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
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Gift Giving at Weddings | Do’s & Don’ts

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Attending a wedding soon and not sure what is appropriate or expected when it comes to a wedding gift? Not sure whether to give cash or stick the registry? What if you’re not attending the wedding? How much do you need to spend? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!  Here’s a list of our top do’s and don’ts when it comes to wedding gift etiquette.

Don’t: Be Afraid to Give Cash
When it comes to giving cash as a wedding gift some people feel it’s a bit too impersonal, but that is absolutely not true. In fact, a lot of couples prefer cash as it let’s them spend it on something they need that they may not be able to register for or something fun and unexpected, like a cooking class on their honeymoon!

Do: Ship the Gift
So you’ve bought your gift, now what? You could bring it to the wedding (and many do!), but consider shipping the gift directly to the couple instead. Not only is it simpler for you, but it’s less stress for the couple on their big day. Now they won’t have to worry about transporting it or have the risk of losing it during the shuffle. We’ve done our fair share of carting wedding gifts to and from venues and take it from us, it’s easier to ship direct!

Do: Stick to the Registry
If you decide to go with a physical gift, stick to the registry! While the couple may end up loving your rogue gift, it’s a risky move and unless you know the couple very well or are in the wedding party, keep it simple and stick to the registry. **If you just got engaged and are looking to start your registry soon, skip to the bottom for our quick tips and recommendations!

Don’t: Overspend
The average wedding gift these days is around $150, but before you pull the trigger take into consideration other factors. How well do you know the couple, what is your budget, are you traveling to the wedding? All of these answers will help determine what the appropriate amount to spend will be.

Don’t: Wait!
Always try to your best to send your gift before the wedding day, especially if you aren’t attending the actual celebration. The old belief is that you have up to a year after the wedding day to deliver you gift, but times have changed! A year is a long time and while ‘better late than never’ is definitely true in this case, try not to wait longer than 3 months after the wedding.

Building your Registry
Are you currently engaged and trying to create your wedding registry? There’s so much to consider when starting your registry and it can be really overwhelming. The most important things to remember are to build it together with your partner, take your time, and have a large variety of items. If you’re not sure where to start, try to find an all-in-one registry that has a wide variety of items. Zola is one of our faves and we’d highly recommend it! They have pre-built Gift Collections that are a great starting point to get an idea of what you’d to register for. And if you want to register for cash, there’s an option for guests to pay for your airfare or renovations or whatever you like, so tasteful!

David + Kristin | All-White Modern Chicago Reception

DavidKristin-JayneWeddings-JeremyLarson-022David and Kristin asked Team Jayne to help with the design and coordination of their wedding reception as they had already been married at their ceremony in California on April 3rd at a beautiful vineyard. Between their Ceremony and Reception, David & Kristen traveled to Japan for their honeymoon. Everything new we learned about this couple just emphasized how amazing and totally cool they were. Kristin really loves art, they love to travel the world together, and (like us) they love finding the best spots for food.

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When putting together the look and feel of the reception, David & Kristin loved the idea of non-traditional so they stuck to an industrial, modern space (Room 1520, thanks for the perfect backdrop!) and a mainly white palette with small pops of color, which gave the entire space a modern, art gallery vibe.

For a modern twist on the all white theme, we spray painted all of our fruit decor white and put them in still-life arrangements throughout the reception.

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When it came time for music and dancing, the DJ kept it all very hip and modern. This reception was full of young people so everyone was on the dance floor, it felt a lot like a club!

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One of our favorite parts of this wedding were these handmade custom menus we hung from the ceiling. We love every opportunity to create something unique that hasn’t been done before.

 

 

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Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Custom Dip-Dyed Linens: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Venue: Room 1520
DJ: Yazz Jazz Entertainment
Hotel: Palmer House Hilton
Rentals, Catering: Feast and Imbibe
Dessert: Bang Bang Pie
Pie Stands: Nimblewell
Beverages: Grand & Western
Balloons: Luft Balloons
Hair: Gold Plaited
Flowers: Fleur
Sign: Neon Design

How to Use Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

This week we’re feeling inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery—a zesty, yellow-green shade that will liven up space or color palette it’s paired with. This color is dying to be used in all of the springtime palettes but we love the unexpected, so we’ve put together a collection of inspiring ideas that will show that you can use this year’s color of the year in a variety of seasons and occasions!

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Pantone discusses their choice: “the more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. this shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. a constant on the periphery, greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.” 

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Pair ‘Greenery’ with deep turquoise walls, patterned pillows, and black & white accents for a moody, modern interior with style. Trendland

 

 

 

This year was probably the best year for ‘Greenery’ to be chosen as color of the year as the raw, refreshing garden look was truly unleashed during this wedding season. It reminded us a lot of Kristine & Eric’s greenery-filled day. Overflowing ferns and overgrown greenery are a beautiful and natural way to utilize this year’s color in your wedding decor.

