Abby + David | Backyard Garden Ceremony


Abby + David are one of those couples whose love radiates to everyone around them. Not only are they the cutest pair, they are two of the sweetest people we’ve had the pleasure of working with. As if their day couldn’t get any more magical, their ceremony was in a gorgeous backyard garden (think secret garden!). Their intimate ceremony included close family and friends, a beautiful arch with handmade paper flowers, and rose petals lining the aisle. Tennile Sunday Photography really created something special with these photos so let’s get right into it.






Abby set up the sweetest card writing station for her guests to use pre-ceremony. Each guest could leave a heartfelt note for the couple and hang it on the clothesline.
















We just couldn’t believe how darling these two are and how sweet they are with one another—you know how you can just tell two people are destined to be together? Abby + David are it!


With minimal decor and vendors, a lot of their decor was created by them and we love their vision! This super simple bout for David was perfect for their backyard garden ceremony.










A picture perfect ceremony that was nothing short of magical and these two were married!




Remember when we said “think secret garden”, well now you see why! Within this backyard there were paths up on paths overflowing with beauty and nature. Abby + David spent some time exploring post-ceremony.







For their reception, they booked the cutest little room at Hotel Palomar for their guests to have an intimate cocktail hour and dinner. All of the gorgeous calligraphy you see here (and are about to see) is all done by out very talented bride, Abby.


To continue with the sweet, delicate decor theme, teacups and teapots were used a vases and Abby wrote each and every menu, placecard, and table name by hand. They were absolutely gorgeous and we’re in awe of her attention to detail!












Venue: Private Residence
Reception: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
Photography: Tennile Sunday Photography
Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Transportation: Windy City Limos

Winter Blues? We’ve got just the thing!

Every winter in Chicago has us questioning why we live here year-round, but every perfect Chicago summer has us quickly forgetting just how brutal the winters are. If you’re also in this boat, we’re here to hopefully help fill these long months of winter with fun activities (both inside and outside!). From ice skating to enjoying a piping hot cup of gourmet hot chocolate, we’ve got your winter plans covered.


Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon


With Maggie Daley Park now offering ice skating on their ribbon path overlooking the city skyline, Chicagoans now have a 2nd incredible place to ice skate during the winter months (1st obviously being Millennium Park.) Millennium Park will always be special to us, but we can’t wait to get out on this skating ribbon! We hope to see you out there!

Garfield Park Conservatory


If you ever have an afternoon to kill but nothing to do go to the Garfield Park Conservatory. It is legit our favorite place in the city. We’ve done many wedding here in the past and we still aren’t sick of it! If you haven’t been, you are truly missing out on one of Chicago’s gems. If you can’t make the trip to the West Side, Lincoln Park Conservatory is a great 2nd option.

Music Box Theater


Catching a movie is an obvious place to spend a cold afternoon or evening, but if you always find yourself at AMC, try out the Music Box Theatre for an extra special treat! This place has been open since 1929 and been a cinema since the 80’s. It’s local’s favorite spot for cult classic, foreign films, and independent films.

Altitude Trampoline Park


Ok, this place JUST opened on the West Side this month and we are SO happy to finally have one of these in city limits. Grab a handful of your friends (and their kids) and head over to Altitude Trampoline Park for an afternoon of jumping of trampolines. We promise you it’s not just for kids!


Whether you’re catching a movie, going ice skating, or spending the afternoon on a trampoline, end it with one of the most outrageous hot chocolates we’ve ever had from Bombobar. Famous for their crazy amount of topping ranging from cake bits to chocolate bars and even a donut or two!


City Winery Dome on the Riverwalk


Grab your best girlfriends and hit this spot on the Riverwalk! They’re currently closed while we brace for these super cold temperatures, but they open back up in March and you can bet we already have our reservations made! What better way to enjoy a glass of wine and delicious food than with the beautiful view of the Chicago Riverwalk.


Aire Ancient Baths


Ok we can hardly believe this exists, but wow how have we never been before?! Located near the West Loop in an old building from 1902, they’ve left a lot of the original building structure—like industrial beams and original brick. As they describe, this is a “journey through the traditional Roman, Greek and Ottoman ancient experience of baths.” We’re completely sold on this journey of the body and mind and we already have plans to try these out.

Navigating the Unexpected When Planning Your Wedding

Wedding planning is a little bit like a roller coaster–it has ups and downs and it’s usually over before you know it! As much as you try to makes sure everything goes perfectly, there’s always something that goes haywire. It’s hard to truly expect the unexpected, but hopefully this guide will prepare you a little bit for some unexpected mishaps that might come up during wedding planning!



Unexpected: A Bridesmaid Drops Out

Sometimes a member of your bridal party may need to back out due to a disagreement, money issues or even just random life circumstances. It’s understandable that you’d be upset over this, but try to keep things in perspective and avoid letting this blow up and end your friendship. Years down the road you might realize that preserving the relationship was more important than your wedding day, so try to be understanding. Make sure your friend knows they’re still welcome to attend your wedding as a guest if possible. And don’t worry about finding a last minute replacement. Symmetrical wedding parties are way less important than you might think!




