Emmy Fashion | Recap 2014

We are super excited to be starting a new section to our blog – FASHION! The fact that we haven’t already covered this is absolutely mind blowing. While we love shopping and all things fabric, Jayne Weddings & Events has decided to bring on writer and blogger  Christine Cottrell ! She will be sharing the latest trends, hot splurge/steals and so much more! To get us started off, she is helping us sift thru all those red carpet looks seen at this past weeks Emmy Awards! 

Take it away Christine!

Did you catch the Emmys? For fashion’s sake, we hope so. We’ve created our very own awards for the most notable, pinable gowns of the night. We sure wish Rent the Runway could get their hands on these dresses!

The “most fab crop top that God has ever put on this earth” award goes to Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano -


The “making maternity glam” award goes to Hayden Penettiere in Octavio Carlin. (We actually might get pregnant just so we can wear this…might) -


The “nude dress that’s even sexier than your Birthday suit” (and honestly, that’s hard to come by) award goes to Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad -


This year we were delighted to see a whole new category. For “being able to “walk the red carpet” and “down the aisle” in the same dress” (and in that order, of course) award goes to Kristen Wiig in Vera Wang, Lucy Lui in Zac Posen, and finally, Syd Wilde in we don’t know, but it’s smoking!


The “O.M.G I want that back and tail” award goes to Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier -


There was a tie for the “So vogue” award. It goes to Uzo Aduba in Christian Siriano, and Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland Haute Couture -


The “I want to hate it, but I think I love it, but I still can’t decide” award goes to Alicia Quarles in Dany Atrache -


And last but certainly not least, the “secretly slutty yet sophisticated” award goes to Debra Messing in Angel Sanchez -


All pictures are courtesy of Hollywood Life.

- Christine Cottrell

Sarah + Dan | A Wedding in the Vines

Sarah and Dan met in Chicago. They work in the Midwest. Their families are from the Midwest. So why a California wedding? Well once you check out these photos you will totally get it. Sarah owns an amazing wine bar (the ruby tap) it was thru her connections there that she stumbled upon the most beautiful wedding venue she had ever seen! She always knew she wanted a destination wedding, but after seeing the glorious  Gundlach Bundschu Winery, that was that.
Since they were traveling from Chicago, they chose to keep the decor simple. They wanted to show off the vines and lovely sunset. They chose pretty lush and low centerpieces and super fun burlap and gold table runners. We placed all of the guest tables in two really long lines that helped create the most intimate feel amongst the vines. Dan, the groom, made all of the paper goods for his lovely bride. We chose to clip the placecards on to their wineglasses to avoid the wind blowing them away. The bridesmaids all wore anthropologie dresses and they had the cutest ring bearer!


Many Chicago vendors traveled out West for this wedding, so it truly was a midwest party with a Californian backdrop!

Special thanks for Jeffery Marini for the amazing photographs! We are totally in love with his editorial style!

Photography: Jeffery Marini           
Wedding Coordination: Jayne Weddings and Events
Florist: Ev Floral Design
Wedding Guitarist: Glenn Carter
DJ: Boutique DJ
Catering: Girl and The Fig
Rentals: Wine Country Party and Event Rentals
Venue:  Gundlach Bundschu Winery  

Featured | Bridentity Crisis

We are so excited to have Jayne Weddings and Events featured on a really cool new blog this morning!  Bridentity Crisis is a killer blog to bring couples back to planet earth during the planning process. Kristen, the writer, is also super witty and you will def enjoy reading her take on modern day wedding planning! We were thrilled when she interviewed us for her new site! Check it out!

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Jayne x Smilebooth


Recently, we have been seeing killer collaborations everywhere. Alexander Wang for H&M, Riccardo Tisci for Nike, Coco Rocha for BaubleBar, Everyone for Target, almost too many to name! When our friends over at Smilebooth asked us to collaborate with them … Continue reading

Sara + Martin | A Downtown Hoedown

Sara and Martin are one of the sweetest, loving, dotting couples we have ever had the honor to work with. You’ll see it in these pictures, the way they look at each other gives me goosebumps!  They came to Jayne Weddings and Events for full event design and coordination.

Martin is from Texas and wanted his guest to feel comfortable in the windy city. The couple both work in the restaurant industry, and knew they wanted to host their wedding in a place surrounded by industry friends and family. They choose Green St. Smoked Meats because it was a bit of country with a downtown address. They also brought in foods from other restaurants they are involved with , oysters from Maudes, Coffee from La Columbe, this was a foodie wedding for sure!

The dinner service was family style, so we had to go light on the flowers, but we added fun pops of color by choosing a colorful mix of vintage glassware from Nimblewell, 4 different patterns of napkins in the same blue, and used butcher paper for the table runners! There were (bride and groom made) pickle favors, cacti, and many cowboy boots and hats!

Jayne Weddings & Events also worked closely with Aged Vintage Rentals and Foxglove Studio to create some lovely hand lettered vintage signage draped in gorg garlands!

The couple chose an amazing band who taught guests a few line dances mixed into their typical retro country sets. We made a giant 8 foot gold fringe star to shine over the entire occasion. Although it rained for the reception (which was fine, as it made the venue look even more magical!) The ceremony was held outdoors at the Humbolt Formal Gardens. Martin, the groom even mowed the aisle the morning of, just to make sure everything was perfect for his bride!

Pen Carlson shot some killer photos. We had a hard time choosing which ones to share, so enjoy this very long blog post!




