Alex + Ryan | A Love-Filled Chicago Wedding

One of the sweetest couples deserves the sweetest weddings and that’s exactly what Team Jayne set out to create when Alex + Ryan hired Jayne Weddings for the design and coordination of their special day. The bride, Alex, wore the most beautiful vintage-inspired dress with a one-of-a-kind hairpiece tucked into her classic up-do. While Ryan kept it simple and stylish with an all black tux and white patterned tie.

Though it did end up raining, that didn’t deter these two from getting some amazing shots around the city (those umbrella pics are to die for!) This couple is seriously so in love and loved by many! We were blown away by how many people contributed to make Alex & Ryan’s day something really special. Alex’s cousin stepped up as the officiant, Ryan’s boss provided the florals, and Ryan’s brother painted a gorgeous (check out the photos below!) mural of the couple that was hung in the ceremony/reception space. Alex’s sister also surprised the couple with a hot dog cart late night snack.

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We are so in love with this hand-painted 6ftx6ft canvas painting done by the groom’s brother (and brother’s girlfriend). How amazing are those colors!?

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One of our favorite design elements had to be these long floral centerpieces (from Italian Court Flowers, Inc.) that were placed on each table. The darker colors and and different use of flowers really worked well in the room to give it an enchanting feel.

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Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Iron + Honey
Florist: Flowers for Dreams & Italian Court Flowers Inc.
Music: Chicago Grove Collective
Venue: Prairie Production
Catering: Fig Catering
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Beverages: Prestige Liquors
Hair/Makeup: Arch Apothecary

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

Fallon + Matt | A Classic, Timeless Chicago Wedding

Today we get to share the wedding of a special couple with such timeless style. Fallon + Matt hired Jayne Weddings for month-of coordination and their classic aesthetic was one we could definitely get behind.

If you know Team Jayne, you know we’re all about new trends and exciting, over-the-top creations, but we also love the opportunity to bring class and elegance to our events. Which is why we’re totally in love with Fallon + Matt’s Chicago wedding at Architectural Artifacts.

Their classic, simple taste with a little east coast flair created an intimate day filled with love, celebration, and a jar of Old Bay for each table. ;) Cage & Aquarium did a lovely job capturing the day and we’re so excited to share with you!

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Vendors:
Event Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Cage & Aquarium
Venue: Artifact Events
Catering: Hearty Boys
Paper Goods: Minted
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Hair: Solo Salon
Keyboard: Midwest Sound
Lighting: Event Brilliance
Florist: Flowers for Dreams

 

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.

 

 

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.

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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.

 

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

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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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!

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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!

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson PhotographyHow perfect are these cake toppers? The groom actually handmade them, we’re so impressed!

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