Featured Event: Our First Wedding
I think it’s pretty clear – we spend a lot more time baking than we do blogging. The unfortunate side of that is that our readers (and facebook friends, and twitter… tweeps?) don’t often know what we’re working on. Over the past year, we’ve done a number of really amazing events and just posted the pictures on Flickr without announcement. How lame is that??
In order to share more of our work and the stories behind some of the events we’ve done, we’re going to start posting Featured Events a couple of times a month. This is the first – EXCITING! So where should we begin? With the first really big event we catered: Jon and Becky’s wedding.
When we first started baking and blogging, I took a lot of our ‘experiments’ in to my office (yes, I still have a “real job”, ugh!) to share with my co-workers. They’re a critical bunch by nature – our job is literally to critque things – and the feedback Lisa and I got really helped us improve. Possibly my biggest fan at the office was Jon, a previously self-professed cupcakes hater. Our cupcakes won him over! When he was planning his wedding, he convinced his fiancee Becky to try them and they ended up hiring us for what would be our first wedding.
They wanted a very large spread – a cupcake tower with full sized cupcakes and trays/platters/stands with full-size and minis. At that point, it was the largest order we’d ever tackled.
Were we intimidated? No! We totally should have been, but we were confident. I guess we are forever optimists. Of course, it was a ridiculous amount of work. We didn’t have our workflow down yet so everything took longer than it should. For example, we pre-made marshmallow frosting but it seperated before we had the cake done so we had to remake it. That was frustrating because marshmallow ain’t easy, but it was an important lesson learned.
This was also our first time making a small cake – the bride wanted it and we thought, “how hard could it be?” (By the way, this will probably be a theme throughout our posts: we’re always agreeing to do things we’ve never even tried before. That’s what makes us awesome – our committment to make things perfect is so strong that we rarely refuse to do something special for our clients.) We made the toppers, too. We wanted to throw a little of the couple’s punk rock style into the elegant display.
When we arrived to set everything up, we were exhausted and stressed out and nervous to see how the guests would react. We stayed for the ceremony and reception (both lovely), and when we made it to the cake cutting, pushed our way to the front of friends and family to make sure Jon and Becky loved everything. They certainly looked like it. Huzzah, we’d done our job, the bride and groom were happy!
The feedback we got that night was amazing – everyone loved the display and the cupcakes themselves. Even better, we’d had a really great time. The whole process had been fun, from doing a tasting to designing how the cupcakes and table would look to setting it all up. Thank goodness we enjoyed it because more tasting requests soon followed – some from friends but many from strangers. We found out later that Becky had been posting about us on the Knot forums and people were getting our info from her. Soon we had a buzz and then, suddenly, we had a wedding business.
It’s funny how things never quite go as you expect them to in life. We’d set out with a mission to start a cupcake truck and concentrate on individual sales, but our path has been totally different. We made special events (not just weddings – bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, etc) our focus because it ended up really suiting us. Who knows if that would have happened if it weren’t for such a wonderful “first couple” like Jon and Becky? Love you guys!
**SIDENOTE: The wedding was brilliantly and beautifully photographed by Drew Brashler Photography. Drew was really nice to us newbies, which says a lot in an industry where people are stressed and occasionally prickly. If you’re looking for a photographer, check out his blog and portfolio: http://www.brashlerphoto.com/