You Don’t Have to be Southern to Enjoy a Little Southern Living: Wedding Planning and the Joy of Wedding Cakes

Always the Baker, Never the Bride, by Sandra D. BrickerI love the month of June. If April showers bring May flowers, it’s only for purposes of arranging those flowers in fabulous ways for the many weddings in June. At least that’s the way it plays out in my head.

I didn’t have any sisters to grow up with, but I had some awesome female cousins. I vividly remember the wedding of one of them, the fabulous Norma Jean. I’d always admired Norma for her bohemian style and strong sense of self. I spent years copying her hairstyles and trying to learn to crochet, just because she did.  I looked up to her in hopes that I’d one day be just like her, and hers was the first big wedding I ever attended.

One of the highlights of that event was dancing with my father at the reception, but on the beautiful summer day when Norma walked down the aisle toward her groom in her magical, slightly poofy, sparkling white dress, and she took the hand of the man waiting for her and they pledged their endless love and commitment … I honestly look back on it as the birth date of the hopeful romantic I eventually became. What could be more spectacular than the romance and fairy tale-ness of an enchanting bride and a full-on dream wedding?

And of course if that wasn’t monumental enough on its own … Afterward, there was cake!

Always the Baker, Never the Bride, by Sandra D. BrickerOh, how I’ve always adored wedding cakes! Yes, okay. I like eating cake. But almost as much as that, I’m fascinated by the construction and execution of this sweet expression of the story of the bride and groom. My favorite indulgence to this end?: Those wedding issues of Southern Living Magazine.

They covered everything from centerpieces to dance bands to creative honeymoon ideas. And of course there were cakes. Beautiful, other-worldly cakes with flowers and multiple tiers and whipped icing that took the shape of chiffon, lace, and taffeta. The summer pages of Southern Living Magazine were just mesmerizing to me.

By the time reality television emerged with such offerings as Platinum Weddings, Amazing Wedding Cakes and Cake Boss, I’d been long-since hooked. So when I pitched the idea of a novel based on a baker of wedding cakes, with the added complication snatched from my very own life of dealing with diabetes, the blaze of my enthusiasm sparked a fire within my editor as well. And so Always the Baker, Never the Bride was born, and the romantic comedy makes its debut on a simpatico cake-loving public in September.

Early reviews of my novel have confirmed what I’ve always believed: EVERYONE LOVES CAKE!

“Not for dieters,” writes author Debby Mayne. “Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker attacks the taste buds and heart and doesn’t let go. Close your eyes, and you just might be able to taste the award-winning creme brulee wedding cake that almost becomes one of the characters in the story.”

“Filigree swirls of the unexpected distinguish this novel as one of both culinary and storytelling artistry,” adds Cynthia Ruchti, author of They Almost Always Come Home, and president of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization. “Bricker fills the pages with charming characters, an imaginative plot, and a reason to keep reading. My compliments to the baker!”

Between the chapters of Always the Baker, Never the Bride, readers will find an ongoing homage to my love affair with Southern Living Magazine’s coverage of everything wedding. There are cake recipes, wedding planning tips, even suggestions on the best way to crumb coat a wedding cake.  If LLB readers would like to taste a sample, they can read the first three chapters and/or pre-order the book at Amazon.

Meanwhile, it’s June! The beginning of wedding season. Any day now, there will be frilly dresses, oceans of flowers, clean-lined tuxedos, and irresistible rhinestone shoes, all set to the soundtrack of couples’ meaningful signature songs. And yes. There will be cake. Lots and lots of gorgeous cake!

About the Author:
Sandra D. Bricker has been publishing in both the Christian and general market for years with novels for women and teens, magazine articles, Christian devotionals, and short stories. With eleven novels in print and four more slated for publication through 2012, Sandie has carved out a niche for herself as an award-winning author of laugh-out-loud comedy for the inspirational market. Keep up with Sandie via her Web site or her popular weekly blog.


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