Croquembouche Wedding Cakes

Croquembouche cakes Croquembouche Wedding Cakes{Photos: Left: Gourmet Traveller, Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}

Ahh the French wedding cake – the croquembouche – delish!  But what is it?  If you’re planning a destination wedding in France then consider serving up their traditional wedding dessert – this tower of puff pastries perfect for a dessert bar!  A croquembouche is a tower of stacked (in a cone shape) profiteroles filled with creme.  Ummmmm.  Caramelized sugar or caramel holds the tower together and makes a crunchy element to the pastry creation.  Fill it with chocolate, cover in and dip the profiteroles in chocolate, stick lavender sprigs inside and around the puffs, serve it individual or as part of a larger dessert sampling – there are many options to serving up this sweet treat.  And if you still love that traditional American wedding cake (easier to cut into for a photo op), then serve them both!  There are no rules when it comes to the desserts you love and share with your guests!

Croquembouche Croquembouche Wedding Cakes{Photos: Top Left: La Cerise, Top Right: Martha Stewart Weddings, Middle Left: Karen Mordechai via Grey Likes Weddings, Middle Right: Southern Weddings, Bottom Left: Sprinkle Bakes, Bottom Right: Martha Stewart Weddings}

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Italy Destination Weddings

I have a longtime love affair with Italy (from when I studied in Rome in college, to the pasta and vino obsession I can’t seem to kick).  But I think one of my absolute favorite Italian ideas is a wedding in a property from ancient times.  Rome is a city with buildings built upon buildings from its past and many of the Italian countryside villas are working homes in the framework of historic homes.  The depth and life that you feel and see at these venues inspire some pretty incredible wedding details and imagery.  So if you’re considering an Italian “I do,” consider a few fabulous details to layer your property with, much like their generations have done for centuries.  I love the look of earthy tones and a palette that appears to be a part of the property when at a venue as special as these!  Add great food, great wine, great friends, and maybe even a little Limoncello and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable experience!

Italy destination wedding1 Italy Destination Weddings{Photos: Invitation: Oh So Beautiful Paper, Flower Urn: Polly Alexandre Photography via Style Me Pretty, Wedding Dress: David Murray Weddings, Church: Vogue, Table Overlooking Water: Sunsurfer Tumblr, Ivy Covered Venue: Pinterest, Private Estate: W. Scott Chester Photography via 100Layer Cake, Peach & White Flowers: Marisa Holmes Photography via Style Me Pretty, Bouquet: Vintage Design Company, Feasting Tables: JuneBug Weddings, Cake: Martha Stewart Weddings, Couple: Stephanie Koo Photography}

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