This cake is a translation of a dress, or possibly just formal wear. The only guidance I was given on colors or theme was that the bridesmaids would be wearing lavender and they guys would be wearing charcoal. With that in mind I airbrushed the whole cake lavender (yes, it does look light blue in this picture, but I promise, it was in face a lovely shade of light purple). The hand made buttons (with the most darling floral detail) were painted silver. (I like using a metallic to contrast a dark color.) The little stitching and the ribbon were charcoal grey. The ribbon was actually a trick... I wasn't able to find a shade of ribbon that I liked, so I used two ribbons... a black satin and a shear grey. To secure them and add more stitching detail I did little beads of icing in the charcoal grey.
I also played around a little with the tiers. Yes, it was a big cake, that being said... I like how the shorter tiers support the standard tiers. I think this would be an amazing look even for a traditional wedding cake, particularly with the standard tiers being white or ivory and the supporting tiers being a bold color... imagine what that would look like from a distance!!! What a dramatic cake!
This was a great, simply elegant cake that not only worked with the space (very Craftsman), but the colors were a nice variation on a traditional wedding cake.
I have to say this Artistic License experiment has been a great success. I've been able to play and experiment and use some tools that I haven't been able to use in a long time. I also had the most darling, sweet and flexible brides out there... I don't care what anyone else says... most brides are not bride-zillas! I can't wait to do this again next year!