Changing Seasons Bring Changing Colors

The hustle and bustle of wedding season has been keeping us busy at Parkway Florist. We are so grateful to have worked with so many  wonderful families this summer and are excited to see what the rest of 2016 will bring our way. This past weekend was quite a colorful one in our shop! Nothing gets you into the fall spirit more than delightful oranges, yellows, and reds.

Despite the hot and humid weather on Saturday, the colors for these weddings got us in the mood for crisp fall air, and sweet apple cider!

Our first bride carried a variety of flowers including orange and white lilies, coral and ivory roses, orange celosia, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.  The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid had coordinating bouquets which featured gerbera daisies, mini carnations, roses, gomphrena, and cottage yarrow. To decorate the church, we used two larger arrangements on the altar as well as eight smaller arrangements that were hung on the columns that line the isle. Many similar flowers were used throughout to create a unifying color scheme and atmosphere for this wedding.

Continuing on with bright fall colors, we had a beautiful wedding take place in the courtyard garden of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Sunflowers and roses decorated the isle to create a perfectly romantic atmosphere for a wedding ceremony. The bride’s bouquet was a beautiful assortment of ivory garden roses, succulents, yellow roses, craspedia, brunia berries, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, and mint leaves. The bridesmaids carried clutches of yellow calla lilies and the groomsmen each wore a yellow calla lily boutonniere.

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Last but certainly not least, we created this bouquet for a bride who had a red and turquoise color scheme. The bridesmaids wore cherry red dresses and carried turquoise blue flowers. By special request we were able to incorporate these colors into all the bouquets with a unique ribbon wrap on the handles (just to show you that we can bring any idea to life for your special day.)

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Let’s see what the changing season brings us this year!

 

What Does Green Mean?

Today we’re exploring colors again, and this time we wanted to learn about the color green. Here’s what we found:

The color green can be relaxing, soothing, and calming. Green is associated with nature, growth, meditation, fertility, and wealth.

From the floral perspective we can look at the color green in two ways: Green Flowers or Green Foliage.

You would probably be surprised to know that there are many varieties of flowers that come in green, and they can create elaborate designs. Green flowers do not have to blend in, they can be eye catching and extravagant just like any other color of flower. The same can be said for greenery. We often encounter many clients that are anti-greens, fearing that excessive greens will distract from the look of their flowers. But this does not have to be true. In fact, greens are used to accentuate a design and create a canvas for the flowers. Without the greens, sometimes flowers can look plain or like they are missing something.

Below we have selected some uses of both green flowers, and nice greenery that we feel showcase the powers of the color green, check it out:

Do these flowers leave you feeling green with envy? Let us know what you think!

 

Why is Red the Color of Love?

We’re back at it again exploring colors! This week we are bringing the color red into the picture.

Red is a primary color so it is often fairly prominent in nature. Seeing the color red prompts the brain to release adrenaline as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure. This is interpreted two ways by the human body: Passion and Energy.

Passion: Red roses have always been a symbol of love and passion. The color red is used for Valentine’s Day to represent love, and it is always used in reference to our hearts. Traditionally red is the color used to send the message of love, and that is not a trend we see changing any time soon!

Energy: The color red is energizing and motivates us to take action. This can sometimes have a negative connotation such as with anger or aggression. Other times it can simply inspire action or be attention grabbing, for example a Stop sign which is always red.

Luckily, the beauty of flowers help us make the distinction that we mean love and passion. That is why red flowers have often been popular for weddings. A wedding represents the unity of a couple joined in true love and using the color red to represent the couple’s love seems very fitting.

Below we have selected some photos of red flowers that have helped us send a message of love:

 

Join us next time to see what color we will look into next!

White Flowers are Always “In”

 

This weekend brought us another round of white flowers as our brides endured more HOT August weather. Below you are seeing the bride’s bouquet which included fluffy white hydrangeas, creamy white garden roses, pink sophie roses, and white mini gerbera daisies. It smelled just as good as it looks! Her bridesmaids carried more fluffy white hydrangeas accented with creamy white garden roses as well.

This ceremony took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. We designed a soft and romantic arrangement that provided a canvas for the unity candle. Also shown below, is the Groom’s boutonniere which was wrapped with gold ribbon for a  polished look.

The reception took place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. We used a collection of cylinder vases with floating candles to provide ambiance at the place card table. These were gathered around the bride and groom’s initials with a white hydrangea arrangement in the center.

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The use of white in this wedding gave a classic and elegant feel while still complimenting the personal touches that were added. Congrats to the bride and groom!

 

 

 

 

 

White Flowers can be:

Sophisticated, Elegant, Classy, Tasteful, and Definitely not Your Grandma’s Wedding Flowers!

Last week, when we gave you this sneak peek of the white flowers that had just arrived, we promised to show you the finished products.

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Here they are!

One of Friday’s weddings took place at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish in Monaca, PA. Our bride carried white and champagne flowers, including individual white gladiola blossoms while her bridesmaids carried cream and white flowers with gold accents. The beautiful church flowers also utilized a combination of white and cream blossoms.

The reception used a Steelers Theme which carried very tastefully through the room utilizing white flowers with Black & Gold accents.

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Saturday’s first wedding was also a white and gold theme. The Bouquets and centerpieces complemented each other.

Our second Saturday wedding involved white flowers with a touch of color!

Our last wedding on Saturday continued on with a Black & White theme. Our bridesmaids (dressed in black) carried all white mini callas, as did the bride

Our chuppah was a glorious display of all white hydrangeas. Following the ceremony, the chuppah piece was removed and became a centerpiece on the head table. The calla lilies continued with the guest table centerpieces.

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White is an elegant, neutral color that can compliment so many settings and can be used in so many different ways, as you can see here.

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How Does Pink Make You Think?

If you’re just joining us, this is our second segment of Exploring Colors where we are diving into the meanings, effects, and traditions behind flower colors to show how color selections can affect your everyday life.

Today we are looking at pink. Pink is a very popular color for flowers. It is feminine and playful. Many flowers come in various shades of pink. From blush to hot pink, there are pink flowers in every shade in between. Pink can be a statement color or an accent, and can be used in many applications. Often times, pink flowers are use for new babies and to symbolize innocence.

Pink as a color can have varying affects psychologically. Bright, vibrant pink is exciting. It can increase energy and tends to be very attention grabbing. Bright pink can also be seen a joyful and exuberant. Pale pink on the other hand, is seen a sweet and caring. It can resemble skin tones and create feelings of intimacy. Pale pink is considered very feminine and often a color of romance as it is a variation of the color red.

Below you can some of the many choices of pink flowers:

 

What color would you like to see us explore next?

 

 

 

Sparkly Meets Sophisticated

This past weekend we had a chance to visit one of our favorite wedding reception venues. The centerpieces we created gave the room a sophisticated feel, as half the centerpieces were elevated on trumpet risers and half were in table level vases.

 

The elevated centerpiece was adorned with dripping crystal strands which hung from the arrangement of tinted hydrangeas, creamy ivory roses, and queen anne’s lace.

In the table level centerpiece, the same beautiful hydrangeas were utilized and were accented by white gerbera daisies. The vase was tied with a white satin ribbon tie.

To finish off this classic look, the bride and groom opted for matching flowers on the cake. As you can see, fabulous sparkly linens were selected for the cake table and sweetheart table.

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For more flower ideas, be sure to check out our photo galleries located in the menu bar above.