I think the fanciest wedding I have ever been to was also my first gay one. My friends Tom and Drew got married on a hilltop looking a valley in southern Sonoma, CA. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron George was there, and I sat behind San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom during the ceremony. (He arrived late.)
It was spectacular. Once we got into the reception tent – which was actually three connected tents with different themes and lighting – my fiancé observed a striking detail. On the dancefloor, sitting on a thin wooden pedestal, was a beautiful, miniature, crimson pagoda.
It probably extended three feet into the air, and if you looked closely it had little rooms inside.
“What do you think that is?” he asked me.
“I think that’s the wedding cake.”
“No way,” he said “It has interiors.”
You can guess how this story ends: later in the evening at a key, hushed moment, the handsome couple approached the pagoda, took out a knife, and carefully sliced out a portion of the second story.
I loved it. I don’t know if anyone actually ate pagoda that night, but the theater of it was great. I’ve gathered here some of my favorite magical cakes from Pinterest, in honor of Tom and Drew.