Welcome to Southern Gates Weddings & Events! I want to start out by thanking you for taking the time to learn more about me and the story behind my business.
I’ll start out with the basics: My name is Katlyn Gates and I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, where I currently reside with my fur babies. I am dating my high school sweetheart, Stephen, whom I love endlessly. He is the rock behind Southern Gates Weddings & Events. You’ll likely find him assisting with all the behind the scenes details like set up and break down. Yes, I even offer staging for weddings. If this is for you, let’s chat!
I graduated from Augusta University with a Marketing degree and certification in Hospitality Administration. I’ve naturally always had a knack for creativity and design. My strongest suit is my organization skills and attention to detail. I get the utmost enjoyment out of the little details that play such a big role in any event, and believe these should receive extra attention.
My love for event coordination started young. I grew up with a #bossbabe of a mom who is Vice President and Managing Broker for Southeastern Residential. Today, I manage marketing strategies, event coordinating and networking events for Southeastern Residential and Southeastern Development Associates. My first #SGEbride was a friend from high school who reached out to me in college. At just 20 years old, I was planning my first client’s wedding. From there, I knew this is what I wanted to be doing. Being involved in someone’s perfect day and assisting with all the events that lead up to this day, has a huge impact on me. I am forever grateful that I get to wake up and support every #SGEbride. Even outside of weddings, I can help plan any event. Whether it’s a graduation party, baby shower, or a 5 year old birthday party, I can assist with all the little details so that you can spend your time enjoying the event.
My family and friends will tell you that I never slow down. If I’m not moving, I’m not living. Therefore, you can guarantee I’ll take on your event and quite literally run with it to make it everything you’ve ever dreamed of. I enjoy challenging myself, and growing along the way. I just recently returned from an events conference, The Special Event, in San Diego, California where I learned and networked with leaders and professionals in the events industry nationwide.
There is nothing more gratifying than playing a part in someone else’s happiness. If you’re planning an event, recently engaged, or just want to talk more, I’m ready to become part of your story.
Katlyn Gates, Event Specialist Owner of Southern Gates Weddings & Events