When a Cake Designer Weds: An Art-Inspired Wedding Full of Florals and Killer Desserts

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

When two creative and art-loving people get married, you know the outcome is going to be a feast for the eyes! Heather and Brad planned an intimate lakeside wedding at Sunset Cove Bed and Breakfast and didn’t leave out a single detail. Every inch of their wedding day was filled with something beautiful, unique and whimsical and the result makes our jaws drop to the floor! Heather is a cake designer and owns Sweet Heather Anne, so you know she’s got design skills from head-to-toe. With the help of Events by Honeybee, she and Brad planned an art-inspired wedding with the coolest chartreuse and peach color palette, overflowing wedding flowers by Susan McCleary, watercolor signage, naturally dyed fabrics, and of course, one killer dessert table!

Here’s what Heather had to say about how the day came together:

Brad and I bonded over our background in art and our deep appreciation of food. When it came to planning our wedding, we wanted the day to be a meaningful celebration of our love with our closest friends and family. We weren’t interested in adhering to tradition for tradition’s sake, but instead wanted to create a day that really felt like us. That meant lots of personal touches, color, hand made elements, amazing food, and so many flowers.

The Billings were there to capture every stunning detail. Scroll along with us and let’s take a look!

artsy wedding invitation

Minted never fails when it comes to modern and trendy invitation suites at incredible prices! We love how the Moglea for Minted invitation perfectly captures the art-inspired wedding theme and color palette of H+B’s big day!

Avant-garde Florals

Elizabeth Dye Wedding Dress

A total vision!! Susan McCleary (Passion Flower Sue) outdid herself when it came to the florals. We love how Avant-garde H looks with her rad floral headdress, shoulder corsage and lush bouquet! Totally stunning! Her unique colorful gown is by Elizabeth Dye, makeup by Hannah Butler and hair by Lauren Bremer. Floral goddess vibes for sure! Here’s what she said about her wedding dress search:

I was originally looking for a mustard yellow dress, but when I tried on the chartreuse Elizabeth Dye gown in Portland, I knew it was the one. It was a sample, and it fit me perfectly. It was so comfortable, too! It became a major part of our color inspiration moving forward.

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Couple goals! B was looking super handsome on wedding day with Allen Edmonds shoes and J. Crew attire. Still loving H’s wearable florals?? Same here! Check out our feature on Ready-to-Wear Floral Creations for more rad floral designs you can rock on wedding day!

real floral bowtie

Seriously loving the creativity that filled this day! How cute is B’s floral bowtie?? Super artistic and so much texture! Guys, we expect to see more gentlemen rocking this look moving forward!

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

pink garden rose bouquet

Everything ruffled and lush! H’s bouquet featured soft blush and peach tones with florals like garden roses, raspberries, cottage yarrow, lisianthus and ranunculus.

Intimate Lakeside Ceremony

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

H+B’s day featured the cutest art-inspired wedding signage by Very Good Sign Co. We love the watercolor look because it’s so simple but also whimsical! Gorgeous!!

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Once again, killer florals!! Is this setup even real life?!

Flower Girl Cuties

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Pretty ladies all in a row! In lieu of a traditional wedding party, H+B had these five cuties act as flower girls! Rosemarine Textiles naturally dyed their adorable cotton dresses to match the soft color palette and other textiles like the runners and dessert table backdrop.

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

The ceremony was one of the major things that Brad and I worked on together. Since we weren’t having a religious ceremony, we took liberties and focused on parts of our story and identities that we thought would be meaningful for our guests. We wrote our own vows in secret, and had a mutual friend who had known us both separately before we knew each other perform the ceremony. I wasn’t prepared for how emotional we would be when the day came. I actually started crying before I even walked down the aisle. Brad had found an instrumental version of Sigur Ros’s Hoppopolla for my entrance song, and when the music came on I just lost it.

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

The Newlyweds

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Art-inspired Wedding Details

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Whimsical and Colorful Reception

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

The reception florals continued the art-inspired wedding vibes by showcasing a sculptural floral look! So pretty that it belongs in a museum!

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

H + B kept the rentals sleek and minimal to let the color palette and the florals take center stage. Modernly Events provided furniture rentals while La Tavola Fine Linen provided linen rentals.

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Let Them Eat Cake

pink modern wedding cakes

Since H is a cake designer and runs Sweet Heather Anne, you KNOW the dessert table would be totally rad. Here’s what she had to say about making her wedding day a sweet affair:

Of course, dessert was pretty important at our wedding, too. I love designing cakes, but designing ours was a unique challenge. I had so many ideas that it was difficult to pare them down to one cohesive design. I decided on a trio of weaving inspired cakes that worked together as one canvas. I wanted them to feel like they were floating on flowers, which I left to Sue from Passionflower to execute. I also snuck a portrait of our cat Olive on the side of one of the cakes as a surprise for Brad. We displayed the cakes with a variety of desserts in front of a yarn backdrop naturally dyed by Rosemarine Textiles. Tying the yarn on the backdrop was one of my most labor intensive DIY projects, but so worth it when it all came together.

In the days leading up to the wedding, everyone asked me if I was going to make my own cake. I am fortunate to have an amazing team who all worked tirelessly to bring the dessert table together. We even had a reveal during cocktail hour so Brad and I could be the first to see the table.

woven inspired wedding cake

So intricate and almost too gorgeous to eat!! Art-inspired wedding cakes for the win!!

Happily Ever After

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My advice is to choose vendors who are passionate about what they do, and give them the creative freedom to wow you. If you try to micromanage every aspect of your wedding, you’ll go crazy wading through all the details. There are vendor gems out there who have spent countless hours perfecting their craft who will jump at the chance to try the new ideas they’ve been dreaming up.

Lakeside Wedding in Michigan

Congratulations Heather and Brad! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us! The GWS Team is wishing you guys the best!!

Post Divider Line

photography: The Billings // venue name: Sunset Cove, Pinckney, Michigan, USA // planning: Events by Honeybee // florals: Susan McCleary // wedding dress: Elizabeth Dye // hairpiece: Susan McCleary // bride's ring: Abracadabra // hair stylist: Lauren Bremer // makeup artist: Hannah Butler // groom attire: J.Crew // groom's shoes: Allen Edmonds // paper goods: Very Good Sign Co // catering: Eat // cake: Sweet Heather Anne // desserts: Sweet Heather Anne // furniture rentals: Modernly Events // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // music: The Haute Knot // bride's engagement ring: Sofia Zakia // ice cream: Sweet Dirt // wine + rehearsal dinner: Spencer // invitation: Moglea for Minted // naturally dyed flower girl dresses, table runners, and backdrop: Rosemarine Textiles