Last night I was lucky enough to see Jeff Mangum perform in Oakland – something I never thought would happen when I fell in love with this album 12 years ago and discovered that the band had just broken up and the lead singer/songwriter hated touring. Amazingly, he changed his mind a few years ago and has done small tours, mostly solo performances. His voice is indescribably powerful, and he often uses it like an instrument, with sounds rather than words, sustaining certain notes longer than seems possible. It was fantastic, and the audience was really polite and well-behaved – I think everyone was just so happy to be there.

This is one of the cakes from the weekend’s weddings – it was at a private estate just south of Carmel, with gorgeous views overlooking the bay. The weather was perfect – sunny and breezy – and the cake matched the understated elegance of the whole affair:


Whipped cream cake with fresh strawberries, and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, all frosted with Italian meringue buttercream. The pattern on the central tier was copied from their invitation design. (Photo taken by the talented Meghan Bailey.)