On September 29, 2018, I had the pleasure of working a wedding for the most delightful couple. They first met in high school but life took them separate ways, as it so often does. They reconnected at a high school reunion some time later and have been together ever since. He even uprooted his life in New Mexico, moved to Texas, and converted to Judaism for her.
Isn’t that the sweetest?
The bride wanted a very traditional wedding, they were adamant about not seeing each other before the wedding, which I thought was so neat. Typically when people get married later in life, they go for a less traditional approach. We used an ivory, silver, and white color scheme to help achieve the elegant, romantic theme the bride wanted. For centerpieces, we used candles surrounded by eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus doesn’t get the credit it deserves; the smell was amazing. We also did simple, elegant place cards and menus on the tables for each guest.
Over the course of the evening a second theme developed: Family. This was a Jewish wedding in a synagogue. The groom had recently converted for his bride and he developed a wonderful, close relationship with their rabbi. The bride walked down the aisle with one of her sons, the groom was accompanied by his sister. The chuppah was her family chuppah, made by her brother. The band was her brother’s band. It was such a personal event for the couple and their families. Everyone in attendance was so happy that these two had found each other.
Following the ceremony, they had a huge party. The bride wanted nothing more than to dance the night away, and dance they did.
The couple is vegan, and the food was nearly all in keeping with that. They did provide salmon for their meat-eating guests, but everything else was vegan and inspired by the bride’s Mexican heritage. Austin Catering did an excellent job of bringing the couple’s tastes to life. But the cake is the real story here.
Initially the couple was set on having a non-traditional, watermelon cake. However, shortly before the wedding, they attended a birthday party where they ate the best vegan cake they ever tasted. From that day on, it was this cake or bust.
The Cake Plate went above and beyond to make their cake dreams a reality. If you don’t know, because the wedding took place in a synagogue, everything had to be kosher and cooked on site. The Cake Plate brought all their supplies in and baked the cake at the synagogue. They baked the cake on a Thursday, came back to frost it on a Friday, and it was served to the guests on a Saturday. This cake was the most delicious, decadent, vegan chocolate cake you have ever tasted.
If there’s a lesson to learn from this event, it’s where there’s a will there’s a way. Don’t be discouraged if there’s a complication with the venue or a vendor. You can always come to a compromise that keeps both parties happy: In this case, baking the cake on the premises. Sure, it was a little out-of-the-ordinary for the vendor, but they were happy to accommodate the couple. All we had to do was ask.