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Military Chic Wedding in La Jolla

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Woo hooo!  CONGRATULATIONS to Marly & Maurice!!!!

Nautical NAVY blue stripes, crisp whites, and elegant golds stand out against the stunning backdrop of Scripps Seaside Forum on La Jolla’s coast.

Shelly Anderson Photography - Black & White images capture smiles and natural love like no other!

Shelly Anderson Photography – Black & White images capture smiles and natural love like no other!

Marly & Maurice’s wedding celebration carried the most beautiful vision with the incredible help of the talented ladies Jillian & Ashley at Coastyle Events and the wildflower-soft “Wow’s” of Hartworks Floral Design.

A wildflower feel with hydrangea & roses softens a crisp nautical style, by Hartworks Florals

A wildflower feel with hydrangea & roses softens a crisp nautical style, by Hartworks Florals

Check out this cake and the details of soft pink & ocean blue glassware!

Check out this cake and the details of soft pink & ocean blue glassware!

We kept the cake as CRISP & CLEAN in design as Maurice’s beautiful dress whites uniform and added textures of gold dust crystal sugar and more of those soft, lovely flowers.  Thanks to our floral genius Lauren Rennie (@Wedgal) for her use of these flowers to embellish this perfectly neat 4-tiered wedding cake created by our baking & decor teams at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Table Settings & cakes that make you go "WOW!" by Coastyle Events & Team Cheeks

Table Settings & cakes that make you go “WOW!” by Coastyle Events & Team Cheeks

Other amazing pros who helped make this such a seamlessly beautiful wedding celebration:

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum
Coordination: Coastyle Events
Florals: Hartworks Floral Design
Design: Coastyle Events
DJ, Photobooth: ANSOM Productions, INC.
Catering: Culinary Concepts Catering
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Photographer:  Shelly Anderson Photography

Truly Finding Bliss in this Beautiful Wedding Video!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Posting just because this is so beautiful, and we were fortunate to be a small part of this very special day for Kristeen & Luke!
Video created by Focused Bliss Productions:


Here’s a great still shot by True of our cake at this perfect beach affair:

Simple elegant wedding cake, True Photography

Simple elegant wedding cake, True Photography

Location/Venue: the brilliant Scripps Seaside Forum
Coordination: our beautiful ladies at Creative Affairs Inc.
Caterer: deliciously talented Chef Jeff at Terra Restaurant
Florist: Our lovely friend Kyoko at Cherry Blossom Floral Design
Cinematography: Focused Bliss Productions
Bar Service: refreshers at Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering
Photography: the always true… True Photography Weddings
Rentals: Event Party Rentals
Linens: our detail-focused peeps at A Perfect Table
DJ: Brandon Weisman
Officiant: Rev. Richleigh Hale Powers
Transportation: Q-Star Charters

Share-Worthy: Fantastic Wedding Review

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Kelly & William wedding cake & dance. Photo by Tim Anderson

Kelly & William wedding cake & dance. Photo by Tim Anderson

Clients who write us exceptional “Thank-You” notes truly make our jobs worth every moment of stress, time, labor, and attention to detail.  Kelly & William, married at the urban-cool setting of The Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego, just sent us the most wonderful letter, just one week shy of their 1-year anniversary.  We don’t normally share self-congratulatory posts like this, but she really did make a rainy day shine today, with her note and with these gorgeous images of their love together!  Thank you, Kelly for this letter!

“Hi Sweetcheeks!
It’s been almost a year now since our wedding and I never actually reached out to THANK YOU for your unbelievable cake!! It was STUNNING, it was more than I dreamed of, and it truly – besides the whole marriage part – was my absolute favorite piece of the whole wedding weekend. (So much so that I had several pieces of it, haha) Our photographer has done 400+ weddings and he told us that your cake was without a doubt in the top 5 wedding cakes he has ever photographed. It was PERFECTION. (So perfect, in fact, that father of the bride thought it was an exquisite present throughout the whole event instead of the cake, and a group of friends was so convinced that it was fake – because the edges were too perfect – that one of them got the courage to swipe the back of it to see, then turned in a panic to the rest of them with her frosting finger! They made a pact not to tell us until later 🙂 )
Your cake was also so incredibly yummy that we decided to eat the top tier so we could enjoy it without freezer burn! So I’m wondering if we can order the top again for our 1 year anniversary coming up?? 
The date is January 19th. It was the Red Velvet with cream cheese filling. We live in Madison, WI so it will include shipping. I hope I’m giving you enough notice? Let me know if this is doable! 
And THANK YOU SO MUCH again – I truly can’t thank you enough for how you made our day,
Kelly Boone”

