Introducing Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Pantone recently announced their pick for 2018 Color of the Year and we’re feeling so inspired by it! Ultra Violet—a rich, bold, and thoughtful purple shade that will give depth to any space or color palette it’s paired with.

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Pantone on their choice of Ultra Violet for 2018: Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. For more on Ultra Violet, visit Pantone!

As we start incorporating this gorgeous purple into our projects, we thought we’d look back at way we’ve already used it in the past!

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Gorgeous, lush greenery with accents of light pink and ivory blooms are taken to the next level with a brilliant violet added in.

Alex + Ryan

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Adding in a few deeper tones to complement the violet blooms (like this deep blue-violet) really help elevate this look to create a warm, inviting palette.

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We love mixing our metals and find that adding in an unexpected twist (like these copper mugs and chargers) really bring this color palette together in the most interesting way.

Allison + Dave

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To achieve a bright, bold color palette using Ultra Violet as the focus, consider adding in a few other bold colors to balance it out. In this case, we’ve added pinks, oranges, blues, and peaches to create one of our favorite floral bouquets of all time.

How do you plane to use Pantone’s Color of the Year? Share with us, we’d love to see!

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Altars, Backdrops, Donut Walls & More!

One of our most favorite past-times is crafting, which is why most of our events include at least some element of creating. Whether it be a custom altar, photobooth backdrop, or dessert wall, we’ve seen it all! We’re so excited to share with you a few creations that we’ve built throughout the years!

Jess + Brandon – Donut Wall

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Let’s start off with a bang—and donuts! We built this gorgeous donut wall for our baby sis’ wedding this past summer in PA and it has to be one of our favorite creations ever. The greenery, floral, the word love, oh and don’t forget the donuts! Simple but stunning!

Jenna + Phil – Ribbon Tree Altar

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If you’re not getting married in a church (which is a lot of couples these days), creating an altar or backdrop for your ceremony space will definitely be on your to-do list. Remember that sometimes simple is better (and easier!). For Jenna & Phil’s wedding in California a couple years ago we decided to keep it simple and hang delicate strands of ribbon from a gorgeous, and gigantic oak tree. It always pays off to be creative and use what mother nature gives you.

Indie Wed 2013 – Neon Orange Chevron Painted Wall

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We loved putting together this Indie Wed setup a few years ago. The mix of the vintage table and chairs with our crazy painted (yep, hand-painted!) backdrop helped to create those awesome layers of character.

Amy + Ben – Geometric Floral Photobooth

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We love the opportunity to collaborate with other talented creatives! We worked with Fleur to create this special hanging geometric & floral backdrop for SmileBooth. So fun!

Marissa + Will – Balloon Wall

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For those eccentric and indie brides: balloon walls are totally in right now! For our take on the balloon wall craze (which could not have been created without the expertise and creativity of our friend Elaine from Luft Balloons), we went with super fun, summery colors for Marissa & Will’s brunch wedding. Adding in a large gold XO brought the whole wall together to create something memorable and exciting.

Indie Wed 2015 – Smilebooth Backdrop

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We crafted this moroccan themed photobooth (out of hand-cut pieces of cardboard which we them painted) during Indie Wed a couple years ago for our friends over at Smilebooth!

Katie + Jeremy – 1000 Floating Cranes

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This incredible ceremony backdrop is one of our favorites to date and was created from 1000 paper cranes with the help of some of our favorite vendors! The cranes were folded by the groom’s sons, measured and strung by us at Jayne Weddings, assembled and hung by Elegant Event Lighting, and topped with a beautiful garland from our favorites at Fleur.

Jenny + Eamon – Hand-painted Altar

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We are always blown away by how creative our brides (and grooms!) are and Jenny & Eamon are not exception. Jenny (a super talented artist and designer) created almost everything for her wedding day with her own two hands. That includes this beautiful hand-painted altar-piece. Just perfect for their loft wedding in Chicago.

 

Keith + Jenine – White Palms Altar

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For Keith & Jenine’s 60’s inspired, Bossa Nova celebration, we brought in these incredible white leather palm trees to frame their ceremony space. Those large leaves really bring depth and dimension to the space and make a bold statement.

Travel-Themed Styled Shoot – Gold Backdrop

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We built this gold geometric backdrop for one of our very favorite travel-inspired styled shoots. Paired with trinkets, gorgeous florals, and that one-of-a-kind cake, this backdrop adds another layer of texture and excitement to this shoot.

