My First Wedding

by Sarah Scott
(Bishop, GA)

Final Cake Set Up-Photo by Signs and Wonders Photography

Final Cake Set Up-Photo by Signs and Wonders Photography

Final Cake Set Up-Photo by Signs and Wonders Photography
Flower Close Up

I have only been decorating cakes for other people for about 2 years, and I had been waiting that whole time to make a wedding cake. So when my friend told me she was getting married and they wanted me to make the cake I was thrilled and immediately said yes! I was finally going to get to make a wedding cake!

Cutting It Close


After saying yes, we started going over some of the details, which included the tentative date and location. At the time I was still living in Alaska, and my friend was in Georgia. We had it in the books already that we were moving back to Georgia that summer, but the dates were still a little fuzzy as they sometimes are with military moving and traveling. The date they had chosen for the wedding was 5 days after our tentative “be back in town” date. We were definitely cutting it close!

Gumpaste Flower Preparation


So to prepare I made a lot of flower petals to have dried and ready to use. I had the minimum of everything I absolutely needed to make this cake, and mailed it to Georgia before we even left Alaska. We also had a small shipment of household supplies sent from Alaska to get there hopefully before we got into town. I added a lot of other supplies that I would need to make this a success.

Always Make Extra Gumpaste Pieces


After 2 weeks of driving from Alaska through Canada to Georgia, we made it within a few days before the wedding! The cake decorating supplies I had mailed were here, and mostly in great condition, with the exception of the gumpaste flower petals. Luckily there were enough petals to make the single flower I had planned for. Making lots of extras is always a good thing!

Packaging Tip - Knowing now what I didn’t know then, I would have packed them completely different. I had them in a container with some bubble wrap and other packing material, but it wasn’t enough. If I had to do it again I would wrap each petal separately in packing material and put them in a sturdier container.

The rest of the supplies we had shipped made it finally on the day that I was planning to start making buttercreams, and baking cakes. That was a huge relief, as I was planning to buy more supplies if they had not shown up by that day.

The Wedding Day Arrived


The day to put it all together was finally here. I had never been so nervous in my life about a cake. The design was simple, and one that I had done many times before, but never on a wedding cake. I had everything crumb coated, the buttercream colored, and all of my supplies ready to go, and I had to stop and walk away. I was too nervous to start stacking and piping my rosettes.

Another Great Tip - You always hear and read about all of these wedding cake wrecks, and I was determined that my first wedding cake would not end up in that category! Taking a break from the cake helped, and I was able to get the cake stacked, and the bottom tier piped before nerves took over again.

The Grand Finale


I was so relieved to finally finish, until I realized I still had to walk the cake 2 houses down to my friend’s home, where the wedding reception was to be held.

When I got my nerves up, I walked very carefully down the street, and we added the final touch- the cake topper. The topper belonged to the groom’s mother. It was from her wedding, 56 years ago. The couple was so thrilled that they were able to use the topper as their “something old” piece for their wedding.

The Icing On The Cake


The best part of making a wedding cake for a friend is being invited to the wedding and reception! Getting to hear the all comments first hand about the cake was enough to make me realize that I had been worrying for nothing!

Comments for My First Wedding

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Dec 14, 2013
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pretty
by: Brandi

this is such a pretty cake. I can't believe the story behind it, makes it even more pretty. And the topper being so sentimental fit perfectly. Great job.

Dec 13, 2013
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So Lovely!!
by: Heather

I love it!!!

Dec 13, 2013
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Beautiful!!
by: Regina

Beautiful cake!!

Dec 12, 2013
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Beautiful!!
by: haganx4

Just Gorgeous!!

Dec 12, 2013
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Amazing as always.....
by: Anonymous

Gorgeous!!

Dec 12, 2013
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my first
by: Dans

Beautiful as always !

Dec 12, 2013
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:)
by: Brooke

you're the best!

Dec 12, 2013
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1st?
by: Zoe

Wow you would never know by looking that this is a first for a wedding cake. The details are incredible. Love the story.

Dec 11, 2013
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gorgeous
by: Charli

The cake is simply gorgeous. I know the amount of time you must have put into it had to be crazy. Especially with having to attempt to mail half on during the middle of a move. Wonderfully done love the colors

Dec 11, 2013
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beautiful
by: Anonymous

Great story and great cake to go along with it!

Dec 03, 2013
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Aloha!!
by: Casey

I love following Aloha Cakes. She is truly a wonderful cake artist who has come a long way in a short amount of time. Her technique and design are always creative and fun to look at.

Nov 19, 2013
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pretty
by: Mike

This cake was made very pretty. The colors are great. The story is incredible. It takes a very smart person to do this type of work

Nov 18, 2013
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by: Alison

Great job, beautiful cake

Nov 18, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Teresa

Very nice!

Nov 17, 2013
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cake
by: Marques

Beautiful

Nov 17, 2013
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what a story
by: Kay

This is such a pretty cake and then the story along with the topper put the "icing" on it. Great job with the colors and detail.

Nov 17, 2013
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Gorgeous Cake
by: Helena Baskette

Simply the most gorgeous cake I have ever laid eyes on!!

Nov 17, 2013
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Wedding Cake
by: Sharon Dame

Absolutely amazing! Love the colors and the use of the cake topper must have really pleased them. It is beautiful cake!