Kelly ordered her cake from her home in Madison, WI, so it was all up to us to make sure we captured her perfect design, color, & flavor – sight unseen!  (gulp)  Our Sweet Cheeks Baking team knocked it out of the park by baking super-moist Red Velvet Cake and layering all tiers with our Silky Cream Cheese Filling and Italian Butter Cream Icing with crisp corner edging.  Sooooo yummy!

Red Velvet wedding cake

Delicious Red Velvet awaits! Photo by Anderson Fine Art Photography

Could these two look more stunning???  Wow!  Additional Wedding Professionals who helped make Kelly & William’s Big Day so special:

The Hotel Bristol & H Events *    Photographer: Tim Anderson     Florist: Leela Silchuk, Organic Flora

Outdoor Weddings: Tips to Remember, #2

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Thanks to Cake Wrecks for this beauty! (again, thankfully not ours)

Thanks to Cake Wrecks for this beauty! (again, thankfully not ours)

The wedding planner’s latest stress of the event:  “Oh NO, the cake is melting!  Quick, cut it now for photos, even if the guests won’t get to see it!!”

Are you planning a summer wedding or outdoor event?
Would you make your Grandma sit in the heat for 2 hours without protection?
Have you thought about how to protect your guests, your food, your flowers, your makeup?
Follow us on our Tips to Remember as you plan your special day.

This week’s Tip #2 – Cakes are People Too!

MELTED cake…what a mess!  Whether you’re serving mini desserts or a tiered (wedding or other) cake, unless you order an all-fake cake, these items are PERISHABLE and need protection.

Discuss cake with your wedding professionals:

1. Here’s how to know how long a Real Butter Cream cake (or WORSE, cupcakes frosted in cream cheese) will last in direct sun:  put a stick of butter outside on a plate in approximately the same location that you plan to display your cake….Check back with it in 2 hours and see how it looks.

2.  “But we aren’t cutting the cake until 9pm…”  (the average sunset time in peak wedding season is 7:25pm; the average time guests arrive to receptions is between 5:30-6:00pm; the cake company may need some setup time prior to guest arrival). Do you want your cake being setup during dinner?

3. We won’t need a tent; it never rains in San Diego in the summer…(famous last words).

It's ok for the molten chocolate gang to melt...

It’s ok for the molten chocolate gang to melt…

Air conditioning is cake’s best friend in the summer months. Most venues are not comfortable with storing a cake in their walk-in refrigerator and taking it out to display themselves – too much at risk if they drop it! We find that the fast-paced staff in some restaurant locations will grab a 2-3 tier cake and whisk it away for refrigeration without incident. (in San Diego, we applaud The Bluewater Boathouse for their agility & comfort with this!) .  On the contrary, most caterers or venues will not offer this option. Our most helpful hotel property who is willing to keep a 3-tier cake in the fridge on a hot day is the elite ocean view hotel L’Auberge Del Mar…thanks Catering team!  This helps us and the clients on a sweltering evening when needed.

No cake designer wants to see an unknown caller on their cell phone at 8pm…worried that the dreaded disaster may have struck: a cake has melted or fallen over due to the heat!

photo borrowed from Events North blog...thankfully NOT one of our cakes.

photo borrowed from Events North blog…thankfully NOT one of our cakes or even theirs.

This is THE WORST news to hear, especially when the venue is too far away for us to make any reparations.

At Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. we require clients to provide indoor shelter, shade, or solid roof tent (YES, that clear tent is WAY COOL…and totally acts as a steam room on a hot day), or we require a signed waiver to offset the potential hazards.  With up to 15 cakes on a Saturday, we just couldn’t logistically run around town scooping up melted butter rivers from the cake table floor and fixing cakes during receptions.