 

 

Wedding Budgeting | Do’s & Don’ts

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When working with couple’s one thing we frequently notice is that the biggest concern they have is their budget; how much it should be, when to save, when to splurge, etc. We can totally understand the hesitancy as weddings are not cheap! It can be stressful determining how much to spend, but even if your budget is on the lower side, you don’t have to settle for less than your perfect dream wedding. Having a smaller budget just means you need to be a little smarter with your funds. We’ve put together some of the biggest Wedding Budgeting Do’s & Don’ts and some tips on where you should save and where you should splurge when it comes to allocating your funds.

Do’s & Don’ts

DO: Talk about it

Before finalizing your budget, make sure that you communicate with everyone who will be contributing so that everyone is on the same page from the get go. This will save you (and your contributors) a lot of headaches later on.

DO: Break it down

After finalizing your overall wedding budget, it’s important to start thinking about how you will allocate all of your funds. Discussing what is important to you vs. what you could do without will help you determine what percentage of your budget should be put towards each vendor.

DON’T: Assume others will contribute

Assumptions can cause a lot of anxiety later down the line, especially when it comes to paying for your wedding. Be clear and direct with those who may be contributing to your budget and don’t put down any deposits or sign any contracts without knowing 100% what your overall budget will be, contributions and all!

DO: Ask lots of questions

When selecting your vendors be sure you ask them a lot of questions. Make sure you understand what is included in your package, if there are any hidden fees, or if there are any additional items that could tack on to the overall cost.

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Where to Splurge

Photography

Don’t skimp on the photographer! While you may not be able to afford your dream photographer, you shouldn’t settle for much less. After your wedding day is over, you’ll be looking at these photos for years to come and you want to really love your photographs. This is not to say that a “budget” photographer will bring you sub-par photos, but be realistic when determining your photography budget.

Venue

One of your biggest expenses will be your wedding venue. Save costs by having the ceremony and reception in the same location, but choose a place you love that will set the mood for your big day! By choosing the right venue, you could turn around and save costs on your decor and rentals depending on what is included in the package.

DJ

You’ll notice that most of our “splurge” items have to do with creating the perfect setting. Choosing a good DJ is crucial to creating the right atmosphere for your day. Read reviews before booking and make sure they come highly recommended. It’s hard to save a reception with a bad DJ, so go ahead and splurge!

Where to Save:

Skip the Saturday

Many venues charge a much lower price to have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday and we’ve been noticing a trend of Friday weddings recently. Always check with your immediate family and important guests before booking, but you can really save on your costs if you don’t nail yourself down to having a Saturday wedding.

Guest List

If all of your bills are starting to add up and you’re worried about accommodating all of your wedding expenses, consider lowering the guest count. This will not only save on food/beverage costs the day of, it will also shave off some money from Invitations, Favors, Save the Dates, etc.

Menu

Opt for a simpler menu to save on food costs. Try two courses instead of three, serve family style, or even go for a buffet-style if your event is more casual. Simplifying your menu will help your cost-per-guest decrease drastically!

 

5 Stunning Floral Alternatives to Bridesmaids Bouquets

We’re always on the lookout for the “next big thing” and thinking outside the box for your wedding florals is always on trend. Rather than having your bridesmaids carry around flowers in the from of bouquets, why not try one of these stunning floral pieces instead? From necklaces to crowns to arm cuffs, there are so many incredibly unique ways to incorporate florals into your bridesmaids attire you’ll never go back to bouquets!

Fresh Floral Necklaces

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Rather than have your bridesmaids carry their flowers around, why not have them wear them in the form of a stunning floral necklace? We’d wear it everyday! Love ‘n Fresh Flowers put together this lovely piece, captured by Love Me Do Photo.

Floral Arm Cuff

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We are completely blown away by these boho-chic arm cuffs by Bella Lu Floral and Organically You Events. Captured beautifully by Our Love is Loud.

Floral Crown

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While Floral Crowns aren’t anything new, this is a stunning option for brides or bridesmaids! From one of our very favorite weddings: Sarah + George. From the incredible Bloom Babes and photography by Let’s Frolic Together.

Floral Bracelet

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Skip the wrist corsage and instead have your bridesmaids (or mother, grandmothers, etc.) sport a beautiful bracelet, like this one from Valley Flora.  Thanks to Cliff Brunk Photo for capturing this lovely fresh floral bracelet.

