My gorgeous cousin Lauren Edwards was married to handsome Aaron White on May 25, 2012 in Kitty Hawk at the Outer Banks North Carolina. Their ceremony was on the beach near the Kitty Hawk pier and the awesome couple was surrounded by their loving families and friends on an absolutely stunning evening.
I had the honor of being hired to bake and decorate their wedding cake and cupcakes! How cool, right?
Lauren and Aaron love chocolate and luckily enough have had several of my cupcakes at other family functions… like Olivia’s 1st Birthday… my other gorgeous cousin and Mama to Olivia, Amanda is Lauren’s little sister, so this family knows what’s up with cupcakes.
Over the couple of months before their wedding, Lauren and I talked several times about what she AND Aaron wanted. I thought this was super sweet that the two of them were equally involved in wedding planning. Aaron would jump on the phone with Lauren and he even had a calendar all filled out on his iPhone with wedding plans! Awesome groom, awesome husband!
They wanted flip flops, starfish, beach chairs, turquoise/teal, sand, chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, and SAMOA cupcakes! We went back and forth on ideas and on the morning of their wedding after a really tough 24 hours for me, this is what we’d like to call…
Happy Wedding Cupcakes Lauren and Aaron!
Thanks to Vinay Kolluru for his awesome photography skills. Check out that toasted coconut on the Samoa cupcakes! Lea’s job to watch and bake… she did great and the slight crunch on the top combined with a little chocolate ganache was perfect.
Our final plan for the cake was a Cookies and Cream cake crumb coated with Cookies and Cream frosting and filled with marshmallow creme. I pipped vanilla buttercream over the crumb coat to make the frosting look like several little shells all over… Then sprinkled the cake with crushed graham crackers. I pipped a teal watery bottom (aka vanilla buttercream dyed teal) to finish the cake then topped it with little beach chairs that Lauren had found, sand dollars, starfish, and FLIP FLOPS!
Sorry for my fat right finger on the right side of the picture… unfortunately, this annoyance gets progressively worse… haha, obviously Vinay didn’t take these pictures!
For the cupcakes, we finally had decided on vanilla cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream frosting dyed teal sprinkled with crushed graham crackers, cookies and cream cupcakes with a marshmallow filling topped with cookies and cream buttercream frosting, SAMOA cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade caramel and chocolate ganache frosting with a caramel buttercream and topped with toasted coconut and chocolate ganache), and chocolate raspberry cupcakes filled with a chocolate raspberry ganache.
I think I just wiped droll off my desk.
EKK, don’t you LOVE those sand dollars?!
A huge thank you to my sisters Nicole and Lea! The night that these toppers needed to be finished was the evening of Beans’ passing. I went to sleep with only 50% of the toppers completed and said a little prayer that I would get through the next day.
I work up at 5 am the morning of the wedding to find that Lea had finished the rest of the starfish and Nicole had finished the flip flops. Emotionally tears were streaming that morning. How lucky was I to have these two sisters in my life?
I’ve since been Ms. Emily Waterworks and as most of you know, I’m not much of a crier.
Well… this may have changed folks. I can’t seem to stop these days.
Lea and I worked together that day baking, finishing sand dollars, delivering, and setting up! Attention companies everywhere: Hire Lea when she graduates.
I loved that we were able to be a part of Lauren and Aaron’s special day! Not only did they do such a great job putting their creative touches on everything, but also making sure to include family and friends in different aspects of their weekend… cake, cupcakes, music, and other wedding projects.
Congratulations to such a loving couple! Tyler and I wish you the best… Keep making out lots and lots and be sure to give extra smooches in public.
You know Tyler and I are all about that.
Love you guys XOXO
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