Category Archives: Wedding Events

CHANEL & MITCHELL | 19 MARCH 2016

22 March 2017

Happy 1-year anniversary going out to Chanel & Mitchell!

I had met Chanel & Mitchell at a wedding expo. While chatting with them, they mentioned that they had already gone through a traditional Hmong wedding. They were at the wedding expo for the planning process of a more modern westernized celebration. While the Hmong ceremony was meaningful and heartwarming, they wanted to take a step away from this tradition and incorporate their own character into the upcoming celebration.

I’ll never forget the voice message I received from Mitchell the morning that we had our initial consultation scheduled. It went something along the line of “Kathy? Umm, hi, this is Mitchell. Chanel & I have an appointment with you this morning. Unfortunately, we’re not able to make our appointment. Chanel’s water broke and we’re at the hospital. I’m so sorry that we need to reschedule.” It was touching that Mitchell was so apologetic. Seriously! You’re about to have a baby! No need to apologize! They were graced with a beautiful baby boy, Oliver.

The love that they have for each other and for baby O, helped during those first few sleepless weeks and adjustments. This was very apparent when we did finally meet about a month later to discuss their thoughts and desires for their Americanized wedding.

This super fun and whimsical stationery suite fit the bill! The invitation, a 5-panel accordion fold, told their story in an entertaining way, with fun illustrations showing their love for each other. The illustrations, captions, and typography all portrayed their own sense of humor. This design was carried onto their ceremony program – I love that Mitchell was a good sport by letting Chanel tell their guests that she typically takes the upper hand with games they play.

It was an honor that the judges of the 2017 American Advertising Federation show awarded this stationery suite a Silver ADDY award.

Are you looking for something nontraditional that speaks to your personality? I would love to help you out! Get in touch via my contact form here.

Ceremony & Reception: Monona Terrace
Rings: Kessler’s Diamonds
Photography: TPLOR Graphics
Bridal Gown: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Makeup Stylist: Pa Xiong
Cake: HyVee
Florist: Blooms by Brandi
Videography: Kou Moua Photography

 

Chanel & Mitchell. Photography by TPLOR Graphics.

Wedding invitation. ©2016 Sugar Pear Design

Wedding stationery suite: invitation, response card, ceremony program. ©2016 Sugar Pear Design

Wedding stationery suite: invitation, response card, ceremony program. ©2016 Sugar Pear Design

Wedding invitation. ©2016 Sugar Pear Design. Stationery photography by TPLOR Graphics.

STYLIZED WEDDING SHOOT | WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE 2017

8 March 2017

You know, Madison has some really, really great wedding professionals. I was fortunate enough to collaborate in this Chic Amour Wedding Scape for the 2017 Wedding Planner and Guide. So fun to mix marble with metallic! When pairing gold, copper, and marble with shades of blush pink, peach, and grey, you get a pretty awesome looking décor and design.

Keeping it a subtle accent in the paper goods and cake, marble takes on a contemporary design element. The shades of blush pink, peach, and grey maintain that soft, yet romantic feel. Charlie’s on Main was the perfect backdrop, with their light and airy atmosphere.

So fun that BRIDES Magazine, a leading national wedding source, picked up elements of this wedding scapes for support elements to their online article highlighting marble as a wedding detail! Check out the write-up for yourself here on BRIDES.

Concept Design & Styling: The Darling Wedding Co.
Photography: Krakora Studios
Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Floral: Sweet Pea Floral
Venue Location: Charlie’s On Main
Rentals: A La Crate * Vintage Rentals and Event Essentials

Overall table scape and environment. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Overall table scape and environment. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Highlight of all components: marble cake, invitation suite, soft floral elements on the table and wall hangings, linens, place settings, and furniture rentals. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Highlight of all components: marble cake, invitation suite, soft floral elements on the table and wall hangings, linens, place settings, and furniture rentals. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Invitation suite: matte grey envelopes lined with antique metallic gold, invitation printed on marble and backup with a soft matte peach stock, response card on blush pink; table number using the metallic copper, matte gray and marble; and geometric place cards incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Modern square-shaped marble cake — love that the floral elements are intermixed in the cake layers and not just laid on the top tier. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Modern square-shaped marble cake — love that the floral elements are intermixed in the cake layers and not just laid on the top tier. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Always important! Save room for dessert! Photography by Krakora Studios.

Always important! Save room for dessert! Photography by Krakora Studios.

