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Lauren & Colin

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oh, do we have a fun post this week! One of our favorite parts of this "job" is becoming friends with the brides we work with, and developing lasting friendships with the sweet couples and their families. This is the case again with our darling May 2015 bride and groom, Lauren and Colin, who could not be any more adorable and such a pleasure to work with. We are so excited to share photos from their fabulous New York City engagement session by the exceptionally talented, Virgil Bunao and their love story, which also brings us back to why we do this for a living!

Meet our super cute couple, Lauren and Colin!

Lauren and Colin met while Lauren was interning at J.P.Morgan before her senior year at Washington & Lee University. Colin had just graduated from Princeton and moved to New York when the couple was introduced by a mutual friend. They started dating officially after Lauren moved to NYC full time. After dating for five years, they enrolled at Columbia Business School together and were engaged last October on a "random Wednesday" after class. It was extremely unexpected!

After celebrating with champagne, Lauren called her best friend (and Matron of Honor) Becky, who sent her straight to voice mail. Lauren called her mom who replied "that's great honey, but Dad and I are on our way to dinner, I will call you after." What she didn't know was that Mom, Dad and Becky were in on the surprise. Colin had planned a special dinner at Landmarc nearby their apartment. When they arrived, Becky, her husband, Lauren's parents, and Colin's best friend, Dave, and his fiancé were all there to celebrate! They kept the night going after that with champagne and cocktails at Stone Rose Lounge with a few of their closest friends. What a fun engagement story for a "random” Wednesday night!

For the engagement session, the Charleston-based photographer, Virgil Bunao, flew up to New York City where Lauren and Colin reside. Lauren wanted to get a mix of photos from uptown (where they live together now) as well as downtown.

They started the day off in Central Park, close to home, and then worked their way downtown. Lauren and Colin made sure to stop at their favorite brunch spot in the West Village, Extra Virgin, to take a few pictures before heading out to a friend’s rooftop apartment. They then made their way to the meatpacking district, where the couple danced the night away when they first started dating!

Perhaps Lauren put it best when she said how impressed she was with Virgil's photographic eye and his ability to "take harsh city lighting and hardscapes and make them seem soft and inviting." Just take a peek at these stunning photos!

To see even more of this incredible day-long engagement shoot in the Big Apple, visit this site! A HUGE THANK YOU to Virgil Bunao and Lauren and Colin for allowing us to share this with the Spencer Special Events audience!

We can't wait until May 2015, we know this is going to be one special wedding and gorgeous bride and groom!

Dana & Jeff

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We had the incredible opportunity to design and plan Dana and Jeff's Hilton Head Island wedding that took place at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa, this past April. It was a large wedding with over 300 guests in attendance. Spencer Special Events ensured not only every detail was perfect and it looked fantastic, but collaborated with the wonderful staff at The Westin to make sure the food and service were flawless as well. The wedding went off without a hitch and over 300 guests went home raving about this one! A clean ballroom design with navy, cream, ivory, green and a touch of gold dominated, this classic wedding  and is being featured on Brides.com very soon!

Today we are sharing just some of our favorite photos by the exceptionally talented wedding photographer, Shawna Herring! She was a delight to work with and captured the day just perfectly. (We had a hard time choosing between the 1400+ plus photos shared!)

After a beautiful ceremony underneath their custom crafted Chuppah, it was time for a cocktail hour complete with raw bar, various action stations, sushi platters and a martini bar in the Oceanfront Pavilion at The Westin. Beautiful ice sculptures were abundant. We especially loved the Hilton Head light house and vodka luge martini bar!

A custom installation of Spanish Moss, succulents, greenery and flowers served as a unique way to the escort cards.

After cocktails and appetizers, it was time to open the grand ballroom doors inside! There were over 25 tables and designed to all look unique. Guest were seated according to their escort cards, beautifully displayed at the cocktail hour. A mix of low arrangements, tall glass hurricanes with candles, gold mercury votive candles, and large custom designed orchid trees graced the table tops, all designed by the extremely talented, A Floral Affair.

The couple chose a 5 tiered, white cake by Minette Rushing, Custom Cakes with hundreds of beautiful handmade sugar flowers. A master mind a flavor and decoration, guests raved about this delicious cake by Minette. (They always do!)

Dana, Jeff and their guests danced well into the night on their custom monogram dance floor to the great sounds of the Heather Hayes Band. Heather and band sure kept the dance floor a rocking!

A big thank you to all the talented people (listed below) that made this wedding possible and a huge congrats to our Spencer Special Events couple, Dana & Jeff. We wish you all the happiness in the world. Thank you for being so wonderful to work with! 

Venue:  The Westin Hilton Head Island. Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes, Minette Rushing. Groom's Cake: Great American Cookie. Florist: A Floral Affair. Hair for Bridal Party: All About Me. Reception Entertainment: Encore. The Heather Hayes Band. Ceremony Entertainment: Alyssa Jae Trio. After Party DJ and Ceremony AV: JLK Events. Custom Dance Floor Artwork: Hilton Head Signs. Photographer: Shawna Herring. Videographer: Hart to Heart. Ice Bar and Luge: Ice Age Ice Sculptures. Design and Planning by Spencer Special Events.

Custom Wedding Fabric and Drapery

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What makes a luxury wedding? Of course there are many things but one item at the top of our list is beautiful draping, high end table linens and custom fabrics throughout. We sat down with the leader in custom linens, Shay Vitale at Party Tables, to hear all about the latest trends and bring her expertise to our brides and readers. Now, this was a fun one!

Over the last two years, the wedding industry has seen a plethora of weddings with natural, organic colors and fabrics. Burlap, linen, champagne, blush, cream and gold have dominated and they've been absolutely stunning. As brides plan their 2015 weddings, Party Tables and Spencer Special Events are seeing a few new and exciting trends to share!

These trends are actually variations of classics (aren't all trends?!) and we are happy to see these reappear. According to Shay, you'll be seeing:

  1. Apple green and pear 
  2. Abstract prints
  3. Vintage palms (for coastal, classic weddings)
  4. Plum purple
  5. Modern damask

Apple green, pear, and plum purple are colors that have been less featured over the last few years. Damask has always been popular, but this modern take on a classic is one that couple's are loving! The vintage palms breath coastal chic and add a fun flair to any Lowcountry event.

What is more fabulous than these trends (or new classics) is the quality of the linens and fabrics that Party Tables uses. They pull in fabrics from India to China, straight to the mill, and bring it to their warehouse. They manufacture and launder in house, providing total quality control. They stock wonderful rich fabrics but customers can also go outside the inventory and order the fabric that is exactly what they want. They'll also custom make the table linens to be exactly the size you need. To really give your tables that custom look!

Custom draping, another service that Party Tables provides and that Spencer Special Events often recommends, is a design element that really adds to your space. Whether you choose to drape a a few beams or the entire ballroom or tent, draping makes a space uniquely yours and truly softens any venue. We've had dozens of brides over the last few years do custom draping, a few great ones come to mind like these.

The above wedding at Colleton River Plantation was a tent draped in beautiful fabrics and thousands (really! thousands!) of ruffles that resembled flowers all created in organza fabric. The couple wanted a beautiful, trendy design that was uniquely theirs. They certainly got it!

"In the past," says Shay, "it was about what you should do and following etiquette, but these days, it's more about the bride and groom, who they are, and what they really want. Making something that's unique that reflects the bride and groom is what we do!"

We are excited about what's ahead in wedding design and can't wait to see our upcoming projects with Party Tables! It's going to be a gorgeous fall, y'all!