“High Fashion Wedding Photography” Styled Shoot with Brett Florens

This past fall we had the pleasure of working with South African photographer Brett Florens, and the online education company creativeLIVE. Brett taught a 3-day creativeLIVE course for photographers wanting to break into high-end, high-fashion styled wedding photography. Sugarcomb was brought in to create his set designs, including a bridal suite and ceremony, which were used as part of the live classroom experience.

The vision was to create sets that looked feminine, elegant, luxurious, and dramatic. To achieve this, we started with a color palette of blush pink, coral, gold, and crisp white. We incorporated elements with different textures – organza, crystals, sequins, velvet, and metallics – to add visual richness and a feeling of modern luxury. It all came together with oversized orchid-filled arrangements and lush garden rose bouquets from July Floral Design.

We were privileged to collaborate with a talented team of producers, production assistants, prop managers, and wedding professionals who helped bring our vision to life in the studio. Here are some of our favorite images that Brett shot during the live class.

Design: Sugarcomb
Photography: Brett Florens
Flowers: July Floral Design
Rentals: Pedersen’s

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

Sugarcomb Wedding | Olita & Steve

Olita & Steve’s wedding made it into our galleries and onto Style Me Pretty quite a while back, but never officially hit our blog…so here we go! This gorgeous couple was the sweetest and they filled their wedding with lots of yellow pops, grey accents and fun DIY projects including homemade limoncello favors.

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Wedding Planning: Sugarcomb
Floral Design: Metropolitan Market
Ceremony Location: Kubota Garden
Ceremony Music: Windsong Trio
Reception Location: 415 Westlake
Reception Music: Events with Integrity
Beauty: Tiffany Colors
Photography: Sarah Rhoads (who has since retired from wedding photography)

A Sugarcomb Tablescape “Downtown Downhome Charm”

 

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With the whirlwind that was 2013, we’re a bit behind on sharing! So, here we go with the first of many posts that we’re excited to blog about.

First off is this spread from Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine’s Summer/Fall 2013 issue. It was shot at the beautiful modern and rustic Cast Iron Studios in Bellevue. The inspiration was rough-hewn white-on-white industrial. Our design included unique florals that looked like they’d been poured into our antique metal basket by July Floral Design. Also included was stunning letterpress paper goods by Two Thousand Pounds of Letterpress, a wonderful new printer in Fremont. A La Modo cake slice boxes were used as favors, tied with antique raw silk ribbons and adorned with customized flatware. The vintage metal chairs and candlesticks were from Scout. The hand-painted pillows, napkins and table runner were by Honey Brush. And the cakes and delicious food items were all provided by Cast Iron Studios.

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

Hello, Sugarcomb! The wedding planning studio is open.

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A dream that has been in the back of my mind for years now came to fruition this summer when I opened Sugarcomb’s headquarters in Magnolia village. Designing the space was such a fun experience. The studio was a well-loved blank canvas when I received the keys; plans began this spring and I opened the Dutch door for business this June.

The studio is very close to my heart for a couple of reasons. I grew up in the area and spent a few high school and college years working in the exact same location, back when it was owned by an interior designer. That first job of mine was so inspiring and it greatly steered me along my design path. Bringing my own business to the studio has truly been a heartwarming full-circle experience for me.

Sugarcomb had been home-based since its start in 2008 and it’s a pleasure to be able to invite couples in to work on their plans where I have everything I need at my fingertips. The talented Julie Harmsen came by recently to shoot the studio and I’m thrilled to share her images with you…

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 The studio is open by appointment only, please contact us to schedule your consultation or visit.

Photos by Julie Harmsen Photography. Studio Design by Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb.

“Foundation of Love.” A Styled Shoot with Jasmine Star

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This spring, I had the tremendous privilege to begin working with Jasmine Star and CreativeLIVE on an exciting styled shoot project. Jasmine came to Seattle in April to teach a 3-day CreativeLIVE course to photographers on how to shoot an editorial wedding, Sugarcomb was brought in to create her live set design, which was used as part of the classroom experience.

We started with the story of who our bride and groom were – a savvy fashion blogger and a detailed architect, and took the design from there. I designed a concept based on water-washed feminine elements and structural images that came together to create a bright, angular and floral heavy wedding reception that was a balanced blend of the bride and groom. It took place in an empty industrial photography studio where we collaborated with a fabulous team of builders and wedding pros to put our vision together. Here are is a sampling of the images that Jasmine shot live during the class…

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Photography: Jasmine Star
Floral Design: Mum Floral Design
Beauty: Tiffany Colors
Cake: The SweetSide
Fashion: Styled.Seattle
Paper Goods: TKTJ Design
Set Design, Decor and Floral Structure Design: Kelsey Eads with Sugarcomb

Featured in Seattle Bride Magazine

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It was a thrill to contribute to a Seattle Bride design editorial that is featured in their current issue (pages 104 – 114). Paper Parade  uses bright colors to display new concepts of how to incorporate paper goods into your wedding, “…from playful centerpieces to patterned backdrops and chandeliers, creative new uses for paper are grabbing the spotlight.”

