Whimsical Notions

Styled shoots are such a fantastic opportunity to explore new creative avenues—like this china-inspired shoot for Chicago Style Weddings! We were honored to work with Frank Andonoplas from Frank Event Design on this. From the floral design by Anna Held Floral Studio to the table setting supplied by Char Crews, this great shoot is chock full of playful, charismatic colors and décor. This quadruple tiered cake is adorned with hand-painted butterflies and flowers, playing off of the fanciful china. While this cake’s ornate detailing mirrors the place setting, we also constructed fondant butterflies to really bring the cake fantasy—and whimsical fantasy—to life. It’s always a pleasure participating in styled shoots, and this vibrant shoot is no exception!

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Vendors //

Chicago Style Weddings | Photography & Videography: Rush Photography and Video Productions | Styling: Frank Event Design | Venue & Flowers: Anna Held Floral Studio | Invites: EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis | Rental: Hall’s Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | China: Char Crews, Inc.

Geode and Gemstones Styled Shoot

With Labor Day just behind us, it’s safe to say the summer season has come to a close and we’re looking ahead to fall. This styled shoot is the perfect way to kick off the season, with its rich color palette and decadent design. Geodes acted as a focal point for inspiration for this shoot, which we drew upon when designing this one of a kind four-tiered grey marble cake. Hand-painted detailing mirrored the geodes, ultimately creating a fresh, fall-inspired look!

Check out more of this Geode and Gemstones shoot was as featured on the Chicago Style Weddings blog.

Call or email for a custom cake consultation today, we’d love to bring your dream look to life!

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The vendor team included the following:
Planning + Design: You Name It Events | Venue: The Haight | Photography: Photography by Lauryn | Models: Josh Smith and Taylor Anians | Menswear: Menguin Tuxedos | Gowns + Bridal Accessories: Veiled in Elegance | Paper Goods: Sylvia Stremming Designs | Hair + Makeup: Style by Bravura | Floral Design: Town and Country Gardens | Lighting: Atmosphere Events Group | Boutonnieres: Megboys Studio | Linens: Elegant Presentations | Cupcakes: Dainty Delights Bakery | Male Jewelry: Azar Jewelers 

Real Wedding: Jessica & Brody

Your wedding cake should always be a representation of you as a couple; whether you’re inclined towards a sophisticated all-white design or a floral-adorned masterpiece, your cake presents a great opportunity to be creative! For Jessica and Brody’s Chicago wedding day, their wedding cake was nothing short of spectacular. Full of exquisite gold detailing and fresh florals, this one of a kind cake truly acted as a focal point for their love-filled reception. We had so much fun detailing this four-tiered design, and love how the gold and white fondant ribbon ties together the whole cake.

For more photos from this gorgeous wedding, check Christy Tyler Photography’s blog post here.

Call or email for a consultation today, and let’s discuss your perfect wedding cake!

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Vendors //

Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Floral & Décor: Kehoe Designs | Venue: The Murphy | Caterer: Paramount Events Chicago | Paper Goods: KM Printing Co. | Makeup Artist: Cheryl Harvey Gorey | Hair Stylist: Ginger Damato | Band: David Rothstein Music

Cake Sketches!

We pride ourselves on our custom cake creations, and begin each consultation the same way—with a sketch! While we do have a few staple designs and décor accents, each cake is constructed based on a client’s individual vision. Reflecting on past cake sketches, it’s fun realizing just how different each and every cake truly is, and how much dedication is poured into each project. We love nothing more than a custom cake creation, especially when it comes to executing something entirely new. Take a look back at these past sketches with us, and see if you recognize any of these sketches in real life on our Instagram feed or from a past event!

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Call or email for a custom consultation and let’s get sketching!

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Chicago Style Weddings Designer Challenge!

Believe it or not, Chicago is a small town when it comes to the wedding industry! Because there are a multitude of us in the business, it’s always fun to explore new creative opportunities by participating in local designer challenges. Recently, our team participated in the Chicago Style Weddings Designer Challenge, where we partnered up with Lola Event Productions to create a “Color Outside the Lines” styled shoot at Ravenswood Event Center with photography by Gold Grid Studios. Our classic white fondant cakes were covered in hand-painted florals with rigorous detail to perfectly match a floral wallpaper print. Fresh florals from HMR Designs were the perfect addition to really make a bold and vibrant statement. It was such a great time participating in this shoot, and being a part of this exciting challenge!


The full list of talented Chicago vendors involved in this Designer’s Challenge include:

Photography: Gold Grid Studios | Planner: Lola Event Productions | Venue: Ravenswood Event Center | Floral Design: HMR Designs | Invitations: Steracle Press | Tabletop & Chair Rentals: Hall’s Rental | Charger Plate & Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

Don’t forget to check out Chicago Style Weddings to vote for this shoot to win the Designer’s Challenge, and to call or email for a custom cake consultation—we have no bounds to our creative limits!

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Real Wedding: Lora & Stephen

For Lora and Stephen’s Chicago wedding, our cake design centered on the color aesthetic of their stunning day. Their four-tiered cake was both Lemon cake with Raspberry buttercream filling as well as alternating Chocolate and Vanilla Bean cake layers with Vanilla Bean buttercream filling and was adorned in pink cascading florals from Christine Janda Design & Events. We love the addition of bright blooms on a classic white cake, and the emerald green ribbon to top off this one of a kind design. From the invitation suite to the floral bouquets to the cake, these summertime nuptials were colorful and cheery!

