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Meet Amber Housley Weddings Newest Wedding Planner, Hilari!

I’m so pleased to welcome our newest Amber Housley Weddings team member, Hilari Schaefer (soon-to-be Williams)! Hilari has been working behind the scenes for some time now and I’m so excited to introduce her to all of you as our newest Wedding Planner. With over five years event planning experience, and a bride-to-be herself, Hilari is a perfect match for our clients with her organizational skills, can-do attitude, and enthusiasm for all things weddings. An even added bonus, Hilari was selected out of thousands of applicants for a highly coveted intern position at Martha Stewart Living in New York City last summer. Talk about a dream summer job!

I’m thrilled for our clients and industry friends to get to know Hilari. If you’d like to reach out to her directly, you may contact her at [email protected]

I’ll let you get to know her now in her interview below:


Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

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Hometown: I grew up in small town Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the most quintessentially American town you’ll ever visit. It was the most perfect place to grow up, and I love visiting – and yes, I still love the crazy winters they have! Now, I live in Nashville, and have for 6 years now, so it definitely feels like home, and the southern culture makes me want to stay forever.

Birthday: April 3, 1990. Right on my due date… what I equate to my timelines and organized nature!

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

Rachel Moore Photography

Before landing at Amber Housley: I was (and still am) working for a boutique market research firm. I love forming and maintaining client relationships, and truly enjoy learning about people, their passions, and how I can best serve them. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University, both related to human and organizational performance and leadership. I was also an intern at Martha Stewart Living, and loved every minute of my time there, surrounded by creatives all day every day sounds perfect to me! Weddings have always been a passion of mine, and I am incredibly excited and fired up about working with couples to make their day unique and unforgettable.

My favorite thing about Nashville (so far): All of the amazing restaurants! I consider myself a “foodie” and love to try new, local places for any meal of the day. I try to make it a priority to get out and enjoy all of the city has to offer, which means trying at least one new restaurant each month, which isn’t very hard to do! I also love the Southern hospitality and warm feel of the city, even making locals feel welcome!

Favorite Dessert: Is it possible to pick just one? I guess my all time favorite dessert is a tie between homemade coconut cake and out of the box Funfetti cake. There’s just something about Funfetti that get’s me every time… maybe the sprinkles?!

You’ll often find me reading: Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and all things “wedding” including my all time favorite wedding magazine, Southern Weddings. I love the heart and soul behind all of these publications and enjoy immersing myself in as much southern culture as possible. I am always learning something new about this fabulous part of the country!

My closet is full of: Lots of dresses! I love bold stripes and polka dots, as well as more simple, solid colors and patterns. To keep choosing outfits easy, my closet is organized by color, which makes getting ready in the morning a breeze!

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Last vacation: I was in Dallas this past weekend for a girls getaway with my mom, best friend, and her mom. It was so nice to relax, spend quality time together, and simply catch up. My last true “vacation” vacation was over Labor Day – my fiancé and I went to a little oceanside resort in Florida for a long weekend of rest and relaxation, and one last summer hurrah!

In my spare time: I love to bake, run, travel, and plan my own wedding – set for May 16, 2015! When life gets a little bit chaotic, I turn to my KitchenAid mixer, chocolate, and a glass of prosecco and whip up some incredibly delicious sweet treats. I don’t have much free time, but when I do, I make the most of every minute!

My motto: Make each day matter. Life is way too short, and I strive to make the most of every single day. This often means spontaneous dance parties, breakfast for dinner, time with my sweet family, and following my passions, as crazy as they sometimes are!

A few of my favorite things:

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Sprinkles on everythingFootball. Go Packers!Holidays and traditionsTraveling the worldPumpkin anything, especially in the form of breakfast 

My dream wedding includes:

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Signature Drinks | Balloons | Jenga | Heart Shaped Biscuits | Wedding Bell

As I finalize the details of my dream wedding, a consistent theme has been authenticity. Both Grant and I want our day to center around what matters most to us, our families, and our friends. We hope our guests feel celebrated, appreciated, and welcome on the most important day of our lives! In order to achieve this, my focus has been on the details… oh so many details! It’s a good thing I love lists, DIY projects, and spreadsheets, because we have so many special little things that are going to make our day awesome.

Signature drinks can set the tone for any celebration. We are choosing a “his” and “hers” drink, and both will reflect our personalities and tastes.

A party isn’t complete without balloons! We will have confetti filled balloon bouquets throughout the plantation, and I hope they make our guests smile.

