Sugarcomb Studio featured on Style Me Pretty Living

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We’re delighted to be featured on Style Me Pretty Living today as part of their Behind the Scenes series. Our studio was shot by the amazing husband and wife team of O’Malley Photographers. We just love how they captured every design detail of our space. View the full post to see what we think are the 5 must-haves for every event. Thank you SMP Living, Scott and Ashlee!

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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 | Gary & Gilbert

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Gary and Gilbert were married in downtown Seattle at The Sorrento this past December. These handsome grooms had us at hello with stunning dreams for their wedding day. One of the first things they said to us when we started working together was that they wanted their guests to be completely “Wowed!” by their wedding. They wanted the event to feel elegant and sophisticated, but also be memorable and personal. And above all else, one big (dance) party! We figured out pretty early on that designing their wedding was going to be just plain fun.

As we do with every couple, we asked about their story and what made them excited about their wedding day. It could not have been a sweeter story. Gary met Gilbert on a blind date shortly after they had each moved to Seattle, Gary from Idaho and Gilbert from Utah. Neither of them was quite sure how well their first date had gone, but 15 years later that date would become their wedding day. That’s right, they got married on the 15th anniversary of their first date. Total heartmelt.

During the design process we learned about their love for traveling and used this as a springboard for ideas. They already had a color palette of classic black and white, to which we added accents of glittery gold, warm greys and amber. We looked to Paris, their favorite international city, for inspiration on how to tie it all together. The twinkle and sparkle of candlelight, the metallic shine of gold and sequin linen gave a nod to the name “City of Lights”. The hand painted window signs often seen in Parisian storefronts were represented by the calligraphic style of the custom table numbers, signs and name cards. The architectural details of building facades and interiors were matched in the patterned table linens. And to top it all off, guests signed vintage Paris postcards as their guestbook.

Everything about that evening turned out beautifully, but nothing could compare to the joy and love shared by the guests and happy couple. It was definitely amazing and we were the ones “Wowed!” by Gary and Gilbert’s open hearts and dance moves.

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Wedding Design: Tara Lee with Sugarcomb
Photography: James Moes
Venue / Catering: The Sorrento
Florist: Ravenna Bloom
Cake: The SweetSide
Day-of Paper Goods: Sugarcomb
Entertainment: Integral DJs

Sugarcomb Wedding Featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

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We’re so excited to have the wedding of our own Tara (Sugarcomb’s Design & Coordination Lead), and her husband Nathan, featured on GreenWeddingShoes.com today! The wedding took place last August at Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island and was photographed by Julie Harmsen Photography. Check out the feature here!

 Stay tuned for our full post with more photos and our vendor list in the next week…

Sugarcomb Welcomes Tara Lee | Planning & Design Lead!

 

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I am delighted to officially announce that Sugarcomb has grown and welcomed an amazing talent, Tara Lee, into the role of Design & Coordination Lead!

Tara is a Seattle designer with over ten years of experience in Visual Communication Design and Event Planning. Working for interior design studios, brand agencies, and beauty companies have helped her develop a sincere and passionate approach to design. She has a creative eye for heartfelt details that resonate with clients’ unique vision for their wedding day. Her belief that wedding design is meant to tell a couple’s story, evoke emotion, and inspire beauty are just a few reasons why Tara clicks so well with Sugarcomb. Tara is all around an amazing person to know and work with;  her sense of humor, understanding and overall magnificence have made her time here already such perfection.

Welcome, welcome, Tara! Sugarcomb is so lucky to have you in the family!

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Want to know more about Tara and what she’s working on? Follow her wedding inspiration images on Pinterest, and find her here, on Instagram and Twitter.

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)

Introducing e-design by Sugarcomb!

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Love our style but not located in the Pacific Northwest? With our e-services, we work with you online to create a one-of-a-kind wedding design that expresses your unique style and personalities. Our package includes consultations, a detailed design plan, and sourcing recommendations which will help set you on the right track toward creating your picture-perfect day.

Your Package Includes:

1 Initial Skype Meeting (about an hour where we learn about your style)

A Personalized PDF Design Plan, including the following curated details:

  • Color Palette
  • General Inspiration
  • Table-Top Design Recommendations, Including Linen Selections
  • Floral InspirationCake/Dessert Inspiration
  • Paper Goods Inspiration
  • Sourcing of Select Design Elements
  • Basic Pricing Estimates for Sourced Elements
  • Sugarcomb Day-of Styling Tips and Day-of Design Kit Checklist

1 Wrap-Up Skype Meeting (about 30 minutes where we answer any questions and offer final design guidance)

Click here for more information…

Sugarcomb Wedding | Jess & Tom by Sean Flanigan Photography

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Jess and Tom were married last July at the Whidbey Institute at Chinook. It’s a beautiful property on Whidbey Island with lush gardens, fields, rustic cabins and the occasional “Snow White moment” where a bunny and a couple of  curious birds may meander past you. It’s truely a magical ambiance, the perfect setting for such a sweet couple…

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Photography: Sean Flanigan Photography
Venue: The Whidbey Institute
Catering: The Midnight Kitchen
Florist: Forget Me Not Farms
Wedding Planner: Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb

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.

