Navy and Coral are Great Colors for a Spring Wedding

South Hills Church of the Nazarene was the setting for our navy and coral wedding on March 10, 2018.

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Kicking off Wedding Season 2018

Our 2018  wedding season has officially started!    On March 2,  we made a trip to Butcher and the Rye Restaurant, located in the heart of the Cultural District,  in Downtown Pittsburgh.   Butcher and the Rye boasts a large selection of Rye whiskey, modern American cuisine, and a rustic chic atmosphere. The restaurant was closed to the public on Friday, in order to   host this wedding reception.  We decorated the  entire space with stylish garlands and stunning florals.

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A large floral centerpiece was featured on the main floor of the restaurant.   The elevated centerpiece was accented by glass cylinders with floating candles, and a floral garland woven  across the table. The almost two story tall  mirror behind the table  added dimension and amplified the look of the  flowers in the romantic candle light.

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The statement centerpiece featured snap dragons, ivory and blush roses, white lilies, larkspur, curly willow, and generous greens.

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Railings  leading to the second floor, and well as on the second floor, were dressed with lush  green garlands,  accented with hydrangeas and  blush and ivory roses.



The actual wedding ceremony took place  earlier in the day, in Judge’s chambers in the Allegheny County Courthouse, downtown.   Allyson  carried a lavish bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, freesia, and peonies — many of her favorite flowers —  for a feminine and soft look.  Nate, our Groom, wore a classic white rose with freesia boutonniere.

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The first wedding in our busy wedding season has opened the doors of possibilities for new and unique venues. We are looking forward to all of the exciting and extraordinary weddings and special events that we have ahead of us in 2018.    We love weddings!!

Marriage License Types

Congratulations, you’re getting married!   Now what?



Well, for starters, no couple can get married in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without a valid marriage license. There are two types to choose from.  We’re here to break it down for you so that you are prepared for the application process and all that comes with it.

The two types of marriage licenses issued in Pennsylvania are:
-A Traditional License
-A Self-Uniting License

A traditional marriage license is what most people think of. It requires an officiant to solemnize the marriage as defined under Pennsylvania law.  

Your Officiant must be licensed in the Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania in order to perform your ceremony.  After your ceremony, your Officiant will usually sign the marriage license and handle the recording with the Marriage License Bureau for you.

A self-uniting license is more uncommon, but growing in popularity.   It has been around historically since the time of Quakers in Pennsylvania and does not require an officiant. The couple generally recites vows to each other, that they have written, uniting  in marriage on their own, either as part of a self guided ceremony or privately if they wish.  After the couple have recited their vows to each other, two witnesses who are present at the ceremony sign the license.  The couple is then responsible for mailing the license to the Marriage License Bureau for recording.

In Pennsylvania, there is a mandatory three day waiting period for all couples from the time that they apply for their license to when it is granted.  It is best to apply for a marriage license two to three weeks prior to your scheduled wedding ceremony. Once the license is granted,  it is valid for up to sixty days.

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To apply for a marriage license, both applicants must complete the application (either online or in person) and both must appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau to complete the application process. Once your application is accepted, the applicants must wait the mandatory 3 days until their marriage license is available for pickup (or it can be mailed.)  (There are some exceptions that can apply in certain cases, such as a medical issue.  Please check with the County Marriage License Bureau for further guidance).

The information above applies to all counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The cost of a marriage license can vary from county to county, however.  Please check each county’s website for costs and hours of operation for the Marriage License Bureau in that county.

And Good Luck to all!!

Allegheny County Courthouse Weddings

In the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Courthouse boasts a grand facade, historic significance, and stunning architecture. Luckily, for those who wish, this could also be the wedding venue of your fairy tale dreams.

The courthouse’s grand staircase and gallery, located on the first floor of the building, make a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies. At the center of the building, is a beautiful courtyard, perfect for a wedding reception or cocktail hour. The landscaped gardens and dramatic fountain create the most romantic ambiance.

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More information regarding courthouse rentals can be found by clicking here.  In all cases,  a bride and groom  MUST contact Alexandria, the  Wedding Coordinator for the Allegheny County Courthouse.   (She will advise you of availability for even the smallest of ceremonies and picture opportunities).    (Her contact information is shown in the link above).

If you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or elopement, judges are permitted to perform these ceremonies in their chambers and are often happy to do so. For a list of judges click here.

For those who don’t choose to have their weddings at the courthouse, be sure to check out its “Romanesque Revival” style architecture when you visit to apply for your marriage license. In Pennsylvania, marriage licenses are valid for 60 days and there is a mandatory 3 day waiting period between when you apply for a license  and when your license is ready.

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The Allegheny County Courthouse, as a wedding venue, comes with a few cool perks too. For example, the bride and groom may choose the color scheme of the LED lights that are affixed to the the Grant Street facade and bell tower of the Courthouse during their event.  So your special color can glow over the stone building.

To read reviews of what previous brides and grooms thought and to see more pictures, click here to view the Allegheny County Courthouse on Wedding Wire.

We hope that this has been helpful in your search for a wedding venue. Happy planning!

