Candy Crush: Kaleidoscope Wedding Design Inspiration

We Utahns are famous for a sweet tooth. The state’s refined taste for sugar has made national celebrities of bakers—Sweet Tooth Fairy, One Sweet Slice and The Mighty Baker—all winners in various TV baking competitions, all from Utah. Utah’s party scene featured candy buffets before they were cool and is currently creating a soda fountain revolution.

Cavity jokes aside, wedding stylist Allison Baddley of Le Fete says candy is more than corn syrup and sugar. It’s a, dare we say, sweet inspiration for a wedding. “Wedding inspiration can come from anywhere. With
so much neutrality the past few years, wedding design is begging for color and pattern,” she says.

If you are ready to party with colors aplenty, Baddley and her photographer friend Heather Nan shed new light on wedding design with four sugary-sweet patterns—bold stripes, iridescent waves, geometric kaleidoscope and monochromatic color blocking.

Wedding design inspiration by a kaleidoscope’s magical visual display of light, color and reflections, your wedding theme can be equally enchanting. Pointed prismatic patterns are captivating when created with warm, feminine hues. La Fete’s Baddley creates visual delight using bold angles and brave colors.

Photo by Heather Nan


Swing from a chandelier

Orchid Dynasty reinvents the table centerpiece by constructing a sprawling, geometric pendant adorned with marigolds, dianthus and flowering smokebush. “Much like a couple becoming one, all points lead together,” florist Shelly Huynh says. “Inspired by a mandala, all points lead to a triangle. They all come together to a point.”

Photo by Heather Nan

Be honest

Honest John Bitters adds flavor to a Cuisine Unlimited tangerine basil cocktail. Lemon-, tangerine- and raspberry-curd tarts top geometric-pattern dessert dishes from Glass House.

Photo by Heather Nan

Go for the gold

“Hand-painted gold edging adds a sense of luxury to otherwise smooth paper selections,” says Ann Elizabeth of Ann Elizabeth Print Studio. “The unique geometric shape and fold of the RSVP card are unexpected and play off of—rather than repeat—the hexagon shape of the invitation.”


Photo by Heather Nan

Keep it polished

Busy patterns call for simple complements like O.C. Tanner Jewelers‘ Pomellato Tango diamond earrings in rose gold ($30,400) and Mattia Cielo bangle with pavé diamonds in 18k white gold ($33,800). The simple silhouette of a Bitsy Bridal ivory beaded and embroidered-net-over-cashmere-chiffon trumpet bridal gown ($6,570) completes the look.

Utah Wedding Vendors

Photography: Heather Nan

Styling: La Fête

Paper: Ink & Press Co.

Flowers: Sage Floral

Gown: Bitsy Bridal

Hair and makeup: Janelle Ingram

Desserts and shakes: Cuisine Unlimited

Model: Abigail Johnsen

Linens: La Tavola

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