We’ve been featured on The Knot! | Molly + Brandon | A Laid-Back Rustic Wedding

We are thrilled that one of our favorite couples is featured on The Knot! They’re beautiful wedding in the quaint town of Los Alamos, California was full of so much love from their family and friends. They’re romantic, boho style really shines through with their choice of bold wildflowers and vintage surprised (like a popcorn maker!).

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Our bride Molly says “You set the tone for the day. If you are happy, then nothing else really matters, people will remember seeing your joy and love.” We couldn’t have said it better!


Kay + Tim | Summer Wedding Romance

When Kay + Tim first reached out to us at Jayne Weddings we were so excited at the possibility to work with them on their big day. They needed help with the planning and designing process. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have them choose us! Kay’s initial vision included a summer wedding with lots of succulents, light colors, and pops of romance all around. The Danada House was the perfect setting for their romantic summer wedding—with lots of windows and a mixture of modern and classic design, Kay + Tim’s decor flowed seamlessly into the space. With the help of a killer team of vendors, we were able to pull it all off without a hitch! Thank for you these lovely photos, Studio Finch!



Kay’s gorgeous bouquet (shout out Flowers for Dreams) was adorned with sentimental pins from her sorority sisters so they were always close by.



Gorgeous papergoods to match throughout the entire event were hand-painted and designed by our very own Caroline Dodd! They had just the right amount of romance with a nice pop of fuchsia.



Kay is one of the sweetest brides we’ve worked with. Throughout the entire day, she was in and out of tears—happy tears, of course! We won’t lie, it brought us to tears a few times too.




The bridesmaids chose their own blush dresses and they each had a little hint of sparkle—a perfect compliment to Kay’s delicate, lace gown from BHLDN. Tim had the groomsmen match him with blue suits and blush ties.



A very sweet moment between Kay and her father just before he walked her down the aisle—we were all near tears at this point.






The escort card display is one of our favorite elements of the evening—small white pebbles lined the table with bunches of succulents placed throughout. So obsessed with how these papergoods turned out too!



Donuts are of course by the incredible Stan’s Donuts and let us tell you, they were in large demand and gone before you knew it!





While we dodged the rain for the ceremony, it decided to sprinkle on and off the rest of the night but we have to say—if these are the type of photos you can get with a little rain, we’re totally on board for rain on our wedding day!


Coordination & Design: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Studio Finch
Papergoods: Caroline Dodd
Venue: Danada House
Music: Yazz Jazz Entertainment
Hair + Makeup: Debra Petrielli
Floral: Flowers for Dreams
Dress: BHLDN
Catering: Angeli’s Catering
Donuts: Stan’s Donuts
Cake: Whole Foods
Linen: BBJ Linen


Ally + Yuri | A Fairytale Wedding


Ally + Yuri’s day was nothing short of a fairy tale. Their love was so contagious and spread throughout the entire day, it was a day full of sunlight and smiles. We are so excited to share all the details with you! From chocolate fountains to elaborate floral archways, this wedding has some seriously awesome features so let’s get right into it!






All of the ceremony decor was put together by Mon Amor Event Design and we gotta say—they knocked it out of the park! That archway is seriously what dreams are made of. It perfectly captured the romanticism and beauty of this couple and their special day.




Another incredible feat of this wedding had to be the FOOD! We are not kidding when we tell you we’ve never seen this much food at a wedding in all our years of weddings. This could be due to the fact that this was a classic Russian wedding and they are all about the food. We learned quite a bit about the culture of Russian weddings throughout the planning process and one thing we’ll never forget: Food is SO important. There were over a thousand small passed apps on top of incredible platters of apps as well. And we haven’t even gotten to the dinner yet!

When the dinner came out, tray by tray, we couldn’t believe it. Every plate was something new and it felt like nonstop food service the entire evening. This is definitely one of those wedding we wished we were guests!


This was such a beautiful moment of the night. Right before Ally + Yuri emerged for their first dance they stood in the back room and practiced one last time.



Let us tell you—when this cake came out of the kitchen we were blown away! Then they lit the extra large sparklers and we were even more surprised. All eyes were on Ally + Yuri as they cut their cake.



Coordination: Jayne WeddingsJayne Weddings
Photography: The Allens Photography
Venue/Catering: In Paris
Event Design: Mon Amor Event Design
Transportation: Windy City Limo
Cake/Dessert: Lana Desserts
Chocolate Fountain: Chicago Chocolate Fountain
Photobooth: Big Hugs Photobooth
Hair/Makeup: Heather Mesina Makeup
Videography: The Montoya Collective

Tis the Season…for Cocktails!

