Divine Details

Meet Annie!

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

As we've said before, Spencer Special Events is comprised of a team of individuals and a strong team at that. Today we'd like you to meet our darling Annie who has been with us for over 4 years assisting plan, but mostly help execute, dozens of our weddings.  Annie brings a sparkle to any wedding day. Brides and their maids love her calming energy and grooms love her wit and charm.  She just seems to put everyone at ease.  We sat down with her to hear about her favorite parts of a wedding day and about what's in store for this 2014 USC Graduate. 

How did you get interested in wedding planning & coordination? I think it's something I have always been drawn to. I vividly remember being a flower girl when I was 3 and the whole wedding being so beautiful and exciting!  I reached out to Amanda the summer before heading off to college, asking if she needed any help so I could gain some experience and to see if wedding planning was something I enjoyed. Thankfully the timing was right and I met her and Lindsay at Starbucks (loved them right away) and then I started working that summer and on breaks. 

What do you like about working with brides/grooms on their wedding day? I love the emotions of the Bride and Groom on their wedding day. It is great to see how excited and happy the bride and groom are to start their new life together. Usually the Groom is anxious to see his Bride and wants to make sure everything is perfect. I like seeing the Bride being surrounded by her family and friends as they get ready and share memories. It is a very sentimental time and I love to be part of their big day!

What's your favorite part of the wedding? I love it all! I love how beautiful weddings are. I love the decor aspect and how you can customize each wedding to really reflect the couples style. I love seeing all of the guests and family come together to celebrate. Weddings are filled with happiness and working weddings is very rewarding and a constant reminder of how special life is.

Here she is with some friends upon graduation. Aren't they adorable? 

After graduation this Winter, Annie is off to New Zealand and Australia for 2 months! (Ah! We are so envious!)  She's incredibly grateful for the opportunity and very enthusiastic about exploring.  When she returns, we are excited to have her back to help coordinate our spring affairs! 

Congratulations Annie, We love you!! 

Amsale Bridal Gowns

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

When Amanda had the opportunity to go to Engage!14, the wedding industry's leading luxury event summit, this summer at Bachelor Gulch she embraced it fully!  Meeting world renowned event planners and designers, venue coordinators, photographers, bloggers, press and celebrities -- all at the top of the wedding industry -- was beyond an incredible opportunity. Though there were many connections made that were profound, perhaps one of the most memorable was meeting C. O’Neill Brown,Chief Executive Officer for Amsale-- one of the world's leading couture designers. Amanda sat next to him during one of the insightful sessions and thoroughly enjoyed his perspective on the wedding industry! Today we are featuring everything Amsale because we love it!

These incredible designs are sold at specialty bridal shops all over the country, Amsale stores and of course, the Madison Avenue Flag Ship store in New York (where one of our brides recently found her dream gown and raved over the luxury service!)

We wanted to share a sneak preview of the 2015 Amsale Collection Gowns and a few of our favs! Aren’t they divine?

In a variety of silhouettes, fabrics and details, each gown is completely unique and each offers a bride something so special. Simply gorgeous! 

So Thankful!

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Oh goodness, this is my absolute favorite time of year for many reasons! I love spending all of the extra time with my family and reflecting on the year. Not to mention preparing and planning for the next exciting year ahead. I am so thankful for my clients (who are like new family members!)  that trust me to lead them on this joyous journey of planning, my amazing team that is the key to our success, and my creative partners that are such a dream to work with and help us make wedding dreams come true!

I thank god daily for a fabulous family. Such a blessed lady I am to have these sweet fellas in my life and truly make it all worthwhile. Their big hugs and silly smiles melt every small worry away!

My entire family that supports Case and I to allow us to serve those we were meant to serve. And my dear friends that help make me a better person and giggle on a daily basis. Thank y'all from the bottom of my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this holiday season with you and yours! 


