Event designers often use inspiration boards to give a visual voice to their idea and to fine-tune their concept. Here are the inspiration boards Cortnie created:
As a designer, I am very visual, so an inspiration board helps me conceptualize the cake. Once I have my idea, I create my sketch. Sometimes I create numerous sketches. For this particular cake, I was happy with the first sketch, but I ended up changing the design for the actual cake.
I was very impressed by how seamlessly Cortnie and her team were able to incorporate all of the elements into a cohesive design.
The wedding cake topper was inspired by the Moroccan art in the inspiration boards. I hand-sculpted it using fondant.
Cortnie wanted vintage stamps, so I printed some images with edible ink. (Lo and behold, thanks to my poor inventory skills, I ran out of icing sheets. Melody, my friend and proprietor of Sweet and Saucy Shop, lent me the edible icing sheets. Thank you Melody!) I cut them into stamp-sized rectangles and attached them to ribbon using fondant tabs.
I applied the sequins by hand. Overall, I was very happy with the cake. I really thought it captured the concept while still looking simple, streamlined, and sophisticated.