Inspiring Bridesmaid Looks

When it comes to your bridesmaids, there’s so many different items to consider. What type of dress? What color should the dresses be? Should they even wear dresses? Should they match? Should they complement each other? Sometimes it helps to get inspired by what’s been done before. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite bridesmaids looks throughout the years to help you make sure your ladies are well taken care of!

Nicole + Richie

Nicole gave each of her bridesmaids a satin, blush robe and gorgeous floral crowns to wear during their morning hair and makeup. We love the usual floral robes but there’s something about these satin blush tones that feel so feminine and romantic.

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For their gowns, each dress is a slightly different shade of blush but each have a similar cut and length.

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Allison went for total glam with these sparkly, sequin dresses for her bridesmaids. While they are all the same short length, each has their own unique color and style. This is perfect for brides who want to give their bridesmaids guidelines but ultimately allow them to choose the fit and color that is best for them!

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Instead of switching up the color or style of the dresses, why not switch up the shoes and accessories!? Eryn’s bright, fun, and colorful wedding wouldn’t have been complete without her bridesmaids rocking neon shoes with mis-matched belts.

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Another amazing idea for the bride who want their bridesmaids to have more freedom is to choose the color of the dress but let your girls choose their favorite style. This way, each of your bridesmaids feel comfortable and matches the group! Throwing in a different color for your maid of honor is a lovely way to make sure she gets the attention she deserves for being your right-hand gal!

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One of our faves as Team Jayne loves anything bright, bold, and playful. Our bride, Molly, decided to skip the flowers for her bridesmaids and instead gave each of them gold, sparkly pom poms! This is the perfect way to add a fun, unexpected element to your bridal party.

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Many brides shy away from black dresses but looking at Mary’s bridesmaids has us wondering why anyone ever doubts black. The bold black dresses with small lace details pop so beautifully again those bright white florals and pops of purple. Again, matching dress color with each dress given it’s own bit of flair.

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And sometimes grooms have their very own grooms-woman! A great way to help your groomsman feel like part of the party is to have her wear an awesome (and perfectly tailored) suit to match the other groomsmen. We love the ankle-high tailored pant on George’s groosmwoman and those strappy, sophisticated heels are the perfect feminine touch.

 

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1920’s Launch Party | The Justine at Room 1520

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In February, we had the opportunity to help throw a one-of-a-kind launch party for Room 1520’s sister, The Justine! The goal was to transform the space into a 1920’s inspired paradise. From fire dancers to aerial acrobats and a fortune tellers, this party had everything! Seeking inspiration from the newest furniture additions at The Justine (those blue velvet couches & chairs—we’re in love!), we loaded the space up with palms and white blooms (shout out to Flowers for Dreams for providing the florals!) Take a look at all the excitement below, thanks to J Brown Photography for these lovely photos!

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Guests were greeted into the space to these amazing, acrobatic ladies from Angela Eve and Eves Parlor Events, one of whom poured Champagne hanging upside down and handed it to guests!

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We also called in these extremely talented fire dancers to perform outside the entrance as guests arrived. What an entrance!

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Throughout the evening, guests listened to this fitting live jazz band. It really took the space to a new level and made the entire night seem like it was right out of the ’20s.

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We can’t forget the fortune teller lounge we put together in the back office! Guest could enter to have their fortune read in a warm space masked with drapery from our favorites over at Art of Imagination.

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Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: J Brown Photography
Flowers: Flowers for Dreams
Drapery: Art of Imagination
Talent: Angela Eve and Eves Parlor Events

Should We Have a First Look?

Whether you and your future spouse decide to have a First Look or not is entirely up to you, but we wanted to share a few key reasons why we love them that we’ve learned throughout the years of seeing them first-hand. While the obvious reason is of course to have the opportunity to capture those gorgeous photos, we think there are a few other pros to First Looks that may help tip the scale if you’re on the fence.

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It’s a beautiful, intimate moment between you both.

With all the moving pieces and craziness that comes with your wedding day, you’ll want to embrace any moment you can sneak away and just be together. The First Look is the perfect opportunity to do just that! Once the ceremony starts, the rest of the night will likely be spent running around for photos, socializing with your guests, or dancing so there’s not much time to be alone together once the day gets going.

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It will calm your nerves.

With all the planning and preparing for this day, your nerves can really start to show themselves the day-of. One way to help counteract them is to have a First Look and shake out all the nervousness of seeing your future hubby for the first time in front of all of your guests. Instead, you’ll be able to have a quiet moment together to collect your thoughts and get ready for this next big step you’re taking together!

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The photos are priceless.

Some of our favorite pictures of our couples have been during their First Look. After your wedding day is over you’ll be so happy you took every opportunity for more photos and trust us, the First Look is full of emotions (and sometimes tears!) and it really is so touching to look back on.

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It’s better for the timeline.

