Behind the Bride: Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop


Every successful wedding is a collaborative win by a big team of people working behind the scenes. Sure, the bride’s gotta have good taste, but it takes a whole team of people to carry out her vision seamlessly- a whole team of vendors with years of experience and exceptional talent. This is the key to having a wedding that looks and feels like a dream: having fantastic vendors.

In our new series, “Behind the Bride,” we’ll be catching up with some of our favorite vendors to give you a behind-the-scenes look into each facet of great wedding production. Whether it be photographers, planners, florists, or cake designers, we’ll chat with the most talented artisans who bring these beautiful events to life.

To kick off the series, we talked to Melody Brandon, the owner of Sweet and Saucy Shop. With two bakeries in Southern California (in Newport Beach and Long Beach) Melody is one of the most inspired cake designers we know.

Check out some of her work:

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Q: What cake trends are you most excited about right now?

Melody: Right now hand painting on cakes is one of my favorite trends. You can personalize it for each couple and the possibilities are endless on what we can hand paint…details for our invites, wedding gown, florals, etc.

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Q: Any projections for upcoming trends in 2016?

Melody: Hand painted french macarons and our chocolate dipped Oreos with custom details are the very popular among our clients right now and I think are just going to continue to grow. Our Instagram followers love them so much as well!


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Q: Dessert bar, cake, or both?

Melody:  I would say our brides are about 60/40. 60% get cake and mini desserts while about 40% do just a cake. I personally like mini desserts and a designed wedding cake since you get the best of both worlds!

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Q: What tips do you have for brides working with a cake designer?

Melody: Definitely bring them as much inspiration as possible and then trust them to do their job! We come up with the best designs when clients let us dream them up using techniques they might not have ever thought of or ones we have never tried yet!

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Q: What are the biggest mistakes brides make when ordering a cake?

Melody: I think the biggest mistake would be just to look in a magazine or on a website and then pick a cake design you like and tell your cake decorator to copy that exact design. I definitely understand that clients might fall in love with a certain look that has already been created, but I think it is always important to change it up a little and personalize it…you only get one time to dream up a wedding cake!


Thanks, Melody! We appreciate you taking the time to chat with us and giving us the inside scoop on the beautiful cakes you create.

xo, NKTB


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