Intentional wedding planning and design
company that specializes in weddings
that prioritize connection over perfection.

Intentional wedding planning and design company that specializes in weddings that prioritize connection over perfection.


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Mission San Juan Capistrano Elopement

June 3, 2021

When searching for a venue that embodied both the inspiration for a classic modern elopement but with a timeless modern twist, the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and its beautiful grandiose architecture created the perfect backdrop for our elopement. As we designed the shoot, we focused on curating a design and color palette that was both classic and chic. Zeyda of The Little Fleur Co. created the floral elements for the shoot. During the floral design process, it was important to create arrangements that fit seamlessly with the natural elements of the venue.

The inspiration for this shoot was to create an opportunity to design a modern yet romantic elopement to provide inspiration for couples who had to postpone their larger celebrations but were still inspired to get married on their originally planned wedding date; much like the real married couple, Nuri and Matt, featured here.

Given that the shoot featured a real married couple, we were able to create a beautiful authentic feel to the photographs which was what we were striving to achieve. The photographer Pauline Conway shared this about the experience, “What made this shoot extra special is that our couple had just eloped a few weeks prior so we really wanted to focus on their newly marital bliss and the love they share with one another”. 

When asked, “What is the most honest thing you can say about love?”, Nuri responded with, “Love is a true blessing that not everyone finds. We are so lucky to have found each other and I thank God for providing that in my life”. 

During a year when weddings have been such a hurdle to navigate, having the opportunity to celebrate love and marriage with such a wonderful couple in a beautiful location was such a reminder of how deeply impactful marriage and the celebrations we have around it are.

Elopement Shoot Featured on The White Wren

Vendor Team:
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Jeannene Lillie Events | Photographer: Pauline Conway | Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Floral Designer: The Little Fleur Co | Dress: Boutique Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Dress: Designer Suzanne Neville | Makeup: Artist Bri Oliver | Hair Stylist: Bri Oliver | Men’s Formalwear: Friar Tux | Accessories: All About Romance | Stationery: Plush Invitations | Wedding Rings: Raw by Olivia Mar

Jeannene Lillie is a Michigan Wedding Planner and Michigan Event Planner serving clients in Michigan, Pittsburgh, Ohio, San Diego, and Worldwide Destinations. The JLE Team is committed to coordinating and designing inclusive and intentional events that celebrate the romantic and modern couple. Inquire with us today and stop by the JLE Instagram to get a peek into our beautiful events and get to know us better!

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MEET jeannene

Romantic, passionate hostess, wife, sentimentalist, inspired by connection, and your love story.

Jeannene is the owner and creative director of JLE. For as long as she can remember, Jeannene has always been the friend bringing her people together to celebrate life's little and big moments.

It is a deep belief of hers that gathering is one of the most sacred things we do as a culture and she brings that energy towards every celebration and environment that she is called to create.

Intentionally bringing people together in a one of a kind atmosphere is her passion, and she cannot wait to share that with you on your wedding day. 


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