Call (312)-344-1046 or email for a custom consultation today, we’d love to bring your cake dreams to life!

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Vendors //

Venue: The Langham Chicago | Photography: Becky Brown Photography | Event Design, Planning & Floral: Christine Janda Design & Events | Invitations: LBrown Design & Paperie | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Band: Cagen Music | Hair & Makeup: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry | Bridal Gown: Weddings 826

Real Wedding: Anne & Dan

Anne and Dan’s wedding day was nothing short of a timeless Chicago affair with Meghan Andalman from Lovebird Events at the helm coordinating their day. This couple epitomized class and sophistication, and chose to say “I Do” at The Langham Hotel. Wind and rain didn’t stop this couple from having a magical day as you can see from these gorgeous photos from Amanda Megan Miller Photography.   When designing their custom wedding cake, Anne and Dan opted for alternating Double Chocolate and Vanilla Bean cake filled with Cookies-n-Cream buttercream. Their four tiered, cream-colored cake was covered with miniature sugar florals—one of our favorite details! To add extra flair, we opted to blanket the top tier with the highest volume of sugar florals, and lessen the quantity with each receding layer. KLA Designs added fresh floral around the base for a little ‘pop’ of color.

Our favorite part from this gorgeous day? We drew inspiration from the color of Anne’s wedding dress for the color of the cake!

For custom cake inquiries such as this amazing design, call (312-344-1046) or email today!

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Planning + Coordination: Lovebird Events | Venue: The Langham Hotel | Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography | Floral Design: KLA Designs

Happy Birthday, Baby! Our favorite children’s cakes!

Kids love cake, too! We love children’s cakes for a number of reasons, the most important being design. Children’s cakes are a great opportunity for our team to put on our collective creative thinking hats and create something truly memorable. Whether your child loves Sesame Street, the circus, or the movies, we are here to bring your child’s cakes dreams to life. Some of our all-time favorite creations are our children’s cakes, and we’re excited to be a part of your next birthday party! Call (312-344-1046) or email to order your child’s amazing birthday cake — we can’t wait to hear what your child has in store for us!

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Geometric Shoot

Styled shoots are always a great opportunity to try out something new and fresh. There is so much room to be creative when it comes to cake designing, so creating this geometric-inspired cake truly was a blast! We love that this shoot was featured online at 100 Layer Cake and Green Wedding Shoes and then in print for Modern Weddings magazine.

The concept and art direction of the shoot was driven by Kelly Horvath of IndieWed with Jayne Weddings and Events styling and creating the décor. The décor was bright and colorful—chock full of rainbow streamers, bright blooms, and textured accents. We wanted to play off of the colorful design, and created a four-tiered white fondant cake with a vibrant geometric pattern. The juxtaposing pattern came together so beautifully, and made this cake a true statement piece.

The cake topper were made by Paper Stories Letter Press. In keeping with the geometric theme, the cake topper doubled as abstract shapes and a makeshift bride and groom. We had the best time with this styled shoot, and couldn’t be happier with the results. At the end of the day, we’re here to bring your cake vision to life; however creative it may be! Call (312-344-1046) or email us today for a custom consultation.


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Concept & Art Direction: Indie Wed // Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography  // Styling & Decor: Jayne Weddings & Events // Cake, Mini-Cakes & Cookies: Elysia Root Cakes // Chocolate Bon-Bons & Dipped Marshmallows: Truffle Truffle // Florals: Pollen // Dresses: Mignonette Bridal // Jewelry: Glint & Gleam // Hair: Debra Petrielli // Make-Up: Jennifer Brown // Bow Tie & Neck Tie: DIBI Ties // Suits: Dessy // Stationery, Cut Paper Garland, Cake Topper, Placecard Holders: Paper Stories // Rentals: Tablescapes // Venue: Room 1520 // Models: Mary Nisi (bride) Toast & Jam DJ’s, Kelly Connolly (bridesmaid) Nimble Well, Erin Coleman (bridesmaid) Indie Wed, John Pirnat (groom), Matt Gassman (groomsman) The Traveling Photo Booth

Elevate Your Cake with Florals

Designing your wedding cake is always fun! And the best part?! It’s full of flavorful samples! Cake tasting is definitely a high point of wedding planning, but flavor aside, you also have to consider your cake’s design aesthetic. Do you want a classic white fondant cake, or a semi-naked floral adorned masterpiece? Whatever your pick, you can be sure that florals elevate any cake!

We adore fresh florals for a multitude of reasons—the most important being their added texture. Our favorite floral partners always assist in this process, and we would be lost without Kehoe Designs, HMR Designs, Revel Décor as well as Fab Flora, Exquisite Designs, Kesh Designs, Stemline Creative, Natural Beauties Floral, Fleur & Hello Darling and so many others that we cannot even list them all! Whether your cake is three tiers or six, lush blooms always add a sense of individuality and character to your design. Incorporating flowers in between your cake levels is timeless. Fresh florals also make for excellent cake toppers!

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Photo by Carasco Photo // Floral by Kesh Designs

Sugar florals are also stunning—and always in season 😉 With Elysia Root Cakes, we can create gorgeous, realistic-looking and botanically correct sugar flowers that double as memorable keepsakes for the couple after their wedding. We love sugar flowers as they can be tailored to your custom vision. It’s all about bringing your cake dreams to life!

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Photo by Edward Fox Photography

We hope you enjoy these beauties as much as we do, call or email for a custom cake today!