Full of plaid, woodsy, rustic decor, and an amazing hot chocolate bar, this baby shower was amazing! Our Coordinator, Natasha Learn, brought in fresh winter greenery, birch logs and faux-fur to create the ultimate, warm and inviting winter baby shower theme for this mom-to-be. The baby shower was hosted at the New Castle Country Club and they also provided the freshly cooked breakfast buffet that was simply delicious. From a fresh made omelet station to the best crispy breakfast potatoes, the food was spectacular. For games and prizes, Natasha decided the guests would enjoy “Name That Baby” the guests answered the baby name for each animal listed. Along with this game, she created a “Marshmallow Guess Game” for the guests to guess the number of marshmallows in the jar, the person with the closest guess won a prize. For favors, plaid onesie, bear and monogram cookies baked by Little Lovies Cookies were at each place setting. Not only were the cookies adorable – they were tasty! This shower was exactly what the expecting mama wanted and beyond perfect for the time of year.
The Knot, the one-stop wedding planning solution for brides with a national magazine and website, has selected Hello Productions to plan its upcoming networking event, taking place in Pittsburgh in June. Their Cocktails & Connections Networking Event serves as a thank you party for all of the event professionals they work with as well as an opportunity for Pittsburgh’s finest in the event industry to network and exchange ideas with one another.
A sexy red, black and white décor will transport attendees back in time to an evening in the 1920s (think: The Great Gatsby), when a speakeasy was the place to be. Hello Productions will be handling the planning for this event, but we couldn’t do it without the help of the fabulous vendors who are offering their products and services as well.
On this evening in June, the Mansion at Maple Heights will be the setting for the event. The Mansion at Maple Heights, located in Shadyside, is a renovated turn-of-the-century residence, originally built in the early 1900s. It houses a bed and breakfast and several beautiful spaces perfect for a wedding or event. Stained glass windows, hardwood floors and a grand master staircase all add to the ambiance of this space.
Guests will mingle amongst one another and “characters,” including flapper girls, while sipping the signature cocktail, “The Flapper,” provided by Clique Vodka. Those with a palate for wine can enjoy a tasting in the Study of the mansion provided by Engine House 25 Wines.
La Crème will be providing bite-sized hors d’oeuvres and several food stations set up around the space. All Occasions will be providing the rentals, including furniture to create a lounge atmosphere, and the linens, adding color to each room, will be provided by Mosaic. Bill Chisnell will be providing floral arrangements, lamps and some additional décor to really bring the theme to life.
In addition to the lighting, Wenning Entertainment will be providing music to keep the crowd entertained throughout the evening and Lee Terbosic will be entrancing guests with his strolling magician act.
To end the night on a sweet note, Vanilla Pastry will be providing bite-sized desserts to be served by the flapper girls.
Visit our Press & Raves page to read the full press release and check back for more event details and photos!
Feel Like a Movie Star on Your Wedding Day May 7, 2011
We’re excited to announce Syncopated Pictures, a collaboration of the very talented Randi Voss, Nicki Dembski, and Christina Montemurro. Syncopated Pictures is introducing Pittsburgh brides and grooms to wedding cinematography, a new type of wedding film that we think deserves attention!
Instead of your traditional wedding video that recaps the day, Syncopated Pictures’ features are short, story-based movies that put all the focus on the couple – the true stars of the day!
For those who want to capture their memories without feeling like they’re actors are on a set, these cinematographers know how important it is to stay in the background without missing a moment.
Visit their website, www.syncopatedpictures.com, for more information and to see their portfolio.
In the mood for a love story? Syncopated Pictures captured Kayt and Harry’s wedding, which Hello Productions helped plan, and turned their story into this sweet production: http://syncopatedpictures.com/2011/04/kayt-and-harrys-wedding-cinema.
For help with booking Syncopated Pictures, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello Productions’ Couple Featured in WHIRL April Issue April 7, 2011
After a whirlwind engagement, Amy and Ron were married at Tara—A Country Inn, located in Clark, Pa. The venue may have been less than two hours from the city, but they felt worlds away, which made their wedding day with family and friends feel like a mini-vacation.