If you’re still on the fence about doing a First Look, maybe we can help sway you by letting you know that couples who do a First Look are much less pressed for time between the ceremony and reception. Usually this time is used for couples photos, bridal party photos, family photos, etc. This can all add up into a lot of time and cause a bit of rushing around on the photographers part. If you do a First Look before the ceremony, that time can also be used for photos together or with your bridal party. Not to mention, the more time spent with your photographer, the more creative they get to be with their shots.

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Jessica + Rami | Simple, Sweet & Sophisticated

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Sometimes we run across a wedding that really touches us and this definitely one of those weddings. Not only are the bride and groom some of the nicest people we’ve ever worked with, but their love is just so sweet it melts our heart. After seeing how special Jess & Rami’s relationship was we just had to put together the wedding to match. We opted for a sweet sophistication with lots of romance. From the beautiful, delicate ceremony arch decor to the touches of fruity accents in the centerpieces, this wedding truly captured the love these two share. And we are so in love with these photos by XO Azuree!

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Jess chose the most gorgeous dress with delicate, intricate lace and an adorable sweetheart neckline. Our favorite ladies over at Mignonette Bridal got it just perfect!

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Jess and Rami are forgoing a honeymoon and instead moving to Colombia in a few months just because they can! We are totally envious. Much of their food and music choices were influenced by their ties to Colombia.

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Beautiful florals throughout the event were provided by Pollen Floral Design and they totally knocked it out of the park. The deep burgundy mixed with ivory, blush, and overflowing greenery really captured the sweet sophistication of Jess & Rami’s wedding.

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When designing Jess and Rami’s day we knew we wanted a natural, simple, fun and approachable theme so we chose a color palette of burgundy, burnt orange, dusty blue with beautiful hints of ivory, blush, and gold which really elevated the deep colors.

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To keep this day looking natural and approachable, we chose really focused on the floral elements of the day.

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To give the ceremony more of a personal touch, we seated guests in a semi-circle around Jess and Rami. This seating arrangement is being used more and more these days and we can totally see why—gave the ceremony such an intimate feel to it!

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Another great Jayne Weddings original was Jess & Rami’s hanging menu. We achieved something similar at Kristin & David’s wedding this past year and we think it is just as fitting for Jess & Rami.

This wedding was just all around utterly beautiful and captured the individuality of Jess & Rami. For their ceremony, we set up chairs in a circular arrangement to make the whole event more intimate. To take it a step further, they passed around a mic during the ceremony for guests who wished to give them love, advice, stories and good vibes—it was so moving!

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We repurposed their ceremony arch and created a quaint VIP Lounge area (for Jess & Rami to enjoy a bite to eat while chatting with guests) using Room 1520’s lounge furniture and we added in some funky graphic pillows.

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Jess and Rami really wanted their reception to be full of mingling and chatting so they cut down the number of chairs so their guests would be up exploring the space.
Vendors:
Event Coordination & Design: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: XO Azuree
Venue: Room 1520
Hotel: Ace Hotel
Catering: Cocina Fusion
Dress: Mignonette Bridal
Dessert: Bang Bang Pie
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli
Floral: Pollen

Featured! | Long Island Bride & Groom

Team Jayne is SO HAPPY to have been featured in Long Island Bride & Groom’s editorial which talks about the best practices for including your family in the wedding planning process. Find our advice on the last page but there are some other really great tips in here so be sure to check it all out! Here’s a link to the full publication but you can find our story below.

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Nicole + Richie | A Truly Romantic Affair

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We’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to share a very special wedding with you all.
One of our very own (Nicole!) got married this past fall and we couldn’t be happier that she’s found her person. We have watched her grow for the last six years, not only from intern to lead but from girl to boss lady. Nicole may be off doing incredible things apart from Team Jayne now but we are so thrilled to have been included in her special day. Nicole & Richie share the kind of unconditional love you hope for in your marriage and thanks to the amazing Codrean Photography, you see that love captured beautifully throughout the entire day.

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We are totally loving these groomsmen socks from a local favorite: The Tie Bar – Chicago.

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All the floral for the day was provided by Nicole’s super talented sister, Dolores, owner of Luminous Blooms.

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At this point, Nicole was crying, Richie was crying, I was crying, everyone was crying. It was an extremely beautiful and moving ceremony.

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We of course had to call in one of our favorite pie vendors: Bang Bang Pie. It was the perfect accompaniment to Nicole & Richie’s wedding cake by Rosanna Talpos.