Floral Hair Clip

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If you’re looking a more subtle hairpiece than a full crown, consider having your girls sport a fresh floral comb, like this one from Elizabeth Goes and Raconteur Photography.

 

7 Trendy Grooms Who Inspire Us All

Incorporating a little personal style into your groom’s attire will go a long way. Something as simple as a pop of color in the tie, a little texture on the suit, or bright socks can elevate the ensemble to make a bold or unique fashion statement! So let’s take a look back at some of our very favorite stylish grooms we’ve worked with over the years.

Hugh – Scottish-Inspired

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This Scottish-inspired attire is to die for! Hugh had this vest custom made from his family’s heirloom tartan fabric. We love a good pop of color and texture! Studio Finch

Phil – Subtle Pop of Color

 

There’s something about a dark gray, fitted tux with a navy tie that we are always drawn to. Throw in a pop of color in the boutonniere to really elevate this classic attire.  Suzi Jacobs Photography

Brandon – Handcrafted Floral Tie

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This handcrafted floral tie and matching pocket square take this gray suit to the next level. Oh and did we mention it’s from our very favorite, Lonesome TravelerLonesome Traveler! Everything this girl makes is one-of-kind stunning, we’re obsessed.  Amanda Naylor Photography

Will – Pink Accents

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A lot of grooms may shy away from pink, but don’t write it off just yet! These pastel pink tie accents with a navy, textured suit have us wondering why more grooms don’t wear pink. Christian Gideon

Blake – Textured Vest

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We’re suckers for texture and can’t enough of Blake’s vest! The skinny, navy tie and light brown belt tie the whole look together to make a unique, slightly quirky statement.  Janelle Elise Photography

Martin – Floral Tie + Funky Tie Clip

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For a spring or summer wedding, floral ties are definitely the way to go. Pair it with an interesting tie clip (like Martin’s rifle clip) for a unique personal touch. Pen Carlson

George – Classic + Elegant

 

There’s something so classic about a plain black tux. For those men who want to stick the basics, try adding in a bow tie instead of a tie to give this classic look a little more drama and personality. Sean Cook Photography

Rami – Purple + Navy

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Navy and purple may be our favorite combination after seeing this groom knock it out of the park. And we can’t get over that slight texture in the tie, so perfect!

 

Our 6 Favorite Fall Cocktails

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, Team Jayne loves their boozy cocktails, but this time of year, we like to warm up our palettes with some delicious fall-inspired cocktails. Get ready for some of our very favorite recipes featuring dark liquors, fresh fruits, and only the best fall spices. Do you have a favorite fall cocktail? Share it with us!

Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

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Ingredients (makes 4):

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Ice cubes & cocktail shaker for mixing

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan add cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst open and can easily be stirred into the syrup, resulting in a smooth consistency. This will take about 10 minutes. Once done, remove syrup from heat. Fit a large bowl with a fine mesh strainer and strain the simple syrup, leaving all of the large chunks and skin behind. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before using.
  2. When ready to make your cocktails, add 3/4 cup simple syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, and a large handful of ice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Divide into 4 glasses and serve at once

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1.5 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • Cola
  • Mint

Directions:

Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Captain Morgan, and vanilla ice cream in a highball glass. Top with cola and stir. Garnish with mint.

The Harvest

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz cognac
  • .5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 large spoonful of apple butter or apple syrup

Directions:

Shake ingredients before pouring into a sophisticated coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

Fresh Pear Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Bosc pear
  • 2 tablespoons citrus-infused vodka
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sugar syrup)
  • 3 tablespoons hard apple cider
  • Pear slices, shredded pear (optional)
  • sparkling water (optional)

Directions:

Shred pear; place shredded pear pulp on several layers of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together, and squeeze over a glass measuring cup to yield 1/3 cup fresh pear juice. Discard solids. Combine pear juice, vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake. Strain about 3 tablespoons of the vodka mixture into each of glass. Add cider and top with sparkling water. Garnish with pear slices, if desired.

Apple Pumpkin Beer Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 9 ounces apple cider
  • 2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale
  • ice
  • cinnamon sticks and cranberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, shake together the bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice. Pour into 4 glasses filled with ice.
  2. Pour the beer evenly into each glass.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Serve immediately and enjoy!

