Carolyn & Sam

Sam & Carolyn enjoying the moment. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Sam & Carolyn enjoying the moment.

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Every wedding has its special moments, but rarely is Mother Nature in on the plan. On a steamy August day, Carolyn walked toward Sam at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in the midst of a rousing thunderstorm. As the rain drops fell, guests were ushered into the church. Carolyn's sorority sisters were offered a single iris stem, their sorority’s signature flower, in honor of their Kappa bond. After a beautiful ceremony and exchanging vows, the couple’s pronunciation of husband and wife was met with a resounding clap of thunder! How about that for nature’s stamp of approval!

Carolyn getting ready with her "sisters". Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Carolyn getting ready with her "sisters".

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

The irises and Kappa Kappa Gamma song for the maids. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

The irises and Kappa Kappa Gamma song for the maids.
Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Artfully Arranged created adorable monograms for outside the church doors. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Artfully Arranged created adorable monograms for outside the church doors.

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Since Carolyn is a civil engineer, the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh was the perfect fit to incorporate her passion for science and with a chic, yet preppy setting for the reception. To create a more classic feel in the museum, Gather Together worked with Watered Garden to include clean and modern vases with southern flowers with accents of navy and white stripes. The details enhanced a more traditional feel amidst the sleek and modern venue.

Striped ribbon set the stage for a classic and preppy reception. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Striped ribbon set the stage for a classic and preppy reception.
Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

As soon as the first guest stepped through the door, the party began. Rocky Top Catering created a dynamic menu that offered heavy hors d’oeuvres and kept the crowd mingling throughout the museum to view the exhibits.

The couple had their first dance on the main floor of the museum for all to see! Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

The couple had their first dance on the main floor of the museum for all to see!
Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Following a beautiful cake cutting, family and friends were invited into the Daily Planet for dancing! This is not ordinary dance hall, we are talking about dancing inside a World Globe. The party feel was enhanced by a blue light show and SPIN spinning tunes all night long!

What an incredible cake by Sugarland! Photo by Brian Mullins Photography


What an incredible cake by Sugarland!
Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

By the end of the evening, a Virginia Tech inspired bouquet had been tossed, sparklers were a-glow and koozies distributed. Carolyn and Sam boarded their getaway rickshaw dripping bedecked with florals and ribbons. They were a picture of perfection drifting into the Raleigh skyline.

Carolyn insisted on bouquet the colors of Virginia Tech, her alma mater, for the bouquet toss! Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Carolyn insisted on bouquet the colors of Virginia Tech, her alma mater, for the bouquet toss!
Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

The couple were simply glowing in the light of the sparklers. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

The couple were simply glowing in the light of the sparklers.

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Crank Arm Rickshaw ushered them off as their guests waved farewell. Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Crank Arm Rickshaw ushered them off as their guests waved farewell.

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Congrats to Carolyn & Sam! Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Congrats to Carolyn & Sam!

Photo by Brian Mullins Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Reception Venue: Nature Research Center

Officiant: Rev. Holly Gloff

Caterer: Rocky Top Catering

Cake: Sugarland

Photographer: Brian Mullins Photography

Florist (Ceremony): Artfully Arranged

Florist (Reception): Watered Garden Florist

Rentals: CE Rentals

Decor & Lounge: ThemeWorks

Reception Music: SPIN

Transportation: Harrison Global

Rickshaw: Crank Arm Rickshaw

Printing: Shed Letterpress

Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day

Hotel Accommodations: Raleigh Marriott City Center

Bride's Dress: Augusta Jones

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate

Be My Valentine?

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Courtesy of Rifle Paper Company

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Whether you are newly engaged, have been married for 20 year or single and ready to mingle, there are a plethora of ways to celebrate in North Carolina! Our lovely Gather Together ladies shared their ideal Valentine's Day date.

Chelsey:
Durham:
A couples massage at the Retreat
Happy hour at Alivia's on the patio
Vin Rouge for dinner (oysters gratinée!)
Late night at Whiskey
Very late night at Bar Lusconi

Alex:
Chapel Hill:
Four-Course farm to table dinner at The Latern
Enjoy the start at the Morehead Plantarium
Head down Franklin for a bottle of wine (or two) at West End Wine

Samantha:
Raleigh:
A leisurely stroll around the North Carolina Museum of Art
Cocktails at Fox Liquor Bar
Dinner at Capital Club 16
Dancing at Neptune's (especially 80's or 90's)
Head home for a bite of local Videri chocolate and tea

Katherine:
Chapel Hill:
Happy Hour at the Crunkleton (Dusty Cactus Martini... YUM!)
Romantic dinner at The Lantern
Live music at The Cave
Post show cocktails at West End Wine Bar

At Gather Together, Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays. Our celebration will be especially sweet with the launch of our new website!

No matter where you go or who you celebrate with, we hope you have a Valentine's day filled with love!

'Til We Gather Together Again...
Samantha

Viki & Tim

A small snippet of information about me: I adore small, intimate weddings. Don't get me wrong, a swanky affair with plenty of friends and family gathered in one place is phenomenal. We have planned events from 15 - 500+ and I have gushed over all of them. However, if I ever walk down the aisle, I would follow the beautiful footsteps of Viki and Tim.

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Viki and Tim beaming on their perfect day.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

On a hot July day, Viki and Tim cordially invited 50 of their nearest and dearest to celebrate their wedding weekend at the elegant King's Daughters Inn. The couple reserved the entire Inn for the weekend to prolong the fun!

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Viki's dress in the Trinity Suite.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

Guests were greeted by a hand carved wooden destination sign that pointed to the ceremony in the comfortable and classy parlor.

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Tim's father made the directional signs.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

The couple exchanged vows eclipsed by an elegant arch of perfectly picked periwinkle flowers by Tre Bella Flowers.

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Viki and Tim exchanged beautiful vows in front of close family and friends.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

Guests proceeded into the sun room and grand hall to enjoy their signature drinks served from their family heirloom punch bowl and enjoyed dinner catered by Durham Catering Company.

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Family wedding photos were set on the Dining Room mantle.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

Tim and Viki incorporated their lively personalities by including a swing dancing instructor teach a few moves at the reception. That got the party going and SPIN kept it rolling all night long!

To keep the energy up, Viki and Tim cut a delicious cake and offered their guests See's Candies made in California - Viki's home state!

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The cake topper was from Tim's parents wedding! A perfect personal detail.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

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The lovely wedding guests gathered outside the Inn.
Photo by Windy Peak Photography

Venue: The King's Daughters Inn
Officiant: Rev. Robin Renteria
Catering: Durham Catering Company
Rentals: Party Reflections
Flowers: Tre Bella Flowers
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
DJ: Spin
Swing Instructor: Shari Huggett
Cake: Once In A Blue Moon Bakery
Photography: Windy Peak Photography
Videography: Twenty-One Films
Hair & Makeup: Makeup for Your Day