Unexpected: Falling in Love with a Pricey Dress

Yes, we all know not to try on a dress you can’t afford, but mix ups can happen. Next thing you know, you’re standing there in your absolute dream gown, but the price tag is not exactly a dream. You have a few options here. You could scour the internet and try to find the dress second hand. There are tons of sites and Facebook groups dedicated to reselling wedding items. Check out off the rack stores as well to see if you get lucky! If you’ve exhausted all of those options, but you can’t give up on that dress, taking out a low interest wedding loan can give your budget the wiggle room it needs to make your dreams come true.



Unexpected: Your Favorite Photographer is Booked Solid

You may have already picked out your favorite wedding photographer after following them on Instagram or seeing their photos from a friend’s wedding. But what happens when you reach out and they inform you they’re booked solid for your ideal dates? It’s a bummer, but try to understand that these things happen and you still have plenty of options. Ask the photographer if they can recommend others who have a similar shooting style. They have a lot of insider knowledge on their local industry and may help you find a hidden gem photographer you hadn’t considered before. If you really have your heart set on working with this particular photographer, see if they’re available for engagement photos or a post-wedding portrait shoot.




Unexpected: Your Parents Don’t Like Your Wedding Choices

It’s hard when someone doesn’t agree with your wedding planning decisions, whether it be the flowers or your venue, but it’s especially hard when your parents or in-laws aren’t totally on board. Some parents may have a more traditional wedding vision while you have more modern taste, but if they’re helping out financially you still want to take their opinions into consideration. Try to have a chat with them and see if you can come to a compromise on any issues. For example, you could offer to go with a traditional church ceremony and then transition to a more unique venue for your reception. Finally, don’t be afraid to nicely remind them that ultimately it’s your wedding and you want to make the decisions that best reflect you and your fiancé as a couple.




Unexpected: A Vendor Goes Out of Business

Yikes! This one is really tough to navigate but as we saw with Alfred Angelo in 2017, it does happen. First of all, get in touch with the vendor if possible. Ask if they have a plan for servicing the weddings they’ve booked or if they’re offering refunds. Next, grab your contract and check out the fine print to see if you have anything in writing. Depending on your scenario, you may even want to consider getting a lawyer involved to enforce the contract. At the same time, start scouting out backup plans in case there’s absolutely no way for the vendor to hold up their end of the contract. Your wedding coordinator can be a huge help in finding replacement options. It’s truly heartbreaking to let go of a vendor you once loved, whether it was a photographer, caterer or even your wedding dress, but the show must go on!


Winter Sweets

With winter in full swing, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our favorite winter sweet recipes! All things sweet and yummy are included in this list and we’re so excited to share with you. So instead of picking up a batch of those store bought desserts, put some love into one of these recipes and wow your friends and family (or just yourself!)

Sparkling Cranberry Cheesecake


If you’re all about the cheesecake but want to dress it up a bit, try this recipe that calls for cranberries, cinnamon, and orange zest for some unexpected twists. And how gorgeous do those frosted cranberries look?!

  • Cooking spray, for pan
  • 8-oz. bars cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • large eggs
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • sleeve graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 5 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt


Pomegranate Vanilla Cobbler


One of the easier recipes on our list, this Pomegranate and Vanilla Cobbler is made in a skillet! We’re all about the cobblers, peach, pear—you name it. But this one really blew us away with the hint of vanilla, berries, and pom seeds. Of course we top it with ice cream and whipped cream for the perfect after dinner treat.


  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 pomegranates, seeds removed
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar for serving
  • ice cream or whipped cream for serving


Lemon Lava Cake


For those of you who want something a little more light and tart, this Lemon Lava Tart is the perfect combo. The rich cake mixed with tart lemon lava and fresh berries is the perfect mixture of tart and light.


  • 8 ounces white chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  •  zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt



Berry Whirligig


This dish is perfect for that dessert potluck you have coming up—it’s a great alternative to standard cinnamon rolls and look gorgeous as a shared dish.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries or a mixture of berries


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Carrot + Walnut Pudding


For a bit of a lighter dish, try this Carrot + Walnut Pudding with Lemon Mascarpone. The carrot and walnuts give this dessert a complex flavor and the lemon mascarpone give it just a hint of sweetness and tartness.


  • 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 3/4 lightly packed cup (120g) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup, plus extra to serve
  • 100g chopped toasted walnuts, plus extra to serve

Lemon Mascarpone:

  • 250g mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup (75g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract



Strawberry Ginger Honey Pie


If you’re pie gals like us, try this Strawberry Honey & Ginger pie—it’ll have you wanting to eat the entire thing yourself! We love the sweetness the strawberries give this dish, but the added ginger give it another level of flavor, making this one of our favorite pies!


