Me too! I'd have an Ipod shuffle (or even my cousin playing DJ with his playlist) and a gorgeous cake..that's a no brainer to me as well.
When the bride came to pick up the flowers I did have a chance to ask who was doing the cake and a few details. She told me the new baker wasn't going to do fondant because she said in the heat it would just " turn to glue".
Mind you we are in NY and it was only in the high 70's and an indoor air conditioned reception.
I gave her a confused look and told her I do fondant no matter what the temp gets here. I then looked on facebook at the bakers cakes, everything she has done has been buttercream, I'm thinking she just doesn't do fondant and talked her way out of it.
Not sure if the bride had seen the bakers other work but I think she just heard big cake and less money and got excited.
I was expecting the same, a thin cascade, but same cake overall.
I would have been PISSED if I got to my reception and saw that.
I almost feel sorry for the bride ( I would have cried inside if I saw that cake on my wedding day) for going for a baker with zero fondant skills (amongst her other lacking skills) and for using that stand...but then again it was her choice to switch to a less experienced baker/decorator. It's the classic story of "you get what you pay for".
At least the bride was gracious enough to let you know that your flowers were beautiful. I'm sure she regretted not having you do the entire cake.