Divine Details

One Incredible Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spencer Special Events had the unique opportunity to design, plan, and coordinate one dynamite Bat Mitzvah celebration for a darling young lady this past Fall. We were so honored to plan the ultimate party for Allessandra and adored working with her entire family! Enjoy these great images by the ever so talented Landon Jacob and the details for a fun coastal inspired Bat Mitzvah Celebration.

The celebration was held at Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bluffton, South Carolina, starting with mocktails and cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, crudités, and gourmet cheese station. The escort card display reflected the motif of sand dollars and starfish which was carried throughout the evening. A Floral Affair design a great focal point above the outdoor mocktail and cocktail bar.

The paper details by Emily McCarthy were exquisite. From the custom designed invitation (which was sent in a darling hand lettered box, not an envelope!) signature monogram, escort cards, cocktail napkins, beach towels, hand towels, table markers, menus, signage, and even a custom designed vinyl dance floor, no detail was too small and no detail overlooked.

Custom draped perfectly by Party Tables, the ballroom was separated into two dining spaces, one for adults and one for Allessandra and her friends. Each section of the ballroom and table was designed to be unique and the flowers by A Floral Affair were flawless!

The real kid fun began after dinner where surprise after surprise awaited them. There was the custom t-shirt designer ready to create every guest a t-shirt that made a great favor to enjoy!

There was a Pino Gelato Cart and Cotton Candy Station for all to indulge!

Palmetto Kettle Corn was a fun and tasty addition to the party with freshly made popcorn served up in signature monogram bags.

In a room off the dance floor awaited a surprise that definitely knocked the guests socks off! A beautiful candy buffet, full of Allessandra's hand picked favorite candies and chocolates, was a delicious treat. And talk about eye candy!

The party would not have been complete without a tremendous entertainment team. These guys got the crowd dancing, flipped over chairs, stood on their heads, and didn't stop moving song after song. The amazing Electric Company featuring DJ Sir Andrew spun until late into the night.

When things finally started to wind down, a respite was found outside under cafe lights and stars for a campfire and s'mores.

We hope this is one celebration that Allessandra won't soon forget and it's an event we will treasure forever. What fun we had planning a dream party for such a fabulous family! Be sure to pick up a copy of Occasions Mitzvah's now on sale for even more details about this event and an interview with the family!

This event would not be possible without the extreme talent of our vendor friends, all listed below. Thank you, friends!

Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes, Minette Rushing.  Florist: A Floral Affair.  Hair: Hautelocks provide by Spencer Special Events. Invitations and Paper Goods: Emily McCarthy. Reception Entertainment: Other Brother Entertainment.  Boardwalk Activities: ATD Designs, Pino Gelato, Frosty's Italian Ice, Palmetto Kettle Corn. Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals.  Linens and Draping:  Party Tables. Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions.  Planner: Spencer Special Events 

Colleton River Styled Photo Shoot

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This Fall we collaborated with the wedding industry's finest on a styled photo shoot. It was a chance for all of our vendor friends to explore their creativity and get together to have some pretend wedding fun!

The theme of the shoot was to be southern glam and our color palate of rich gold, soft beige, white, hint of blush pink, and soft neutrals. We revolved around a Lowcountry oyster theme since this was set at the prestigious Colleton River Plantation. The exceptionally talented Landon Jacob Productions didn't disappoint with photography, Garden on the Square outdid themselves with flowers and decor, and with ALL of our vendors hard work (complete list at the bottom), our styled shoot was picked up by Southern Weddings Magazine blog last week!

Here's a closer look at all of the divine details...

We can't thank the following people enough for their contribution to this shoot!

Event design, planning and coordination: Spencer Special Events | Photography: Landon Jacob Photography | Linens and draping: Party Tables | Lighting: TEC | Gold chivari chair and chargers: Amazing Event Rentals | Flowers: Garden on the Square | Wedding cakes: Minette Rushing, Savannah Custom Cakes | Paper details:Emily McCarthy | Hair: Megan Wayt, Hautelocks for SSE | Gown: Chaviano Couture | Hand-painted oysters: Bluffton Bell Creations | Event location, catering services, and pastry design: Colleton River Plantation Club

Weston and Rhoades

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This fall Spencer Special Events was extremely honored to design, plan, and coordinate a beautiful, Southern-charmed wedding for a darling couple, Weston and Rhoades. Their classic and elegant style was reflected in every detail of the wedding with colors of cream, beige, hues of yellow, blush, and finished with greens. The ceremony and reception paid homage to the South Carolina Lowcountry and the nearby May River with details echoing the environment.

A custom tent at the brides' family home was built to hold the 400 plus guests and a one-of-a-kind lighting installation was created above the dance floor. The show-stopper 6-tiered cake by Minette Rushing, Savannah Custom Cakes was a towering focal point with thousands upon thousands of handmade sugar flowers. Kudos to Landon Jacob Productions for capturing every stunning photographic detail and all of our wonderful vendor friends who made this wedding possible (a complete list of our wedding vendors can be found at the end of this post! What a team!) Here's a look back at this simply classic, stunning Southern wedding.

How cute are they? This couple is as gorgeous on this inside as they are on the out. Congratulations Weston and Rhoades, thank you for choosing Spencer Special Events to make your wedding dreams become a reality, we enjoyed every step of the way with you and your sweet family!

Thank you to all of these vendor friends!

Ceremony: The Church of The Cross,  Catering: Susan Mason Catering, Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes,  Gown:  Gown and Bridal Party: Bleubelle Bridal.  Florist: A Floral Affair,  Hair: House of Color and Hautelocks, Make-up: SKINZIN, Invitations/Paper Materials: Pretty Papers, Reception Entertainment: High Cotton,  Music Ceremony: Hilton Head Entertainment, Alyssa Jae Trio and Dr. Marlena Smalls and The Hallelujah Singers, Music Cocktails: Savannah River Blue Grass Band, Rentals: Savannah Special Events by Ranco Tent (tent, china, tables, chairs),  Rentals (linen and draping) Party Tables, Rentals (restroom): Nature's Calling.  Pest Control: Mosquito Nix, Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions.  Videographer: Life Stage Films, Transportation: Old Savannah Tours, Diamond Transportation, and David's First Class Limo, Golf Cart Rentals:  Low Country Golf Carts, Boat Rental: Good Times Charters,   Wedding Planning: Spencer Special Events. 

Caring for your ring!

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Did you get engaged over the holidays? Can you not stop staring at your shiny new ring? In any case, this post is for you. Today we are talking about rings! At Spencer Special Events, we've had the opportunity to see some real sparklers and true gems. And we love hearing the stories about how your future hubby popped the question (we get goose bumps every time!) and checking out the new sparkle. With such a valuable investment, how do you properly care for these beauties? Here are some tips and recommendations passed down from generation to generation.

Caring for your wedding ring doesn't have to be hard or expensive. To make sure your ring is as sparkly as the day you got it, try the following:

  1. 1. Avoid putting lotions/creams on with your ring. Take it off before you put suntan lotion on, or body lotion. We've also heard the recommendation to take your ring off when handling red meat. (There's an oxidation process that occurs that doesn't lend well to sparkling rings!)
  2. 2. Use toothpaste and a soft tooth brush when cleaners are not available.
  3. 3. Place your ring in a small bowl with equal parts of dish soap and rubbing alcohol. Allow to sit for 20-30 minutes, then wash clean.
  4. 4. Jewelers often carry their own line of cleaners, so make sure you pick-up a bottle to have on hand!

Most jewelry stores and designers offer free cleanings to customers who purchase engagement rings and wedding bands from them.They use a process of soaking in cleaners and steaming and truly provide the best results. Take advantage of these free cleanings - you will love the way your ring looks!

While it's amazing to have your ring sparkle, it's even more important to make sure your diamonds and gems are secure. Make sure you have your prongs checked at least every six months by a reputable jeweler. Especially if you are particularly active, moving, or if you happen to knock your hand into something. A jeweler can ensure that the ring prongs are secure, so stones don't fall out!

Make sure to insure your ring with your home owners insurance (or renters insurance.) Get your rings appraised at your jeweler and call your insurance company to add the value. You may be asked to provide photos and will be asked to submit the appraisal. While it would be terrible to loose your rings, it would be even worse to loose them and have to buy them again! Getting insurance on your rings will be good peace of mind.

These ring beauties were from two of our brides this Fall 2013 and photographed by the uber talented Landon Jacob Productions. Did we miss any tips? Share them here or on our Facebook page!