This week, we’re so excited to feature one of our very favorite wedding businesses: Kendall’s Cakes! Our good friend Kendall Barrett, founder of Kendall’s Cakes, is now pursuing some exciting new things, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to get to know the company’s new CEO, Meghan De Angelis. She’s so incredibly talented at what she does, and was generous enough to take time to share her thoughts on weddings below. Ready to meet Meghan? Here we go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? I’ve always loved cooking and baking. I used to sit under my grandparents’ dining room table watching Julia Child’s cooking show on their tiny portable TV. Making wedding cakes was always a dream of mine so I went to culinary school and then traveled a bit and worked at a few resorts. When the opportunity came to work with Kendall I was over the moon. So, I moved back to the DC area and dove into everything wedding.
What do you do when you are not working? When not working I try to relax by practicing Bikram Yoga, quilting, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? I like to let the couple describe their vision and then work with them to create a cake that will fit seamlessly into what they already have established.
What inspires you in your work? Everything around me is inspiring. I am a quilter as well so I love fabric and patterns. There are so many different textures in nature as well. Looking through magazines at pottery, linens, clothes, or even invitation designs can all inspire some cake idea.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? Being able to work with a couple to bring a vision they have in their head to reality.
What do you think sets your company apart from other cake bakers? We use all the very best ingredients. Some people use lower grade ingredients to save a bit of money, but we know that what you put in is what you get out. By using King Arthur flour and Plugra butter for example, we get the very best tasting products possible.
What do you love about weddings? I love that they are all different. Each couple brings different family traditions, personal styles, and likes and dislikes. Once all these things are accounted for each wedding is so different and special.
What do you hate about weddings? I hate that there’s so much pressure on the couple. It is their special day to commit to each other in front of their closest friends and family. They spend so much time focusing on trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings and trying to make everyone happy that a lot of times the focus is lost.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Attack one or two things at a time. Trying to do everything at once is completely overwhelming. Focus on the bigger picture first and then the smaller details.
Open mic, final thoughts: There’s no wrong way to do a wedding. Big or small, ornate or simple, traditional or modern, the list goes on and on. All that matters is that at the end of the day you get to be married.
Thanks for chatting with us Meghan!