Recently I wrote about establishing a writing space, which is still to come. My temporary spot is working well for now. I sit at my great-aunt’s secretary, which I inherited years ago, in our great room facing the wall. And here is what I see when I look up:
The top of the secretary holds several treasures – my mother’s demitasse cup collection, some of my grandmother’s china, pieces of Belleek china we brought back from Ireland and other special pieces I hold dear. (Those objects sound like other stories waiting to be told, don’t they?)
The flowers you see in the picture remind me of our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding cake.
Beth and Jamie married in 2006, just after she graduated from college as an art major with an emphasis in graphic design. In one class the professor had matched students to townspeople who wanted to develop a website for their businesses. Beth’s partner was Cory Lewis, a sculptor who had branched out into using her pottery skills in cake décor. The website, Cake and Clay, was the result.
Beth created Cory’s first website and when it came time to “settle up,” Cory said, “I hear you are getting married,” and offered to trade a wedding cake made by Cory for the website Beth designed. Beth was thrilled and said, of course, “Yes!”
So Cory made a beautiful white four layer wedding cake with strawberry filling and then rode in the back of her friend’s van with the cake for the four hours it took to deliver it from its creation in Oxford, MS to the wedding in Franklin, TN. The cake arrived in separate layers which Cory assembled here, and the hand-formed the sugar flowers (created to match the live ones used in the wedding arrangements) were arrayed in the flat boxes they traveled in, ready to be displayed on those tiers.
Roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, and greenery spilled down the cake in a dramatic display. It was stunningly breathtaking – gorgeous and delicious and exactly what Beth wanted.
We are ever thankful that Cory gave this priceless wedding gift to Beth and Jamie, and touched by her thoughtfulness. Beth often says, “I got the much better deal in that trade.”
The happy couple remains so much in love, and have recently added to their family a precious daughter. What is amazing to this day is that the flowers also remain intact, still beautiful and life-like, almost nine years later – a testament to a true artist and her enduring expression of talent and generosity.