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Real Weddings ~ features we’re included in from over the web!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, and 2014 is practically upon us, we’d like to pause and reflect on some of the events and/or weddings that we may not have blogged about.

We have the best jobs, truly, and to be able to create wedding/special event cakes for those in San Diego (getting married) is an honor.  In particular, we love weddings! And, we definitely love cake.  So naturally, making cakes for weddings is one of our passions!  That kinds of reads like a lame SAT question, but some of the weddings that we have been a part of have been anything but lame!

We try to feature as many of the events that Sweet Cheeks takes part in, but at times, it’s difficult.  At times, it may be easiest to rely on the posts of our friends and fellow wedding vendors!  So in this post we will mention a couple special weddings that sum up the success that 2013 was for us!

Del Mar Wedding

Manny and Nicki:

This adorable couple used San Diego as a destination wedding location.  Manny + Nicki are from Houston, Texas, and in this gorgeous wedding at L’Auberge in Del Mar, seaside style was the focus: think pastel colors, starfish details, and an outdoor setting with the sound of the wave crashing.  Visit the blogs of both the Floral Designer, Jennifer Cole Florals, and the Photographer, Archetype Studio, Inc., respectively, for amazing images

 

Liz + Alex:

Liz + Alex, Arizona-based, also used San Diego as a destination wedding location, yet for this adorable couple, they opted for the simplicity of the San Diego Rowing Club as their reception location.  Their wedding had sea-inspired elements, yet their colors were vibrant, and their details more DIY.  Yet, do not mistake DIY as less elegant.  This wedding was so well thought out and so beautifully decorate that Exquisite Weddings Magazine featured it on their blog, and that is no easy feat!

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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….

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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!

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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

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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

Pretty in Pink

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Pink is such an elegant, classy color, especially for weddings.  So when we had a couple asked us for a cake that would tie in with their soft pink wedding color theme, we know we could make them happy.  The wedding took place at the lovely Estancia Resort in La Jolla, and the wedding cake, looked amazing against the backdrop of the Estancia’s romantic splendor.

Special thanks to Darin Fong Photography for the beautiful shots!

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Real Wedding :: Cherie + Cameron

Monday, September 9th, 2013

San Diego is the perfect place for a destination wedding, and for the couple featured in this REAL wedding, San Diego was an easy choice!  Cherie and Cameron are both New Yorkers, and they wanted the San Diego sun to be their backdrop for their beautiful nuptials!

Their wedding took place on a perfect San Diego summer day (no humidity like there is now!).  The gorgeous waterfront Bahia Resort Hotel hosted and catered.  Appropriately enough, the couple’s theme was nautical. Lots of blues, yellows and whites, and every element perfectly coordinated with the couple’s sea-loving theme. They were married outside, with the water behind them and palm trees giving the illusion of their own, private outdoor oasis.

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(Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography)

Being as the couple was not local, they relied on communicating with wedding vendors via email and over the phone, so for Cherie and Cameron it was important to find wedding vendors they could trust. Fortunately, when it came to the cake, they had us!  We were pretty stoked about how it turned out, and the couple was too! Anchors aweigh!

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(Photos courtesy of TRUE Photography)

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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The Great Gatsby continued….

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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We did a post a while back about our styled shoot with other San Diego wedding vendors.  We at Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. partnered up with some fantastic San Diego wedding vendors to create a look for a styled shoot that paid homage to time long gone.  Set at the amazing Villa de Flores in Rancho Santa Fe, the result of all the efforts is a photo shoot so fantastic that it took three separate features to showcase all the amazing images!

In our first post we included only a few of the amazing images (from each feature) by talented San Diego photographer, Amore Wedding Photography.  Yet now, we will include so many more!  The couples were adorable; the detail and design was so true to the time period; and the result: a photo shoot that not only was featured on the wedding blog, Style Unveiled Part I, Part II + Part III, but will also be featured in six (6) issues of San Diego Style Weddings magazine (in a 6-9 page spread) starting in October 2013!

The vintage-inspired wedding details, the hats, the outfits, the overall elegance; the “Gatsby” era was truly spectacular!  Enjoy the sampling of images we’ve selected, and if you want to see more, pick up the issue of  San Diego Style Weddings magazine in October!

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Vendors Involved:

Venue: Villa de Flores

Photography, Concept for Prohibition Lounge, and Styling for the Models: Amore Wedding Photography

Coordination and Design: Brilliant Event Design

Floral Decor: Modern Bouquet

Wedding Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

Beauty: Groomer Girl

Dresses and Accessories: Here Comes The Bride

Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo

Event Rental Items including Art Deco Gold Flatware: Classic Party Rentals

Decor for the Art Deco Pavillion and Candles: Z Gallerie

Flower Girl Dresses: Borrow Baby Couture

Lounge Setup Pieces: Lauren Sharon Vintage Shop Rentals

Art Deco Jewelry: Diamonds Forever

Invitation Suite: Whimsique

Menu and Seating Cards: Brilliant Event Design

Vintage Car: Hire Old Cars

Linens: Wildflower Linens