Moody Whisky Bar Styled Wedding
I’m so glad that I finally get to share all of these photos from this Moody Whiskey Bar Styled Wedding planned by Havenwood Weddings! I think you all got the down low on the Donut Wedding Cake from this shoot…
But there are so many other sources of inspiration and great details that I’ve been wanting to share. For starters, I love this tablescape put together by Havenwood Weddings and Albedo Floral. The warmth of the antiques paired with the vintage blues brings just the right mood and setting to a late fall/early winter wedding.
And can we all just take a second and admire these place settings? They’re giving me all the cozy feels and nostalgia of retro-bonfire nights snuggled together under blankets and stargazing late into the night. Plus, they make the perfect backdrop to the dinner menus put together by Lynn and Lou Paper Co.
Their whole Minimalist Tribal Invitation Suite has just the right touch of antique southwestern flair and added a lot of sophistication to the rustic, antique feel of the shoot.
Another great way to keep a rustic, antique wedding sophisticated and classy is by using the right flowers. I love how Albedo Floral paired rustic accents like cotton and dusty millar with sleek, deep blue viburnum berry, Queen Anne’s lace, and dark green foliage. The floral hoop in the antique arch makes a great wedding backdrop. Hoops done up like that in the winter with evergreen boughs would make a wintry wedding look and smell AMAZING!
When Havenwood Weddings asked me to join them on this shoot, we worked together to design a semi-naked cake with layers of dark cake showing through, and then she mentioned that Art City Donuts would be catering the dessert inspiration and we thought, “Donuts on cake? Is this doable? Why not?” and our Donut Wedding Cake was born. But, I knew I wanted these cinnamon and sugar donuts to not just look good with the cake, but taste good with the cake as well. The two important donut elements I wanted to incorporate flavor-wise were the cinnamon and sugar and glaze.
On the bottom tier, I baked my old-fashioned chocolate cake, but warmed it up with a hint of pumpkin and cinnamon…so kind of the opposite of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Instead of pumpkin with some chocolate chips in it, I made a rich, fudgy chocolate cake with some pumpkin and cinnamon. On the top tier, I went with a delicious apple-spiced cake. Both of these were filled with a cinnamon, brown-sugar buttercream and then stacked and given a semi-naked coat of frosting. I love how the cinnamon and sugar flavors of both donut and cake were paired together.
Now, originally, when I designed the donut decorating, I had planned something a little more symmetrical and orderly…donut borders all neatly lined up, but that didn’t work well with the rustic feel of the shoot. It was a little too perfect. Plus, I couldn’t really envision it with any sort of glaze. I opted intstead for a ‘cake topper’ of donuts and I wanted it a little messy, some whole, some broken, some crumbs, to match the glaze dripping down the sides.
And I love how the frosting and the glaze have a two-toned look. The cinnamon and brown sugar in the buttercream made it a gorgeous ivory color, and then the stark white glaze really popped against the frosting and the donuts.
For the finishing floral touches, I incorporated many of the florals Albedo Floral used in the table, bouquet, and centerpieces into the cake design in order to bring the whole aesthetic together. I love how the foliage wreath-wrapped each tier to accent the tiers, but also tied the donut accents together. The berries added just the right moody blue without being too bright. And I love love the rustic curly willow accents. I felt like they would add just the right touch of height and movement to the cake. I’m always so happy when something I’m envisioning or scratching out on paper comes together so nicely.
But of course it wouldn’t be such a great donut cake without Art City Donuts. They make the most delectable mini donuts and Havenwood Weddings used their donuts to style such a delicious dessert bar. Take me back right now. I could eat the whole thing. Art City Donuts provided Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts, Strawberry Shortcake Donuts, and Blueberry Crumble Donuts. Every single flavor was divine!
Although, secretly, I would have rather had hot chocolate than mimosas. But I’m not a wine and cake girl either. When I eat baked goods, I want me some cold milk or hot chocolate. But the mimosas were so pretty it was totally worth it :)
A huge shout out to Summer Taylor Photography for capturing this shoot so beautifully and The Brick Room Provo/Sage and Thistle Events for providing such an inspiring venue. The entire space is so warm and inviting. Thanks again for a great shoot!
Complete Vendor List:
Designer and Rentals: Havenwood Weddings
Photographer: Summer Taylor Photography
Donuts: Art City Donuts
Cake and Cake Flowers: The Pear Blossom
Bouquet and Table Florals: Albedo Floral
Invitation Suite: Lynn and Lou Paper Company
Venue: The Brick Room Provo and Sage and Thistle Events
Cement Cake Platter: @emeryavedesigns
Meet the Designer
Emily first fell in love with flowers while studying floral design at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2002. She did her first wedding that same summer and has been designing weddings ever since. With over 12 years of experience in the floral and wedding industries, Emily loves creating flowers that bring beautiful colors, textures, and most importantly, memories to every event.