Team Jayne hearts Macys! | Macy’s Prom

While we love weddings, doing some event design/in store styling for a corporate client is always a fun! Especially when its for one of our favorite department stores and for PROM! We are so excited to share this super cute “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event we styled at Macy’s this past spring. Complete with custom backdrops, hot pink couches, and punky florals (Thanks, Fleur!), this event was the perfect mix of girly and rocker chic.They even had a DJ! Macy’s host was none other than Fashion Blogger & Stylist Helen Berkun, who was giving out advice and taking photos throughout the event. We’ve sprinkled in some personal photos as well to share even more details with you. :)

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We’re going back back…

That’s right, Team Jayne is headed back West from July 12 – 21st to meet with couples, find inspiring new trends, soak up the sun, check out new venues and of course, eat all the Acai! We are also offering a special BONUS for any West Coast couples who meet with us and book while we’re out there! Be sure to contact us for an appointment!

We couldn’t be more excited to venture back to Cali so to contain our excitement, we’ve decided to look back at some of our very favorite Cali weddings.

Sarah + George 
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Sarah and George’s Cali affair is one of the most love-filled weddings we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. This couple is comprised of some of the most giving & thoughtful people, they even hand wrote a note to each guest as their place card. To top it all off, Erin and Grant also SANG a freaking song together in lieu of their first dance. We’re so in love with this day, this couple, and this state! Photography: Lets Frolic Together

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Sarah + Dan
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This wedding was quite special because Sarah & Dan actually met in Chicago and live in the Midwest. Sarah knew she wanted a destination wedding, and once she saw Gundlach Bundschu Winery, her mind was made up! Many Chicago vendors traveled out West for this wedding, so it truly was a midwest party with a Californian backdrop! Photography: Jeffery Marini

 

 


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Cali will always have a special place in my heart and these photos from Jordan and I’s e-shoot bring me back to that happy time! Felt hearts, fruit loops, cali beaches—what could be better! Photography by: Joey Kennedy Photography

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Team Jayne will be in Cali from July 12 – 21st, contact us for an appointment. And don’t forget about the special BONUS we’re offering for West Cost couples who book us while we’re there! See you in sunny California!

 

 

 

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

Meet our New Intern Lauren!

Team Jayne is growing again and this time it’s to make room for our new intern, Lauren! Lauren will be assisting us with a few weddings this summer, working on some super special DIY projects, and helping us out with the blog! We couldn’t be happier to have her positive energy and creative mind aboard the Jayne train. :)

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Name: Lauren Bradley
School: University of Missouri
Random Fact: I am obsessed with Soul Cycle & my favorite food is sushi! I could eat it all the time.
Why I love weddings: Every wedding is different and unique to the couple, but they all celebrate the love and happiness shared between the bride and the groom. To be able to help create that special day for them and be apart of it is an amazing feeling!

Summertime in Chicago

Chicago summer is finally in full swing and we couldn’t be happier. Summertime in Chi manes there’s never a dull moment and there truly is an unending list of fun activities, events, and festivals to attend. If you’re ever bored and looking for some Chicago excitement, try any one of these super fun activities, maybe you’ll even see us there! :)

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July 5-26 (Wednesdays) Shedd Aquarium
“Every Wednesday evening during the summer, enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals. Take in the Chicago skyline while listening to some of our area’s top jazz musicians.”
Take the afternoon off to wander through the Shedd and finish your evening off by enjoying live music and drinks on their outdoor patio in perfect view of the skyline. Imagine how pretty it would be at sunset!

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July 8 & 9, South Shore Cultural Center.
Live music, dancing, games, margaritas AND appetizers? We. Are. There. 

Millennium Park Summer Workouts
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Wednesdays & Saturdays, Started June 3 continues to September 2, 2017, Millennium Park
You can definitely count us in for morning yoga at Millennium Park, and maybe a little zumba to finish? Here’s what you need to know—Pilates: 7am | Yoga: 8am | Strength Training: 9am | Zumba: 10am

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“Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city’s public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty.”
Dîner en Blanc has been around for over 30 years and originated in Paris, making it one of the coolest, most sophisticated events. Everyone wears white, you bring your own white chairs and table, pack a fancy picnic, and then you just enjoy the evening dancing and socializing!

Chicago Full Moon Jam
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“The Full Moon Jams’ unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art.”
We actually only discovered this Full Moon Jam recently but just had to share because look at it! Can’t wait to attend and see what it’s all about. Apparently it’s been around since 2004!

Retro on Roscoe
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August 11 to 13, Roscoe Village
“Local restaurants fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats. All this and more liven up this tree-lined street for an enjoyable three-day festival that brings back great memories while providing excellent entertainment for the entire family.”
Live music, food, drinks, atmosphere–there seems to be a trend here…Retro on Roscoe is one of my favorite festivals in the whole city. Hope to see some of you there!

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.

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

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ahhh Father’s Day. I have always felt like Father’s sort of get the shaft when it comes to their special day. BUT NOT THIS YEAR FOLKS. Show papa you care by getting him a handcrafted wallet, or maybe a custom fit shirt…or just make him a clay coffee cup he can’t really drink out of and tell him he is the best dad ever. I also have heard that the best gift is letting them watch the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in silence, but what do I know.

Leather Front Pocket Wallet

Front Pocket wallets are becoming more and more popular so help your dad stay hip and pick up one of these leather wallets by Holtz Leather Co. for Father’s Day. Plus, they can be personalized with his name or initials too!

Engraved Wood Watch

These handmade wooden watches from AxMen are so unique and the option to engrave the back with a name, date, or phrase makes this a lovely gift for any occasion.

The Rhodes Weekender Duffel Bag

Lo & Sons is one of my favorite places to look for duffel bags. I bought one for myself not too long ago and am so in love with it! It’s full of secret pockets, lots of zippers, tons of space, and it’s so well made! It’s durability makes it the perfect gift for the frequent traveler.

Monthly Beer Subscription

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If your Dad is a big craft beer drinker, consider signing him up for a monthly subscription like this one from Craft Beer Club and he’ll get a little gift every month!

Hot Sauce Sampler

“The Good Hurt Fuego” hot sauce sampler is filled with a variety of 7 sauces with different flavors and levels of heat. If your Dad loves a kick of spice, get him this awesome sampler pack. Just look at the packaging, that alone sells it for us!

Denim Work Shirt

For the handyman, this heavy duty Deep Indigo Denim Work Shirt from Stock MFG is a great gift option as it will stand up to wear and tear better than most and is much more stylish than your typical work shirt. From Stock MFG: “2-in-1 pocket with carpenter pencil slot, and 3-D hand pockets. Elbows are reinforced with contrast-stitched patches and stress points on pockets are reinforced with contrast bar tacks.”

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