The Eliza Bistro – A New Gem

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Technology Drive – Specifically 329 Technology Dr., is the new home of Hotel Indigo and The Eliza Bistro. Technology Dr. parallels Second Ave. and was the home of Jones and Laughlin Steel for many years.  This site has been reclaimed by many new and exciting companies, often as part of UPMC, Pitt, and CMU.  As we watched these companies move in, we wondered how many buildings would be built before a hotel or restaurant was built.

Surprise!! It has  happened!

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Hotel Indigo is an IHA affiliated property.  In an acknowledgement to the heritage from which it rose, the style of the hotel is very neat and industrial.  Over 100 sleeping rooms are available.  It also has a courtesy shuttle available for guest use daily.

The Eliza Bistro Restaurant is a wonderful entity just off the lobby.  The restaurant was named after the J & L Eliza Blast Furnace.  There are mill-related items on display here and in the lobby.

In addition to the restaurant, there is banquet space available, with outside patios on the first floor and the  5th floor rooftop.  All of the banquet and patio space, as well as the restaurant,  can accommodate rehearsal dinners, private parties, and other functions up to   approximately 100-120 guests.

What a neat surprise……. to visit a part of my past and witness the transformation that has taken place.  I urge you to try the Eliza Bistro and Hotel Indigo.  You will not be disappointed!

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8-25-2018 A Blush Bouquet for a Blushing Bride!

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Kara and Brett’s wedding on 8/25/2018 was all about blush, ivory, and white colors.  Mini calla lilies and blush pink roses were part of her bouquet.  The same color scheme, of white hydrangea and blush pink roses provided lush, full center pieces for the middle of the guests’ tables.  Kara’s 12 bridesmaids carried white hydrangea, which softly stood out against their blush pink dresses.

The band played well into the night.  We hope that a great time was had by all, and wish the best of luck to our newlyweds!

8-18-18…The Biggest Wedding Day of the Year

August 18, 2018 was a beautiful day for a wedding – 30,000 couples across the planet agreed on that!  It was the busiest wedding day of the year, so far.

And we handled our share of the excitement that day, traveling to all points of the Western Pennsylvania area.

Brittany

 

Brittany loves all things purple.  Her bridal bouquet (#852) featured white and lavender roses with white lisianthus accents.  Our bridesmaids, in alternating purple and lilac dresses, also carried alternating bouquets with white (#853) or lavender (#854) roses with hydrangea.  Floating candle centerpieces with submerged lavender roses provided a romantic display on her guest tables.

Julie

Julie & Kevin exchanged vows and celebrated with friends and family at Gaetano’s restaurant on Banksville Rd.  Julie carried a bouquet (#855) of blue delphinium, white roses, and white carnations.  Her Maid of Honor carried a simple clutch (#856) of blue hydrangea, which was also featured in her centerpieces (#563).  Similar blue and white flowers decorated our brass arch, which served as a backdrop for their ceremony.

Samantha

Samantha got married outside, at the Gazebo at the White Barn in Prospect, PA.  She carried a lush, flowing bouquet (#857) of pink and white roses, pink and white gerber daisies, white lisianthus, and lots of interesting greens and accent flowers.  The bridesmaids carried simple clutches (#858) of large pink gerbers, which were also featured in her center pieces (#564).

Kristy

Kristy’s center pieces (#568) also featured pink and white, using gerbers, roses, hydrangea, and carnations.  Beautiful vases of all white fluffy hydrangea provided a stunning statement for the ceremony setting.

Shelley

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Shelley chose the elegant all white look for her reception.  Our tall pencil cases provided an understated, simplistic center piece (#567) filled with white dendrobium orchids.

Jessica

Jessica’s was our biggest wedding of the day.  When 10 bridesmaids are involved, you have a tribe!  Our bride carried a loose, lush bouquet (#859) of garden roses, dahlias, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace and assorted greenery.

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Her tribe of bridesmaids carried similar flowers on a smaller scale (#860).

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Guests were greeted at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott by a lush and full elevated center piece that included hydrangea, roses, and pink larkspur.

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Center pieces in the Grand Ballroom contained the same flowers in both high and low arrangements (#566).

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Flowers also were used to tastefully accent the wedding cake.

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Whether your wedding (and your wedding party) is big or small, we love helping you all!  So, to all our wonderful brides and grooms, we thank you for choosing us to help you.  We hope that you had ‘The Best Day Ever!’

2018 – Colorful Weddings are a Summertime Favorite!

Kelly got married in a heat wave, and her flowers matched the heat!  Pictured here are Kelly with her bridal bouquet of mixed summery flowers, as well as two of her bridesmaids whose short, fun, teal dresses were complimented by more bright summery flowers (Bouquet 844).  Kelly loves color!

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St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair was the ceremony setting, while a wonderful and very colorful reception was hosted at the Pittsburgh Airport Mariott.  Each reception table contained a beautiful mixed vase of bright summer flowers (Center Piece 557).

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Thank you for allowing us to join in the fun on your “best day ever!”

2018 – Sometimes, the little things mean a lot!

Gone, but not forgotten!  We were honored to be able to help Jennifer with her wedding flowers on Saturday, 7/7.  A number of family members were honored in Jennifer’s bouquet through the use of special pins added to her bouquet.

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Pictured here is her bouquet (841) and her bridesmaids’ bouquet (842).  All six family members were surely smiling as she said “I do!”  Thanks Jen, for allowing us to be a part of your big day!

 

 

 

2018 – With colors like sherbet…

Carina and Anthony’s wedding at St Gabriel’s Church in Whitehall, PA was the 2nd wedding in recent years for this family.

Carina carried a traditional cascade of all white flowers.

Her Matron of Honor was her older sister, and our former bride!  She wore lavender and carried a bouquet with lavender roses, white Gerber daisies, and other white flowers.

The bridesmaids wore mint dresses, and carried bouquets of pale yellow Gerber daisies, white roses, and other white flowers.

The ballroom at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott where the reception was held was tastefully decorated with alternating centerpieces.  One held white Dendrobium orchids, while the other had white hydrangea and lavender roses.

The V-E-R-Y tall 5 tier cake was accented with white hydrangea.

Congratulations to Carina and Anthony!  Thank you for allowing us to help you on your big day.

2018 – An Enchanting Rose Garden Wedding at Phipps Conservatory

Walking in the Rose Garden at Phipps is just like going into Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  We were first greeted by fragrant, delicate pink and white Astilbe, Hostas, and other lush greens.  White garden chairs were set up in the center of the Rose Garden for the ceremony.

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A wreath of flowers circled around a candle-lit Hurricane globe, greeting guests as they retrieved their place cards for dinner.

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Our bride, Courtney,  and her bridesmaids carried lush bouquets of ivory roses and peonies.

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The romantic centerpieces carried forth the same lush tones with roses, hydrangea, gypsy dianthus, peonies and flowing greens.

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The cake was simply decorated, light pink spray roses adding a breath of color, and white peonies softening the traditional white form.

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We were enchanted to be a part of our bride’s special day!  In spite of the Kenny Chesney concert, the Journey/ Def Leppard concert and  high humidity with threatening rain, a grand time was had by all who were part of Courtney and Steve’s beautiful day.