Children's Miracle Network Torch Relay

Spencer Special Events - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hard to believe another year has gone by and the annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Torch Relay is on it's way here to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The 5K walk/run takes place at The Marriott Surf Watch Resort on Monday, October 27th, and will raise thousands of dollars for sick children in need with the generous support of our community. And hopefully you!

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat over 17 million children annually, regardless of their condition or ability to pay. They treat 98% of children in need of transplants and 88% of children with cancer. Reading children's stories on their website is enough to make you put on those shoes and pull out those wallets! (Just read Emma's Journey here.) It's unfathomable to think of our own children having to endure sickness and can't imagine what sick children go through. Anything we can do to support CMN still doesn't seem like enough! We think the organization is incredible and love putting on our walking shoes with friends to support the organization. Will you join us?

We do need your help! If you are local, we would love for you to join our team and walk or run with us! If you aren't local, we could also use your support by making a donation to our team. Just click here to donate! We truly appreciate your help in achieving our Spencer Special Events team goal of raising $1,000!  Together we can do it.

Learn more by visiting this website.  Thank you for your help!

Kathryn & Mike Engagement Session

Spencer Special Events - Monday, November 17, 2014

Oh my heavens!! We couldn't be more excited to share these gorgeous photos from our super cute couple, Kathryn & Mike's engagement session and their sweet story with our readers. Kathryn and Mike are just the most adorable couple and their May 2015 wedding at The Sea Pines Resort is going to be beautiful. We are so excited for February when they come to town for their tasting, design, hair and makeup trial, marriage license appointment and more wedding planning fun!

All the hard decisions have been made so Kathryn really feels like they are in the middle of all the "fun" stuff. And they are! They decided to get married on Hilton Head Island because Mike had been vacationing here since he was little, and it’s where he took Kathryn here for her first time. She fell in love with the island and they fell in love with each other so it's such a fitting place to get married. Their wedding ceremony is going to be on the 18th Lawn of the Harbour Town Links Golf Course, followed by cocktails on the lawn and reception in the stunning Champions Ballroom. We CANNOT wait.

We love hearing about our couples love stories, so we asked how Kathryn & Mike met. Here's the answer, in the bride's words (could she be any cuter!?!)

Mike and I remember seeing each other at Alive After 5, a social event during the spring/summers in Uptown Charlotte, almost an exact year before we actually met. He was standing with a mutual friend and I tried to find out who he was, but never could get an answer. A year later, we saw each other again in the elevator of our apartment building (I had just moved in) and I immediately remembered him from the time I saw him in April of 2010.  In May of 2011, my work team and I went to the Wells Fargo Golf Tournament with one of our vendors, Signature Consultants (Mike's company). He asked his co-worker about me and I asked my boss who used to work with Mike, about him! We were introduced and of course, I had to pretend to have no idea that I already knew that he lives in my building. Unfortunately, I had to leave with my work team, but was pleasantly surprised by a Facebook invite from you know who. Mike then realized we had a mutual friend and they setup a barbecue for all of us to hangout. The rest is history!

Then we had to ask their engagement story, too! Here's what Kathryn had to say:

Mike intended to propose at the Wells Fargo Golf Tournament where we first met 3 years ago, but in conversation a few weeks before the tournament, my desire to never get engaged in a public place came up randomly so he had to revise his grand plan. He decided that he would propose the weekend after the tournament on Friday night when boating over to one of our favorite Lake Normanrestaurants (where he had a boat and the site of our engagement session). Well, that plan didn't work either because it started raining right after work and continued into Saturday.

