I love photographing weddings (we all know that duh!). Capturing tender moments between bride and groom, a bride and her father dancing. Making sure details are taken with care; shoes, gown, rings and the cake. One day I was attending seminar the my friend Kelly Mitchell (Agent Caffeine) was giving and as she moved to the next slide and this is what appeared “Romans began relationships with the sharing of cake. I read it once and then again, and then it got me thinking…really??? Being the curious girl that I am, I went ahead and googled “Romans Sharing Cake”…and what popped up on browser was super interesting and sparked my interest in where wedding traditions came from. So with that I’m going to feature a wedding tradition here. Let me know if there’s one you’re interested in.
The Wedding cake has dated as far back as the Romans in which the it wasn’t the sweet confection we know today. Instead it was made from wheat and barley and was shaped more like a roll. The groom would eat part of the cake and then break the rest of it over his bride’s head. It was a to be a sign of prosperity and a blessing for long life and many children. The guests would also have partaken in having a crumb themselves believing they would also share the bride and groom’s future prosperity, a tradition carried over to today of sharing of cake.
During the Medieval Times is where we see the cakes starting to appear being made out of flour but still not sweetened. These would be piled up as high as possible making it difficult for them to kiss over it. If they were successful it was a sign of lifetime of prosperity. Later during the Medieval period is when we start to see the cakes to contain sugar and frosting and the tradition continues today!