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.
Sam Eittreim, 26, a marketing and production coordinator, chose her dress to complement her antique engagement ring. "I really loved my dress [Melissa Sweet's "Fern"], so it just made sense to base the cake design on its vintage-style details and my wedding colors," says Sam. Baker Jill Adams, of The Cake Studio NYC, created this enchantingly feminine cake with a "ruffled" bottom tier and brush-embroidered flowers that refer to the gown's lace.

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