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Things are certainly trucking along here in wedding planning land. I thought I’d share a few photos of a recent get together with some special ladies. Julie’s Wedding Sweatshop: Round Two…The Bake Fest. Much like the last “wedding sweatshop” [the images seem to have disappeared from the post on this site, so I’ve linked to my own blog] my mum hosted, the festivities were up in Camrose and we had plenty of very helpful hands on deck.

We are opting out of a traditional wedding cake…we’re not even going for cupcakes or macaroons. Instead we’re offering up an impressive array of tasty [& budget friendly!] home baked goods. On the menu: classic chocolate chip cookies, triple gingersnaps, cookies and cream truffles, DL’s famous brownies, the family’s favorite lemon squares from my grandma and three flavors of cake bites – chocolate & peanut butter, carrot cake and cream cheese as well as lemon and dark chocolate. HOLY MOLEY.

Of course, since it’s a camping party, there will also be s’mores…and a few flavors of hobo pies! [a brilliant idea from our wedding planner Callandra]

A big thanks to the most amazing lady around, my MUM, DL! Also, my fantastic aunts Marian and Val for all the help in the last couple months…these two gals have been an incredible help with all these projects. Also my lovely friend, Katie who helped conceive this bakefest idea and made the journey to Camrose to help out. I also need to mention both my Grandma and Adam’s mum – neither of which were able to be onsite for the projects, but would have been there in a second if circumstances allowed…either way, they’ve also both offered so much great help throughout all our ambitious wedding projects.

ps. I’m so sorry if this little photo-collage gives you the mid-afternoon munchies. I’ll be 100% upfront and mention that I did, indeed, sneak into our freezer and grab just one cake bite to enjoy while I prepped these photos. I promise, Mum, only one.

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  • http://www.potterandbutler.com Emily

    Few things are better than baking with mom and other familial females in the kitchen, right? These images make me so happy. Thanks for sharing. (and yumm!)

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much for sharing this — and the link to your craft-a-thon. I hope to do something like this right before my wedding (the challenge is that I live 1000 miles from my parents house where our wedding will be). One question: what is a cake bite? I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to desserts and I've never heard of this item. (sounds delish, of course)

    • http://www.juliewilliamsphotography.ca Julie

      Hey Sarah! A cake bite is a ridiculous new baking trend…sheet cake mixed with icing [or peanut butter, cream cheese, etc.] and rolled into a truffle-like ball and then dipped in melted chocolate! They're actually pretty easy, and so cute. We seriously just used a Betty Crocker cake mix and canned icing…nothing fancy, and definitely a guilty pleasure! Google cake bite or cake pop for lots of helpful tips and recipes.

  • Yarrow

    This is so wonderful! We're planning to do something similar, and we're also having a camping/cabin wedding! Couple questions about how you pulled this off- how far in advance did you do you all the baking? Did you freeze everything? How did you wrap everything to freeze? Any pointers would be helpful- thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.juliewilliamsphotography.ca Julie

      Hey Yarrow, your wedding sounds lovely…yay for camping weddings! We actually did this project back in June and our wedding is next week, so by the time the goodies are consumed they will have been frozen for about 2.5 months. To be honest, I haven't checked on them in a while, but I've got my fingers crossed they'll still taste great. We used Tupperware containers to store the baking, lined with parchment paper so we could stack them all up and fit plenty in each tub. Hope this helps!

  • Nell

    This is exactly what we had in mind for our wedding! :) Seeing your photos made me excited to get started and kicked my worries to the curb. Did you by any chance taste test them yet? Good luck on your wedding day :)

  • http://www.stingybride.com Tamar {StingyBride}

    Seriously delicious! We're having a BBQ reception so as of now I'm planning to bake a bunch of angel food cakes and have fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream for dessert. But maybe something of a baked goods bar for our favors would be perfect for us! Yum yum!

  • Meli

    This is a wonderful idea!! How many days before the wedding did you do this??