Category Archives: Weddings


2 March 2015

Sugar Pear Design won silver at this year’s American Advertising Awards that took place on February 20. We have been on vacation, and couldn’t wait to come back to share this news!

Many of the choices that Erin and Bryce made for their June 2014 wedding were very personal. For example, Erin’s dress was actually her mothers! For their wedding venue, they choose the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to remember their first date, in the heart of downtown Madison.

Erin and Bryce wanted a very sleek, streamlined invitation. No fuss, please! Here’s the laser-cut invitation design that we came up with — which one the silver ADDY award!

Below you’ll find an image of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as viewed from State Street, looking up toward the Capitol; the invitation suite that won the silver ADDY and candle wraps that mirror the look of the suite to be used throughout their dinner reception.

Congrats again Erin and Bryce!







QUYNH & CIAN | 17 MAY 2014 || custom wedding invitations; madison, wisconsin; letterpress

9 December 2014

Can I tell you that I just LOVE this wedding stationery suite?!

Although Quynh & Cian’s wedding was to take place in the rustic yet charming barn at Over the Vines Vineyard & Wine Barn in rural southern Wisconsin, Quynh & Cian’s event was anything but casual. Fine foods and beverages were only natural for this epicure couple, who have traveled the world in search of great cuisine. Their wedding stationery needed to fit this image. A very sleek modern wedding suite was the optimum solution! It was the perfect mix of old and new, of rustic and modern, of vintage and contemporary when paired with the backdrop of Over the Vines and A La Crate Vintage Rentals.

Do you agree with me? From save-the-dates to the invitation suite to day-of pieces (welcome packet pamphlet, ceremony program, place cards, favor tags) to wedding announcement, this is a favorite for sure!!


Save-the-date. Image provided by Over the Vines. Used with permission


Invitation seal – detail shot. Letterpress printed in gold ink.


Invitation wrap – detail shot. Transparent diffused stock.




Invitation. © 2014 Blue Dandelion Photography. Used with permission.


Invitation suite: invitation wrap, seal (letterpress printed), invitation (letterpress printed), reception enclosure, map enclosure, response card.


Invitation suite: invitation wrap, seal (letterpress printed), invitation (letterpress printed), reception enclosure, map enclosure, response card.


Invitation suite: invitation wrap, seal (letterpress printed), invitation (letterpress printed).


Invitation detail – letterpress printed in gold.


Wedding stationery suite: ceremony program, place cards, welcome packet pamphlet.





































Welcome packet pamphlet.


Ceremony program. © 2014 Blue Dandelion Photography. Used with permission.



Place cards. © 2014 Blue Dandelion Photography. Used with permission.


Favor tags. © 2014 Blue Dandelion Photography. Used with permission.


Wedding announcement. Wedding photo by Blue Dandelion Photography. Used with permission.


























































Of course, this wedding would not be possible without the joint effort from some of our favorite wedding venders:
Ceremony Venue: Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Madison, Wisconsin
Reception Venue: Over the Vines Vineyard & Wine Barn
Wedding Coordinator: Top Shelf Weddings & Events
Photographer: Blue Dandelion Photography
Florist: daffodil*parker
Reception Music: Primitive Culture
Salon: Alan Koa Salon
Cake: Bloom Bake Shop
Caterer: Underground Food Collective
Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals
Linen Rentals: Midwest Textiles
Curtain Rentals: Vintage Inspirations
Guest Transportation: Badger Bus
Wedding Party Transportation: Gallant Knight Limousine

What’s in a name? Sugar Pear Design.

29 September 2014

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome to my shinny new blog!

I have so much to show you from this past year, that I though a blog would be the best avenue. But, what do I post as my very first blog post? What should I say? I have a lot of fun projects from this past spring and summer that I can’t wait to show you, but which one should go first? Uhm…

In a recent client consultation, I was asked “How did you come up with ‘Sugar Pear Design’? That’s it! That would be the topic of my very first blog post! So here it is…

How did ‘Sugar Pear Design’ come to being? The reason is quite simple: my very own wedding. We had a fall wedding and decided to do a harvest theme. Pears are in peak season in the fall. I came across these super cute (I don’t use that word that often, but they were!) miniature pears at a local food co-op. I thought to myself, “Now, how can we use these?” I played around with displaying them in different baskets and groupings. But in the end, I actually sugared these miniature Seckel pears to be used for our wedding cake topper.


Photography by Appleby Photography. Used with permission.

Those that know me well, know that I am constantly thinking and analyzing. Actions that I take have justification. Everything to me has a meaning. I really do believe that everything happens for a reason. (Sometimes that reason doesn’t surface right away!)

When in the infancy stages my business, I wanted the name of my business to have a personal meaning. I had pages and pages (and pages) of name ideas. Yet, nothing was clicking. None of them stood out as “the one”. While doing some brainstorming, I was going through my wedding photos and it dawned on me. One of these photos is a detail shot of our wedding cake; the pears that I had sugared. It was an “Aha!” moment. Sugared Pears. Sugar Pear Design. That was it! That would be the name!!


Photography by Appleby Photography. Used with permission.

As I mentioned, I usually have a reason behind the ‘why’. During my client consultations, I ask a lot of questions. I want to get to know them and to understand their wishes, vision, what is important to them—their ‘why’. My job is to translate that personal meaning and verbal vision into something that is physical and tangible. My task is to incorporate their ideas (that oftentimes they don’t know how to fully articulate) into printed pieces that truly are an expression of who they are. My assignment is to show their ‘why’.

Significant events have such a personal meaning. And in today’s world, people don’t want the wedding, the birthday party, the baby announcement, the whatever, that their best friend just had. Similar to coming up with my business name, I can help bring that distinction forward via invitations and other day-of stationery pieces. Stationery reflecting your unique personality and style. Stationery that delivers a true reflection of you. Specializing in the design of bespoke invitations, announcements and social stationery, Sugar Pear Design offers the perfect complement to your event. BEAUTIFUL. ELEGANT. UNDERSTATED.