There are a lot of memorable quotes from The Wizard of Oz. This one seems especially appropriate.
Here's the "gown." Missing (partially) from this photo is the floppy silk bow, which was particularly pretty sitting on the bride's hip (you can just see a hint of the streamer).
The other feature you don't see in this photo is the column of pearl buttons that graces the back of the dress.
We often get asked to copy a dress, or elements from a dress or a veil on the wedding cake. We've done it many times and when it all comes together nicely, it magically makes us feel like we're in Oz.
This particular bride wanted the cake to have lace matching her dress (easy). But she also wanted a square cake covered in buttercream. It is infinitely easier to duplicate the lace around a dress on a round cake. And she was very specific as to the placement of the bow and the buttons.
So here it is. The bow and buttons are made from fondant, and covered with pearl luster dust. The "lace" is exquisite, with just enough luster dust blown over the piping to give a slightly ethereal look to an otherwise large and heavy cake.
Of course, as an extremely amateur photographer (we mainly take photos to document the integrity of our cakes), even I cannot see all the detail in this little picture. I'll post some close-ups of the "lace" on our website.
We were happy that the bride did not want flowers or any other garnishes on the cake or table. And we were able to convince the staff at the country club to pile the plates and forks on a side table, out of sight of the camera until after the bride and groom cut the cake.