I was only able to get two photos, due to time constraints and logistics. Once again, it was 88-90 degrees, and after exiting the car air conditioning, I was a limp dish rag, both inside and out, within minutes.
I would have liked to show you photos of the cake and the bouquets, but I could not get back to the house because too many quests were arriving early and blocking my way. The alternative was to walk uphill at a 45* angle on a gravel road for about 50 yards, and I was not up to it at that point.
The cake was supposed to be a copy of a Martha concoction; colored the palest of celery green, with pink hydrangea blossoms (which in the original were made of icing). The bride wanted fresh blooms, so we settled on pink double bouvardia for it.
The baker had not used the correct coloring, so the cake turned out to be a bright mint green. I would have been unhappy about that had I been the one to order it. By the time I put the candy pink flowers on it, the cake looked like a refugee from the preppy era. I just know people were looking for the Rene Lacoste logo on it! Alligator-flavored cake, anyone?
The whole time I was adding the flowers, the cake was sweating (and so was I). The icing was getting so soft in the heat that I was afraid the flowers would slide down the sides. I mentioned it to the bride's mother; I don't want to be blamed if that happens!
If you noticed the decidedly downward slant to the buffet tables, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is one of the downsides to setting up a party outdoors. They could have used bricks to level it - but didn't. There are a lot more flowers in that buffet centerpiece than show up in the photo. The deep pink and purplish ones seem to fade into the background. And I have no idea why the balloons were there. I think they were to be placed on the children's table later.
I am truly glad that one is finished!