Every detail of the intimate ceremony was planned by Stefani who included some subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods to some of the most important people in their lives. For instance, the bride’s custom made veil included a beautiful tribute to her new husband as well as her three sons: Kingston, Zuma and Apollo.
A photo of the veil posted by fashion stylist Rob Zangardi shows the intricate stitching in the base that features her name along with the names of the four most important men in her life.
“GWEN BLAKE KINGSTON ZUMA APOLLO,” the simple caption read that accompanied the photo.
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The bride and groom made their nuptials a family affair in many ways, including a beautiful tribute to Gwen’s parents. Gwen chose to honor her parents by using their wedding cake as inspiration for her own. According to the cake’s creator, Lauren Kitchens of Fancy Cakes by Lauren Kitchens, the five tier masterpiece was vanilla creme cake filled with salted caramel, covered in vanilla buttercream and finished off with a cake topper copy of the bride and groom. While the flavors sounded drool-worthy, the magic was in the jaw-dropping details.
“Gwen and I designed this cake to look like her parent’s wedding cake,” Lauren Kitchens told E! News. “Her love of family is strong and this was her way of honoring them and their beginning as a new married couple on her big day as a newly married bride. Everything about the cake had sentimental value.”
The vintage design included swan pillars, sugar flowers, wedding bells and white chocolate cherubs, complete with a custom cake topper made for the newlyweds. The intricate piping is the Lambeth method, a centuries-old approach called “overpiping” or “creating rows of intricate piped details, scrolls and garlands one on top of the other to give impressive depth and layering to the decoration.”
The Lambeth design went out of style when fondant came on the scene, but thanks to Gwen and Blake the art form may well be on its way back to mainstream cake decorating.
See all of the incredible details and the inspiration behind Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s wedding cake below.