Next week, the spring issue of Charleston Weddings hits the newsstands and will start popping up online, too. (Visit Charleston Weddings Mag to keep tabs!) Our cover story celebrates all the gorgeous floral prints, patterns, and appliques on gowns this season, so we called in Charleston’s top flower whispering group—Gathering Floral + Event Design—to dress each fashion vignette with blooms and blooms and more blooms. (Follow us as the bouquets, arrangements, and installation collages are the stuff of Pinterest nirvana and Instagram manna—seriously.)
And because Gathering’s the presenting sponsor for our Spring Bridal Show, attendees will score the chance to meet owner-designer Heather Barrie and her right-hand maestro, Mary Ruth Tribble, after they flip the runway tent from its regular CFW look on Friday, March 18, into a reception hall Saturday morning, March 19. Tackling such a wide array of projects—from shoots to shows—is par for the course for Gathering. The past year has seen the company design a celeb-studded weekend blowout on the West Coast and it’s found them floating some 4,000 roses in a pool for a local wedding. Then there are the Charleston icons that they bedeck in blooms—The William Aiken House, Hibernian Hall, and more. If you wonder how such an on-the-move group can fashion such zen settings, it’s because their work is their passion, and they never tire of delving in. “We try to come at things with a different eye,” says Heather, who gets as inspired walking through Hampton Park as she does looking through a design magazine. “Looking at the same concept with a unique perspective can bring it a new life.”
A labor of love that came to be in 2015, Charleston Flower Workshop is a series of year-round classes and retreats led by Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral + Event Design and Anne Dabney of Charleston Stems. Whether it’s novices fashioning holiday wreaths from greens, berries, and pods foraged from area farms or aspiring floral designers tackling a multi-day floral intensive, attendees quite simply have a blast. Add that the sessions take place in limited access gems around town (The Aiken-Rhett House, Leon’s Oyster Shed, Cannon Green, and more) and that participants take home their creations, and signing up becomes a must-do.
Images (portraits) Leigh Webber Photography