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John and Krystal
Finding a venue that is so perfectly a couple’s style that not much has to be done to make it feel like “theirs” is hard to come by. When John and Krystal stepped foot into The Merrimon-Wynne House they felt immediately that it was the perfect place to have their special day. It’s classic, simple and elegant, which encapsulated exactly what the couple wished for in a venue. Gather Together pulled together the couple’s vision to have a picture perfect simple and elegant navy wedding.
Krystal and John had no regrets in their choice of The Merrimon-Wynne House as their venue. Not only was it beautiful, but their staff went above and beyond. “The stunning views of the venue speaks for itself. The staff, however, proved their greatness that day. They went out of their way to make sure John and I, as well as my family and wedding party, were comfortable and had everything we needed.”
It is so important for a photographer to be able to capture a couple’s special day in great detail. The day may fly by, but with photographs, the memories last a lifetime. “Melissa and her team documented every detail of the day, some of which i didn’t get to see until I received the pictures. Her style fit my overall design and choice of venue. With her use of natural light she was able to capture the best photos. She is so easy to work with and is as personable as she is talented.”
The bride’s late grandmother gifted her with ginger jars to decorate her first apartment with and she wanted to incorporate them into the wedding’s design. “Katherine, my wedding planner, helped me do that and beyond. We chose a fairly neutral color scheme that complimented the jars: navy, slate blue, and champagne. We added green and white accents, mainly with additions of white floral and greenery. The ginger jars added to the mix of blues in the color scheme. Signage was designed to complement the ginger jar patterns as well, such as the menu board design,” said Krystal.
The bride could not have been more pleased with their wedding planner. “Hiring Gather Together was the best decision I made in the planning process and was the best investment of my wedding budget. Katherine brought my vision to life with her knowledge of local vendors and design expertise. My family and I also didn’t have to worry about a thing on our wedding day because we knew Katherine and her team had it handled. The Gather Together Team were my secret weapon!”
SB&G Preferred Vendors
Wedding Consultant: Gather Together Event Planning & Design | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Cake: Cupcake Shoppe | Ceremony Musicians: SPIN DJ Service | Party Rentals: Party Reflections | Bridesmaid’s Hair: Parlor Dry Bar | Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct | Registry: Belk
Photographer: Melissa DeLorme Photography | Minister: Rev. Michael Weaver | Caterer: Meadow Village Catering | Videographer: Cinema Film | Bridal Gown: Lea-Ann Belter ; Traditions by Anna Bridal Boutique| Bridesmaids’ Dresses : DOVE & DAHLIA Line ; Weddington Way | Bridesmaids Gifts: Robes from SandyWatersStore | Men’s Formalwear: VIP Formal Wear | Florist: Meristem Floral | Stationer: Minted | Reception Music: Empty Pocket Band | Transportation: Getaway – Raleigh Rickshaw | Guest Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown | Bride Hair: Jessica Stevens of Mane Street Salon | Make-Up: Mattie Johnson (Bride, MOB & Bridal Party) and Kristan Osoria (Bridal Party)
Garden Floral Wedding Inspiration
This dream garden grows splendid roses in coral, peach and gold colors of sunset within eye-catching geometric shaped vases and tiny terrariums. The romantic tablescape by Eclectic Sage is set beneath a luxurious hanging arrangement. This look is completed with ribbon woven through the white lattice backdrop, menus and place cards.
With such an array of colors and metals, One + Only Paper kept their menus and placecards unique yet simplistic. The geometric touches on the designs perfectly complimented the geometric accents of the tablescape.
Golden accents were not only added to the table with vases and decor but also to the bride. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the beautiful bride with vintage inspired gold pieces.
Eclectic Sage didn’t just use their impeccable skills with floral arrangements for the table display. The brides floral crown and gorgeous bridal bouquet matched perfectly with the garden blooms of the entire wedding scene.
SB&G Preferred Vendors
FLORAL DESIGN, LATTICE RIBBON DECOR & CONTAINERS: Eclectic Sage| TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENUS & PLACECARDS: One + Only Paper | GOWN: Lela Rose from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Chuck & Andy
The Umstead Hotel & Spa was the first venue that came to mind for these two handsome grooms who wanted a classy and sophisticated wedding. Chuck and Andy tied the knot with an outdoor ceremony and candlelit reception filled with sultry sophistication, perfected by their wedding coordinator, A Southern Soiree.
