Chrissy & Matt’s Oktoberfest Wedding

In honor of this sunny, spring-forward day, we’d like to share with you a wedding from another sunny day last September.  Our decorator, Chrissy, married her sweetheart, Matt, during the Oktoberfest celebration in Frankenmuth, MI.  We were just tickled to see their dirndl and lederhosen, not to mention their wedding steins– oh, and the sausages!  Her rustic one-tiered cake was just enough to feed their intimate party.  Chrissy procured the porcelain deer to top it off.

Herzlichen glückwunsch, Chrissy and Matt!  (That’s good luck.)

Photos by JR Magat

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Planterra Perfection

We love this pale pink honeycomb beauty for Carly and David’s Planterra wedding.  See if you can spot the little gold bee with poured sugar wings.  For more of Carly and David’s wedding, check out Viva La Diva’s blog.

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Event Design, Planning & Coordination: Viva La Diva Events // Photography: Jess + Nate  // Florals: Planterra // Print Material: Alisa Bobzien // Cake: Sweet Heather Anne // Entertainment: The Brian Alexander Experience // Rentals: Special Events (Mary) and VLD

Cake + Flowers Workshop by Abby Rose

We are so lucky to be next door to Abby Rosenbaum.  She popped over and took these photos of the Cake + Flowers Workshop with Bloom Florist Collective.

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Check out Abby’s full gallery here.

Register here for our Piping Workshop, Oct. 5.

Central Provisions + Sweet Heather Anne

You’ve met Abby.  (Remember, she’s wildly talented?)  She does it all – answers phones, bakes tasty cakes, makes magical pop-up dinners.  All of us here at Sweet Heather Anne are big fans.  We are also big fans of her food, which goes by the name Central Provisions.  The company was born in San Francisco a few years ago and is co-owned with her partner and cheese monger extraordinaire, Steve.  She’s relentlessly dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients and fresh flavors, and her attention to detail is extraordinary.  She and Steve are currently looking for investors for their brick-and-mortar larder, but in the mean time they continue to delight with special pop-up dinners, tasting classes, and now this — the summer picnic basket.

Abby says the picnic baskets have been her most special project to date.  They are full of beautiful food created almost entirely from Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market veggies, and include special Sweet Heather Anne macarons.  The most wonderful thing is that they become a magical pop-up dinner for two wherever they land.   Where will you be when you taste Central Provisions food next?  Don’t wait too long.  It’s so good.

Enjoy this picnic basket photo story by our beautiful friend, Cat.  Cat and her husband operate Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast, a charming wedding venue in Livingston County.

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Follow Central Provisions on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming menus. To order your basket for September 13th, email centralprovisions@gmail.com.

 

Perfect Vintage Romance

Introducing the lovely Becky and Ben, and their gorgeous vintage-inspired Viva La Diva Events wedding.   We especially love the bride’s Marchesa gown!  Isn’t she stunning?!  Huge thanks to Jess + Nate for these beautiful photos.  Floral by Passionflower in Ann Arbor, stationary and signage by Rock Paper Scissors and Paper & Honey, hair by Erin Ahern of Salon Buzz in Chicago, makeup by Renata Stojcevski of Troy, bride’s attendants gowns by Adreana Pappel, ML Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo.

For more about Lovett Hall at Henry Ford, and for more photos of Becky and Ben’s wedding, check out the First Blush spread in the Summer/Fall 2014 Metro Detroit Bride.

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Detroit Love

We are so happy to share with you Brooke and Sammy’s red carpet wedding at the historic Fox Theater.  Every detail, including the towering cake, mirror the opulence of the lobby.  The dessert tables were a collaborative effort with the Bride’s Detroit bakery, Love and Buttercream.  We hope you’ll agree that the macaron towers are a wonderfully decadent flourish.

The groom’s cake is an edible homage to Detroit today.   Look closely to see all of Brooke and Sammy’s favorite haunts!  Does it include any of your favorites (or are you more of an American Coney fan)?

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The event was staged by Emearld City Designs and shot by the fabulous Jess + Nate.

Dreamy Farm Wedding

We love the cafe lights, fun foral, and big smiles at Jess and Ben’s outdoor Misty Farm wedding.  As always Alison and her crew at Viva La Diva knocked it out of the park, and Jess + Nate captured it beautifully.  Featured here is our mini-cupcake dessert table, macarons, and a buttercream cutting cake.

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A Fresh Look at Buttercream and Barns

Delivering these buttercream cakes to Cottonwood Barn was so wonderful that we wanted to stay!  We’ve brought cakes to a lot of barn weddings, and this one is exceptional.  It has all of the idyllic charm of rural Dexter, but with the amenities you want for your grandparents.   It was one of the first sunny days after the longest winter EVER.  Outside, friends and family were milling about, laughing and having a good time.  It smelled of fresh beer.  While we were placing fresh flowers, there were familiar faces all around:  Eat Catering pouring champagne, Luna Soiree putting finishing touches on the tables, and Nicole Haley taking photos.

For more photos of Amanda and Dorran, check out Nicole Haley’s blog.

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A Casual Affair: Karissa & Cliff

It was so fun to receive these beautiful photos by Julie Pepin of Karissa and Cliff’s outdoor Michigan wedding (especially of the cake cutting)!  We were able to do what we do best, and I think you’ll agree that the overall effect is stunning.  Everything is edible– gum paste flowers, fondant bark & royal icing moss.

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Abby’s Making Moves!

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You guys may have heard that the team at Sweet Heather Anne is growing!  We’ve added Kim as our business manager, we’re in the midst of hiring a new decorator, and Abby, our interim business manager, is moving into the newly created head baker position.

So, here’s the deal.  We’ve known for a long time that Abby is a wildly talent chef and baker.  She studied at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, and she was the pastry chef for three years at Delphina in San Francisco.  In Ann Arbor she owns her own company, Central Provisions, with her boyfriend and cheesemonger extraordinaire, Steve.  She’s a hard worker.  Every day after working her butt off here, she goes home to do more — to recipe test, write business plans, cook dinner for friends and family, serve until one in the morning at the Bar in Braun Court, send packages of preserves around the world (ok, just the US, but it sounded better, right?).  Plus, she’s adorable the whole time.  We should have been prepared to have our socks knocked off. 

Abby has come in and taken on our baking projects with gusto.  She attacks problems head on with intense enthusiasm, and she brings vibrant energy to the kitchen that is a breath of fresh air for Heather and me.  She’s taken on the dessert counter simple treats as a creative project, and it’s incredibly inspiring. 

We know Abby is destined for bigger things than this little cake shop.  She and Steve are looking for investors for Central Provisions, and I predict you’ll see them in a brick and mortar establishment within the year.  In the mean time, we’re so happy that she’s here with us.  

Enjoy Nicole Haley‘s beautiful photos of Abby recipe testing cakes. 
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For more Abby (and Steve), follow them on Facebook and Instagram.  Find out about special dinners and order their holiday gift boxes.  They promised they’ll make a pop-up return, so keep your eyes peeled.

Oh, she made adorable mini-pies for the holiday this week.  No, not that one with the beer and leprechauns. We’re talking PI DAY!  Ann Arbor is a college town, now let’s see our nerds represent at the dessert counter!