Exclusive: See Honey Boo Boo’s Sister’s Surprisingly Classic Wedding Cake

08/13/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

Honey Boo Boo Family Wedding
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Despite her “redneck” roots as Honey Boo Boo’s sister, Anna “Chickadee” Shannon chose a wedding cake that was, as her family members would say, “beautimous.”

The wedding of the 19-year-old bride, who married Michael Cardwell on May 3, will air on TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo finale on Thursday night, but PEOPLE got the full scoop about the wedding cake.

Buddy Valastro Cake
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The first fact you need to know: The cake was baked by Mama June’s sister Joanne Shannon of The Cake Box Bakery in Griffin, Georgia. (Fans of the show will remember June’s brief stint working there.)

Anna, who saw the design in a magazine and sent the photo to her aunt, asked for her 3-tier cake to be decorated with an elegant white-meets-Tiffany-blue color scheme. And talk about a labor of love: It took Joanne about a day to complete the trio of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors for her niece.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds swapped their wedding finery for more casual outfits that also coordinated with their cake and decor colors (but of course!).

Buddy Valastro Cake
Mark Von Holden/AP

Both the bride and her mom apparently have strong feelings about frosting. Though the cake’s exterior looks sturdy and flawless despite the sunny day, that’s buttercream, not fondant, covering the layers — because both Anna and June really dislike fondant.

Like the cake, the rest of the wedding was also rather Pinterest-worthy, with fun touches like painted mason jars filled with daisies, rough-hewn tree stumps marking the aisles and a bridal party decked out in a mix of whites, neutrals and bright pops of blue.

Buddy Valastro Cake
Mark Von Holden/AP

And of course there were the must-have kid moments: The pageant star herself made an appearance down the aisle in an eyelet dress with a tulle underlay and the bride’s two-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, walked in with her mom and the groom in an adorable dress with a blue flower pattern.

Buddy Valastro Cake
Mark Von Holden/AP

Anyone who’s ever hosted (or attended!) a wedding knows that there’s always at least one element of the day that doesn’t go according to plan. For Anna and Michael, it was their cake topper: The mini bride and groom were supposed to be blond, but the company sent the wrong one. However, since it arrived just days before the wedding and there wasn’t time to fix, the couple just used it anyway!

—Lexi Dwyer

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whatever on

overall much nicer than I would’ve expected

Karen on

She is a beautiful, classy looking bride. Congrats to her. Good to see something beautiful come out of that family.

Brooke on

Dammit…..It makes me so mad to see Alana getting bigger and bigger. June – DO SOMETHING.

Connie on

Very pretty wedding and I’d like to know who her wedding planner was because no way did Mama June put this together.

chris on

Very pretty. Best wishes to the happy couple.

auntblue on

The commercial for the wedding has Mama June stating, that they will be lucky to have hot dogs and a preacher at the reception. I can only watch this show in very small doses. However, the wedding did seem to turn out nice.

jenniferyterry on

Very pretty

claire on

The producers of the show took care of wedding details for sure. Too classy for Mama June

Ruthie on

Hope they are doing good.

sunny. on

dammit. i want some cake now.

Julie on

I’ve never watched the show, but you’d think that the mother could at least put on a dress for her daughter’s wedding. She’s sitting in the front row in black pants!

Anonymous on

(whistle) Kudos to the spectacular wedding cake and congrats to the marriage! Hope they last a lifetime – HE’s watching.

charlotte on

Very nice and tastefully done, all things considered! Best of luck to the young couple.

apple orchard on

Honey Boo Boo = diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure in the making, if they haven’t already arrived. That’s child abuse.

Sandra on

I prefer butter creme to fondant any day.

Ciparliamo on

Alana is too big too be a flower girl…..Kaitlyn is adorable and should have had center stage…not Alana….

Cee Dee on

June needs to be watching Alana’s calories even if she doesn’t care about her own. She is a cute & smart little girl and would be so much more attractive without all the extra pounds.

alex on

See even trailer park people can be semi normal.. this family shouldnt even be on TV

Katy on

Anna reminds me of Marilyn Munster, the only pretty, normal one in the family, LOL.

This is my daughter’s favorite show and while they are pretty gross to watch, they are a loving family. Much better than the witch that is Kate Gosselin. I would that June over her for a mother any day.

jhoran85 on

While their diet and presumed lack of physical activity certainly plays a factor, I think in this family’s case, genetics and potential thyroid or other medical issues are coming into play as well. Given that 3 of the 4 daughters are overweight, but none of them share the same father, they may have inherited a medical issue or issues from their mother which could be contributing to their weight problems.

bitsy on

can we say Honey Moo Moo!!! Good lord that child needs help.

Annie on

I like that blue/green dress she is wearing.

charlotte on

love the guest in the background of the 3rd picture, wearing cut offs, LOL. country folk crack me up!

Heather on

Very cute!

freya on

I’ll say Mama June looks beautiful. Call them what you want but this family is an epitome of a modern American family.

Anonymous on

Is Honey Boo Boo ill? I have never watched this program but wasn’t she at one point supposed to be a pageant girl? She looks unwell or a child of her age.

CJM on

You’re not supposed to eat the fondant, it’s only to cover the cake.

cecile white on

Actually looks like a nice wedding. Not as tacky as I would have expected. Much classier than June’s “wedding”! At least there was no camouflage! Pretty cake too.

Lindy on

Anna is the only one who is not overweight..the others need to do something NOW !!!!!!

Lesli on

Alana is a miniature mama June…what a shame…

Taylor on

I can’t believe people are making comments about a child’s weight! Very low. It’s not your place to judge.

Anonymous on

Everybody has some honey boo-boo family members.Love them.All the best to the bride and groom.

ana on

@CJM: That’s the stupidest thing I have heard in a while! Don’t talk about what you don’t know.

ShugieBear on

I LOVE this family! They can be pretty gross at times but really do love each other and don’t care what anyone thinks of them, which is refreshing . The wedding color scheme is awesome! Anna is a beautiful bride, that little Kaitlyn is adorable and I wish Anna and Michael all the best. I agree about Alana, she is headed for medical issues at a young age.

Jenna on

Ooh Honey Boo Boo looked lovely!

Celi on

Omg.It’s so cute.They’re wonderful together,hope they’ll be forever together.Anna is a wonderful bride!And Kaitlyn is adorable ahw❤Btw why ALMOST everybody looks Alana? Now,Anna is the main charachter not her!It’s about the wedding ,not about how fat is she or anybody else…/Sorry for the mistakes :)

Tanya on

Wow this was really nice. I never would have assumed it was “Chickadee” if People didn’t say “Honey Boo Boo’s sister.” This was really classy. I wish they did more classy things on the show. Very nice overall.

Vicki K on

I wish people wouldn’t be so rude to comment on a little girls size. Anyway, this family may have some ways that are different from other families, but they sure love each other. That’s part of the appeal to me. Give me a show with down to earth people any day over spoiled, rich snobs.

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