Charleston Flower Workshop is a collaboration between Heather Barrie of Gathering and Anne Dabney of Stems. After receiving multiple class requests, the two decided to team up and offer a workshop that provides two distinct perspectives on the intricacies of event florals & design.
photo by Corbin Gurkin
Meet the Team
Heather Barrie, Gathering Floral & Event Design
Heather Barrie is founder and creative director of Gathering. Gathering floral + event design is a boutique design and planning company that specializes in creating extraordinary events with an effortless, organic elegance that has garnered the business national recognition and an avid following.
Heather has been in the wedding and event industry for 15 years. Primarily self taught, Heather grew up in the garden and kitchen with her mother and working on building projects with her father. Love of nature, engineering & logistics were instilled at a young age. Coming of age in the hospitality industry, she garnered a true understanding of the gracious art of hosting guests and what it means to truly shape their individual experiences. Drawing inspiration from natural environments, cuisine, wine, fashion, architecture and art, Heather has travelled around the world to Thailand and lived in much of Europe.
Gathering is known for an intuitive designer-client relationship where one of a kind ideas take shape. Concepts are innovative and nurture the client’s unique sense of style. The results are awe-inspiring events that create harmony with the surrounding spaces and intimate backdrops for life’s most important & genuine moments.
Gathering’s work can be seen in recent features from Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Living, Brides, Flower Magazine, Grace Ormonde, Inside Weddings, Garden and Gun, The Knot, as well as many others. Her floral designs are also featured in the books “Southern Bouquets” and “Carolina Bride”.
Anne Dabney, Stems
Anne Bowen brings a fresh perspective to wedding and event flowers and decor- incorporating antique containers, unusual materials and the occasional vegetable into her arrangements. After several years of staging events from her kitchen sink and grueling renovation of a graffiti-covered building…Anne opened the Stems studio in downtown Charleston in February 2010.
Since its inception, Stems has produced over 200 weddings in all parts of the country. Their work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, Food & Wine, Charleston Weddings Magazine, Snippet & Ink, Southern Weddings, and more. The Stems team has encountered almost every scenario imaginable- rain, wind, heat, cold, humidity, and occasionally a monsoon or mini tornado; decorated tables, cakes, ceilings, chairs, gates… made lighted hanging centerpieces, custom head-height cake stands, magical floral hedges, oversized wreaths, and once even a topiary of a couple’s beloved pet miniature husky.
In 2011, Anne found herself beginning yet another renovation of two downtown warehouses that opened as a restaurant and events venue in December 2014. Cannon Green is a mix of old and new, preserving the unique architecture of the original buildings and blending clean and contemporary lines that keep the space light and bright. The Cannon Green team has an extensive events background that ensures that every event executed there will be flawless (and we hear the flowers there are usually pretty good too).
Anne has been fortunate enough to refine her floral skills over the years by studying under Jane Packer, Preston Bailey, Kate Holt (FlowerWild), Ariella Chezar (Ariella Flowers), Sarah Ryhanen (Saipua) & Nicolette Owen (Nicolette Camille).
When she’s not working on flowers she is probably out on the water sailing competitively, downtown walking her dog, or at home hanging out with her house rabbits.
Corbin Gurkin, photographer
Spontaneity. Considerations of composition, light and color. Often, the elements of a beautiful, compelling photograph align in the blink of an eye. Corbin Gurkin is not only skilled at capturing that unique moment in time, but also understanding what that moment and that photograph mean to a couple in the context of a lifetime.
Just as she carefully considers every detail of documenting a couple’s wedding day, Corbin formed her career as a destination wedding photographer over a progression of many years. After focusing on painting and drawing at an early age, including time spent living overseas, she fell in love with the interaction and process of photography during a summer at the Maine Photographic Workshops. From there, Corbin took an apprenticeship with a wedding photography studio before moving on to study photography at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
Corbin has photographed weddings in places as diverse as California’s wine country, the bustling streets of Paris, the beaches of Hawaii and the hillside villages of Tuscany. Along the way, Corbin has won accolades from couples, clients and countless publications. Her work has been regularly featured in The Knot, Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings, and she’s captured PDN’s Top Knots Wedding Photography award for the last two years running. The editors of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons have named Corbin among the top twenty destination wedding photographers in 2011.
Corbin approaches every assignment with the same sense of interaction and process that first drew her to photography.
Mary Ruth Tribble, Gathering
I love how design moves and changes – my work is my avenue for creative expression. I’ve been creating, painting, glue-ing, building, and imagining since school days spent lost in the craft corner. What started out as school projects has evolved into friends’ birthdays, showers, living spaces, accessories, and event furniture, fabric, and lighting design.
Today, within minutes of entering a space, my mind races, creating ways to make our clients’ vision and expectations reach their full potential. In a day’s work, not only can I transform a space, I have successfully gone from running around in trendy sneakers and an apron, to throwing on a black dress and pretty high heels. If you are looking for me, don’t be surprised to find me on the top rung of a ladder, backing down an alley in a 26-foot truck, directing a ceremony or bustling a wedding gown.
Elise Nuckols, Stems
Elise has been working as a floral designer since early in 2012, but her love of flowers began at a much earlier age. Inheriting a fascination with horticulture from both her parents and grandparents, she grew up learning about growing plants and flowers, weeding, and gathering posies from the garden.
After graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Fine Arts, and a focus in oil painting, Elise worked in a number of different fields before finding a home at Stems. She has learned more than she could have ever imagined from Anne, and continues to do so on a daily basis- including the lyrics to all eighties rock songs.
Her two passions now inspire each other- seeing the amazing varieties of flowers and greenery used at Stems always drives her to see what can be grown in her garden to use for future events. Getting to make a bouquet for a bride on her wedding day, including flowers grown in her own garden, is incredibly special to her.
When she isn’t playing in the dirt, or with flowers- Elise enjoys painting, traveling, and spending time with her husband Chris, and their dog Bear.