Chuck Gavazzi and Andy Pacos met at work, where they are both VPs within the same national emergency medicine management company. For nearly a year Chuck noticed Andy around the hospital. Finally, a real conversation led to a first date. When Andy toasted to “new friendships,” Chuck knew he was in for the long haul, and years later, when Andy proposed, Chuck’s reply was “Absolutely.”
They knew they wanted their wedding to have the utmost class and sultry sophistication. They booked The Umstead Hotel & Spa knowing it is renowned for impeccable service, which the couple noted they received, mentioning that “the staff of the Umstead did not miss a beat.”
“A good photographer is a big deal. Adam Chapin Photography truly conveyed the emotion of the day and captured the essence of who we are as a couple.”
The decor had a woodsy outdoor look with moss coverings, accented with lots of candles in varying heights.
Chuck and Andy had a custom design of their initials in elements of the wedding beginning with the invitations and menus, and even beautifully lit up on the dance floor by Themeworks.
“A good wedding planner is worth a million dollars. A Southern Soiree took care of every detail from surprises such as custom made look-a-like cookies and light up tambourines to all the handling of the wedding day – we can not say enough great things about Megan.”
Romantic Floral Inspiration
The captivating design perfectly meshes with the charm of The Merrimon-Wynne House. We love that Fiore Fine Flowers mixed florals you might grow in your home garden like blush and cream dahlias and roses, with gorgeous and exotic white phalaenopsis orchids. The bounteous bundles are enhanced with special touches like silk ribbon chair embellishments, watercolor place cards and mixed golden vases. This soft extravagant mix is as romantic as it gets.
Fiore Fine Flowers adorned the beautiful antique fireplace of The Merrimon-Wynne House with green leaf runners, blush and cream dahlias and roses, and candles. They added a mix of gold lanterns and vases to pull together the classic gold and blush color theme.
Fiore Fine Flowers created a large cream and blush bridal bouquet with dahlias, roses, and draping white phalaenopsis. A gold satin sash tied together the gorgeous bouquet to compliment the gold accents of the scenery.
Watercolor blush menus and place cards from If It’s Paper add a whimsical and artistic touch that perfectly pairs with the elegant tall gold vases with white and blush shaded blooms from Fiore Fine Flowers.
SB&G Preferred Vendors
FLORAL DESIGN: Fiore Fine Flowers | CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, CHIND & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENU & PLACE CARDS: If It’s Paper | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
April and Costa’s Picture Perfect Wedding at Duke Gardens
Every couple dreams of getting married somewhere that has holds a special place to their relationship. April and Constantine went back to the location of their first date and with the help of their wedding planner, Gather Together, had a picture perfect wedding day.
April Harrison and Constantine (Costa) Stoumbos met during their junior year at Duke University. Their October wedding at Duke Gardens commemorated their first date exactly six years prior at that very location. The weekend was not only a walk down memory lane complete with a bridal luncheon at one of April’s favorite college eateries, but also a wonderful celebration for their college friends, as it was homecoming weekend on campus. After the gardens wedding reception, the couple hosted an all-night after party at The King’s Daughters Inn.
The color scheme revolved around lots of gold and other metallic elements, with eucalyptus green and natural tones, and a burgundy and lavender contrast.
“Katherine Miles Jones has a warmth and openness that immediately put us at ease and created an intimacy that comes across in the moments she captured. Her calming presence and funny jokes helped keep everyone relaxed when there was a bit of a time crunch right before the ceremony. Finally, her natural light style was incredibly flattering, capturing the natural beauty of the space and producing images that felt like the real us.”
April was set on a very organic palette reflecting the natural beauty of the gardens, and Chelsey inspired and designed the contrasting elements, bringing it all together. It felt warm and inviting, but also airy and romantic. April was floored when she walked into the reception, which she described a “woodland utopia.”
“Working with Gather Together eased our worries throughout the planning process so that we were able to be more present and enjoy the experience rather than stressing about logistics. This was true for the whole year we worked with her,” said the bride.