  • 500g strawberries, hulled, halved if large
  • 1/2 cup (175g) Wellington Apiary prickly box honey
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour
  • 6 pieces crystallised ginger, sliced
  • 2 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs demerara sugar or raw sugar
  • Sour cream, to serve

Spelt Crust:

  • 375g spelt flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 250g cold unsalted butter, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar



Jess + Joe | Simply Stunning + Natural Conservatory Wedding


Let us start off by saying Jess + Joe are some of the most genuinely nice, funny, down to earth, laid back people we know. Working with them to plan their wedding for almost a year, we feel like we really go to know them as people. Their style is very much in line with the old saying “less is more.” Since they were married at the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory, which is already so gorgeous on its own, we decided to keep the decor and floral minimal so as not to overpower the beauty and nature of the space itself. By focusing mainly on greenery with accents of ivory, the day felt very natural and simple. Seeing it all come together after months of planning was pure magic! It’s always amazing when you feel like a wedding truly captures the essence and personality of the couple. Now let’s get into these beautiful photos by the talented XO Azuree!









Our groom, Joe, specifically requested this first kiss photo and we are SO HAPPY he did. Getting to see the guests reaction is incredible and such a welcome change to the norm!



For table decor, we wanted to keep it super simple and we love what Flowers for Dreams put together—lots of greenery, clusters of bud vases, and gold accent votives. Perfect for a space that is already filled with beautiful natural elements.






Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: XO Azuree Photography
Florist: Flowers for Dreams
Venue: Garfield Park Conservatory
Catering: Jewell Catering
Hotel: Ace Hotel Chicago
Band: Rob Gould Drums
Dessert: Hogsalt Hospitality
Linen: BBJ Linen
Makeup/Hair: BeGlammed
Photobooth: Prixm Photobooth
Dress: BHLDN

Vica + Nathan |A Sweet + Romantic Outdoor Wedding


Vica + Nathan are one of those couples that you instantly fall in love with. They are two of the sweetest people we’ve ever met and they love they share for each other is like none other. The way they looked at each other, spoke to one another—everything about them screamed that they were just so in love. Vica really said it all in her vows during the ceremony: “Before you my heart was full, but now it overflows.” Vica is Jewish and Nathan in Korean so each side of their family was able to celebrate in their own way—a Jewish ceremony followed immediately by a traditional Korean Tea Ceremony, which was so incredible to experience.

We’d also like to moment to thank Eric Floberg for some of the most beautiful pictures we’ve ever seen. These photographs truly capture the energy and love that surrounded Vica + Nathan.





Vica’s dress couldn’t have been more perfect, the simple cut and plain front paired with a delicate lace back is such an elegant take on a traditional gown.







Vica’s bridal bouquet and hairpiece were simply stunning—absolutely loving that hint of blue! Youth & Yarrow created such a beautiful array of florals for this entire wedding, just wait until you see the reception!





Each guests’ escort card was attached to a colorful maraca which would be used later on in the evening to celebrate the couple!





During the ceremony, both Vica and Nathan shared their handwritten vows and let us tell you—everyone was in tears! These two have such a strong foundation and it was pure magic seeing it all come together in marriage.




During cocktail hour, Vica, Nathan, and immediate family snuck away in to the back room of the Dawson for the traditional Korean Tea Ceremony. Guest were able to peek through the curtain for the first half, but the second half was reserved just for immediate family to experience—very special!


At the conclusion of the tea ceremony, Nathan carried Vica around on his back through the cocktail hour and guest were able to congratulate them in passing.







The cake cutting and first dance took place in the upstairs room of The Dawson. Guests formed a small circle in the room and it created this beautifully lit, intimate moment—perfect for their first dance.


Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Eric Floberg
Florist: Youth & Yarrow
DJ: Toast & Jam
Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Allegro
Venue/Catering/Cake: The Dawson
Papergoods: Minted
Makeup: Salon V

Winter Bouquets For the Win

While we love our spring and summertime weddings, there’s nothing quite as romantic as a winter wedding. From deep and romantic ruby hues to luscious and overflowing greenery, a wintery bridal bouquet can take many shapes and from and we are so excited to share a few of our very favorites. Which one is your favorite?

Romantic + Bold



Cassanda Eldrige Photo | Flora Chicago

Our bride, Cara, chose a smaller bouquet with lots of texture. The greenery contains the soft blush and bold burgundy floral and give this bouquet so much movement and interest. Choosing 1 or 2 signature colors and filling in the rest with beautiful greenery is perfect for those wintery bouquets.

Vintage + Colorful



Studio Finch | Fleur

For Mary’s bouquet, a mixture of shades of purple floral sprinkled throughout with ivory blooms and a touch of green to bring it all together. Purple is one of our favorite colors as it can be used in almost any setting. The two tones of purple this bouquet becomes much more interesting and beautiful.


Wistful + Melancholy



Oh So Lovely Photography

For this styled shoot we put together, we chose a more melancholy tone with hints of whimsy. The wistfulness of the greenery in the bouquet mixed with the small, soft flowers create this wonderful movement across the entire bouquet. The asymmetry really brings out the organic beauty of the greenery and takes this bouquet to the next level.


Classic + Elegant



Sean Cook Wedding Photography | Fleur

Caitlin’s beautiful bouquet is filled with bright white and ivory blooms and select pieces of greenery framing the perimeter. She adorned her bouquet with broaches and pins from her loved ones. We are so in love with the simplicity and beauty of this bouquet, it was the perfect complement to her beaded, lace dress without overpowering it.

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.