By Phyllis Hoffman DePiano

What a Masterpiece!

You know how I love to sew. I especially adore lace and pearls for my granddaughter, so my collection is growing way too extensive—but that’s another conversation. Several months ago, Martha Pullen called to tell me that her granddaughter Sarah Joy was getting married. I wondered then just exactly what Martha would do to make everyone drool, and by George, she did it.


This past weekend Kathy McMakin and I attended the beautiful wedding of Sarah Joy Crocker and Major Ty Huffman. Now I won’t review the stunning wedding as that would take pages and pages to tell you of the enchanting couple. But I do want to showcase the amazing cakes, and you can guess who the grandmother behind this was—Martha Pullen.


When I got a glimpse of the cake, I thought the flowers were real! They are made from sugar by master cake designer Bob Johnson. When I got closer, I examined the cake and could not believe my eyes. Each layer was decorated with a different lace pattern created with icing, and icing pearls adorned each one.


My heart stopped. This was over the top. Who else would have thought of this but Martha! The photos do not do this cake justice, but I wanted to share the exquisite way she wove her love of lace into this glorious day. The bride’s dress was made completely of lace, and to see this echoed in the cake was splendid.


The groom’s cake was a handsome stack of books. (I actually didn’t realize it was a cake until I got closer.) The monograms on both cakes personalized them perfectly.


I don’t know how anyone could have cut up these pieces of art, but alas, they were enjoyed by all.

– Phyllis