Chicago Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Even though wedding season might be slowing down as the cold weather continues to roll in, some vendors are taking this as an opportunity to meet up and throw together incredible inspiration shoots. A Chicago team of vendors did just this, led by Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events and Jessie of Simply Jessie Photography. We love how this shoot manages to be somewhat masculine while still retaining a sense of regal femininity!

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From the Event Stylist, Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events: A group of Chicago vendors worked together on this barren forest look. Wedding season has slowed and we all wanted to do something creative and fun with only one rule: no pastels. We all love happy sunny weddings, but what about the bride with a love of nature and the beautiful emptiness it holds during the winter months. We painted a picture of our lovely snow-white-esque bride awaiting her prince, semi-vintage and a bit more opulent then rustic.

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We set the table to reflect how long she waits. Woodland creatures take over the once lush table, flowers are replaced my items found on the forest floor, but the candles still flicker and the linens still gleam a bright shade of purple. Using candle plates instead of typical salad plates brought a nice matte black finish to the table. The chairs were wrapped in a braided fabric rope to make them look festive, but not over the top. Bundles of sticks were wrapped in matching mini rope as a “favor” to the guest.

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We paired the wedding dress with a knee high lace up boot to create a more edgy feel. Her hair and makeup was done to be more dramatic then most brides would choose to have, and looked a bit regal. The bride lays and daydreams of her love in a bed of gold fallen leaves.

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In keeping with the natural melancholy aesthetic of shoot, the film was shot in an dramatic raw perspective with an original music composition by Paper Door. We didn’t want a smooth over-produced video but the edges a bit unkempt and an intimate perspective into this bride’s waiting.


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Wedding Vendors (Chicago, IL):

Event Design and Coordination: Katie of Jayne Weddings and Events / Wedding Photography: Simply Jessie Photography / Wedding Dress: Mignonette Designs / Hair: Shelby Smith / Makeup: Dena Miller / Wedding Flowers: Fleur / Paper Goods: Ruby the Fox / Linens: Private Label Linens / Vintage Rentals: Aged Vintage Rentals / Cinematography: Put Down the Bourbon by Simply Jessie / Model: Brit Cooper Robinson



15 comments
  1. Jutta

    Love this shoot!

  2. Jordan Katz

    Amazing! Great job everyone, you guys nailed it.

  3. Katie Jayne

    Thank you so very much for the feature! This team was a dream to work with! Every. single. vendor. is a true artist in their field!

  4. half orange photography

    Those flowers are to die for. Lovely job!

  5. Brit {Colure Weddings}

    Loving this shoot! Those invitations would make anyone swoon, and the bride’s hair style is so perfect!!

  6. lydia {ever ours}

    love the purple and green!

  7. Amy

    Colorful, imaginative and inspiring! I wish I was getting married again to see what Jayne Wedding would create!

  8. Fleur

    We just loved the way this shoot turned out! SO beautiful and fun, a wonderful chance to bring out the artistic side of weddings. Thank you to everyone who allowed us to be a part of it!!!

  9. Simply Jessie Photography

    So beautiful!! Thank you wonderful wonderful team!

  10. Ruby the Fox

    Such a wonderful shoot and amazing vendors!! Artistic, dark and lovely-so lucky to have been a part!

  11. Natalie ~ Hello Darling

    So pretty and whimsical everyone! I love it :)

  12. Apple

    I’m not a violet kind of person, but it is perfect here.

  13. Mignonette Bridal

    This shoot was a dream to work on, and I just love how each vendor interpreted the concept. Stunning work, you guys!

  14. Kate

    Love the photos! Super post! I`ll send it to all my friends!

  15. Calie Rose

    GORGEOUS SHOOT! Love the woodland inspiration and how each vendor contributed their stunning style…bundle of sticks as favors, the table accents, invites, how the bride is styled, design of the boutonniere and bouquet (love the wrap of lace and satin and the different textures in the bouquet)…so very very beautiful! Great job to all the vendors!

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