My latest DIY wedding project has the family over the moon.
By Erika Lynde
A few months back, a friend of mine (who is an amazing illustrator) designed a custom cake topper for her friends. They were getting married and wanted something creative, original and one-of-a-kind. She did such a great job. All hand-drawn, it was a simple and charming picture of them in their wedding day attire. Floating over layers of cake and icing, it was a whimsical alternative to a traditional topper. I was in love! I wanted something just as sweet to grace our cake as Liam and I celebrate with all our friends and family. It was unlike anything I’d seen before so when the time came for us to discuss the decorations of our three tiered cake, I knew exactly what I wanted.
As an artist myself, I figured with just some sturdy paper and my Prismacolors, I could create something similar with my own creative twist. Of course ours would have to include our kiddos, some texture…oh, and gold! Lots and lot of sparkle. And since most of the necessary boxes in our new home have been unpacked and put away, I can justify some time to do something fun for our wedding.
I started on Pinterest to see if anyone had a similar idea as my girlfriend, Faran, with a homemade topper. Searching and searching, I found a few other hand-drawn creations. Some had the couple under a trellis of flowers, blowing a kiss or holding hands. Others were of the couples driving away in a boat of a car, being playful and forever in love. My ultimate favorite is one I found of a newlywed couple sitting on the moon. It was perfect and just what I wanted. I would have us as a family floating away on the moon and stars to live happily ever after in our fairytale bliss. Liam agreed and I got to get started right away.
After about twelve hours of hard work, it’s almost complete. I’m really loving how it has come out so far, and all that’s left is the cutting and contrasting by adding a background and a base to stick it in the cake. It’s still a work in progress, but all in all, an overall success. I might as well keep on working since I’m sure everyone I know is going to ask to take a peek at my bridal shower next weekend. Wish me luck!