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Handmade Weddings: A Happy Cake for a Happy Family

Mar 20, 2009

by bunnywithatoolbelt

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hilary, aka bunnywithatoolbelt, created her business in 1987, a time when she could easily be picked out from a crowd in her head to toe bunny suit.  Although Hilary no longer goes on daily jaunts dressed as a giant rabbit, she still loves her business name, and more importantly, her business! Today she is well known for her offbeat, charming wedding cake toppers and wooden critters of all sorts.

Some girls dream of being the bride, but as a young girl, I dreamed about making the bride that sits on top of the cake.  Romance and relationships have found their way into the sculptures and other artwork I’ve made since I quit my day job two decades ago and became a full time artist.  In that time, I also became a legally ordained minister, and have officiated the weddings of eight of my closest friends. Both of these interests have come together in the line of handmade wedding cake toppers I sell on Etsy.

One of my favorite commissions of all time came last summer.  My friends Katherine and Davis were getting married, and I was called upon for double-duties as artist and officiant.  Their marriage was non-traditional in many ways, and they definitely wanted their cake to reflect that sentiment.  Each was walking down the aisle for the second time, as well as bringing children from previous marriages into the mix. The traditional bride and groom cake topper didn’t quite tell their story.  They asked me to create five colorful figures to represent the members of their newly formed family.  I also made some matching painted wood flowers to scatter around the sides.  Since the couple was footing the bill for this wedding, they economized by making the cake the backdrop for the ceremony, standing in for flower arrangements.   The baker integrated my artwork with her cake’s shape and decorative icing, and even built on the themes I started by adding a cascade of floral-topped cupcakes surrounding the base so the guests could have their cake and eat it too.

Creating the perfect set of figures for a wedding cake have given me personal connections with people all around the world.  My experience working with friends to create their own wedding ceremony has been incredibly helpful with this aspect of my business and I employ many of the same personal touches when I work with my customers. Cake toppers are a very personal statement about a couple’s outlook on life.  They are also one of the few actual mementos of a wedding that couples display in their homes after the special day has passed.  I am so fortunate to have a job where I am constantly reminded of the power and value of the handmade object in people’s lives.

For more from Hilary, check out her website and blog. She also put together a photo portfolio with details on her cake topper technique.
Handmade Wedding Series
| Cake Toppers on Etsy | Weddings and Celebrations Gift Guide

Smiling Gator Wedding Cake Toppers
Smiling Gator Wedding Cake Toppers
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Groom and Groom Wedding Cake Toppers | Gay Wedding Cake Toppers | Custom Wedding Cake Toppers | Two Grooms Wedding | Modern Cake Toppers
Groom and Groom Wedding Cake Toppers | Gay Wedding Cake Toppers | Custom Wedding Cake Toppers | Two Grooms Wedding | Modern Cake Toppers
$65.00 USD
Custom Guestbook \/ Album 8.25 x 10 with 30 ivory pages with glassine tissue overlays-monochromatic berry print
Custom Guestbook \/ Album 8.25 x 10 with 30 ivory pages with glassine tissue overlays-monochromatic berry print
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SO VERY HAPPY CARD
SO VERY HAPPY CARD
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The ORIGINAL ELVIS at your WEDDING GARTER black and white satin and lace. Prom
The ORIGINAL ELVIS at your WEDDING GARTER black and white satin and lace. Prom
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Punch Card Save the Date
Punch Card Save the Date
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Love Birds Wedding Invitation with RSVP card
Love Birds Wedding Invitation with RSVP card
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CUSTOM ring bearer bowl (TM) by Palomas Nest - personalized ring dish for wedding or commitment ceremony- ornament- the original modern heirloom
CUSTOM ring bearer bowl (TM) by Palomas Nest - personalized ring dish for wedding or commitment ceremony- ornament- the original modern heirloom
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2 Peas in a Pod TWO amigurumi
2 Peas in a Pod TWO amigurumi
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The Parcheesi  Little Guy Tie
The Parcheesi Little Guy Tie
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74 comments

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 8 years ago

    I love the smiling gators! So fun!

  • horshid

    horshid said 8 years ago

    So lovely;)

  • courtneyannedesigns

    courtneyannedesigns said 8 years ago

    so cute!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 8 years ago

    What a cute wedding! I wish I was getting married just so I could shop for wedding items!

  • MewPaperArts

    MewPaperArts said 8 years ago

    I got my cake topper last year from www.missavocado.etsy.com She created the characters to look just like us! It is my favorite keepsake from our wedding!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    ummmmm bunny with a tool belt is the cutest name ever. love it.

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 8 years ago

    I heart bunnywithatoolbelt. Particularly fond of her bride & groom elephant cake toppers.

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 8 years ago

    i love the cupcakes!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 8 years ago

    Love the penquins!

  • botodesigns

    botodesigns said 8 years ago

    what a fun day/night job! I love bunny's creations especially the gator couple.

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    How lovely! The gators are pretty dang cute.

  • mosey

    mosey said 8 years ago

    so sweet, love the zaney cake!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    in bunny's shop is a wonderful wooden whale sculpture http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21147398 that would look great on a wedding cake for marine mammal lovers! would look great on a mantlepiece! or car dash board... or..

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 8 years ago

    that looks like a fabulously fun and festive wedding! i once bartended a wedding w/ all the male wedding party in kilts! yah!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful wedding topper representing a new family! The cake looks scrumptious too!

