Charlotte Wedding Planner | Nadia + Myron's Engagement Session

{SHE} met with Nadia and totally hit it off! So many commonalities and similar interests that we've been having too much fun at all of our planning sessions together!! Can't wait for the wedding!! Nadia + Myron's love story started in an accounting class going into their junior year at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC--their hometown. They started with simple conversations in class and later ran into each other at a party, shared a dance, and sparks flew! Fast-forward 15 years later, with two gorgeous children, and a journey that allowed them to fully mature and blossom their careers, friendship, and relationship! They are saying iDo at the beautiful Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC this October. Nadia's favorite things about Myron are that he is an amazing father and holds her accountable. He keeps her honest and true to who she is; he loves her for her, flaws and all. Myron can't stop gushing about Nadia's beauty, kind heart, love of family, nurturing spirit, and confidence. She drives him outside of his comfort zone to try new things. {SHE} always recommends at least two looks for your engagement session. The soon-to-be Kiels got fancy and then charmingly chic to hit the streets of their hometown for their engagement session. Nadia D. Photography's eye + use of light is incredible! She captured their love perfectly-simply stunning! 

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Photographer: Nadia D. Photography
Hair: Dedra Hines of Amaka's International Hair + Spa
Makeup: Brittani Hines of Flawless Smooch
Bride's First Look: Dress-Alexia Maria; Shoes-Aldo
Bride's Second Look: Dress-Ted Baker; Shoes-Jimmy Choo
Groom's First Look: Suit-Banana Republic; Shirt-Hugo Boss; Shoes-Cole Hann
Groom's Second Look: Sweater + Jeans: J Crew; Shoes-Johnston + Murphy
 

Pittsburgh Event Planner | Sienna's 1st Birthday Luau

If there is one thing {SHE} loves -- it's keeping it in the family! Recently we posted an ultra fab 60th surprise birthday party for Roberta + now we have the pleasure to feature her granddaughter's incredible 1st birthday luau.  The family's backyard provided the perfect setting to create a tropical paradise + it didn't hurt that the weather was literally picture-perfect!  Guests initially learned of this fantastic celebration with a one-of-a-kind invitation -- a gold foil tube containing colorful stationery + a Hawaii lei, which they were asked to wear on the birthday girl's day.  Upon arriving at the party, they were greeted by Polynesian dancers amongst a 15' tall balloon arch with "Aloha" on top.  The family's gazebo was converted to a 4-sided tiki hut bar with the cutest grass skirt stools.  The dessert table was far from simplistic which was comprised of a grass-covered table with not one, not two, but three birthday cakes -- because every fantastic one-year-old, like Sienna, needs 3 cakes! Behind delicately hung coconut cups with florals spilling over + gold painted pineapples.  The kiddos didn't go home empty-handed -- the favors were an array of colorful sand buckets filled to the brim with flip flops, fluorescent zinc sticks, sunglasses, flip-flop straws + a custom cookie. And as if that wasn't enough -- the day was topped off with Polynesian dancers perform with dances and song. Skysight Photography + Post Script Productions did such an unbelievable job, allowing all of us to commemorate the day!

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Photography: Skysight Photography
Videography: Post Script Films
Floral Design: City Stems
Stationery Design: Loree Mayer Designs
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Rentals: Prop Shop
Cake Design + Desserts: Bella Christie
Entertainment: Tuika's Polynesian Island Magic

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Pittsburgh Event Planner | Roberta's Stylishly 60th Surprise Birthday Celebration

