3-20-21 The First Day of Spring!

Two new beginnings happened today.

Katie and Shane were one of our first couples in 2020 that were forced to postpone their wedding. The wait was worth it! A beautiful wedding took place at the South Hills Country Club on the first day of spring. The club was totally bathed in lots and lots of romantic candlelight and pops of color from the flowers.

Shown here are some pictures of the ceremony,(in front of the fireplace) as well as bride & bridesmaids bouquets and two style of centerpieces. Deep burgundy flowers with pops of pink and peach was our bride’s request. We think we achieved her wishes.

Our second wedding on the first day of Spring took us south of the city, to Washington County. Jennifer and Justin held their wedding ceremony and reception at the very stately George Washington Hotel in Washington, PA. Jennifer’s beautiful ball gown was accented with a white rose and delphinium cascade. Her bridesmaids, in light sky blue gowns, carried handtied bouquets with Hydrangea, pink & lavender roses, blue delphinium and purple lisanthsis.

Tall pipe and drape provided an elegant back drop for the ceremony. The spring flowers used in the ceremony were then transferred up to the reception ballroom. Both high and low centerpieces were used in the reception ballroom.

We wish both Katie and Shane and Justin and Jennifer nothing but happiness from this day forward. Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be a part of your best day ever!

Wedding Wednesday

Looking back at some of the Dreamy bouquets we have prepared, we are hoping for many sunshiney, glorious wedding days in 2021!

While a number of our weddings postponed from 2020 to 2021 we still have some availability for new brides in 2021. Call us at412-937-1100 to check our availability and schedule a free consultation.

10-31-20 Dana and Mike

Dana and Mike just love Halloween! They were thrilled to finally be getting married and having the wedding on their favorite holiday.

So the planning began a while ago, and even with Covid 19 restrictions, it was a fun time.

The ceremony took place outside in the court yard of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriot. Our folding candle screens, heavily decorated with fresh greenery and flowers resembled the fence or gates to the cemetery (just use your imagination).

Dana carried a bouquet Protea, mauve and ivory roses, burgundy Amaranthus and a few burgundy mums, with lots of flowing greens!.

(Photography credit for this beautiful picture goes to Amber Marie-Photography.)

Her bridesmaids, dressed in black, carried bouquets of ivory and mauve roses, burgundy ball mums and lots of greenery.

Alternating high and low centerpieces, coupled with purple up lights set the perfect mood for a fun time.

Various signs, reminders about masks and black decorated trees added to the ambiance of the reception room.

We know that a great time was had by all! Thank you for allowing us to be part of your most special day!

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10-30-20 Caitlyn and Bill

Hallows Eve, as the day before Halloween is called, is often a fun time in the wedding world. Sometimes guests come in costumes (or at least masks) and the party is usually a great one!

Caitlyn and Bill chose the George Washington Hotel in Washington, Pa to host their wedding ceremony as well as their reception.

Caitlyn’s dress was a beautiful ivory lace vision with Champaign under skirt. Bill, in his white dinner jacket, was a handsome dude. Caitlyn carried a loose cascading bouquet, filled with purple mini callas, white and Champaign roses, flowing greens, with peacock feather accents.

Her nine Bridesmaids carried presentation bouquets of white callas with peacock feather accents.

The ballroom was heavily decorated with lots of gold, green and purple. Perfect colors to showcase the tall white feather centerpieces and low bowls flowing with lavender roses, green trick diathesis and purple ball mums.

Many, many cookies were on display also. Everyone looked happy. The party continued well into the night.

Congratulations Caitlyn and Bill. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your most special day!

8-28-20 Morgan and Josh

When Morgan and Josh began planning the wedding of their dreams in 2019, never did they imagine the incredible challenges that 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic would throw their way.

Their dream wedding was originally scheduled for 5-9-20 – Mother’s Day weekend. Near the end of the April, the wedding had to be postponed because the State of Pennsylvania was locked down – and all gatherings were prohibited.

The wedding was re-scheduled for 8-28-20. (The pandemic should be over by then …….right?) But no – that became questionable, as our Allegheny County Executive & The Allegheny County Dept of Health imposed even stricter rules than the State of Pennsylvania. So, in mid- August when the venue scheduled to host their wedding could not host it, with all the things they wanted, Morgan and Josh moved their wedding – to Montour Heights Country Club.

The ceremony was to take place in the grove, next to the golf course, while the reception would be held on the grand patio, underneath a very large tent.

Everything was moving in the right direction. Then at 1pm on Friday, the rain hit. a heavy, blowing, torrential downpour….that did not stop.

The wedding ceremony & reception was moved inside the club. So, Josh and Morgan got married under our white fabric draped & decorated arch. After the ceremony & a few pictures, the Arch was quickly dismantled and the reception continued.

Pictured below is our arch, Morgan’s bouquet and her bridesmaids bouquets.

Centerpieces included both short and tall flowers using white hydrangea and soft pink Mondial roses, similar to these centerpieces. Flowers for the arch were re- purposed as decor for the head table.

Eve though the rain continued all evening, spirits were high… and in the end Morgan and Josh were finally Married! Wow! What a tale to tell their children some day!

Blessings to you both! Thanks for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day!

8-8-20 Teresa and Bryan

When we started planning wedding flowers for Teresa and Bryan last December, about 260 people were anticipated for their Westin Convention Center reception.

Covid-19 changed all of that. The Westin reception was cancelled, and a smaller reception was held at a private residence East of the city.

