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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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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.

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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.

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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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WeddingWire Reviews ~ We love happy clients!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

 WeddingWire.com is a popular resource for brides and couples looking for local wedding vendors in their respective area.  Of the local vendors on the site, only a few can be among the most elite!

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds!

Sweet Cheeks Baking has been fortunate to receive the Bride’s Choice Award many years in a row, and 2013 was no different!  Only seven (7) bakeries received the honors in the San Diego area!

 As much as we love making creative and delicious cakes,  what makes our jobs even more rewarding: the love from our clients. Here are just a few of our reviews!

 

Weddings, Wedding VenuesSweet Cheeks Baking Company, Best Wedding Cakes in San Diego - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Hannah

“We found Sweet Cheeks through our venue and I’m so happy we picked them! The cake was scrumptious, with hints of fudge and peanut butter my husband’s favorite. The bakers were so lovely and helpful, always getting back to us with our questions within a day. And they made the process so easy! We just had to go in for the cake-tasting, which was delicious and fun, and then it was all taken care of! Yummy yummy!!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Julita

“Since I planned my wedding from abroad, I wasn’t able to do the cake tasting. But Sweet Cheeks Baking were very flexible – they allowed my friends to do the tasting and filmed a video so that we understood how everything worked.  We went for the classic cake with almond buttercream and mango curd and also for the chocolate cake with pistachio buttercream. The cake was stunning and tasty.

When returning the cake stand, I met the team in person and they were all very lovely!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Monica

“Sweet Cheeks did such a great job with creating a delicious treat for our wedding reception and guests. Everyone loved the peanut butter swirl cupcakes and our wedding cake was amazing!!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Stephanie

“I went to a few places to check out cakes prior to our April wedding and the tasting at Sweet Cheeks blew away the competition out of the water! Kristy was amazing to work with and extremely flexible to dream up a design that fit our theme and was personalized. If you’re looking for a small company that will give you phenomenal, personalized service with a smile and a quick response, look no further than Sweet Cheeks!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Carina

“Elaine is a design wizard.I told her about the cake I wanted and she immediately drew me a picture.
We had tried many good wedding cakes but Sweet Cheeks was excellent.We chose Vanilla Bean and the other layers were coconut with coconut cream.”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Dana

“The staff at Sweet Cheeks made our cupcake tower at our wedding in La Jolla…let me say that all 5 flavors (yes, they were THAT good, I couldn’t just choose 3!) were the best tasting cupcakes I have ever had! Our guests really enjoyed them as well and we had leftovers to send back with people too! I am still hearing about how great they were and it’s been a couple of months since our wedding. The staff is very responsive, friendly and easy to work with. We got exactly what we wanted and more! Thanks, ladies!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Amber

“Sweet cheeks is Amazing and Yummy.. My consult with them went very well and they created my vision. I was in tears Seeing my cake for the first time at the reception. It was sooooo beautiful. I wanted simply elegant and they got it. Sweet cheeks you are soooo amazing, and everyone is soooo very nice and helpful. The cake was sooooooooo yummy and moist everyone ate it up. Everyone raved about how beautiful and yummy it was. Thank you soooooo very much. You are soooooo much appreciated!! From one bride to another, please hire Sweet Cheeks to create your weddnig cake, you will not be disappointed. Thanks again!”

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5.0/5.0

  • Quality of Service:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Responsiveness:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Professionalism:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Value:  (5.0/5.0)
  • Flexibility:  (5.0/5.0)

Brisa

“My wedding venue included a wedding cake as part of their package and gave us a choice of 3 different bakeries. My husband and I went to all three, did the tastings, and sat down with each one. Out of all of them, we liked Sweet Cheeks Baking Co the best! Not only did their cake taste amazing, but the whole team seemed extremely experienced, professional, and willing to go above and beyond to make their customers happy. On that first meeting we sat down with Elaine and she sketched out a beautiful design for us that fit our vision exactly. We signed the agreement then and there!

I know some companies seem like they stop caring after you sign a contract with them, but Sweet Cheeks continued their great customer service the whole way through. They never disappointed! Kristy continued to have fantastic communication with us (I would email her and she would always respond right away). On the day of our wedding, the cake looked exactly like the sketch Elaine had drawn for us… which just goes to show you what a great team of decorators and bakers they have as well. The cake tasted absolutely delicious too! They also saved the top tier for us (which I had forgotten to ask about) which is now stored in our freezer. Can’t wait to try the cake again on our one year anniversary.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about them. I would absolutely recommend them 100% Thank you to everyone at Sweet Cheeks Baking Company for helping make our day spectacular!”

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Do you DREAM? – Exquisite Weddings | Bridal Suite Blog

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

So, we talked about the DREAM Bridal Affair that we participated in this spring, but this event was also recently featured on the Exquisite Weddings|Bridal Suite Blog!  Loads of amazing photos that offer you the inspiration you may be looking for!  Pinterest-friendly images make this article even better!

So, do you want to pin even more amazing images from this fantastic San Diego wedding event?  Check out the article and pin away!

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We’re in the Press!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

We love helping our clients plan for their wedding, so when they’re wedding is especially unique and incorporates their culture, we get even more excited to cater to their wishes.  This was exactly the case for a recent Indian wedding of ours.  For this special couple, we made a cake with a traditional Mendhi (Indian) design in red icing on fondant.  The flavor: a delicious citrus cake with passion fruit curd and lemon butter cream!

Besides being delicious, the cake fit perfectly with the couple’s Indian-themed wedding day.  The day also gave us the opportunity for a fun photo shoot, complete with elephants and elegance!  To see more of these images, check out the following magazines, which will feature the wedding in upcoming issues:

:: Modele Weddings Magazine
:: South Asian Bride
:: Maharani Weddings

 Indian Wedding   Indian Wedding Cake

 

Other great San Diego Wedding Vendors:  

Design – Wedding Elegance by Nahid 

Photos – Braja Mandala & Gene Higa

Rentals – Classic Party Rentals

Chairs/Linens – Concepts Event Design

Indian outfits – Fontier Heritage

Venue – The Grand Del Mar 

Elephant – Have Trunk Will Travel

Henna – Henna San Diego 

Flowers – Isari Flower Studio

Makeup – Jellis Faces

Bridal Gown – M Bride

Stationary – J Grace

Cake – Sweet Cheeks Baking

Tux – A Better Deal Tuxedo