South Carolina Brides have that extra special sauce. It’s a mix of classic tradition and good old Southern sass. And when it is translated into a wedding day with the help of Spencer Special Events + Fresh Cuts, it makes for an affair infused with that same special sauce. a.k.a wedding magic as seen through the lens of Nate Henderson. See even more right here.
From the Bride…While Ryan and I had both grew up in New England, Bluffton, South Carolina had become a special place to us after visiting Ryan’s parents’ winter home there for the past few years. We were both excited with what a southern destination wedding at Belfair had to offer our guests–especially as a way to welcome spring after a long winter! The warm sunny weather, lush lawns, arching oaks and Spanish moss set the tone for our perfect day. Amanda, together with my mother, sister and I worked as a team on an complete weekend vision, and Spencer Events, Belfair, Fresh Cuts, and all our vendors executed the details perfectly. We had an amazing weekend surrounded by our family and friends that we will never forget. A big thank you to my parents who helped tremendously in the planning and execution, Nate Henderson who captured the day so well and my husband Ryan for all his love and support.
From Spencer Special Events…After long contemplation and search for the perfect destination for their wedding weekend celebration, Sarah and Ryan decided on Bluffton, South Carolina to host their joyous occasion. And this coastal location was reflected throughout their ceremony, reception, and details in addition to some of their personal touches and flair. The ceremony took place at Bluffton United Methodist Church located on Calhoun Street in historic Bluffton, where they were thrilled about capturing some images along the May River immediately following the ceremony. The guests enjoyed the Voice of El Shaddai, a Gullah Choir well known in the area for their soul, spirit, and hymns. The bride’s cousin read a sampling from Sarah’s maternal great-grandmother’s book, Tomboy Bride, about the preparations from her wedding day, which she described as “the greatest of many blessings.”
The bride and groom were transported from the ceremony to the reception in a 1960 Rolls Royce complete with European wedding ribbons. A pit stop was a must for the newlyweds on the famous Avenue of Oaks located in Belfair Plantation. Guests enjoyed nibbles and cocktails on the back lawn of Belfair Clubhouse, where Cape Codder cocktails were butler passed as folks enjoyed a game or two of cornhole, custom made sporting the bride and groom’s colleges. Since a golf course (Ryan LOVES to golf) was host to this detail filled event, Sarah and Ryan used the club’s leader board for guests to find their table assignments vs. a more traditional escort card. The bride’s love for bread served as place cards for the guests finished with a sprig of rosemary, not to mention a tasty treat once guests found their natural chivari chair.
Spring was definitely another theme carried throughout the wedding, the centerpieces were filled w/ aromatic spring flowers, blooming branches, and local influence greenery all favorites to the bride and mother of the bride! Before guests filled the dance floor to party with the band Groovetown they were treated with a surprise firework show! And immediately greeted with the scrumptious cake of Minette Rushing’s Custom Cakes and gourmet coffee station. Before guests departed they were given favors reflecting the Sweet and Salty treats hand picked by the bride and groom. The stationary suite and day of printing materials were custom designed by the talented Swiss Cottage designs and inspired by the couple’s choice in china pattern.
Photography: Nate Henderson | Floral Design: Fresh Cuts | Event Design + Planning: Amanda Spencer, Spencer Special Events | Ceremony Location: Bluffton United Methodist Church | Reception Location: Belfair Plantation | Invitations: Swiss Cottage Design | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Dress: Vera Wang