Thursday, April 7, 2011
That personal touch? Say it with a cake topper.
The only part of a wedding cake that doesn't get eaten, preserved in the freezer, or smudged across a bride or groom's face is the cake topper. Why not make it something worth saving?
Local Asheville artist,Heather Ward-Migner has worked with brides and grooms to customize cake toppers. Through her online store, Star House, Ward-Migner sells a variety of figurines made of local poplar wood that are then cut, burned and painted with watercolors to create specific images.
Her cake toppers have included couples on double bicycles, pairs of love birds, and a bride and groom in a yellow canoe.
Typically, her wooden characters are based on a photograph, and closely resemble the actual couple — a far cry from the standardized cake toppers of yore.
The effort that goes into creating such a personal memento contributes to its ultimate staying power.
"I love thinking about how 100 years from now some bohemian college students might have their grandparents' cake toppers displayed in their apartment," Ward-Migner said.
Read more of this article by Hillary Speed at Beaumont Enterprise.com