Think about it: would you ever consider leaving out your tuna fish salad for 5 hours at a picnic?

Outdoor weddings are stunningly beautiful, but BE SMART when planning, and listen to the pros you’ve hired.

Future Summer Wedding Tips:
Sunburned skin
Wilted flowers
Blown out photo exposures
Smeared eyeliner
Sweat stains! Yikes!

Q + A – Insight into how a baker prepares for her own wedding!

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

We connect with most of our brides, but when we have an extra-special connection with one, well, it is pretty exciting!  This is the case for one of our special Sweet Cheeks bakers, Katrina!  Katrina recently got married to Sam, and as a wedding baker insider, we thought it would be interesting to hear from Katrina how it was planning her own wedding, specifically her wedding cake 🙂  Read on for details and for pics courtesy of E3 Photography….

San Diego Wedding

1) How long have you worked with Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.?

In early 2010, I did an internship at Sweet Cheeks Baking (SCBC) while I was attending the Art Institute of SD.  Upon graduation (months later), I got hired!  It has been almost 4 years & I can honestly say I get up every day & am excited to start my day!

2) As an insider to wedding cakes/baking, how was it planning your wedding desserts/cake?

Planning the dessert bar/cake was actually VERY difficult for us!!  Having worked around these delicious sweets for almost 4 years & always testing out new flavors, I had an overabundance of flavors that I wanted to incorporate into our cake.  I had endless options because I’ve SEEN & helped create them all.  Honestly, I truly think it would have been easier if I wasn’t an insider.  In some ways, I wish I had someone in the industry to lean on and give me advice as to what are a few exceptional flavor combos — this way I could have been done with it!  Too many flavor choices seem to confuse people more. Either way it was a BLAST taste testing!

Wedding Cake + Desserts

3) You probably see a lot of requests and notice the trends with wedding cakes, so what did you want for your own?

I’m not going to lie… I like to keep up with trends!!  To me–things wouldn’t be trendy if they weren’t worth it. I was very much into the tiny ruffled ombre cake (faded yellow to white), which I had seen more & more of coming out of the bakery.  I also had a second cake (because who wants just ONE?!).  It was a very simple 3-tier cake in white, with gray & yellow chevron on the bottom tier.  It also had a tiny cluster of succulents towards the top of the cake.

4) Did you have any part in making your cake? Or did you let the others have at it?

I had much to do with how delicious the cake turned out… but had absolutely nothing to do with how aesthetically BEAUTIFUL the cake came out!!!!!  I’m a baker, not a decorator (huge difference).  I make the cake taste decadent & sweet, while our decor teams make the vision come to LIFE.

5) Any surprises from your coworkers?

My coworkers followed my “vision” to an absolute “T” (no surprises).  While there were no surprises for my wedding…. I can’t say the same for my sister’s wedding, which took place a couple years ago.  My big sister got married on my birthday & my Sweet Cheeks co-workers knew that.  So, waiting inside my hotel room, during my sister’s wedding, was a beautiful, little birthday cake ALL FOR ME 🙂 My coworkers had been planning that ever since they found out what day my sister’s wedding landed on!  So it ended up still being both our days!!

6) How did you meet your fiancé?

Sam & I knew each other for almost 4 years before we even started dating. He was my big bro’s friend 😉  They were not best friends, but they definitely hung around the same crowd.  We always saw each other at various get togethers, halloweens, birthday parties etc.  We talked at EVERY single event, & EVERY single time we made a “date” to hang out afterwards.  This girl right here (ME), cancelled every single time.  It wasn’t until one certain birthday party for my big bro that everything changed.  I saw Sam standing across the room & I looked at my mom and told her that I needed to be with him.  He captivated me — I was mesmerized.  I was afraid to walk up to the man that I had shamelessly turned down for the past 4 years.  Yet, I did, & he was just as sweet as the first time we’d talked.  At the end of the night I was sure he was going to ask me to hang out again… I was so ready this time…but as the night went on, he didn’t!!   I finally mustered up the courage to make the move & just ask him.  His response was, “are you ACTUALLY going to hang out with me this time?”  My face turned beet red — but as it turned out… we’ve been hanging out every day since!!