With a new season comes new treats and even more importantly…new cocktails! We love celebrating the fall/winter season with some old boozy favorites, but we’re always looking for new recipes to add to our collection. Here’s a few of our classic favorites, some new recipes we’ve introduced to our faves, and a couple we are so excited to try! Stay warm these holidays with some of our favorite boozy drinks.


Plum + Thyme Prosecco Smash


If you’re not careful, this cocktail could become your mimosa replacement. The sweet and juicy plums mixed with sprigs of thyme and hint of lemon give this sparkling cocktail is so much more interesting than your typical mimosa. And the flavor profile is perfect for those fall and winter days where you just need a little boost.


  • 2 Plums
  • 6 Thyme Sprigs
  • Juice from one Lemon
  • 4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)
  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly


Bourbon Pecan Pie


For those of you who like to drink your dessert—this bourbon pecan pie cocktail will be sure to satisfy. The sweetness from the pecan praline liquor make this extra strong cocktail a definite contender for the actual pecan pie cooling on the windowsill.

  • 1 ounce Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1½ Evangeline Pecan Praline liqueur
  • ½ ounce vodka of your choice


White Christmas Mojito


We already found a replacement for your morning mimosa, but what about your mojito? Let’s jazz up your mint mojito for the holidays and add in some white/cocunut rum! Throw in a dash of coconut mint and some sugar to really blow this one out of the park. We guarantee you’ll never reach for a classic mojito at Christmastime again.


  • juice of 1 lime
  • 8 leaves mint
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 1 tablespoon coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • sparkling water for topping
  • pomegranate arils for serving


The North Pole


If this cocktail doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, we don’t know what will! This is basically the perfect version of alcoholic hot chocolate. Complete with molasses, kahlua, and gingerbread cookie crumbs, this will be on our list for years to come.


  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Kahlúa or more to taste
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • whipped cream candy canes and gingerbread cookies, for serving (optional)


Chai Tea Cocktail


Now this cocktail is definitely up our alley. We love our chai tea and are so excited about making our teas this winter alcoholic. With the addition of maple whiskey, this chai tea will keep us warm and our taste buds satisfied.


  • 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup sweetened liquid chai tea concentrate
  • 1.5 ounces maple whiskey


Apple Cider Toddy


Looking for a warm drink to help you cozy up by the fire? This apple hot toddy is perfect for those chilly afternoons under the blanket with a good book by the fireplace. Add in whatever type of whiskey you have handy, but you’ll never go wrong with honey whiskey to give it an added sweetness.


  • 10 oz apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 4 oz whiskey (I used honey whiskey) or bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 slices of apples (for garnish)
  • 3 pieces of lemon peels (for garnish)


Very Merry Ornamentini 


Now this is a cocktail presentation we are very eager to try out. The clear ornament looks beautiful sitting in your martini glass and we think it would be perfect for that holiday party you’ve been meaning to throw for all of your close friends…


  • 1 cup vodka (I prefer Tito’s.)
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur (I prefer Cointreau.)
  • 1/2 cup cherry juice*
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice*
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed with pulp removed
  • Sugared cranberries and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish


Cranberry Old Fashioned


Keeping it simple this season with your classic old fashioned? Try this variation instead to get into the holiday spirit! Just add some cranberry simple syrup and add in some fresh rosemary, cranberries, and (of course) orange peel.


  • 3 ounces quality bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce cranberry simple syrup
  • 3 shakes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish with orange peel, Fresh Cranberries, and rosemary


Campfire Cocktail


For those nights out my the campfire (or those evenings posted up by the fire with a good book or great company), this campfire cocktail is a crowdpleaser. With vodka, baileys, milk, chocolate syrup, and topped with a toasted marshmallow—this cocktail checks all the boxes. Though we may have to add a few extra marshmallows to ours…


  • 1 marshmallow
  • 1 tbsp. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz baileys
  • 2 oz milk
  • 1tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • ice

Andrea + Drew | Simple + Elegant Wedding Day


Andrea + Drew’s wedding day was filled with everything you could want: a doggy groomsmen, donut wall, cafe lights, candle-lined tables, and a brand new venue! We can’t wait to get into it all but we’ll say this: Andrea + Drew are one of the coolest couples ever, so laid back and focused on what’s most important: each other. They chose The Rockwell on the River as their venue while it was still under construction last year, we were very happy to watch it come to life over the months leading up to their big day. It went from dirt floors and concrete walls to a fully renovated, and HUGE, event venue. Can’t wait to see and work at this space more—you should really check it out if you haven’t already! It’s right next door to a Metropolitan Brewing and Metropolis Coffee!



The large deck overlooking the river and the entryway (seen above) both featured this custom Italian stone entryway. They flew in actual stone workers from Italy to install these and it’s these kind of details that make this venue so special.