  • notmoira

    notmoira said 8 years ago

    That Elvis garter is the bomb. If only I had that in my wedding! Maybe for my second marriage! Ha! Don't tell my husband! Here's hoping!

  • BeadsBySam

    BeadsBySam said 8 years ago

    Love the wedding cake among little cupcakes!! Lovely!

  • beatricestudio

    beatricestudio said 8 years ago

    so cute!!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 8 years ago

    omg I love that cake! It's so adorable and so very unique.

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    How cute! Loving the Elvis garter!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    That cake is a true work of art! What a wonderful idea for your wedding cake!

  • SouthwestFlower

    SouthwestFlower said 8 years ago

    Edible art is amazing, i bet it tastes as good as it looks!

  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Great items. Love the happy cloud.

  • amorevivo

    amorevivo said 8 years ago

    Love the name of your shop and that you have kept it all these years!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Weddings with kilts!! I love it when a couple makes their wedding entirely their own.

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 8 years ago

    lovely:)

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 8 years ago

    Amazing work done by an amazing artist!

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 8 years ago

    Awesome feature! Just another little detail to plan - I can't wait to start looking for cake toppers on Etsy!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    Sweet story....love the cake! :)

  • SweetAndKindOf

    SweetAndKindOf said 8 years ago

    i love everything about this...so personal and perfect!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    what a great story...thanks 4 sharing & amazing creative-ism!

  • intrinsicimagination

    intrinsicimagination said 8 years ago

    Great story! I'm excited for all of the wedding planning that Spring brings. Hopefully some brides to be will find my fabulous Feather Eyelashes and consider them as an accessory for their glamorous day. Check them out at... http://intrinsicimagination.etsy.com I also have beautiful beaded and crochet Barefoot Sandals... perfect for barefoot weddings at the beach!

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 8 years ago

    How cute is the bunny bride!!!

  • ellabellamay

    ellabellamay said 8 years ago

    Wonderful, thanks for the great story - and the gators, what a laugh! :D

  • flyingrhymes

    flyingrhymes said 8 years ago

    Your wedding bouquet was stunning!

  • NickyBeeShop

    NickyBeeShop said 8 years ago

    Your work is wonderful !

  • stylegarden

    stylegarden said 8 years ago

    The cake topper is classic, I love it!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 8 years ago

    I love the bunny costume idea.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    Such cute cake toppers! Love the picks as well. It's so neat that Hilary officiated weddings for her friends too, very special!

  • luv4design

    luv4design said 8 years ago

    cutest cake toppers! im looking for some for my wedding cake so it's cool to see something so unique :)

  • maggiemaescolours

    maggiemaescolours said 8 years ago

    Your work is wonderful. I was in the floral business over 30 years and saw some good and bad. This looks great. Keep it up!!

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess said 8 years ago

    The cake toppers are real nice !! I work on real flowers preserved, and there are a few stores that preserve wedding flowers, which is a good way to remember the special day

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 8 years ago

    very nice cake toppers they are always treasured after the event!

  • BTWinwin

    BTWinwin said 8 years ago

    Obviously someone who takes joy in every day things!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    So cute and special!!

  • itsMyDesign87

    itsMyDesign87 said 8 years ago

    very adorable!

  • ishtarolivera

    ishtarolivera said 8 years ago

    I LIKED THIS article! very sweet!!!!

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    Happy Days ;)

  • amarshall

    amarshall said 8 years ago

    I wish I had Etsy when I got married! There are so many great offerings!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 8 years ago

    Aww what a cute wedding! I wish that mine could be as perfect as this one! (and I already found like 10 wedding dresses for when I'll get married!)

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 8 years ago

    Oups forgot to say: those dresses are all on etsy of course! ^^

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 8 years ago

    So original and unique.

  • snoble24

    snoble24 said 8 years ago

    i love this i have a wedding box to so if any one wants to look. but all this stuff is very nice

  • nakedpeggies

    nakedpeggies said 8 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing it!

  • DoodlebugAccessories

    DoodlebugAccessories said 8 years ago

    Love them all!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing, colorful and unique

  • VictorianInspired

    VictorianInspired said 8 years ago

    Lovely!

  • embroideryChinese

    embroideryChinese said 8 years ago

    Happy time Benediction !

  • coltsgroovies

    coltsgroovies said 8 years ago

    I LOVE it!

  • patysclay

    patysclay said 8 years ago

    lovely, thanks for sharing

  • 13bees

    13bees said 8 years ago

    what a colorful, unique assortment for a wedding. great pics!

  • DodgeStationPottery

    DodgeStationPottery said 8 years ago

    How creative, I love it!

  • SitareJewels

    SitareJewels said 8 years ago

    What a stunning creation. With Love

  • hanginmoon

    hanginmoon said 8 years ago

    WOW, Handmade Wedding. Nothing better than that.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 8 years ago

    Very nice!

  • immikkuma

    immikkuma said 8 years ago

    WOW!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    wow i love it so much. │\__╭╭╭╭╭__/│ │           │ │           │ │ >       ● │ │≡  ╰┬┬┬╯  ≡│ │    ╰─╯    │ ╰──┬O───O┬──╯    │ │    ╰┬───┬╯

  • blondiemom11

    blondiemom11 said 8 years ago

    fabulous xo

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    my husband and i got married one month ago. a very DIY wedding. i made our cake topper too... a bride and groom day of the dead couple! original cake toppers are where its at!!!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Love the gators! Wouldn't they look cute on a CounterFitCake that you could keep forever?? Thanks for sharring!

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