2015 Triangle NACE Awards & Gala

The Triangle chapter of the National Association of Catering & Events is such an amazing support and resource for Gather Together! The monthly meetings are always a great educational opportunity and fun way to see our favorite vendors from the area.  The Triangle NACE annual awards gala happened this week at the gorgeous Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC. This year's gala was truly magical! 

The most exciting part of the evening was to be honored with three awards that we were nominated for: Best Event Decor, Best Wedding Event over $30,000 and Chelsey was honored with the Event Professional of the Year award!

Thank you to Brian Mullins Photography for being there to capture these moments and for letting us share them here! 

Needless to say it was a fabulous evening and we feel so honored to be recognized by our fellow membership. All of the nominees and award-winners are incredibly talented and help make the special events industry as wonderful as it is. Also, we want to send out a BIG thanks to all of the Gather Together staff and fellow vendors that helped create the event that helped bring home the awards - cheers to you! 

Til we Gather Together again...


Valentine's Date Night

Image via Theo Milo Photography

Image via Theo Milo Photography

It's easy to get stuck in a date night rut. We all know the pattern: you the know the restaurants you like (and can recite each other's order), you know the bars you like (the bartender starts making your drinks as you walk through the door), so why rock the boat? Right? Wrong! This Valentine's Day why don't you put a little spark of fun into the mix and try something new?! To start you off, Chelsey, Kat and I have put together some of what we think would make great dates in the Triangle area...

Intimate Indulgence in Chapel Hill...

Start by bundling up and taking a romantic stroll through UNC's north campus - maybe even sit a spell on the Davie "Kissing bench" in McCorkle Place. Then, warm up with a hot toddy or Sazerac cocktail in a booth at The Crunkleton. Follow that with dinner for two at The Lantern. The extra cozy setting in the dimly, red-lit bar behind the restaurant is romance perfection! Like a little friendly competition? Meander over to The Baxter for some post-dinner drinks and challenge your sweetheart to a game of old-school Pacman, at this new, local barcade. Cap off the night with a bottle of red at a true speakeasy, peccadillo. Treat yourselves to a sweet "stay-cation" with an overnight at The Franklin Hotel

Laid-Back Luxury in Raleigh/Cary...

Luxuriate and unwind with a couple's massage at The Umstead Spa, and soak in the relaxing atmosphere and facilities. Then, enjoy a leisurely lunch while you come back down to Earth at Lucky 32. Take your sweetheart's hand and take an afternoon stroll around Umstead Park. Turn up the energy level a notch and watch Duke beat Syracuse over steak and wine in the Wild Turkey Lounge at Angus Barn. To end the night, head back to The Umstead for Grand Marnier nightcaps and a cozy overnight stay in one of their gorgeous suites.

Delightfully Different Date in Durham...

Durham County Wildlife Club offers private instruction to non-members in Skeet and Sport Clay Shooting. Ditch the crowds for the afternoon and do something different to surprise your honey! After a quick stop at home to put your fancy(er) pants on; head into Downtown Durham and enjoy an aperitif at Bar Lusconi. The dark, prohibition vibe will put you in the perfect cozy, romantic mood. Mix it up a little by walking up to Dame's Chicken and Waffles for a relaxed, down-home dinner. Don't judge; Dame's carried this humble food combo to delicious new heights and it'll feel extra fun eating sticky-finger food while dressed up! Another quick walk will bring you to Beyu Caffe, where you can snuggle up with a nightcap and listen to some great and local, live jazz music. 

However you celebrate it, we wish you and your significant other a very loved-up Valentine's season! 

Til we Gather Together again...


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,