Meet Rachel! Team Jayne’s Newest Lead Coordinator!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that Rachel has transitioned into her role as Team Jayne’s newest Lead Coordinator! She’s been totally rocking everything we’ve thrown at her and are thrilled to see what other awesome things she will bring to the team. To celebrate, if you book Rachel for your big day during the month of November, you’ll receive a SPECIAL OFFER!
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Now let’s get to know Rachel a little better:
I fell in love with weddings working my first job at a wedding florist in my hometown.  The fast pace and creative atmosphere made fall in love with the wedding industry! It’s also ever-changing, which allows me to help create unique ideas based on each clients different dreams. It is such a rewarding feeling watching a couple come together as one with family and friends on their special day.
Favorite food: I am a Mexican food aficionado currently searching for the best guacamole!
Favorite activity: Finding new paths around Chicago to go rollerblading
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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!

 

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.

Marissa + Will | A Surprise Rooftop Brunch Wedding

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We’ve been dying to share Marissa & Will’s surprise brunch wedding with you since this summer! Marissa and Will came to us to help them host a surprise brunch wedding. We couldn’t be happier to dive into the challenge. Marissa & Will wanted their day to feel like a bright, summery, fancy luncheon. Think wood tables in long lines on one of the cities most fun rooftops, menswear inspired napkins, calligraphy on marble slabs and some of the most gorg bright florals ever, all under a canopy of tissue paper fringe! All the fun details are below -Enjoy!

Big thanks Christian Wilson for these killer photos, he really captured the happiness and fun of the day.

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Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

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With the help of the incredible Luft Balloons, we created this head table backdrop which is more than 8 feet of balloons. We can’t get over those colors!

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson PhotographyWe love all things confetti, so we weren’t going to turn down an opportunity to use some. We hand-cut this confetti to fill balloons with and tied on some handmade tassels to finish it off.

Surprise weddings are so fun to plan because you have to keep it super quiet and figure out how to let all of your guests know why they’re there. When the guests arrived we handed out custom folded cards designed by the super talented EJD Design. She also created the surprise welcome sign, menus, favor tags, and did the calligraphy for our marble placecards.

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The ceremony ceiling tissue garland was one of our favorite elements of the day. We handmade over 300 feet of tissue garland in pink and gold. The garland made the most amazing soft rustling in the wind and gold garland glimmered from the sun’s reflection, it was magical! We also gave every guest a golden kazoo to help celebrate the couple when they were announced as newlyweds.

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These menswear-inspired napkins from Honest Haven (my favorite west coast resource!) paired with the natural marble tile and gold calligraphy really captured the essence of the fancy luncheon. To brighten up the space and add a pop of color we brought in glassware in varying shades of blue. The blue of the napkins and glassware really made the floral pop!

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The most exciting of the day had to be the custom donut wall we built for them. Just looking at those donuts makes our mouth’s water. Yum!

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Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Christian Wilson Photography
Venue: Homestead on the Roof
Florals: The Foxglove Studio
Hotel: Longman & Eagle
Paper Goods: EJD Design
Cake/Dessert: West Town Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linens: BBJ Linens
Napkins: Honest Haven
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli

Bridesmaid Gift Guide

Last week, we talked about what gifts would be a good option for your groomsmen, but what about your girls? Shopping for your bridesmaids can have you feeling stressed out and drained, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite gifts for this wedding season. Remember, personal touches are key to a thoughtful gift any of your bridesmaids would love. AND many of the items below can be customized to fit the personality of your best gals.

Constellation Necklace

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Zodiac jewelry is always a safe bet when it comes to bridesmaids gifts but mix it up a bit and try these constellation zodiac necklaces by DaniqueTrends. They come in a few different metals and you can even change up the chain depending on your style.

Matching Floral Kimonos

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If I owned one of these kimonos I would wear it around my house all the time, seriously so cute! Your bridesmaids will totally appreciate these comfy kimonos and you can choose whichever color, pattern, or style suits you. We love these by Stokes and Rose.

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Every single thing on this website is my favorite, I wish I could have it all! These party clutches with an adorable pom pom would be the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, you could even throw in some cute nail polish, earrings, or mini champagne bottles to jazz it up a bit.

