2018 — Winter Tips & Tricks for the Holiday Season

Here are my tips & tricks for a festive, winter look:

1.   Use lots of seasonal pines, simply arranged in a pretty vase — or several vases down the table.  Accent the vases with lots of candles (votives, floating candles or enclosed pillar candles of various sizes).  You could also add other vases, such as cylinder vases, filled with bright, shiny ornaments.  This is a very festive look!

2.  The simple use of a vase of branches — whether natural branches, or gold or silver or snow-covered — reminds us of “a cold winters’ night”.  Again, dim the lights and use lots of candles.  If the budget permits, you could add some flowers, such as hydrangeas,  to the branches, with pine accents or other greens.

3.  Not every centerpiece needs to have flowers!  A beautiful box or cube filled with seasonal pine greenery, cones, sticks, berries and maybe ornamental kale can be the perfect addition to the table…..and likely will be a conversation starter at your holiday dinner party.

4.  Use little vases or jars down the table — again with lots of candles.  This spreads the focus down the entire table, and often will make your table seem longer or wider than it really is.

5.  Use what you have — and improvise if necessary!  Grab that evergreen wreath off the back door.  Place it in the middle of your table.  Add a few taller vases with candles or floating candles inside the middle ring.  Voila!!  Instant centerpiece!

6.  If you are using fresh pine in your house or on your table, please be sure to add water to the vase, or container daily.  Pine is a “heavy drinker”.  It needs lots of water to stay pliable.

7.  If you are using fresh pine, be sure to protect the heirloom linens.  Pine sap can stain, and is often sticky.  (Goo-Gone is a good sap remover.)

Hope this helps you!

Here are some of our favorite winter looks from our photo galleries:

Happy Holidays to all, if we can help you, please call!

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11-10-2018 A parade was held…

You might have thought that the parade on Saturday in Washington, PA was being held to honor our wedding couple.  You would be wrong – it honored our veterans – but it marched right on by the wedding site!

November 10th was a star-studded day for Lia & Devin in many ways.

Their black and white wedding colors looked awesome in the stately George Washington Hotel Ballroom.  Black candle screens and lanterns furnished by Parkway Florist were the perfect compliment to the ballroom’s colors!

Lia carried a bouquet (Bouquet #914) of all deep red roses, while her bridesmaids carried bouquets of all white roses (Bouquet #915).

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Rose petals adorned the cake table as well as the stylish crystal candelabras furnished by the George Washington Hotel.

Thank you, Lia & Devin, for allowing Parkway Florist to be a part of your special day.  We hope all your dreams came true!

Arches & More

Brass Arch  –  Our Brass Arch is a flat arch, primarily used inside, because it needs a level surface to stand on.  We frequently will decorate it with flowers, as shown below, which are then removed when pictures are completed.  The flowers are then re-purposed into  a reception venue on a head table, cookie table or similar area.

Sometimes the arch is decorated with tulle and lights, which is perfect for a winter wedding!  The entire arch is often moved over to the reception area, and used behind the head table, or as a backdrop for photos during the reception.

 

Black Arch  —  Our Black Rod Iron arch is very sturdy, and can be used inside and outside.    A flower piece is made for the top  of the arch, which is removed after pictures, and transferred to the reception area.    We also have free-standing Shepherd’s hooks and lanterns, which can be used on an isle with flowers, mason jars with flowers, etc.

 

Hexagon Arch  The Hex Arch is our newest creation,   and one that is pretty outstanding!   This was the result of a picture presented to us by a Bride, who asked if we could do this.  We said Yes, and proceeded to make it happen.  The hardest part was making the pieces fit together in such a way that it could be transported in our trucks.

Again, flowers are added so  that they can be detached and re-purposed into the reception area.  This arch is sturdy and can be trimmed with fabric as well as flowers. Materials can be hung from the top on ribbons for a completely different type of look

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Candle Screens –   We own folding wrought iron candle screens, that can be rented for wedding ceremonies.  Each candle screen contains approximately 50 battery operated votive candles enclosed in glass cups.  When these are all turned on, the flickering glow of the candlelight is awesome!!  We most frequently use all four screens, for the most impressive impact.

 

 

All of this equipment is owned by Parkway Florist, and is available to you, our customer, if we are providing flowers for your event.  Equipment is available on a first come – first served basis.   We also have a supply of columns, glass vases and risers that are not pictured here.  Please contact us if you have questions.

