David Bouffard and Bill Bowick at Sugar Bakeshop can craft just the right cake for any and all nuptials
If we had to rank the most important parts of a wedding reception, it would go: 1) bar, 2) solid band or DJ, and 3) a kick-ass cake. Oh yeah, and love. But that's a given, right?
For my own wedding, we opted for Sugar Bakeshop
to craft our desserts, and they did not disappoint. In fact, five years after the fact, one guest still raves about the lemon curd filling with lemon frosting cake Sugar made us.
And now, gay friends, you too can have your cake and get legally married too. (About damn time!)
As Sugar Bakeshop's Bill Bowick shared in our 2013 Gay Issue
, "One of the really happy things about a gay ceremony is that family and friends coming to their wedding are generally especially supportive because it's an unusual thing that the couple has maybe had to really work hard for." And the gentleman are especially mindful of that when preparing your pastry of choice.
Leslie Ryan McKellar
Sugar Bakeshop whipped up this beauty — white buttercream frosting with coconut cake — for my wedding
That said, they're not the only game in town. We made a few calls and here are some other local wedding cake makers ready to serve you on your special and hard-won day:
- Cake decorator Jenny Vu tells us she's already made quite a few same-sex wedding cakes and is eager to serve more customers.
Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
- This company serves the Lowcountry exclusively, but couples of all genders equally.
- If you're opting for the cupcake route, Cupcake (on King Street and Belle Hall) tell us they don't discriminate.
- Cake designer Monica Jaramillo-Tatis says "Yes, of course I make same-sex cakes." And whether you're traveling in from out of town or a local, she's happy to work with customers to create exactly what they want.
- "Very happily, absolutely!" says cake creator Laney Cowan. Having seen homophobia firsthand, Cowan is all the more eager to help out. "I was doing a wedding a few years ago at a local hotel and the day of the wedding the hotel wouldn't let the two ladies have their reception there," she recalls. "I called the owner of Bluerose Cafe
and he recommended another place they could go. So yeah, it's an emphatic yes I do gay wedding cakes. As long as you're in love, I don't care!"
A toast: To love and no labels.