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If you aren’t looking to redecorate and don’t have any big events you can introduce ‘Greenery’ into, show it off using your makeup! Think fresh green or olive-toned nails and eyes—so fresh! Your Beauty Pantry

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Liven up your neutral interior my injecting some green into your accessories and plants. Compliment the green with white and just a small amount of gray or black for a fresh and lively vibe. Concepts & Colorways

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We are digging this green velvet cap so much we may just have to order matching ones! The velvet really adds something special. Boohoo

How are you using Pantone’s Color of the Year? Share it with us, we’d love to see!

 

Fresh Summer Recipes

I think it’s safe to say that Summer is officially here and here to stay! Summer to us always means food, food & more food. To show you just how much we love to eat, we’ve put together a pretty extensive list of some of our favorite dishes. Don’t worry, we’ve included options for all—whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free, or just here for the cocktails. ;)

Vegetarian Dishes

Lemon Parmesan Zucchini Chips

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These zucchini chips are an amazing alternative to fatty potato chips & the added lemon is delish! See the full recipe by Closet Cooking.

Roasted Asparagus Penne

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Whenever I see penne recipes I usually think “boring”, but this roasted asparagus penne is actually anything but boring. See the full recipe by My Recipes.

Mini Portobello Mushroom Burgers


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If you’re looking for a good burger alternative this is it! The great thing about these portobello burgers is that you can top them with whatever you’d like and create your burger however you lie. See the full recipe to see how Country Living topped theirs.

Chocolate Balloon Bowls

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I know we’ve all seen these chocolate ballon bowls before, but they are such a treat to have that we just had to include them. Fill them with your favorite ice cream flavor & you’ve got the perfect desert! See how to make them on BBC Good Food.

Standard Dishes

BLT Summer Rolls with Avocado Dipping Sauce

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This summery twist on the classic BLT by Hapa Nom Nom is a great way to lighten up a traditional BLT.

Grilled Lime Salmon Avocado Mango Salsa Coconut Rice

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This dish from Cooking Classy not only tastes as good as it looks but the sweetness of the mango mixed with the sharpness from the fresh red onion compliment the grilled salmon perfectly.

Lemon Lime Bars

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If you’re looking for a quick, refreshing desert try out these lemon lime bars by Thistlewood Farms. So simple & makes quite the statement!

Gluten-Free Dishes

Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dish as colorful as this. Gimme Some Oven fresh ingredients put a modern (and beautiful) twist on a typical chicken salad.

Jerk Shrimp Wraps

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For those of you who like a little spice in your life, these jerk shrimp tacos from Woman’s Day have just the right about of heat.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Anyone with a sweet tooth is going to want to check out this incredible Peanut Butter Bar recipe by This Mess is Ours. A great alternative to the classic chocolate chip cookie.

Summer Cocktails

Blueberry Basil Moscow Mule

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Kick up your classic Moscow Mule with some blueberries & basil! This sophisticated take on one of my favorite cocktails by Marla Meredith is why this has become one of go-to summer cocktails.

Slushsicles

 

I cannot get enough of these homemade “slushsicles” from Pear Tree Kitchen. You can use whatever type of mixed drink you prefer, but remember there must be a least a little sugar otherwise it won’t freeze up!

Watermelon & Pineapple Summer Sangria

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One of my favorite drinks to experiment with is Sangria because it’s so versatile! I usually just throw in whatever fruit I have around the house. If you want something a little more polished, try this Watermelon & Pineapple Sangria from What the Fork Food Blog.

For the Love of Paper | Creative Paper Installations

It’s no secret that we love all things paper and we’re so excited at any opportunity to create something amazing from paper. Luckily, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing brides who decided to go above and beyond with their paper installations. We want to share with you some of our favorite, most creative uses of paper that we’ve seen and helped create.

Anthony & Jean: Whimsical Pinwheels

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This super unique and colorful pinwheel backdrop we built for Anthony & Jean was perfect for her whimsical style and it helped the giant glass room of Crystal Gardens feel a bit smaller and more intimate. Killer photos by Julia Franzosa Photography.

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Jenny & Eamon: Eclectic Handcrafted Decor

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Jenny is an extremely talented artist and blogger (follow her here) and created all of her decor by hand! She is such an inspiration and we loved being able to be part of her day. Stunning photography by Q Avenue Photography.

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Big Star Cali-Style Shoot: Delicate Paper Garland
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For one of our favorite Cali-Inspired shoots we put together this super quirky, colorful paper garland. It’s the perfect way to add a bit of whimsy to the day AND it’s completely customizable! A quick change the shapes or colors as this paper garland is perfect for any occasion. Photos by Lily Red Studio.

