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2018 — Winter Wedding Wonderland

Nichole and Howard exchanged vows  on 12-8-2018 at Alla Famiglia Restaurant, in an  intimate wedding ceremony for just their close friends and family.  Nichole carried a beautiful crystal bouquet down the aisle, which we lined with with glass enclosed candles.  White poinsettias accented the sparkling pine arch, which was the backdrop for the ceremony.

The bride, groom, and their wedding guests dined at a family style table at Alla Famiglia Restaurant.  Their centerpieces were full with vendella roses, lisianthsus, gold hypericum berries and various winter greens in our silver mercury glass bowls.

This weekend, on 12-15-2018, the festivities continued at Monterey Bay Restaurant.  The newlyweds had a reception for many more of their friends and family in the lower level of the restaurant,  which was decorated with festive red flowers & decor, in the spirit of the holiday season!  The low centerpieces, prepared in gold cubes, contained  red roses, red carnations, frosty pine cones, with  golden curly willow  accents.

Petite  bubble bowls with roses and gold ornaments adorned the cocktail tables.

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The high centerpieces had red roses, red carnations, golden ornaments, frosty pine cones, winter greens, golden curly willow, and other gold accents.

And of course, we can’t forget the stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline that the venue provides:

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It was truly a pleasure working with Nicole & Howard  to make their vision a reality!  We hope that they continue making special memories like these for many years to come, and are thankful that we could help them on these  most special days. Congratulations Again!

 

PS…..and we understand that Santa came!!  He Did!  He Did!

 

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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!

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.

8-18-18…The Biggest Wedding Day of the Year

August 18, 2018 was a beautiful day for a wedding – 30,000 couples across the planet agreed on that!  It was the busiest wedding day of the year, so far.

And we handled our share of the excitement that day, traveling to all points of the Western Pennsylvania area.

Brittany

 

Brittany loves all things purple.  Her bridal bouquet (#852) featured white and lavender roses with white lisianthus accents.  Our bridesmaids, in alternating purple and lilac dresses, also carried alternating bouquets with white (#853) or lavender (#854) roses with hydrangea.  Floating candle centerpieces with submerged lavender roses provided a romantic display on her guest tables.

Julie

Julie & Kevin exchanged vows and celebrated with friends and family at Gaetano’s restaurant on Banksville Rd.  Julie carried a bouquet (#855) of blue delphinium, white roses, and white carnations.  Her Maid of Honor carried a simple clutch (#856) of blue hydrangea, which was also featured in her centerpieces (#563).  Similar blue and white flowers decorated our brass arch, which served as a backdrop for their ceremony.

Samantha

Samantha got married outside, at the Gazebo at the White Barn in Prospect, PA.  She carried a lush, flowing bouquet (#857) of pink and white roses, pink and white gerber daisies, white lisianthus, and lots of interesting greens and accent flowers.  The bridesmaids carried simple clutches (#858) of large pink gerbers, which were also featured in her center pieces (#564).

Kristy

Kristy’s center pieces (#568) also featured pink and white, using gerbers, roses, hydrangea, and carnations.  Beautiful vases of all white fluffy hydrangea provided a stunning statement for the ceremony setting.

Shelley

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Shelley chose the elegant all white look for her reception.  Our tall pencil cases provided an understated, simplistic center piece (#567) filled with white dendrobium orchids.

Jessica

Jessica’s was our biggest wedding of the day.  When 10 bridesmaids are involved, you have a tribe!  Our bride carried a loose, lush bouquet (#859) of garden roses, dahlias, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace and assorted greenery.

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Her tribe of bridesmaids carried similar flowers on a smaller scale (#860).

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Guests were greeted at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott by a lush and full elevated center piece that included hydrangea, roses, and pink larkspur.

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Center pieces in the Grand Ballroom contained the same flowers in both high and low arrangements (#566).

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Flowers also were used to tastefully accent the wedding cake.

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Whether your wedding (and your wedding party) is big or small, we love helping you all!  So, to all our wonderful brides and grooms, we thank you for choosing us to help you.  We hope that you had ‘The Best Day Ever!’

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 – Sometimes, the little things mean a lot!

Gone, but not forgotten!  We were honored to be able to help Jennifer with her wedding flowers on Saturday, 7/7.  A number of family members were honored in Jennifer’s bouquet through the use of special pins added to her bouquet.

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Pictured here is her bouquet (841) and her bridesmaids’ bouquet (842).  All six family members were surely smiling as she said “I do!”  Thanks Jen, for allowing us to be a part of your big day!

 

 

 

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.