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7) How did you pay for the wedding?

I was so very, very fortunate to have help from my father to pay for the wedding. “Help” is an understatement. He paid for the wedding — I helped, haha. My dad & I sat down, talked budget, & then I did some serious research. I made sure to fit his budget that he so generously allowed me. I did my very best & by golly, we were pretty darn close!! I think anyone can have a beautiful wedding on a budget if you just take the time to do the research & include some DIY projects! We would not have had the perfect wedding if it wasn’t for him–we are indebted! What he gave Sam & I will never be forgotten or taken for granted. The things I took care of were the centerpieces, all wedding decor, favors, frames, guestbooks, etc.

-The Yonedas

Weddings in Temecula

For more amazing photos of Katrina + Sam’s wedding, visit E3 Photography’s Facebook page!


Vendors Involved:

Wedding Photography: Eddie Garcia – E3 Photography

Wedding Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

Wedding Coordinator, Designer & Florist: Carmin Cermak – Carmin Design

Feature #2 on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style (GO) is the epitome of high-class.  When it comes to wedding magazines and an online showcase of weddings, GO is a pretty big deal.  Earlier this month we told you about a wedding we took part in that was showcased by the site, and now just a few weeks later, we are thrilled to announce yet another has been featured!

Sweet Cheeks Baking Wedding Cake

Blake and Nicole have an adorable story  Nicole “met” Blake while browsing through her girlfriend’s account.  She happened upon Blake’s picture and immediately thought, “wow… he’s so cute!”   In fact, Blake had no idea that his friends had even created an account for him, so you can imagine his surprise when Nicole sent him a message asking to set up a date!  Once they met, though, the connection was immediate.   Ever since, they have not spent a day apart from one another.

Their wedding was soft and elegant, with pinks and whites being their main wedding colors.  The couple loves the sea, so we made a cake that incorporated sea-inspired elements of starfish and coral.  The cake was simple, yet the design elements fit perfectly with the pastel color scheme that was their wedding.

Wedding Cake - GO Wedding Feature

It was a gorgeous wedding in Carlsbad, and we were honored to be a part of an amazing day.  We are also especially honored to be among the other amazing wedding vendors that made Blake + Nicole’s wedding worthy of Grace Ormonde!

For a full list of the vendors involved, and for more pictures, visit the GO feature!

Table Design - GO Wedding Feature


Hawaiian-Themed Vow Renewal

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

More often than not, we receive photos of the weddings we are a part of, but every so often, we get an awesome video documenting the special day.

Recently, one of our favorite couples, Angie + Barry Smith, shared a video of not their wedding, but their vow renewal!  This couple has the best sense of humor, and their Hawaiian-themed vow renewals were all about fun and entertainment! There were Hula Dancers, Fire-Throwers, Leis for the Bridal party and Groomsmen, Hibiscus, Orchids, and Birds of Paradise decorations: this special day was all about Hawaii – set in our beautiful San Diego.

The day was full of color, and as such, we wanted the “wedding” cake to reflect this couple’s unique personality and theme.  It is, unfortunately, not as common for couples to renew vows, so we were so excited to work with this couple!

Wedding Cake San Diego

If you watch the video, our cake can be seen around the 6:40-6:50 minute mark!

San Diego Weddings

Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography

As Seen on Grace Ormonde Wedding Style…

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The wedding may have been months ago, but just recently, the lovely multicultural wedding of Braja Mandala and Gene Higa was featured on the ever so famous wedding site, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.  Being that both the bride and groom are wedding photographers, the day was filled with extra special touches that reflected their elegant, black-tie taste.

The wedding took place in La Jolla, at the gorgeous Estancia La Jolla.  Gene, a Buddhist, and Braja, Hindu, worked together to find the perfect representation for their religions, and in the end, a Hindu priest customized their ceremony and integrated various traditions, and even some new ones.  Then, in honor of the Asian inspiration, the space was decorated with cherry blossoms, Buddha statues, and lots of candles.