SB&G Preferred Vendors
WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | PHOTOGRAPHER Katherine Miles Jones | CATERER Parizade | HAIR Makeup for Your Day | RECEPTION MUSIC SPIN | CHAIRS & TENT Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | ACCOMMODATIONS 21c Museum Hotel Durham and The King’s Daughters Inn | BRIDAL LUNCHEON VENUE The King’s Daughters Inn
FLORIST: Watered Garden | CAKE Details Cake Designs | BRIDAL LUNCHEON Mad Hatter’s take-out at the King’s Daughter’s Inn | REHEARSAL DINNER C + P Catering | CEREMONY The White Garden amphitheater at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RECEPTION Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RENTALS linens by Party Tables; furniture by Greenhouse Picker Sisters (lounges and bar) and Party Reflections (dining furniture and tent) | BRIDE GOWN Patricia Bonaldi, from BHLDN | BRIDAL SHOES Bella Belle, from BHLDN | BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Various from BHLDN | GROOM & GROOMSMEN Menguin | MUSICIAN Tim Leonard | STATIONER & CALLIGRAPHER Danielle Olcott of Mason Dixon, through Gather Together | TRANSPORTATION Carolina Livery and EcoStyle Transportation | MAKE-UP Katherine Noel and Adelyn Wyngaarden | WEDDING FAVORS Jordan almonds (traditional Greek wedding favor) with plantable, seed paper tags, and personalized cookbooks with recipes from all guests (a gift from April’s aunt, Carol Marshall) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GIFTS: homemade coffee scrub, gold gladiator Havianas sandals, personalized leather clutch, and a mini bottle of Patrón | GROOMSMEN GIFTS: White Nike Huaraches and tuxedo coozies
North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Inspiration
There is a good reason so many North Carolina couples desire an outdoor wedding. When the weather is on point in our state, the open air surroundings are nothing short of mild and magical. And indeed, all is aglow with romance in this spring outdoor wedding with a pastel color palette. The end result was an intimate industrial, garden chic wedding designed around geometric shapes and a soft feminine palette of mint, copper and pastels. This modern NC wedding in a country setting was designed by local wedding planner team, A Southern Soiree.
This formal affair is designed to feel intimate and casual. The ceremony was adorned in wood elements and florals to bring out a garden chic feel. The outdoor dining area defined by market light poles is intentionally cozy, and is set with a mix of table groupings, all conducive to sharing food and good company.
Fashion & Beauty
Smart suits in soft grey pair handsomely with bridesmaid dresses, each unique and in complementary shades of the palest blue. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses gives the opportunity to add a variation of colors while still staying in one palette and theme.
To photograph the classic beauty of the venue, Casey Rose Photography chose film photography for its unparalleled ability to capture rich textures, depth and dynamic range in soft, natural colors and soft light.
Flowers & Décor
The English Garden created naturally styled floral bouquets and arrangements in a feminine palette of mint and mixed pastels. Adding mixed metals created an industrial look that perfectly paired with the feminine beauty of the scenery. “We blended texture, metal and pastels to create an unexpected design,” says Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree.
A formal affair designed to feel cozy and casual, the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the outdoors and good company.
Elegant passed hor d’oeuvres adds an easy, delicious touch to the guest’s experience. Edible Art Bakery produced geometric garden chic cakes to incorporate the events themes.
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STYLING A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Rose Photography | FLORALS The English Garden | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PAPER Paperbuzz | BRIDAL GOWN Theia from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | JEWELRY Moon & Lola | LIGHTING & CEREMONY DRAPER Get Lit Special Event Lighting | CAKES Edible Art Bakery
What is more romantic than a wedding between two high school sweethearts? Between their adorable proposal story, the perfect blush tones, and their unique wedding favors, Meghan and Zach’s wedding is sure to make your heart swoon!
What started out as Meghan Owen’s middle school crush on her older brother’s friend, Zach Pro, grew into a romance when he asked her out soon after she began freshman year at Wakefield High. These high school sweethearts are still inseparable. Ten years later, Zach sealed the deal when he slipped a ring on Meghan’s finger one night while she was sleeping – the week before the proposal trip he’d planned. He couldn’t wait another day to call her his bride-to-be.
With a nod to their childhoods, Meghan and Zach chose The Sutherland to exchange their wedding vows – a beautiful venue that is right down the street from where they grew up. Beyond the nostalgic ties, it was the perfect fit for the elegant outdoor ambiance that they desired.
The blush pink blossoms with pops of bright pink roses, and mix and match styles of formal bridesmaids gowns, encapsulated Meghan’s desire for an upscale “Southern glam” look.
“La Cosa Bella Events was such a pleasure to work with throughout the whole planning process,” said Meghan. “After I showed Gina just a few inspirational pictures she knew just what I wanted. Usually you hear stories of brides worrying about a million different things, but with Gina [Myers], I didn’t worry about a thing. I had so much trust in her and her team and it could not have gone more smoothly. The whole day was so organized and SO much fun for me, Zach, and all of our guests!”
