Candy Crush: Wedding Design with Stripes

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.

Breton, ticking, jailbird, barcode or pin. No doubt, stripes make for a timeless trend. Today, pastel stripes get a fresh look with velvety chocolate and ivory hues like wedding stylist Alison Baddley with La Fête found in these old-fashioned coconut bars, cola rambos, lemon puffy pole marshmallows, and dark and milk chocolate malt balls from Maison Confiserie et Boutique.

How to Design with Stripes: Don’t overdo it.

It’s easy to get obsessed with a trend, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing. Leave some white space within stripes for the eye to relax. Invitations above—flaunting a serif font printed on 100-percent cotton card stock—by Ink & Press Co. reveal that a pastel is far from passe when paired with nominal type to unveil a fresh look. “This is a modern, bold design highlighting minimal typeface balanced with vibrant-colored paper,” says owner Mikyla Marie Manu.

How to Design with Stripes: Shake it up.

Move over candy buffets—mix things up with an over-the-top shake station instead. “It’s all about the freakshakes right now,” says Cuisine Unlimiteds Derek Deitsch of these thick-layered milkshakes. “Along with our colorful ice cream sandwiches, these definitely make a statement.”


How to Design with Stripes: Color outside the lines.

A bouquet by Sage Florals arranges old-fashioned petals—including roses, carnations and dahlias—in a loose ombre pattern against an ultra-modern Bitsy Bridal gown ($2,970). Complemented by Mikimoto cluster diamond and pearl drop earrings in 18k white gold ($23,000) and Rahaminov necklace set with round diamonds in 18k white gold ($18,000) from O.C. Tanner Jewelers.


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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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