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Villa Parker Southwest Shoot

By Kelly McGeehan - March 28, 2018

Honeycombe is frequently asked to be a part of special photo shoots. There are so many reasons to take advantage of these opportunities. We get to work with Denver’s best industry professionals, creating an ever growing network of amazing vendors. We are also able to see all the behind the scenes work that goes into creating a truly unique experience. So much thought is put into these shoots. Florals, dresses, suits, jewelry, linen, plateware, desserts, ambiance....the list goes on forever! While we are typically given a theme or inspiration board to work from, we always have free range for design and that’s the most fun part! And after all is said and done, each vendor has beautiful, professional photos to share and use on their websites and social media. We just love being a part of these shoots and will continue to create cakes and other sweets for as long as we can!

These are highlights from a recent shoot at Villa Parker. It is an adobe venue, about 25 miles southeast of Denver, that makes you feel like you just stepped into New Mexico. Lots of bold colors and greenery were used, alongside cow skulls, succulents, and terra cotta accents. These are my absolute favorite shots from that day.

These gorgeous floral arrangements were made by Amber Mustain Floral Design. The tablescapes are compliments of Hunt and Gather Rentals. 

This gorgeous bride’s gown was provided by Emma and Grace Bridal. Her jewelry was provided by Sarah O Jewelry and Stacy Sterling Jewelry. Hair and makeup was done by Beauty on Location Studios. We are just in love with her simple, bohemian vibe.

Now, onto the cake! When considering the design of this cake, we wanted to go on the more simplistic side, knowing that there would be a lot of decor and bold colors being used. We chose a white background with a few design elements to really make it pop. The bottom tier is embossed with a southwestern motive that we pressed into the fondant. It is very subtle, but makes a big statement without adding color. We hand cut a Southwestern pattern and painted it with a copper luster for a focal point on the middle tier. The cactus is hand molded fondant with royal icing spikes. 

Our favorite item for this shoot though was the cactus and cow skull sugar cookies. They were the perfect accent for this shoot! We used a basic sugar cookie and used white fondant for the icing. The cactus have the same pattern pressed into them that the bottom tier of the cake does to tie in the pattern again. The cow skulls have a simple dusting of copper luster and adorned with small pieces of sugar veil and gold luster paint. Again, keeping them all on the simple side, as to not take away from all the colors being used else where. You always want to take into account everything else being used in a photo shoot. Making something too busy ends up taking away from the entire aesthetic.

Thanks to Tied with a Bow events for including Honeycombe on this beautiful shoot! And of course, Villa Parker for letting us use their stunning venue!