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Wedding Keepsakes: Remembering the Feeling September 7, 2016


Your wedding is a big day filled with big moments! How to remember those moments can feel overwhelming, so we are here to provide some advice. Check out four ways to lock in those special moments for years to come.

First Look: Capturing the Moment

Brides have told us that one of their favorite wedding day moments is seeing their groom’s reaction for the first time. Seeing your dress and veil. Sharing an intimate kiss. Wiping away a small tear. These are perfect reasons why you should schedule your photographer during this moment. To take it one step further, hire a videographer to capture footage of both parties getting ready, then finishing with the moment of the reveal. This gives the other person an inside look at what the other did to get ready and their emotions in the process.


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Saying “I Do”: Remembering Your Wedding Vows

Your vows are the promises you are making to your partner, so having a way to remember your words is a reminder of your love for each other. Framing these vows in a beautiful script is a great way to showcase a unique part of your wedding day in your home. Thinking outside the box? Frame the actual sound byte of your “I do” and make it into a picture.


Photos from wedpics.com and swannsoirees.com


Tossing the Bouquet: Preserving Your Flowers

Your bridal bouquet is as important as your bridal gown. It’s perfectly crafted to fit your frame, style, and vibe! There are many different ways to remember the flowers that kept your day fresh – shadowboxes and bell jars are ways to preserve the actual flowers, while artistic renditions can be commissioned to capture the beauty of your bouquet.


Photos from stylemepretty.com and letsgetweddy.com


First Toast: Celebrating with Champagne

Wedding toasts are a long standing tradition, and they give friends and family a chance to express their love and wishes for the bride and groom. One way to remember the champagne toast is to use the corks in a 3D art project. You could also incorporate your guests and celebrate in the years to come by having guests sign anniversary champagne bottles! One year, five years, 10 years down the road… you can toast to the memories of your wedding day with a bottle of bubbly!


Pictures from pinterest.com and Hello Productions



Cutting-Edge Wedding Decor Trend That’s a Gem June 28, 2016

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WOW, Look at that Rock! (And No, Not the One on your Finger)

Looking for something bold yet classic? Colorful yet simple? Natural yet elegant? This new trend is on the cutting-edge of wedding decor – literally. Agates and geodes are specialty cut stones, sliced and shined to reveal their natural beauty. As it turns out, they fit right into weddings.

Here are six ways to incorporate these glamorous gems into your wedding design.

Invitations: Set the tone of your event with an agate inspired invitation! By establishing this bold style in the invitation, guests will be sure to remember this theme and take note of similar elements throughout the day.


Escort Cards and Table Numbers: Grab your gold paint pen and welcome guests with a personalized agate favor! Table numbers can be inscribed on the front or back of these escort cards to indicate seating arrangements. Color coding is also an option – encourage guests to find their seats by matching their escort “rock” to the color of their table number!


Eating and Dining: Agates can play as sweet accents when it comes to decorating dinnerware! Larger, circular stones can be used as charger plates while smaller cuts can accent napkin holders or just stand alone details.


Tasty Treats: So the agates are NOT edible, but they make any dessert sparkle! The natural pop of color adds a beautiful touch to a simple frosted cake or cupcake.


Room Decor: Desiring more drama? Hang agates from the ceiling for an “enchanted garden” look. Roll out an agate-inspired cloth as a textured table runner. Make a statement with an agate backdrop for an amazing and totally unique look!


Rings and Keepsakes: These pieces truly are timeless. Pick your favorite colors and styles to feature your rings and other keepsakes. Not only can you use them in your wedding, but they can be taken home and used as interior decorations that will forever remind you of your special day!





Our Top 5 Favorite Wedding Dress Trends of 2016 May 1, 2016

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1. Halter Necklines

We’re seeing this trend everywhere! If you’re looking for a dress that makes a statement, a halter neckline may be for you.

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2. Plunge Necklines

If the halter isn’t your style, try going the opposite direction with a plunging neckline! This neckline is another great way to stand out in the crowd with a sexy, yet elegant look.

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3. Details, details, details!

Every aspect of the wedding planning process requires attention to detail, why stop at the dress? Whether it’s lace, florals, pearls, or jewels, wedding dresses with some extra detail will keep all eyes on you!

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4. Casual Elegance

Simplicity is often the key to elegance. A non-traditional, casual wedding dress is perfect for a garden, beach, or even backyard wedding and will keep you feeling beautiful and comfortable.

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5. Touch of Color

For a bride who is looking to stray from tradition in a bold and tasteful way, wedding dresses with hints of color are a huge trend on the rise.

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Hello Celia Millard!

Spring Intern 2016


Celia Millard is a student in her junior year at the University of Pittsburgh working towards a degree in Communication & Rhetoric with a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. In hopes of pursuing a career in public relations or event planning, Celia is excited to join the Hello Productions team as the Spring 2016 intern under Natasha Brody.


In her free time, Celia explores new passions in photography and filmmaking. She enjoys capturing the beauty Pittsburgh has to offer with photos of landscapes and everyday life, and also creates candid videography of her friends and family. On the weekends, Celia likes to eat, shop, and see movies with her friends or visit her home in Harrisburg, PA to spend time with her parents, her sister Olivia, and her dogs Charlie and Annabelle.


