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

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography
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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Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

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.

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

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
Paper Goods: EJD Design
Cake/Dessert: West Town Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linens: BBJ Linens
Napkins: Honest Haven
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli

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Groomsmen Gift Guide

Figuring out what to get your groomsmen can be a daunting task. You want to make sure your gift shows them just how much you appreciate their help with making your wedding day a success while also not breaking the bank. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite groomsmen gifts that your guys would be thrilled to receive!

Leather Travel Bag – With Initials

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These leather travel bags would make any groomsman happy. The look, the feel, and quality of the leather will definitely resonated with your guys. And the personalization is that extra something that makes this gift perfect for all your groomsmen.

 Personalized Razor Blade Set with Tin Case

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Any groomsmen with facial haircare needs? Get them this gorgeous wood-handled razor with a personalized tin box for easy storage and a great size for traveling. Teals Prairie & Co. also has a number of other personalize items that could be perfect for your groomsmen.

Custom, Classically Constructed Ties from Lonesome Traveler

 

 

These gorgeous, custom-designed ties from Lonesome Traveler make the perfect groomsmen gift that they can not only wear for your wedding day, but also continue to wear after! As they are each handmade, you know you’re getting an excellent quality product and supporting an awesome craft.

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Another great option for your groomsmen are alcohol themed gifts. You could always snag a bottle of their favorite Whiskey, but why not give them something they’ll use for years to come? This beautiful flask set is personalized and looks totally modern. It’s easy for personalized flasks/glasses to get cheesy, but JuniperEngraving gave this set an air of sophistication with the modern initial style.

Canvas Duffel Bag

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A high quality duffel bag would make any of your groomsmen happy, and this personalized bag from Heritage Wedding is a great pick. They also come in sets so you can cut down costs a bit!

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

Modern Bridal Styling

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Earlier this year our very own Nicole Lela began working on this Modern Bridal Styled Shoot and we think she knocked it out of the park! This shoot has some seriously gorgeous greenery, from the bouquet, to the table setting, and even a delicate wall installation, we’re in love! We worked with so many amazing vendors and they all had a hand in making this a success. These gorgeous photos (thanks Oh So Lovely Photography!) speak for themselves but here’s what Nicole has to say about her vision:

“It was so much fun working with a group of fantastic and creative vendors during this styled shoot. We went for a modern and vintage mixed look, with shades of blue and neutral tones. It had a very wet and almost melancholy look to it.”

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Beginning with this beautiful invitation set by Esther Clark featuring delicate custom calligraphy and a stunning custom ring box from The Family Joolz.

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We don’t think there’s a way we can love this cake any more than we already do. Cakes by Miha truly captured the essence of the shoot in this cake. And we can’t get enough of those fruit accents.

 

 

 

 

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Vendors:
Photography: Oh So Lovely Photography
Videography: Nevaeh Films
Event Styling & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Calligraphy and Invites: Esther Clark
Cake: Cakes by Miha
Bridal Gown: Ali Nicole Bridal
Jewelry: Susie Saltzman
Jewelry Box: The Family Joolz
Venue: Slate Studio Chicago
Models: Monica and Luciano Garneta

Gift Giving at Weddings | Do’s & Don’ts

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Attending a wedding soon and not sure what is appropriate or expected when it comes to a wedding gift? Not sure whether to give cash or stick the registry? What if you’re not attending the wedding? How much do you need to spend? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!  Here’s a list of our top do’s and don’ts when it comes to wedding gift etiquette.

Don’t: Be Afraid to Give Cash
When it comes to giving cash as a wedding gift some people feel it’s a bit too impersonal, but that is absolutely not true. In fact, a lot of couples prefer cash as it let’s them spend it on something they need that they may not be able to register for or something fun and unexpected, like a cooking class on their honeymoon!

Do: Ship the Gift
So you’ve bought your gift, now what? You could bring it to the wedding (and many do!), but consider shipping the gift directly to the couple instead. Not only is it simpler for you, but it’s less stress for the couple on their big day. Now they won’t have to worry about transporting it or have the risk of losing it during the shuffle. We’ve done our fair share of carting wedding gifts to and from venues and take it from us, it’s easier to ship direct!

