Sugarcomb Wedding | Tara & Nathan

You may recognize Tara, Sugarcomb’s fabulous Design & Coordination Lead. She tied the knot with Nathan at The Old Chaser Farm last August, and it was spectacular. The two have known each other since childhood; Tara just showed me a photo the other day of Nathan’s father holding her as a baby, what rare and amazing roots these two’s lives have together. You could say that Tara’s instinctual love of color and paper (and Nathan!) had just about everything to do with this  event, from the delicate corals, mints and golds, to her self-designed letterpressed papers and the tissue fringe, it was all perfection. Enjoy looking through this airy and bright farm wedding. I can say it’s one of the hardest I’ve ever had to edit down for the blog, the images that Julie Harmsen captured were so gorgeous that there was simply too much good stuff to choose from. Sugarcomb is so lucky to have such an amazing bride and planner on our team. Congratulations, Tara and Nathan!

Photography: Julie Harmsen Photography Wedding Design & Coordination: Sugarcomb Venue: The Old Chaser Farm, Vashon Island Catering: The Corson Building Floral Design: Marigold and Mint Balloons & Frill: Geronimo Balloons Paper Goods & Signage: Sugarcomb Desserts: Bakery Nouveau Tara’s Wedding Gown: Vera Wang from Marcella’s La Boutique

Blueberry Harvest Wedding Inspiration with Jasmine Star

We were excited to have our latest styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty and The Jasmine Star Photography Blog today! Below are images of our designs, shot by JD and Jasmine Star. The vision was to create a worldly palette with mixed patterns and textures; it translates well as a summer or fall palette.

This shoot was also the premier of Sugarcomb’s new Paper Goods services! We are in the process of launching our full collection…find more details here!

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Design: Sugarcomb
Photography: JD & Jasmine Star Photography
Venue: Sodo Park
Flowers: July Floral Design
Cake: The Sweet Side
Paper Goods: Sugarcomb
Linens: La Tavola
Beauty: Nikoma Souza

Sugarcomb Wedding | Jennifer & Jerry by Barbara Kinney Photography

Jennifer and Jerry were married in August at The Palace Ballroom in Downtown Seattle. The couple owns Guardian Cellars in Woodinville and they wanted to enjoy a fun evening with their friends and family, centered around delectable Tom Douglas cuisine and delicious wines. Jennifer asked Sugarcomb to design their “Vintage Glam” inspired celebration and we excitedly jumped on board. She had a gorgeous Luly Yang gown that we used as the guiding light for their design to follow. To set the scene for the ceremony I sourced a towering vintage corner cupboard from Vintage Ambiance, which was filled with lush colorful flowers and Glassybaby votives, framed by a sheer vanilla fabric backdrop. Overhead hung a dazzling vintage crystal chandelier. I created their escort card display by hand-painting Jennifer and Jerry’s J&J motif, created by Cheree Berry Paper, onto an oak wine barrel from their winery. It later doubled as a backdrop in their wine bottle favor display. The tables were topped with champagne pink linens, colorful votives, menu’s by Hum Creative and punch-bowl florals from Finch and Thistle. The evening was so full of love and cheerful guests who danced, laughed and posed the night away in their 321 Foto booth.
Aside from Jennifer’s work at the winery, she doubles as a reporter for The Seattle Times. That is where she first met their wedding photographer, Barbara Kinney, years ago. Barbara is a Seattle local; her beyond impressive career is most recognised in the wedding industry for photographing Chelsea Clinton’s wedding last year. Enjoy, I’ll follow up with future posts on design details!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Palace Ballroom
Photography: Barbara Kinney Photography
Flowers: Finch and Thistle Event Design
Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper
Printed Matter (Menus, Escort Cards, Favor Tags) : Hum Creative
Calligraphy: Letter’s by Ellen
Catering: Tom Douglas Catering
Cakes: The People’s Cake
Bride’s Ceremony Attire: Luly Yang, Christian Louboutin
Bride’s Reception Attire: Calla Bridal, Kate Spade
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Gene Juarez Salon
Groom’s Formal Wear: Barney’s, Nordstrom
Rings: LT Denny Jewelers, The Jewelry Source
Reception Music: DJ D’Lemma
Ceremony Music: Phillip Peterson, Cellist
Videography: Blake Pedersen Videography
Favors: Guardian Cellars
Photo Booth: 321 Foto
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance, BBJ Linen, Pedersen’s, Glassybaby

