Well, if it’s Tuesday, it means it’s time for another installment of…Real Weddings Partner Profiles!
This week, we present the very sweet (sorry, couldn’t resist!) Rebecca Salinas from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca.
Tell us a little about your company: We are a family-owned bakery specializing in custom-designed cakes and cupcakes.
When did you establish your business? The dream started in August of 2007 and came to realization in October of 2008 when we opened our bakery in Citrus Heights.
What sets you apart from your competition? Our attention to detail, the Three Cs: 1. Color combination, 2. Composition, and 3. Craftsmanship. But the cakes don’t just look great, they also taste great! We use real butter in our buttercream, and we offer a wide range of flavors, such as red velvet and banana. We also make our own fondant with marshmallows and there is no additional charge for its use on a cake.
Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration all around me, in fashion and wedding magazines, fabric swatches, flowers, my family and, of course, my trips to Disneyland. I see a color or a pattern or even a dress and I think of how it can be translated on to cake.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? We promise to always challenge ourselves, to exceed our customers expectations, and to make their event even more memorable with a fantastic cake or cupcakes.
Do you have any hidden talents? I’m not sure if it’s a talent, but I can solve puzzles really fast. Ha ha! Oh, I can play Monopoly for hours without getting bored.
What trend do you see coming in 2010? I’m looking forward to bold color choices brides are making for their 2010 weddings, such as orange and teal, yellow and gray, or red and lime green. Also the use of feathers in hair accessories, bouquets, and centerpieces. Another trend I see continuing into 2010 is the vintage style wedding, with art deco touches and red, black and white color schemes.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? It is actually my New Year’s resolution to blog more. I have had a blog site since 2007 and posted more blogs in January than I have did in 2007 and 2008 combined! Check it out at: sweetcakesbyrebecca.blogspot.com.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? My favorite local restaurant is La Fiesta Taqueria on Greenback, they have the best salsa and yummy fresh corn tortillas. They are a must when we are working late at the bakery.
What’s your favorite local charity? We often donate cakes to high school sports programs, church functions and children’s organizations.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? I love to hang out with my family and friends whenever I have the chance, so I’m either with friends watching movies and playing video games or visiting my family in the Bay Area.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? If so, what is it? Well it’s not that much of a secret to those around me, but I have an addiction to soda. Yes, soda. I drink it in the morning with breakfast and pretty much all day. My excuse is I don’t drink coffee for my caffeine rush. I drink soda, Coke Zero to be exact!
What are you most grateful for in life? My family. My husband, my partner in everything. My mom, my biggest fan, she gives me so much support. My brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews on both my husband’s side and mine, believe in me and our bakery. And to my father, my hero, always in my heart.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? I ran off to Tahoe to get married on a whim. If I were to re-do my wedding I would have the ceremony in a church. The most important elements to me would, of course, be the cake (!), then the flowers and the DJ.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Have fun. This is the most meaningful party you will ever throw so make sure you enjoy the planning process, soak up every second of your ceremony and don’t waste a single minute of the reception sweating the small stuff.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? Take advantage of the many planning tools available to you on Real Weddings Web site, such as The Wedding Classes. These are a great opportunities to ask questions to a variety of vendors and to gain valuable insight about planning your wedding. (Editor’s Note: Ok, we totally appreciate the plug Rebecca! Thank you!)
And, check out Rebecca’s online profile on Real Weddings Magazine’s Web site!