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Christa Kelso Wedding – aka Mini Baker Wedding!

by Christa on October 30, 2011

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That’s right folks. Mini Baker is now a married woman!
I got hitched October 8th in Carlsbad, California at Leo Carrillo Ranch.
The day was beautiful, sunny & so MAGICAL!

Our wedding was very unconventional and very personal to our style and likes.
For example, I (Mini Baker) made all the desserts for our wedding. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I wanted it to be exactly what we wanted, which was: a MINI dessert bar!

I made 19 dozen cupcakes which included regular & mini versions of Cookies & Cream Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes & Lemon Chiffon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream. 
In addition to the cupcakes, I made our favorite Coconut Cream Cake with Mikey and I to cut (we had to have a little bit of tradition in there!)

We also had brownies, lemon bars, Finksbrod (a danish butter cookie, we had many Danish family at the wedding, so these were in honor of them), meringue kisses and chocolate souffle cookies.

People went CRAZY for all the desserts (literally pushing others out of the way to get to the table). I myself, think its so much fun to try a little taste of a bunch of different desserts rather than one big piece of cake. Everyone agreed. In fact, out of the 19 dozen cupcakes and 30 dozen bars & cookies there was only 1 dozen left. 

(the only desserts left the next day)
People REALLY enjoyed themselves. haha

Our theme was rustic meets chic, lots of burlap, crisp whites, wood, eggplant purple accents & southern food & drinks! 

In addition to the desserts, my mom & dad helped me bring my vision to life. My dad made all of the wood accents (wedding sign, Mr&Mrs. sign, table numbers, cake stands, C&M cake topper, and flower boxes). We decided on burlap runners and hand-made wood flower boxes full of not roses, but very country looking flowers, millet and succulents. 

We even hung out RSVP picture postcards over the bar and the people who wrote cute comments had theirs facing out for others to read 🙂

The most talked about item of the wedding was our BBQ buffet. We had a caterer that BBQ’d ribs, tri-tip and chicken fresh on the site. There was a wafting smell of BBQ and smoke seeping through the pepper tree as the ceremony was happening. 

Again, so magical!  It was delicious, especially the mac&cheese and green beans&bacon that accompanied all that delicious meet! 

Our Ceremony featured a string trio that played the Tennessee Waltz as the bridal party walked down the aisle, and Pachebel’s Canon as I walked down with my father. Hearing our guests gasp as my dad and I walked out was something I thought only happened in movies. It was so magical to hear that sound. So magical in fact, that I started balling before we even starting walking down the aisle! haha  

 It was so magical to hear that sound. So magical in fact, that I started balling before we even starting walking down the aisle! haha  

We also had bocce ball for the guests to play. My hubby and his boys played it before the ceremony 🙂 

I wore my grandma’s antique silver necklace, it was a surprise for her!

Sorry for all the photos! Its so hard to choose just 2 or 3 favorites!

All photos taken (and copyright) of andrewreilly.com
Desserts by: Minibaker.com
Day-of Coordination & Rentals: Allie’s Rentals in San Diego
Wine from: Carruth Cellars in Solana Beach
All custom wood Wedding Aceents by: Kevindkelso.com

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Meghan @ Domestic Sugar October 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. You look stunning!


Taylor October 31, 2011 at 12:18 am

Gorgeous!!! I absolutely love everything about your wedding – so many fun details! I especially love the dessert table…I'm definitely doing something similar at my wedding 🙂


katie@tulsadetails October 31, 2011 at 12:24 am

Congratulations! I love all of your special touches! I would love to have been a guest with all of your desserts : ). I know they must still be talking about it!

You were a beautiful bride!


Sunshine October 31, 2011 at 1:02 am

awesome pics…love everything! Congrats!



Barbara Bakes October 31, 2011 at 3:31 am

Congratulations! It really looks like a magical day!


OvenDelights October 31, 2011 at 6:22 am

Don't apologize for posting such lovely pictures! Both of you look so happy and in love!
Congrats on a very succesfull dessert bar! My daughter is having a sweet 15 (Quinceñera) next April, and I have been thinking of doing a dessert bar on my own, similar to what you served. Can you please help me out with tips? I don't know how far ahead to start baking, and if I'm able to freeze ahead of time?? Please help!


Erin O'Brien October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Congrats! You looked absolutely gorgeous!

And I must say… the bouquets are truly fabulous. LOVE THEM!


Jessica of Fine and Fleurie November 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

Looks like it was super gorgeous, Christa! How did the flowers work out?? xo


Michelle P November 1, 2011 at 1:31 am

Wow your wedding was beautiful!


Sweets by Belle November 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. You looked beautiful!


All Things Yummy November 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Congratulations! Beautiful photos.


Ashley@Bakerbynature November 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

You look stunning! As does everything else you incorporated into your special day – congratulations!

P.S. Just watched your cupcake wars audition tape! You're hilarious. Good luck!


grace November 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

aw, congratulations! everything looks beautiful and lovely and elegant and majestic and i would expect nothing less based on what i've seen in the past on your terrific blog. again, many congratulations! 🙂


teresa November 6, 2011 at 2:37 am

beautiful, congratulations!


Berni November 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Congratulations!! What a beautiful wedding! And the mini desserts look absolutely delicious 🙂


Lisa S June 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Wow, your wedding looks amazing and delish!!

I was just wondering, how did you keep all your desserts fresh, stored, delivered, etc.? Were you making all 19 dozen cupcakes the day before? My sister (who’s getting married) and I were just wondering HOW you did it all!? Very impressive!!


Christa June 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Hi Lisa!
I made all of the desserts the day before at my parent’s house. They have a very large kitchen & 2 ovens, so it made the whole 19 dozen process go by in about 4 hours! All of the desserts were kept at room temperature in bakery boxes & baked the day before. This is the same way I do it for my bakery jobs and the desserts are always very fresh. If you are making anything like cheesecake, definitely refrigerate it all the way up until the reception.
Thanks for the sweet comments! feel free to e-mail me with more questions!


Mell March 14, 2013 at 10:20 pm

You look absolutely beautiful & one can only imagine why you are not the size of a house cooking that beautiful food, Mell (Sydney Australia)…


Christa March 20, 2013 at 6:27 am

Mell, thank you for the sweet comment! That made my morning 🙂


Kahori March 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

You are gorgeous! Beautiful wedding


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