Southern Summer at Home Shoot at the Barn of Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill, NC

Our favorite celebrations, and some of the most challenging to plan, are beautifully hosted home parties.  Thanks to the help of so many of our favorite vendors, we had the opportunity to design and style our dream Southern Summer at Home Shoot, featured in Southern Bride & Groom Magazine and recently on SB&G Blog.

Hope you enjoy all the pretty!

Chelsey, Janet & The Gather Together Team

Southern bride and groom magazine feature gather together events
Southern bride and groom magazine feature gather together events
Southern bride and groom magazine feature gather together events
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC ceremony
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC invitation

Invitations can be inspired by favorite paintings in a family home, especially with botanicals. Pair classic scripts and fonts with modern elements and gold foil for a beautiful statement. Wax seals can not only brand your event, but also be used as a household crest for years to come.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC rings
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bride bouquet
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC hair accessary veil

When the bride's gown matches the setting, it makes our hearts sing.  This gorgeous gown had trailing lace flowers which felt like they belonged right here in the garden.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bridal party
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bouquet flowers

We love the way dusty blues evoke a sense of calm, from deep sea navy to hazy Carolina blue. Choosing multiple tones for bridesmaids can help accommodate different skin tones and hair colors so everyone looks their best.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC groom
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC groom

We love a southern gentleman in a bowtie. Thinking outside of a white shirt for menswear can bring handsome, unexpected results - we love pattern play.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bridesmaids
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bridesmaid
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC invitation rings
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bride and groom
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC ceremony

When getting married at home, use what you have.  Adding flowers and vines to a beautiful barn door, as if they've always been growing there.  Guests welcome summer shade, and we can't get enough of market umbrellas as a stylish way to make it happen.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC ceremony
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC lounge
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC

We love to incorporate items you might find on a gracious bar cart, like silver trays, as a part of the decor.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC lounge

Our designs almost always include a lounge.  We're not only inspired by southern interior design, but embrace it to make a place where every guest can feel comfortable throughout the evening. Cane back furniture is one of our favorite southern summer looks.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bouquet
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC reception tablescape

Inspired by mid-century striped cabana tents, we draped the barn to soften the space.  Draping is an elegant way to transform a room. Fabrics you would find in southern interiors, like toile and oxford stripes, make for a gracious at-home look on wedding tables.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC place setting

For the summer season, we love place settings to feel gracious, but not too stuffy.  Quality linen napkins are a perfect way to accomplish this feeling.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC tablescape linens
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC menu
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC tablescape sweetheart chairs
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Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC place setting
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC flowers
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC flowers

We wanted the bouquet to feel refined, but also as if elements could have come out of the bride's grandmother's garden.  Blooms like clematis are perfect for this look. Using silver containers and mixing in heirloom pieces can ground the centerpieces with a sense of time and place.

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC flowers
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC

When meeting with clients at their home, we often encounter heirloom pieces that have a story.  Incorporating these into the wedding make for wonderful conversation pieces.  We could not adore Herend animal figurines more!

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC cake table

Multiple cakes can give a homemade feeling, and give you the opportunity to have complementary designs. We incorporated lace matching the bride's gown onto a gorgeous dusty blue base

Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC cake
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC cake
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC cake
Southern Summer at Home Wedding Barn Chapel Hill NC bride and groom

Gather Together Events (Design & Styling)

Renee Sprink Photography (Photographer)

The Barn of Chapel Hill (Venue & Florist)

Cottage Luke (Furniture & Decor)

Party Tables (Linens & Draping)

American Party Rentals (Rentals)

One & Only Custom Stationary (Paper & Printing)

Whitney Ragland Calligraphy (Calligraphy)

The Cupcake Shoppe (Cake Trio)

Bailey's Fine Jewelry (Tableware, Accessaries & Fine Jewelry)

Alexia's Bridal Boutique (Bridal & Bridesmaid Attire)

Belk (Groom & Groomsmen Attire)

Make Up For Your Day (Hair & Makeup)