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Inspiration Files: Wedding Cakes


The wedding cake…one of the many foundational decisions that has to be made when designing your special day. Here at Pollen, we add the finishing touches that help to make a wedding cake your wedding cake. Over the years we’ve seen a whole spectrum of styles: from the four-tiered to the single-tiered, the ornamental to the stunningly simple. Here are some ideas that might help you on your journey in choosing how to make your cake truly special!

First photo: At this outdoor summer reception in blush and ivory, the couple went with a classic ivory cake that was enhanced by a touch of gold and cascading blooms and foliage. Second: This April wedding at Chicago Athletic Association was equally classic, this time with papery ranunculus and accents of navy berries on a cake by Cake Chicago.

Romantic two-tiered vanilla wedding cake with cascading flowers in coral and dusty pink, on a gold gilded base for a wedding at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago.
Photo by Bodeche.

Sometimes gold is needed to make the statement you want for your wedding cake. Metallic accents are beautifully complemented with flowers of ivory, burgundy, or coral for different effects. The style of a statement tier is both tasteful and opulent, as seen in this classic October wedding at Chicago Athletic Association with some white garden roses to finish it off, and this October wedding at Brique with pops of red. Below, a gold base holds up an utterly romantic cake for this November wedding at Greenhouse Loft, complete with cascading flowers!

Touches of blush, mauve, and pink make for a feminine look that is both romantic and timeless. The first cake is from a summer wedding at Salvage One. The second, a standout moment from this dusty rose winter wedding at Bridgeport Art Center, with a cake by Sweet Mandy B’s.

Three-tiered classic wedding cake with mauve and ivory dusty roses and japanese anemone on a sage green cake table with votive candles for a romantic outdoor wedding.
Photo by Redwall Photography.
Cake by Elysia Root Cakes.

Blush garden roses seem like a perfect compliment to the classic ivory cake. Subtle lace details in the cake’s frosting pair well with a small gathering of garden roses in this late summer wedding at Columbus Park Refectory. Below, a cake by Sweet Mandy B’s from a wedding at at Bridgeport Art Center and one from a charming spring wedding at Revolution Brewing show the varied effects that the blossom can bring.

Naked frosting cake in vanilla with clematis vines on cake stand for a sage and white summer wedding at Prairie Production in Chicago.
Photo by Sally O’Donnell Photography.

Sometimes a cake just needs to be short and sweet, with equally simple decoration! Ivory roses can be paired with fresh berries as seen in this Bridgeport Art Center wedding (blog forthcoming). Greenery pairs well too, either with wispy foliage like for this crisp green and white wedding at Greenhouse Loft or intertwined vines as in this sage and white summer wedding at Prairie Production.

Quirky coral and green wedding cake with high-fiving figurinese for a spring wedding in peach at W City Center in Chicago.
Photo by Allison Williams Photography, Spring Wedding in Peach at W City Center.
Cake by Alliance Bakery.
Photo by Katie Kett Photography, Lush Green and White Winter Wedding at Chicago Athletic Association.
Cake by Cake Chicago.

For full credits and even more details into each wedding, please follow the linked titles. Looking for more inspiration? More ideas for your wedding can be found on Pollen’s Pinterest! And if cake is not your thing, alternatives abound: for pie and cookie displays, Pollen loves to weave smaller arrangements and foliage on the dessert table.


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