Monthly Archives: October 2012
The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is being held in Birmingham this Sunday, November 4th at Fazeley Studios from 11.30 – 5pm! Tickets are £6 at the door or £3 if you buy them in advance from EWE. “The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza was born out of a real and genuine need for an alternative wedding show,” says one of it’s founders Jo, “the mainstream and vintage sections of our industry are adequately catered for, but what if you are a geek or a goth?” There are also going to be some amazing giveaways happening on the day…
The Day of the Dead or “El Dia de los Muertos” is a celebration that embraces death by honoring loved ones who have passed. Painted faces that resemble skulls is one of the festivities’ most common symbols, and a popular theme for tattoo art that combines beauty while embracing the inevitable end.
“After some brainstorming together, we decided that our mutual love of tattoo culture and costuming reigned supreme and we absolutely needed to do a “Dias de los Muertos” themed engagement session. We love Nikko Hurtado (internationally renowned tattoo artist) and Sylvia Ji (internationally renowned mexican visual artist) and wanted to pay tribute to their sugar skull themed work. So we broke up our engagement session into two parts. This wasn’t an issue since we are both the couple and the photographers for the session.Our “family pleaser” engagement session was held on top of the roof of our favorite pub. I felt like an urban Indiana Jones climbing to the roof. It was definitely interesting with all the camera gear we had to haul but it was a blast.”
In honor of one of my favorite directors I made these black and white Tim Burton mini cakes for Halloween this year. Tiramisu is one of my favorite cakes to make (and eat), so I wanted to change up my recipe for Halloween by stacking layers of cake. Starting with two simple boxed cakes I took my traditional tiramisu recipe and substituted layers of cake for ladyfingers for a Nightmare Before Christmas inspired treat.
So you want a zombie wedding photo of you and your wedding party, but don’t want to mess up your dress or hair and makeup. Groom Josiahx posted a video on how he “zombified” his wedding party and turned himself and his bride into zombie slayers. “we had our photographer grab a shot of everyone in their best zombie pose,” says Josiahx, “So, I decided to do a bit of Photoshop, and timelapse it!”
Some of my favorite things from the week!
This highly detailed Eye of Sauron Lord of the Rings cake is the geeky creation of Jason Reaves the pastry chef at the gourmet market, cafe’ and caterer Market Salamander located in Middleburg, Virginia. His geekiness doesn’t stop there, Jason is also the winner of Food Network’s “LEGO Cakes Challenge”.
Not your normal approach, this wedding cake inspired by Randall Munroe’s xkcd a webcomic of romance, sarcasm and math. New Jersey’s Pink Cake Box did an amazing job integrating Munroe’s comic into the couple’s three-tiered wedding cake. The top of the cake includes cutouts of the comic characters with a red heart on a wire between them. The entire cake is covered in white fondant with black thin bands at the base of each tier. The equations decorating the remaining tiers are inspired from xkcd’s Useless. The cake is made up of some unusual flavors including banana cake with coffee & chocolate mousse and vanilla with raspberry & strawberry mousse.
Anne, the talented pastry chef and founder of Pink Cake Box, has competed in three Food Network Cake Challenges and in two of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off competitions, winning one of them with her Legoland cake. Anne and her team have made cakes for David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding,” Rachel Ray, Betty White, Maria Sharipova, and Bethenny Frankel, which was featured on Bravo’s “Bethenny Getting Married.”
Earlier this week I featured his Walking Dead Engagement Shoot shot at the show’s production location in Grantville, Georgia. Today, I have another beautiful (yes, I said beautiful) zombie themed shoot from photographer William Hogan owner of Famous William Company. Collaborating with The Funky Shack an art studio that caters to designing weddings, and weirdly, has a connection to the popular AMC zombie series. Scenes of Season 3 of The Walking Dead were filmed in their studio with zombies being decapitated right in the space where they hold design consultations with their brides!
The Zombie Wedding Bash is more than just a fun zombie themed shoot. It’s a charity event benefiting Camp Southern Ground a camp created by Zac Brown for children of all needs. “Not only did The Funky Shack get involved with this awesome charity,” says William, “they got us involved too and had us there with the photo booth at their Zombie Bash!!”
William grabbed the zombie bride and groom and took some beautiful shots of them, as well as the amazing zombie inspired desserts by Simply Catering, using only his iPhone’s camera!
I recently was interviewed by the lovely Shayne of Three Ring Weddings, a not-so-typical wedding planner for not-so-typical couples. Here’s a snippet from the interview:
“Recently, I became addicted to When Geeks Wed, a blog dedicated to the intersection of weddings and all things geeky. Since starting this blog less than a year ago, Cassandra has established a great resource for couples who are a bit stuck on how their wedding could reflect their geekier sides.
Cassandra was nice enough to sit down and answer some questions from Three Ring Weddings to tell us about the site and her experience with the wedding “industry” – check out her advice and her site. You won’t be disappointed!”
Read the rest of the interview.