This is a vanilla fondant and dark chocolate ganache covered chocolate mud cake. I live close to the beach here in Australia so in the past few weeks I collected some shells with great textures and made moulds from them by pressing them into some plain pastillage. Pastillage dries very hard. Then I used some ivory coloured gumpaste and pressed that into my moulds and made shells; these were allowed to dry for a few days before I coloured them with cream petal dust; the dolphin bride and groom and the frangipanni (plummeria) flowers are also made from gumpaste. The widely spaced cornelie type piping is done in royal icing. The tiny frangipanni flowers on the bride's veil were tiny ejector flowers.
I didn't tell the bride that I was including some frangipannis (plummeria) on her cake - I knew that they were a favourite flower. When she arrived she had frangipannis (plummeria) in her hair and was just blown away that I had included them on her cake.