Featured: Style Me Pretty

Amy & Will's southern classic soiree at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, NC was a picture-perfect day.  With Kristin Moore Photo & Inkspot Crow Films behind the lenses capturing such a beautiful occasion, we are beyond excited to see their work featured on Style Me Pretty

Be sure to click the image for the full post & gallery - there's tons of "pretty" to explore!

Til we Gather Together again...

- Katherine

Fall Flora

Photo by Amelya Jayne Photography

Photo by Amelya Jayne Photography

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With the hustle and bustle of a busy summer season, it is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner! Pumpkin Spice Latte season upon us and we know couples are finalizing their decor plans for their upcoming nuptials. Autumn wedding season is one of our favorites around here at the Gather Together office because North Carolina in the fall is something special. Self-admitted flower addicts, we want to share our favorite in-season floral for all different types of wedding styles.

Rustic Farm

Getting married in a gorgeous meadow or inside of a restored barn? With so many gorgeous neutral colors already a part of your surroundings, why not add pops of color? Antirrhinum, or a “Snap Dragon”, is native to rocky, moderate temperature areas of Europe and North America. They are available throughout the US fall season and come in a plethora of hues. Its shape allows for a fun way to add height to your tall, barn ceilings.

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Snap Dragon - Click through for photo credit

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Other flora we would recommend for this style wedding would include David Austin roses, Lily of the Valley, Gerbera and Pussy Willow.

Garden

Garden weddings are so intimate and sweet with hints of femininity. Hyacinthus, or Hyacinth, is a bulb-based plant that is common in the northern European areas, like the Netherlands. Each stem contains a dense spike of floral, which come in many different colors and adds great texture to the overall aesthetic! 

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Other flora we recommend for Garden-style wedding includes Zinnia, Delphimium, Stock, Paper Whites and Lamb’s Ear. Also, don’t be afraid to try herbs like Rosemary or Mint, which add great scents to your guests’ experience.

Contemporary

Getting married in the fall does not mean you have to be surrounded by the outdoors. Are you getting married in a beautiful, contemporary ballroom? Fear not, there are plenty of lovely, in-season flowers to match your style. Cymbidium orchids are an evergreen option that brings color and sophistication to a contemporary style. If your hoping for one with a bit of fragrance, go for the Chinese variety.

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Cymbidium Orchid - Click through for photo credit

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Other flora we recommend for a Contemporary-style wedding includes Kangaroo Paw, Calla, Slipper Orchid and Lillium Stargazer. While beautiful, Stargazers tend to be quite fragrant, so be careful placing them close to food.

Sweet Southern

Aiming for a traditional Southern affair for your wedding? While peonies and hydrangeas might be taking a brief hiatus, there are many fall flowers that can help capture the essence of the South.  Magnolia is a Gather Together favorite (so much so that is became part of our branding). It is a quintessential representation of Southern charm. With soft, large petals and gorgeous, oversized leaves, this flower is available through the autumn and winter months.

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Other flora we recommend for a Southern-style wedding include Roses, Stock, Iris and Lsianthus.

We hope you find this helpful while wrapping up the gorgeous floral details for your big day!

Til we Gather Together again...

-Katherine

 

Gather Together is Growing!

The News

I have a lot to be thankful for. Four years ago, starting Gather Together was the beginning of what would become a dream come true for me.  I am fortunate enough to have grown relationships with the best wedding vendors in North Carolina, who have been supportive of my business from day one.  I am also fortunate enough to plan and design the happiest of days for the sweetest of clients.  What could be better?!

As business has grown, the need for supportive team members with impeccable standards has remained apparent.  Our ladies in black work so hard on wedding days and have to remain steadfastly (but pleasantly) calm at the same time.  Leading them is always an honor and a pleasure, and I could not pull off the fantastic events we do without them!  Now, it's time for Gather Together to grow with another leader joining me...

Introducing: Gather Together's new event planner, Katherine Hollander Brown!

I could not be more delighted to have Katherine on board!  She comes to Gather Together from a catering and venue event planning background and has been assisting with Gather Together weddings for several years.  Katherine knows the industry inside and out.  Organized, dedicated, stylish, and charming don't begin to describe some of her personal qualities.  As Katherine takes on Gather Together events, I feel so happy that brides and clients will get the opportunity to know her.  She is a gem and I am lucky to have such a strong member of my team!


The Shoot

Bursting to tell the news, Katherine and I brainstormed about how to share.  Headshots are great, but do you know what's better?  A pretend party.

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We styled a mini-inspiration shoot, simply designing a party the Gather Together girls would throw if we were the hosts!  Photo shoots can be a lot of work, but I'd be lying if I said we didn't thoroughly enjoy getting makeovers, dressing up, and sipping sparkling rosé while attending our pretend party.

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We are so thankful for the Merrimon-Wynne House, Katherine Miles Jones Photography, Makeup for Your Day, Watered Garden Florist, Party Reflections, and Party Tables, for partnering with us to create this beautiful shoot!  We love working with you and are very grateful for your talents and generosity!


The Blog

Another area where Gather Together is growing is our blog!  The spectacular Samantha has taken our blog to the next level over the past few years, and I hope you've enjoyed reading her helpful insights and recaps of some of our favorite wedding days.  Samantha now passes the reins to our new blogger, the fabulous Fay Marin!  We are so excited to have Fay, not only because she is an incredible writer with a great eye for beauty, but also because she is a past Gather Together bride!  If she can't speak to the wonderful experience of planning with us, no one can.  Welcome, Fay, and readers, enjoy!


Thank you to all who have supported Gather Together from day one.  My business would not be successful without the top notch vendors, clients, family and friends I am so lucky to know.  Thank you for helping me grow!

Cheers!

Chelsey