Hand-Dyed Napkin Rentals from GATHER Events and borrowed BLU

hand dyed napkins

If you happen to remember this gorgeous bachelorette party inspiration we shared in September, then you’ve already had a sneak peek into how the To Dye For Collection, a new hand-dyed napkin rental line from borrowed BLUGATHER Events, came to be! Following their feature on GWS, the ladies were inundated with inquiries to rent the beautiful indigo napkins they created just for the shoot. They share, We immediately had an A-HA moment. Why DON’T we offer them for rent? In a bunch of colors? That would look good on every table? Besides, our clients are always asking us for custom-made, artisanal pieces that they can’t get at the traditional rental outlets. And just like that our new idea was born!

Let’s have a look at the collection, which Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective captured beautifully in this rad, ombre-meets-colorblock-inspired editorial…

indigo dip dyed napkin

hand dyed napkins

The collection is debuting with 5 gorgeous colors: Bordeaux, Terra Cotta, Blush, Moss and Indigo. Each piece of textural cotton gauze is first cut and then hand-dyed so that no two are exactly alike. The raw edges add further distinction to each piece and the dye technique provides a beautifully subtle range of color in each mini collection. The napkins are cut to be slightly smaller than a standard dinner napkin, making them feel delicate and special.

peach dyed napkin

indigo dip dyed napkin

indigo dip dyed napkin

rose ombre napkin

rose ombre napkin

rose ombre napkin

The artisanal line is ultra-versatile and works just as well on an ornate formal table as it does on a casual bohemian spread.

peach dyed napkin

fall centerpieces

orange ombre napkin

The stunning floral arrangements from this shoot were designed by GATHER’s new in-house floral expert, Inessa Nichols for GATHER Events. We love the fall feel to this autumnal-hued vignette!

fall tablescape

flower napkin ring

orange ombre napkin

fall centerpieces

ombre green napkin

white florals in zinc vase

ombre green napkin

hand dyed napkins

The napkins can be rented one color at a time or mixed and matched for a more eclectic look. They blend beautifully with borrowed BLU’s diverse collection of table top rental items and can work well on any table setting.

If you don’t live California near borrowed BLU + GATHER Events, don’t fret! The ladies can ship anywhere in the U.S. and are accepting orders now! It’s not too late to get your holiday orders in – how pretty would these bad boys look on a Thanksgiving or Christmas tablescape? – so reach out here to start the ordering process!

photography Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective // napkin concept, design + production: borrowed BLU and GATHER Events // tabletop rentals: borrowed BLU // florals: Inessa Nichols for GATHER Events // venue: The Jefferson

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Vintage Springtime Northern California Wedding: Jessica + Jeffrey

spring vintage wedding

Whether or not it’s exactly your cup of tea, we can likely all appreciate a well-done vintage wedding, right? Jessica + Jeffrey’s day was filled with the very best vintage has to offer: a soft, romantic color story, a beautiful vintage-inspired dress, and lots of pretty design elements + details that feel like they were plucked right from another era. With the planning help of Wedding Connection + pretty florals by Seascape Flowers, we think their day will inspire so many of you who love this very same aesthetic. And if we’re talking to you, get ready to do some serious pinning! Below Jessica shares how they fused their ideas for a vintage celebration with their desire to have bring in rustic-glam, nature-filled touches, too:

Both Jeffrey and I grew up surrounded by nature, so it was really important to us that our wedding take place in a setting that had a rustic natural beauty and that didn’t feel manicured or cookie cutter. We also wanted to find a space where we could let our imaginations and creative vision run wild with no boundaries. I am a creative director and Jeffrey is a musician and we knew that we wanted our creative sides to shine through in everything we did. We wanted our big day to be full of music and loads of little unexpected design details. When we found a music retreat with a grand piano and a theatre that was nestled amongst Carmel Valley’s gorgeous velvety green mountains, wildflowers and dramatic oak trees, we knew we had found the perfect spot for our vintage boho glam vision to come alive.

Thanks so much to Edyta Szyszlo for the beautiful images and big congrats to Jessica + Jeffrey!

embellished heels

Carmel Valley first look

Carmel Valley first look

We’re totally enamored with Jessica’s stunning wedding dress by Hayley Paige – those sleeves!

