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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Keith & Jenine | A Bold, 60’s Inspired Celebration

Keith & Jenine hired Jayne Weddings & Events to style their wedding, selecting our Event Design package. They came to us with the idea of a Bossa Nova (a popular genre of Brazilian music in the 50s-60s) & 60’s inspired wedding.  After tossing around countless exciting ideas (Keith is a producer if LA so not only did he have some awesome ideas of his own, he was such a blast to work with), we landed on what you’ll see below: bright pops of color, giant white leather palm trees, plenty of leafy greenery, and a custom neon sign to tie everything together!

One of our favorite decor pieces had to be the killer white palm trees framing the ceremony space. It was a nice, subtle nudge to the 60’s theme without taking away from their “I do’s”. Oh, and an amazing photobooth backdrop of green palms and personalized neon sign, we had made just for them. We are incredibly happy with how everything came together to create the perfectly bold wedding Keith & Jenine were hoping for.

Photographed by Tuan B & Co with a one-of-a-kind style that couldn’t have been more perfect for this 60’s inspired day.

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Jenine also had some random paper lanterns she wanted us to use but didnt know where. So we added some balloons and greenery and whipped up one heck of a entryway piece to welcome guests. It was a surprise and the bride loved it!
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Vendors:
Decor: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Tuan B & Co
Flowers: Wild Floral Chicago
Rentals: Bowery & Bash
Venue: Kenmare Lofts

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!

Kara + Tommy | A Quaint Lakeside Affair

We have a very special wedding to share with you today and it is sure to take your breath away. Kara & Tommy’s wedding day was a simple affair at its core but when combined with their thoughtful details, it became an amazing, lakeside paradise. Kara, a designer herself (Check her out at www.karaburke.com, she does incredible work! She designed our holiday cards and even made an adorable stuffed replica of our pup Lula that sits in Cole’s crib!), put together all of the paper goods, favors, cake toppers and her super cute backdrop. Kara also collected a set of vintage glassware for her champagne toast.

Kara & Tommy’s ceremony took place at their families lakeside Chalet on Mullett Lake in Michigan and their guests viewed the ceremony from canoes—so incredible, right? Kara, Tommy, and their guests stayed in cabins on the lake overlooking the water, such a fun wedding weekend for all!

Enough with the preambles, take a look for yourself at Kara & Tommy’s beautifully quaint summer wedding on the lake. Photographed beautifully by The Colagrossis.

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Kara’s wedding dress was stunning and designed by one of our favorites: Elizabeth Dye. She couldn’t have chosen a more perfect dress for their lakeside affair.

 

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Kara’s quirky cake toppers were the perfect finishing touch on their simple, ruffled wedding cake.

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Vendors:
Event Planning & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photographer: The Colagrossis
Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye
Paper Goods, backdrop, cake, cake toppers, favors: Kara Burke
Caterer: Costello Catering
Transportation: Blue Lakes By the Bay
Linens: Taylor Rentals

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Caitlin + George | A Glamorous New Year’s Celebration

Not only did the Chicago Athletic Association provide the ideal backdrop for an extravagant evening, but Caitlin & George’s personal touches throughout the day turned an already stunning wedding into a wedding that perfectly encapsulates their relationship. Continue reading

Sarah + George | A Lush Cali-Style Love Spell

People of the world. This wedding is IT. I feel like that is all we should say and just let you get on to the gorg photos by Lets Frolic Together. But we would be remiss if we didn’t tell you that this lovely Chicago couple came to Jayne Weddings and Events to plan and design their West Coast Wedding almost 2 years ago. We had a blast planning their intimate affair featuring a lovely 4 course family style dinner and wine pairing.

Wine pairings you guys, get on it. Your guests will love you even more.

The adorable couple also SANG a freaking song together in lieu of their first dance. They hand wrote a note to each guest as their place card. Our hearts exploded all over the place, such a thoughtful pair.

Ok, I’ll shut up and let you take it all in. Enjoy!

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Vendors:

Event Design and Coordination: Jayne Weddings and Events
Photography: Let’s Frolic TogetherFlorist: Bloom Babes
Band: Danny Green Band
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Martin Johnson House
Catering and Rentals: Coast Catering
Cake: Extraordinary Desserts
Lighting: San Diego Lighting
Hair/Makeup: Mobile Beauty Team

 

Amy + Ben | Modern Bohemian Affair

We could NOT wait to share this wedding with you! It includes so many of our favorite design elements. Geometric shapes, macrame, bright pops of color, natural light, and more!

When Amy and Ben hired Jayne Weddings and Events for their event design and coordination, they thought they wanted a rustic themed wedding, burlap and more natural elements. After talking to them both, we found out Amy and Ben had some killer style and instead, created a modern take on rustic, something earthy and natural but also bright, cheery and full of love. We were lucky they trusted us to create a wedding that suited them as a couple!

Big thanks to Christian Gideon Photography for these amazing photos!

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We absolutely loved the sequin arrows and heart Team Jayne created to lead guests from the street to the venue. As well as the killer blooms from Fleur, and the super tasty and beautiful food from Nico Osteria (yeah, they cater, and its beyond legit)

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We also collaborated with Fleur on this special backdrop for SmileBooth. So fun. Did you know that Jayne Weddings will create a custom backdrop for your photobooth? Photobooths are our favorites, contact us today to create a backdrop for you!

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Vendors:

Photography: Christian Gideon Photography
Event Design and Coordination: Jayne Weddings & EventsFlowers: Fleur
Venue: Room 1520
Catering: Nico Osteria
Pie: Bang Bang
Dress: Bhldn
Suite: Jcrew
Photobooth: Smilebooth