Friday, August 14, 2009

Vendor Spotlight: Cakes by Shara

Below is our interview with one of our favorite Nashville vendors, Shara Lunn of Cakes by Shara. First, we must say that we at Relish have been very privileged to know Shara almost since the beginning of our journey in the wedding industry. What first caught our eye is her artful, beautiful cakes! Then we found out that she actually makes Rental Cakes! YES - like the tuxes and the linens, you can actually RENT YOUR CAKE! ;) She makes gorgeous faux cakes which you can set up at the event and then buy cheap (but yummy) sheet cake to cut up and put beside the rental cake. It's such a cool, trendy (and budget friendly) concept! THEN we tasted her real cakes... and we were in love! Shara is a great lady to work with and she is an extremely talented artist! Plus she makes beautiful fondant icing that is also some of the yummiest icing ever!!! If you have not booked your cake yet, you're in luck - you still have a chance to fall in love with Cakes by Shara too!

Name of Business: Cakes By Shara

Business Established: 2006

Location of business: Nashville/Mt Juliet willing to travel just about anywhere! (However, outside of 10-15 miles there is a delivery charge)

Why did you go in to this business? I wanted to be a cake decorator like Collette Peters, or Margret Brawn. I also wanted to use the skills that God gave me to mentor other women someday.

What’s your favorite part of this industry? The colors, the flavors, and the amazing imaginations of clients!

What type of packages do you offer? I now have a new special $3.00 a slice for simple but elegant round, hexagon or square. You provide the ribbon, or you can have Swiss dots or medium swirls with a simple piped shell or bead border. Bridal cakes to serve 50 - 150. White or ivory fondant over buttercream with vanilla bean cake. This cake will not include other flavors and can be ordered on the phone.

What is your unique style / service that sets you apart from other vendors in your industry? I think my style has evolved into unique wedding cake designs, I love color, flavors, grooms cakes and anything 3-d. I love floral cupcakes and cake glitter. I love pearlized cakes and stencils. I love to sculpt people as well.

What is one memory you won’t forget working in this industry? When the Brides face lights up and they hug you. That has got to be the best thing ever!

Do you do cakes for other occassions? Yes! (see some examples of creative specialty cakes below)