For the ceremony, we had Flowers for Dreams keep it very simple. A rectangular arch framing the altar with beautiful greenery lining it and the aisle.



Everything about this space is incredible it’s a HUGE venue so they installed their very own pipe and drape system to help break up the space. The gorgeous cafe lights were installed by our favorites over at Art of Imagination.



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When it was time for dancing, DJ Bryen Hall set up a projector and played music videos the entire night! Our groom specifically requested this as him and his friends used to always project music videos on the wall during their parties. Definitely a unique touch!

Coordination + Design: Jayne Weddings
Photography: Steve Kuzminski (friend)
DJ: DJ Bryen Hall
Hotel: The Freehand
Venue: Rockwell on the River
Caterer: Limelight
Transportation: MM Limo
Rentals: Tablescapes
Salon: Indira Salon
Photobooth: InstaCelfie
Lighting: Art of Imagination
Florist: Flowers for Dreams
Donuts: Stan’s Donuts

Summer Retirement Celebration

We had the pleasure of coordinating this retirement party at a private residence in Lincoln Park this summer and we’re excited to share with you! Prepare yourselves, Boutique Bites knocked it out of the park with this food and Bellissima Photography somehow made this food appear even more tasty.


Team Jayne is always looking for the opportunity to help with holiday parties, retirements, even birthdays! We’re able to handle the decor and staging so you can enjoy the event and know it’s in the best of hands.




Not to mention, we’ll have the best recommendations for the most delicious foods and the newest venues. After all, isn’t food 90% why we all throw parties?



Do you have a party coming up that you need a little extra help with? Let us knock it out of the park and help you throw the most killer holiday party for your family, friends, or coworkers!

Coordination: Jayne Weddings
Catering: Boutique Bites
Photographer: Bellissima Photography

To Train or Not to Train? | Wedding Dress Guide

So you’re engaged and over that first wave of excitement! Now’s the time to sit down and start thinking about your actual wedding. Choosing your wedding dress is one of the most exciting, emotional, and frustrating parts of planning your wedding. There are just so many options. Deciding whether to have a train or not have a train is a big decision so to help, we’ve compiled a variety of our favorite dresses from our brides over the years. Some have trains, some do not, some are short and some are long. Hopefully, this will help some of you narrow down your endless search for the perfect wedding dress.



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Something about this gorgeous lace has us totally transported back to the day our lovely bride, Nicole ( a different Nc, first put it on. The transparency and delicate lace train creates such an air of romance and allows the train to be a bit larger without overwhelming Nicole’s smaller frame.


No Train

Let’s Frolic Together

If you still want the length, but don’t necessarily want the train, take a look at our bride, Sarah, and her gorgeous gown. It reaches the floor but not include a train. If you’re getting married somewhere outside, the no-train option may be for you as it will be very difficult to keep your train clean when walking through the dirt or grass.

Jonathan Crawford Photography | Veronica Sheaffer

Maybe you want something a little different or spunky. Our bride, Molly, shows us that brides can absolutely wear a 2-piece wedding dress. This fun ensemble should be reserved for those brides that want to break away from tradition!

Pen Carlson Photography

For brides that want to keep a little tradition but don’t necessarily want a full-length gown, this lace midi gown worn by our bride, Sara, is the perfect mix of elegant, formal and semi casual.

Tennile Sunday

Our bride, Megan, is seen here in a satin long-sleeved mini dress and she is totally rocking it! This wedding was fairly intimate and the bride and groom actually surprised their guests with a secret ceremony! We think this gown was the perfect choice for such a special, out-of-the box wedding.


The World’s Longest Train


Have you guys ever seen the world’s longest train? Back in 2017, a bride walked down the aisle with 1.85 miles of train behind her, breaking the previous record of .74 miles. 15 volunteers spent 2 months stitching this together, which also included pieces of the train from the previous record. It was unveiled in Caudry, France, which couldn’t be more perfect seeing as their are known for their production of beautiful lace. And don’t worry about waste, after being photographed, this train was cut into pieces, sold, and all the money was donated to charities.


Throw a Killer Holiday Party with Jayne Weddings!


It’s officially fall and that means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday parties! Getting an early start to your party planning is the key to throwing a killer party, whether it’s for your company, your family, or a group of your very best friends! We would love to help your party dreams come to life.

Throw family/friend holiday get togethers, corporate holiday parties + more! We’ll handle the decor and staging! Jayne Weddings LOVES the holidays and wants to help you fa-la-la-la-la stress free!


If you just need a little help organizing or if you want us to take over from day one and do it all, we are here to support your needs!