Wedding Date: September 10, 2011
Location: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
1. How did you meet?
We met in Fairview Beach, VA in 2005 over Memorial Day weekend. I was visiting friends and Dave, who was living in Northern Virginia at the time, was in town visiting his parents. My friends and I had gone out to a place called Tim’s Rivershore that Friday evening and Dave was there with his friends. After hearing me quote a line from one of my favorite movies, Tombstone (which happens to be one of his favorites, as well), he “bumped” into me. We chatted for a while and made plans to go kayaking the next day. However, after a few more drinks we lost each other in the crowd that night.
My cell phone battery was dying so I turned if off the next day thinking he wasn’t going to call and went out for the day. That evening my friends and I went out to a different bar and the first person I saw when I walked in was Dave. He told me he’d tried to call me to go kayaking, but kept getting my voicemail. A group of us built a bonfire on the beach later that night and he and I talked for most of the evening. When Dave called the next day to go to lunch, I answered my phone. We’ve been dating ever since.
2. How did he propose?
It was a 70 degree day in November so Dave suggested we take advantage of the warm weather and spend Saturday afternoon having some food and drinks on Redbeard’s patio. (Redbeard’s was the first place I took Dave on his initial visit to Pittsburgh when we first started dating.) As we were riding the incline to Mount Washington he suggested we stop at the overlook. However, when we got to the overlook it was overly crowed and I just kept walking to Redbeard’s instead of dealing with the crowd. Unbeknownst to me, Dave was fumbling to pull the ring out his pocket as I kept walking.
A few drinks later, he tried (unsuccessfully) to get me to go out the other overlook, again. By this time, he had made up his mind that this day was not meant to be the day to ask me to marry him. About 20 minutes later we started talking about my aging grandma and if we were going to get married we’d have to do it sooner than later. Dave swears that the next words out of my mouth were “Well, you better hurry up and buy a ring. My gram isn’t getting any younger.” His response was along the lines of “Kim, I have a ring in my pocket and I’ve been trying to ask you all day. You keep ruining every opportunity I’ve had.” To which I still didn’t believe him until he finally pulled the ring out of his pocket and showed it to me. I don’t think I even said yes. I just grabbed it and put it on my finger.
3. What is the thing that has surprised you the most while planning your wedding?
I’ve been a bridesmaid 13 times so I’d like to think I’m pretty well-versed as to what goes into a wedding. However, being the bride this time around, the devil definitely is in the details and many of the smaller aspects of my friends’ weddings that were once lost on me are becoming more apparent. I can now understand why brides feel overwhelmed.
4. What is the one thing you are most looking forward to on your wedding day?
We’re looking most forward to saying our vows to each other and becoming husband and wife. We’re also very excited to spend the weekend with our friends and family and celebrate all of the moments that make the memories.
5. What is the one thing you are most nervous about on your wedding day?
Dave’s a bit nervous to be in front of the crowd. I’m more concerned about spilling something on my dress. (White clothing is typically not my friend).
6. What made you hire a wedding planner?
I work 60 hours/week and do not have time to plan a wedding. Furthermore, I had absolutely no idea where to start as far as researching, locating, and interviewing potential vendors.
7. Has it been helpful to have a wedding planner?
Ashley has made the process, to this point, almost too easy. It literally has been virtually stress-free. From recognizing the type of wedding we wanted, setting up meetings with vendors that fit our personalities, and offering advice and recommendations when we’ve got the deer in the headlights look, she has been an essential part of our day. I would highly recommend hiring a wedding planner, if not for your own sanity, but for the others around you.
To book Hello Productions for your big day, please contact us at email@example.com!
Look no further than LiLoLa Designs!
In case you missed our March newsletter (and if you did, sign up here), we sat down with Lauren Norris, owner of LiLoLa Designs. Her company specializes in invitation design, but she’s willing to cater to any personal or business designing needs. We asked her things that every bride should know before starting the invitation process.
1. Tell me a little about you and your business.
I started doing wedding invitations back in 2005 – and my sister was my first client! I did everything for her wedding, from start to finish, and it turned out to be a great invitation package. After that first one, it just took off from there. I received my B.S. in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh back in 2004, and have lived and worked in Pittsburgh ever since.
2. How far in advance do you recommend meeting with the bride?
Nine months to a year in advance once they have their date and venue set.
3. Would you say most brides send out save-the-dates nowadays or skip them?
Today, the save-the-date is one of the most important pieces. So many couples have out-of-town guests, and having hotel and transportation information to your guests nine months in advance is very beneficial for their travel planning.