The day was absolutely perfect, and we were so happy to be a part of this couple’s day.  This wedding was all about elegance, so the cake we made for this wedding was that too, elegant.

For more amazing photos of this spectacular wedding, visit the Grace Ormonde feature.


Bringing the Sea to the Wedding

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The wedding location may have been Inland San Diego (Rancho Bernardo Inn), but the wedding cake was all about the sea.   Nature-loving/ocean-loving couple, Sharon & Tim King, chose to have a seaside-themed wedding cake for their big day, and we could not have been more thrilled about how the cake turned out!

Seaside Wedding Cake

Made of citrus with passion fruit curd & raspberry preserves, Italian butter cream with smoothed/beveled edges, and chocolate with white chocolate-raspberry mousse & Belgian chocolate ganache, the cake ingredients may sound complex, but really, they were perfectly paired!  That combination of flavors is a personal favorite of mine, in fact.

Special thanks to the amazing photographs by San Diego photographer, Resolusean (Sean Capshaw), the seaside cake and the happy memories from the cake cutting were perfectly captured.

 Sharon + Tim were a super fun couple to work with, and their lovely relaxed nature & great sense of humor made this experience another positive one for the books!

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Real Wedding :: Megan + Chris

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

When two people are meant to meet, somehow, some way, it will happen; even when the odds, and geography, are against them.

That is exactly how the story goes for Chris and Megan.  Chris was born in Pennsylvania and went to high school in Europe!  Megan: she was born and raised in San Diego.  Their upbringing could not have more different, but the world has a way of bringing people together, and as such, Megan and Chris’s paths did cross.

They met at The Waterfront in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego.  Chris was out celebrating being sworn in to the California state bar.  Megan, who was out with friends, noticed Chris and the fact that he was wearing a Nordstrom shirt, and since Megan was working at Nordstrom at the time, it appeared to be a no-brainer opening to begin conversation.  But alas, the time was not meant to be, and Chris chickened out and didn’t talk to Megan.  Fortunately for Chris, his friend wasn’t as afraid and he got Megan’s number for him!

But it would be months before the two would meet again, and this time Megan and Chris bumped into each other at Maloney’s in downtown San Diego.  Chris’s courage had months to mature, and that night he spoke to Megan. Hours and a Taylor Swift song later, the rest became history.

Megan and Chris share many loves: bagels, reality TV, Jerry Seinfeld and Friends.  But most importantly, they have two rescue dogs: Lyla and Lena, who are the center of their world.  If they’re not walking them in the park or playing ball with them in the backyard, Megan and Chris enjoy spending time with friends, enjoying our favorite Little Italy restaurants, singing karaoke, and relaxing at home with some tea and ice cream.

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Fast-forward a couple of years and the two got married in a beautiful ceremony at the US Grant Hotel.   The couple took to downtown San Diego and celebrated their special day in the city in which they met.   It was a magical day for the lovely couple and their friends and family.  The ceremony site was candlelit in an exquisitely opulent fashion. The effect was clean and tasteful, a true reflection of the couple themselves. The reception décor was soft and romantic, with the colors of whites, grays, and then hints of royal blue.

Wedding coordinator, Carmin Cermak, of Carmin Design, did an excellent job capturing the taste of the couple, and all the vendors involved in this wedding did an incredible job making the event complete.  Megan and Chris are amazing people and together they are even more special.

The future: Megan and Chris plan to stay in ‘America’s Finest City’ and start a family.

REAL Wedding Board2

Vendors Involved:

Venue/catering: The US Grant Hotel

Coordinator: Carmin Design

Entertainment: Tim Altbaum Productions

Flowers: Posies

Photography: TRUE Photography

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Décor-Linens: APR Linens

Décor-Rentals: Posies

Invitations/Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza (Panache Bridal – Costa Mesa)

Jewelry: J. Crew

Groom Suit + Tie: J. Crew

Hair/Make-up: Theresa Amundson of Bijou Beautiful

Officiant: (Megan’s Uncle) George Fogelman

Honeymoon Location: Bora Bora