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!

Elizabeth and Justin 6-27-20

Elizabeth and Justin exchanged vows on 6-27-20 at the historic #Old St.  Luke’s Church in Carnegie, Pa. This church dates from the early 1700’s.

The preserved historic nature of this church and the cemetery that surrounds it always reminds me of all that our ancestors sacrificed, which I think is an important reminder in today’s world.

Elizabeth carried a loose bouquet of ivory and faith roses with lots of seasonal greenery, shown on the left above. Her bridesmaids, dressed in a mauve color, carried the same color combination of flowers in a smaller size.

The Wedding reception and after- party, held in the #Pittsburgh Airport Marriott’s Grand Ballroom and Courtyard, was tasteful and understated. The guest tables had alternating centerpieces of lanterns and the latest in hoop designs.

The wedding cake was decorated with ivory and light pink spray roses.

The most important part of the day was that Elizabeth and Justin were officially married! …Because Love Never Fails

(PS…. It Feels really good to be making Wedding Flowers Again!!!)

Can we help you with your Micro Wedding?

Our World and the Wedding Industry changed dramatically, beginning on March 16th and continues to evolve daily.

Many of our 2020  brides and grooms have chosen to postpone their large celebrations in 2020, opting for a much smaller, more intimate ceremony this year,   with a Renewal of vows and large reception to follow later this year or next.

We are honored to help all of our couples who choose this route enjoy flowers on their special day.  Sometimes it is just a Bride & Groom — alone in a quiet, special place, exchanging vows that are meaningful to them alone.  Sometimes, parents & special friends are part of this  joyful union.  In any case, whatever the size, and often on short notice, we are here to help in any way that we can.

Shown here are bridal bouquets from some of our recent micro weddings.

June is National Rose Month

Although Americans love flowers, they hold the rose dear as a symbol of life and love, and a devotion to beauty and eternity. They speak the language of love to either their country or fellow human being by giving out a rose. Roses are cultivated in most gardens across the country.

June is National Rose Month!   Roses have a long and colorful history.   Did you know that on November 20, 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

This month we will share with you our love of roses and will feature a different variety each day, thru June 30th. Special pricing will apply for the featured color of the day. Check our website and Facebook pages for each day’s special color.

Shown below are just a few of the varieties that we have in the house today.  Enjoy!!

National Cemetery of the Alleghenies Event Cancelled for 5 – 25 – 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we must advise you that our rose give – away, scheduled for Memorial Day (May 25) has been cancelled.

We have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus, and the rules for no large gatherings. This has become an annual event for us… near and dear to our hearts.

We look forward to seeing everyone for Memorial Day 2021.

 

It was a Family affair on 10-26-19

(Kristen Wynn Photography captured the beauty of the Suzanne Kroll and Kyle Lynch wedding in a spectacular fashion- We thought we would share with you.)

The Kroll family enjoys the love of 3 beautiful daughters —  Carolyn, Jennie and Suzanne. Parkway Florist has had the honor and the pleasure of working with all 3 daughters, to create the wedding of their dreams!  (Three weddings in about a 3 year period!)

A full catholic ceremony was held at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Pleasant Hills for Suzanne & Kyle.

Suzanne carried a loose round bouquet consisting of open whites roses, lisainthsus, white spray roses, blue thistle and lots of textured greens. The bridesmaids bouquets incorporated the same style and flowers, with the addition of lavender freesia.

The evening reception followed at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. Low tasteful  centerpieces filled all the tables. Lavender, white and cream blossoms were used to decorate the beautiful marble look of the Signature Deserts cake.

The note below sent by Mrs. Kroll,  (Mother of the Bride), says it all:

“Dear Cheryl, Thanks again for the beautiful flowers for Suzanne’s  wedding. We received many compliments on the beautiful flowers. Thank you for all of our girls wedding flowers….. three wedding in three years was a lot,  but we enjoyed them all. Thank you again for all your help.    Sincerely,   Cathy and Dan”

While the Kroll family does not have any more daughters getting married, we look forward to working with them on any other floral needs they may have.

Thanks Again Kroll family for allowing us to be part of three special days!