{SHE} has had the pleasure of knowing Roberta for several years and she has always been admired for her sweet personality, warm heart, love for family, + of course her impeccable taste. So when we were asked to plan her surprise 60th birthday party, we knew this definitely needed to be a stylish celebration to match the guest of honor.  Hotel Monaco's rooftop space + Rialto Suite provided the absolute perfect backdrop for this soiree.  With a trendy yet elegant color palette of blush, ivory, rose gold + taupe, the space was decked out with ultra chic linens, lounge furniture, custom pillows, jaw-dropping floral designs + the focal point -- two 9' boxwood walls with a photo montage of Roberta + her favorite people in rose gold frames. Because the details didn't stop just there (because duh -- we are #detailsnobs) guests could reminisce of commemorative events that occurred the year Roberta was born on ivory + rose gold foil cocktail on napkins + enjoy a lengthy list of what made the birthday girl just so so so special on customized acrylic signage.  Also, knowing that coffee flavored ice cream was one of her favorite desserts, it was a no-brainer to serve it in delicate coffee cups made out of chocolate! About 60 (how appropriate!) of her closest family + friends patiently awaited Roberta's arrival, who thought she was simply attending a work event for her son-in-law, Simon.  As she gracefully walked through the doors, thinking nothing of it, she was overwhelmed with wonderful emotion as everyone shouted "Surprise!" Love engulfed the chic space throughout the entire night with tears of happiness, big smiles + loads of laughter.  Skysight Photography images captured every deed + every moment beautifully!

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Venue: Hotel Monaco
Photography: Skysight Photography
Floral Design: City Stems
Stationery Design: Papered Wonders
Branded Decor: Ten 23 Designs
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: Marbella Event Furniture + Decor
Cake Design + Desserts: Vanilla Pastry Studio

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Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Samantha + Jeff

If there is one thing that {SHE} loves, it's when a bride knows what she wants + dares to be different.  Samantha knew she wanted something non-traditional yet special + unique to she and her hubby-to-be. Samantha + Jeff elected to have an extremely intimate wedding ceremony amongst 10 immediate family members in their backyard. It was quaint, warm + beyond special. The pair then headed to the Pittsburgh Opera, the venue they chose because of its industrial chic vibe. It was pertinent to the couple that their celebration abandoned many of the standard "wedding elements" but rather had open-concept seating with a mixture of farm tables coupled with metal galvanized chairs, lounge furniture, and ultra clean-line cocktail tables + barstools.  Above the two lounge vignettes that anchored the space were brush brash industrial chandeliers to create an inviting ambiance for their family + friends to eat, drink + be merry! With a myriad of food stations + mini desserts along with the laid-back room layout truly promoted that mix-and-mingle atmosphere that Samantha + Jeff longed for! As guests departed, they were asked to take home a mini pie -- one of the couple's favorite sweets + a fantastic late night snack! Aaron Varga Photography captured the night with perfection!

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Opera
Catering: big Burrito
Photography: Aaron Varga Photography
Floral Design: Hens + Chicks Floral Design
Stationery Design: Taylor + Hov
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasion Party Rental, Marbella Event Rental + Elegant Chair Cover Designs
Cake Design: Bella Christie
Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair + Makeup: Beauty Justified

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Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Katie + Tony

Katie + Tony's wedding was a stunner and off the charts with branding, customization, + details! Actually, the entire weekend was beyond fabulous! The wonderful parents of the bride hosted their guests three days with beautiful events; we can't wait to share those pre + post functions but back to the wedding! Inspiration began with the bride's love of jewel tones, art, and her lotus ring design. In the words of the bride, "sometimes, as is often the case, nature is capable of depicting the beauty of love, marriage, and life in one small object. The lotus flower grows in shallow, muddy water and blooms beautifully each day towards the sky before sinking below the surface as night falls, to re-bloom again the next day. This peaceful daily rebirth has inspired artists for centuries and is the prominent motif in Katie’s engagement ring and wedding celebration." Throughout the design, we used variations of the lotus literally everywhere--from the monogram to the paper goods to the girls' getting ready sweatshirts to real lotus flowers floating on each table to the cake design to the picture by number guest book to the custom 35 foot gold laser cut wall behind the dance floor. The ballroom was a show stopper boasting a unique combination of rich color, gold metallic, art nouveau flair, sparkle, texture, flowers, and candles. There really are no words to describe the insane amount of design + detail captured beautifully by Michael Will Photography!

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary of the Mount Church
Reception Venue: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Photography: Michael Will Photography
Videography: Yamean Studios
Floral Design: Mocha Rose Floral Design
Stationery Design: Loree Mayer Design
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasion Party Rental
Rentals: Marbella Event Furntiure
Cake Design: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Entertainment: Three Rivers Entertainment
Gown: Miss Hayley Paige
Hairpiece: Vintage Grace Boutique
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Tuxe: Samuel Barron Clothiers
Hair + Makeup: Beauty Justified

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