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Upcoming Hello Event: A Glamorous City Wedding March 9, 2014

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Kaitlin and Bob are in the midst of planning their elegant downtown wedding. Scheduled for May 2014, this special couple will dance the night away at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Cream, gold, blush and sparkle, this is the wedding event to remember.

 

A big thanks to Hello Productions’ Wedding Planner Natasha for giving us a peek at their wedding in the works as Kaitlin and Bob lead up to the big day!

 

Photo credit clockwise from top: Joey Kennedy, Joey Kennedy, Hello Productions, Hello Productions.

Photo credit clockwise from top: Joey Kennedy, Joey Kennedy, Hello Productions, Hello Productions.

Kaitlin and Bob want to create a magical experience for their friends and family. From the custom invitations designed with Nota Bene stationery to the lighting features directed by Luxe Lighting & Atmospheres, the wedding reception will be one for the books.

 

Kaitlin and Bob selected two separate but cohesive looks for their cocktail hour and reception. Once the I Do’s are announced and guests arrive for cocktails, they will be greeted by rich hues of gold and pink, textured fabric, and lounge areas to relax. As cocktail hour concludes, french doors will open to the grand ballroom where guests will find themselves floating through an angelic paradise of roses, sparkle, and candlelight. It will be an evening filled with love and romance … and surprises!

 

Stay tuned for more details to come!

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Road Trip! Traveling the USA to Discover Wedding Trends for 2014 March 5, 2014

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We wanted to see what was trending in different cities and we weren’t disappointed! Not only do different cities have different wedding trends for 2014, but we love all of them! Here are some of our favorites.

 
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New England: Infused Champagne and Cocktails

We love the trend of infused cocktails and champagne, like this Champagne, Elderflower and Lavender Cocktail spotlighted on Southern New England Weddings’ blog, complete with a homemade lavendar simple syrup.

 
 
 
 
 
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Pittsburgh: Making an Entrance

We love the Shadow Grand Entrance by PartyTime Productions, a Pittsburgh-based entertainment company, as mentioned in this month’s WHIRL. A romantic kiss behind a curtain is a unique way to share a couple’s love story and kick start the reception. This entertainment group can come up with all types of creative ideas for your wedding.

 
 
 
 
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Virginia: Dress to Impress

While these backless wedding dresses may be a bit nontraditional for some, there are plenty of ways to be elegant and classy in a backless wedding dress. Beads, lace, and sheer fabric can create the illusion of a backless dress while staying elegant and appropriate for any venue.

 
 
 
 
 
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Florida: Rustic Charm

Down south, we’re still seeing a lot of rustic wedding trends, including elaborate centerpieces with branches and lanterns. This Enchanted Forrest Wedding provides plenty of inspiration. Mason jars haven’t gone out of style just yet, and are being used for all types of things, including custom cocktails, centerpieces, favors and chandeliers.

 
 
 
 
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Chicago: Custom Song

Have you ever wished your life had a soundtrack? Well, your wedding can! Music By Nate (www.musicbynate.com), based in Chicago, works for three months to write a custom score for your wedding. You will even get a CD after the event as a keepsake!

 
 
 
 
 
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St. Louis: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are making a comeback. Mexico and Jamaica may be the two top destinations for St. Louis couples, but other Caribbean destinations aren’t far behind. With airfare becoming more affordable, destination weddings are no longer limited to just small, family affairs.

 
 
 
 
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Oklahoma: Stylish Rides

You don’t have to be in the Midwest to arrive and exit your wedding in style. Here are a few stylish transportation ideas from The Brides of Oklahoma Blog.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Texas: English Elegance

Old English elegance is a hot trend for Texas brides in 2014. They are bringing British flair to their special day with high teas, garden twists on vintage themes, corduroy suits for the groom, a parasol for the bride, and plaid accents.

 
 
 
 
 
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Seattle: Sparkles

The bride always sparkles on her wedding day, but in Seattle, everything else will sparkle too in 2014. Brides aren’t shying away from the bling and we think it’s just fabulous!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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California: Family-Style

A wedding is all about family (and friends), right? So why not sit and serve food family-style, like this Ojai Ranch wedding. Not only does it allow a lot of different people to sit together and get to know each other, it brings a more intimate feeling to the dinner party of the reception. Read some of the pros and cons of sitting family style on the Engaged & Inspired Blog.

 
 
 
 
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Arizona: Mint Magic

We love Arizon Central’s mint obsession for the 2014 wedding season – whether it’s in the form of bridesmaid dresses, flower arrangements, invitations or your pedicure!

 
 
 
 
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The Knot has a few more trends for 2014, including all-night weddings, phone charging stations and bright colors. Read the whole list here: The Knot’s Hottest Wedding Trends.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do you agree with these trends for 2014? Are there any that were left out? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Real Life Experiences of a Hello Productions’ Intern: Planning a Mardi Gras Party! March 4, 2014

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Mardi Gras is one of the most universal holidays around the world. Traditions vary from country to country, but whether in New Orleans or Brazil, The Netherlands or Italy, the focus remains on the celebration of living. At the heart of it all lies the original French slogan: Laissez les bons temps rouler, or Let the good times roll!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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When planning your Mardi Gras party this year, try giving a nod to the origin of the holiday with rustic, French accents. Serve an array of cheeses and breads with fresh figs or blackberries, adding hints of deep purple hues to your spread. For your plate settings, lace a succulent blossom with twine as a napkin holder for a delicate, fresh touch.

 
 

 
 
 
 

Cutting out the centers of artichokes and placing a solid white pillar candle in the middle creates a unique centerpiece, but still incorporates the classic Mardi Gras colors of green, purple, and gold. For a little bit of glam, sprinkle your drinks with edible gold flecks, and place a small, edible flower to float on top. Find your favorite recipe and serve a traditional King’s Cake as dessert.

 
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Purple and gold rose leaf miniature lanterns will create a charming and delicate glow to the room. Small bundles of clipped peacock feathers add soft, glamorous accents to your décor, whether you go with the usual emerald or with the gorgeous cream of bleached peacock feathers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Wooden masks, whether simple or ornate, can grace the walls or the room, or even be displayed as part of the table décor for a magical touch. As for your tablescape, use a tablecloth with a pattern of gold, purple or green to draw the eye, and among your centerpiece, candles, and plates, strew some delicate roped beads around the surface.

 
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For your party invitations, a lacy, gold mask cut-out celebrates the tradition of the Mardi Gras mask and can be wrapped around a simple card or envelope. If you’re feeling fancy, add the top of a peacock feather to front.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Be sure to not let your guests go home empty handed! Small jars of infused sugar are adorable and simple to make. With twine, tie a sprig of French lavender, or dried lemon or lime slices to the outside with twine for your final touch of Mardi Gras hues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Haley graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with degrees in English and Musical Theatre. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Chatham University.

 

Through various philanthropic events with her sorority, she gained experience in the areas of event planning and marketing, and plans to explore this interest further as assistant to Event Coordinator, Natasha Brody.

 

Her favorite aspect of the wedding planning process is seeing all of the personal details come together to create a unique event that truly expresses the personality of the couple, and ceremoniously celebrates the beginning of their life together with meaning and individuality. Favorite wedding themes and details include vintage style, romantic rustic elements, and seasonal touches.