I want to foster the blending of families and friends, and I think lawn games are the perfect way and will encourage a little friendly competition! My grandfather is making us a giant Jenga set, which will be so fun to use post-wedding with our own little family someday. We’ll also have horse shoes and personalized corn hole boards.

Aren’t these heart shaped biscuits adorable? My fingers are crossed that our caterer can create something just as sweet for our own biscuit bar!

Keeping with true southern tradition, I love the idea of incorporating this “ring for a kiss” bell!

Follow along with me here:

IG: @hilarischaefer

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Now Hiring: Associate Wedding Planner

We have some very exciting news! Not only did we just hire our lovely intern Rachel, but we are continuing to expand and are now hiring an Associate Wedding Planner!

Now Hiring an Associate Wedding Planner | Amber Housley Weddings


We cannot wait to add another wedding-loving smiling face to our team! To apply, please fill out our application here by October 27, 2014.

Our Ideal Associate Wedding Planner will have the following qualities:

Live in the Nashville metro area
Have reliable transportation
Have an appreciation of Southern culture
Be kind, thoughtful and gracious
Be willing to work long hours, weekends and do whatever it takes to get the job done!
Be motivated, hard-working and okay with working independently
Enjoys problem solving and learning new things
Must have positive attitude and enjoy meeting and connecting with people!
Desire to be a wedding planner without the pressure of owning your own business

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, we would love for you to apply today or send your friend the link to our application. We know that our wonderful new Associate Wedding Planner is out there, and we cannot wait to meet you!

Meet Rachel!

I’m so excited to welcome Rachel as our Fall intern for the Amber Housley Weddings team! Rachel impressed me not only with her can-do attitude, but also her knowledge and experience working in weddings through her college career. We’re thrilled for her to join us and you will see her smiling face at our local events this Fall.

I’ll let Rachel tell you a little bit about herself:


Hometown: Though I was born in Wisconsin,  I have called Fort Wayne, Indiana home for the past 20 years.

Birthday: October 26, 1991. (The third October birthday to join Amber Housley!)

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Before landing at Amber Housley: For the past four years I have been attending college at Valparaiso University, which is located in NW Indiana near Chicago. I graduated in May with my degree in Marketing and Graphic Design. While at school, I grabbed every opportunity I could to be involved in the wedding industry. I had two wonderful opportunities to work with Mercy Turner Events as an Assistant Wedding Coordinator and with Abbey Grim photography as an Assistant Photographer. I had so much fun working with Mercy and I had the chance to be in a photo shoot that she styled. Abbey Grim, formerly Abbey Meyer, is my sister-in-law and I have loved working side by side with family. I learned so much from such amazing, talented women and I am so ever grateful. (If anyone is ever looking for someone in the Valparaiso/Chicago area, you should definitely contact them because they are AMAZING!)

My favorite thing about Nashville (so far): Well considering I have only been officially living in Nashville for a few weeks, I haven’t experienced all the wonderful things Nashville has to offer and I strongly encourage any suggestions y’all might have. However, as a Midwest girl who has experienced some very cold weather, I am really going to love having actual seasons and not a 6 month long winter!

Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream (must include chocolate)!! Who doesn’t love a delightful ice cream cone on a hot summer day?!

You’ll often find me reading: The book I am currently carrying with me is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Her book Gone Girl is next on my list.

My closet is full of: From girly to edgy to classy, my closet is full of various styles. I love exploring new styles and often find myself inspired by fashion icons such as Lauren Conrad and Audrey Hepburn. Mixing modern pieces with vintage inspiration is my absolute favorite thing to do.

Last vacation: While growing up my family and I have gone camping every summer since I could remember. And I am not talking about luxury camping in large air conditioned RV’s. Camping can’t be camping without tents! This past summer we visited one of my favorite spots for the third time, Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. Lake Michigan + sand dunes + sunsets + family = summer bliss.

In my spare time: You can often find me reading my next favorite book and drinking a hot cup of coffee or tea. I love getting lost in books and reading them from cover to cover. If I don’t have my nose deep in a book, I love spending time trying out new design tricks, since I am a creative designer at heart. The possibilities of design are endless!

My motto: Authentic Inspiration. Modern Interpretation.

A few of my favorite things:






DIY furniture makeovers, braids, sweaters, gold glitter, decorative straws

My dream wedding includes:


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Most of all, I want a wedding full of God, family and friends. Although I love all the pretty details of weddings, having loved ones surround me on my wedding day is what I will cherish most.

