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 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)

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

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

Sugarcomb Wedding | Galen & Jeff by Sarah Rhoads Photographers

Galen and Jeff are sweet and stylish. In my consultation with the East Coast couple, the bride and I discovered that we grew up just a neighborhood apart and attended the same high school. The pair returned to their hometown of Seattle to share their wedding with family and friends in venues that are as beautiful as they are nostalgic for the couple. Galen and Jeff married on a gorgeous August day at St. Joseph, one of my favorite churches. They created a wedding as sophisticated as it was organic, with vintage inspired colors, florals and decor. Their reception took place at The Seattle Tennis Club on glistening Lake Washington…

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Photography: Sarah Rhoads Photographers
Ceremony: St. Joseph
Reception: Seattle Tennis Club
Florist: McKenzie Powell Designs
Entertainment: Wave Link Music
Beauty: Christina Rose of Lux Agency

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

Sugarcomb Wedding | Danell & Chris

Chris asked Danell to marry him half way down a ski slope! :)
They live in Colorado and ventured back to Danell’s home town for their wedding.  On a warm sunny day, they married at St. Joseph, (my favorite church in Seattle, can you guess why?), and had their reception at Pike Place’s Top of the Market.  Full of personality, their wedding included a vibrant color palette and an ecstatic gathering of family and friends who danced through the night.  My favorite parts: bridesmaids who changed from pink pumps to pink flip-flops at the reception, burgers at Dick’s Drive-In, and a deliciously sweet ice cream bar.
Photos by: Red Fish Blue Fish Photography
Florist: Mum Floral Design
Cupcakes: Sugar Rush Baking Co.

Planning Your Wedding | The First Decision


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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.

Emily & Sam | Bainbridge Blue Wedding by Sarah Rhoads Photographers

Their wedding was on one of the most beautiful days of September. These two are so in love, one of THE sweetest ceremonies I have ever seen. On a day full of great memories, my two favorite are Emily’s genuine happiness minutes before she went down the aisle, “Oh my gosh, I am so excited!”, and then the best recession song of all time, Queen – You’re my Best Friend. Enjoy the photos by the amazing Sarah Rhoads Photographers.


Katie & Steve’s Miami-in-Seattle Wedding

Katie and Steve are a life-force of love. Katie was a dream to work with and I learned as much about myself as I did about her. She had a vision of what she wanted her wedding to be…seeing that girl’s face, so happy and overwhelmed by everything that a year of hard work had become, it was hard not to want to cry tears of joy for her. I helped them plan their Seattle wedding while they were living in sunny Miami. These two were surrounded by the unbound support of hundreds of friends and family members. It was a day I will remember for a very long time. Thank you Katie and Steve for showing me exactly why I love doing this so much!

All photos by Brook Whitney Photographs.