Safari Style Travel Shoot: DIY Gold Backdrop

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A couple years ago we put together this safari-themed shoot which featured rich textures, bold colors, and a  DIY Gold Paper Backdrop. For a step-by-step guide, check it out on Ruffled. Amazing photos by Megan Saul Photography. Incredible cake by Elysia Root Cakes.

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Indie Wed: Handmade Tissue Paper Ceiling Install

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This ceiling installation included 900 feet of tissue fringe garland cut by hand!! It was absolutely gorgeous and moved with the rhythm of people walking around, I can envision this at an outdoor wedding in peaches, golds and whites, blowing in the breeze. The perfect wow factor for such a fun day and event! Photos by Julia Franzosa PhotographyTuan B & COAmanda Megan Miller Photography.

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Andrea & Eric: Delicate Hanging Confetti

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This dessert bar backdrop is a gorgeous blend of ribbon, lace, and delicate sewn white paper confetti. We can’t get enough of it! Photos by The McCartney’s Photography.

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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.

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Our Top Picks for Wedding Favors

When it comes to providing favors for your guests, you want to make sure you find the sweet spot between too cheap and too expensive, while also giving something that is useful, interesting, or exciting. When in doubt, provide something that you love to use or would love to receive. We’ve compiled a list of fun favors that we hope will inspire you to come up with your very own unique ideas!

Mini Succulents
Whether in a small pot, teacup, or mason jar, mini succulents are a lovely favor to provide your guests! You can even customize them by writing your initials and wedding date on a tag or ribbon. If you want to take it one step further, you could write a cutesy phrase as well: “Watch Our Love Grow” or “Let Love Grow” are fairly popular.
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Popcorn
Providing your guests with food or snacks is always going to be a winner at weddings. If you choose popcorn, you actually have a couple of options, kernels or bags? If you choose kernels, try putting them in a funky jar with a catchy phrase: “Thanks for Popping by!” or “Our Love is Poppin’!” If you choose bagged popcorn, try printing custom stickers with your names and wedding date to put on your bags.
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Pickled Veggies
A step up from our popcorn kernel idea above; give your guests a jar of pickled veggies of your choice! Just find some cute mason jars and top with a custom sticker.  For some inspiration, here’s a favor display we put together with custom pickle favors for one of our favorite couples: Sara & Martin.
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Cocktail Recipe w/ Tool
If you featured signature cocktails at your reception, think about giving the recipe (if it’s a complex cocktail) as a favor. Throw in a fun cocktail tool for added value (think muddling stick, jigger, or strainer) Tie them together with some ribbon and you’ve got a great favor your guests will be sure to appreciate.
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Recipe Cards
Recipe cards are a great favor option, personalize them with your names and anniversary date. You can provide blank cards or fill them up with some of your favorite recipes you’d like to share. Whichever you choose, your guests will think of you each time they cook the dish! Check out these from Magnificent Milestones that we featured on Kelly & Bryant’s day.
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Confetti
Maybe you want to give favors that are meant to be used that night or at your reception? One of our brides, Emily, (see Chris & Emily’s full day here!) chose to provide her guests with customized boxes of confetti to throw during their grand exit. This is a super fun way to get your guests involved and ensures that your favors will not go to waste! Plus, confetti always looks gorgeous in photos.
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Sweets To-Go
A classic, no-stress favor will always be take home dessert. Simply place plain, or customized take-home boxes on your dessert table at the end of the night and watch your guests load theirs up! Get creative with your boxes to make a big impact. These triangle boxes are too fun!
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Have you received a favor at a wedding that just blew you away? Share with us below!

California Mountain Wedding

Ahhh California weddings. Sorry guys, but there is just something about them. The sunlight, the ease of planning something outdoors, the fresh healthy food, EVERYTHING there has our heart. So we were over the moon when this lovely couple asked Jayne Weddings & Events to create and coordinate their wedding! Thank you for the he lovely photos by Susi Jacobs Photography !

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Jenna and Phil are such a fun loving couple, and their wedding was such a blast for guests and vendors! We loved having access to this private estate the day prior to the event. Allowing Jordan to climb their ceremony tree and adorn it with ribbons and for us to get the floor plan and lighting just right.

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Compass Floral provided some stunning floral, even floating a few in the pool for the cocktail hour! The comfy cozy lounge areas were set up by Witty Rentals, something the guests really enjoyed when they were tired from dancing. And Mother Nature provided us the most amazing weather and backdrop!

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Vendors:
Event Design + Coordination : Jayne Weddings & Events

Photography: Suzi Jacobs Photography

Florals: Compass Floral

DJ: DJ Daniel Patterson

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Frost Ranch (Private Estate)

Dessert: Carlsbad Danish Bakery

Vintage Rentals: Witty Rentals

Videographer: Kavin Lindgren Films