The handsome natural wood and soaring beams of the reception Pavilion are graced by tall windows and glass doors on three sides. This allowed everyone to enjoy the scenic outdoor landscape with its lush gardens and giant oaks.
The bride told us that their guests raved about the food from Rocky Top Catering! They wanted just a touch of Southern flair for their meal, so they added a Cajun sauce to the Italian gnocchi pasta and a late night biscuit bar with several “fixin’s.” It was a huge hit!
Meghan and Owen had orange Crush sodas as favors to share their “High School Crush” love story. It was the perfect amount of personal and fun!
“We felt like we’d known Brandon at Southern Love Studio forever! He is not only fun, but takes amazing photos and made the entire experience one we’ll remember forever,” shared Meghan.
SB&G Preferred Vendors
WEDDING CONSULTANT La Cosa Bella Events | PHOTOGRAPHY Southern Love Studios | VENUE The Sutherland | CATERER Rocky Top Catering | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | CALLIGRAPHER The Oblique Pen | CEREMONY MUSIC Save the Date Music | LIGHTING: Themeworks
Videographer: Morgan Scott Films | Bridal Gown Maggi Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Gifts: Monogrammed burlap bags and robes and Kendra Scott earrings | Men’s Formalwear Men’s Wearhouse Groomsmen Gifts “Happy socks”and engraved Kershaw pocketknives | Florist Fresh Affairs | Cake Cinda’s Creative Cakes | Stationer Theresa Jatko Designs | Reception Music Bunn DJ Company | Party Rentals CE Rental | Vintage Furniture Rentals Paisley and Jade | ACCOMMODATIONS Hampton Inn Raleigh | Transportation Roaring 20s Limo Company | Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Party Lula Hair and Makeup | Wedding Favors Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses
It’s natural that many couples want to take extra steps to honor special family members and even the whole clan during their wedding. Sometimes it may be an acknowledgement made to parents or other influential people during the ceremony such as having parents light an altar candle or handing a flower to each mother. Honor can also bestowed on those who are not present because of distance, illness or death, with a mention in the service or program. Here are a few ways we’ve seen special recognition offered.
This could mean exchanging your vows in the same church where your parents or grandparents were wed, including the family crest on wedding invitations, or honoring the Southern tradition of having the father of the groom serve as best man.
Photo: Renee Sprink Photography
Repurpose your mother’s wedding dress into a new gown or veil, or wear a generational jewelry heirloom. Carry your father’s handkerchief or don his cufflinks or watch. For your bouquet or arrangements, choose the flower your lost loved one tended in their own flower garden as your tribute. Wearing something from a loved one is a private way to remember them during your wedding day.
Photo: Azul Photography
Sounds of our Heart
Incorporate meaningful words or music into the wedding. Include a letter your loved one wrote with her advice on marriage, or read her favorite scripture passage. A special song that you learned as a child can play as you walk down the aisle. Dedicate a dance to someone who cannot be there with one of his or her favorite songs.
Taste of Family History
Have the caterer prepare a meal that is meaningful to your family. If you have two ethnic backgrounds, have samplings from each at food stations, or have the rehearsal dinner be themed to one family’s heritage and the wedding reception to the other’s. Perhaps there is a passed down recipe that could be shared with guests in the form of take home favors.
Photo: Riley MacLean Photography
A Walk Through Time
A presentation of old family photos is a great way to symbolize the union of your two families. Display in frames on a table or mantle and surround with florals. If you are able to secure wedding portraits of these family members, even better. This is something all of your guests will enjoy taking in.
Photo: Casey Rose Photography
When peaches are plentiful, the skies are endlessly blue, and the days are long and extra warm, downtown Wilmington is an exquisite place for a wedding celebration.
This styled shoot was planned and designed by SB&G vendors to recreate a warm, soft wedding design, showcases several of our preferred vendors from Wilmington, NC – a fantastic and affordable wedding destination town. So, go ahead, start dreaming of a romantic wedding in this charming riverfront town.
The Cottage is an ideal “getting ready” space for bridal parties – comfy and bright for dress, hair and makeup prep by Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington before any downtown or nearby wedding. Its location is adjacent to Bakery 105, and just steps away from 128 South. The Cottage can be booked in conjunction with events at these two sister properties, or by anyone looking for an intimate daytime location before their wedding or for small bridal or baby showers.
