Cheers to you America, Happy Birthday!
So who loves, believes the impossible
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Who doesn’t love a little history, especially when it involves something sweet?!
In Ancient Rome, before the invention of icing, a loaf of bread was broken over the bride’s head by the groom to seal the marriage and encourage fertility. The guests would gather around the couple and eat the crumbs from the bread for good luck. The unmarried guests would often take a piece of bread home and place it under their pillow in hopes of dreaming of their future spouse.
In England, guests would bring small cakes or buns to weddings and pile them up for the bride and groom to stand over and kiss. This scene was thought to represent a future full of prosperity.
Later still, in 16th century England, sugar was growing in abundance. It was during this time that wedding cakes officially came about. The white color of wedding cakes not only symbolized the bride’s purity or virginity, it also became a “status symbol” for the family. The more refined the sugar, the whiter it was in appearance. Therefore, the whiter the cake, the more affluent the family was perceived.
From these traditions evolved the wedding cake we know today: multi-tiered layers of cake with frosting holding them together. The modern wedding cake comes in all shapes, sizes and colors and often costs as much as the bride’s dress!
Today, we are getting to know Trish Lee of Trish Lee San Francisco. Trish’s collection of handcrafted wedding gowns (here in San Francisco!) are vintage inspired with a timeless design that shies away from the often mass produced trendy looks of today. Abiding by the old-school mantra of great fit and quality fabric, Trish’s gowns are bespoke and unique to each and every bride. Check out Trish’s Real Brides section on her website to see the ways in which Trish’s clients took inspiration from their heritage and passions to create the perfect dress and wedding day celebration.
Name: Trish Lee
Company: Trish Lee San Francisco – Bespoke vintage-inspired wedding dresses and gowns for the discriminating bride
Started My Business: in 2012
Located: Mint Plaza
Q: Which industry related tool can you not live without?
A: Double sided tape.
Q: When you’re not on site at an event, what can we find you doing?
Q: My go to snack is ________.
A: Yogurt, berries, walnuts, honey.
Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure(s)?
A: A big bowl of ramen with all the trimmings.
Q: TV wise, what are you watching right now?
Q: I can’t stand ________.
A: Not standing for something.
Q: What’s the last thing you purchased online?
Q: Music wise, I am currently listening to ______.
A: San Francisco’s own: Tycho – the perfect melodic ambient electronic music for a long drive or to design wedding dresses, apparently!
Q: Favorite thing I currently have hanging in my closet is ______
A: My mother’s red coat. I don’t even wear it – it’s ill-fitting and the buttons are scuffed. When my mother came to the San Francisco in the 70’s, she spent her last $50 on this double-breasted wool pea coat in poppy red, and I can’t throw it away.
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?
A: Heirloom Café, hands down. Simple, great, unpretentious fare served in what feels like your grandma’s dining room – with the wine list of a Michelin restaurant to boot.
Q: Why are you most excited to be working with the Stacy McCain Event Planning team?
A: They really understand people and relationships. In today’s crazy wedding world, that’s really something.
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Today we are so excited to have Megan and Ben’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! Megan and Ben were one of the sweetest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Here are a few sneak peek photos, and you can find the entire gallery by following this link.
Cheers to you Megan and Ben! Wishing you a lifetime of love, adventure and lots of laughter!