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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

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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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 Sugar Palette #1004 | Barely Metallic

I’m writing this on a beautiful day, the sun is pouring in through the window on to my desk.  What a perfect time of year.  This color palette is very exciting in that it is the first I’m publishing (aside from real weddings) that I’ve had the chance to take from color palette, to inspiration board to an actual table-scape.
This was created for the annual Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) / International Special Events Society (ISES) Table Top Design Competition which made for a wonderful day this past Monday.  Meghan Stoller from MUM Floral Design put together a stunning punch-bowl flower arrangement for the table.
Here is the inspiration board:
Click on the Polyvore collection to find out where you can purchase any of the items.
Inspired by bare tones of gold and cream, this color palette is easy on the eyes and intriguing to guests.  Hints of lavish sparkle round off this luxurious wedding design.
The elegant neutrals become the palettes strongest color tones while black acts as the bold base that grounds the concept.  This palette is for a bride and groom who have a flair for bold choices like a silver bridal gown and abalone chandeliers, and who want a timeless theme with modern glamor.
Photos by: Jack Young Photography

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!