Nov 17, 2013
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great work
by: Janie Ricker

Amazing

Nov 17, 2013
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beautiful
by: Charli

This cake is beautiful. So pretty with the details and the colors. But I think the best part may be the story behind it all

Nov 17, 2013
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Beautiful!
by: Terah

You do awesome work!

Nov 14, 2013
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wow
by: Brooke

This cake is so pretty. I love the colors and the detail in each individual piece. Job well done. This would be the same color and design I would want for my wedding.

Nov 14, 2013
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Awesome
by: Anonymousjason

Lovely cake! Wish you had been doing cakes when I got married!

Nov 14, 2013
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yum yum
by: Catie

Aloha made a beautiful engagement cake for an engagement party that I hosted. She does an amazing job! I've also sampled cake pops and cupcakes in many different flavors. Super pretty, cute, and yummy!!!

Nov 13, 2013
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Great looking cake
by: Darren Brumfield

This is the best looking cake on this site ... I want a piece :)

Nov 13, 2013
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Great looking cake
by: Darren Brumfield

This is the best looking cake on this site ... I want a piece :)

Nov 13, 2013
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Great looking cake
by: Darren Brumfield

This is the best looking cake on this site ... I want a piece :)

Nov 13, 2013
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beautiful
by: Junio

Sarah has made me a birthday cake as well as my granddaughter one when she had gotten hurt. She does nothing more than get better with each cake. She takes time and care with each one and the flavors are always excellent. This first wedding cake looks like she has been doing wedding cakes all her life. Very pretty and such a great talent.

Nov 13, 2013
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Cakes
by: Heather C

Beautiful cakes!

Nov 13, 2013
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Incredible
by: Anonymous

To be able to make and mail certain portions of this cake without having any knowledge of how is pretty impressive. And to start it in Alaska and it ending in Georgia at the wedding and turning out as beautiful as it is shows her incredible talent. You can see on her page how much time and consideration she puts into each cake she does and personalizes them all.

Nov 13, 2013
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Amazing Talent
by: Jerry

I have watched Sarah's work for years. The funny thing to me is she always gets better, and she was always amazing. She simply makes GREAT CAKES BETTER. I am baffled by her creativity and concern for each cake. Well Done!!!

Nov 13, 2013
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Great cake!
by: Katherine

Great cake! Your cakes not only look great but taste great!

Nov 13, 2013
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Awesome
by: Moritz

The cake looks awesome. If I was in your area I would definitely get a cake from you. One of the best designs I have seen all year. Keep it up!

Nov 13, 2013
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Aloha Cakes
by: Stone Cold

WOW! Looks absolutely amazing. I am not sure I would want to cut into this masterpiece. Very nice work!

Nov 13, 2013
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Beautiful Cake
by: Forever Single

If I were ever crazy enough to get married again this would be the cake I would want. I have never seen one as beautiful as this one.

Nov 13, 2013
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Always Amazing
by: Andy

I've been fortunate enough to sample almost every cake Sarah has ever made, and been behind the scenes as she carefully and thoughtfully crafts each project. She is nothing short of a perfectionist and it shows. She never cuts corners and she always exceeds her customers' expectations. This was one more example of her showing what an amazing cake artist she has become in only a few short years. Great job, Sarah!!

Nov 13, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Angie M.

This is really a beautiful cake. :)

Nov 13, 2013
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ALOHA!
by: Patsy

Aloha means Hello, goodbye and I love you. And Sarah has all of these wrapped up into any and all of her cakes. She takes pride in each piece she makes. Her first wedding cake definitely did not look like a first. Each cake I have eaten that she has made has always had as much flavor as decoration. Good luck Sarah we love you.

Nov 13, 2013
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Aloha Cakes
by: Rob Bolton

Sarah's cakes are always amazing. I am forever amazed at the skill she has acquired in such a short time. It just stands to reason that she would do an awesome wedding cake.

Nov 13, 2013
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Wedding Cake
by: Darla

Very beautiful cake. I love the ombre effect. Very well done. Your flowers are gorgeous!

Nov 13, 2013
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This is my cake!
by: PheNAthens

Hi! My name is Phoelicia, and I'm the happy bride...

Even though Rich and I had been married before, we had struggled through single life for many years, and we wanted everything about our wedding to exude warmth and love and acceptance. There were so many "firsts" - Sarah might not even know this, but I didn't have a wedding cake my first wedding. Or a reception. So, when I heard she was heading back to GA from Alaska, I just HAD to have her design it for us. Sarah had made the most amazing "Skippy Jon Jones" cake for my youngest a couple of years before, and it was a HUGE success. Delish too!!!!

Sarah walked with me through my decision process, suggested items and designs, etc. She was still in Alaska, and I in GA, but we utilized Facebook and texts. When I told her that "purple" was the color that connected the dots on our special day, she chose transitional shades on each layer. How fabulous!

Sarah's product is beautiful - and it's obvious how seriously she takes her work. But the "icing on the cake" is her sweet spirit, her gentle guidance, and her unending patience with a bride that wants everything to be perfect.

Thank you Sarah!

Nov 07, 2013
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LOVE Aloha!!!
by: Anonymous

I love Aloha Cakes & Cupcakes! She is an absolutely wonderful cake artist and super knowledgable about what she does! Thumbs up across the board!!!!

Nov 07, 2013
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Amazing
by: Tara King

Not only do her cakes look amazing, but the flavors are over the top! What an extremely beautiful cake!

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