Two friends of mine from college are blessed to have an incredibly talented sister who fashioned their wedding cakes from scratch. I've watched Emily powder the kitchen from top to bottom in flour and drown in waves of frosting. She carefully pieces together each layer after baking them, and then painstakingly adorns the exterior with intricate flourishes of her pastry tips.
Colin and Sarah's cake was designed based on a photo Sarah found in catalog of wedding cakes that was her perfect cake. Emily's replication surpassed the photo--she added a flare of roses, the same used in the bouquets of the wedding party.
Living at the house while Nick and Elizabeth's was constructed, I was literally in awe the whole time. Her perseverance and patience were manifested at every moment as she outdid herself in embellishment this time--placing the curly cues, constructing the roses (no easy task!), balancing the tiers, and you can't see the ruby red cake within the frosting that she carefully dyed to the exact color desired. A masterpiece in culinary art.