As it got closer to the wedding and I hadn't found a class I started to worry. Luckily for me my friend Alison was teaching a class on fondant for the girls at my church so I went to watch and pick her brain. She taught how to make a simple fondant out of marshmallows and powdered sugar and showed us some basics like rolling out the fondant, covering a cake and making simple flowers.
A few days later I went over to Alison's house and we played around with fondant strips and tried different ruffling techniques on a fondant covered bowl. She gave me some additional pointers and let me borrow some cake pans and decorating tools. She even made up some batches of fondant to take with me so I wouldn't have to worry about making a good batch of fondant when I got there. I hope I can pay it forward someday.
At this point I figured I could pull this off but I didn't know how long it would take or how hard it would be to decorate a real cake. Eventually we all agreed that it would be best to use styrofoam for the base and actual cake for the second layer. With the faux base I could make the ruffled layer ahead of time and then finish the edible second layer the day of the wedding. The top layer was a fondant covered wood disc. I used gray, satin ribbon as an accent (and to cover up the ragged bottom edges). The bride and groom cut and served each other pieces of the middle section of real cake and the guests were served pre-cut slices of sheet cake.
I made the bride and groom cake top figures from wooden clothespins and wooden heads and bases. The arms were made with wire covered with paper. The faces and hair were hand painted with acrylic paint. I used a pom pom for the bride's ponytail. The clothes were made out of lace, ribbon and felt and tried to match their real outfits. These were lot's of fun to make and I think they look a lot like the cute couple!