Team Jayne’s Top Picks for Wedding Sweets & Desserts

We’re always looking for ways to incorporate new ideas, creations, and styles into our events and desserts are no different! We absolutely love a classic, gorgeous wedding cake, but sometimes we opt for something a little bit different. From cupcakes to pastries to popsicles, we’ve seen quite a wide variety of sweets and we’d love to share a few of our favorites with you!



Instead of cake, many couples are opting for pies instead! You can cater to many more guests tastes by offering multiple flavors and some people even prefer pie to cake! We rented some gorgeous white and gold pie stand to dress up the table a bit and added some air plants to tie into the rest of the decor.

Amy + Ben | Bang Bang Pie | Christian Gideon Photography

Cupcakes + Cake Toppers

Another great option that also allows for multiple flavors is mini cupcakes! Since they’re mini cupcakes guests feel like they can try more than one flavor. You can always include a smaller cake for the cake cutting like we’ve done with Kara + Tommy. Also, how amazing are those cake toppers? The bride, Kara Burke, is an extremely talented designer and created them herself.

Kara + Tommy | Kara Burke | The Colagrossis


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We’ve been dying to spell out a word with donuts for a long time and we finally had the space to do so! Donut walls are one of our favorite dessert displays. They’re an adorable photo backdrop and allow your guests to have a wide variety of flavor choices. We topped with a luscious brand of greenery and blooms to dress it up and tie it into the rest of their decor.

Jess + Brandon | Maple Donuts | Amanda Naylor Photo

If you’re not able to pull off a donut wall, try donut holes on cake stands with an adorable couple’s cake on top like we used for Marissa + Will! The groom actually handmade those cake toppers, we’re totally impressed!

Marissa + Will |West Town Bakery | Christian Wilson

Mini Waffle Parfaits

These mini waffle parfaits were the perfect choice for this carnival-themed wedding at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Their entire dessert setup screamed upscale fair sweets! Everything is miniature, which allows for your guests to have a little bit of everything.

Shelly + DJ | Crystal Gardens | Jeremy Lawson Photography

Popsicles/Ice Cream Cart

If you’re having a summer wedding and looking for a unique, quirky idea you should consider having a popsicle/ice cream cart (see above) or truck (see below).

Sara + Martin | Pen Carlson

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Not only is it fairly cost effective but your guests will get to choose their favorite treat! Not to mention you get some adorable pics with your icy treats.

Katie + Jordan |  Joey Kennedy Photography

Jessica + Rami | Simple, Sweet & Sophisticated


Sometimes we run across a wedding that really touches us and this definitely one of those weddings. Not only are the bride and groom some of the nicest people we’ve ever worked with, but their love is just so sweet it melts our heart. After seeing how special Jess & Rami’s relationship was we just had to put together the wedding to match. We opted for a sweet sophistication with lots of romance. From the beautiful, delicate ceremony arch decor to the touches of fruity accents in the centerpieces, this wedding truly captured the love these two share. And we are so in love with these photos by XO Azuree!


Jess chose the most gorgeous dress with delicate, intricate lace and an adorable sweetheart neckline. Our favorite ladies over at Mignonette Bridal got it just perfect!




Jess and Rami are forgoing a honeymoon and instead moving to Colombia in a few months just because they can! We are totally envious. Much of their food and music choices were influenced by their ties to Colombia.


Beautiful florals throughout the event were provided by Pollen Floral Design and they totally knocked it out of the park. The deep burgundy mixed with ivory, blush, and overflowing greenery really captured the sweet sophistication of Jess & Rami’s wedding.


When designing Jess and Rami’s day we knew we wanted a natural, simple, fun and approachable theme so we chose a color palette of burgundy, burnt orange, dusty blue with beautiful hints of ivory, blush, and gold which really elevated the deep colors.


To keep this day looking natural and approachable, we chose really focused on the floral elements of the day.


To give the ceremony more of a personal touch, we seated guests in a semi-circle around Jess and Rami. This seating arrangement is being used more and more these days and we can totally see why—gave the ceremony such an intimate feel to it!


Another great Jayne Weddings original was Jess & Rami’s hanging menu. We achieved something similar at Kristin & David’s wedding this past year and we think it is just as fitting for Jess & Rami.