Dinner menu on matte peach and the geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Dinner menu on matte peach and the geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Table number incorporating metallic copper, matte gray and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Table number incorporating metallic copper, matte gray and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Fun angle of the geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Fun angle of the geometric place card incorporating antique metallic gold and marble. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Table scape incorporating dinner menus, geometric place cards, and table numbers. Photography by Krakora Studios.

Table scape incorporating dinner menus, geometric place cards, and table numbers. Photography by Krakora Studios.

JENNIFER & JAMES | 31 OCTOBER 2015 || Custom Wedding Invitations; Madison, Wisconsin

14 April 2016

You know you’re invited to a super fun wedding, when the wedding itself is on Halloween. AND, this wedding is taking place at Electronic Theatre Controls, a company that manufactures and services lighting systems and accessories for theatre, film and television studios, and architectural spaces. I don’t think you can get a better location for a Halloween wedding!

Jennifer and James wanted their invitations to have that gothic and somewhat spooky feel to them, without the expected Halloween imagery. Printing metallic silver and copper on a charcoal grey definitely gave it that feel, yet formal enough for a wedding invitation. I carried out this design on their escort cards as well as signage for their large-scale beverage sign. 

Super proud that this invitation suite won a ADDY® award at the American Advertising Awards at the end of February. It won gold in the local level and earned it’s way to the district level.

George Street Photo & Video captured some great photos of how the space was transformed for Jennifer and James. Now, how cool this that!

Ceremony & Reception: Electronic Theatre Controls
Officiant: Friend of the couple
Rings: Chalmers JewelersTQ Diamonds
Photography: George Street Photo & Video
Hair/Make-up Styling: Studio 262
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Florist: Nancy Titus & Becky Highland
Music/Entertainment: Music for You
Rentals: Event Essentials

 

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, response, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, response, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Invitation detail: copper and silver metallic ink. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Invitation detail: copper and silver metallic ink. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, response, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, response, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design.

Escort cards ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

Escort cards ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

Beverage/Bar Menu (far left of photo). ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

Beverage/Bar Menu (far left of photo). ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

 

 

 

©2015 George Street Photo & Video

©2015 George Street Photo & Video

©2015 George Street Photo & Video

©2015 George Street Photo & Video

Jennifer & James. ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

Jennifer & James. ©2015 George Street Photo & Video

STEPHANIE & KURT | 01 MAY 2015 || Custom Wedding Invitations; Madison, Wisconsin

4 February 2016

Engaged on 4-1-14 and married on 5-1-15, Stephanie & Kurt came to us looking for a very traditional and classic invitation suite. Nothing flashy, yet simple and classic. I think we got it! The newly remodeled Edgewater Hotel was a perfect location for this Friday evening celebration.

Stephanie & Kurt. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

Stephanie & Kurt. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

 

 

 

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, ceremony program, table numbers, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Wedding Stationery Suite: invitation, ceremony program, table numbers, escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Wedding Invitation. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Wedding Invitation. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Ceremony program.  ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Ceremony program. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Table numbers.  ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Table numbers. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Table numbers. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

Table numbers. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

Escort cards.  ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Escort cards. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Escort cards. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

Escort cards. ©2015 S. Photography & Styling

Save-the-date.  ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Save-the-date. ©2015 Sugar Pear Design. (stationery photography by Twig & Olive Photography)

Ceremony & Reception: The Edgewater Hotel
Officiant: Ceremonies by Design
Wedding/Engagement Rings: BR Diamond Suite
Photographer: S. Photography & Styling
Wedding Party Apparel: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria, Etc. and Men’s Wearhouse
Hair/Make-up Styling: Vogue Hair Designs
Cake/Confections: Hyvee
Florist: Hyvee
Music/Entertainment: Juke Box Bandstand
Event Planner/Coordinator: Top Shelf Wedding & Events

SPRING BRIDAL EVENT | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 || Madison, Wisconsin Weddings

18 May 2015

Calling all newly engaged! Be sure the make a stop at Wedding Planner & Guide Spring Bridal Event!

Wednesday, May 20
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
One John Nolen Drive

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

When you do stop by, please be sure to say “hi!”. I’ll be in booth 612.

2015 Spring Bridal Event

LOVE IS LOVE | Madison LGBT Wedding Expo, March 18

14 March 2015

We are very honored to be participating in Madison’s LGBT Wedding Expo in conjunction with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Madison Marriott West. This is an exciting time in Wisconsin’s history with same-sex marriage becoming legal this past fall. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to start planning your wedding and to meet vendors that can help make your special day even more memorable. (All are welcomed!)

Wednesday, March 18
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Madison Marriott West Hotel & Conference Center
1313 John Q. Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562

More information: WisLGBTWeddings.com

Madison LGBT Wedding Expo