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Engagement Photos

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We can't help but have a huge smile on our face when we look at these engagement photos! Kathryn and Mark are just the cutest couple and so in love! We are so excited for their fabulous Spring wedding at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Jennings King of Jennings King Photography brilliantly captured their sophistication as well as endearing and playful personality through these photos. The pictures were taken in Charleston, South Carolina. Engagement sessions can be such treasured time together and create little memories for a lifetime. Jennings kindly shared her insight on engagement sessions!

SSE: Based on Kathryn and Mark's personality, what did you try to capture? Jennings: Many times it is the first time meeting the couples. So I try to "interview" the couple as well to get to know them better. I had never met Kathryn and Mark, so much of the beginning of the day was understanding what they wanted to get from the session. I usually want to know a couple's agenda first before I start to work on my own. An engaged couple is usually full of happiness and love, and  that is what I wanted to capture between these two. They wanted to make sure I captured the atmosphere in addition to themselves. A lot of times the atmosphere and setting tell a story too.  SSE: What do you enjoy about engagement sessions? Jennings: I love people and especially getting to know people. With my background in sales, it is important to me that they feel comfortable with me and trust me. The conversation just flows during the session. This is the "trial" run prior to the wedding day. There are certain things I may also copy or reproduce on the wedding day, and this is just a chance to practice that. 
SSE: What would your advice be for couples on the fence about engagement photos? Jennings: If you are an out of town bride, I highly recommend it. Getting to know your photographer on a more personal level just makes your day that much smoother and natural. I also really suggest doing them if the Groom is more timid at getting his picture taken. It will just ease his mind for the wedding day. It really isn't all that bad. All the Grooms after the session say, "That wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be!".  SSE: What would you recommend couples to wear during the session? Jennings: Complimentary colors to one another. Comfort is key! A bright pop of color is always nice especially in the spring or summer months.  SSE: How far out would you recommend couples to schedule an engagement session?  Jennings: It depends on if they will use a photo for their save the date cards. If so, then the earlier the better. In most cases the window is 6-11 months prior to the wedding. 
SSE: If a couple does not have a location in mind, what would you recommend?  Jennings: Location is key, if the couple doesn't have any significant location themselves, then outdoors is ideal in shaded areas not the high heat. I usually try to shoot towards the end of the day 2 hours prior to sunset, the golden light is so pleasing. Indoors with large windows and lighting is also a great option. With Kathryn and Mark - we shot in The Darling Oyster Bar, in downtown Charleston, because the couple wanted a restaurant scene that was cool with lots of natural light. They both love food & wine - so it was a perfect setting for them.  SSE: Any other advise for couples about to get their engagement photos?  Jennings: Have fun with it, it's a time to learn about your photographer. The more you enjoy it, the better your wedding day will be!

2016 in Rewind

Spencer Special Events - Saturday, January 07, 2017

We here at Spencer Special Events are wondering where in the world 2016 went?! While we love ringing in the New Year with champagne and all things bling, we also delight in reflecting on the past wonderful year. We certainly had the pleasure of working with incredible couples and their families on creating the wedding of their dreams. Thank you to all of the incredible vendor friends and event partners for crafting the masterpieces! With celebration and lots of love, here is a recap of all of the fabulous soirees!

The LaHaie's

Venue: Morris Center

Savannah, Georgia

Could not have asked for a sweeter start to 2016 by planning Amanda's long time friend from her hometown in Indiana, Michael and his darling bride Lizzy's wedding just over the bridge in Savannah! Michael and Lizzy were so graceful and did a wonderful job of city meets the south for their wedding weekend celebration.  


Photo Credit: Ashely Seawell Photography


The Mack's 

Venue: Port Royal Plantation

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We are still dreaming about the Al Fresco dining under twinkling lights, and the plentiful Pittsburg cookie table. Emma and Brian we just adore you and your sweet families!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Sence's

Venue: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hillery and David had the sweetest intimate affair. We loved the clean unique look with hydrangeas and neutral colors with a fun pop of red. Y'all had exuberant happiness in the air!


Photo Credit: Hopkins Studio


The Delay's 

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Sea Pines Resort is already a beautiful venue, but the Delay's transformed the resort into a romantic draping dream! Kate, Derek, and their lovely family are very generous and it showed as they thought of everything for their guest's wedding experience!