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Event Coordination/Design: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photographer: Codrean Photography
Reception/Catering: Mission Hills Country Club
Transportation: Executive Transport Solutions
Cake/Dessert: Bang Bang Pie & Rosanna Talpos
Hair/Makeup: Rosanna Talpos
Music: Karla & Gabe
Photobooth: Insta Celfie
Florist: Luminous Blooms
Other Decor: Doolins

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

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One of Team Jayne’s favorite things about the wedding industry is that it’s so full of love. We live to help our very special couples express their true love to the person of their dreams. We think the world needs more love these days and with Valentine’s Day coming up, we want to take advantage of it! Team Jayne is looking for a handful of happy couples to send some super exciting Valentine’s Day treats to. No matter if you’re engaged, married, dating, or maybe just BFFS, we want to hear from everyone! How did you meet? What’s your love story? How did you know they were the one? Tell us a funny story about how you fell in love! Oh, and we LOVE photos of couples in love so feel free to share your favorite pic of you and your boo.

Ready to share your story?

Send an email to info@jayneweddings.com with the following info:

  • What are your names?
  • Where are you from?
  • How did you meet?
  • What’s your love story?
  • Your favorite photo together
  • Please make the subject read “Spread a little love”

Jess + Brandon | A Vibrant East Coast Wedding

I can’t believe I am writing this blog post. Not to be all sappy, but my baby sister GOT MARRIED, and SHE ASKED US TO DESIGN HER WEDDING! I was flattered and excited, but also I know my sister. She changes her mind, a lot, she has very different taste then me (she’s classic, I’m out-there) and she is emotional. So I knew we were in for a ride.

With both Jessica and Brandon recently finishing grad school, we needed to keep the budget in check, because student loans are a very real thing. We went with a bold color palette of Navy, Merlot, Forest Green, and mixed metals. Jessica is fiery and loves color, so we added in pops of bright raspberry when we could.

Team Jayne helped to create a ton of custom items for this event, including some seriously cool dip-dyed napkins. These napkins were hand dyed twice. The first time around they were a perfect ombre, and not the look we were going for, so we played around with them again, until we got these very cool inky, dramatic napkins. They helped to add some color to the mostly white venue.

Take a look below at all the amazing photos by Amanda Naylor Photography and see all the the design details and pretty people for yourself!

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Jessica’s “something borrowed” was a locket from my own wedding, that we placed photos of our late father in, to be near her on this special day.

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Fosters Flowers really delivered a brilliant bouquet for both the bride and her maids. Keeping the bride’s mostly white with pops of color. The rest of the wedding party carried vibrant bouquets to match the rest of the decor.

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THIS IS MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTO EVER. I love when a photographer catches these random moments. I’m sure Jessi hates this, but what are sisters for ;)

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Remember those GORG handmade flowers from Allison & Dave’s wedding? Well we bought some of them from Allison to reuse on the doors of the ceremony site!

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Team Jayne created day-of paper-goods inspired by the couples invites. The ceremony took place in a building called a “corn-crib”, which is a ridiculously cool building with giant doors on both sides that a truck filled with corn used to drive thru. For the wedding we kept the door shut and all the wedding party came in a smaller side door, then when the bride and her brother entered, both corn crib doors slowly opened, and it was dramatic, and amazing, and like a movie, I still sigh thinking about it. More venues should be like corn cribs!

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The reception site was inside a very old all wood barn. It was so pretty by itself. But with the high ceilings, it felt overwhelmingly huge. So we brought the ceilings down by adding fabric draping. We added a bunch of chandeliers because Jessica needed more glitter ;) The light they cast at night, was so warm and created a very intimate experience for guests. 2018-01-11_0039

For the tabletops, our goal was to bring in as much color as we could. We went with vintage mis-matched glassware, those amazing custom napkins, and some gold plexi place cards created by Team Jayne. The couple also had a friend help us create the table numbers, which are painted slabs of geodes!

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We also created a custom donut wall for the couple. I have been wanting to spell a word on one of these babies forever, but never had the space, until now. I think it turned out super cute! Topped off with an awesome garland by Fosters Flowers.

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The evening was full of amazing live music, donuts and love. We are so thrilled to have our baby sis hitched and even more glad we don’t have to talk weddings with her anymore! Just kidding Jess, I know you are reading this and calling me rude. I love you!

Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings
Photography: Amanda Naylor Photo
Music: Central City Orchestra
Hotel: The Raddison Hotel
Reception/Catering: Strocks Enterprises
Papergoods: Jayne Weddings & Minted
Cake: Providence Bakery
Donuts: Maple Donuts
Beverages: Total Wine
Rentals: Event Central & Swoon Vintage Rentals
Linens: Linen Tablecloth
Hair: Salon Envy
Makeup: Stella Maria
Florist: Fosters Flower Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Last Detail’s Best Weddings of 2017 | We’ve Been Featured!

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We’re so excited to announce one of our favorite weddings (Marissa + Will) has been featured on Every Last Detail​’s Best Weddings of 2017! There are so many incredible weddings selected for this feature and we are thrilled to have been chosen. Take a look at the rest of the features or see more from Marissa + Will’s day!