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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!

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eliza Bistro – A New Gem

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Technology Drive – Specifically 329 Technology Dr., is the new home of Hotel Indigo and The Eliza Bistro. Technology Dr. parallels Second Ave. and was the home of Jones and Laughlin Steel for many years.  This site has been reclaimed by many new and exciting companies, often as part of UPMC, Pitt, and CMU.  As we watched these companies move in, we wondered how many buildings would be built before a hotel or restaurant was built.

Surprise!! It has  happened!

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Hotel Indigo is an IHA affiliated property.  In an acknowledgement to the heritage from which it rose, the style of the hotel is very neat and industrial.  Over 100 sleeping rooms are available.  It also has a courtesy shuttle available for guest use daily.

The Eliza Bistro Restaurant is a wonderful entity just off the lobby.  The restaurant was named after the J & L Eliza Blast Furnace.  There are mill-related items on display here and in the lobby.

In addition to the restaurant, there is banquet space available, with outside patios on the first floor and the  5th floor rooftop.  All of the banquet and patio space, as well as the restaurant,  can accommodate rehearsal dinners, private parties, and other functions up to   approximately 100-120 guests.

What a neat surprise……. to visit a part of my past and witness the transformation that has taken place.  I urge you to try the Eliza Bistro and Hotel Indigo.  You will not be disappointed!

2018 – Colorful Weddings are a Summertime Favorite!

Kelly got married in a heat wave, and her flowers matched the heat!  Pictured here are Kelly with her bridal bouquet of mixed summery flowers, as well as two of her bridesmaids whose short, fun, teal dresses were complimented by more bright summery flowers (Bouquet 844).  Kelly loves color!

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St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair was the ceremony setting, while a wonderful and very colorful reception was hosted at the Pittsburgh Airport Mariott.  Each reception table contained a beautiful mixed vase of bright summer flowers (Center Piece 557).

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Thank you for allowing us to join in the fun on your “best day ever!”

2018 – With colors like sherbet…

Carina and Anthony’s wedding at St Gabriel’s Church in Whitehall, PA was the 2nd wedding in recent years for this family.

Carina carried a traditional cascade of all white flowers.

Her Matron of Honor was her older sister, and our former bride!  She wore lavender and carried a bouquet with lavender roses, white Gerber daisies, and other white flowers.

The bridesmaids wore mint dresses, and carried bouquets of pale yellow Gerber daisies, white roses, and other white flowers.

The ballroom at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott where the reception was held was tastefully decorated with alternating centerpieces.  One held white Dendrobium orchids, while the other had white hydrangea and lavender roses.

The V-E-R-Y tall 5 tier cake was accented with white hydrangea.

Congratulations to Carina and Anthony!  Thank you for allowing us to help you on your big day.

2018 – An Enchanting Rose Garden Wedding at Phipps Conservatory

Walking in the Rose Garden at Phipps is just like going into Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  We were first greeted by fragrant, delicate pink and white Astilbe, Hostas, and other lush greens.  White garden chairs were set up in the center of the Rose Garden for the ceremony.

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A wreath of flowers circled around a candle-lit Hurricane globe, greeting guests as they retrieved their place cards for dinner.

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Our bride, Courtney,  and her bridesmaids carried lush bouquets of ivory roses and peonies.

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The romantic centerpieces carried forth the same lush tones with roses, hydrangea, gypsy dianthus, peonies and flowing greens.

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The cake was simply decorated, light pink spray roses adding a breath of color, and white peonies softening the traditional white form.

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We were enchanted to be a part of our bride’s special day!  In spite of the Kenny Chesney concert, the Journey/ Def Leppard concert and  high humidity with threatening rain, a grand time was had by all who were part of Courtney and Steve’s beautiful day.