Hello Takes The Pittsburgh Wedding Network Challenge March 6, 2016

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Recently, Natasha and Kim, two of our Hello team members, took the Whirl Pittsburgh Wedding Network Challenge in the heart of Southside Works in DeStefino Beauty Bar! They chatted with so many fun and creative vendors and got to dish on everything WEDDING — invites, flowers, chocolate, murals, photography, apparel, hair and makeup, and so much more… not to mention champagne was flowing!!


Here are a list of vendors that participated and some photos from the very talented Lavender Leigh Photography. Enjoy!


WHIRL Magazine (whirlmagazine.com)
DeStefino Beauty Bar (destefinobeautybar.com)
Diva Gone Domestic (divagonedomestic.com)
Stems By Syd (www.stemsbysyd.com)
Burgh Brides (burghbrides.com)
Lavender Leigh Photography (www.lavenderleighphotography.com)
NECK & TIE co (www.neckandtieco.com)
Mixed With Love Cake & Cookie Co. (www.mixedwithlovecc.com)
A Little Guilty (alittleguilty.com)
A519 Chocolate (www.a519chocolate.com)
PA Brew Tours (www.pghtoursandmore.net)


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5 Trendy DIY Projects for Your 2016 Wedding February 10, 2016

For the Classic: Wine Bottle Candles

Saving your wine bottles for centerpieces and décor is the trendiest DIY project of this year. The most popular use of empty wine bottles is for floral arrangements, a beautiful combination of a woman’s favorite things: wine and flowers. For 2016, we’re looking at a new trick that will add some originality and romantic ambiance to your classic wedding. Before the wedding, try to save as many wine bottles as you can (If you’re planning the wedding yourself, we’re sure you’ll have plenty!). Make sure you rinse out each bottle thoroughly, and run the label under warm water for quick and easy removal. Now all you need is some candlesticks, which you may need to cut in half, and superglue to keep the candles from falling out of the bottle. Keep the love burning!

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For the Casual: Rustic Ceremony Signs

Rustic weddings are seriously trending in 2016. Having a rustic-themed wedding is a great way to inspire romance and whimsy on a low budget. There are many easy DIY projects that will add rustic detail to your wedding. Take advantage of inexpensive materials such as wood, chalkboard, and Mason jar accents. Some of our favorite rustic accents are DIY signs. All you need are a few pieces of wood, a hammer and nails, paint, and an artistic friend with good penmanship! These signs are a great way to welcome your guests and even direct them to the venue with arrows, delicate fonts, and cute phrases. Using white paint on the signs will really make the words pop!

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For the Creative: Drop Top Guest Book

The best parts about the wedding are the memories that stay with you forever. There are many different methods to make sure you hold onto each memory from the special day for the rest of your life. The traditional guestbook is a great way to document your special guests, but if you want to get creative with your guestbook, try making a Drop Top. Each guest writes their name and message on a wooden heart and drops it in a slot at the top of the frame. This project is for the dedicated DIYers out there, the Pinterest-savvy. The best way to create the Drop Top is with a shadow frame. You’ll need to drill holes into the top of the frame to create the slot, and use a file to smooth the sides of the slot. The background of the frame can be decorated anyway you would like! You can paint it with your wedding colors, or even glue on larger hearts with the bride and groom’s names and date of the wedding. The wooden hearts can be found at your local craft store. They are available here for $3.99 per 28 pieces.

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For the Colorful: Outdoor Backdrops

For those of us who dream of a charming outdoor Spring or Summer wedding, it may be difficult to find the perfect arrangement to create your altar. What better way to embrace the (hopefully) gorgeous weather than with a hint of color behind the bride and groom as they say their vows? For those who wish to incorporate their wedding colors in a simple and tasteful way, hang some thick colored ribbon over fishing line. For more vibrancy, hang different colored flowers on fishing line to create the appearance of flowers floating in the air, or attach an array of colorful flowers to a sturdy rectangular backdrop. A unique and colorful backdrop will help make the ceremony unforgettable!


For the Children: Alternative Champagne Toasts

Offering a fun alternative to champagne for the toast is a great way to keep the young ones content on an evening typically crafted for adults. Make them feel like one of grown ups with a tasty toast made specifically for the kids! We suggest a party favorite with a twist: an elegant arrangement of milk and cookies. Putting the milk in plastic champagne cups will make the kids feel extra special. For a more traditional wedding, simple chocolate chip cookies are sure to blend in with classic décor. To complement a nontraditional wedding, add M&M’s to the cookies for some tasteful color!

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Hello Celia Millard!

Spring Intern 2016


Celia Millard is a student in her junior year at the University of Pittsburgh working towards a degree in Communication & Rhetoric with a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. In hopes of pursuing a career in public relations or event planning, Celia is excited to join the Hello Productions team as the Spring 2016 intern under Natasha Brody.


