Planning a wedding during an election year means one thing: too many decisions. Our go-to guide makes the process easy — no matter which side of the aisle you’re on.
Want to knock guests’ socks off? Leave your nuptials to DIY whiz Katie Jayne of Jayne Weddings. The event designer/planner incorporates elements from your relationship into the big day. (Case in point: She’s projecting a silent kung fu movie on the wall during one couple’s reception.)
Belly up to a stimulating, flavor-packed spread from Bill Kim (BellyQ). Feast on lamb ribs with hoisin-rosemary barbecue sauce, tea-smoked duck breast with Chinese broccoli, and spicy lemon grass chicken. Your guests will than-Q. (Had to.)
Superstar pastry chef Jen Templeton of Gingersnap Sweets & Such swears that when it comes to cakes, you’re limited only by your imagination — or, well, hers. Her range (from traditional layer cakes to customized dessert stations to party favors) and dedication (she arranges creations on-site) result in out-of-the-box endings like cinnamon cake with bourbon custard filling, pear compote, and maple buttercream.
The Midwest could use a little loosening up. Cali transplant/photographer Julia Franzosa is the girl for the job. She snaps gorgeously lit, romantic photos that capture every intimate moment, never losing sight of what it’s all about: you and yours.
We almost feel guilty revealing Hidden Folk to the masses. Floral wizards Viktor van Bramer and Seth Dodson craft ethereal arrangements using organic elements that are built to last: succulents, plants, mosses, geodes, crystals, and bark. Impeccable attention to detail and sustainability — plus profound graciousness — keep business blooming.
Nimble Well’s Kelly Connolly has amassed a stunning collection of vintage linens and napkins, milk and amber glass, cake stands, tiered trays, barware, and more, all available to rent. Once she moves into the Green Exchange this October, clients will have the luxury of seeing everything in person (and using Connolly’s eye to mix and match).
Take decor one step further with prop rental/setup from Refind Joy. The design wunderkind stocks curiosities such as typewriters, globes, birdcages, brass ducks, vintage radios, and suitcases (to use as card holders, etc.). What’s new: The typography guru will fashion custom signage and lettering. What’s next: See her collections in person at Mignonette Bridal; she’s moving in soon.
Let the experts at Event Creative pull out all the stops at their whitewashed West Loop event space, Venue One. Get the whole package, including customized furniture, top-notch audio-visual equipment, catering, and support staff. Easy peasy.
Though type titan Ruby the Fox (a.k.a. Megan Lipke) resides in our nation’s capital, the Northbrook-born designer maintains a steady client base in Chicago. Technically trained, Lipke waxes from modern to traditional with keen attention to quality and layout. Whimsical elements (buttons, feathers, washi tape, wax seals) give your invite personality.
We’d like to marry Jessi Sheehan of Evolve. The bubbly stylist’s bridal services ensure you look swell from your engagement through your honeymoon. She’s experienced, crazy connected, and promises you need not try on 100 gowns to find the one you love. Day of, she’ll arrive with double-stick tape and an eagle eye to keep stray threads at bay.