My awesome 'little' brother decided to marry a super cute, amazing, gorgeous, wonderful woman. They are perfect for each other. They set the date for August 14th (before Ben left the country to play basketball). Here is my favorite engagement photo of them.
Ben and Eboni
This is us girls having a fun dinner on Ali's birthday at Cafe Rio (Ali's and Eboni's favorite).
From left to right: Amberly, Amber, Michelle, Mommy Jane, Ali, Me, Eboni and her mom Jill
With a wedding coming up, there was no shortage of work to do. I was so excited when Eboni asked me to surprise Ben by making the grooms cake. She told me she wanted it basketball themed, have his number on it and have the quote "I'd do anything with you anywhere." from their song. Other than that, I was in charge of the design. It was way too much fun!
The hardest part, which took me nearly four practice cakes, was making a spherical shape for the basketball. Here is the 3rd attempt (I think). It was probably the best of the bunch and I should have saved it "just in case" oh well.
It's not just frosting it either, it's the fondant, the lines and the texture of the basketball. I may have been in a bit over my head on this one. haha
The other two tiers weren't quite as hard, though I had a lot of difficulty with the hoop/net on the bottom layer. The day before the wedding I was freaking out because it literally kept falling apart. I had to scrap my whole idea and go with something a bit different. I was really disappointed
I was very grateful for two things: my cricut cake cutter, and edible sugar paper. That really made things go smoother as far as the names, numbers and quote. It is a bit tedious for me to place all the letters on the cake, but I thought they worked really well.
The final cake. I wish I had saved the 3rd try on the basketball, because this one didn't turn out nearly as well. I guess nobody else knew that though.
I think this is the best picture of the cake. I received many compliments at the reception. They were hard to receive because in my mind, I'm still fixing the problems the cake has. I'll have to work on believing people when they tell me they like my work. Whether it be cakes or anything else.
Here it is next to the wedding cake. It looks teeny tiny because the other cake was on a taller table. Both cakes were roughly the same size.
The best compliment I received was Eboni telling me that she actually liked the grooms cake better than the wedding cake! She (and Ben) also decided that they wanted to keep the top of my cake for their first year celebration instead of the other one. It doesn't get any better than that!
Ben didn't know what it looked like or any of the details, so it was fun to see his face when he actually saw the cake. He was sweet, humble, grateful and gracious as always. Randy was a bit upset, however, that I insisted we buy Ben and Eboni a wedding gift. He thought the cake would be the gift. He didn't realize how much I had spent on the real cake, plus all the practice cakes. Let's just say it was well over a hundred dollars. We went in as siblings on a videographer for the wedding and I am so happy we did. My friend Dave did a fantastic job and his wife Catie was the photographer. I am thankful I know them. They are amazing people.
Other preparations for the wedding included buying dresses, suits, and getting my hair done. I decided to get it colored "ombre style" which is lighter at the bottom and darker at the top. It requires less maintenance than just highlighting it.
Here is my "Before" picture. I straightened it to make it easier for my friend Chelsea to color it.
And here is my "after picture" it is subtle, but I really do love the look.
While Amber and Dan were in town, (they live in Texas) my mom took Lily and Brooke shopping and to lunch because they both start kindergarten this year! She always does a kindergarten day with the kids. She buys them a first day of school outfit, a backpack and takes the to their restaurant of choice for lunch. More often than not, it is McDonald's and this time was as well.
I had been so focused on the cake, that when it came time to do the girls hair for the wedding, I honestly hadn't thought much about it. I looked at a couple of online videos and came up with this for Lily's hair. Her hair is so heavy that the pins kept coming out and I had to tell her not to run and play lest her hair be destroyed. She did as well as a five year old can do. I think it turned out pretty darn cute.
Here she is in her dress and ready to go. All the granddaughters under 10 wore the same adorable dress. Seeing seven little girls wearing these dresses was one of the best parts of the wedding. they danced and played and had a blast while looking adorable.
Here's Lily and Alyssa. Neither of them were too keen on getting their picture taken, but I wanted a photo before they got dirty or messed up their hair too mcuh.
The boys all had matching bow ties for the wedding it's in black and white, but I love this picture of the boys.