Kentucky Derby Styled Shoot

Remember our excitement with the Southern Bride & Groom cover reveal a few weeks ago? Yes, there were many ear-to-ear grins amongst the Gather Together team! And now we're even more excited to share the images beyond the cover, captured by Rachel Red Photography.

Chalky pastels and warm, Bourbon-toned neutrals provided the backdrop to pops of bright, classic colors in this gorgeous Derby-themed shoot, designed and styled by Gather Together's very own julep lover, Chelsey. She aimed for a look of comfortable luxury, bringing together wearable daytime fashions with sumptuous deep red florals, pewter place settings with playful hats for the ladies. A hugely talented group of vendors, beautiful weather and location, a very cooperative horse named Krista, and Chelsey's expert eye created what has to be one of our favorite styled shoots to date!  

So much fun was had on this shoot and we hope you enjoy it too! Want to see it in print? Pick up the latest copy of Southern Bride & Groom magazine and turn to page 38, or see more on their blog feature here. None of it would have been possible without the hard work and creativity from our team of vendors. BIG thank you to everyone who made this amazing shoot come together!

Participating Vendors:

Venue: Piazza at Portofino |  Party Rentals & Barrels: Party Reflections  |  Flowers & Containers: Tre Bella Flowers  |  Men's Attire: Belk  |  Bride & Bridesmaid's Gowns: Tre Bella Bridal  |  Jewelry: Diamonds Direct Crabtree  |  Custom Headpieces: Lore Emelio  |  Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day  |  Invitations & Paper: Union Press & Paper  |  Catering: Donovan's Dish  |  Hand-Painted Cake: Edible Art Bakery |  Equestrian Trays: Beatriz Ball available at Bailey's Fine Jewelry  |  Calligraphy: Marika Wendelken  |  Photographer: Rachel Red Photography  |  Vintage Rolls Royce: Classy Transportation  |  Styling & Planning: Gather Together

Til we Gather Together again,


Bridal Party Gift Guide

Photo via Kristin Moore Photo

Photo via Kristin Moore Photo

They are an integral part of your wedding, but not only that; most of the time they’ve been an integral part of your life. They were there with tissues and ice cream while you ugly-cried when that guy (you know the one) broke your heart, they have piled you into cabs, lent you a cocktail dress, had your back, and you would not be here without them.  So what do you get these super-women to show them how grateful you are that they’re seeing you through this momentous occasion? Here’s the DL on some of our favorite gifts for your gals:

Earrings - Not only is it hard to find a lady who doesn’t appreciate some stylish sparkle for their lobes, but getting your maids earrings means that if you want to you can ask them to wear said earrings on your day. This cuts down on your ladies’ expenses and guarantees you coordinating accessories. Win, win!

We LOVE the Abba Earrings by Loren Hope. They come in a variety of colors and can be dressed up or down; perfect for a gift that can be worn long after the wedding day.

Robes - These adorable floral print 100% cotton robes from Etsy seller Comfy Clothing were a huge hit at Gather Together bride Katie's wedding. There are a ton of patterns available, not to mention options for lengths and monograms. 

Clutches – As you can see, we are fans of giving your ladies something that they can use on your wedding day. Giving them something pretty to stash all their emergency supplies in is just smart thinking! Another Gather Together bride, Jen, turned to Etsy (also a Gather Together fave! We love supporting independent businesses!) to find her bridal party these cute-as-a-button and fully customizable clutches. Jen even had the seller add a little personal note to each bridesmaid on the lining; what a thoughtful way to make this gift a unique keepsake!

Spa Days – If you have ladies who are traveling to be with you on your day you might think about expressing your gratitude with a day of pampering for you and them. This time out from all the run-up chaos is not only a great stress-reliever, but a chance to catch up with your special women away from all the distractions happening around you.

Our favorite spot in the Triangle area is the Umstead Hotel and Spa

Rings – Giving your bridal party rings might not be a traditional route to take, but these dainty rings from Bittersweets NY via Catbird would make the sweetest gifts if you had them stamped with your ladies’ initials, or even your old nicknames for them :)


Whatever you decide to get your best women pals, remember that it’s the thought not the monetary value that truly matters. Make your gifts unique, personal, and full of the love that you have for your ladies and you can’t go wrong.

Til we Gather Together again...


Cheers & Happy New Year!

Did 2014 fly by for anyone else? We are overwhelmed with how quick this year went by. There have been a lot of changes for #GatherTogether this year and we are beyond excited to see what 2015 has in store for the company and our awesome clients! We hope you take some time this New Years Eve to reflect on your year and set yourself up for an amazing 2015. 

Have a safe and fun holiday! Cheers & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Til we Gather Together again...

-Chelsey, Kat & Fay