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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…

“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.

Sugarcomb and Jasmine Star featured on Grey Likes Weddings

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 #1003 | Antique Luxe

Pink has been a popular wedding color for ages.  Lately the pink and chocolate brown trend may be what comes to mind.  Here is an elegant way to use the girly color in a way that makes a slightly different statement.  Paired with a muted teal blue, a warm champagne and a rich charcoal, it delivers a polished look with a luxe antique flair.  It is an ideal color combination to use with old furniture pieces, vintage china and mercury glass vases with timeless pale roses.  Warm, inviting and nostalgic.  Perfect for reminding your guests that they are there to celebrate an age old tradition, this style plays to the important history that wedding’s have held in our lives for generations.
Click on the Polyvore collection for information on where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1001 | Spring Fashion Inspiration

As a designer, I find inspiration everywhere. One of my favorite things to do is flip though the latest runway shows on style.com. I get crazy inspired by the latest shows; the textures, the colors, the hairstyles. On a recent drool-fest through the Sonia Rykiel Spring 2010 RTW show pictures knew I had to make a color palette out of a few of my favorite shots. The muted lilac, vibrant citrus and pops of bold, saturated colors are so rich and would look delicious whether in your closet, living room or at your wedding. Yum!
  
Click here to view the show in its entirety.
Photographer: Marcio Madeira

Wedding Sugar Palette #0901 | The Premier

Lately, I’ve given a lot of thought as to what I can contribute to the wedding and events community through my blog, and have come up with a colorful solution! This morning, I’m very pleased to post the premier of “Sugar Palettes”. Each week, I will post a fresh new palette, specific to the time of year, the season and constantly evolving inspirations.
“Fall-ternative.”
We are well into Fall in Seattle. Although I’m happy to pull out my sweaters and warm slippers after a really hot summer, I usually can’t wait to get through these cold seasons and back to Spring again. When we think of Fall, it is so typical to envision a plethora of pumpkin oranges and yellows, brown leaves and dark reds. This palette above is my take on a softer side of the season. Growing up near the water, one of the first things you see when Fall hits is how dark the water gets before a good storm. I chose that deep sea blue as my starting point for this palette. To keep things warm I added a pale gold. This could be bridesmaids shoes, table linens and glistening flickering candelabras. I added a cool ballet pink for contrast and a warm cloudy off-white to ground the colors with. This would make for a comforting and elegant fall wedding, out of the box, but definitely not out of style.
Click on the Polyvore collection for information on where you can purchase any of the items.