Photo Credit: 6 of Four Photography


The Mill's

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We absolutely loved working with Dana and Michael's fun spring color scheme of mint and coral. Throughout the whole planning process we will always remember how much they cared for all of their guests and their endearing love for each other!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Poteat's

Venue: Thomas Residence

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Tent Goals! What a fabulous elegant event. Lauren and Robby had a wonderful vision for her parent's backyard. We are still in awe of Lauren's beautiful detailed beaded gown and Robby's sharp and dapper white tux!


Photo Credit: Happy Blooms 


The O'Neil's

Venue: Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We can't get enough of the shades of blue and preppy flair. Meg and Patrick's kindness and generosity was apparent throughout the whole weekend and they sure know how to have fun!


Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Photography


The Tremmel's 

Venue: The Sonesta Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Angela and JD had an intimate wedding with a boho chic vibe full of succulents, mixed metals and gorgeous garden style florals, and we love it! They wanted to stray away from typical traditions and create and event full of celebration with family and friends and love. 


Photo Credit: W Photography


The Parlett's

Venue: Montage Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, South Carolina

Morgan and Jay have the most gracious spirits and genuine souls. Could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day at Montage Palmetto Bluff for these sweet lovebirds. Their attention to detail and celebration of their love for each other made for a memorable and beautiful evening!


Photo Credit: Ashley Seawell Photography


The Stubb's 

Venue: The Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Even though this wedding was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, Katie and Jackson were such a delight and handled the unfortunate situation with poise and gratefulness. Their guests were truly in for a low country treat with all of the wonderful events their families hosted during the entire weekend that kicked off the Holidays. 


Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Photography


The Hearn's

Venue: The Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Last but not least, a fabulous New Years Eve wedding to celebrate 2016! Grace and John's modern decor with a twist of glamour, gold accents and poppers created the perfect atmosphere to ring in the New Year!


Photo Credit: Evan Laettner

We are so excited for another marvelous year ahead here at SSE!! Cheers to 2 0 1 7!

Baby Shower

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Put a bunch of event pros in a room celebrating a director of food and beverage having a baby and you get one sophisticated baby shower! We had a blast celebrating our dear friend and new Mama, Erica Pepper at Berkeley Hall Plantation. 

Erica's darling friends organized such a lovely afternoon with a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme. When guests arrived they were greeted with butler passed mimosas and Savannah's own Pink House pimento cheese straws. Folks left well wishes and signatures on a custom framed song sheet and left words of wisdom and giggles for the new parents. 

Some of our event partners and friends helped provide some of the decor making this shower nothing shy of details with beautiful linen, gold chargers, wooden chairs, beautiful flowers, and pictures to remember the affair! Berkeley Hall served delicious Shrimp n Grits followed by a fabulous Grilled Chicken Bibb Salad. If you are like me and love desserts, the dessert table was Heaven. The options were endless; star sugar cookies, chocolate tuxedo cups, a cake with two delicious flavors, and macaroons to take home as favors. Minette Rushing out did herself with the cake making a chocolate cake filled with peanut butter and chocolate ganache and another layer of pound cake filled with salted caramel and butter cream frosting. Of course we had to try both!

Thank you to all who helped organize and host! It was such a treat to be a guest. We send our love to the Pepper Family!


Photo Credit: Donna Von Bruening

The Torch Relay For Children's Miracle Network

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The month of October has been an unexpected month, full of events that we did not plan. With Hurricane Matthew devastating our beloved lowcountry and having to postpone a couple of weddings, it's been a month full of changes! But as life teaches us, there are constant changes and turbulent times. It is how folks react to certain change that is admirable and inspiring. 

As many of you know, the Spencer Family supports the Children's Miracle Network Foundation and contributes to the Torch Relay 5k walk/run fundraiser at the Marriott Surfwatch. This year it is even more close to their hearts as they had a personal trial with the death of an infant in their family this past year. Harlow Raegan Spencer was only on this earth for a short time, but deeply impacted the people that instantly loved her. This year we are walking in memory of Harlow and could not be more honored and touched to join Team Harlow with our friends and family. 