This wedding was just all around utterly beautiful and captured the individuality of Jess & Rami. For their ceremony, we set up chairs in a circular arrangement to make the whole event more intimate. To take it a step further, they passed around a mic during the ceremony for guests who wished to give them love, advice, stories and good vibes—it was so moving!


We repurposed their ceremony arch and created a quaint VIP Lounge area (for Jess & Rami to enjoy a bite to eat while chatting with guests) using Room 1520’s lounge furniture and we added in some funky graphic pillows.



Jess and Rami really wanted their reception to be full of mingling and chatting so they cut down the number of chairs so their guests would be up exploring the space.
Event Coordination & Design: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: XO Azuree
Venue: Room 1520
Hotel: Ace Hotel
Catering: Cocina Fusion
Dress: Mignonette Bridal
Dessert: Bang Bang Pie
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli
Floral: Pollen

Featured! | Long Island Bride & Groom

Team Jayne is SO HAPPY to have been featured in Long Island Bride & Groom’s editorial which talks about the best practices for including your family in the wedding planning process. Find our advice on the last page but there are some other really great tips in here so be sure to check it all out! Here’s a link to the full publication but you can find our story below.


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Nicole + Richie | A Truly Romantic Affair


We’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to share a very special wedding with you all.
One of our very own (Nicole!) got married this past fall and we couldn’t be happier that she’s found her person. We have watched her grow for the last six years, not only from intern to lead but from girl to boss lady. Nicole may be off doing incredible things apart from Team Jayne now but we are so thrilled to have been included in her special day. Nicole & Richie share the kind of unconditional love you hope for in your marriage and thanks to the amazing Codrean Photography, you see that love captured beautifully throughout the entire day.




We are totally loving these groomsmen socks from a local favorite: The Tie Bar – Chicago.



All the floral for the day was provided by Nicole’s super talented sister, Dolores, owner of Luminous Blooms.



At this point, Nicole was crying, Richie was crying, I was crying, everyone was crying. It was an extremely beautiful and moving ceremony.




We of course had to call in one of our favorite pie vendors: Bang Bang Pie. It was the perfect accompaniment to Nicole & Richie’s wedding cake by Rosanna Talpos.






Event Coordination/Design: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photographer: Codrean Photography
Reception/Catering: Mission Hills Country Club
Transportation: Executive Transport Solutions
Cake/Dessert: Bang Bang Pie & Rosanna Talpos
Hair/Makeup: Rosanna Talpos
Music: Karla & Gabe
Photobooth: Insta Celfie
Florist: Luminous Blooms
Other Decor: Doolins

Valentine’s Day Floral Buying Guide | CHICAGO


Hey party people! Although flowers are lovely to get any day of the year, Valentine’s day is notorious for the day we are showered with the fragrant petals. This year, we wanted to help you or your lover to get it right. Skip the food store people, do not call FTD (booo, so lame), Chicago is FILLED with amazing floral shops that offer high quality flowers and unique gifts. This year, keep it local, you will be totally impressed and your lady or gent will be in awe of your awesomeness.

**Tip- if you call the flower shop and give them a budget + the colors / style you want they can put something together that will totally beat any thing you have ever seen before!**

Shops to give a try:

Fleur – 2651 n milwaukee avenue, chicago, il 60647 //773.395.2770 – also totally worth stopping in. They recently expanded and it’s legit the coolest. They also are now selling diamond rings (wink wink)

Pistil & Vine – 1924 north damen avenue chicago, il 60647  //  773.698.7287

Asrai Garden – 1935 w north ave, chicago, il 60622 // (773) 782-0680

Field & Florist – you can order on their site and then pick up in their shop located in Wicker Park!

Flowers for Dreams – 406 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654 – this is a limited time pop up shop for the charity minded floralist!

*we are just speaking of florists with flower shops in Chicago, there are many amazing and talented event & wedding florists not on this list. If you are a floral shop and would like to be added to this list, please let us know!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway!