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

A {Death Cab for Cutie} Sugarcomb Wedding | K & N

First off, I have to say that Kate and Nick are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Their love is magical and it instantly fills any room these two walk into.  Nick Harmer is the bass player for a little band you may have heard of, called Death Cab for Cutie.  Working on their wedding was a designers dream.  Kate is an amazing graphic designer and she came to me with their gorgeous color palette, stunning iconic stationery that she had poured her soul into, a beautiful vision of succulents, white cakes and milk jugs with swirly straws.  I worked with them in the months before the wedding to pull all of the details together and to help them incorporate and layout the many elements into their rustic Sodo Park venue.  Sarah Rhoads did an exceptional job of capturing the beauty and whimsy of Kate & Nick, along with the ambiance at the wedding which was truly mesmerizing.  Tiffany Lowry, who always blows me away with her talents, did a stunning job on hair and makeup.
Kate and Nick’s ceremony was a tear jerker.  It included a candlelight vigil during their vows, a duet by Nick’s Death Cab for Cutie band mate, Ben Gibbard and his wife Zooey Deschanel of She & Him, as well as a moving performance by Chris Pierce.  The ceremony was officiated by Kate & Nick’s good friend and fellow musician, John Roderick.  Sodo Park was so full of love that I don’t doubt all of Seattle felt a little bit sweeter that night.  The admiration of their family and friends was overflowing during the hilarious, moving, kind toasts that were given to the couple.  Just one of many, many highlights of Kate & Nick’s wedding…
Did you catch it featured on Style Me Pretty yesterday? 

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“Best. Planner. Ever.” – Kate & Nick Harmer
Photography by: Sarah & Chris Rhoads
Venue: Sodo Park
Florist: Bella Signature Design
Hair/Makeup: Tiffany Lowry
Catering: Herban Feast
Cakes: Macrina Bakery
Invitation Design: Kate Harmer of Croak & Hum (the bride)
Letterpress: Spoon & Sailor
Kate’s Dress: Vera Wang
Kate’s Veil: Twigs & Honey
Kate’s Shoes: J.Crew
Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew
Calligraphy: Letters by Ellen

A Sugarcomb Halloween Wedding | Marissa & Andrew

Marissa and Andrew knew early on in their engagement that they were destined for a spectacular Halloween wedding.  They chose a warm color palette and a rustic, weathered venue, Sodo Park, that was perfect for a mild Fall day in Seattle.  Their wedding day was cold as expected, but turned out sunny and gorgeous although heavy rain had been in the forecast.  The majority of their guests were visiting from out-of-town and got to see our city at it’s Fall best.  After a beautiful ceremony and dinner, The Michael Benson Band put on a spectacular performance and Marissa & Andrew’s candy-filled guests packed the dance floor for hours.
 
 
 
Many thanks to:
Sarah Rhoads Photographers
Tiffany Lowry | Hair & Make Up
MUM Floral Design

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…
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Wedding Design Tip | Tell a Visual Story

Planning a wedding can easily turn into a shopping spree.  “I love this and this and this…!”  It’s so easy to do, you pick everything you fall in love with: dresses, shoes, invitations, linens, decor, etc.  When you take a step back and look at all of your choices as a whole, as they will be seen on your wedding day, do they all tell the same story?  Not everything has to match, but in order to throw a wedding that visually captures your guests and could be wedding blog or magazine-worthy, the design must be consistent.  You should be able to hold any of your choices up to another and they should make the same statement.  Telling a story is a phrase I’ve heard countless times as a designer; it’s like a theme, but more so, it portrays a feeling in a moment.  It visually tells viewers about a person, a time, a place and an emotion, without speaking a single word.  It is the easiest way to captivate an audience, to throw a wedding that becomes known for it’s details, and to help you keep your choices manageable as you plan your big day.
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Here are two examples of different stories.  Notice the feeling the groups create, what kind of bride & groom would each of these stories portray?  What would the guests experience?  They both tell two very different stories, but both are beautiful…
What story will you tell at your wedding?

Wedding Design Tip | Floor Length Table Linens

Unless you are using gorgeous wood tables or unique pieces of furniture that you want to show off, I can’t stress how much floor length table linens will add to the ambiance in a wedding reception. The extra length is great for many reasons:
  • adds drama
  • hides unattractive metal table legs
  • fills space with something elegant where you would otherwise see the floor
  • gives a more clean, finished and thought-out look
  • adds visual weight to the lower half of the table {This is important. We spend so much time figuring out what the table-top will look like that it’s easy to forget to visually balance the second half of the table. With a floor length linen, the fabric, which has a strong visual weight, is “supporting” your display up top and creates a more consistent statement.}
Another option is to order an even larger table linen, which creates “pools” of fabric on the floor. We see this all the time with window drapes. It adds drama and can be very elegant when the right fabric is used in the right situation. For example, certain fabrics pool better than others, silk or taffeta is better than cotton, and it will generally look better on hardwood floors, rather than carpeting.
Always test your table design plan beforehand so you know what to expect on your wedding day! Your linen provider should be happy to help you do this. 
Photo courtesy of marthastewart.com