Wedding Fashion Inspiration | Sachin + Babi

Spring 2011 Fashion Week starts today! Yesterday Sachin + Babi released photos of their line; I came across a look that would be great inspiration for an alternative bridesmaid dress.  I love the sparkle, the idea of a belted two-tone ensemble and the muted romantic colors…

Photo Courtesy of Sachin + Babi via style.com
Here are a few coordinating accessories to complete the picture…
  Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Fashion Tip | Weather or Not

Happy Bridesmaids equal a happy Bride! In consideration of the upcoming seasons (hard as it is to say goodbye to the warm weather), it’s a great idea to give your bridesmaids some weather appropriate dress and shoe options. Warmer fabrics like satin and taffeta will greatly add to their comfort, as well as considering the dress length and sleeve options.  There are masses of dressy shoe options in velvet and suede as well as booties for a little bit more coverage. Here are some ideas…
  Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items

TOUR DE FORCE | swoon-worthy headpieces!

They’re over the top, full of playful personality and made with luxurious folds of fabric.  London based Tour de Force is a designer that makes unique fashions and headpieces that have completely rocked my world today.  They are not for every bride but if you think you can pull one of these babies off at your wedding, PLEASE DO, and don’t forget to send me pictures!  I’m putting one on my wish-list since I can’t stop daydreaming about wearing one to a party someday. They ship to the states and create custom bridal pieces upon request.
Photos by: Kiyotaka Hatanaka

Lace Necklaces | Delicate Wedding Inspiration

I came across these necklaces by White Owl, they are so delicate and nostalgic; I love the lighthearted feeling.  They are made using new and re-purposed materials, the owner describes herself as a lover of art, flea markets and great style.
Here is more inspiration on the same light & airy note…
Click on the Polyvore collection to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Inspiration | Elie Saab On the Runway

A fabric draped dream, the Elie Saab Fall 2010 Couture Collection is one of the most inspirational shows I have ever laid eyes on.

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Sheers, lace, texture, reflection, rich muted tones – it’s flowing perfection.  Notice the color variation between dresses and on each garment. The dresses look like they are laid on the models, wrapped around and secured for a perfect fit.
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Featured Find | Davie & Chiyo Bridal Clutches

I stumbled across, and fell in love with, these darling clutches by Davie & Chiyo.  A brand created in Vancouver by two sisters in 2009.  They are detailed with luxurious fabrics, bits of shabby chic and modern lines.  If one of these (or any of the others in their etsy shop) aren’t exactly what you need, they take customized orders!  What a sweet gift for your bridesmaid’s and a perfect evening-out clutch. They start at $55 and offer a discount for bridal orders of 3 purses and more.
 

Wedding Advice | Thinking Outside of the {SHOE} Box.

If you search for Bridal Shoes online, you will find pages and pages of stores that specialize in various classic styles of white silk and satin shoes.  Just pick your style and your size and in 7-10 days it’s all yours.  Bam, done, cross it off your list of things to do.  Why has this become the standard?  Let’s apply a valuable lesson we learned in grade school and think outside of the box.  Bridal footwear options have come a long way since my mom wore bright white polyester platform pumps on her wedding day.  Have some fun with it!
With the right pair of shoes, a bride can express her sense of style through its shape, color and embellishments.  The added bonus is that you get to walk away {pun intended} from the best day of your life with a fabulous pair of shoes that will continue along your journey with you.
My own wedding shoes were a pair of Loeffler Randall peep-toes in baby-pink metallic leather and I’ve worn them quite a few times since our big day.  Yes, they were an investment piece, but I still love them as much, if not more, than I did at our wedding.  Their timeless style and craftsmanship will carry on for years to come and how great is it that I can reach for that box in my closet and wear them out to dinners, events or even our anniversary?  Ooh, I should wear them on Valentines Day this weekend!
Now, yes, I’m a sucker for an expensive shoe {I can’t help it, they’re drawn to me}, but there are plenty of budget-friendly, stylish choices out there that would be great alternatives to a classic bridal shoe.  Leather, feathers, tulle, crystals, booties or bows; jewel tone, pastel, saturated color, even black; there are hundreds of stunning options that will add a unique quality to your bridal fashion statement.  Explore your options before you check this one off your list!
Already married?  Planning a wedding and just found your dream shoes?  What’s your take on the subject?
Please note I resisted adding a single pair of Louboutin’s to the collection above.  That should serve as solid proof that I do not have an addiction. :)
Click on the Polyvore collection for information on where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1002 | Outstanding Orange