One of Team Jayne’s favorite things about the wedding industry is that it’s so full of love. We live to help our very special couples express their true love to the person of their dreams. We think the world needs more love these days and with Valentine’s Day coming up, we want to take advantage of it! Team Jayne is looking for a handful of happy couples to send some super exciting Valentine’s Day treats to. No matter if you’re engaged, married, dating, or maybe just BFFS, we want to hear from everyone! How did you meet? What’s your love story? How did you know they were the one? Tell us a funny story about how you fell in love! Oh, and we LOVE photos of couples in love so feel free to share your favorite pic of you and your boo.

Ready to share your story?

Send an email to with the following info:

  • What are your names?
  • Where are you from?
  • How did you meet?
  • What’s your love story?
  • Your favorite photo together
  • Please make the subject read “Spread a little love”

Jess + Brandon | A Vibrant East Coast Wedding

I can’t believe I am writing this blog post. Not to be all sappy, but my baby sister GOT MARRIED, and SHE ASKED US TO DESIGN HER WEDDING! I was flattered and excited, but also I know my sister. She changes her mind, a lot, she has very different taste then me (she’s classic, I’m out-there) and she is emotional. So I knew we were in for a ride.

With both Jessica and Brandon recently finishing grad school, we needed to keep the budget in check, because student loans are a very real thing. We went with a bold color palette of Navy, Merlot, Forest Green, and mixed metals. Jessica is fiery and loves color, so we added in pops of bright raspberry when we could.

Team Jayne helped to create a ton of custom items for this event, including some seriously cool dip-dyed napkins. These napkins were hand dyed twice. The first time around they were a perfect ombre, and not the look we were going for, so we played around with them again, until we got these very cool inky, dramatic napkins. They helped to add some color to the mostly white venue.

Take a look below at all the amazing photos by Amanda Naylor Photography and see all the the design details and pretty people for yourself!


Jessica’s “something borrowed” was a locket from my own wedding, that we placed photos of our late father in, to be near her on this special day.


Fosters Flowers really delivered a brilliant bouquet for both the bride and her maids. Keeping the bride’s mostly white with pops of color. The rest of the wedding party carried vibrant bouquets to match the rest of the decor.


THIS IS MY FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTO EVER. I love when a photographer catches these random moments. I’m sure Jessi hates this, but what are sisters for ;)

2018-01-11_00092018-01-11_0010Brandon worked with local (to St. Louis, where the couple resides) designer Lonesome Traveler on custom ties for the wedding party, as well as a custom pocket square and leather tie tack for himself. We LOVE the fabric that was chosen. Brandon also returned a pair of shoes that didn’t fit before the big day WITH all his custom goodies in the box. Lonesome Traveler remade his items and had them in his hands the next day. Talk about customer service and saving the day!




Remember those GORG handmade flowers from Allison & Dave’s wedding? Well we bought some of them from Allison to reuse on the doors of the ceremony site!


Team Jayne created day-of paper-goods inspired by the couples invites. The ceremony took place in a building called a “corn-crib”, which is a ridiculously cool building with giant doors on both sides that a truck filled with corn used to drive thru. For the wedding we kept the door shut and all the wedding party came in a smaller side door, then when the bride and her brother entered, both corn crib doors slowly opened, and it was dramatic, and amazing, and like a movie, I still sigh thinking about it. More venues should be like corn cribs!

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The reception site was inside a very old all wood barn. It was so pretty by itself. But with the high ceilings, it felt overwhelmingly huge. So we brought the ceilings down by adding fabric draping. We added a bunch of chandeliers because Jessica needed more glitter ;) The light they cast at night, was so warm and created a very intimate experience for guests. 2018-01-11_0039

For the tabletops, our goal was to bring in as much color as we could. We went with vintage mis-matched glassware, those amazing custom napkins, and some gold plexi place cards created by Team Jayne. The couple also had a friend help us create the table numbers, which are painted slabs of geodes!


We also created a custom donut wall for the couple. I have been wanting to spell a word on one of these babies forever, but never had the space, until now. I think it turned out super cute! Topped off with an awesome garland by Fosters Flowers.









The evening was full of amazing live music, donuts and love. We are so thrilled to have our baby sis hitched and even more glad we don’t have to talk weddings with her anymore! Just kidding Jess, I know you are reading this and calling me rude. I love you!

Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings
Photography: Amanda Naylor Photo
Music: Central City Orchestra
Hotel: The Raddison Hotel
Reception/Catering: Strocks Enterprises
Papergoods: Jayne Weddings & Minted
Cake: Providence Bakery
Donuts: Maple Donuts
Beverages: Total Wine
Rentals: Event Central & Swoon Vintage Rentals
Linens: Linen Tablecloth
Hair: Salon Envy
Makeup: Stella Maria
Florist: Fosters Flower Shop

















Stay Warm With Our Top 7 Hot Winter Cocktails

If you’re anything like us, with the Chicago winter in full force, you’ve been curled up under a blanket wondering when the sunny rays of summer will show themselves again. As we’ve got a bit more of wintertime to get through, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite hot cocktails that get us through those frigid winter nights.

Chai Hot Toddy

Brit + Co

Starting off by giving our classic chai tea a makeover by adding a few special ingredients.  Spiced rum and cinnamon give this classic a kick that will warm you all the way through to the last sip. Oh, and you can even add a shot of espresso if you need an extra boost!


  • 6 cups of water
  • 8 chai tea bags (make your own or use a high quality brand of black tea and spices
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a bit more for sprinkling on top
  • 6-8 ounces spiced rum (more or less according to your taste)

Bourbon Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Another favorite with an exciting twist! Spike your hot apple cider with bourbon, finish it off with a cinnamon stick and orange juice for the perfectly spiced, perfectly spiked, warm apple cider.

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • Bourbon (recommend Bulleit or Basil Hayden’s)

Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Sugar and Soul

Been looking for a way to step up your hot chocolate game? We may have the answer: Black Cherry bourbon! The deep, oaky bourbon paired with black cherry give this hot chocolate a vibrant flavor that’ll leave your craving this treat every winter.

  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 5 tbsp Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate Mix Or mix of your choice
  • 2 oz. Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon by Jim Beam
  • Whipped Cream I like homemade
  • Chocolate Shavings

Hot Ward 8 Cocktail

Serious Eats

If you’ve never had a classic Ward 8 cocktail, just know that it is full of deep notes of pomegranate and a citrus-y after taste. This recipe has everything that’s great about the classic Ward 8 with the twist of making it warm—the perfect end to a day in the cold.

  • 8 ounces (235ml) boiling water, plus more for preheating thermos
  • 16 ounces (475ml) rye whiskey, such as Bulleit 95
  • 4 ounces (120ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces (60ml) dry orange curaçao, such as Pierre Ferrand
  • 8 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 8 lemon zest strips, for garnish (optional)


Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine

Kitchen Treaty

Mulled Wine will always be a favorite of ours as it’s just so smooth and drinkable. Did we mention it’s also super easy to make? Throw it all in a slow cooker and forget about it until you’re ready to enjoy your delicious, warm winter treat.


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of Merlot or another fruity (but not too sweet!) red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel
  • 2 cups orange juice (I either like squeezing my own or buying a 100% pure fresh-squeezed version)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar plus more to taste
  • 1 medium orange (I like to use an organic orange for recipes like this because it will be soaking in the beverage, peel and all)
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • Garnishes, if desired: cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and/or fresh cranberries threaded onto a cocktail pick

Spiked Coconut Vanilla Steamer

Sugar and Soul
This steamer is very similar to a latte but with spiced rum in place of espresso. Imagine being curled up under a blanket with a good book on a snowy afternoon. We can’t think of anything better!
  • 3 oz. Spiced rum
  • 1 1/2 whole milk
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Toasted coconut for garnish
  • You will also need a frother.

Spiced Vanilla Pear Apple Cider

My Baking Addiction

Yes, another apple cider! We just couldn’t resist this lovely take on the classic. Pear AND Vanilla? We’re sold. The sweetness from the vanilla and pear make it seem like you’re having dessert. To make this a bit stronger (like for a cocktail party), just add a shot of Rum or Bourbon.


  • 2 quarts fresh apple cider
  • 2 quarts pear juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
  • Rum or Bourbon (optional)

Every Last Detail’s Best Weddings of 2017 | We’ve Been Featured!


We’re so excited to announce one of our favorite weddings (Marissa + Will) has been featured on Every Last Detail​’s Best Weddings of 2017! There are so many incredible weddings selected for this feature and we are thrilled to have been chosen. Take a look at the rest of the features or see more from Marissa + Will’s day!


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.











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!?





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.



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