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:
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!
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!
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:
My dream wedding includes:
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!
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