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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.

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

Hello, Sugarcomb! The wedding planning studio is open.

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A dream that has been in the back of my mind for years now came to fruition this summer when I opened Sugarcomb’s headquarters in Magnolia village. Designing the space was such a fun experience. The studio was a well-loved blank canvas when I received the keys; plans began this spring and I opened the Dutch door for business this June.

The studio is very close to my heart for a couple of reasons. I grew up in the area and spent a few high school and college years working in the exact same location, back when it was owned by an interior designer. That first job of mine was so inspiring and it greatly steered me along my design path. Bringing my own business to the studio has truly been a heartwarming full-circle experience for me.

Sugarcomb had been home-based since its start in 2008 and it’s a pleasure to be able to invite couples in to work on their plans where I have everything I need at my fingertips. The talented Julie Harmsen came by recently to shoot the studio and I’m thrilled to share her images with you…

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 The studio is open by appointment only, please contact us to schedule your consultation or visit.

Photos by Julie Harmsen Photography. Studio Design by Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb.

“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

Published! | Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine {Part 1} Wedding Design Feature

I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally July! Wedding season, warm weather and the new issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom. I had the pleasure of coordinating a tablescape design for the issue. It’s a wedding concept inspired by a Skagit Valley fruit stand, full of strawberries and a mix of rustic & refined elements. Pick up your copy soon! Here are a few shots:

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.

Wedding Sugar Palette #1012 | Canary Frost

A frosty and sophisticated palette with tons of personality.  The strength of neutral colors make this combination easy to design into an array of venues and landscapes. Canary yellow is a crisp bite of clean color, a stunning alternative to the usual holiday combinations.  A pop of deep red adds a kiss of winter warmth without becoming part of the decor.
Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

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 Sugar Palette #1011 | Modern Nature

A sophisticated palette inspired by nature and clean modern lines.  The reception is modern and detailed with wooden accents, such as plates and chandeliers.  The bouquets and boutineers are made from white phalaenopsis orchids and bonsai trees add an adorable pop of nature to the tabletops.
Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

Wedding Fashion Inspiration | Sachin + Babi

Spring 2011 Fashion Week starts today! Yesterday Sachin + Babi released photos of their line; I came across a look that would be great inspiration for an alternative bridesmaid dress.  I love the sparkle, the idea of a belted two-tone ensemble and the muted romantic colors…

Photo Courtesy of Sachin + Babi via style.com
Here are a few coordinating accessories to complete the picture…
  Click on the Polyvore collections to find out where you can purchase any of the items.

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?