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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?

Like Cake | My Favorite Things

I’ve had a long running obsession with anything that resembles a delicious frosted cake. Typically it’s architecture, I love buildings that look like you could walk up to them with a fork and take a bite. A perfect example is this photo of a white church that I keep above my desk in my office. My god-mother sent it to me from a vacation that she was on a couple of years ago…I can’t wait to see it in person someday!

Santa Lucia Catholic Church, Costa Rica

Lace Necklaces | Delicate Wedding Inspiration

I came across these necklaces by White Owl, they are so delicate and nostalgic; I love the lighthearted feeling.  They are made using new and re-purposed materials, the owner describes herself as a lover of art, flea markets and great style.
Here is more inspiration on the same light & airy note…
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Wedding Sugar Palette #1008 | Marry in Sperry

A daring combination at a carefree wedding by the water.  Perfect for a hot sunny day: flying kites, paper boats, and chic, comfortable bridesmaids wearing bright patent leather Sperry Top-Siders.  What more could you ask for? Your guests will remember how much fun they had at this whimsical event for a long time to come.
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Featured Find | L’Objet “Evoca” Cake Stand

L'Objet Cake Stand

I love the blend of lavish finishes and organic design in this nickel plated and gold cake stand by L’Objet. It would look beautiful in a rustic outdoor setting that is adorned with warm gold accents, filled with bamboo chairs, and boldly represents the beauty of natural inspired elements. For example…

L'Objet Inspiration Board

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Wedding Sugar Palette #1007 | Copper Show Stopper

Pops of copper, gold, peach and coral come together to create a dazzling array of warmth and glamor.  A trio of chandeliers over the center of the dance floor create a dramatic statement.  The flirty mix of bridesmaids dresses let your girls express their individuality while standing out in your color palette.

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Wedding Sugar Palette #1006 | Ace of Lace

This rich classic palette started with the luxurious bridesmaid dress.  At $7,660, the Oscar de la Renta black sequin embroidered lace dress is a show stopper!  Of course, unless you are planning your wedding with lottery winnings, it may be a bit of a stretch.  Considering it an inspiration piece, the ideas in this palette can be recreated on a budget.  I’m picturing a summer afternoon on a grassy tree lined field.  A canopy of black, ivory and white lace umbrellas hang from the branches above, they form an imaginary room and offer your guests shade from the sun. Pops of red and deep coral warm up the cool ivory and solid black staples.
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Wedding Sugar Palette #1005 | Sunset Blue

A warm evening, sunset ceremony, blue lanterns hanging from the trees.  The golden votives glow the color of the sky at the time of the ceremony all of the way through the night…
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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:
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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!

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!
  
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Photographer: Marcio Madeira

Wedding Sugar Palette #0904 | Everything is Golden

This week’s palette is warm and toasty for December, but would be fitting at anytime of year. Pulling from peacock feather tones, this acid gold and rich navy are a beautiful contrast that make for a bold and sophisticated statement.
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Wedding Sugar Palette #0903 | Dream Green

Christmas tree lots are popping up all over town right now. There is something about that rich green color that makes me so happy, no matter what time of year it is. Because it is such a powerful color, I paired our green with a few subtle pastels that would add much needed splashes of lighthearted color throughout a wedding. I would love to see this palette in a December reception, with bold green taffeta or silk table linens, silver vases filled with lush white bouquets, the tables glowing with gorgeous Glassybaby votives in an icy aqua color they call Cashmere. Sweet wintery perfection…
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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.
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