2018 Wedding Trend Alert!

The month of January in a flower shop is about reflecting, planning, preparing, brainstorming, and of course, meeting with our new & prospective  brides. This quieter time allows us to prepare for a busy wedding season, so that all things  go smoothly and according to plan.   It also gives us an opportunity to research  new and evolving  trends.  Out with the old, in with the new!   Here is what we have observed and expect to be  seeing lots of in  the 2018 wedding season:

1.) Lots of Greenery
Flowing greenery provides organic texture, romantic atmosphere, and a natural tone. There are so many varieties of greens to choose from that any look & feel can be achieved.

2.) Hanging Florals & Swags
This is the “Wow!” factor. Eye-catching arrangements make a statement that greats your guests and demands their attention. Elaborate designs require many flowers and provide a luxurious, upscale look to any ceremony or reception.

3.) Navy – is the New Black!
Less harsh than black, navy makes for a perfect neutral to pair with a wide array of colors. Whether it be tuxedos, bridesmaids dresses, or an accent color, navy is in!

4.) Floral Wreaths – to Carry
This creative take on traditional bouquets brings a natural contemporary feel to bridesmaid flowers. Complimenting the hanging florals trend, this look could be the special touch you’re looking for.


5.) Woodsy Decor
Beautiful greens, branches, wildflowers, disbursed sunlight peaking through the trees, woodsy is a romantic route to go. The forest of beautiful textures leave us with endless possibilities.

6.) Pantone’s Ultra Violet
The 2018 Pantone color of the Year is called Ultra Violet. This moody hue is sure to be seen across the wedding industry. Following purple’s slow growing popularity as a wedding color, we can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that our brides will incorporate this color trend in their decor. (Just keep in mind that purple and lavender are receding colors, so things will tend to be dull looking when used with pastels.  If purple or lavender are paired with a bright color, both will shine).

So, since we  are still very early in the year, and wedding planning is now  in full swing for 2018 weddings, we hope these trends provide some food for thought  and consideration in your wedding planning process.  Should you like to discuss these ideas with us, please call us at 412-937-1100, and we will be happy to schedule a free cosultation with you.  Happy Planning!!

One Last Hooray!

As 2017 drew to a close, we were somewhat nostalgic, yet very happy for our year end brides.

Our 12/29/17 bride chose a very full but traditional look to compliment her long sleeved lace dress. Sahara roses, Patience garden roses, Vendella roses, red hypericum berries, and gold eucalyptus accents came together nicely into a loose round shape.

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Andrea, our Saturday bride carried some of the same flowers but also included pink mini callas, maroon amaranthus , and dark mums. Rose Gold was the accent color which displayed nicely in the pink accented ballroom.

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One of our New Year’s Eve brides chose to be married under our brass arch with similar flowers. After the ceremony concluded and pictures were finished, the flowers were transferred to the head table.

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So, as 2017 drew to a close, we gather one last time to wish all of our 2017 brides and grooms a heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for your new lives ahead. Thank you all for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day.    And we look forward to what 2018 has in store for us as well!

Santa’s Helpers Have Been Working Hard

The trees are trimmed, the poinsettias are watered, the bows are tied neatly, we are ready for Christmas in a flowers shop!

You better believe Santa has a lot on his plate for 2017, and of course he has lots of help to get it all done! We had the pleasure of visiting some of out favorite local Pittsburgh businesses to bring the spirit of Christmas alive this year.

In classic Pittsburgh tradition, we prepared for light up night by decking the halls at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto located in Pittsburgh’s scenic Mt. Washington neighborhood. We started at the hostess station and worked our way throughout the restaurant.

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As guests ride the elevator up to the restaurant level, they experience the amazing scenic view of Pittsburgh’s downtown. Once they step off the elevator, they are greeted by Monterey Bay’s tastefully decorated Christmas tree. Trimmed with ornaments in hues of gold, champagne, ivory, copper, and brass, the tree coordinates with the rest of the restaurant’s decorations perfectly.

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Several fresh and artificial pine wreaths decorate the walls of Monterey Bay for an understated but festive look. Once the ambiance is set, the seats are filled, and the view of the city is in sight, you know you’re in for a treat. Be sure to visit this holiday season!

After Thanksgiving, we visited the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, and we brought the holiday cheer with us! The most notable of our decorations greets you as you enter the hotel lobby. Our big tree takes many  crew members to assemble and decorate, but when its all done it,  makes quite an impression!  (Sometimes, we have audience participants to help us with decorating and caroling!)

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This hotel is known for being a hub for business meetings, parties, gatherings, special events, and weddings. And for that reason, they need plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone. For guests enjoying lunch, dinner, or cocktails in their Runner Stone Mill House Restaurant, our silver tree brings a feeling of home to your “home away from home.” Marriott Restaurant Tree.jpg

If lounging is more your style, we’ve also added decorations to the shadow boxes that decorate the wall above the comfy lounge-style seating area.

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For banquets, Christmas parties, winter weddings, and special events, we decorate several  Christmas trees that may be moved and  used to decorate any number of  ballrooms and areas  throughout the hotel.

For added festive touches, you might see a little of this and a little of that in all the right places. For those who spend the holidays away from home, it can be hard to get in the spirit, but that’s not the case if you’re staying at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.

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We also brought the holiday to the offices of ProMinent Fluid Controls and Calgon Carbon Corporation.  We do our best to work  in the company’s colors each year.  As you can see, We Simply Love Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all……and hope you enjoy our team’s talents!

To see more of what we are up to this holiday season, and the rest of the year, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!