For the ceremony and reception, the color palette was inspired by the brick walls of Bakery 105. This impressive venue was built in the late 1930s and restored in 2009. Shades of sun-kissed peaches and cream, gold metallic and sheer fabrics were used for the elaborate ceremony set up and room décor.
Sophisticated cocktail styled maids’ dresses by Lula Kate from Coastal Knot in preppy bright colors pair perfectly with the fun metallic and printed fans embellishing the bar.
The eclectic mix of elegance and rustic chic flair throughout Bakery 105 in this photo inspiration, incorporated textured linens, wood seating and wood shelves with arrangements in flower boxes, designed together by Fiore Fine Flowers and photographer Bronwyn Duffield. Calligraphy by Southern Bee Designs was used on the mirrored quotation, table numbers and chair signs.
VENUE The Cottage on Orange Street and Bakery 105 | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | FLOWERS Fiore Fine Flowers | BRIDAL GOWNS The Wedding Dress Shoppe and Coastal Knot Bridal | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY The Wedding Dress Shoppe | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day of Wilmington | VIDEOGRAPHY Dogwood Media | CALLIGRAPHY Southern Bee Designs | RENTALS Party Suppliers of Wilmington
A great time to get a look at the venues and vendors in action is during the annual Courtyards & Cobblestones event on January 14, 2017 – a walking tour of seven fully styled venues and a hand-picked collection of the most innovative, creative wedding professionals from Southeastern North Carolina.
Take a look at this behind-the-scenes video from Dogwood Media!
The historic, century-old victorian mansion, River Forest Manor in Belhaven, NC, was commissioned in 1899. This landmark has been carefully preserved and brought back to its original glory. Perfectly placed where the Pungo River and Pantego Creek meet, this quiet, charming venue was an idyllic location for “Rose” & “Fitz” to say “I do.”
“When we designed this shoot, we had in mind the challenge a lot of our clients face of blending the traditional tastes of their parents and their own modern style. Inspired by coastal NC, the historic River Forest Manor, and modern Southern hospitality, we selected a setting that blurs the lines of tradition and high-style in the coastal South,” explained Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. The ambiance and charming details were captured by photographer Renee Sprink.
Flowing drapes were added to the 30-foot tall porch and garden bench seating gave guests a perfect perch. Overflowing floral arrangements, lanterns and pineapples embellished the setting.
Soft azure watercolors and a custom monogram accented the couple’s invitation suite, ceremony programs and menus, with flowing calligraphy matching the waves of the surrounding water. The suite tipped off guests on what to expect for the party – formal, but not stuffy; lavish, but not overdone; a welcoming Southern celebration of love.
Fitz and his groomsmen donned a classic style with some modern flair – navy and black suits with statement bow ties made of game feathers. The bridesmaids wore long tulle Jenny Yoo gowns in soft pale green hues. Rose practically floated along the river in a gorgeous Blush by Hayley Paige gown with classic tulle bottom in a modern stacked skirt and strappy back.
The couple dined with their guests at long tables on the expansive front porch. The bride chose her mother’s classic wedding pattern, Mottahedeh’s “Tobacco Leaf” and mixed it with modern Anna Weatherly china accents and monogram napkins. Soft teal candle sticks in crystal candelabras, greenery, and white rose compotes were combined for stunning centerpieces. Linen chairs and silver lanterns framed the tables on all sides.
Each guest found his seat with a hand-calligraphed place card nestled into a miniature pineapple.
Five tiers of sweet perfection, this cream and gold cake tower struck a beautiful balance of old and new with magnolia accents. The lounge tent, fully draped with Spanish moss and greenery, looked as if it had existed on the property for years. Its centerpiece was a woven water hyacinth settee, chairs and a blue hammered drum coffee table where guests could gather and relax or have a drink from the boxwood bar.
WEDDING CONSULTANT Gather Together | PHOTOGRAPHY Renee Sprink Photography | VENUE River Forest Manor & Marina | BRIDAL GOWN & BRIDESMAID GOWNS Tre Bella Bridal | FLOWERS Tre Bella Flowers | TENT & GLASSWARE Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Event Lighting | FURNITURE & DÉCOR Themeworks | CAKE The Cupcake Shoppe Bakery | PAPER One+Only Paper TABLEWARE, JEWELRY, BOW TIES & ACCESSORIES Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day | DRAPING & LINENS Party Tables | MENSWEAR The Black Tux | CHILDREN’S ATTIRE Shower Me with Love