4. Do you have any tips for brides on a budget who still want beautiful invitations?
If you’re on a limited budget, there are still creative ways to have elegant invitations. One suggestion I would have is to look into colored or textured paper, with black and white ink. Black and white printing is less expensive than color printing, and you’re able to keep a color element involved. You can also add colored or textured envelopes for an additional touch.
5. Have you seen any new trends for save-the-dates and invitations recently?
The square-shaped card is becoming more popular, and I’ve also seen custom made boxes for invitations with fabric overlays. Both are very elegant looks that set the tone for your event.
6. Anything else you want us to share with our brides and readers?
The stationery pieces for your wedding are so important. Carrying your color scheme and personal style through each event (Save-the-Date, Shower Invitations, Wedding Invitations, Thank You Cards, Place Cards, etc.) looks so nice, and you end up having a great set of keepsakes from your wedding day!
For help with booking LiLoLa Designs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year in a row, Hello Productions is excited to announce it will be planning the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum’s Annual Gala and 100th Anniversary Wrap Up Event in October 2011.
This past October marked the 100th anniversary of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. The Cannon Ball Centennial Celebration, which was organized by Pittsburgh event planning company Hello Productions, kicked off the anniversary event. After a successful year of festivities celebrating a century of honoring veterans and the museum’s vision for the future, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum has contracted Hello Productions to plan its gala for the conclusion of the anniversary year.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 14, 2011, and will feature performances from local theater groups and dance groups, brought together for a “Military Follies” production. Groups are still being accepted and interested parties are asked to contact Ashley at Hello Productions at 412-298-7333. Planning will continue throughout the year and more information will become available in the upcoming months.
For more information on Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, please contact Marjorie Henderson at 412-621-4253 ext. 207. For more information pertaining directly to this release or Hello Productions, please contact Ashley Moss at 412-298-7333.
Candy Buffets Make a Sweet Impression February 15, 2011
Want to make a sweet impression on your guests at your wedding? Why not have a candy buffet? Guests will have lots of fun picking out their favorite candy and edible favors are always a hit!
You can create a display that really makes a statement and save money by buying the candy in bulk. Consider doing candy and desserts that match the colors of your wedding or having a theme to your candy buffet, such as delicious Pittsburgh treats!
Here are two local vendors that can really sweeten your big day.
Pretzel Crazy offers delicious pretzel treats for all types of events, celebrations and holidays. They start with a 4″ fresh baked pretzel rod and cover it with all kinds of toppings, such as creamy caramel, milk chocolate, white chocolate, various nuts, cookies, candies and more!
Pretzel Crazy can provide individually wrapped pretzels as favors or you can have Pretzel Crazy decorate trays of pretzels for your dessert table. Pretzel Crazy even makes bride and groom pretzels – one in a wedding dress and one in a tux!
For more information, contact: Sheri Powell at 412-526-1300 or email@example.com.
Sweetendipity, which is a part of Chairendipity (and soon to have its own website: http://www.sweetendipity.com!), can help with everything, from ordering candy and sweets in your colors to handling the set up and take down of the whole candy buffet.
In addition to matching the buffet tablescape to your wedding or event colors, Sweetendipity will also help you with the sweets, containers, scoops and take away bags.
For more information, contact Jenn Russell at (412) 377-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help with booking one of the listed vendors, please contact us at email@example.com or visit www.helloproductions.com.
Hello Pittsburgh! Meet our new blog. February 4, 2011
Welcome to the new Hello Productions Blog!
Check back weekly for tips, tricks and topics from the Hello Productions Staff – expert wedding and event planners in Pittsburgh. You’ll find venue and vendor spotlights, the behind-the-scenes scoop at some of our fabulous events, real weddings and plenty more!
Originating in Los Angeles, CA, Hello Productions started as a side business and has grown into a top event and wedding planning resource, producing several celebrity events, charity events, weddings, corporate events, promotional events, private shindigs and more!
Hello Productions, now located in Pittsburgh, PA, is under the new ownership of Ashley Moss. Ashley joined Hello Productions as Event Director almost two years ago, and is now excited to fully take over the business. Everything will remain the same and Ashley looks forward to adding more talented coordinators to the Hello team to share their expertise in floral design, hair and makeup, and other aspects of event and wedding coordination.
We have creative ideas that will personalize your event no matter the occasion. Hello strives to do extensive research to find little touches needed to make you stand out from any other Pittsburgh event or wedding. We also offer marketing and public relations services.
Visit us at www.helloproductions.com to learn more about us!