If hotel ballrooms and three course meals aren’t your style, then check out this inspiration shoot courtesy of Katie Jayne Sprenkle of Jayne Weddings. Here she tells us how to recreate her California cool style, complete with sandals, succulents, and (hopefully) hot sauce.
MW: We love the idea of the food truck instead of catering, how did you get the idea of this?
Katie Jayne Sprenkle: I actually had an ice cream truck at my own wedding. Ever since, I have been obsessed. Its a big trend in Cali, so I figured it HAD to be a part of the shoot! Food trucks are so fun at weddings, they get people outside, give people something to do and are so memorable!
MW: There are so many creative options and ideas out there couples can use to personalize their weddings. But is it ever too much? How do you advise a bride on where to draw the line?
KJS: Get off of Pinterest. I use it, too and I love it. But as a newly engaged bride, going on Pinterest can be really overwhelming, they pin and pin and pin and end up with a wedding that they think is “what a wedding is suppose to look like.” My favorite weddings are when we step away from Pinterest; I talk to the couple, find out what drew them to each other, whats important to them, what they dream of feeling when they walk into the reception hall. Once we come up with a theme/decor track, then we go on Pinterest and other blogs to research whats being done, what works, and what doesn’t and such. This is a much more manageable way to create a wedding that is not only fun and funky but also a totally original reflection of the couple.
MW: Planning a wedding can be hectic and stressful. Do you have a go-to tip for brides on how to stay calm?
KJS: Simple is best. Jayne Weddings and Events does decor that sometimes is over-the-top and obnoxiously in your face, but there is a line. It’s still a wedding. You have to know when to push and when to pull back. And if your struggling, make it simple.
MW: What is the best advice you give to brides-to-be?
KJS: Keep true to yourself. Its hard when you have aunties and friends pushing you to do certain things, but in the end, you will be happiest if you stick with their gut.
MW: What was your favorite thing about the California themed wedding?
KJS: The venue, Big Star, is where I go when I am feeling home-sick for Cali. It’s airy, open, I love the concrete and wood touches and they pump killer music. A wedding here would be so cool, even without all the decor and fun add-ons. I love spaces like that. If a venue has good bones, you don’t need much else.
Photography and Invitation Design: Lily Red Studio
Photo Shoot Venue: Big Star in Chicago, Illinois
Event Styling: Jayne Weddings
Floral Design: Forget Me Knodt
Table Top Rental: Aged Vintal Rentals
Wardrobe: Mignonnette Bridal
Hair and Necklace Design: Debbie Petrielli
Make Up: Carol of Nika Vaugh, Make Up Artist