Behind the Scenes - An All-American Cake Topper
It's rare that I publish a blog post before someone's wedding but this one is an exception for a special reason and I can't wait to tell you all the story behind these completely original cake toppers!
Today's feature focuses on Chicago based Megan and Jerry. Thanks to Etsy, my little business is gaining recognition far and wide and I couldn't be more pleased that this lovely couple asked me to make their cake toppers for them.
The reason I love this story so much is that, whilst planning and making this set of cake toppers, I realised that, for the first time since I started my business, the special details centred around the groom rather than the bride and I think that says a lot about how much Megan loves her man!
Megan got in touch with some ideas for her cake topper; she asked if it would be possible to have a football added to the order and said that Jerry often wears a navy blue cap with a golden "M" on it in memory of his late dad, who played football for the University of Michigan. Sentimental things like this always make me a bit emotional...it's really hard not having loved ones around for your wedding but there are so many lovely ways to include them, and this seemed perfect for Megan and Jerry.
Megan also wanted to include something to incorporate Jerry's experience of playing football for the University of Illinois, so I suggested having the cake toppers attached to a base, designed to look like an American football pitch with Jerry's football jersey across it. Megan loved the idea and, in our next conversation, she asked "Can I have pom-poms instead of flowers?". I knew that I was going to have so much fun working with her!
I started work on Megan's figure first, cutting strips to make the layers of her dress. She has beautiful red hair and told me that it would be fine down or "half up if that's possible" - never a problem Megan! I finished Jerry's figure and, although he was going to be wearing a cap, I wanted to make sure he had hair underneath, even though I knew it wouldn't be visible...I think it's the perfectionist in me!
Megan and Jerry were over the moon with their figures, so I started working on Jerry's football jersey and the base. The trickiest thing with props is to make sure they are a relative size to the figures so that they don't look ridiculously tiny or take over the whole piece. I remade Jerry's jersey twice as I wanted it to look like it was one his figure could wear and my first attempt was too small. The only problem with the final attempt was that it was too large to fit on the front of the base without taking over the detail of the football pitch so I opted to put it at the back, slightly visible from the front. I also wanted to incorporate the "I" from the University of Illinois team somewhere so I decided to put it in the centre of the football pitch - you can't see a lot of it in the finished cake topper but that's ok; the fact that Megan and Jerry know it's there is all that matters :)
One of the hardest parts of these cake toppers was Megan's pom-poms...of all the elements in this cake topper, I'm surprised they took me as long as they did! I think they turned out pretty well in the end though, if I do say so myself!
As I've said before in previous blogs, the best feeling for me is knowing that someone appreciates your work and loves what you make for them and Megan's kind words and excitement in our messages completely made my day! And finally, the reason this blog is being put out there before Megan and Jerry's wedding day? Well, because Megan is going to frame it and put it next to her cake at her wedding...you couldn't ask for a nicer compliment than that could you?
So happy wedding day, Megan and Jerry! I wish you the very best of luck for your married life together and, if you're anywhere near Bristol on your vacation to the UK in the new year, stop in for a good old British cup of tea, you're always welcome :) it's been an absolute pleasure making these for you and I hope they bring you lots of happy memories for years to come!