Stylized Shoot Chapter 3: Cake, Cocktails and Accoutrements

Can we just start off by saying THAT CAKE!! 

We wanted to ensure that the details within the bar cart and dessert hutch that our guests would interact with the most were authentically reminiscent of Peru. For this reception, it began with that coveted cake created by Sweet and Saucy Shop.

The current marbling trend was featured on the bottom of this two-tiered cake with a gorgeous hand painted floral design at the base with edible gold leaf going across the cake leading up towards the hand crafted sugar flower that was perched on the top tier as if it were floating.  It was truly a masterpiece. 

Additionally, Huayruro seeds were placed near the couple’s wedding cake.  These seeds are believed to bring good luck, fertility, and positive energy.

The display hutch and bar cart vignettes were flooded with Peruvian symbolism. In addition to the baskets filled with dried plant, floral extracts, and balls of yarn that symbolized the Andean dye practice as described in Chapter 1,  we incorporated the couples despacho from their “would be” wedding ceremony. 

In Spanish, despacho* means dispatch or shipment. In the Andean traditions of Peru, the despacho is a ceremonial offering to mother earth.  It is meticulously filled with a variety of items that are meaningful to the couple.  Once filled it is folded up and secured with a ribbon.  The despacho is burned signifying that the prayers from the items within are shipped off to the powers that be.  We imagined that Silvia and Felipe wanted to burn their despacho at home in a private and intimate setting similar to that of their reception. 

The bar cart was complete with Pisco, a Peruvian Brandy, and limes for making Pisco sours. Jonathan Adler had a bowl that we fatefully stumbled upon, as we found it was produced in Peru! This was the perfect host for the beverage limes. The accoutrements that accented the rest of the cart were pulled from various elements that echoed the Peruvian style.

The cocktail napkins and bottle opener were from Anthropologie.  The artwork on the napkins lent a hand crafted feel and pulled in elements from the invitation suite and we loved that the bottle opener was a mix of brass and rose gold and featured an unexpected owl that we loved. 

Tassels adorned the side of the bar cart, tying back to the yarn balls on the dessert hutch and the chandelier that started it all. 

The stage was being set and our creative bloodlines were starting to form a heartbeat. All we needed were fresh florals, calligraphy, and an invitation suite that would welcome our guests in style.

Up Next Chapter 4: Invitation Suite, Florals & Final Praise 

Set design/styling - Seventh Bixel  |  Photography - Allison Maginn Photography  |  Furniture/Tabletop rentals - Archive Rentals  |  Florals - Bloomwell & Co.  |  Venue - Coyote Hills Golf Course  |  Dessert - Sweet and Saucy Shop  |  Invitation Suite - Daniella Manini  |  Calligraphy - KAKalligraphy  |  Linens - La Tavola  |  Chandelier Installation - Lauren Moyer