Offering custom invitations, announcements, thank you’s, for all wedding and event correspondence. Unique designs to complement your individual style.

in the press :: 1000 more greetings


We recently discovered we were selected for inclusion in the new design publication 1000 More Greetings! 1000 More Greetings features an expansive collection of correspondence for all occasions. We were honored to have two invitations featured amongst an impressive group of designs from around the world.

The invitations included include our London-inspired suite (featured on our blog previously here) as well as our studio open house invite (previously featured here).



Also featured in the book were some favorites like Sycamore Street Press, Orange Beautiful, Rifle Paper Co., and NicStudio! The collection is so much fun to look through – pick up a copy today!

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design for the dog-lovers

I’m a fan of dogs – so much so that I have been known to {literally} drop everything because of a frenchie (or boxer, or rottweiler, or corgi) sighting. It is no secret that I also love canine-inspired items in household design. There are a lot of really fun doggie-themed items available right now – and many make great gifts. Here are some of my faves. Enjoy!


clockwise from left: george the terrier {urban outfitters} :: obedience school cookie stand {anthropologie} :: dog show frame {anthropologie} :: curious frenchie hook {anthropologie}


clockwise from left: pug bookends {z gallerie} :: bonjour letterpress print {sycamore street press} :: infamous and dapper hugo beast print {delabelle} ::  assorted dog card set {rifle paper co.}


from left: glamour dogs coffee table book {amazon} :: letterpress merci card {sycamore street press}

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label love :: chandon redesign


Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about champagne. It is my beverage of choice (and I do not believe you need a special occasion to enjoy a glass or two of bubbly). I blame my sister-in-law.

So it’s no surprise that I would be perusing the sparkling wine section of our local grocery store. While browsing, something immediately caught my eye – Chandon has a new label! The new placement of the “shooting star” works well and yet keeps the brand very recognizable. The sans serif font chosen feels reminiscent of 20s-30s advertising, and yet is modern and clean at the same time. I’m also a fan of the new shade of gold used.

This is a redesign that I believe will serve the brand well. Well done! Pass the bubbly!

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reexamination & reflection

We know, we know…the blog has been a bit dead lately! It’s not due to a lack of work – in fact, we’ve been quite busy this past summer with some really exciting work. Our blog has been a great source of community discussion and we look forward to getting back into the routine of posting regularly – and we have some great stuff to share in the coming months!

In truth, we’ve spent much of the past year taking a serious look at our business and what we want out of it. For the last two years, we’ve had moments of uneasiness. We weren’t sure if we were just going through a creative block (it happens, unfortunately) or if we were tired of working with weddings specifically. We thought perhaps it could be the slow economy (which has certainly taught us a thing or two in itself).

Eventually though, we realized it really wasn’t any of those things. We had an unbelievable summer and had the privilege of working on some of our all-time favorite projects. These projects refreshed us and helped us realize we haven’t lost our passion for the wedding industry or, more importantly, for good design. One of the reasons we felt so refreshed was that we worked closely with individuals who are just as passionate for paper and design as us. They shared our style and design aesthetic, and the projects were truly collaborative. They trusted our expertise and recommendations and looked to us for guidance – and we had an absolute blast working with them.

Given this opportunity, we were able to reexamine and redefine who we are as designers and what we want from our company. We’ve redefined our goals and how we intend to reach those goals. We’ve retooled our processes and methods.

While a few things have changed, one thing that will stay constant is our commitment to good design and providing our clients with the best service and end-product possible.

A few updates we can share:

• We will be updating our wedding Studio Collection with additional designs and additional customization options throughout the year. We’ve already finished a couple of these designs and I can tell you they’re a lot of fun!

• Our package minimum for all custom invitation projects has increased to $1500.00. This new minimum isn’t a huge change (the majority of our clients invest that amount or more already in their packages). It’s our continued commitment to provide brides and grooms with great design and exceptional service for their investment.

• In addition to working with brides and grooms on wedding projects, we will also be placing more focus on working with businesses on corporate design projects. This is something we’ve done for years – but it hasn’t been at the forefront of our services. We have an especially unique perspective to help businesses in the wedding industry with their needs – more to come on this very soon!

• Our sketchbooks are out and we’re working on some fun new projects – stay tuned for more!

We understand that it is an investment to work with designers, and we strive to make sure that it is an expense well worth the cost. We look forward to continue to offer superior design services to all our clients, whether they are a newly engaged couple seeking invitations, or a business seeking a new image.

As mentioned in the beginning of the post, we are passionate not just about stationery design, but great design. PERIOD.

Lastly… oh, nevermind – what’s with all this seriousness? Let’s get back to the blogging fun!

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A small glimpse at a recently delivered project…

I love maps – especially city maps – especially letterpressed city maps…

(Pardon the smudgy picture. After taking some photos I discovered my camera lens needed some cleaning. Oops.)

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a day at pacific galleries

Jonathan and I took advantage of an appointment-free Saturday a few weeks ago to do some browsing at Pacific Galleries. We found lots of good stuff – far more than our wallet (or our tiny place) could handle. The next best thing? iPhone photos!



Love, love, love the industrial light fixtures…


My mind is spinning with the organizational possibilities this rolling island presents…definitely our favorite find of the day.


Fun typography, fiberglass shell chairs (love the color), fun fan to add to our collection of vintage electrics…

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hand-lettered loveliness


…just a small peek at a recent order featuring some GORGEOUS calligraphy….

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summer promo :: free letterpress enclosure


What a fun time of year! The sun is (finally) out, sundresses and wedge sandals can be worn once again, the grill is fired up, my flowers are thriving, and we here at Brown Sugar Design are offering an exciting wedding promotion!

Receive your choice of a FREE one-color enclosure with any Studio Collection invitation order! Take advantage of this offer to receive a free RSVP card, directions card, reception card, or thank you flat card in the same color and style as your invitation.

Or, if you’re more interested in Custom Invitations, schedule an appointment with us and receive 10% off your entire custom order – AND, if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also waive our consultation fee!

Don’t miss out on this great summer deal for your fall or winter wedding!

Studio Collection orders must be placed by July 18th to receive free enclosure; Custom consultation must be scheduled by July 18th to receive discount.

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2009 real wedding :: christina and mike


We first met Christina and Mike in January 2009 at the Seattle Wedding Show. They were planning an elegant East Coast wedding for the fall, and immediately fell for the “two trees” custom invitation suite on display that we created for Lindsey and Phillip in 2008. We worked closely with Christina to create an invitation suite that reflected their own personal style using that imagery.


Using a color palette of autumn yellow and deep gray with bursts of metallic silver, we created an offset invitation suite that consisted of a panel-style invitation, rsvp cards, directions cards, and rehearsal dinner invitations. For their wedding day, we created programs, table cards (each named after a different variety of tree), escort cards, and favor tags. The trees motif carried throughout the wedding day, from a reading of “Two Trees” by Janet Miles at the ceremony to the “Tree in a Box” favors given out at the reception. Christina and Mike were kind enough to share these photos from their event, courtesy of Paired Images Photography.


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new business cards


This is much belated, as these cards aren’t really that new anymore –

With the new overall look for our online presence, we decided it was also time to freshen up our business cards! These little beauties are letterpress (in a deep, smoky, warm gray) on Crane’s Lettra 100% cotton stock. For some reason we can’t bring ourselves to have a standard size business card (our last bunch were square) – these cards are 3.5″ x 1.75″ for a long, lean look (and still long enough to fit in a business card holder, which was an issue with our square cards).


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