This wedding was so nice, we're posting it twice! Here's a look at Shenay & Sam's reception!
Cake trends are constantly evolving and becoming more of a statement about you as a couple. Here are a few lovely cake trends that have really caught our eye throughout the past year.
Metallic – The bridal world has seen a surge of metallic cakes in golds and muted silvers that reflect old Hollywood glam. This trend seemed to come about with the popularity of Great Gatsby and has endured through several variations of this wedding theme. Edible glitter has never been so prevalent!
Ruffled cakes – With 3D becoming all the rage, we are seeing ruffled and waved cakes taking a stand. In the name of whimsy, brides are choosing ruffles similar to skirts and rolling waves that really stand out on a cake.
Photo courtesy of Lindsay Black Photography.
Hand painted elements – Adding special signatures to cakes are hand-painted elements. These cake images come from the inspiration of the bride and groom and speak volumes to their personalities, the wedding theme, and their love.
3D lace – Thank you Kate Middelton! Her choice of cake really caused this trend to kick off. Intricate stand out lace to match the wedding dress has become quite popular in cakes. Often painted in stand-out colors, this trend really makes a statement.
Ombre patterns – Ombre cakes that gently transition from one color to another are really taking center stage. This lovely trend can work for soft of bold colors and speaks to a number of wedding themes.
Naked cakes – Have you heard of this one? Some couples are skipping the fondant or finished frosting all together and let their cake go in the buff. After stacking the cake and layering filling between the layers, the cake is virtually finished. Dusted with powdered sugar and smothers with fresh fruit, these naked cakes still look good enough to eat.
Photo courtesy of Tia Chapman Photography.
For starters, be sure you have the best ring to care for! As you begin ring shopping, be sure that your diamond is certified. Each diamond’s cut, clarity, and caret are evaluated in a professional, unbiased process to verify that you’re getting what you’ve paid for. Some companies do these evaluations independently, making it more difficult to remain neutral. The certificates are necessary to determine the diamond’s actual worth. The online site, seventy seven diamonds has such a process for their diamonds, and many of the prices are 60% less than store prices. Certainly a valuable source if you intend to buy online!
Photo courtesy of Maria Grace Photography.
With a certified diamond, you are set to adore your ring shining brilliantly on your finger wherever you go. But what if the shine lessens over time? What if one day, the sun only draws out 5 points of light instead of the usual 10? Here are a few tips to help prevent tarnishing and wear, and manage it when it does.
Be Willing to Part: As painful as it may feel at first, you really don’t want to wear your ring 24/7. Subjecting your ring to all of the elements your hands encounter is the quickest way to send it to the ring doctor. If you can, avoid wearing your ring during vigorous sports, such as tennis, golfing, or weight lifting. Avoid applying lotions or any oils to your hands while wearing your ring, which can cloud the stone and add “gunk” to the setting. Also, remove your ring when gardening, swimming or using harsh cleaning chemicals around the house. Your ring is sensitive and ought to be treated with sensitivity. If you can remember, remove your ring when you wash your hands as well. Soaps will have an opposite effect on your ring, leaving it a bit grimy and soiled.
Gentle cleaning: Regular cleaning, at least monthly, will help your ring keep its flawless sparkle. Place your ring in a diluted amount of liquid detergent to soak for about 30 minutes, or soak your ring in a half water, half ammonia solution. Once the ring has had a chance to soak, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently lift away the dirt or other build-up on your precious gem and band. You’ll notice an instant quality upgrade!
Seek out the experts: Many jewelers will offer a ring cleaning complimentary, which will always be your best option if convenience allows. It is also wise to take your ring to a jeweler for an inspection at least once a year to ensure the stone are snugly fixed in place and the settings are protective and strong. It’s better to repair a loose prong early than replace a diamond a few months later!