 

Catchin’ Up

The 2018 wedding season has been a rush and a blur at times.  So much so that we have not had a chance to share our pictures of  all the lovely bouquets we have been making for our many brides and bridemaids.

Sometimes are wedding parties are large in number.  Sometimes it is only a bridal bouquet.  In all cases, we love you all, and sincerely appreciate that you have chosen Parkway Florist to provide flowers for your special day.

Here are some of the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets that you have not previously seen:

Say “I Do” in Style

As our 2018 wedding season rolls right along like a high-speed train,  we have been part of many different types of ceremonies, and we would share some of the offerings we have for wedding ceremonies. Our very versatile pipe and drape was featured in several ceremonies this year. From intimate to grand, we are able to convey several  different styles. Accented with flowers, candles, lanterns, or flowing fabric panels, the pipe and drape has lots to offer. Below are a few of our favorite ceremony displays.

1.) Round Chuppah
The Chuppah is a  traditional ceremony structure for Jewish weddings., or it can be the Mundap for an Islamic ceremony.    This equipment  can also be used in non religious ceremonies.  Accented with flower cuffs and a heavily petal sprinkled isle, this setup is quite the show stopper.  (The stripped fabric shown on the front of this Chuppah is a family tallis — or prayer shawl).  This Chuppah is illuminated with battery operated lighting, which we also supplied.  (The size of this Chuppah is 8 feet across, and can be adjusted in height to approximately 15 feet tall.  Twelve feet tall is generally the ideal height in a high ceiling ballroom).

2.) Square Chuppah
This square chuppah   adds a  very structured look to our pipe and drape. Clean lines, and crisp white hydrangea across the front  bring a modern and contemporary feel to the ceremony setting.    This square chuppah can also be uplit from the floor,  if you desire.

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3.) Half Circle Pipe & Drape
For an intimate look, consider this our half circle pipe & drape.   This curved design helps to  create organic lines for a cozy and intimate ceremony setting.   While we are showing only 1 flower piece on the pipe & drape, garland could also be used, or more than one flower piece could be used.  We always strive to have the flowers re-used somewhere in the reception following all picture taking, in whatever setting we help our brides with.

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4.) Swagged Pipe & Drape
Romantic and luxurious, swagged fabric and candles create a classic look.  Our fresh  Floral badges add a splash of color. The possibilities are endless!  (The flowers are dismantled quickly from the Ceremony setting after pictures, and transferred to the reception area for use on head tables, cookie tables, or where ever bride & groom want us to use them.

 

 

Whether enhancing a ballroom ceremony, or decorating a courtyard garden, our pipe and drape offers a plethora of stylish options for your “I Do.”  In a future post, we will feature some of our other available equipment.

As a matter of information, our pipe & drape — in any fashion — are  rented to you for your ceremony,  only  if we are providing all the personal flowers and reception flowers for your wedding day.  We do not rent pipe and drape out separately.    Please call with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-26-18 A Bold Fall Wedding

As we wrap up the month of October, we’re loving the warm oranges, reds, and burgundies that brides are choosing for their wedding flowers!

Kelly & Greg’s wedding took place at St. Mary’s of the Mount Church. Kelly carried a bouquet of Mango mini callas, deep red, dark orange and yellow roses, red hypericum berries, and blue thistle (#910).  Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of deep red and dark orange roses, red hypericum berries, yellow wax flower, and novelty mums (#911).

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Their reception took place at the Sheraton at Station Square.  There were two types of centerpieces, one with dark orange roses, burgundy mums, red hypericum berries, and accent autumn leaves (#586) and the other had red roses submerged in water in cylinder vases!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!  We’re happy to have been a part of your special day.

10-13-18 The Secret Garden

Elizabeth and Brandon’s wedding on 10-13-18 had all the right elements to create the feeling that you were walking into a secret garden.

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The place card table greeted guests as they headed toward the reception.  Dreamy, flowing chiffon panels provided a dramatic entrance as guests passed into the Secret Garden.

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A glittery sweetheart table for two was framed by 2 ivory and white arrangements on columns.  The understated Bethel Bakery cake was dressed with soft pink and white spray roses.

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Guest tables were adorned with lush full centerpieces following the ivory, blush and maroon color scheme.  This dreamy wedding was memorable in so many ways!

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We thank you, Lizzy and Brandon, for allowing Parkway Florist to be a part of your special day!  Congratulations again!