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Tradition!

Pittsburgh, with its many citizens and nationalities, is often very traditional. Such was the case this past Saturday as we had the pleasure of providing flowers for a family steeped in tradition.

St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church in the Greenfield section of Pittsburgh was the setting for the ceremony. Both the bride’s parents as well as her grandparents were married in this church. All were in attendance on Saturday.

This Byzantine Catholic Church is very decorative and ornate inside as shown in the photo below. It was built by Russian immigrants who came to the Pittsburgh area to work for Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. For a marriage ceremony, everyone is seated prior to the start of the processional. The bride and groom enter the church together.St John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church- Greenfield Pa

Our bride Mary, in her blush pink dress, carried a lush, romantic bouquet of mostly whites with pinks added, including Queen Anne’s Lace, Dusty Miller, and Eucalyptus.

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Her bridesmaids carried Mother of Pearl Roses with green Hydrangea and pink Lisianthus added. (A great contrast against their navy dresses.)

A little drama prior to the wedding though, provides a story for children and grandchildren. The limo broke down on the way to the church. The bridesmaids and groomsmen called Uber for rides, while the bride and groom hitchhiked to the photographer, who drove them the rest of the way to the church! Phew!

And then… imagine our excitement and surprise when we checked our email this morning and found this kind note from Mary:

Hi Cheryl,

I just wanted to thank you and your team-from the bottom of my heart- for my wedding flowers. They were absolutely beautiful and I loved them SO MUCH! They literally took my breath away when I saw them for the first time at the church. Many of the guests also commented on how gorgeous they were!! You truly made my vision come true.
You and your team are very talented artists and I cannot thank you enough for making my day so special! Please extend my gratitude to your team and an extra special thanks goes to one man in particular (I didn’t even catch his name) who helped me with my train right before I walked down the aisle. His help was greatly appreciated!

Thank you!!
Sincerely,
Mary

 

Thank you Mary, for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of and witness to the continuing of a great tradition!

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Design, Rework, Transform!

Here at Parkway Florist we strive every day to offer creative suggestions for wedding flowers. One of the many things we are happy to do is repurpose flowers from your ceremony to use at your reception.

In the pictures below you will see our lovely brass arch decorated for a ceremony at Pathway Church in Beaver Falls, Pa. This served as a backdrop for both the ceremony and the family pictures that followed. Our team then disassembled the arch and used the flowers at the couple’s reception. The flower arrangement at the top of the arch was tweaked slightly to create a stunning head table centerpiece. The two pieces from the sides of the arch were used to decorate the place card table.

Not only is this a great way to keep a cohesive look from your ceremony to your reception, but it allows you the opportunity to have flowers in more places without the additional cost. We are full of ideas and creative solutions that we would be happy to use on your big day!

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Summer Lovin’

Along with our beautiful bridal bouquets that were created for this past weekend, we did several stunning centerpieces designed to compliment the elegant classy feel our brides were going for.

The receptions were held at The Montour Heights Country Club, The Syria Shrine, and The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, all wonderful wedding venues that we were pleased to work with on this busy weekend.

 

What’s a Designer’s Choice Arrangement?

A designer’s choice arrangement is most often your best option because it allows the floral designer to use the freshest, most colorful, or most unusual flowers available that day. It often allows us to give you something that you may not know we have in stock, or that we even carry.

Here are some samples of recent designer’s choice arrangements from our shop. Each one has a special story to tell.

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Cascades are in!

No, we are not in the 1990’s again. But Dreamy cascades, in a controlled style, are back in fashion again. The cascade helps to accent the slimming lines of many of our 2016 bridal gowns.

Check out some of the cascades we have done in the last few weeks:

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May 30th, 2016.

Memorial Day 2016 dawned clear and hot. A perfect day to hand out our Memorial Day roses to all who would have one.

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Our location at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, located near Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, is a unique one. The cemetery itself is relatively new (the first burials took place in 2005) but already it has proven to be a very popular location for veterans from far & wide, near & far. An estimated 10,000 veterans are now interred here.

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Since building space is limited, and because we want everyone to see us, we bring our van, table, banner, large umbrella, and offer drive up & walk up service.

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Over 800 roses were distributed in about 3 hours. Our flowers were provided through DV Flora, The Memorial Day Flower Foundation, and Parkway Florist. When we finished with our mass distribution, we had the honor of placing flowers on several personally known graves.

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So, Lisa Warner, Albert Pollen, and Ronald Herbert, as well as many others:

We salute you and thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

See everyone next Memorial Day.