Coastal Chic Palmetto Bluff Wedding

Spencer Special Events adored working with Lee & Brian along with their darling family and talented hand-picked vendors for their sweet summer affair at the charming Palmetto Bluff Resort located in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina.

The love of the Low Country for the Dougherty’s began over 40 years ago when Lee’s mother began vacationing on Hilton Head Island. After Lee was born it continued to be a much-anticipated family trip. Lee re-introduced Brian to the island several years ago and he immediately shared in Lee’s love of this special place. It only seemed fitting that their wedding would take place in a place so close to her and her families’ hearts. After searching high and low throughout the Low Country, Lee and Brian felt at home at the Auberge Resort’s Palmetto Bluff and thrilled to share their vows with their closest family and friends in the Waterside Chapel. Complete with “Oh, Happy Day” performed joyfully by the Voices of El Shaddai gospel choir to celebrate the newlyweds.

This Coastal Chic venue was truly our inspiration in the design and details. Lee and Brian wanted a timeless, classic, and memorable wedding weekend for their guests with divine cuisine, fine wines, and a great band! The couple’s love for their family and friends was clear throughout the planning process, arrival of each and every guest to this destination wedding weekend, down to the fond farewell to conclude an amazing wedding day!

Photographer: Landon Jacob | Venue:  The Inn @ Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort  | Planning: Amanda Spencer, Spencer Special Events | Florist: Branches | Wedding Dress : Nardos Imam Couture Designer of Stanley Korshak | Invites:  Dauphine Press from The Writing Horse, Tyler, TX | Hair: Hautelocks provided by Spencer Special Events | Makeup: SKINZIN | Ceremony Music (Choir): Voices of El Shaddai | Reception Band: Anita, EastCoast Entertainment | Rentals: Snyder Events Rentals | Linen: la tavola | Transportation: Old Savannah Tours | Cake: Minette Rushing, Savannah Custom Cakes

08.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards



Pippin Hill Farm, the award winning winery venue announces its Winter Wedding package, a comprehensive, high value package customized for the winter bride. It encompasses the essential elements, logistics and services of planning a winter wedding including a partnership with Easton Events. The seasoned experts on The Hill have designed a complete package to create your spectacular Winter Wonderland Wedding.

We’ve always thought that there was something truly magical and romantic about weddings at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The upcoming winter months in Virginia make for amazing scenery for your wedding, and the vast vineyards are punctuated by snow covered mountaintops and brisk starry nights. If you’re looking for a truly magnificent yet welcoming location for your wedding, Pippin Hill provides the perfect backdrop for a warm and memorable gathering in one of America’s most beautiful wedding venues. The farm is a modern event space yet has a timeless quality that creates a rustic and organic feel throughout.

Plan your winter wedding with Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards during these cold months and enjoy a warm setting among roaring fires, seasonal cider, and romantic lighting throughout the farm. And don’t worry about your guests being uncomfortable in the cold, Pippin Hill has set up heated event areas for you and your guests to gather. While your friends and family enjoy the beautiful scenery, they will delight in all local cuisine from Pippin Hill Artisan Catering, and each event space is truly unique and has a gorgeous panoramic view of the mountains and vineyards.  Pippin Hill Farm is also prepared to help you with day-of wedding coordination with Easton Events, one of the country’s most celebrated wedding planning companies.

Pippin Hill provides the space, materials, service, and wedding essentials to make planning easy while still allowing you to make your winter wedding truly original!

Photography: Elisa B & Eric Kelley | Wedding Planner: Easton Events

08.12.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Tucked Braided Bun Hairstyles for Long Hair

Amanda Paige sent us this simple tutorial for a braided side bun. Take a look at the easy steps she provided us. She couldn’t have made it any easier to recreate this elegant and organic style for your wedding day!



– Cricket Amped Up Tease Brush
– Clear Hair Tie
– Bobby Pins

Step by Step

1. Tease your hair at the crown to create some volume.
2. Create a braid angled to one side of your head, and then secure with a small clear rubber band.
3. Roll the braid up, going under.
4. Then, tuck the braid slightly under the hair that is not braided and start to pin with bobby pins to secure.
5. Finish pinning until it feels secure.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Styling: Joy Thigpen | Hair and Makeup: Amanda Paige

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08.08.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Wildflower Aisle Wedding Ideas


Honey of a Thousand Flowers sent us this gorgeous floral box aisle runner DIY. You can easily re-create the organic style that Sarah created by following the instructions below. Have fun!

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Supplies to build boxes for a floral aisle
-3 Fence slats per five foot box you want to make. We used cedar and they cost just under $1 per slat.
-miter or table saw to cut the wood, screwdriver, screws
-stain, brushes
-Thick plastic drop cloth
-floral foam

How to make the flower boxes
1.Cut each wooden slat to 5 feet in length
2. Assemble three boards into a trough shape by fastening them with screws every foot or so.
3. Cut the leftover ends into squares that are the same size as the open ends on the box, fasten them with screws.
4. Stain boxes and let dry.
5. Lay drop cloth plastic in boxes so that it covers the bottom and goes up the edges. I double them up so that there are two layers.
6. Insert bricks of soaked floral foam into the box end to end so that they are fairly snug.
7.Trim back any foam that is over the top of the boxes and trim off any excess plastic or tuck it down.

How to build the Wildlfower Aisle
1-2. Start filling the box with greenery that is full and will cover a lot of the foam
3-4. Fill the box with the next layer of flowers, some medium height flowers and greenery to fill the box, then the taller focal flowers last. At the very end I inserted some light grasses for some finishing texture.

Photography: Leo Patrone | Flowers and Styling: Honey of Thousand Flowers

08.07.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured