Ok everyone, here it comes!
The shells are white chocolate. As much as I would like to take the credit for the shells, I ordered them online athttp://www.creativecelebrations.org/WeddingCakes.html
You can email Brenda for a price list. When I received them, I saw how simple they must've been to make them so I made more of my own for decorations in the netting. So easy!
The coral is made from royal icing and simply piped onto wax paper or parchment. I let them dry for one day and they were ready! Just be careful; they are very fragile so make plenty of extras in all sizes! The cake was supposed to be set up at the same place I baked it (ourdoor), but due to a forcast of rain, I was forced to transport the cake 1/2 hr. away and set it up in a hall. While this was pretty stressful, it did take my worries off of the heat melting the frosting!
The base cake was a 12" octagon made with one layer white and the other a citrus blend I created by using orange/pineapple juice in place of water, then marbling in a mixture of white batter mixed with peach and apricot jello. The next layer is 10" with one layer chocolate hazelnut and the other "hummingbird" cake. The top layer was 6" and all snickerdoodle flavor. I made a butter white cake and swirled in a cinnamon mixture I normally use for cinnamon rolls. Everyone loved that one!
We also made some white chocolate palm trees which added some green to the table. I also made some "real" looking coral by dipping grape stems in white chocolate that I think someone here suggested! The sand is graham cracker crumbs. We then added the netting, lights and candles and we were done!
All in all, it was so simple and small! We only needed to serve 40 people. I was so happy and still am! Wish we could have a special place to post personal pics of we so choosed. We had some really great beach pictures.
I had to do a wedding cake for the very next weekend after we got back! ugh! too soon! That is the basketweave with blue roses in my pics. I have another to start this week. yikes.
Thanks for all of your comments and congrats! Cake decorators are wonderful people!