A Beautiful Gem on Pittsburgh’s North Side – Calvary United Methodist Church

On March 18, 2017, We made the short journey to Calvary United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh’s North Side. It is located at 971 Beech Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, near the Community College of Allegheny County.

This Church was built in 1892 and was recognized in 1972 as a historic landmark. It was added to the City of Pittsburgh’s list of Historic Destinations in 1977.

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Calvary’s Congregation is warm and welcoming, conducting Sunday services at 11am each week as well as providing meeting space for other small community groups.

The Ornate Style of this church sets the tone for many beautiful wedding ceremonies. The crowning jewel in the church is the 30′ tall Louis Tiffany stained glass window located at the rear of the church. There are also over 200 smaller stained glass windows located throughout the church.

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Calvary United Methodist Church is available to members as well as non-members for wedding ceremonies. Also, for a small fee wedding parties may use the church’s aisle candles which create a stunning atmosphere.

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For more information and to check availability, you can visit their website or call the church at (412) 321-2007. We encourage you to make this beautiful spot the setting for your wedding ceremony!

2017 Wedding Season Begins

As our wedding season officially began on March 4th, quietly but colorfully, we were once again reminded of the unpredictability of March weather and the solemn church appearances that are part of the tradition of Lent.

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We began our season with Mandi S and her very special family at St. John Lutheran Church in the north hills of Pittsburgh. Bright royal blue, purple, and deep fushia were the colors of the day. Mandi’s love of orchids was incorporated in her bouquet as well as that of her bridesmaid.Two adorable flowers girls provided lots of smiles.

On March 11th, we faced frigid temperatures and wind as we journeyed to The Priory. This is a retired old Catholic church, located on the north side of Pittsburgh that has been reclaimed and thoroughly refurbished. Our bride took advantage of the Priory’s Winter Wedding Package. This provided lots of wintery decorations for her use. We supplemented the decor with ceremony flowers, personal flowers, and hot pink petals for the guest tables as well as various dining tables. Our bride carried an all white bouquet. Her bridesmaids carried various shades of pink roses, which looked stunning against their pewter gray dresses.

 

The Priory Looked stunning, and our wedding season is off to a great start!

 

Your Wedding Consultation at Parkway Florist – What to Expect

When it comes time in your wedding planning process to select flowers, we are here to help. Scheduling a consultation with Parkway Florist s is easy and allows you to select  the perfect wedding flowers for your special day.

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As outlined below,  we will take you through the entire process of selecting your wedding flowers:

1.) Scheduling Your Appointment
To Schedule a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist,  you can:
A.) Call Our Shop to provide some basic information and determine if you are ready to select flowers.
B.) Submit a request on our website for an appointment. Once we have received your request we will call you to schedule.

We schedule appointments based on your progress in the wedding planning process. The best time to meet and talk about flower selections is after the following are complete:
-The wedding date is firm
-Ceremony & Reception venues are selected and reserved
-The bride’s dress has been purchased
-The bridesmaids dress style, color, and fabric has been selected
-A general idea of wedding décor has been decided
-A flower budget has been allocated

Appointments are scheduled for mornings, afternoons, or evenings,  depending on the bride’s schedule, and our special events calendar. Our shop is open until 8pm on most nights to accommodate after work appointments. Alternate accommodations can be made for out of town brides or brides with crazy  schedules. Your appointment generally last 1 to 2 hours, and is offered to you at no charge. The bride may come alone to the appointment, or may bring up to 2 or 3 close friends or family members.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you are on our calendar as an appointment. However, your wedding date is not reserved yet, and you are not considered booked with our shop until you have placed your Non-Refundable Retainer with our shop.

2.) Preparing for Your Appointment
After we schedule a wedding consultation appointment with you, we will send you our New Bride Packet in the mail. This contains a confirmation of you appointment date and time along with other information about us.

