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Spring Bridal Show Presenting Sponsor

A few months ago, we here at Charleston Weddings got to see firsthand how Gathering Events has become one of the country’s maestros when it comes to creating hauntingly beautiful settings. Over the span of 10 hours, we worked alongside owner Heather Barrie and her second-in-command, Mary Ruth Tribble, at the William Aiken House to fashion the tableaus for this issue’s cake shoot (see “Sweet Spring!”). After those images were snapped, Heather and Mary Ruth tore down the vignettes and jumped into phase two—creating a mini-wedding for a luxury photographers’ workshop in the same space for that afternoon. The second inspiration shoot included a sweetheart table, another cake setup, an overflowing bouquet and perky boutonniere, plus a dressed-to-the-nines dessert buffet, and more (find those images under “Bliss & Bokeh” on The whirlwind of a day was executed with verve, good cheer, and more creative, organized talent than you can fathom. No wonder they are booked beyond reason with weddings, events, and more; darlings of the national wedding press and bridal blogs; and, for the eighth year in a row, the Presenting Sponsor (and thus our event planners, flower whisperers, and décor divas) for the Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Show. Because Heather prefers to concoct our settings as a surprise, we have no idea as to what March 21 will hold as far as they are concerned. But we know for certain we’re in the absolute best of hands and cannot wait for the reveal come Saturday morning. In the meantime, here’s what came of a recent sit-down with Heather.

Since the last show, what milestones would you like to share?
We’re featured in the new book, Carolina Bride. We coordinated and styled their “Coastal Luxe” photo shoot and have a real wedding in there, as well. We’ve also been working with Southern Living, first for a special Christmas edition, then for the cover and a spread for the March issue. We’re also co-hosting an exciting, new, two-day floral workshop with Charleston Stems.

Are you seeing any neat trends of note?
We’re seeing a lot of couples documenting their day with short videos with music and even pre-recorded dialogue. Otherwise, for 2015 we hope to help set a floral and décor trend that includes more color than the usual white, ivory, blush, and gold.

How does a bride’s gown influence her wedding?
It’s the starting point of all decisions! Her attire determines the formality and style of the wedding. All things should flow from there.

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Photographs by (Heather) Banner Adams & (Mary Ruth) Gayle Brooker 


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