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Chicago Woodland Wedding Inspiration

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

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