A message from Harlow's parents, Amy and Dusty Spencer:

Dusty and I have been proud supporters of the Children's Miracle Network over the past several years. Every year, a walk is put on at Marriott Surfwatch Vacation Club in Hilton Head, SC that sponsors this cause- and monies donated are used for CMN families at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, GA. That alone is a reason that this cause is important to us, as we have a family in the area that if needed they would benefit from those contributions. This year, the walk at Surfwatch will be on Monday, November 28th registration starting at 4:00pm. Dusty and I, along with friends and family will be walking in honor of our Harlow Raegan- our precious baby girl that didn't quite make it to a CMN hospital, a jet from Shands was on its way at the time of Harlow's passing. We can't imagine the difficulties families face when children need specialized care, but are so thankful for the help that CMN provides. 


We deeply admire Dusty and Amy's strength and their ability to turn tragedy into helping others and support a beyond deserving cause. The Torch Relay has raised more than $11 million for CMN Hospitals Nationwide. We are looking forward to growing this number and walking some turkey off on November 28th at the Marriott Surfwatch. If you would like to be part of this fabulous event please join our team or kindly make a donation to Team Harlow: http://torch.convio.net/site/TR?px=1004145&pg=personal&fr_id=1088&et=OUc8qMJMI9-z3AjCj3ZqIw&s_tafId=1175
 

Vendor Spotlight: Cru Catering

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our mouths are watering, and yours will be too after you read this blog! We are so excited to work with Cru Catering from Charleston on a fall wedding, that we had to interview and share with our friends! Catering Director Reilly Mariotti from the Cru Crew kindly gave us the scoop!

Photo Credit: Rachel Red Photography

SSE: Your food displays look like a work of art, where do you find inspiration to be innovative in your displays?

Reilly Mariotti: Our clients are truly our greatest inspiration. We want to accentuate their vision, not detract from it. We also have a very creative team and love bouncing ideas off of one another. 

Photo Credit: Gayle Brooker

SSE: What would you say the food trend is this year for events? 

RM: We've had more and more clients this year that are extremely adventurous with their flavors and menus. Unique, customized menus (with dishes that serve a significance to the bride and groom) are definitely a trend, and one that we love!

Photo Credit: Nicki Stone

SSE: If you could create a dream menu for an event what would it consist of? 

RM: That's tough being I love all types of food! Mine would be a very expansive menu consisting of French, Aisian, Italian and Mediterranean flavors. Fresh seafood and clean flavor profiles appeal to me, allowing the ingredients to shine through without masking flavors with too many components. 

Photo Credit: Gayle Brooker

SSE: Do a lot of clients know what they want for their menu selection, or is it more of a collaboration?

RM: It's definitely a bit of a collaboration. We're very fortunate that we attract clients and planners that are knowledgeable about food, and it allows us the opportunity to bring new ideas to the table. 

Photo Credit: Rachel Red Photography

SSE: Does Cru have a specialty or signature dish? 

RM: Our mac and chees is our most well-known and popular menu item (it truly is delicious!), but we are a well rounded company that loves exploring new flavor profiles and presentations. 

Photo Credit: Caitlin Colcolough

SSE: Do you have a favorite event that Cru catered for, or one that stands out from a food perspective?

RM: An event that will stay with me is a wedding we catered for two Italian trained chefs, with a complete classic Italian menu. It was a multi-course meal, and from start to finish I loved that menu. 

SSE: And lastly, is Cru Catering willing to travel? 

RM: Of course! I'm still waiting for someone to ask us to travel to Fiji. :)

Real Wedding: Deanna and Dom

Spencer Special Events - Monday, August 22, 2016

It is such a special touch when a couple wants to make an impact on others on their wedding day; and finds a way to help an organization they are so passionate about! We are proud to share Deanna and Dominic on the blog today as they donated to help rescue dogs in lieu of wedding favors. These precious dogs were on display as their table numbers for guests to see their mission and cuteness!

Along with being selfless, they both had contagious smiles throughout the entire day. JOY! Deanna looked absolutely stunning in her lace gown, and how about that cascading bouquet? Pastels with an accent of gold, candlelight, and Colleton River as a backdrop made for the perfectly soft romantic garden wedding last fall. 


Photo Credit: Landon Jacob Photography

Real Wedding: Lizzie and Nick

Spencer Special Events - Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oh my goodness!! This couple beams with love, we could browse at these gorgeous photos all day! Not only are they a beautiful couple (inside and out), but they were so much fun, kind and gracious to work with. Lizzie and Nick certainly integrated their families during their special day and you could certainly feel the love. We specifically admired the close special relationship of the Bride, Lizzie and her sweet Mother, Mrs. Lewis, we had such a pleasure dreaming up all of the details and working with them on a magical wedding weekend. See what the ladies have to say when reflecting back on the planning process. 

Was there a special mother-daughter moment during the planning stages? 

Lizzie Devine (Bride): Honestly, the whole planning process was a bonding experience for us both. We were constantly emailing, texting sending photos, and calling each other with new updates or ideas. Also, when I was getting worn down, she was able to pick me up and vice versa. I'd say my most favorite time during the planning with my mom was during my dress fittings - she was with me during every one and it was a special time for us both!


Cindy Lewis (MOB): The most special moment was our first visit to look for wedding dresses in Charleston. When Lizzie put on her first dress, I cried and knew my little girl was getting married. She looked so beautiful. 



Did you wear any special items of your Moms or family in your wedding wardrobe? 

LD: I wore an aqua marine diamond ring that was my grandmothers. My mom redid the ring for me years ago and it's always been a special piece that reminds me of her. My ring bearer's pillow was made from one of my grandma's old doilies. And this isn't technically from a wedding wardrobe, but I had gardenias in my bouquet - it's what my mom mostly had in hers!



Where did you find your vision and inspiration for decor and details of the wedding? 

LD: Most of my inspiration came from magazines or Pinterest pictures I found that I was drawn to. I knew I wanted a lace dress, lots of gold details, and candles - the rest was filled in throughout the process. Another thing that helped me focus in on the " theme" was when Amanda asked me to describe my perfect wedding in 3 words. My 3 words were elegant, magical, and romantic. I think we did a pretty good job. 


CL: Lizzie knew what she wanted - romantic and magical. Through pinterest, she was able to communicate to Amanda what she wanted to achieve. Amanda and her crew did a "magical" job creating just that. 



Would you say you guys have similar styles?

LD: Yes I'd say we do. Mom knows my style - spot on. She is the one who still sends me my favorite clothes. My mom helped to guide the wedding into the style she knew I had envisioned. 


CL: I think if I was getting married today, my dream wedding would be Lizzie's. It was magical and romantic surrounded by wonderful friends and family. 



Did you have a favorite moment from the day? 

LD: Yes - saying my vows to Nick! That's what it was really all about. And that feeling right after the wedding when we could take a deep breath, realize I just married the man of my dreams, and that I had everyone I loved surrounding us and ready to help us celebrate. 


CL: My favorite moment was when Lizzie, her Dad and I were driving over to the ceremony and Lizzie said she was hungry. I think she was just nervous but we ordered french fries for all of the bridesmaids and they were gone in a minute. 



Any advice for future Brides and Mother of the Brides?

LD: Start planning early! I think this helped ease a lot of stressors early on. Definitely pick a theme of colors and how you want the wedding to feel in order to set the tone for the rest of your planning. Lastly - have fun with it. It can be a fun experience if you let it be!


CL: My advice would be to hire Amanda and her team! They are the ones that helped make Lizzie's dream wedding a reality. Her attention to detail made the weekend run so smoothly. It was a dream come true. 



photo credit: Landon Jacob


Vendor Spotlight: Savannah Special Events by Ranco

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One of our favorite steps in the planning process is event design. We love all of the fine details it takes to create a dream wedding. This would not be possible with out the help from our vendor friends, Savannah Special Events by Ranco. These folks are outsanding! Whether its putting up a custom tent in our client's backyard through trees, delivering hundreds of chairs and rental furniture, or supplying beautiful china and flatware they do it all. And if they do not have something, they will get it for you!

We also know how many of y'all love outdoor soirees and they ease our mind in the event of bad weather. For that we are forever grateful!

One of our clients just had a fabulous lowcountry backyard wedding in Spanish Wells. They wanted a tent that would enclose the yard while incorporating the trees within the tent and still have the water view. We knew this was a job for Ranco. See what kind of words our clients, the Thomas family had to say:

"Ranco did a 10.5 on a scale of 10. The 10 is based on their perfect execution, the .5 is based on them going above and beyond. Three days before the wedding they erected the tent and the project came alive. Every step of the way Ranco and its dedicated employees made sure the tent was exactly as we wanted and perfectly designed and executed. The day before the wedding they installed two additional standard tents to cover bartender locations. As the forecast for rain on the wedding day was 100% Ranco installed a tent on the property next door for the wedding ceremony THE DAY OF THE WEDDING which was sufficient for two hundred plus guests. While it rained six inches on the day of the wedding not a drop of water made it through the custom tent. The crew totally respected our property and made great efforts not to damage the lawn or plant material. All of us HIGHLY recommend Ranco for their imagination, design, and execution of this tent and related supplies and the way in which they handled the customer relations and concerns. Cheers for a job well done by the entire staff from inception, through design and implementation."



Ranco is always willing to work with us on different ideas and the entire staff is impeccable. We truly can't give them enough praise for all they do. Rain or shine you will be happy to have Savannah Special Events by Ranco on your team!



Real Wedding: Lesley and David

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Move over neutrals this darling wedding was vibrant with pinks, blues, details and LOVE! We were so excited to work with the delightful bride Lesley, since we had the pleasure of working with the Grabias family before planning her adorable sister Alli's wedding!

Lesley and David had their first date in St. Thomas, so it was only fitting that they added a tropical flair to their Palmetto Bluff wedding. This wedding was one for the books. Especially the Knot Carolina!

Kind words from Lesley about working with Amanda:

"Our wedding weekend could not have happened without the amazing ideas and efforts of Spencer Special Events. As an event planner myself, I know the importance of surrounding yourself with reliable vendors and Amanda Spencer is simply the best! Amanda planned my sister's Palmetto Bluff wedding a few years ago and has since become part of our family. So, it was the easiest decision we made to hire her again! She worked with David and I to define our vision and create the perfect weekend for our guests. The planning process was so enjoyable with her at the helm. She recommended fabulous vendors and made planning the wedding from out of town very simple. From constructing the most marvelous welcome boxes for our guests to helping organize a surprise steel drum band for the cocktail hour, every detail was perfect. It was such a treat to know that the event was in wonderful hands and I didn't have to worry about anything! We were truly able to just enjoy the weekend and relax knowing Amanda was there!



















Lesley's favorite part from the wedding:

"My favorite part of the wedding day was our boat ride from the ceremony to the reception venue. The ride was about 20 minutes long and David and I enjoyed every minute of it! The trip allowed us some time to reflect on the day's true meaning. We were able to take a moment to just enjoy each other's company in our favorite, low-country setting. Additionally, it was a VERY hot summer evening, so the trip provided a lovely (much needed!) breeze. As we pulled up to the dock, it was so much fun to get back into party mode with all our friends and family there to welcome us! We immediately headed to the dance floor to kick off the celebration!






Lesley's tip for the big day:

"Have fun! It is easy to get bogged down by minute details and family politics but this should be a happy process. Just keep focusing on the bigger picture - the reason for the celebration - and enjoy the planning of course!


Photo Cred - Ashley Seawell Photography


Real Wedding: Mary Kate and Joe

Spencer Special Events - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Check out this adorable and sweet wedding featuring Mary Kate and Joe Laird. It was quite adorable with her crew of ring bearers and flower girls and literally sweet with lots of yummy desserts! 

See what the Bride, Mary Kate had to say when she reflected on their wonderful day!

Looking back on our wedding day, I still can't believe how perfect it was! I have always hoped to get married in Hilton Head. When we got engaged there it was the obvious choice for the wedding. At first, I was a bit overwhelmed with everything that we needed to do for the wedding. Since we lived out of state, every task seemed that much more daunting. A family friend recommended Spencer Special Events to us. From the first time we talked to Amanda, I instantly felt at ease. She was able to understand everything we wanted for the wedding. She helped us pick out the perfect vendors that helped create our perfect day. Besides the extreme heat on our wedding day, I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Amanda and her team were able to make all of our wishes come true. When I first saw the venue, I was truly overwhelmed. 


My advice to brides to be is not to give up on what you want. If there are budget concerns, there is always a way to make it work. I know families can have big opinions too, but it truly comes down to what you and your fiance want for your day. Another piece of advice is to let go on your wedding day. For us, the temperature was in the 90s and the heat index well over 100. I could have spent the day stressing about how hot it was and what it meant for our guests. We both choose to let it go and focus on enjoying the day. 


My favorite moment from the wedding had to be when I first saw Joe. We decided to do a first look. It was just the two of us. I loved the intimacy of that moment. I will never forget the look on his face when he first turned around and saw me. 

 


Photo cred: Hopkins Studios