The Maple Leaf

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S
  • 3.5 oz Maple water
  • Garnish: Orange twist (discard). Top with a maple leaf or punched out orange twist in the shape of a maple leaf
  • Glass: Rocks

Directions:

Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass, stir to combine. Express orange twist over the glass, discard twist, and garnish with a maple leaf.

 

Unique Wedding Traditions

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When it comes to wedding traditions, most people think anything from the bouquet toss to lighting of a unity candle, but there are many more customs from around the globe that are often forgotten! Take a look at some of our favorite couples and their unique wedding traditions. If any of these customs strike your fancy, don’t be afraid to incorporate them into your big day, even if they’re outside of your heritage. After all, love is universal!

Henna (Mehndi) – Maaria + Anil

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Henna, also called Mehndi, is a tradition held at many Hindu or Sikh weddings. The Henna ceremony is typically held on the eve of the marriage ceremony. Henna’s characteristic intricate designs are meant to symbolize joy and spiritual awakening. Sometimes the groom’s name or initials is incorporated into the mehndi pattern.

Hand-fasting/Celtic Knot Ceremony – Regina + Eric 

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Hand-fasting (or Celtic Knot Tying) dates back to ancient Celtic wedding ceremonies. Typically, a knot is tied around the clasped hands of the bride and groom but tying a knot together (as Regina + Eric chose to do) is also quite common. The material of the knot can be anything from silky ribbons, chords, or even fabric from an old keepsake. Many couples keep their knot displayed at home and some pass down their ribbons/ropes to their children on their wedding day.

Groom’s Cake – Kelly + Bryant

Originating in Victorian England, Groom’s cakes can be served at the wedding reception to offer a second flavor to guests, but sometimes they can be served at the rehearsal dinner instead. Groom’s Cakes are typically decorated to reflect the groom’s hobbies, favorite sports team, etc.

Horah – Katie + Jordan

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Seen at traditional Jewish weddings, after the bride and groom make their grand entrance, they lead the guests into a dance, the Horah. During the Horah, guests lift the bride and groom onto chair and dance around them in a circle. We love this tradition, but we’ve seen our fair share of mishaps so we recommend this tradition early on in the night before the alcohol starts flowing.

Lion Dance – Melissa + Jason

The Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture where performers mimic a lion’s movements in a costume. We’re obsessed with the rich color in these costumes! The lion dance is sometimes mistakenly referred to as dragon dance, but they are actually two different dances! The lion dance is typically operate with two dancers, whereas a dragon needs a few extra dancers because it’s much longer.

Shawn Mendes Fragrance Launch Lounge!

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We had the awesome opportunity of working with Macy’s again this past week. And this time is was for a super special livestream with Shawn Mendes, complete with a lounging area, selfie station, scent bar, and prize wheel! We teamed up with Macy’s to help them with the styling of their lounge area for a special Q & A with Shawn Mendes!

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Vendors:
Styling & Rentals: Jayne Weddings & Events
Florals: Fleur
Pipe & Drape: Drape Kings

 

Modern Bridal Styling

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Earlier this year our very own Nicole Lela began working on this Modern Bridal Styled Shoot and we think she knocked it out of the park! This shoot has some seriously gorgeous greenery, from the bouquet, to the table setting, and even a delicate wall installation, we’re in love! We worked with so many amazing vendors and they all had a hand in making this a success. These gorgeous photos (thanks Oh So Lovely Photography!) speak for themselves but here’s what Nicole has to say about her vision:

“It was so much fun working with a group of fantastic and creative vendors during this styled shoot. We went for a modern and vintage mixed look, with shades of blue and neutral tones. It had a very wet and almost melancholy look to it.”

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Beginning with this beautiful invitation set by Esther Clark featuring delicate custom calligraphy and a stunning custom ring box from The Family Joolz.

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We don’t think there’s a way we can love this cake any more than we already do. Cakes by Miha truly captured the essence of the shoot in this cake. And we can’t get enough of those fruit accents.

 

 

 

 

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Vendors:
Photography: Oh So Lovely Photography
Videography: Nevaeh Films
Event Styling & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Calligraphy and Invites: Esther Clark
Cake: Cakes by Miha
Bridal Gown: Ali Nicole Bridal
Jewelry: Susie Saltzman
Jewelry Box: The Family Joolz
Venue: Slate Studio Chicago
Models: Monica and Luciano Garneta