attending physician and assistant professor at Indiana University, wed Misty Dawn Hubbard, critical care registered nurse, Cardiothoracic Vascular Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, on June 23, 2012 at Secrets Wild Orchid. They knew they wanted their wedding day to be colourful and filled with warm memories. It was therefore no surprise that their cake was a vibrant reflection of what they hoped their big day would be. It was a light rum cake done by Selena Wong. “While trying to come up with the design, I wanted something whimsical and fun which was indicative of our personalities and relationship. I also wanted something that was elegant,” recalls Misty. “I looked in a few magazines for some ideas, but Selena was able to take my wishes and the colour scheme for the wedding and tie it all together. She is a genius. Not only was the cake beautiful, but it tasted amazing!” she exclaimed.
The wedding of Keshtina Campbell, biology student at Florida Atlantic University, and Shane Bonner, systems administrator at McMasters Meat Mart, on June 03, 2012 at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, was a magical affair. Their cake absolutely stunned their guests with its beautiful design. The attention to detail by Selena Wong was evident on the decadent five-tier fruitcake with hundreds of flower appliqués, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones.
THEIR HOLLYWOOD DREAM
The movie star-themed wedding of Garfield Taylor, deputy superintendent of police, and Lecia-Gaye Gordon, Norman Manley Law School student, on June 30, 2012 at Breezes Grand Resort and Spa, Negril, was phenomenal. The three-tier fruitcake, which was covered with images of the couple, was created by Prudence Higgings-Thompson. “Our cake was selected to complement the movie theme that ran throughout our wedding. Michelle Lee, who so brilliantly executed our décor after hearing our concept, gave us a few options from which to select,” shared Lecia-Gaye. “We immediately fell in love with the concept of the photo reels, the glitter stars and ribbons that fell like a movie theatre curtain at the base of the cake,” she continued. In explaining why their photographs decorated the cake, the couple divulged that this captured the narrative of their romantic journey, which had been played out on Facebook. So, the photos on the cake represented significant milestones in their relationship and showcased their lives as the stars of their own movie, accentuated by the show reels, movie curtains and Hollywood stars.
ANTHING BUT ORDINARY
Horace Messado, financial controller at Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS), wed Dr Lisa-Gaye Thomas, resident in Paediatrics and Cardiology at Detroit Medical Hospital, Michigan, on June 16, 2012 at St Andrew Parish Church. Their four-tier traditional fruitcake, which was created by Selena Wong, was anything but ordinary. It was decorated with handmade fondant roses and orchids, silver beads, rhinestone bands and pendants.
WHEN THE DRAGON SOARS AND THE PHOENIX DANCES
Leighton Williams, group IT administrator at FIMI Wireless Group of Companies, wed Gina-Kaye Tomlinson, head of customer services at Jamaica Public Service Company, at the University Chapel, Mona Campus, on November 24, 2012. Their cake, much like their wedding, was a fusion of the couple's Indian, Chinese and Jamaican cultures. The inspiration for the cake was based on an ancient Chinese belief: “When the dragon soars and the phoenix dances, the people will enjoy happiness for years, bringing peace and tranquility to all under heaven.” The three-tier cake, created by the groom’s cousin Suelan Chung of Sugar Buzz Bakery, comprised a tier of fruitcake and two tiers of red velvet.
A SIGNATURE TOUCH
Dean St John Reynolds, director of Spades Technology, wed Lianna Patrice Beckno, director of Paramount Dance Studios in Miami, Florida, on July 07, 2012 at Prospect Chapel in Ocho Rios. The bride described the theme of her wedding as “vintage elegance with the colours of the peacock”. As she wanted this theme to be reflected in the colours worn by the bridal party and the design of the cake, she undertook the design and created the cake topper. Signature Cakes was responsible for the final creation.
Mario Sparkes, Avaya Caribbean's engagement manager for the English-speaking Caribbean, wed Dr Claire Chandler, optometrist at Refocus Ocular Jamaica, on August 25, 2012 at Bellefield Greathouse and Gardens in Montego Bay. “The cake was inspired by a picture I had seen in a magazine and was designed by myself and Leanne Cooke from Cakes by Noidia (who also made the cake),” shared Claire. The cake had alternative layers of vanilla with amaretto rum cream and red velvet. Cooke also adapted and decorated the stand supporting the cake.
A DELIGHTFUL INSPIRATION
The fairy-tale wedding of Dr Zwade Jabari Marshall and Roshal Leigh Erskine, attorney-at-law, at the Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay, on Saturday, December 8, was our final wedding for 2012. The cake by Selena Wong was an exquisite four-tier creation with the couple's initials adorning the top. “The idea for the cake,” shared the beautiful bride Roshal Marshall, “came from a design I saw on Pinterest. I loved the design so much that it became the inspiration for our cake. Our initials in gold and the flowers along the cake were added touches that made ours unique. We thought a passion fruit-flavoured cake was Caribbean-inspired and complemented the traditional rum cake that was also served.”
The Vows team featured the wedding of Omoi Green, investment banker at NCB Capital Markets, and Yanique Powell, junior architect and designer at Clifton Yap Architects. The couple tied the knot on August 05, 2012 at the University Chapel, Mona Campus, St Andrew. Their G-shaped wedding cake was simply beautiful. The four-tier black and white fruitcake, with a contemporary shape and a subtle vintage pattern, was designed by the bride and created by Ali's Sweet Fantasy. The bride further explained that the concept was to design something architectural and meaningful, while highlighting the wedding theme — Modern Vintage. The clean rectangular lines and the play on different heights brought out the contemporary look, using the black and white damask diamond (black swags and beaded) pattern, and cascading peonies with a hint of green reflected the vintage.
Jason John McKenzie, electrical field engineer at Bechtel Corporation, wed Lianna Marie Wong, senior graphic designer at Deskey Associations, at Sts Peter and Paul Church on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Lianna, the daughter of celebrated confectioner Selena Wong, was treated, of course, to a spectacular wedding cake— a nine-tier creation, which was over eight feet tall. The cake featured intricate sugar lace patterns and oversized peonies in various shades of pink wrapped around each tier. Vintage brooches, rhinestone banding and Swarovski crystals shimmered under the spotlight placed on the cake, which was topped with a glorious brooch bouquet.