BRIDES Magazine spent months cruising bakeries and found the nation's top 23 pastry artists.

Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, New York City

Enchanted by formal English gardens, Weinstock mixed the lush look of sugar-dough peonies and boxwood leaves with square tiers slathered in buttercream and topped with a topiary. Buttercream cake, $30 per slice; sylviaweinstockcakes.com.

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