PHOTO: See Lisa Niemi’s Stunning White, 4-Tier Wedding Cake

05/30/2014 at 02:21 PM ET

Lisa Niemi's Wedding Cake

Donna Newman

Though Lisa Niemi and Albert DePrisco were clearly the main attraction at their May 25 nuptials at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, their four-tier wedding cake got a lot of attention, too.

Perhaps even more impressive: The baker, Esmeralda Pinilla, of Couture Cakes in Delray Beach, Florida, had less than a week to design and prepare the custom confection for Niemi (the widow of actor Patrick Swayze) and her husband-to-be. Normally, she has anywhere from two weeks to a year, she says.

“Lisa and Albert came into the shop about ten days before the wedding and looked at my photo albums to get an idea of their choices,” Pinilla tells PEOPLE. “But when they saw a photo of an all-white cake hanging on the wall, that’s the one they wanted.”

The groom, a jeweler, was especially enamored with having “a real white cake,” inside and out, calling himself “traditional,” Pinilla says. So she used cake flour, which is whiter than all-purpose, and white vanilla extract, instead of the more common brown.

Covered in silky white fondant, the white-cake layers were decorated with edible gum-paste lilies and calla lilies, and edged with edible pearls. The handmade blossoms echoed the real wedding flowers.

The filling was whipped cream instead of vanilla custard, “which is too yellow,” the baker says, describing the cake as “simple yet elegant.”

“They were such a sweet couple,” says Pinilla, who scheduled a cake tasting for them the Tuesday before the wedding. “When they were done eating, Albert picked up their plates and put them in the sink. That’s when Lisa joked, ‘Now you see why I’m marrying him!'”

For more exclusive photos and details from inside Niemi’s wedding, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Guest on

Classy all the way.

Anonymous on

Simple elegance…just like Lisa! So glad she’s found love again.

Europa225 on

Yum….I wouldn’t mind a piece of that cake…

idon'thaveaclue on

very beautiful…looks delicious. But I have no idea who either of these people are.

Guest1709 on

Very nice. Wouldn’t say it is “stunning”. Just like any other wedding cake.

sally on

Beautiful cake, it looks delicious!

Dawn on

Everything about her wedding is classy and elegant. Best wishes to her and her new husband.

sally on

@idon’t haveaclue, i’m not sure who he is but, she was married to Patrick Swayze!

Oh Well on

I really like the cake. So simple, clean, and elegant.

Kim on

Beautiful! Congrats!

Leslie on

Simple, elegant. Patrick is smiling down on Lisa.

Leslie on

Simple and elegant. Patrick is smiling down on Lisa.

SandXWest on

Just a cake.

yahoo on

It’s a beautiful cake except for the antlers etched on the sides.

guest on

I’m glad she found happiness, again.

Anonymous on

I am so happy for her! She is a very classy lady! The pictures in People this week were beautiful!

Guest on

Beautiful cake like a beautiful couple. I wish them all the best.

Vicki on

To “Yahoo”-Those aren’t antlers etched in the side. Those are white doves if I’m not mistaken’. 🙂

DaisyMoon on

Beautiful cake, but there’s no such thing as white vanilla extract, unless it’s imitation…pure vanilla is always brown.

DaisyMoon on

To clarify, white vanilla means clear…

guest on

glad she’s happy

Anonymous on

I’m so happy for you….congrats! !!

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Pam on

Yuck, not a fan of fondant! I’m a baker and I knew that was the one thing my wedding cake wouldn’t have.

Linsey on

Would anyone else want to see Lisa’s classy wedding on the cover of People instead of the King and Queen of KarTRASHian?

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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My neighbour’s sister has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out…..

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