Desirie White and Jess Dowd's baker canceled at the last minute, but Rebecca Riley, the owner of the bakery Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, came to the rescue.
Desirie White and Jess Dowd, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, were all set to marry at their dream wedding. However, with just a month to go before their big day, their baker canceled on them on discriminatory grounds. This meant they were left without a cake. Frustrated by the turn of events, they decided to post about their experience. That is when Rebecca Riley, the owner of the bakery Peace, Love, and Cupcakes in Syracuse, discovered the couple. She, too, felt upset by the situation. So, she offered to help out and ended up saving the day, Syracuse.com reports.
Love is love is love. Beautiful gesture by a local baker and great story by @kirk_rylee: https://t.co/iEum7eC6Kl— Katrina Tulloch (@katrinatulloch) August 10, 2022
White and Dowd posted their original baker's cancelation email online. It read, "I will not be able to do this for you. My refusal to make your cake is based on my fidelity to the God of Scripture." When Riley stumbled on their post, she checked out the couple's profiles via Facebook and soon learned that they lived just about three hours away from Syracuse. She thought it would be no problem to bake the couple a cake and deliver it to their wedding location. As she could not comment on the post herself, she shared it on her bakery's Facebook page and asked folks if they could put her in touch with either White or Dowd. "I cannot begin to tell you all how furious this makes me," Riley posted. "The only way to fight this hate is with LOVE!"
Finally, the baker was able to get in touch with White. According to her, she had made it clear to the first baker that the occasion was a lesbian wedding. In her Facebook post, she explained how hurt she had been when she received the cancelation email. At first, she shared the post privately. However, a friend encouraged her to share the post publicly. White said in an interview with Syracuse.com, "I immediately started crying, like something hit me in the gut. With the nature of it, I could not keep quiet. I did not want it to happen to others."
When the post went public, support for the couple came pouring in, including from Riley. Together, White and the baker discussed the details of the perfect wedding cake. They ultimately settled on a vegan lemon cake due to White's dietary restrictions. The icing on the cake (pun intended), however, was that Riley pledged the cake would be completely free for the couple. She affirmed, "We are gonna make it happen." According to the bakery owner, she wanted to take a stand against hate. Riley stated, "The point is to combat that hate with a grand gesture of love."