Annette surprised me, we were never going to have a cake, after months of searching for a suitable Princess Peach topper (to go along with Mario) and never finding one. We looked everywhere, but decided just to go with a desert buffet instead, sans cake.
I knew she had a super secret surprise for me on the wedding day, but had no idea what it was. I wasn't allowed to see it until we went into the reception area together after the ceremony. I had mostly assumed it was a collection of photos from our time together, like many people do.
In my suit pocket when I put it on was a Toad figure, with a note saying that this was a hint to the surprise. Did she get me a video game system? I could still use an Xbox 360. But that didn't make sense. I really didn't think much about the cake connection given we already had our desert all planned out.
It wasn't until we were walking to see the surprise that someone said they loved the cake, and Annette quickly quieted them. Aha! A cake! She finally got the wedding toppers for a cake. That was awesome!
Only, she went even more all out. We originally were just going to do a small grooms cake with Mario and Princess on it. Just something to add my video game nerdery to the event. However when I walked in the door I couldn't believe what I saw:
HOLY SHIT! I couldn't believe it. The most amazing cake I've ever seen in my life. In fact, the entire thing, except for Mario and the Princess is cake. Even the Piranha Plants are made out of frosting! They even went so far as to add a bouquet to the Princess made out of frosting as well. It was so well done I couldn't believe it.
The cake is the creation of Robin Martin and her staff at Gateaux. From what Annette says, she was super excited to make this cake, as she herself is a huge Legend of Zelda fan. I can't believe the work she did on this, it is simply amazing.
I also can't believe Annette was able to get such great figures for the cake top. If anyone is interested, she ordered them from Japan. There's a box set you can get of the "Mario Family" from Club Nintendo in Japan. Since normal mortals can't buy this thing (you have to get "points" from purchased Nintendo Japan products to get this stuff), she was lucky enough to find someone on eBay willing to sell one and snatched it up right away.
I also have to thank my buddy Ben Edwards for shooting a few photos of this. He put a collection of more images of it on his Flickr account. Our photographers, Studio 306, will have a professional version done later, but I had to get this out there because, lets face it, it's the best wedding cake/gift ever! Annette rocks!