Well, our adventures in cake land are finally over. It took a while to get everything finalized, but the effort seems to be worth the wait. I met with our baker (Petit 4) this morning and everything was agreed upon. The cake will consist of rich chocalately goodness, with a smattering of berries. Or, as described by our baker: Delicious Sacher torte (chocolate almond) soaked in Grand Marnier, filled with ganache, raspberries and blackberries, and bittersweet chocolate buttercream. The outside shall be decorated with Italian meringue buttercream with straight edges and elegant borders.
If you look really hard and squint your eyes at these two pictures, you might be able to imagine what our cake will look like: