Photographs by Jim Henkens


true nature

Whether a couple’s love of the outdoors has to do with biking or bird watching, a tree-inspired cake is a natural choice in the Northwest. Chocolate panels, textured to look like wood grain, wrap the bottom of this super-natural double-chocolate cake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes; leaves made from modeling chocolate decorate the top tier. 425-869-2992; 

something blue

Some weddings, like some homes, are rich in tradition. Odette D’Aniello at Celebrity Cake Studio used one family’s generations-old English china pattern to inform the hand-painted decorations on this white-chocolate fondant-covered cake. 253-627-4773;

carved in stone 

Taking inspiration from the romantic flourishes of the historic Seattle building where the bride and groom met, Bonnie Lyons at New Renaissance Cakes created a chocolate cake filled with Grand Marnier mousse and covered with pure, locally made buttercream and rolled fondant. Airbrushed opalescent powder creates a shiny, satinlike finish. 206-920-5322;

faux real

Krissie Bowman and Kara Cuellar at The Last Bite used a bride’s lovely tiered gown as the inspiration for this evocative fondant-covered creation. Bowman suggests renting a fancy-but-fake showpiece Styrofoam cake like this one while serving guests more cost-effective sheet cake. 253-927-3461;