The spring before our wedding, I had attended the wedding of a friend who had heart shaped, monogrammed cookies as favors. I loved the idea of them but didn't love the idea of how costly this would probably be. I quickly learned that their mom's had gotten together and made the cookies super cheaper than they would've paid for them had they bought them from a bakery. I was ALL about this idea, although I know I stressed out my mother-in-law and my mom with this courageous effort!
My mom got to work making the sugar cookie dough a few weeks out and freezing it until we were ready to work with it. We got together (my mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law and best friend) a week before the wedding and baked the cookies in the desired leaf shapes (oak and maple). This process took a good 2-3 days to completely roll, cut and bake all the cookies that we would need. We then got together and iced the cookies using royal icing from a recipe I found online. This process took a good 1-2 days as we had an assembly line going of piping and flooding and moving the cookies where they could dry. Once this was all finished, I piped the "C" on each individual cookie and bagged them the Thursday before the wedding. While I didn't get to taste any of the official cookies, I heard they were quite yummy!
Here is the "C" that I got from The Knot as our cake topper. The only problem that I had with it was that it was silver and I really wanted it to be a soft shade of gold to match with our warm, natural colors in the wedding. So, I spray painted it - simple enough!
My husband has QUITE the sweet tooth...to him, sugar is in the bottom portion of his nutritious pyramid! Because of this, we incorporated all the things that he loves into the wedding: the sugar cookies, the cake with 3 different flavors (Italian Wedding, Strawberry and White Chocolate) as well as homemade pumpkin pies (made by my incredibly sweet friend, Anessa!), candy corn AND a groom's cake (Cinnamon Swirl with EXTRA cinnamon per the groom's request). Needless to say, our guests fell into a pile of granulated sugar as they left our reception!
The Roman Numerals on the side of the cake are all the different Super Bowls that the Steelers have won. My husband's cousin, a devout Cleveland Browns, fan did not really care for this cake :).
The Groom's cake was a huge success with Stephen and his family! Stephen was born a Steeler's fan as his whole family lives in Pittsburgh (and this is where he was born). I was so happy to incorporate things that Stephen loves into our big day!