I have imagined what my wedding day would be like since I was a little girl and I continue loving to plan out little details. Having gorgeous flowers is an essential for my wedding and I imagine myself having a garden inspiration wedding with touches of gold. As a graphic designer, I love everything printed so pretty invitations and signage are a must as well!

Since I have been a photographer at weddings, I know how awesome it is to capture such unique, beautiful moments and precious details at each wedding. Thus, having an amazing photographer will be on my list.

Lastly, I love being outdoors and having a reception under a star lit sky with hanging lights and making wonderful memories with loved ones would be a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Filming the A&E Reality TV Show “Big Smo”


It’s true. I’ve been keeping a little secret!  I was privileged to tape an episode for the A&E Reality TV show “Big Smo” earlier this year. If you’re not familiar with Big Smo, it is a reality series which follows the life of hick-hop rapper, Big Smo and airs weekly after Duck Dynasty. Big Smo and family live about an hour south of Nashville and he’s an up and coming music industry artist.

Now that the commercials have been airing on A&E, friends and family have been peppering me with lots of questions! Almost everyone said they did a double-take in seeing me on the preview for this week’s episode. The hubby and I giggled when we saw it too, and I had to pause it and take a picture of my first national tv appearance!


The Behind The Scenes…

The producers reached out to me in February (just a few weeks after Kayla was born) to see if I come and film myself as a Nashville wedding planner for Smo and Whitney’s upcoming wedding. Obviously, appearing on national tv a few weeks after I had a baby wasn’t the highest on my priority list, but being on tv was a personal bucket list item, so I figured why not? I was not familiar with Big Smo, but after meeting him and getting to know him and the full management team, I have a feeling he’s going to be big.

Despite my initial reservations, it was a great learning experience and fun! Big Smo, Whitney and family are so kind and personable. It was great getting to know them over the two days of filming. The crew of A&E were equally great. It’s amazing how many production people and work goes into the behind the scenes.

It was the real deal y’all – call times, long days, getting mic’d — which included me persuading them to let me wear my cute statement necklace even though it interfered with the mic – priorities, right?!

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Of course, I’m not sure how in the end the episode will be edited. I took a risk in participating but I believe my genuine passion for weddings, helping others, and professionalism will shine through. The show likes to infuse a lot of comedy so I have no doubt there will be some funny moments. I can’t reveal the specifics of our episode but you can expect some laughs. ;)

The episode airs this Wednesday at 9:30pm Central. Be sure and let me know what you think!

Here’s the episode description and preview:

Smitney | Season 1: Episode 6 | Premiere Date: July 16, 2014

Who says a country boy can’t have nice things? Well, Smo & Whitney’s wedding planner might — unless the couple can find a way to cut down their massive list of kinfolk invitees. Meanwhile, Alex and Haden aren’t distracting Smo from his wedding woes, they’re adding to them, as they jockey for the prized spot as Smo’s best man.

Call for Amber Housley Fall Intern!

Category: The AH Team

We are becoming busy little bees here at the Amber Housley creative studio, and have decided that it is about time that we add another wonderful lady to our team! We are officially having a call for an Amber Housley intern for the Fall of 2014!

Call for Amber Housley Fall Intern

We truly believe that an internship is the ultimate learning experience, and want to provide you with as much experience and knowledge as possible about every aspect of running a small business. You will have a variety of learning-based responsibilities, from brainstorming and writing blog posts, executing marketing campaigns, creating inspiration boards, and brainstorming ways to implement innovative ideas for the Amber Housley creative studio. There is also an opportunity for other exciting projects!

The internship will be one day a week for five hours in the Amber Housley creative studio in Mount Juliet, therefore the intern must be local to Nashville. This is an unpaid internship, but college credit will be provided if requested.

The ideal applicant for our Amber Housley Intern is:

  • In love with all things weddings and stationery design
  • Has a zest to learn
  • Is familiar with the major wedding magazines and blogs, and loves to browse them in her free time
  • Finds peace and yet also energy from being extremely organized
  • Is a natural people person
  • Has a fun yet professional writing voice that fits the tone of the Amber Housley blog
  • Loves to be crafty
  • Has an eye for styling and design
  • Has a Mac laptop with up to date Adobe and Microsoft programs installed
  • Has a strong grasp on Photoshop and Illustrator cs5 or cs6
  • Has a strong grasp on Microsoft Office
  • Is familiar with WordPress
  • Is able to commit 5 hours once a week to the internship

Does this sound like you? If so, we would love for you to apply! To do so, please fill out this form, and show as much of your personality as possible in addition to your background and skills.

We cannot wait to welcome you with a glass of sweet tea and a tray of biscuits!