Personalized Hair Products by Function of Beauty

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Add a personal touch in an expected way with these shampoo/conditioner combos that can be customized to fit each of your girl’s haircare needs. Oh and we are totally in love with those bottles, so cool!

Lindsay Lewis Dia Cuff in Rainbow Moonstone

 

Matching bracelets can be a great way for each of your girl’s to remember your special day and thank them for being a part of it. These simple cuffs by Lindsay Lewis are a gorgeous option.

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In our opinion, you can never have too many tea towels. There are so many different styles and color, you can find a set for each of your bridesmaids that fits their personal style. We’re in love with this Pomegranate Set by R&S Scullery and this Forest Set by Bourbon Moth.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole + Joey | A Delicate, Romantic Affair

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Nicole & Joey just celebrate their 2 year anniversary last week, so we thought it would be a perfect time to share their special day with you today! We also hear that Nicole & Joey welcomed an adorable baby boy since they tied the knot! This couple is so full of life and energy and these gorgeous photos by Modern Wedding Solutions really captured that happiness. From Nicole’s lace dress to their gorgeous cake with blooms and gold accents, this delicate and romantic wedding was truly something special and we couldn’t be happier to have worked together with so many awesome vendors to make it happen.

 

 

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Vendors:
Photography/Video: Modern Wedding Solutions
Flowers: Natural Beauties Floral
Music: Style Matters
Hotel: Renaissance Chicago Downtown
Reception: The Murphy
Catering: Food for Thought
Paper Goods: Paper Source
Cake: Cocoa Bean
Linens: BBJ Linens

David + Kristin | All-White Modern Chicago Reception

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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

Megan & Doug | Surprise Wedding Day!

We’ve been wanting to share Megan & Doug’s awesome day with you for the longest time and we’re so happy today’s the day! This couple is one of the coolest we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Their rock star style and bubbly personalities definitely influenced the vibe of their wedding and reception. They hired Jayne Weddings to help put the finishing touches on their design and bring it to life for their special day.

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This wedding was a bit different than any we’ve done in the past in that it was a secret wedding! Megan & Doug’s family and friends were under the impression that they had already been married and were simply celebrating after the fact with their loved ones. The ceremony was held at Roots Pizza and the reception took place at High Dive (a local bar) down the street. It was such an intimate affair and felt so special for us to be a part of the day.

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Vendors:
Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Tennile Sunday
Venue: Roots Pizza & High Dive

Blake & Nicole | A Magical Chicago Wedding

We couldn’t be more excited to share the celebration of two of the sweetest, most in love people we’ve ever met. Blake & Nicole live in California where Nicole works as an interior designer and Blake is a talented magician (he’s worked with some of the best and even competed in America’s Got Talent! Check him out at www.blakevogt.com). From beautiful tile centerpieces to a surprise magic trick that made their cake disappear, Blake & Nicole put a little but of themselves in every piece of this wedding.

One of our favorite elements of this wedding was the floating flowers above the head table (thanks Wild Floral Chicago!). They were breathtaking in person and looked as though they were suspended in midair, very magical!

This post is extra special because we get to share not only amazing photographs of the day, but a video as well! Blake & Nicole’s friend and videographer, Andy Heiser, captured the day in this gorgeous video. Take a look & then scroll down to see the incredible photographs of the day courtesy of Janelle Elise Photography!

Now for some gorgeous photographs by the great Janelle Elise Photography.

 

 

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Believe it or not, Blake designed these incredible invitations himself. The invitations begin as baby photos of him and Nicole and transform into a portrait of Blake & Nicole together after it has been opened…like magic!

 

 

 

 

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As you can imagine, Blake & Nicole couldn’t go the night without performing a little magic for their guests. As their surprise was so much better in person, here’s a video of Blake & Nicole making their cake disappear!

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Vendors:
Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photographer: Janelle Elise Photography
Venue: Salvage One
Caterer: Big Delicious Planet
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Rentals: Tablescapes
Makeup: Sarah Miles
Florist: Wild Floral Chicago

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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