Event Design & Full Service Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Pen Carlson
Ceremony Venue: Humbolt Park Formal Gardens
Venue: Green Street Smoked Meats
Florist: Foxglove Studio
Wedding Musicians: Golden Horse Ranch Band
Cake: Luscious Layers
Hair: Debbie Petrielli
Make Up: Nika Vaughan
Glassware Rentals : Nimblewell
Vintage Rentals : Aged Vintage Rentals
Dress, Sash : Behldn

Kelly + Bryant | Chicago Style Romance

Wow. It has been a LONG time since we have blogged a wedding! So long, in fact, that this wedding is from LAST YEAR! We have a ton of images coming in from so many weddings, so get ready to get your pretty on in the coming months! You can even subscribe (look to the right!), so you don’t miss any of it!

Kelly and Bryant love Chicago. Almost as much as they love each other (which is like a ton, seriously, they are like teenagers around each other, its euphoric and awesome to be around!) They went with a very classic palate of navy, greens, and white. Pistil and Vine made the event even better with their chuppa design and super pretty centerpieces! There were Chicago themed drinks, and table numbers, Garrett’s popcorn and even a Bears themed grooms cake! We are so honored to be part of it all at the beautiful Ivy Room, a elegant venue in downtown Chicago!

Our favorite element were the super sweet favors! The couple had Magnificent Milestones put together some gorg letter-pressed recipe cards of the couples favorite recipes. How personal and fun!

Now, get lost in it all with this gorg photos from Laura Meyer Photography:



Month Of Coordination/Hand Lettering: Jayne Weddings
Venue: The Ivy Room
Photography: Laura Meyer Photography
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Draping: Frost
Catering: Calihan Catering
Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Favor Cards: Magnificent Milestones


Mother’s Day DIY

I absolutely LOVE my mamma. She taught me how to bake a mean pie, how to be an independent women, and she once bought me a book of crafts that cost no money to make, i.e. my bible. And although I love her to pieces, I am still ALWAYS late with a Mother’s Day gift. It falls in the midst of wedding season, and while that’s no excuse, I’m using it. So this year, I looked to intern Taya for a quick, thoughtful, awesome gift I could make in an evening. Now if only she lived closer, I could just drop it off!

Taya found this super cute DIY in the land of Pinterest and tried it our herself! Looks so lovely!


Mother’s Day Salt Dough Bowl


Flour: 1 cup

Salt: 1 Cup

Water: ½ a Cup



Mixing bowl, wax paper, rolling pin. Rolling cutter or sharp knife, measuring cup, doily mod podge (satin or gloss), paintbrush, small metal bowl, and tin foil.

Step 1: Mix ingredients, adding water as needed. Dough should feel like playdough (not crumbly and not wet). If dough is too wet knead in some flour.

Step 2: Sprinkle a sheet of wax paper with flour, form dough into a ball, sprinkle with additional flour and roll into a flat ¼ inch disk. Plan on flour flying everywhere.

Step 3: Place a plate face side down onto dough disk. Trim with rotary cutter.

Step 4: Place doily onto flat trimmed disk of dough and roll lightly with rolling pin to make impression of lace. Peel off doily.

Step 5: Lay the dough disk into a bowl. I used a glass bowl which probably wasn’t one of my smarter ideas. Then put it in the freezer for 20 minutes to hold its shape. After that I put it into a foil lined stainless steel bowl for the oven.

Step 6: Bake at 200° for about 2 hours. This is where the mother’s day love comes into play! I was so impatient waiting for this.

Step 7: Wait even longer for it to Cool Completely!

Step 8: Seal by painting mod podge on both sides.

Step 9: Mother’s Day Jewelry Bowl Complete!

Gift Guide | For the Guys

Taya, our intern at large, is back with her shopping list to make any dude super stoked he is a groomsmen! Take it away Taya!

“Grooms, this one’s for you! While bridesmaid’s gifts tend to lean towards the sentimental, groomsmen gifts tend to be more practical in nature. Due to the fact that guys don’t often buy one another gifts, the decision can be difficult, but you know your friends better than anyone. Are they music buffs or sports fans? Are they adventurous or into fitness? Either way our gift suggestion list will give you some ideas for every kind of budget and for every kind of guy.”


1 - “Man Things Pouch” - as opposed to lady things, which would not fit in 1 pouch! – $18

2 –  Phaidon Where Chefs Eat- if you don’t want this book, we can not be friends, trust me – $20

3 - Pulco Card holder- for the business man who has his stuff together, but doesnt have to be snooty about it! – $30

4 - Hair on your Chest Flask Set- could be used right before you walk down the aisle, could be… – $38

5 - TGRShrk Men’s standard Issue tee - Tees from Dirty Heads singer Jared Watson for your rocker friends – $42

6 - Stock MFG Teal Plaid Tie- we love our former grooms company, and so will your dudes! – $45

7Anchor Bracelet- because your boys always make it happen…captain- $58

8 –  Ollo Clip- clip it on your phone for 4 different lenses – $70-

9Burton Rider’s Snowboard Pack – because at one point this man saved your life, here dude, have a backpack – $62.83

10 - Merkur Gift set shave kit - help your men look their best – $108 

11 - Rayban Andy Sunglasses – always in style, now you can even customize them to look exactly how you want-  $125

12. Nike + Fuel Band - my hubs is obsessed with this, get your guys in shape and ready to dance at your wedding – $149

*editors note  – Katie Jayne couldn’t help herself and added in her feelings on these gifts, these thoughts are her own and do not represent Taya’s thoughts on these gifts!

Cute Couple Alert!

In this business, I meet a ton of couples. And while we love them all, this couples story just gives me goosebumps. How can you not love a couple who can cook for each other out of the world meals from start to finish! They are people after my own heart! I stumbled upon this story recently and just had to share. We can not WAIT until their October wedding! Check out them and other foodie lovers here!

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