Just Desserts

 From cake pops to French macarons, dessert tables are having a serious bridal moment. Dessert tables give your wedding guests a variety of flavors to choose from, as opposed to a single cake. Plus these diminutive confections make an easy treat on the go for the social butterflies of your reception. So for those of you brides to-be who wish to have your cake and eat it too, opting for a bite-size selection of desserts just might be a no-brainer. And for a few images of inspiration, we’ve put together a board of our small sweet favorites. Clockwise from top left: Cake shots: White Chocolate Raspberry, Tropical Delight, Pink Lemonade, Mocha, Cookies and Cream; Wowee Pops: Turtle, Red Velvet, Raspberry, Pink Lemonade, Mocha, Lemon, Almond Joy; Classic Cupcakes. 

Rustic Elegance

Twig-like detailing and delicate flowers lend themselves perfectly to autumn nuptials. But with winter just around the corner, we decided to transition this multi-tiered confection to the season to come. So from hefty lace overlay to splashes of Christmas red, this cake can be easily translated to a winter wedding. Take a look at our inspiration board below! Shoes, dress, invitation, place cards, bouquet.

 

Dessert Pairings

Art imitates art in these runway-to-wedding-day cake-inspired pairings. A visionary can gain inspiration from anything in the world. An artist is astute to even the smallest details of the world, because even the most unadorned elements of everyday life can spark an exquisite creative concept. So for today’s pretty pairings, we’ve drawn inspiration from the ready-to-wear and couture catwalks. From stark lines of black and fuchsia to three-dimensional appliqué and whimsical blooms, these twosomes are a match made in culinary heaven.  

"Pink black and white cake"

Palette Picker: White & Gold

 Last night we were ecstatic to put our culinary passion to use for a great cause, creating a three-tiered confection for Operation Marry Me Military Mecklenberg (OMMM), an amazing foundation that funds dream I dos for active military couples each Veteran’s Day. This year’s couple, Nikki and Aaron, were full of bliss and gratitude, and we feel the same about them–along with all of those serving and who have served our great country. It was a golden opportunity that filled our hearts with joy–and prompted a fitting palette picker of the day: Gold and bridal white. From our own metallic floral cake creation to gold foil stationery and sequin linens, this hue combo feels quintessentially fitting for the fall weather we’ve been enjoying and holiday season to come. And again, a big thanks to Heidi Crowder of Carolina Weddings and Events for allowing us to be a part of Nikki and Aaron’s special day, and many thanks to all the other participating vendors. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for a close-up of  Nikki and Aaron’s cake, and other exciting ventures in the Wow Factor family. 

"white and gold wedding cake"

photo credits: cake (Wow Factor), wedding stationery, bouquet, tabletop

Photo Shoot at Old Edwards Inn and Spa | Fall 2013 Carolina Bride

wedding cakesWe were thrilled to be a part of the recent photo shoot (and cover feature!) for the Fall edition of Carolina Bride , the cherry on top was working with some of our favorite industry professionals at a gorgeous North Carolina Venue, Old Edwards Inn & Spa in the picturesque NC Highlands.   Be sure to see the full feature in the current Fall 2013 edition of Carolina Bride, including all styling notes and more information at about the Old Edwards Inn & Spa, right here

 

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Old Edwards Inn and SpaNC WeddingsWE34NC wedding cakesold edwards inn and spaPlanning & Design: Ivy Robinson Events | Hair, Make-up and Styling: Be Pretty ~ Lindsey Regan Thorne | Photo Shoot location: Rockwood Lodge at  Old Edwards Inn & Spa | Photography:  Old South Studios | Rentals: Linens~ Party Tables, Furniture~ American Furniture Rentals | Cake Design: Wow Factor Cakes | Stationery Design: Atheneum Creative| Stationery Printing: Crayton-Heritage Letterpress | Floral Design: Flowers from the Cellar |Escort Card favors and Bridal accessories: Kristin Hayes Jewelry | Featured Publication: Carolina Bride 

INTRODUCING CAKES COUTURE BY THE WOW FACTOR!!!!

Thank you to Critsey Rowe photography for capturing such beautiful images of a new cake line we are launching: Cakes Couture by Wow Factor Cakes. We are so grateful for  Critsey’s expertise behind the camera and couldn’t be happier with the photos! Thank you to my visionary friend Anne Bodnar Markey of Favor Me Events for your beautiful table design and of course a huge thank you to the very talented Johnathon Davis of The Place for Flowers for the incredible floral decor. You all are beyond magnificent and we couldn’t be more appreciative for all the support you’ve had for us! 

There’s more couture to come and we can’t wait to share full details on our website! 

Location: Duke Mansion

Unique Wedding Venue ~ Chima Charlotte

We recently had the pleasure of taking part in a photo shoot with some of Charlotte’s talented wedding professionals to showcase a great venue in Uptown Charlotte to host: intimate wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor|bachelorette parties, and all sorts of special events….Chima Charlotte!  Take a look at these beautiful images, by: Critsey Rowe Photography, to get a glimpse of how you can create your own wedding event at .  The cake we designed for this shoot was inspired by the modern look of Chima Charlotte, along with the popular color palette for this Fall: metallics.  We focused on shades of ivory, white and gold tones to create a modern yet soft and elegant cake accented with a cascade of white cymbidium orchids, all crafted out of sugar. Enjoy this shoot, and be sure to contact Chima Charlotte to book your next event!

Chima Charlotte

Chima Charlotte Charlotte wedding cakesChima Charlotte Wedding Cakes, Charlotte Wedding CakesWow Factor CakesPhoto Shoot Details~ Photography:  Critsey Rowe Photography | Venue:  Chima Charlotte | Shoot Designer & Planner: Heidi Crowder of Carolina Weddings and Events |Floral Design: Lily Greenthumbs | Stationary: Olive Paper | Cake Desginer: Wow factor Cakes | Rentals: Party Reflections

Wow Factor Cakes design contest! Vote for the best design

The Wow Factor Cakes Calling all cake lovers, we recently presented a design challenge to our team at Wow Factor Cakes to test their skills at piping.  We like to keep everyone’s design skills sharp, so we recently did an education tutorial on piping skills for all our designers and interns.  Their homework was to utilize unique and interesting piping techniques on a 3 tiered cake.  Take a look at all 4 cakes and *VOTE on who you think completed their design homework with the best technique.  The winner gets a grand prize and bragging rights until we have our next design contest!  

*How to vote for your favorite: Please leave a blog comment with your top cake choice: 1, 2, 3 or 4.  Please be sure to vote only one time.  

Stay tune for more exciting design contests to come this Fall!

Select your favorite cake: 

 Cake 1

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Cake 2

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Cake 3

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Cake 4

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All images courtesy of Catch Light Studio 

 

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An election themed wedding…

Who could ask for a better theme for a wedding in an election year?

Wow Factor designed the cake for this patriotic wedding to resemble the wedding invitations and menu. 

The Charlotte wedding was featured on the bridal inspirations blog Style Me Pretty on November 5th.

Thanks for Theo Miles Photography for making this presidential couple look beautiful and making the cake look deliciously gorgeous!