In order to best prepare for your appointment please gather the following items.
-Fabric swatches and pictures of the Bride’s dress & bridesmaid dresses (Paint chips or ribbon samples are also acceptable).
-A list of people who might need flowers including corsages & boutonnières.
Printed photos of any flowers that you like. Keep it fairly simple. We are looking for inspiration to make your day one of a kind.
-A general plan for your flower budget. Like dress shopping, flower shopping is very flexible. This allows us to offer designs and flower choices that will best suit your budget.

Feel free to look at the many pictures of our work that are available to you. You can visit our website, click the Weddings tab and view our galleries or explore the galleries right here on our blog.


3.) Your Wedding Consultation Appointment
Please arrive for your wedding consultation appointment on time.   If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment please call us. We will be happy to reschedule or cancel your appointment at your request.

Your appointment will generally last 1 to 2 hours depending on your floral needs. You will discuss everything flower-related in detail such as flower verities, colors, styles, and pricing. We offer not only fresh flower product but many other rental items that you may not be aware of.

At your appointment you will be able to select what you need for you wedding day. We have no set package or minimums.

You will leave your appointment with complete, itemized pricing for your wedding, based upon the selections and information discussed.

4.) After Your Consultation
Upon the conclusion of your consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to reserve your wedding date on our calendar. This means that you have committed to us providing your wedding flowers, and in return we are committed to making your day as special as we can. In order to do so we require your initial Non-Refundable Retainer,  which is based on the size, scope, and budget of your individual wedding.  If you book with our firm, you are permitted to make changes to your wedding order until approximately 30 days prior to your wedding.  Final payment for all services is required in full 2 weeks prior to your wedding.

5.) Moving Forward
If you have decided to book us as your florist. We will be happy to help  you  in the planning process. This includes answering any questions that may come up along the way as well as outlining a plan for the future.  We also offer full Wedding Planning services, as well as Ceremony Co-ordination services for an additional fee.

We hope you will consider scheduling a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist, and we look forward to meeting you!

Happy Planning!

 

For wedding inspiration be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

Pittsburgh Winter Weddings in Classic White

This winter we have had the pleasure of working with several great brides and their families to plan beautiful  winter weddings. The color palette of white, ivory, cream, and gold are classic winter colors. We were able to work with these colors to produce some pretty stunning floral arrangements.

Our first wedding pictured was a New Years Eve wedding. Our bride carried a beautiful cascading bouquet that was made of perfectly blooming creamy white garden roses (which smelled amazing!) The roses were combined with smaller white spray roses, gold tipped winter pine greens, and seeded eucalyptus.

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The bridesmaids carried bouquets that coordinated in style and color. Pictured are their slightly cascading bouquets of white standard roses, gold hypericum berries, and winter pine greens.

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There was 1 junior bridesmaid and she carried a bouquet very similar to the bridesmaids’ with white roses and spray roses.

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As the clock struck midnight, the bride and groom danced into the new year and their new life together as Mr. & Mrs. These classic white flowers were a perfect wintry touch to an already special day.

Our first wedding of 2017 was another beautiful winter wedding that utilized the same color palette for an upscale winter wonderland look.

We provided 3 different styles of centerpieces for the guest tables. The first was an arrangement designed in gold lanterns, the second was a low-to-the-table arrangement in gold mercury glass pedestal bowls, and the third was an up-in-the-air arrangement that created a stunning impression as you entered the ballroom.

We also provided an arrangement to go atop the ice vase sculpture created by Mastro Ice. Mike and his team created a vase shaped sculpture and our flowers completed the look. The sculpture was the centerpiece for the grand foyer outside of the ballroom. It was placed on the table that held the many wedding cookies (a Pittsburgh tradition.)

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Another yummy treat at this wedding was the cake! We also provided flowers that adorned the cake stand and the top tier of the cake itself.

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As the guests entered the grand ballroom corridor they were met by the place card table which was covered in a gold damask pattern table linen. We used one of the gold lanterns to create an arrangement that followed through with the theme. The place cards were lined in straight rows with romantic votive candles in between and the lantern arrangement in the center of the table.

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Only a week into 2017, this bride and groom started off their year on a great note. To both of these families, we wish a happy and prosperous new year and life together. We are glad we were able to be a part of their big days.

