It’s here! The Sugarcomb Paper Goods Collection.

The Paper Goods CollectionAfter lots of hard work, endless inspiration and pure paper love, we’re delighted to announce that Sugarcomb’s in-house Paper Goods Collection has officially launched with 5 initial collection styles. They’re fun, creative, romantic, colorful, dynamic, and a little out of the box, which is just how we like things. We hope you do too!

Full galleries of the collections can be viewed by visiting our Paper Goods page.

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“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 | 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)

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.

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…

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

Wedding Design Inspiration | #1201 Understated Autumn

Understated Autumn PaletteBare fall branches are the central theme in this subtly toned wedding design. Bridesmaids look sophisticated in black dresses with a classic neckline. The bride’s teal silk heels add a touch of whimsy to her lace and silk gown. Artistic dinnerware and jewelry complete the feeling of this understated autumn inspired collection.

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

“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

We’re featured on Grey Likes Weddings today with Jasmine Star!

I was honored to be invited to be a part of photographer Jasmine Star‘s latest CreativeLive workshop on shooting an editorial. We worked together in the months leading up to April’s shoot – I designed a set for Jasmine to use in her class where she could show her students how a live editorial shoot works and what shots and techniques are important. Jasmine’s final images were chosen to be featured today on the Grey Likes Weddings blog! Yay! More images are on Jasmine’s site today as well, and I’ll share more in the future including inspiration sketches and design details. Click below to view Summer’s full post on Grey Likes Weddings.

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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.

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