â€œCakes are an iconic moment in a wedding,â€ Mr. Luscia added. The coupleâ€™s â€œrepresented how we saw our lives and how we saw ourselves: equals, standing side by side as we got married,â€ he said.
Ms. Weinstock attended the pairâ€™s wedding as a guest, and later in the evening, before the cutting of the cake, she gave a speech. â€œShe was standing behind her cakes, wearing a long, dressy shirtâ€ that was silver and black, Mr. Luscia said. â€œShe looked like a shining star. Thatâ€™s who she was.â€
Michele Brown, 52, and Steven Louis Sweetwood, 58
Their Wedding June 23, 1990, at the Pierre Hotel in New York. (The couple later divorced in 2018.)
â€œOur wedding cake was extravagant, stunning and elegant. It was six or eight tiers with hundreds of blush and pale pink edible flowers â€” peonies, roses and orchids â€” that matched the color of my bridesmaidsâ€™ dresses,â€ said Ms. Brown, who raises funds for charitable organizations. â€œThe inside was chocolate with vanilla icing. The outside was all white.â€
Ms. Brown added, â€œThe cake was so tall that when it was wheeled out, it started to fall, but they caught it.â€
The cakeâ€™s brush with gravity came after an even bigger scare: Weeks before the wedding, Mr. Sweetwood had a rare carcinoid tumor in his lung removed, and the couple didnâ€™t know if they would have to postpone.
When the time came to cut the cake, Ms. Brown said, â€œTears were running down our faces. The cake signified that scary, bad times were past us and the start of everything sweet and beautiful was ahead.â€