After the beautiful coffee table book Butterflies and All Things Sweet: The Story of Ms B’s Cakes debuted to international praise in 2013, and received three top awards thereafter, many anticipated the next creation from its author, the international style guru Bonnae Gokson. The wait was all of five years, but well worth it. This month, the renowned cake stylist launches her second book, Weddings, Butterflies, & The Sweetest Dreams in Manila (26-27 September) and in New York (4 October) in an event hosted by Vera Wang. For the Hong Kong launch, Gokson would like to do it when she opens her third cake shop in this Asian capital she calls home.
“This wedding celebration book gives interesting images of details on special occasions across the world,” says Gokson. “Like, how most Javanese brides wear their hair, weddings held in bare nature in Colorado, night moods on food in Australia, and my crafted cakes paired with each scenario.”
The idea for the book came about when Gokson saw a photo of a high-profile couple’s wedding in Italy. “I thought the wedding cake was a letdown,” she says. “It looked roughly finished and just didn’t match the romantic setting.” She saw the need for a book that “shows multi-cultural celebrations in a more refined way of capturing images. And since I love to pair my cakes with beautiful settings and share them on Instagram, I thought... why not?”