Rehearsal dinner perfection! I wish I could give this rating SIX stars instead of five because they surpassed in every way. The food was amazing, the setting was warm, inviting, beautiful! Sophisticated and rustic blended! Darrell, Jill and Donna were a step ahead of us at every turn. They accommodated our every request and anticipated our needs before we even knew we had them. Professional and personal! I would recommend Gather in Downtown McKinney for ANY event. Ours happened to be a rehearsal dinner for 80. . . but they could handle anything, large or small. THANK YOU Gather!
Gather launched in 2011 and has been continually recognized as one of the best in the industry. Owners Jill and Darrell Barnes have made it their mission to solidify Gather as the sought-after local event venue in Collin County. And they have firsthand experience—after all, they were married here!
Jill has been participating in productions all her life, first expressing her love of theater at the of 6. She achieved a BA in theatre from SDSU, and she also completed a theater program at Oxford University. Currently Jill is on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Family Music Theater. Jill is also an award-winning, fine-art portrait photographer, having won McKinney’s Best Photographer award numerous times. Her studio, Jilly Bean Photography, which is right above Gather, specializes in maternity and newborn portraits. She now uses her artistic skills to put on the ultimate wedding show. In addition, Jill is a trained wedding planner, so every aspect of your special day is elevated due to her expertise.
Darrell has always loved throwing a great party. It started in the Navy, where he was responsible for all social functions on his ship. Darrell went on to manage a nightclub and then completed his degree in business. He is currently involved in the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and events on the Square in Downtown McKinney.
Jill’s artistic flair and Darrell’s organizational skills make them the Dream Team of event planning and hosting any event. They don’t just turn you over to a staff member; they are an integral part of your event. They are Gather!
Jill and Darrell Barnes
I could give this 10 stars! From the first day we toured the venue, till the day of our wedding, Darrell and Jill have been there every step of the way.
Our wedding was a little bit “non-traditional”, with some different ideas we had in mind. Darrell and Jill collaborated and helped us put our ideas into motion.
Both went above and beyond to make our wedding unique and exceeded our expectations by a million. Our guest are still mentioning how attentive the staff was and how Darrell was extremely professional, yet personable. Which is hard to find someone so genuine!
My husband and I will always recommend this venue to anyone! They are the best.
Gather in Downtown McKinney is known for it’s romantic atmosphere and charming decor, which makes it the perfect place to host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, bridal brunch/lunch, corporate function, or social event. We provide an intimate venue and the perfect environment to suite your event needs. Contact us today and let’s get started!
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