May 19, 2015 05:46 PM

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When Heather Morris married her longtime love Taylor Hubbell on May 16th at the Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California, she choose an unconventional cake to compliment her rustic, outdoor reception.

Instead of a typical tiered dessert, the Glee actress opted for four separate mini cakes, which were propped on top of small crates and tree stump bases.

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“They were [part of] four tiers and if you stacked them, it would look like just a normal [wedding] cake,” the couple’s wedding planner Cari Izaguirre, owner of All Occasions Event Planning, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “But Heather’s thought was, since she wanted to go with that rustic style, that doing a tiered cake didn’t really fit [the aesthetic]. Plus she wanted to use different flavors so that way her guests could choose because a lot of times with a tiered cake, people don’t really know what flavors are what.”

Making it even easier, elegant little signs displayed the three flavors, which included a white cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry puree, a white cake with strawberries and french whipped cream and the two chocolate cakes with chocolate mousse.

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After a tasting with the Bread Basket Cake Company, the Camarillo, California bakery that baked the cakes, the couple was thrilled with their choices.

“The groom loved all of the flavors but Heather’s favorite was the white cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry puree,” says Izaguirre. “At the wedding, after we cut it, she was like ‘can you please bring me a big piece of that?’ She was excited. It was really cute.”

As for the cake accents: “Heather’s not a frilly, ballgown-type of girl. She’s more natural and down-to-earth so I think their cake represented that really well by just having it on the crates with just simple white garden roses.”

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Although the couple even managed to incorporate their wedding colors and decor into the cake. To “tie it into” the burlap runners that were placed on each wood table, a strip of burlap and blue-green ribbon was placed at the base of each cake.

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And for the guest who wanted to further satisfy their sweet tooth, there was a candy buffet full of the newlyweds’ favorite candies such as chocolate covered pretzels, zebra popcorn with chocolate, blue M&Ms, blue sour ropes and sour patch kids, “which matched their wedding colors,” says Izaguirre.

The dessert bar also included a picture of Morris and Hubbell with their 1 year-old son, Elijah.

For more exclusive photos of Heather Morris’ gorgeous wedding, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. 

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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