Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Planning Your Wedding | The First Decision

Photo: Vera Wang Spring 2010  verawangonweddings.com

Photo: Vera Wang Spring 2010  verawangonweddings.com

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and the holidays behind us, the newly (and nearly) engaged are everywhere!  If you’re one of them, one of those grand moments is occurring in your life.  I’m guessing you’ve found it’s followed by a whirlwind, right?  The excitement, telling your friends and family, showing off the ring, the questions everyone is asking about your wedding plans, the advice coming from every direction.  Where do you start?  Not all brides have one of those notorious wedding binders they made when they were 8 years old, full of bits and pieces of their dream wedding, photos, fabrics and inspiration that they added over the years.  What most of us do is get anxious and want to jump into making lots of major decisions at once.  Choosing the date, finding your location(s), picking colors, choosing flowers, ordering the cake, signing a photographer and committing yourself to things because they’re available is common, but maybe they don’t feel quite right because you can’t see the overall picture yet.  Sound familiar?

Here is the best advice I can give to a newly engaged girl:  “Slow down! Enjoy where you are at in life for a few quiet moments.  Start gathering inspiration from wedding magazines’ and websites.  Then, before you do anything else, make an appointment at a bridal gown boutique.”

If you’ve done it before you know that trying on wedding dresses is an experience like no other.  The usual rules of fashion go completely out the window.  What you walk in liking is very rarely what you leave with.  For example, I went in with planning to find a light and airy halter gown and went home with a lush silk strapless drop waist gown.  I know my body and what kinds of clothes fit me the best, but this isn’t like prom dress shopping, ladies.  Saying that bridal fashion is a whole other world is not an exaggeration.  The perfect wedding dress finds you.  You need to go in with an open mind, and trust your gut.  The reason I advise this as your first big wedding decision is because you never know what kind of dress you will fall in love with.

Photo: Corina Lecca. Badgley Mischka Fall 2010

A wedding is made up of many elements that come together to form one grand event.  Common with any type of design, if you want a flawless final product, all of the elements should mesh well together, be consistent and complimentary to one another.  Finding out what type of gown is going to make you feel like a gorgeous bride is the perfect first puzzle piece in this journey of decisions.  It is something solid you can use to base the remaining decisions off of.  The formality of your gown can assist you in what direction you should go with your venue and beyond.  If you fall in love with an elaborately adorned couture ball gown, there are venues that dress will look better in than others, like a ball room glistening with over-sized chandeliers.  If you fall in love with a flowy organic cotton v-neck gown, it’s just begging to be worn in a relaxed outdoor wedding or a rustic airy space.  If you want advice on all of the following decisions you need to make, just ask your dress!  It should be a reflection of yourself; it is one of the few elements of the wedding (along with your groom, your guest-book and gifts) that you will still be able to hold onto after the wedding.  It’s one of those things that a girl will love forever; it is the perfect jumping off point in an amazing journey ahead of you.   So, slow down…and make an appointment at a bridal gown boutique.  You’ll see what I’m talking about.

Been there?  Share what the experience was like for you.

Photo: Corina Lecca. Reem Acra Fall 2010.

Friday, January 22, 2010

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!


Click here to view the show in its entirety.
Photographer: Marcio Madeira

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LIFE SHIFTED.


This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure of attending MTH2010, a wedding industry workshop, also known as the Making Things Happen intensive.  It is the brain child of the magical Lara Casey {Editor in Chief of Southern Wedding's Magazine, Owner of Bliss Event Group, Owner of Lara Casey Reps} and the brilliant photographer Jeff Holt.

I walked in not knowing what to expect, just hoping that like the past attendees, I would walk out with a very powerful energy and a new outlook on my business and life.  It was honest, challenging, emotional and revealing.  The Seattle group laid it all out on the table, from our greatest fears to our deepest strengths.  We figured out what drags each of us down and what fires each of us up.  We determined our goals and set plans in motion to make each one of them happen.  I am so grateful to have attended and to have been among many greats in the industry.  I feel a positive change in my thinking and in the future of my life and business.  Life shifted.

My favorite part of the workshop was when we were asked to write down our life's purpose.  Normally that type of question would stop me in my tracks, but I was inspired and my mind was clear, the words flowed instinctivly from my pen to my paper:
To learn as much about life, human behavior and the world as I can.
To help others bring order to their chaos, bring peace to their minds and create calm for them to carry forward with.
I've been living with that purpose my whole life, I just never realized it until Saturday.  What is your life's purpose?

If you are in the wedding industry and have a chance to attend MTH2010 in your area, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Going into a fresh new year, and new decade, is such a good feeling! It's a blank slate, a starting line in a race of limitless potential and possibility. For Sugarcomb, it stirs up loads of gratitude, for another year of wonderful clients and the continuation of this journey that I am so in love with.

I am stepping into this year with anticipation and with a mission that truly defines my journey in this business.

SUGARCOMB'S MISSION STATEMENT

To help couples portray their personalities and styles through their wedding day; with kind service, fun management and inspired creativity.

Many thanks to Sage Wedding Pros for helping me define my mission. They did a fantastic job inspiring wedding professionals and preparing them to move onward and upward with their businesses in The Simple Plan workshop. I highly recommend them to anyone in the industry if they will be in a city near you in the upcoming months!

Wishing You and Yours a Sweet and Enchanting New Year!
SUGARCOMB EVENT DESIGN
2010