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.

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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.

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