The Minnesota Bride Magazine 2012 Awards

Tami, Allison and myself – enjoying a sweet treat from Cocoa & Fig!

Nothing could be more exciting to me than getting all of the finest Minnesota Wedding businesses together in one room – and if Minnesota Bride Magazine is hosting it, it’s sure to be one major party! Hosting the event this year was the brand new addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. We walked in to be surrounded by beautiful flower displays by our new friends at Wisteria Design Studio, a gorgeous dessert display from one of my most adored bakeries Cocoa & Fig, a delightful spread of fine chocolates from Sweets Bakeshop and lots of wonderful generous samples from Fabulous Catering and a few other top catering companies in the Twin Cities, like Create Catering, Chowgirls and more! As we headed to the banquet room to see who won the ‘Best Of’ awards in each category, I was happy to cheer on our friends at Graddy Photography for winning Best Photography for their 2nd year in a row and the Basilica of St. Mary for winning Best Ceremony location (I might be partial since that is where I got married). Also cheering on D’Amico & Sons as I’m a big fan of their wonderful food. So yes, the food was great, the atmosphere was swanky and the weather was wonderful, but my favorite part had to be meeting some really passionate business owners as we all support each other. What a cool industry to be a part of. All the nominees were cheered for as well as all of the winners. I can’t wait to attend this party each year and hopefully someday, Confectionery Cake Shop will be up there in lights! 

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Meet Minnesota’s Best Wedding Photographers!

You don’t always need an award to prove that you’re the very best, but if you ask Graddy Photography to show you a couple of awards, they will certainly be able to. Even though they were recently awarded the MN Bride Magazine‘s Best Photographer of 2011, Justin & Chrissy Graddy definitely don’t let it go to their head. They are personable and down to earth photographers whom I met at a friends wedding a few weeks ago. The photos from that wedding turned out so beautiful so when it came time for a few product cake shots for an upcoming ad that will run in the Faribault Daily News‘ Wedding Journal as well as Girlfriend Magazine‘s February issue, I knew who to call.

When I walked in, I was graciously greeted and given a tour. Their studio is converted from an old theater in the heart of New Prague. It has a small town feel, but was a wonderland modern equipment, hip and stylish backdrops, vintage furniture, and creative props. The entry area had a gallery with some of the finest photography in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, okay fine, the Universe.

I often joke that I treat my cakes as if they are people and Graddy’s also seemed to treat them in the same way, having them rest on stools, benches and couches. They were gentle with the cakes and knew how to handle them so they wouldn’t become damaged. The shoot went smoothly and the portraits turned out fantastic. It was a stress-free experience for me, which is what we all hope to feel when it comes to hiring a photographer.

Keep an eye out for Graddy Photography. If you’re planning on getting married in 2013, I suggest calling them now as they will book up fast. When you see their portfolio, it’s no wonder brides want them to capture their wedding on camera. You can find a link to their website to the right of this post in my preferred vendor links list. Enjoy!

* The best way you can support local wedding vendors like us is to please take a moment to vote for us for ‘MN Brides 2012 Best of“. You need to vote for at least six vendors for your vote to count, but you do not need to fill out the whole form. Cakes are listed in the #40s. Thanks!

Top Ten Reasons Faribault Needs a Specialty Cake Shop

Historic Faribault

It was just this past Saturday that we noticed a certain ‘Twin Cities based’ Cake Shop’s delivery vehicle, slowly driving around, lost while looking for the reception place in town. My first thought was ‘wow, what was the delivery fee for that?!’. So I called up the cake shop this morning and politely asked what they charge to deliver to Faribault for a wedding and after some major calculations, it turned out that it was about $1.75 per mile, which ends up being around $95.00-105.00. So this got me thinking about the reasons that Faribault needs a local cake shop.. and here they are…

10. You can buy a wedding dress & flowers in the historic downtown of Faribault, why not cake?
9. There were over 250 couples who are married in Rice County last year. If half of them bought a cake from the cities, that’s $12,500.00 in delivery charges!
8. With shows like Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss, who doesn’t want a really unique wedding cake for their special day… locally?
7. Dusek’s Bakery closed down almost two years ago so there is obviously a major need for a bakery on Central Ave.
6. There are lots of people walking around Central on a Saturday afternoon who have cravings for a cupcake!
5. Why pay $100 in delivery charges, when you could use that money for an upgrade on your honeymoon suite?
4. There are plenty of vacant retail spaces on Central Ave, so let’s open a cake shop already!
3. Just because we live south of the Cities, doesn’t mean we can’t have the same great creative, custom cake, here in town!
2. Choosing a cake should not be the same experience as choosing off of the McDonald’s number menu.

… and the #1 reason Faribault Needs a Specialty Cake Shop in town?

1. Everyone celebrates a birthday, a shower, a holiday or a special occasion of some kind, and we all deserve a special cake to help celebrate those moments!

I’m here to help you create the most wonderful cakes and cupcakes for your next special event! Please pass this link to anyone in the Faribault area that you know. Confectionery Cake Shop is here and ready to create a custom cake for you, with FREE delivery in the Faribault and surrounding areas! Thank you!

Starting a CAKE business!

My wedding cake, design by Queen of Cakes in Edina, Minnesota.

I’m so excited to finally start my cake business. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that when you have a good idea, more good ideas follow it. When you have a bad one, you’re stuck for days, trying to figure out your next step. Since I left my job exactly 3 weeks and two days ago, the ideas for my long awaited cake boutique have been consuming my mind. Finally! I’ve set up shop and gathered materials to create some display cakes, perfected my recipes and even have a couple of orders lined up. My goal is to bring a much needed sparkle, joy and a little bit of sweetness to the homes of many. Today marks the beginning of a beautiful future!

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