Do: Stick to the Registry
If you decide to go with a physical gift, stick to the registry! While the couple may end up loving your rogue gift, it’s a risky move and unless you know the couple very well or are in the wedding party, keep it simple and stick to the registry. **If you just got engaged and are looking to start your registry soon, skip to the bottom for our quick tips and recommendations!

Don’t: Overspend
The average wedding gift these days is around $150, but before you pull the trigger take into consideration other factors. How well do you know the couple, what is your budget, are you traveling to the wedding? All of these answers will help determine what the appropriate amount to spend will be.

Don’t: Wait!
Always try to your best to send your gift before the wedding day, especially if you aren’t attending the actual celebration. The old belief is that you have up to a year after the wedding day to deliver you gift, but times have changed! A year is a long time and while ‘better late than never’ is definitely true in this case, try not to wait longer than 3 months after the wedding.

Building your Registry
Are you currently engaged and trying to create your wedding registry? There’s so much to consider when starting your registry and it can be really overwhelming. The most important things to remember are to build it together with your partner, take your time, and have a large variety of items. If you’re not sure where to start, try to find an all-in-one registry that has a wide variety of items. Zola is one of our faves and we’d highly recommend it! They have pre-built Gift Collections that are a great starting point to get an idea of what you’d to register for. And if you want to register for cash, there’s an option for guests to pay for your airfare or renovations or whatever you like, so tasteful!

David + Kristin | All-White Modern Chicago Reception

DavidKristin-JayneWeddings-JeremyLarson-022David and Kristin asked Team Jayne to help with the design and coordination of their wedding reception as they had already been married at their ceremony in California on April 3rd at a beautiful vineyard. Between their Ceremony and Reception, David & Kristen traveled to Japan for their honeymoon. Everything new we learned about this couple just emphasized how amazing and totally cool they were. Kristin really loves art, they love to travel the world together, and (like us) they love finding the best spots for food.

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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

Fruity Collab with Tru Studio

Huge shout out to Tru Studio for really giving a new life to our painted fruit styling! They saw the centerpieces we created for a special couples event and contacted us to style some photos for them. We really could not be happier with how this funky fruit collab turned out. Quirky, colorful, and spunky—just our style! If you haven’t seen the video yet, you need to right now! We’ve also included all of Tru Studio’s awesome shots from the shoot. Team Jayne loves any opportunity to collab on fresh and fun projects with cool people so don’t be shy to reach out!

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How to Use Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

This week we’re feeling inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery—a zesty, yellow-green shade that will liven up space or color palette it’s paired with. This color is dying to be used in all of the springtime palettes but we love the unexpected, so we’ve put together a collection of inspiring ideas that will show that you can use this year’s color of the year in a variety of seasons and occasions!

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Pantone discusses their choice: “the more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. this shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. a constant on the periphery, greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.” 

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Pair ‘Greenery’ with deep turquoise walls, patterned pillows, and black & white accents for a moody, modern interior with style. Trendland

 

 

 

This year was probably the best year for ‘Greenery’ to be chosen as color of the year as the raw, refreshing garden look was truly unleashed during this wedding season. It reminded us a lot of Kristine & Eric’s greenery-filled day. Overflowing ferns and overgrown greenery are a beautiful and natural way to utilize this year’s color in your wedding decor.

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If you aren’t looking to redecorate and don’t have any big events you can introduce ‘Greenery’ into, show it off using your makeup! Think fresh green or olive-toned nails and eyes—so fresh! Your Beauty Pantry

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Liven up your neutral interior my injecting some green into your accessories and plants. Compliment the green with white and just a small amount of gray or black for a fresh and lively vibe. Concepts & Colorways

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We are digging this green velvet cap so much we may just have to order matching ones! The velvet really adds something special. Boohoo

How are you using Pantone’s Color of the Year? Share it with us, we’d love to see!

 

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!