Third time’s the charm - it would need to be during the day on Sunday. Mike woke up early to play golf up at the lake. I thought it was strange that he came back to Charlotte to pick me up after golf because I would usually just meet him at the dock. He was being really sweet to me on this Sunday morning, opened the car door for me, went into the grocery store to get a few of my favorite things, stating that we would need snacks because we would be on the boat all day. This isn't entirely unusual for Mike so I didn't think much of it. We arrived at the dock and it was a gorgeous sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. I was sitting in the front of the boat when Mike stopped in the middle of the lake. He walked up to the front to sit beside me and started telling me how much he loves me, that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me while I'm saying, "I know babe, I love you, too...." thinking in my head, why is he being so overly nice? He then got down on one knee and I have to admit, I laughed because I thought he was joking, but quickly realized that it was the real thing! After that I have no idea what he said, I immediately started hugging him and crying. He now knows why I didn't want to get engaged in public, I was a mess! We then proceeded to call our family and friends until both of our phones died and it was just us to enjoy our day on the lake! We boated over to another one of our favorite Lake Norman restaurants to have champagne and lunch. We literally could not stop smiling. It was the best day of our lives, so far!

 Is it May 2015 yet?! We adore working with this couple and their sweet families and cannot wait for their wedding weekend!!

A big thank you to Ashley Seawell Photography for these gorgeous shots! We love that they went back to the spot of their engagement!! 

Lauren and Josh Wedding

Spencer Special Events - Friday, October 31, 2014

Our darling couple, Lauren and Josh, were married in August at The Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It was a day filled with love for each other and their family and a rocking party we'll never forget. Today we are here to show you all the beautiful photos by the ever-so-talented Landon Jacob Productions, and all the pretty little details of this beachy, casually-elegant wedding. Perfection!

We loved the bridesmaids' light blue dresses, eye-popping orange, pink and white flowers adorned with sea shells by the fabulous Freshcut Flower gals, the yummy welcome bag (complete with champagne!) that fit with the theme of the wedding, the elegant paper details, couple's monogram designed by our dear friend Emily McCarthy, the sand ceremony that incorporated their darling son, the sand dollar escort cards, and incredible beachy cake by the one and only Minette Rushing. (We could go on!) This was one beautiful beach wedding, folks! We couldn't be happier for the wonderful couple, Lauren and Josh and their precious family.  Here's a glimpse back on the day!

A huge thank you to a huge team of vendor friends that made this wonderful day possible!

Children's Miracle Network Torch Relay (Event Recap)

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We wanted to take a few minutes and give a huge "thank you" to everyone who was able to support The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Torch Relay on Monday! The Spencer Special Events Team had a great turn out with our staff and friends. We were able to raise several hundreds of dollars and enjoyed a fun and adventure filled afternoon that included our kiddos! We were so proud of Case Spencer, who represented the The Marriott's Surf Watch Resort proudly, kicked off the race with enthusiasm and thanked the long list of participating sponsors and folks who made the event possible! Griffin and Russ stood proudly watching their daddy, too! Here's a quick photo recap of this action packed afternoon for a fantastic cause. Thank you all for your support!

We hope you can join us next year! Thank you again for all the support!

Rachael & Jeff

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What a treat do we have for you today! In case you missed the post on Style Me Pretty, we are here today to share all the beautiful (and we mean, truly beautiful!) details of Rachael and Jeff's Colleton River Plantation wedding in May. It was such an honor to be featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty and even more of an honor to work with this sweet couple. Their love is so evident and this wedding was truly all about them and celebrating that love with their families.

With an Avante-Garde fashion forward dress and BoHo Chic dresses and halos for the bridesmaids, the styling on this wedding was perfection. The duo was married in the charming United Methodist Church where they always wanted to marry. The Voices of El Shaddai Gullah Choir rejoiced in "Oh Happy Day" immediately following the ceremony. We couldn't get enough of the gorgeous florals by A Floral Affair.

At Colleton River, custom made bars were crafted and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served on the lawn with soft seating. Inside, a dramatic escort card display was created with guest names hanging from a chandelier wrapped in flowers. For dinner, Chef Robert Wysong at Colleton River Plantation created impeccable dishes with local grouper, Mediterranean roasted chicken and filet of beef. Minette Rushing of Savannah Custom Cakes created the most splendid cake gilded in gold and guests danced the night away with East Coast Entertainment's top band. The entire day was filled with an incredible team of vendor friends that made this beautiful wedding possible. Here's a photo recap!