At Parkway Florist we are  looking  forward to  many upcoming weddings  this year. There are many beautiful flowers to come, so keep an eye on our blog, or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more!

 

Heinz Field – We Brought Our “A” Game!

Heinz Field… known as the most sacred football stadium in all of Western Pennsylvania,   also hosts  many other special events and yes, even weddings, each year.

On Saturday Dec 3, we had the pleasure of providing flowers, many rental items, and full service for Elena & John’s wedding ceremony and reception at Heinz Field

This was a fairytale wedding. In the planning stages for over a year, there was no detail too small to be overlooked.   The wedding date could not be cast in stone until the 2016 Steeler schedule was set!    And there were a number of   direct connections to Heinz Field and The Steelers.

Our up-lit chiffon pipe and drape framed the ceremony area. Elegant and understated. Black & White, with red accents were the colors chosen. A four piece string quartet provided music for both the ceremony and the cocktail hour.  All very, very elegant.

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Our Bride, Elena, carried a large bouquet of all creamy ivory Vendella roses, with lots of sparkly accents, matching the sparkling tulle on her dress. The bridesmaids,  dressed in formal black gowns, carried hand tied red rose bouquets. The gentlemen wore coordinating rose boutonnieres. 12-3-16 Elena and Dad (Bob).jpg12-3-16 Elena.jpg

As the ceremony was nearing completion, the cocktail area was quietly opened. While the bridal party and families were taking formal & family pictures, friends and family members enjoyed cocktails and a variety of yummy treats.

At 7PM the final “Reveal” of the reception area took place. Guests were welcomed to their beautifully adorned tables, which were covered with black linens, silver charger plates, white napkins,  beautiful red rose centerpieces… and lots of candle light. Flowers and candles were reflecting  in the Heinz Field windows as dusk turned into darkness, and the real party began to unfold..

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Moio’s Bakery provided a tasty wedding cake, which the bride chose to leave understated. Her cake topper initials sparkled from every angle.

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Following a wonderful dinner, dancing began in earnest, and continued all night. As the clock struck midnight, our very happy newlyweds made their exit to a downtown hotel bridal suite. We and the Heinz Field event staff began to dismantle the wedding décor and prepare for the Steelers’ Sunday football game.

Oh… and the Steelers brought their “A” game on Sunday  also.     Win-Win-Win!

To Elena, John, and your families, Thanks  very much for allowing us to be part of your special day.   We wish you lots and lots of happiness always. It was truly a pleasure to work with you.  And Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Wedding Bells Are Ringing

As our wedding season moves into November,  we are  focused on finishing out 2016 season on a strong and proud note. This past Saturday we had two weddings which led us from the central city to the suburbs to the countryside.

Our first wedding was at Heinz Memorial Chapel on The University of Pittsburgh’s campus. We provided two arrangements for the altar of the chapel, which  the family transported on  to the reception, following the ceremony. We also provided the bride and bridesmaids bouquets,  boutonnieres and corsages. The bridesmaids wore a dark marine blue short dress & the  color scheme was  white with red  and blue accents.  The flowers were designed to coordinate.

The bride carried an all white bouquet containing white and ivory roses, garden roses, and lisianthus with eucalyptus as greens.

The eight bridesmaids carried white roses and gerbera daisies, blue delphinium, and red hypericum berries.

Heinz Memorial Chapel, in the heart of Oakland, is an iconic ceremony location. There are endless photo opportunities throughout Oakland which is partially what draws so many couples to get married there.  (As of January, 2016, a University affiliation is no longer required to be married at Heinz Chapel.  There is a discount offered if you are affiliated with Pitt or UPMC).

Our second wedding for the day took place at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church in Whitehall, PA. With another large bridal party, (8 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen, several ring bearers and flower girls) we were up to the challenge of coordinating this ceremony.

Despite a few technical difficulties with getting the limo bus into the church’s parking lot, the ceremony went smoothly.

