Fall Flora

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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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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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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!

Until 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

12 Helpful Hints from a Recent Bride

One of our sweet brides, Sydney, recently wrote to us and shared some of her helpful hints as a recent bride! We will be sharing more about ALL the details of her amazing wedding soon, but here are a couple of tidbits and sneak peak of her classic wedding. Thank you, Sydney, for your excellent advice - we couldn't have said it better!

1. Have a “first look” and take all of your pictures before the ceremony! Emotionally and logistically, this was the best thing we could have done! We were able to see one another, chit chat, pray with each other, and just get our jitters out privately. We didn't have to share that first special moment with the world, just the two of us. It made us both SO much more relaxed for the rest of the day. We were able to take our time with our photos and then relax with our family and wedding party until we all rode up to the ceremony together. 

2. Wear your rings in your group pictures. If you are having a first look and therefore, taking group pictures with your fiancé before the ceremony, go ahead and wear your rings. You're not cheating; you'll like to see them in your pictures. 


3. Stay organized. Keep a spreadsheet or written list of guests’ names and mailing addresses. Add columns as needed for RSVP numbers, gifts, thank you notes, etc.  

Photo-wise, take the time to write down a list of formal photos you want taken. Give it to your planner, your photographer, their assistant, your bridal party and family members. This is especially important if you have a big family like ours. I even put it in order so that our more elderly relatives were finished first so they would have plenty of time to 

4. Have a charity registry! Instead of a gift registry, we chose three of our favorite charities to which guests could donate in our honor. We already had the basics needed for our home so it was extremely gratifying to be able to direct those gifts to organizations that were truly in need. Offer to mail guests’ donation checks and/or include links on your website to donate online. Being able to give almost $10,000 to charity was one of the most rewarding aspects of our wedding!

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5. Hire a wedding planner. It is absolutely worth it for you and your parents' peace of mind. A planner gives you a professional to bounce ideas off of, a guide for etiquette, and someone to run the show the day of so you can sit back with your girls, do your makeup, and have a mimosa. 

6. Make time during your reception to sit down for at least two minutes by yourself. I remember later in the evening after I had spoken to and hugged about 400 people, I sat down in one of the porch swings away from the crowd and consciously soaked in the details of the atmosphere. It is one of my most vivid memories of the whirlwind of the evening. 

7. Choose your words wisely. What other time in your life will you have this many people gathered in one spot focused on you? Use this opportunity to speak to the hearts of your friends and family, to convey and reiterate the importance of marriage in our society, to strengthen and renew their own relationships. Put some real thought in to what you want your 
pastor to say, what scripture or quotes you want read, and how you show respect to the institution of marriage. 

8. Ask your fiancé what's important to him… and then heed his suggestions! He probably doesn't care one way or another about peonies vs. garden roses but it is important to know his perspective about the big picture. Don’t forget it’s his wedding and marriage too! 

 9. Try on every dress your mother wants you to. Just do it. It doesn't mean that's the one you have to buy, but it will mean a lot to her. Invite your grandmother along as well.

10. Keep your guests well informed. Use your menu cards to inform guests of the cuisine, as well as what to expect for the evening. If you have a really large crowd, designate a person to "emcee" to let your guests know where the food tables are located, where the bathrooms are, when and where to gather for the bouquet toss, etc. Your band leader or DJ may do this for you; just make sure you give them a detailed list. 

11. Eat first, mingle second. If you are eating buffet style, designate someone to have plates of food ready for you and your parents in a private location. Right after the ceremony, as you're signing the marriage license, go ahead and eat because once you walk in to the reception, it's on! 

12. Have a plan in place for your flowers after the wedding. I feel like so many of our beautiful flowers went to waste. Designate certain friends and family beforehand to take arrangements home to donate to churches or nursing homes the following day. 

Remember: the three things you have after it's all said and done are your photos and film, your rings, and your spouse. 


Make sure you are 100% happy with all three! 
 
Love, Sydney 
 
Photography by Whitebox Photo