How to Find Linens for your Wedding

Sourcing design elements for your wedding on your own is one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning. But sourcing your own decor, like linens, is a great way to save a little money when planning your own wedding. So, if you decide you want to source everything on your own, where do you begin? You may ask yourself “Where do my favorite designers rent linens?” or “Where can I find beautiful linens that match my aesthetic?”. Well, we’ve asked the experts- Ginny Au and Amy Osaba, and we have a few places for you to start!

Some of our favorite linen resources for table linens, runners, and napkins are:

Party Tables: where you can find hundreds of fabric styles from more traditional linens to soft and organic styles.

Wildflower Linen: We love this white linen option from Wildflower- and they have hundreds of other styles!

BBJ Linen: Also an industry favorite, BBJ has endless possibilities for linen rentals.

Most linen rental companies have matching napkins or something that will coordinate with your chosen rental, but say you’re only looking to rent napkins, or you have something very specific in mind- like worn linen napkins. Try 12th Table if you’re looking for a napkin that gives you a really soft feeling. These look great on a rustic farm table (you can also rent those from 12th Table). And if you’re brave enough, you can always make your own! Ginny Au told us that when she can’t find a linen that’s exactly what she’s looking for, she’ll just whip it up herself! Fabric Store is a great place to source any color of linen, and after a little investigating, you’ll soon learn their linen prices are much more affordable than other fabric stores.

And finally, if you’re looking for a stunning runner or something to make your tables really pop, Silk and Willow has some beautiful runners from reclaimed silk, and plant dyed silk. These are for purchase only, though- so keep that in mind! But who wouldn’t want to adorn their home with beautiful hand-dyed silk?

Industry friends and brides- where are your favorite sources for linen rentals?

Article by: Mary McLeod | Photography: J. Layne Photography | Workshop: Belle Lumiere Workshop | Photographer: J. Layne Photography | Designer/Creative Director/Stylist: Ginny Au

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10.30.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Ginny Au European Workshop Part II

Imagine waking up on your wedding day in a French chateau and foraging the grounds for your own wedding flowers. You invite your closest friends and family to join you for an intimate dinner after a sweet and simple ceremony. Wearing a vintage gown and veil, you cherish every moment of your wedding day at your childhood home. This is the story that Ginny Au and her attendees dreamt up during the first two days of her workshop in Dordogne, France, and working together, they made this dream come to life.

From Ginny Au:

These beautiful images from Erich McVey are the second stage of the European workshop. During the creative process, the attendees and myself talked about the environment we are in, looked over the gowns sent form Gossamer Vintage, and devised a story for our photo shoot. The concepts were simple, organic and drawn completely from how the space inspired us. It was my hope to encourage the attendees to declutter their design process, focus on a simple cohesive story and allow that to naturally unfold. The beautiful florals, design and styling in these images are the product of every attendees work, with the guidance and nurture of the creative leaders.

Photography Erich McVey | Creative Direction Ginny Au | Prop Stylist & Creative Leader Ginny Branch | Floral Design & Creative Leader Sarah Winward | Calligraphy & Creative Leader Katie Decker Hyatt | Makeup & Hair Amy Clarke | Gown:Gossamer Vintage | Photo Scans: PhotoVision Prints 

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10.29.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Ginny Au European Workshop Part I

This September, a group of very lucky designers, photographers, florists, and dreamers made the journey to France to learn the art of the creative process from Ginny Au, Ginny Branch, Katie Decker, and Sarah Winward. For those who attended, Ginny’s Creative Process Workshop was simply a dream. Tucked away in the countryside of Dardogne, France, this group of women learned how to embrace their creativity, individual talents, and work with their surroundings. And to make the workshop even more special, Ginny invited Erich McVey to capture the process and shoot the attendees’ work. We can’t wait to share the fruits of their labor with you tomorrow!

From Ginny Au:

It was always a dream to host a workshop in Dordogne, France. Such a humble, secluded environment, allowing the attendees to shut out the pressures and noises from the outside world. This ‘creative process’ workshop took place in two parts; understanding and creating a design and then executing that design in a photo shoot. This first installment tells the beautiful story of 15 attendees foraging from the grounds and local markets to create floral arrangements, prop styling, practice calligraphy and ultimately how inspiration and beauty can be found in the most simple and unexpected objects. The quiet photography of Erich McVey captures the mood and humility we all felt during these 3 days. The perfect preservation of a remarkable group of women coming together to learn and discover.

Photography Erich McVey | Creative Direction Ginny Au | Prop Stylist & Creative Leader Ginny Branch | Floral Design & Creative Leader Sarah Winward | Calligraphy & Creative Leader Katie Decker Hyatt | Makeup & Hair Amy Clarke | Gown: Gossamer Vintage | Photo Scans: PhotoVision Prints 

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10.28.14 / Featured

Capture Your Wedding Memories with Carey Macarthur

It’s such a privilege to introduce our readers to new talent, and today we’re so excited to share a little bit about Carey Macarthur, a photographer who truly loves photographing weddings in her home state of New York and around the world.

From Carey about what weddings mean to her:

A wedding day represents a rare and courageous event where two people choose to stand in front of all those they hold most dear and declare their love for one another. A wedding day deserves to be documented beautifully, as a sacred testament to love and life; recorded with the same care and compassion that the two people have for one another.

My images are a blend of formal photographic training, an intrinsic interest in storytelling through photography and a love for classical, painterly compositions, that speak not only to the details of the event, but to the sentiment woven throughout the day. I compose minimally orchestrated images that articulate the occasion with unobtrusive simplicity, while capturing the gravity of the moments and the larger meanings they represent. I feel the best pictures are achieved through making a genuine connection with my subjects and by being fully engaged in the magnitude of the day.

It’s a privilege and honor to act as a visual scribe and witness to the endlessly unique and intimate moments of love and joy.”

Visit her website to inquire about her availability for your 2015 wedding!

10.28.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog