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Vow Renewal at Palmetto Bluff

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One Sunday evening we received a call from the sweetest gentleman who wanted to surprise his wife with a vow renewal ceremony at Palmetto Bluff. We were over the moon excited to be a part of this superbly romantic and intimate evening for one of the nicest couples we've ever met.

After a rainy afternoon of kayaking on the May River, Zeus surprised Christine with a bouquet that was an exact replica of the flowers she carried down the aisle when they married two years ago and a note letting her know they were going to renew their vows that evening. She was completely shocked! (We told you it was romantic!)

Reverend Steve Schulte performed the ceremony in the couples' riverfront cottage underneath a large floral arbor designed by A Floral Affair. The ceremony was complete with a replica of the sand ceremony they had on their wedding day in Hawaii. Acclaimed photographer Donna Von Bruening was there to capture the evening through the lens. In one of the Low Country's most beautiful settings, the couple renewed the promise they made to each other just two years ago, which they promised to do every year of their marriage.(Do they get any sweeter?)

Congrats to Zeus and Christine! As life has thrown you some challenges, you seem to handle those challenges with grace. The support you show each other is exemplary. We wish you and your children all of the happiness in the world. Truly!

Bluffton South Carolina wedding venues

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Though many people tend to think of a destination wedding solely on Hilton Head Island, at Spencer Special Events we know that there are some truly spectacular wedding venues in the ever-so-charming Bluffton, South Carolina. For that reason, we think it’s an area that should not be overlooked when planning your wedding weekend! We have had the honor of helping couples plan their dream wedding in truly dream-like settings in Bluffton. Today we’ll show you just a few and why we have fallen in love with these three Bluffton wedding venues: Colleton River Plantation, Palmetto Bluff and Belfair.

At Colleton River Plantation Club, wedding ceremonies can be held on the lawns of their signature golf courses. The Nicklaus Clubhouse overlooks the tranquil Colleton River and the Dye Clubhouse overlooks the Port Royal Sound – both spectacular backdrops for nuptials. You and your family will simply adore working with their top-notch staff and their delicious, world class cuisine. From the pub, dining room, ballroom, or a grand tent on the golf course lawn, there are a variety of options to host the reception that’s right for you at Colleton River Plantation Club.

Munoz Photography

If you’re looking for luxury and style, you won’t want to skip Palmetto Bluff. Carefully planned and developed, Palmetto Bluff is on 20,000 acres of pristine Low Country. Its home to 32 miles of riverside, sweeping oaks draped with Spanish moss, and marshes abundant with wildlife. Ceremonies can be held in their darling Waterside Chapel, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres underneath majestic oaks on the banks of the May River, and receptions can take place in the quaint ballroom of the Auberge Resort’s acclaimed Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Spencer Special Events has had the opportunity to design, plan and execute multiple weddings at this truly majestic venue. 

Mark Staff Photography

Belfair Plantation offers world class service in their recently renovated clubhouse and a spectacular setting on the Colleton River. With a southern charm, a wedding at Belfair is one gorgeous option for couples. You'll find that true southern hospitality from the moment you and your guests arrive. As with most private clubs in our area, Belfair also offers fabulous cottages nestled close to the clubhouse for your guest accommodations. This gorgeous gated community is also home to the Avenue of Oaks, where you will enjoy the moss-draped pictures you've always wanted.

Landon Jacob Photography

We hope you enjoy the process of choosing your wedding venue! Though it can be overwhelming, there are so many great options in the area and with our team to help you, you are sure to find the venue that was meant to be. And like Amanda says, once you have the venue booked for your wedding, that’s when the real fun begins! 

Choosing your wedding style

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

At Spencer Special Events we get to know our bride and grooms’ both separately and as a couple. Each person is unique, each couple is unique, each event should be unique, and so Amanda spends a lot of time getting to know a couple while planning their wedding. Getting to know the couple helps choose the style of a wedding and make it uniquely theirs!

We are having an absolute ball getting to know Christin and Rob and planning their upcoming wedding this fall. They couldn't be more sweet and so much fun to work with. Did we mention they are absolutely gorgeous?

Photos by Scott Hopkins Photography

Usually the first order of business is a conference call, typically lasting about an hour and a half, to get better acquainted and talk about the vision of the wedding weekend. Amanda requests that the couple does some minor homework (remember this is fun!) by sending her two to three images that really speak to the couple. Images should be representative of the day and style they wish to have at their wedding. She prefers to walk through this process over the phone versus emailing her a completed questionnaire to really get to know them and their tastes.

To get some inspiration, Amanda suggests brides visit Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, JuneBug Weddings, and Inside Weddings as starting off points. Perusing other weddings will give you a good idea of the style you want your wedding to be. But we also like to get a feel for how you decorate your home, cuisine you fancy, and sense of fashion to help guide us in your design.

There’s a style for everyone. Be it vintage, outdoor, rustic, beach, vineyard, ballroom, classic or modern, styles range tremendously and it’s important your wedding planner can execute your vision based on that style. So what’s your wedding style? 


Is it posh?

Photo by Allison Reisz

Is your style an elegant ballroom setting like this?

Photos by Mark Staff Photography

Or maybe you are island inspired like this:

Landon Jacob Photography

Amelia + Dan Photography

Or perhaps a more sweet, southern style like this:

Photo by Nate Henderson

Or are you more of a bright floral burst like this:

Photos by Scott Hopkins Photography

Or maybe you have rustic low country charm in mind:

Photos by Landon Jacob Photography

We've had the pleasure of planning all of these events with various styles! Aren't we lucky?

So start your planning with a little bit of homework--it's a tough gig, we know!  Visit some sites and get a sense for the styles that you gravitate towards. When you have a feel for what you like and what you don’t like, Amanda and her team will help you personalize that style and really make it yours. After all, everyone wants a wedding they can call their own, so choosing a style and finding some inspiration that speaks to you is just the beginning. Having a wedding planner who can make it yours and execute the details is what is going to make it YOUR day.

Be sure to follow Amanda & Spencer Special Events on Pinterest to get some great wedding style ideas. We’ll talk about choosing the right venue on our next post!