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Memories of Weddings Past…

Recently, we received some beautiful photos from a wedding we provided flowers for on  November, 18 2017. The Bride was Andrea Yasko, with a ceremony taking place at Heinz Chapel & a reception at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Grand Ballroom.

The couple’s wedding photographer, Kristen Wynn, was kind enough to share some of the memories she captured that day, including some fine images showcasing the bouquets & centerpieces Parkway Florist had created.

 

 

Above, the happy couple, their wedding party & some closeups of the bouquets of the day!

 

 

Above are examples of the stunning, tall centerpieces created for the reception. Lower centerpieces were also created, to give a high/low look, and create diversity throughout the room.

Thank you Kristen Wynn Photography for sharing your lovely work!

 

All images courtesy of Kristen Wynn Photography, to learn more please click HERE.

Please contact Jeannie Dankowski for special events at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott & click HERE for more information on how to plan your reception there.

 

 

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Big, Textured & Beautiful!

Julie had a vision for her wedding that we enjoyed fulfilling.

Her request for her bouquet was for it to be “lush” & full, with lots of texture.

Julie’s bouquet, pictured above (left),  included Garden Roses, White Peonies, Light Pink Spray Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Lisianthus, Soft Astilbie & lots of flowing greens. The bouquet complimented her light ivory lace dress very nicely.

The Bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar in the textures used in the Bridal bouquet, but on a smaller scale.

Using lots of texture & greenery is a trend that we are seeing often this year. We hope you like what we created for Julie!

The Rush of Spring 2018 Brides

Wedding season creeps up on us – with little cat feet. Soft, gentle, one at a time. Then warmer weather breaks, and many, many weddings & events begin to happen. Here’s a sampling of bouquets we have created in just the last month.

 

Blush, ivory & white are still some of our most requested colors, but occasionally someone goes bold! We will create whatever you want!

What Does Green Mean?

Today we’re exploring colors again, and this time we wanted to learn about the color green. Here’s what we found:

The color green can be relaxing, soothing, and calming. Green is associated with nature, growth, meditation, fertility, and wealth.

From the floral perspective we can look at the color green in two ways: Green Flowers or Green Foliage.

You would probably be surprised to know that there are many varieties of flowers that come in green, and they can create elaborate designs. Green flowers do not have to blend in, they can be eye catching and extravagant just like any other color of flower. The same can be said for greenery. We often encounter many clients that are anti-greens, fearing that excessive greens will distract from the look of their flowers. But this does not have to be true. In fact, greens are used to accentuate a design and create a canvas for the flowers. Without the greens, sometimes flowers can look plain or like they are missing something.

Below we have selected some uses of both green flowers, and nice greenery that we feel showcase the powers of the color green, check it out:

Do these flowers leave you feeling green with envy? Let us know what you think!

 

Why is Red the Color of Love?

We’re back at it again exploring colors! This week we are bringing the color red into the picture.

Red is a primary color so it is often fairly prominent in nature. Seeing the color red prompts the brain to release adrenaline as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure. This is interpreted two ways by the human body: Passion and Energy.

Passion: Red roses have always been a symbol of love and passion. The color red is used for Valentine’s Day to represent love, and it is always used in reference to our hearts. Traditionally red is the color used to send the message of love, and that is not a trend we see changing any time soon!

Energy: The color red is energizing and motivates us to take action. This can sometimes have a negative connotation such as with anger or aggression. Other times it can simply inspire action or be attention grabbing, for example a Stop sign which is always red.

Luckily, the beauty of flowers help us make the distinction that we mean love and passion. That is why red flowers have often been popular for weddings. A wedding represents the unity of a couple joined in true love and using the color red to represent the couple’s love seems very fitting.

Below we have selected some photos of red flowers that have helped us send a message of love:

 

Join us next time to see what color we will look into next!

How Does Pink Make You Think?

If you’re just joining us, this is our second segment of Exploring Colors where we are diving into the meanings, effects, and traditions behind flower colors to show how color selections can affect your everyday life.

Today we are looking at pink. Pink is a very popular color for flowers. It is feminine and playful. Many flowers come in various shades of pink. From blush to hot pink, there are pink flowers in every shade in between. Pink can be a statement color or an accent, and can be used in many applications. Often times, pink flowers are use for new babies and to symbolize innocence.

Pink as a color can have varying affects psychologically. Bright, vibrant pink is exciting. It can increase energy and tends to be very attention grabbing. Bright pink can also be seen a joyful and exuberant. Pale pink on the other hand, is seen a sweet and caring. It can resemble skin tones and create feelings of intimacy. Pale pink is considered very feminine and often a color of romance as it is a variation of the color red.

Below you can some of the many choices of pink flowers:

 

What color would you like to see us explore next?

 

 

 

What Can Blue Do For You?

The science of colors has always been interesting to us here at Parkway Florist. But not only is there scientific research showing that certain colors affect us psychologically, there are also color meanings that stem from tradition. We’re going to dive in and explore these meanings over the next few weeks in hopes of inspiring you to look at the colors around you and consider how they can change your day.

We’re beginning our series  with one of the most rare colors in the flower industry, Blue. There are very few naturally occurring true blue flowers. The blue flowers that are available  to use are always eye catching elements in  a design.

Blue as a color creates a calming effect on people. It is considered a serene and relaxing color. Medical research shows that seeing blue can lower both heart rate and blood pressure. Don’t go painting your whole house blue though, the color can also invoke feelings of sadness so it is important to find the right balance.

Below are some pictures of blue flowers that we have used recently:

 

Not enough choices? Fortunately, blue comes in many shades and variations. Names such as sky, aqua, teal, cobalt, navy, cyan, cornflower, or cerulean  all mean blue. Here are some examples of other ways to include blue’s calming  effect even without blue flowers:

We hope this has opened up a wide array of possibilities to you. If you’re crazy about blue we would love to make it a part of your special occasion!

In our next segment, you can look forward to the science and traditions behind the color pink! Until then, check us out on Instagram by clicking here.