However, the beautiful ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral was not cancelled.

Our bride carried a round bouquet of light pink garden roses, white playa blanca roses, white lisanthsis and light pink spray roses. Her bridesmaids carried simple clutch bouquets of white roses with pink wax flower accents.

Congratulations Teresa and Bryan! We hope that the rest of your life is smooth and without craziness.

Thank you for choosing Parkway Florist to be part of your day.

8-8-20 Saira and Renato

Saira and Renato were originally scheduled to get married in Heinz Chapel. When the Chapel finally re-opened in July, with very strict guest limits, our bride and groom said no, and sought other space.

The Hyatt House Hotel on the South Side has a wonderful outdoor terrace, with a tent that can hold about 150 people (normally) for a reception. There is beautiful space for a ceremony.

Our fabric draped white arch served as a focal point for their ceremony.

Saira carried a lush bouquet of star gazer lilies, white Eskimo and light pink roses.

The bridesmaids, in navy dresses, carried clutch bouquets of light pink and white open roses.

As you can see in this final picture, Saira and Renatto did finally get to say I do! Saira’s beautiful gown sparkled in the late afternoon sun.

Congratulations to you both! May it be smooth sailing from here on out. Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day.

Life cut short too soon…

Thursday we were honored to help Mrs. Danielle Brown, mother of Marquis Jaylen Brown, with large sympathy designs for the living funeral service that began at 5 pm at Freedom Corner on Crawford St, across from St. Benedict the Moor church.

Danielle has been on a 34 day hunger strike, while she attempts to get better, more complete answers regarding her son’s very tragic death. Marquis fell from the 16th floor of a Duquesne University dorm room in 2018 and died. He died on his 21st birthday.

We hope that the flowers provided a measure of comfort to Danielle. We sincerely hope and pray that she gets the answers she is seeking because no Mom should ever have to bury their child.

R.I.P. Marquis.

7-18-20 Brookside Farm- Our Adventures Continue

Alexa and Chad, Our star – crossed wedding couple, had a confusing journey to their wedding day on 7-18-20.

They were first scheduled to get married in North Carolina. Covid-19 squashed those plans and a Pittsburgh, Pa wedding was  then quickly arranged. On 7-3-20,  Allegheny County imposed more new “rules”- and our wedding  couple had had enough at that point.  They quickly  sought an out of state location for their wedding. In less then 2 weeks, the Brookside Farm Barn in Louisville, Ohio was secured, Vendors switched gears, a new caterer and baker was secured and we were having a wedding in Ohio!!

You first enter Brookside Farm thru a covered bridge (cool – right?), arriving at a fully renovated and air conditioned Barn. Across the parking lot is another building that serves as the chapel.  Beautiful grounds all around the barn and farm will make for awesome pictures.

Alexa and her 8 bridesmaids all wore white dresses and carried all white roses bouquets.  The gentlemen wore shirts, bow ties and leather suspenders!  (Very cool).

Simple floating candles centerpieces decorated half of the guest tables while tall tropical centerpieces decorated the alternating tables.  (The candles were battery operated, in compliance with the Farms rules).  Mercury glass candleholders  also adorned the guest tables, with seating approximately 6 people per table.  Our Pittsburgh Cookie Table made its way to Ohio also.  Cookies were pre-boxed & placed at each guest plate on the table.

On the way up and back we saw lots of fields of corn, beans and tomatoes…… and healthy looking horses. Social distancing was practiced and masks were worn. In spite of this these “rules” a great time was had by all!

Congratulations Alexa and Chad! May your ensuing years together  be less stressful than these past 4 weeks have been.   Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day!

Love Never Fails!

Love is Patient, Love is Kind. It does not envy, It is not proud…….. It always protects, always trusts, Always hopes, Always perseveres. Love never fails.
(From 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)

On 7-10-20, Brian and Marguerite were finally able to get married! The journey to this day had been rough, to say the least. Brian and Marguerite were one of the Noah’s Event Center couples that had to scramble after the corporation filed for bankruptcy last fall.

This couple persevered and choose to move their wedding and reception to the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

Then…..Covid- 19 hit and all wedding plans were thrown into limbo. However, finally, it looked like 7-10-20 would be a good & clear date. After some back and forth, plans were progressing.

Then, on 7-8-20, Allegheny County imposed new rules and their wedding was thrown into question again. The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott & Parkway Florist pivoted again, and came up with Plan “D”. The beautiful back courtyard of the Marriott was to be the setting for the ceremony. However, rain and high heat was predicted on 7/10…..to start at about the time that their ceremony was to begin. At 3:30 pm, things changed again!

So, the first ever wedding ceremony was conducted under the Hotel’s front entrance portico. Our white square arch, draped with flowing chiffon fabric, provided a perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Our new Harlow stands were used to display lush flowers pieces on the isle. The white garden chairs were trimmed with bright coral daisies.

Marguerite and her bridesmaids carried loose roses bouquets, and included coral in the bridal bouquet (her favorite color!) The mini green hydrangea and white roses popped against the bridesmaids’ coral dresses.

The ceremony ended and some pictures were finished just prior to the hard blowing rain hitting. A beautiful end to a wild engagement. Our thanks to Brian and Marguerite for allowing us to help them.

We loved the way everything came together. Kudos to everyone at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott for working so tirelessly to make this wedding happen……and for thinking “outside the box”. We enjoy the challenges you throw at us!