Hayley Paige wedding dress

spring juliet rose bouquet

Carmel Valley wedding

Hayley Paige wedding dress

poppy and juliet rose spring bouquet

pale blue bridesmaid dresses

And the bridesmaid’s bright bouquets – made up of poppies, roses, ranunculus and tulips – looked so great with their mismatched pale blue dresses!

orange poppy bridesmaid bouquets

pale blue bridesmaid dresses

flower crown flower girl

groomsmen

hanging floral vases

hanging floral vases

What a sweet, spring-y ceremony site!

hanging floral vases

hanging floral vases

floral and ribbon aisle decor

Ah, so difficult to chose just one! Just thinking about this now brings so many amazing memories flooding back to my mind. But truly one of my favorite moments was standing at the alter and soaking in each word as Jeff read his vows to me. We each wrote our own and didn't share even a hint of what we were going to say in advance. So hearing his heartfelt, humorous and profound promises to me was such a wonderful surprise. I was glued to each word and this was truly one of the few moments in the midst of all of the celebration and frenzy of the day that felt like it was just between the two of us. Everything else just drops away in that moment and it's as if just the 2 of you are all alone together. I highly recommend keeping some things a surprise for each other on your wedding day.

Carmel Valley wedding

Carmel Valley wedding

rose boutonniere

poppy and juliet rose spring bouquet

oval engagement ring

And isn’t Jessica’s gold + diamond ring so perfect?!

Carmel Valley wedding

tissue ball decor

Carmel Valley wedding

spring colored reception

wooden table numbers

pink tissue ball ceiling decor

peony centerpieces

dinner menus

amber colored vases

cake table

ruffle yellow cake

Processional: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space – Spiritualized

Recessional: Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips

First Dance: Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

first dance

It's funny, so many people told me to not worry about all the details. But for me, the details have always meant everything. I'm a designer and an artist after all! From finding the perfect vintage cut crystal decanters to making our own handmade bitters for wedding favors to creating the DIY petal toss cups and flower poms for our reception- it was all about the details. My advice is to be true to what's important to you and your guy. If you absolutely adore flowers like I do, then find a way to do the flowers exactly as you've envisioned. Or if you're a foodie then take the time to find locally sourced ingredients or create the menu along with your caterer and design your menus like we did. Find interesting ways to bring your personalities into your big day rather than letting the professionals do all of the work. It will make your wedding day feel so much more special and you'll both look back and be happy you did. There's so much to think about as you plan and you can get overwhelmed by all of the choices. So just keep the things in mind that will truly matter to both of you on your special day and take care to make that vision come alive to it's fullest!

photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography // venue: Hidden Valley Music Retreat Carmel Valley, California // event design: Bride // event planner: Denise at Wedding Connection // florals: Seascape Flowers // wedding dress: Hayley Paige  // hairpieces: A mixture of Sara Gabriel and vintage pieces // shoes: Badgley Mischka // bridesmaid dresses: Weddington Way // hair + makeup: Kala Ketchum // groom suit: Hugo Boss // videography: Stephen Spaulding of Isomer Productions // rentals: Alexis Party Rental // paper goods: Bride designed save the dates, invites, menus and all other signage and labels for handmade bitters // catering: Jeffrey’s Catering // cake: Patisserie Bechler // music: DJ Michael Libby

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White + Gold Winter Wedding Inspiration

green garland ceremony arbor

It really doesn’t get more classic than a white + gold palette and today’s beautiful wedding editorial has so many pretty ideas + design elements that will perfectly lend themselves to a winter wedding or holiday party! Kelly at Mint Photography was instantly inspired the moment she walked into Carrington Crossing in Buda, Texas – a brand new event space that just opened this fall. She tells us, Primarily the pale colored walls with their beautiful chipping paint, the colors that were exposed under the paint, and the light coming from the window… We knew it was the perfect spot to style a fall themed bridal shoot. We incorporated a mix of pale whites, rich greens, and golds as well as wooden accents to bring in a warm fall feel. The entire shoot was shot in film which we felt brought more warmth to the images and enhanced the beautiful tones of the venue around us. So she teamed up with Pink Parasol Designs and Coordinating + Bristol Lane Florals, grabbed a pretty dress from Blush Bridal Lounge* + accessories from Olivia Nelson and staged the sweetest setting filled with nothing but lush greenery and white + gold details…

green garland ceremony arbor

white and green romantic bouquet

white and green romantic bouquet

white and green romantic bouquet

You can never go wrong with a classic bouquet! Any bride that carries a beauty like the one above is sure to look back on her wedding photos with no floral regret!

crystal hair piece

crystal hair piece

soft romantic bridal look

Loving that delicate little pearl + gold halo…

white and gold candle decor

white and gold candle decor

soft romantic bridal look

green garland ceremony arbor

flowy romantic dress

green garland ceremony arbor

wooden inspired cake

wooden inspired cake

wooden inspired cake

So timelessly beautiful, no? Take a closer look at the work of the talented vendors below who styled this beautiful editorial!

photography: Mint Photography // dress store: Blush Bridal Lounge* // florals: Bristol Lane Florals // venue: Carrington Crossing // makeup: Makenzi Laine – Professional Makeup Artist // veils + headpieces: Olivia Nelson // event designer: Pink Parasol Designs and Coordinating

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