Meet Lindsay Daly!

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Over the last few years, Spencer Special Events has grown tremendously and what a fun ride it has been! We are so fortunate to have an extensive team that makes all of our amazing events possible. With three event coordinators, our PR/Social Media gal, between 3-5 day-of assistants and of course, Case Spencer who's our jack-of-all trades, Spencer Special Events is more than just one person show. We're comprised of a group of individuals that together makes the Spencer Special Events family. Today we're highlighting one person in particular-- meet the darling, Lindsay Daly!

Lindsay started with Spencer Special Events over four years ago and now is responsible for designing and planning many of our smaller, more intimate events. This is particularly exciting for all those brides that realize during the planning process they need a little help on their wedding day! Lindsay's incredibly trustworthy, creative, detail oriented an absolute doll to work with. She's more than experienced, too.

Lindsay grew up mostly in Connecticut and after graduating Vanderbilt University, she worked at JCrew in their corporate office in NYC. Her roles included keeping an eye on fashion and style trends, as well as budgeting and placing orders in a very faced paced environment. She had to be creative, good with balancing finances, and very detail oriented. (Translates so nicely to wedding planning, doesn't it?!)

Her passion for weddings dates back to a young, single girl in her early twenties where she kept a secret stash of wedding magazines. (Ssshh! Don't tell.) For Lindsay, event planning encompasses so many of the things she loves! Lindsay majored in Art History in college, loves interior design and all things beautiful. For each wedding, Spencer Special Events is helping couples design a unique and personal ceremony and reception space -- it's right up Lindsay's alley and reflects her passions!

Linsday absolutely LOVES getting to know the couples she works with. Since every couple is so different, she finds it so much fun getting to know them and their style for their dream wedding. Lindsay always finds it  interesting to see the songs they pick." I feel like that tells a lot about them!" she says. "We’ve had everything from very traditional, to all songs from Disney Movies, even had a flash mob dance at a rehearsal dinner!" Whether it’s as the bride is walking down the aisle or if they have chosen to do a first look – Lindsay's favorite thing is always when the groom sees the bride for the first time!

When she's not planning weddings, you can find Lindsay hanging out with her goofy great dane, Georgia, where the two love to stroll on the beach. She loves hitting the pool with a great book and frequents Lowcountry Back Yard (one of her favorite restaurants) and other yummy local eateries and watering holes.

 There you have it, folks! A snippet and insight to the fabulous Lindsay Daly! We hope we've given you just a little peek at our team and sparked anyone's interest in one of our limited-service packages. For inquiries, please visit here!

Katelyn & Evan

Spencer Special Events - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

If you follow any of our social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter -- you may have noticed we were over the moon excited about seeing our gorgeous (inside and out) couple, Katelyn & Evan, featured on Weddings Unveiled Magazine Blog.  (The highly popular blog is seen by hundreds of thousands of people! So cool!) Weddings Unveiled is known for featuring exceptionally beautiful weddings with fantastic photography. It's a true honor to have one of our Spencer Special Events weddings featured.

But so much more than seeing an event of ours featured in a magazine or blog are seeing the photos again. They bring back such an incredible day for us. In working with couples and their families for months and months, people become like family to us. And so, seeing Katelyn & Evan's photos allow us to reminisce about a beautiful day when two people we love got hitched! Seeing their families faces again really warmed our hearts!

With the ceremony and reception both taking place at the prestigious Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, South Carolina, Katelyn and Evan had a stunning wedding with classic finishes and details. White, cream, khaki, natural linen and touches of green and purple made up the color palate. Take a peek at some of the glorious photos (some of which you may not have seen yet on our social media!), shared to us by the exceptionally talented and pleasure to work with, Joy Marie Photo.

In case you missed Katelyn & Evan's engagement photo shoot, be sure to visit this post -- it was also really beautiful and worth the click. A HUGE thank you to all the folks we worked with on this wedding. What a talented team of friends!