Most brides think that bringing in a photo of their dream wedding cake will help clarify for their bakers what it is that they want and expect on their big day.
[shaking head] Those sweet, silly girls.
In reality, these photos are more like "guidelines." A springboard, if you will, from which the baker may or may not spring - and then into heretofore unheard-of realms of artistic "expression."
Perhaps some examples will help.
Bride Laurie S. asked for this cake, only in ivory and with blue flowers instead of white:
Instead, she got this:
"It's boxy, and it's blue and white. What more do you want?"
Kirstie also wanted a cascading floral design, like this:
Which her baker recreated pretty well, except for one key detail:
S/he used real flowers instead of sugar ones.
Once the petals shriveled, Kirstie's cake design became less "cascading flowers" and more "attacking butterflies." Which isn't horrible, I suppose, but it is kind of hard to resist the urge to flap your arms and shoo them off.
(Note: The silver thing is their topper, which the baker laid flat instead of standing up. Or maybe the butterflies just knocked it over. :D)
Sharon L. wanted this gorgeous topsy-turvy design:
(Made by Lisa's Creative Cakes - and I totally want one.)
...only in 3 tiers and using her colors of fuchsia, orange, and lime.
Her baker's interpretation?
Remember that springboard I mentioned? Well, some are a LOT springier than others.
And finally, this bride wanted her seashell-themed cake to rise to new heights:
Instead, she got one that was apparently dropped from great heights:
Think it was served with a pancake dinner?