You see a pair of fabulous shoes, but a talented cake designer sees more—the inspiration for a gorgeous cake. Real brides showed us the same "inspiration points" they showed their wedding cake bakers, who in turn brought us the fabulous results—all to inspire you to take a chance, ask nicely, and try something original.
For her wedding, Deborah Snoonian, 38, a magazine editor, was having trouble picking out the right color scheme. "One day my fiancé, Bradley, suggested he wear his vintage chocolate and pink Pucci tie for the wedding, and suddenly everything came together in my mind," says Deborah. So she brought the tie to her baker, Archana Rao, of Sweet Melissa Pâtisserie, who replicated its psychedelic patterns and colors in fondant.

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