So, I sent this dummy cake to a styled shoot that a wedding planner I’ve worked with in the past was organizing. I've done a styled shoot with her before and it was a 100% positive experience. Sorry the only picture I have is the one I took with my phone to send to my mother; it's still unfinished here (I added more leaves, another coat of gold on the border, a bit of sheen) but you can get the idea:
The shoot was on a day I couldn’t deliver myself; it’s also 3 hours away, in the mountains. She agreed to take the cake herself. So we meet up to give her the cake and that's when she tells me she’s not going, the photographer is meeting us and will take the cake up (starting to get a bit nervous). The photographer shows up in a PICK-UP truck (starting to feel a little sick). There is nowhere to put the cake except the backseat of the cab. I used some stuff she had to level it and actually seat belted it in. FYI, knowing it was being taken up into the mountains, I had it well-prepared for the delivery. I explained about keeping it cool, driving carefully, etc. and hoped for the best.
A couple of weeks go by and I hear nothing. I finally email my contact and ask about it and I’m told a couple of petals fell off the cake but otherwise it was fine and they don’t show in the pictures. Um, OK, I asked to please let me see the pictures before they are published anywhere. Can I get my dummy back? Yup, but here’s what I get back!
Hyperventilating! OMG, what do the pictures REALLY look like? A couple more weeks go by, still nothing about the pictures, nothing on Facebook, I finally ask again and get an “oh, I thought I sent you the link, here it is”. Well, it looks like they left the cake in the truck for the whole weekend! It’s awful. The flowers are falling off, with Styrofoam showing in some of them. The fondant is melting off it in places and looks all greasy. I felt like crying. I still feel like crying. I'm ashamed to have my name associated with them. This is NOT the cake I delivered.
I just saw the photographer's pictures for the first time last week; the shoot was on July 22. It makes me think they really didn't want me to see them. Besides venting and getting it off my chest, I'm wondering if I should ask the photographer to remove the photos of the cake from the album. They're not on her website or her Facebook page, just in the album she shared with me. I really wish that, as a fellow professional, she had just owned up to ruining the cake and been done with it. The payback for doing these shoots is having the professional pictures for our portfolios but this was a total loss for me and the cake was really so pretty, so much prettier than the picture I took.
SIGH, thanks for listening; I'm sorry this was so long. Non cake people just don't get it and I can't really post anything on Facebook since all the players are there.