Our  bride  waited till the very last second to let her father see her (he was joyfully teary-eyed) carried a bouquet with white/ivory roses, peach spray roses, and gold accents. It was a classy and romantic bouquet,  with lots of interest.

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Her bridesmaids wore dark maroon   dresses which were accented by peach roses, maroon dahlias, (some of the last of the season) white mums, and gold assents as well.

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We then continued on to the reception,  which took place at The Willow Room in Belle Vernon, Pa. While the room was being quickly transformed from an event earlier in the day, we got our trucks unloaded and all of our supplies transported  to the ballroom on the fourth floor. The centerpieces consisted of several separate elements which meant that they needed to be assembled onsite. The finished product (pictured below) left romantic ambiance in the room, especially once the candles were lit.

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As our year is nearing the end, , we are already starting to look back and reflect on all of the beautiful weddings that we were honored to a part of this year. . Of course there are many busy days to come with the holidays right around the corner. It is always a new day and a new challenge that we look forward to. Best wishes to all of the families we have been able to help. We are looking forward with great anticipation to what 2017 will bring our way.  Thanks to our readers for  sharing and enjoying our stories and posts each week.

 

Style and Tradition – Mazel Tov!!

Tradition & Customs often plays  a very important  in weddings & wedding  planning. We work very hard to help our brides and grooms incorporate the traditions & customs  that are important to them and their families,  while  providing the feel or dream  that they want to achieve.   At times, this can mean some research into what the traditions and customs are.  Sometimes, it involves conversations with a number of relatives to show us pictures, or share other information that may be helpful to our process.

Combining customs, style and tradition was a task that we welcomed on 10-29-16.  The  wedding ceremony and reception  were taking  place in the same room at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  The first set up was  the ceremony space with our round chuppah (a structure under which Jewish wedding ceremonies take place.) The groom’s Tallis, a gift from his Grandparents, presented to him upon their return from Israel many years ago, was draped prominently across the front of the  Chuppah. We were also sure to include the style that the bride and groom both wanted. When the room was finished it made quite a stunning impression as shown below:

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The heavily petalled  center isle  meant that the ushers used the side isles to seat guests. The center isle was reserved the wedding processional. Steven Vance Strolling Violins provided ceremony music and night was off to a great start.

The bride carried a bouquet of White Mini Cymbidium Orchids, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids, Lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory & White  Roses, and Purple Wax Flower accents . The Groom wore a matching white mini cymbidium orchid boutonniere.

The bridesmaids carried lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory Roses, and Purple Wax Flower. The Groomsmen wore  matching Lavender Ocean Song Rose and Wax Flower Boutonnieres.

The Chuppah was decorated with bands of white hydrangea that were used as tiebacks to the sheer fabric drapes.

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Following  the ceremony, the guests proceeded to  the cocktail hour while the bridal party had portraits taken in front of the Chuppah. We then began to flip the room for the reception. This all happens very quickly and with careful precision. Tables and chairs are put in place, the Chuppah is removed, a dance floor is assembled, The DJ sets up, the centerpieces are perfected, the wait staff readies the tables, lighting is adjusted, and so much more that happens in the blink of an eye.

The centerpieces also utilized rose petals to create more ambiance. Two slightly different centerpieces decorated the guest tables. The first used a tall square center vase of white hydrangea with twelve square votive candles  around it, and rose petals on the outside. The second used a tall square  center vase of lavender roses that matched the petals. The centerpieces created a romantic glow throughout the evening.

The head table was our favorite King Arthur styled table, also decorated with rose petals, and utilizing the bride and bridesmaids bouquets. Additional  tea light candles added interest.

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At the conclusion of the cocktail hour and pictures, guests were  welcomed  back in for the reception. The room again made a stunning impression. The two families, now joined as one, danced into the late evening celebrating the lovely occasion.

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We rose to the challenge to incorporate tradition and customs, with contemporary styling  into this wedding. All of our hard work and long hours  resulted in a  dream wedding for Stephanie and Elliott. Best wishes to you both, Mazel Tov! Thank you for choosing our company to help make your dream come true!