I designed and hand-painted a graphic yellow backdrop for one of the photographs. The idea could be customized and used as a backdrop for a dessert or escort card table. It was so much fun to collaborate with Seattle Bride! Many thanks to Megan Arpin and Brittany Allen for their work on the shoot. It was photographed for the magazine by Hayley Young.

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Jennifer & Jerry’s Wedding | Design Details | Vintage Glam Ceremony Altar

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Coordinating all of the elements that came together to create Jennifer & Jerry’s Ceremony was so much fun. We found a gorgeous and impressive vintage corner cupboard through Becky at Vintage Ambiance, who also sourced the beautiful sparkly chandelier that was hung overhead. Here was our initial sketch that we presented to Jennifer:

We ended up being able to center the alter between two of the large windows on a brick wall, rather than in the corner of the room, which is the most common placement at The Palace Ballroom. We chose a sheer fabric backdrop from Rented Elegance, so that the early evening light  was able to filter in from Lenora Street. Glassybaby votives in an array of pink and gold shades lined the shelves along with floral arrangements by Finch and Thistle. We selected chiavari chairs from Pedersen’s with a dark walnut finish to compliment the deep tones of the venue and to ground our light and airy design. The design was dual purpose, after the the room was transformed for the Reception, the cake display was centered under the chandelier.

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Photography: Barbara Kinney Photography

Jennifer & Jerry’s Wedding | Design Details | Newspaper Rehearsal Dinner Program by Hum Creative

How fun are these rehearsal dinner programs?! We worked with Kate at Hum Creative who designed these adorable newspaper Rehearsal Dinner programs for Jennifer & Jerry’s pre-wedding festivities. Their actual size is a managable 8.5″ x 11″ page folded in half, I know the photo makes them look like they could be the size of an actual newspaper. Jennifer is a reporter at The Seattle Times, which played a huge role in meeting her now-husband, Jerry, a police officer. The program showed a photo of their engagement (Jerry was waiting for Jennifer with a ring at the finish line of a marathon she ran in San Francisco), and also included a weather forecast, crossword puzzle and an adorable story about the couple.
Kate also created the wedding day menu’s, escort cards and favor tags that can be seen Jennifer & Jerry’s full wedding post from last week.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1104 | Frosty Seaside

It’s getting chilly out! This Inspiration Board brings out the glamour of winter weather, recalling dripping icicles and morning dew on a field of sea grass. The 1920s twist on fashion and furniture give the look a vintage elegance, dazzling with subtle sheen and silver sparkles. The modern color palette and surprising mix of accessories update this look for an unforgettable party overlooking a frosty landscape, just in time for the New Year!

Click on the Polyvore collection to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1103 | Hot Chocolate

Happy December, we’re officially in the heart of the holiday season! Today, a chic and polished inspiration board centered around a calf-length bridal gown, silver & gold accessories, and a playful hair-comb veil. The Ceremony would be followed by a chocolate filled Dessert Reception with artistic china and well-paired wines.

Click on the Polyvore collection to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Published! | Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine {Part 1} Wedding Design Feature

I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally July! Wedding season, warm weather and the new issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom. I had the pleasure of coordinating a tablescape design for the issue. It’s a wedding concept inspired by a Skagit Valley fruit stand, full of strawberries and a mix of rustic & refined elements. Pick up your copy soon! Here are a few shots:

Wedding Sugar Palette # 1101 | Pattern & Flow

There is a lot of contrast in this inspiration board that all blends well together. The soft flowy fabric and the structured pattern in the vases and furniture. The delicate pink and the strong blue. All so different but they can tell a beauty story when put together, well balanced and full of love.
Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1012 | Canary Frost

A frosty and sophisticated palette with tons of personality.  The strength of neutral colors make this combination easy to design into an array of venues and landscapes. Canary yellow is a crisp bite of clean color, a stunning alternative to the usual holiday combinations.  A pop of deep red adds a kiss of winter warmth without becoming part of the decor.
Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1011 | Modern Nature

A sophisticated palette inspired by nature and clean modern lines.  The reception is modern and detailed with wooden accents, such as plates and chandeliers.  The bouquets and boutineers are made from white phalaenopsis orchids and bonsai trees add an adorable pop of nature to the tabletops.
Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

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.