Fabulous Fall Recipes

With fall creeping up on us, we wanted to make sure we refreshed our fall stash of delicious recipes! We’ve compiled a few old favorites and combined them with some new recipes we’re excited to try. There’s something for everyone, we’ve got recipes for meat lovers, vegetarian, vegan, an even something for our gluten-free friends out there. Have a go-to fall recipe of your own? We’d love to try it out!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – 5 Ways


Who can say no to pumpkin seeds during the fall? Instead of throwing out your seeds during pumpkin carving, try any 1 of these 5 recipes for pumpkin seeds. From sweet to savory to spicy, there’s a flavor profile for everyone! After seasoning seeds with olive oil, salt, and pepper, toss with one of the following combinations:

  • 1/2 tsp. each turmeric and chile powder

  • 1 tsp. Za’atar and 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp. ground Szechuan peppercorns

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


Harissa + Maple Roasted Carrots


We LOVE carrots. We especially love maple roasted carrots. These carrots are the perfect side dish to bring to your fall potluck or just to make at home for yourself or your family. And such a delicious way to add in much-needed veggies into your diet.

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2½ pounds small rainbow carrots, scrubbed, tops trimmed to about ½”, halved
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed


Farro + Tomato Salad

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For a salad with a little more ‘umph’ try this farro and tomato combination. Instead of lettuce, we have perfectly cooked farro with delish seasoning. You’ll forget that you’re even eating salad and that’s how you know this is a winner.

  • 1 1/2 c. farro
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp. small capers, patted dry
  • 2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. mixed colors grape + cherry tomatoes halved


Apple, Cranberry + Pecan Galette


For those with a hefty sweet tooth like us, try this delightful galette! The combination of apple, cranberry, and pecan give this galette just the right amount of sweet and tart with delicious pecans for texture.

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoon raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4-1/2 cup ice water
  • medium cooking apples; peeled, cored and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
  • tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • cup chopped pecans, toasted*
  • egg
  • tablespoon water
  • 1 -2 tablespoons raw sugar or granulated sugar

Garlic Sriracha Stir-Fry


If you can stand a bit of heat, try this Sriracha stir-fry! A perfect alternative to that take-out chinese you’re alway ordering. Making your stir-fry at home gives you the opportunity to dress is up or down depending on your mood! Throw in some seafood or chicken instead of pork, or keep it vegetarian by adding in some tofu!

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • onion, sliced
  • eggplant, cut into half moons
  • red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. sriracha
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 c. freshly chopped cilantro


Creamy Pumpkin Soup + Grilled Croutons


Is it really fall yet if you haven’t stocked up on hearty soups? This creamy pumpkin soup is the perfect soup to kickstart the fall. This recipe even shows you how to make these grilled croutons at home—a skill you can carry with you every time you get your favorite soup craving.

  • 3 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 2 c. pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • slices white bread
  • slices gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley


Cauliflower Roasted Almond + Pepper Dip


Looking for a way to spice up your cauliflower? Try dipping it in this Roasted Almond and Pepper Dip! With just the right amount of heat and sweet, this dip will have you forgetting you’re even eating vegetables.

  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup sherry or red wine vinegar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup soft whole wheat or white bread crumbs, toasted
  • 1/2 cup fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Roasted Kabocha + Kale Salad


For a salad with a big kick, try this kale salad with roasted squash. It’ll definitely hit the spot with those dried cranberries, red onion, and fresh lemon juice.

  • 1/2 large unpeeled green or orange kabocha squash (about 5 lb.), cut into 12 (1/2-in.-thick) wedges
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly vertically sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (7 1/2-oz.) bunch lacinato kale, stemmed and cut into 3/4-in.-wide strips


A Guide to Fall Floral


When you think about what your ideal fall bouquet or arrangement will look like, a lot of times it includes “deep jewel colors, full of texture, lots of movement, etc.” We’re compiled a list of our favorite fall florals to help you achieve all of these elements. Do you have any other fall flowers you love to use in your bouquets, tell us!


Willow Eucalyptus


A beautiful alternative to your typical eucalyptus, this willow eucalyptus will give your fall floral arrangements light greenery and lots of movement!



Style Me Pretty

To give your fall bouquet that perfect textured element, add a deep, jewel bloom with a velvety finish. Ranunculus are the great for this!




For even more texture and lots of interest, Thistle can be used to break up heavy arrangements to give more life and a bit of an edge.



Flower Monger

Add height to your arrangement with the addition of Delphinium (or its sister Larkspur). Most colors peak during the fall months.


Brunia Berry


Adding Brunia Berry to your bouquets can be an unexpected element of texture. Not only is the texture of the actual stem and berry amazing, but the perfectly round berries will head break up your arrangement and give it some real interest!