Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Marcia + David

Marcia + David’s wedding was the sweetest way to end {SHE}’s 2018 season. Not only was their wedding in Hershey Pennsylvania, home of the famous Hershey kiss, but their celebration lasted two days + brought us into 2019. Their ceremony was a romantic dream with floor to ceiling draping + a gorgeous platform stage + chuppah. After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a long cocktail reception where they listened to the sounds of The Sterling Strings, a four string group from New York.

The next day, New Years Eve, was when the real party took place. Guests were transported to the Hershey Country Club for a moving cocktail reception. Not sure what a moving cocktail reception is, let {SHE} explain. The party starts in one room with food + beverage stations, then after awhile a door is opened to another two rooms where there is even more food + beverages. After a few speeches + a lot of delicious food, guests traveled to the final room where there was a massive dance floor, a balcony to watch fireworks, an amazing assortment of custom desserts + two DJ’s to keep guests dancing all night long. It was a party to remember + {SHE} was so happy to create this amazing celebration for our sweet couple Marcia + David.

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events

Ceremony Venue: The Hotel Hershey

Cocktail Venue: The Hotel Hershey

Reception Venue: The Hershey Country Club

Cocktail Caterer: The Hotel Hershey

Reception Caterer: The Hershey Country Club

Photography: Mecca Gamble Photography

Videography: Yamean Studios

Floral Design: Hens + Chicks

Stationary Design: Loree Mayer Designs

Linens: Mosaic

Rentals: Bubble NYC Event Furnishings

Draping: Quest

Lighting: Klock Productions

Aisle Runner: Shout

Ceremony Music: Yonda Spradley

String Quartet: Sterling Strings

Saxophonist: Henry Young

DJ 1: GQ

DJ 2: Aktive

Desserts: Bella Christie and Lil Z's

Cigar Lounge: The Traveling Tobacconist

Transportation: Premiere

Bridal Gowns: Daniel Thompson Bridals

Custom Suit: Our Story, Damari Savile

Hair: Downstreet Salon

Makeup 1: Makeup by Bo

Makeup 2: Jankail Sherri


Live Inspired + Celebrate Stylishly



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

Live inspired + celebrate stylishly!

Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Ginger + Drew

Something classic will never ever go out of style. Residing in and planning from New York City for their black tie wedding back in Pittsburgh {the bride's hometown}, Ginger + Drew's big day was effortlessly elegant + timeless. This pair were a joy to work with and had such kind spirits. They were very hands on in the planning along with the very sweet mother-of-the bride. Including personal elements in their day was very important to them. Our favorite details were the heirloom family veil that Ginger wore, the couple married at the same church Ginger's parents married, the "Big Apple" favors, the small pops of red, hearts, and arrows for their wedding month of February, the king table that anchored the infamous Duquesne Club main dining room, and the needlepoint table numbers made by the women in her family that went perfectly with their hand-illustrated branding from their New York based stationery designer. Not to mention ordering pizza as a late night snack for the reception from a local pizza shop because they met on a blind date at a pizza shop. We just adored working with this couple and their families! And even more elated when their wedding was published in The Knot Magazine because the stunning images captured by Boston-based photographers Studio Atticus are oh-so-worthy! 

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Ceremony Venue: Shadyside Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: The Duquesne Club
Photography: Studio Atticus
Floral Design: My Garden Floral
Stationery Design: Foxy + Winston
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasion Party Rental
Cake Design + Favors: Vanilla Pastry Studio
Entertainment: The Elite Show Band
Gown: Monique Lhullier
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair: Andrew Leo Hair
Makeup: Kelly Bartlett

Live inspired + celebrate stylishly!

Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Alyssa + Rodger

{SHE} recalls one of the first meetings with our bride Alyssa + her mom. When asked, "What is your vision for overall wedding style?" Alyssa promptly answered "modern Audrey Hepburn". With that vivid imagery, the planning was full-steam ahead with decor encompassing a boxwood head table backdrop, spiral topiaries Swiss dotted linens, and a room layout that mimicked an enchanted floral garden. The couple loved the elegance and formality of the Omni William Penn Grand Ballroom but wanted to make sure it maintained the lightness and joy of their high summer wedding date. With a color palette of pinks, corals, greens + yellows, it was a no-brainer when Alyssa came across floral printed bridesmaid dresses that incorporated all of those colors + pulled everything together. One of the most special surprises of the couple's special day was their custom-made 10-foot high playhouse from which the dessert offerings were featured. Alyssa's father built her a playhouse when she was young, which sparked him to start a business that continues to this day Lilliput Children's Playhouses. For the wedding the bride's father and his gracious employees crafted a custom bistro-inspired playhouse complete with built-in arched display shelving, faux ornamental iron railings, lighted lamp posts, and custom signage that matched our wedding monogram and let the guests know that “Rodger and Alyssa’s Sweet Shoppe” was open for business! To quote the wedding inspiration, Ms. Audrey Hepburn, "The one thing in life to hold onto is one another..." Alyssa + Rodger undoubtedly decided to do that in stylish perfection!

Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Parish
Reception Venue: Omni William Penn
Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography
Videography: Post Script Productions
Floral Design: Mocha Rose Floral Design
Stationery Design: More than Words Fine Papers
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental + Marbella Event Rental
Cake Design + Desserts: Bella Christie
Lighting: Encore
Entertainment: Elite Show Band
Gown: Vera Wang
Makeup: Beauty Justified
Hair: Hair by Briana

Pittsburgh Wedding Planner | Evanee + Jim

And the award goes to....Evanee + Jim! Our Taylor Swift lovin', doctor-by-day, dreaming of Hollywood by night bride had a very specific vision and {SHE} brought New Hollywood glam to the Steel City. Every single detail was intentional and seriously came together like one of your favorite love films that puts you in tears by the time the credits are rolling. Their wedding was a movie-literally! The Buchners started their love story with a styled video save-the-date trailer that was a modern day spin on how they met and later was premiered as the introduction for their grand entrance at the reception. It included a new edit and real time moment from the actual wedding day because Sho Films is that amazing! The wow factor and drama did not stop there. From Evanee's gorgeous illusion and lace gown hidden with a full skirt for a jaw dropping change out that surprised everyone (groom included) to the 100 foot red carpet entrance with paparazzi to capture guests entering to the gold edged cake defying gravity from a crystal chandelier to the red carpet floral runner cascading from the king table to the thousands of bold red roses against muted tones to the aerialists performing throughout the evening--the Buchners gave their guests an award winning evening of not just eye candy + design but insane fun! Ann Louise Photography was the perfect fit to capture all of the glam and Sho Films could not have cut their love story any better! {SHE} will never stop gushing over the Buchners. They won! 

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Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary
Caterer: Fairmont Pittsburgh
Photography: Ann Louise Photography
Videography: Sho Films
Floral Design: Mocha Rose Floral Design
Stationery Design: Loree Mayer Design
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental + Marbella Event Rental
Cake Design: Frosted Envy
Lighting: PSAV
Entertainment: Anthony Molinaro
Gown: Steven Yearick from Anne Gregory for the Bride
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair + Makeup: Roma Salon