Divine Details

Wedding Weekend Wardrobe

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On your wedding weekend, YOU are the star of the show. With all that attention and photos we know that brides put a lot of pressure on themselves to look their very best.  We consulted with our favorite local Bluffton boutique, Gigi's, to get ideas for a bride's wedding weekend wardrobe in the Lowcountry. We wanted effortless, timeless, stylish, and comfy looks to keep brides feeling confident. Boutique co-owner and dear friend, Emily, put together a few fabulous head-to-toe ensembles for wedding eve, day of getting ready, and brunch that we just love!

From a bold and graphic look that makes a fashion statement, an understated, soft and romantic look, to a golden glam look, Emily shared these three ideas for brides for their rehearsal dinner and/or welcome party!

On the day of your wedding, it's important to feel comfortable but also look good for all those "getting ready" photos. Emily chose a pink and white chevron long shirt and simple black leggings. The shirt has a lot of buttons to leave a very wide opening at the head. The shirt has plenty of buttons to make sure you don't mess up your do and flawless make-up!

The Sunday brunch is often a time where brides add a bit more color and spunk to their attire. We love Emily's bright and cheery choices AND how she is keeping it Coastal Chic with each look.


Of course, if your event is an oyster roast or bluegrass BBQ, you will want to chose clothes that are a bit more relaxed and appropriate, but Gigi's can help you there, too! They have darling clothes and a fabulous staff ready to help you feel your best! We could seriously play for hours in their store and adore their accessories along with their one of kind gifts, for all those fashionable in your life!

Local to Bluffton, South Carolina or in town on a planning visit for your wedding? Make sure to stop into Gigi's on Calhoun Street and shop for your wedding weekend wardrobe. Be sure to tell them the Spencer Special Events girls sent ya!

Elizabeth & RJ

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wow! Do we have a treat for you today! We are thrilled to share all the beautiful details Elizabeth and RJ's spectacular November 2013 wedding.

Elizabeth and RJ were married on the picturesque 18th lawn of Harbour Town Golf Links course, adjacent to the iconic lighthouse located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Their reception was held in the Champions Ball Room at the world-class Sea Pines Resort. With rustic, fall touches mixed into county club glam with a hint of nautical twist, this wedding was truly unique. Spencer Special Events worked closely with our talented vendor friends to create a one-of-a-kind lighting focal point for the dance floor, a simply gorgeous arbor under which the couple shared their wedding vows, coordinated a menu with a wide array of mouth watering food stations from around the world, and ensured every detail was picture perfect. We were so honored to work with Elizabeth, RJ, and their family, all of whom could not have been more genuine and special to us. Here is a look at all of the divine details, photographed by the talented Landon Jacob.

What an incredible wedding that we were so honored to be a part of! Thank you Elizabeth and RJ for choosing Spencer Special Events and all of our vendor friends who helped make it a spectacular weekend!

Florist: Flowers by Freshcuts, Ceremony: 18th Lawn. Harbour Town Golf Links, Sea Pines Resort. Ceremony Music: Hilton Head Entertainment (Phyllis Mauney Trio).  Choir: Voices of El Shaddai. Reception: Champions Ballroom, Sea Pines Resort. Cake: Sea Pines Resort.  Hair and Makeup: All About Me.  Invitations and Paper Goods: Studio R. Reception Entertainment: Deas Guyz.  Linens: Party Tables.   Rentals (farm tables & chairs): : Amazing Event Rentals.  Lighting: Technical Event Company.  Draping: Meeting Dynamics. Photographer: Landon Jacob.  Event Planning:  Spencer Special Events 

Custom Designed Wedding Invitations

Spencer Special Events - Saturday, February 08, 2014

Ahhhhh....paper. It's truly one of our favorite wedding details! From the save the date to the invitation to the place card setting to the menu -- as well as the unexpected and nontraditional paper details, we just swoon for them all. Over the past several years, we've had the privilege to work with the exceptionally talented Emily McCarthy to create custom, dream wedding invitations and paper details for our Spencer Special Events brides. You won't find any of these at your local stationery shop or online, from start to finish they are completely unique to match the style, vision, and personality of the betrothed.

Emily McCarthy is a brand and paper stylist who designed for the retailer Swoozie's, started a line of stationery called Twist, and recently launched her online store (EmilyMcCarthy.com.) According to Emily, the most important thing in designing custom wedding invitations is to stay true to your style and wedding vision. She works with each bride and groom to make them perfect and Spencer Special Events will help you through every step of that process!

Take a peek at a couple of our favorites from Fall...

Stephen and Vicki's invitation was absolutely gorgeous and a real treat for the guest invited to their fall soiree! The rich color palette, beautiful Lowcountry details, and letterpress features were just stunning.

Here is a quick glance at Kara and Justin's May 2013 wedding. The paper details were exquisite! (We cannot wait to share their complete wedding soon here on our blog. It has been chosen to be featured by Inside Weddings (eek!))

As you can see from napkins, menus, place cards, programs, save the dates, response cards, and invitations, each piece coordinates beautifully in one cohesive suite. We love seeing every time what Emily and her team comes up with next -- no two weddings are alike, which is exactly why we recommend Emily McCarthy to our discerning brides who want that completely custom look for all their wedding details.

We would love to hear if you love wedding paper details as much as we do. Share your thoughts here or on our Facebook page.


Katelyn and Evan Engagement Portraits by Joy Marie

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, February 04, 2014

What happens when you have a stunning Julliard-trained Ballerina, handsome fella, dynamite chemistry, and an acclaimed celebrity wedding photographer? One smoking hot, creative engagement photo shoot!

Such is the case when our Spencer Special Events Spring 2014 bride and groom, Katelyn and Evan, worked with celebrity Los Angeles based destination wedding photographer, Joy Marie. Today we are sharing their gorgeous engagement session and tips straight from Joy Marie herself.

Newly engaged? Take note of Joy's tips for a successful engagement photo session!

"An engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer, and get some beautiful images of you and your fiancé when you’re not in your wedding dress and tux. Let's be honest, you can only have so many wedding pictures on your walls. As a photographer, it's really important to me that my couples stay true to who they are, and that their personalities come out in the pictures.

You see all kinds of trends with engagement shoots, but if you’re not the couple that normally has a picnic in the middle of some overgrown grass, then it's probably not the theme you want to choose for your shoot. Not every engagement shoot needs to have a "theme,” but sometimes incorporating something that's important or personal to you into your shoot makes it a little more special. Like in the case of Evan & Katelyn, she was a Julliard-trained Ballerina for many years, so this was something they wanted to incorporate into their shoot. For you and your fiancé it may be your dog, your favorite swanky hotel or the place where you first met.

Just remember to have fun! It sounds simple, but the best photos come from the couples who are naturally enjoying their time together and loving on each other. Laugh, flirt, be sexy...relax and enjoy each other. We get the best photos when you least expect it!"

We are beyond thrilled to be working with such an amazing couple planning their destination wedding and working with this fantastic photographer.   Here's to Evan and Katelyn's journey!