I love orange, a lot of people love orange, but it is one high maintenance color!  Easy to misuse, complicated to blend, quick to overwhelm.  So, what is one to do who must have orange in their wedding?  The key is to make it work with your palette, rather than against it.  Orange is best used with equally warm neutrals.  A warm cream and toasty charcoal are the perfect pair to tone down the powerful color and let it stand out as a beautiful pop of energy.
Below is my compilation of items that fit this perfect palette.  Flirty bridesmaids dresses, a fun Swarovski goldfish bracelet, and the star of the show is the amazingly flirty and fun Badgley Mischka ruffle flower t-strap sandal on the bottom right.  Delicious!

Planning Your Wedding | The First Decision


Photo: Vera Wang Spring 2010  verawangonweddings.com


Photo: Vera Wang Spring 2010  verawangonweddings.com
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and the holidays behind us, the newly (and nearly) engaged are everywhere!  If you’re one of them, one of those grand moments is occurring in your life.  I’m guessing you’ve found it’s followed by a whirlwind, right?  The excitement, telling your friends and family, showing off the ring, the questions everyone is asking about your wedding plans, the advice coming from every direction.  Where do you start?  Not all brides have one of those notorious wedding binders they made when they were 8 years old, full of bits and pieces of their dream wedding, photos, fabrics and inspiration that they added over the years.  What most of us do is get anxious and want to jump into making lots of major decisions at once.  Choosing the date, finding your location(s), picking colors, choosing flowers, ordering the cake, signing a photographer and committing yourself to things because they’re available is common, but maybe they don’t feel quite right because you can’t see the overall picture yet.  Sound familiar?
Here is the best advice I can give to a newly engaged girl:  “Slow down! Enjoy where you are at in life for a few quiet moments.  Start gathering inspiration from wedding magazines’ and websites.  Then, before you do anything else, make an appointment at a bridal gown boutique.”
If you’ve done it before you know that trying on wedding dresses is an experience like no other.  The usual rules of fashion go completely out the window.  What you walk in liking is very rarely what you leave with.  For example, I went in with planning to find a light and airy halter gown and went home with a lush silk strapless drop waist gown.  I know my body and what kinds of clothes fit me the best, but this isn’t like prom dress shopping, ladies.  Saying that bridal fashion is a whole other world is not an exaggeration.  The perfect wedding dress finds you.  You need to go in with an open mind, and trust your gut.  The reason I advise this as your first big wedding decision is because you never know what kind of dress you will fall in love with.
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A wedding is made up of many elements that come together to form one grand event.  Common with any type of design, if you want a flawless final product, all of the elements should mesh well together, be consistent and complimentary to one another.  Finding out what type of gown is going to make you feel like a gorgeous bride is the perfect first puzzle piece in this journey of decisions.  It is something solid you can use to base the remaining decisions off of.  The formality of your gown can assist you in what direction you should go with your venue and beyond.  If you fall in love with an elaborately adorned couture ball gown, there are venues that dress will look better in than others, like a ball room glistening with over-sized chandeliers.  If you fall in love with a flowy organic cotton v-neck gown, it’s just begging to be worn in a relaxed outdoor wedding or a rustic airy space.  If you want advice on all of the following decisions you need to make, just ask your dress!  It should be a reflection of yourself; it is one of the few elements of the wedding (along with your groom, your guest-book and gifts) that you will still be able to hold onto after the wedding.  It’s one of those things that a girl will love forever; it is the perfect jumping off point in an amazing journey ahead of you.   So, slow down…and make an appointment at a bridal gown boutique.  You’ll see what I’m talking about.
Been there?  Share what the experience was like for you.
Photo: Corina Lecca. Reem Acra Fall 2010.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1001 | Spring Fashion Inspiration

As a designer, I find inspiration everywhere. One of my favorite things to do is flip though the latest runway shows on style.com. I get crazy inspired by the latest shows; the textures, the colors, the hairstyles. On a recent drool-fest through the Sonia Rykiel Spring 2010 RTW show pictures knew I had to make a color palette out of a few of my favorite shots. The muted lilac, vibrant citrus and pops of bold, saturated colors are so rich and would look delicious whether in your closet, living room or at your wedding. Yum!
  
Click here to view the show in its entirety.
Photographer: Marcio Madeira