In her free time, Celia explores new passions in photography and filmmaking. She enjoys capturing the beauty Pittsburgh has to offer with photos of landscapes and everyday life, and also creates candid videography of her friends and family. On the weekends, Celia likes to eat, shop, and see movies with her friends or visit her home in Harrisburg, PA to spend time with her parents, her sister Olivia, and her dogs Charlie and Annabelle.


Fondue Fun For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day!) January 31, 2016

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Looking for an out-of-the-box valentine’s day party or date idea? We love a fondue night! Start your night off with a cheese fondue.


While there are numerous recipes you can find online and in your parents’ cookbooks, we like this one by Tyler Florence: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/cheese-fondue-recipe.html. You can pair it with pretty much anything from crackers and apples, to a variety of cut up vegetables. Make sure you cut everything into bitesize pieces. You want to make them large enough to stay on the fondue forks but easy to eat in one bite! The Kitchen Aid blog has a fondue post with another recipe and more ideas for dippers: http://blog.kitchenaid.com/do-fondue-recipe/.


If you’re planning fondue for a group of people, divide the cheese fondue into individual ramekins so each person can dip their own or provide a spoon with the fondue pot and let guests drizzle cheese over the vegetables and fruit on their plates.


If you don’t have a fondue pot, don’t fret! A slow cooker works just as well. No fondue forks? Guess what – a regular fork will feed your guests just fine! You can make your fondue night as casual or as fancy as you want.


If you decide you want to do a meat and seafood fondue for the main course, you will need a fondue pot to heat the oil to 350-375 degrees. Here is one take on making a marinade for your meat and then the steps for the oil fondue: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/filet-mignon-and-shrimp-fondue.


And for dessert, a chocolate fondue is a must! Fruit, marshmallows, pound cake and pretzels make great dippers for this easy dessert. Here is a recipe to make a delicious chocolate for your fondue: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-chocolate-fondue-recipe.html, but you can also melt semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream together in a pinch and it will still be tasty!


Have a lot of fondue left over at the end of the night? Have mason jars ready to give to your guests to share the leftovers! (Photo: http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2014/08/how-to-make-chocolate-coconut-fondue-to-go-in-minutes/)


Create Your Own: Fall Festival November 28, 2015

Christmas may seem around the corner but here at Hello Productions, we’re not yet ready to say goodbye to fall! To finish celebrating all the things we love about fall (and relax a little before the holidays), invite over your adult friends and throw a casual, chic get-together! With delightful fall flavored cocktails, a warm comfort-food menu, and fun activities, you can create a one-of-a-kind adult-only event! Here is some inspiration to get your party planning underway:


Start with the right cocktails and a little something extra 😉

Clockwise from top left:

1.) Caramel Apple Sangria (via A Night Owl)

2.) Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate (via Minimalist Baker)

3.) And… Candy Corn Jell-O Shots (via That’s So Michelle)

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Now design the right menu…

And consider having a chili cook-off! Make your signature fall or winter chili and ask guests to bring a pot of their own. Tally the votes and enjoy! Other delicious & warm menu items include (from top to bottom):

1.) Baked Mac-n-Cheese Cups with Pork Shoulder Ragu

2.) Fall Squash and Goat Cheese Dip With Garlic Toasts

3.) Sweet Potato Squares With Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise

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And for dessert…

A Candy Apple Dessert Bar! Simple, fun and delicious! All you need are a variety of apples, kabob skewers, caramel and any type of toppings you can dream of! (via laurencondrad.com)

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Now Let’s Talk Décor:

1.) I found these adorable pumpkin centerpieces (left) at the Freedom Farms Fall Festival, just outside of Pittsburgh. The combination of the rustic wood base, classic fall pumpkin and chic wild-flowers make for festive yet stylish centerpieces. This can be also be done with traditional orange pumpkins and any in-season flowers you desire.

2.) A great idea for décor and entertainment is to have an outdoor black and white movie (right). It can be a scary movie, or just a classic. Hang a white sheet or use the side of your house and scatter blankets and pillows around for people to get cozy while we are enjoying this mild weather!

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3.) Remember that chili bar we talked about earlier? Style it with a cute chalkboard, mini hay bales and mini pumpkins. Also, writing your menu on a chalkboard is a cute touch and can be reused over and over again! Find your locally made chalkboard mats Here.

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Now bring it all together with some ambiance:

Complete the cozy fall ambiance with candles that vary in size in different size and shape glass vases and use either acorns, or corn kernels.

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And when the sun goes down, let guests snuggle up with adorable blankets to keep the chill away! Blankets, candles, and candy apples, oh my! What a cozy, delicious and fun evening for you and your friends! Celebrate this great season and use this inspiration to have a fabulous fall soiree.

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Hello Taylor Smith!

Fall Intern 2015


Taylor is a Pittsburgh native who recently graduated from High Point University, in High Point, North Carolina, with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Event Management.


She discovered her love for event planning while she was the philanthropy chair for her sorority. Her favorite part about event management is watching everyone’s hard work come together to create a magical event. She is, of course, a sucker for a good love story and enjoys traveling, reading and practicing yoga.
We are so excited for Taylor to join the Hello team!