It Happens on Saturday……….

Very early on Saturday mornings, before the sun begins to rise, our day at Parkway Florist begins. As we start pulling together all the pieces and parts for the days’ events that go to multiple locations, we are like Santa’s little elves, always checking our list twice!

Our first stop on Saturday,  October 15,  was at  St Pamphilus Hall in Beechview with a truck load of fresh pumpkin centerpieces. (Carving pumpkins and filling them with flowers is one of our fun jobs each year!)

The accompanying glorious fall bouquets  were delivered in mid afternoon to Old St Luke’s Church in Scott Twp.   A long & low centerpiece was used on the altar at the church, and then was taken onto the reception & used on the head table.


Our second stop of the day involved bouquets and centerpieces being delivered to the mezzanine level of the Omni William Penn Hotel. Deep maroon, ivory, and lavender/purple flowers were a wonderful choice for an October Saturday. As always, the awesome ambience of the Omni was gracefully carried forth with the beautiful linens and chiavari chairs.

Our final stop was a ceremony, reception, set-up, and coordination at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Midnight blue gowns were  complimented by  the rich jewel toned mini callas, dahlias, lisianthus, and stock flower.   The courtyard was the perfect place for a late day ceremony. The glowing lanterns on the isle were visible as daylight began to fade.


All in all, as the last truck headed home, and day turned into night, three more  successful weddings were completed.



Glitz & Glamour Please!

One of our favorite parts of wedding planning is working with the bride to develop her  vision. This is what ties together all of the small details to convey an overall theme or feeling for her day. This begins in the planning stages and becomes more developed as  the wedding day approaches. A big part  of this can be heavily reliant on the look of the reception room. The room is like a blank canvas ready for a painting, and we become collaborative artists. Last Saturday we worked with a bride who wanted a classic, elegant look for her wedding, and we knew just the tricks.

Below is The Three Rivers Ballroom at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  A major factor that gave the ballroom an elegant and classic look were the gold chivari chairs that were used. Paired with gold overlays on the tables,  the room made a stunning first impression.


The centerpieces were another important piece of the puzzle. White hydrangeas and roses were the showcased. The centerpieces were surrounded by pillar candles on silver candle holders. To complete the look, handwritten table numbers were displayed on small glass frames.



The cake was decorated with white hydrangeas and roses between each tier. Two flexed roses were used as the cake topper for a natural look.


Lastly, our bride carried a cascading bouquet. It included blush and ivory roses, dendrobium orchids, white stock, and seeded eucalyptus. Her bouquet later adorned the bride and groom’s sweetheart table, seen behind the cake table above.



The bridesmaids carried simple clutch style bouquets of white hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf.

Congratulations and best wishes to our beautiful bride and groom!







Fairy Tales Can Come True

As we always say at Parkway Florist, the possibilities are endless. One of the ways we can honor that statement is by using props that are multifunctional. Our brass arch is a great example. This past weekend we used it for a wedding ceremony that took place at The Pittsburgh Airport Sheraton Hotel. This time we used the brass arch with its complementary tulle and lights. Other times we have used it plain, or with flowers (as you can see here.) This look helped to create a romantic backdrop for the wedding ceremony. Paired with pink up lighting and satin chair covers with gold sashes, the room looked quite polished.


The bride carried a bouquet full of rich red flowers as wells as pinks and ivories. The reds included deep maroon locally grown dahlias and red roses. The pinks came from pink roses and dahlias, as well as cockscomb (a type of celosia.) Ivory roses were also included. Lastly, there were gold accents of seeded eucalyptus an a touch of greenery provided by soft dusty miller and gunny eucalyptus.

The groom’s boutonniere was made to match. It included red spray roses and gold accents as well.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of deep maroon dahlias, pink roses, stock, dusty miller, and more gold accents. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of red hypericum berries.

After the short ceremony concluded, guests attended a cocktail hour at the opposite end of the hotel. They found their place cards displayed next to a fresh flower arrangement that coordinated with the rest of the flowers used in the wedding.


While the guests attended the cocktail hour, the ceremony room was quickly transformed into part of the reception room. The arch was moved behind the head table. Here it continued to provide a romantic glow for the rest of the evening.


The guest tables were decorated with two different styles of centerpieces. This helps to create interest in the room. The first style were lush arrangements on elevated trumpet risers. They included hydrangeas and roses with gold accents. The second style of centerpiece were low on the table. They also included roses and hydrangea. They both used coordinating colors and flowers but with two distinctly different looks.

The cake was another place that gold accents were used. It was decorated with fresh flowers and placed on a gold sequin table cloth for a glitz and glam feel.


This wedding was yet another success in our book at a venue that we always enjoy working with! May many years if happiness come to this bride, groom, and their families.

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Pittsburgh meets the Far East!

Since Pittsburgh has become a blending of so many cultures, and because we have the luxury of many well known universities and major employers, It is not unusual for Parkway Florist to  rise to the challenge of combining our Pittsburgh traditions with those of another culture.  Such was the case on Friday, October 7th, when Ming and Kyler tied the knot.

Ming is from China.  Flowers for the bride can never be all white in Chinese culture, as white flowers are generally only used in death……Pink is the Chinese color for happiness…perfect for a wedding day!   So, pink became an integral part of the wedding flowers.

The Renaissance Hotel is one of the many local properties in Pittsburgh that is great for weddings. The hotel has the ability to host both a  wedding ceremony and reception. This can be highly convenient for  guests.

Our  wedding ceremony  took place on the grand staircase located in the lobby of the hotel. (Pictured below)


We provided two large arrangements to decorate the railing where the ceremony took place. Combined with the pink lighting the hotel provided, we were set for a pink wedding!


The bride carried a classic white rose bouquet with a touch of pink added.


The bridesmaids also carried roses, theirs with  a bit more color.


Lastly, we decorated the cake to match the other flowers we brought. The bride and groom went with a more simple design. Leaving out a cake topper, they opted for a spray of roses and hydrangea which adorned the front of the cake.


Every wedding is something different for us, and we are always finding new and exciting methods to make your wildest dreams come true!






Rustic Road Trip!

We often travel far and wide to service weddings, and this past weekend was no exception.We sent a team to Saxonburg, Pennsylvania to set up a wedding that was set to take place at Armstrong Farms Westminster Preserve.  armstrong-farms-jessa-rob-2016-10-08Once on property, we followed the signs that directed us to their beautiful, rustic red roofed barn. The grounds left us surrounded by natural beauty, the perfect setting for a wedding.

armstrong-farms-wedding-barn-exteriorOnce inside the barn, it is obvious why this is a sought after wedding venue for many. The natural barn wood makes for a perfectly romantic ambiance. Paired with string lights and personalized decorations, the barn allows for endless possibilities.


Pictured below is the guest book table which included a handmade card box crafted out of a log, how creative! We supplied several yellow chrysanthemum plants that were used to decorate the ceremony and reception sites.


The centerpieces for the guest tables consisted of fresh locally grown flowers arranged in mason jars. These were placed on top of burlap runners and accented by tea light candles to add more ambiance.


Unfortunately, there was a fairly high chance of rain that day, so we weren’t completely sure where the ceremony was going to take place. Plan A was to set up down by the lake in front of the gazebo. You can see why all of our fingers were crossed. Check out those gorgeous views!


What better to go with this rustic venue than sunflowers? We had no shortage of them, there were plenty to go around for the entire bridal party. The boutonnieres and corsages were made out of little Viking pomps which look just like baby sunflowers.



The bride, Jessa, and all of her bridesmaids carried big beautiful sunflower bouquets pictured below:


We have to say, Jessa did a great job of keeping a unified, cohesive theme throughout her wedding. And we were glad to help! Lastly we brought a bouquet for the bouquet toss. This too was made of the little Viking pomps and it looked just like the real thing.


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Congratulations Jessa & Rob, we wish you many years of happiness together and we were thrilled to be a part of your big day!








Intimate & Elegant Wedding in Oakland

Last Saturday we adventured to Oakland with a truck full of flowers and smiles on our faces for a wedding ceremony that took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The reception that followed took place at the Carnegie Café which is a part of The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History.

At the ceremony, the bride carried a cascading bouquet of white lilies, ivory roses, and white larkspur. Her bridesmaid carried ivory and blush roses with light pink wax flower and fresh cinnamon basil as accents. The adorable flower girl carried a clutch of three blush roses and light pink wax flower to match the bridesmaid.

We supplied two arrangements with seasonal flowers to decorate the Heinz Memorial Chapel altar. These stood out nicely against the rich wood tones in the chapel.

At the Carnegie Café we decorated the guest tables with a tablescape design which included satin pewter grey table runners, several collections of vases with floating candles for ambiance, blush and ivory centerpiece arrangements, sprinkled blush rose petals, and disbursed votive candles.

The centerpiece arrangements were lush and lavish. Designed in mercury glass pedestal bowls, they included white hydrangeas, blush roses, locally grown dahlias, fuchsia feather celosia, and coleus.

The sweetheart head table was decorated with a long and low centerpiece with coordinating flowers as well as the bride’s bouquet when she arrived at her reception.

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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.


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.)


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