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Diversity is fun!

August 1st saw a wide diversity of colors, styles and tests with our brides, bridal parties and their flowers.

Our first wedding of the day — a morning wedding — chose the soft pink O’Hara garden roses for her bouquet, as well as her bridesmaids.  Lots of texture was included with the use of dusty miller, seeded eucy. blue thistle and  purple pride waxflower.  Queen Anne’s lace was an added softness to the bridal bouquet.

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One of our brides chose the classic all red rose bouquet.  At her request, we added a little baby’s breath to her bouquet as well as the groom’s boutonniere.

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Stacey was our “likes bright colors” bride.  She chose to carry a stunning bouquet of solid fushia  dendrobium orchids and ivory roses.  her daughter, the maid of honor, held a bright, multi-colored bouquet, which contrasted nicely against the pool blue of her dress.

 

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Our last bride, Nicole, was really, really into orchids.  shown here is her bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, place card table, cake flowers, table centerpiece for the cookie table (a Pittsburgh tradition…..this one contained over 3,000 cookies), the high and low centerpieces we furnished.  Lavender uplights helped to complete the look, while a special lighted cube bar kept the party going all night.

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A fun time was had by all who attended all of these weddings.  Thank you to Nicole, Stacey and Emily for allowing our staff to help you on your most important, special day! Congratulations again!

Flowers for Men — Boutonnieres

A boutonniere is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonniere is the French word for buttonhole. Boutonnieres are usually reserved for special occasions such as proms, funerals, homecomings, and weddings. Traditionally, a boutonniere is worn on the left lapel. While in the past the flower itself was often a carnation, today many different varieties of flowers are used. Different colors and flowers may also be chosen to better coordinate with whatever else is being worn. Roses, orchids, berries, grasses, herbs, and so on.

Shown here are some recent examples of boutonnieres we have done.

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The colors were sizzling hot on Saturday!

Immaculate Conception Church (Washington) provided a cool refuge on a very hot day. Coral (one of our new favorite summer colors) was Samantha’s wedding color. “Marlyse” roses with white waxflower were carried by the Bridesmaids while Samantha carried “Patience” Garden roses, Eskimo, and creamy Vendella roses in her bouquet. “Ilse” spray roses provided just a little bit of color. The reception was all coral and navy. Beautiful displays of all roses against navy cloths carried the day. Coral Roses and spray roses were also used on the cake.

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Darla chose to use green (her favorite color) with white and soft yellow. Again, the flowers conveyed a  summery feel. Light green hydrangea, green hypericum berries, and a few yellow roses arranged in a low glass cube were pleasant to the eye and easy to see/converse over at the dining tables. Darla and Dave were married by District Justice Ravenstahl, a family friend, who was also a wedding guest.

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What more can we ask for? Sunny Day (no rain) Beautiful Brides and Handsome Grooms, beaming friends and family to share their days.

 

“Organic” Flowers the newest trend

Wedding seasons come and go. Color trends roar in and then fade out. One of the most delightful trends we are experiencing in 2015 is the desire of brides to include natural, textured greenery such a seeded eucalyptus, textured grasses, and thistle in the wedding flowers.

Including color in a bridal bouquet continues to be a choice for many of our brides. Our July 3rd bride, Kristen, incorporated both textured greenery and color in her bouquet. A most pleasing combination.

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For those that prefer a more classic cream/white bouquet, you might like these bouquets. Sahara roses, dahlias, spray roses, dusty miller, thistle and queen ann’s lace combine to produce a very soft, romantic look.

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Pew Decorations

Our newest favorite pew decoration/flower is shown here:

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This very simple design only requires a very small rise on the top of the pew. Two yards of tulle was used in each decoration with approximately 1 1/2 yards of double faced satin ribbon used to tie the bow. The flower was slipped into place after the bow was tied. We would recommend using 1 large flower here to keep the decoration light weight, as well as cost effective.

Summertime– And the color is yellow!

We had some great fun in the last few weeks. Two of our brides- on the same weekend- chose yellow as their color of their flowers!

Yellow is a primary color, so it pops against almost any fabric or any other color it is paired with.

Yellow also makes you happy and makes everyone smile. What better way to start your new life as Mr. and Mrs.?

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Heinz Chapel- Open & Cool Again!

If you haven’t been to Heinz Chapel lately, you are in for a treat. Air Conditioning! Yes- after many many years & much expense, Heinz Chapel is now climate controlled. Wonderful!

Our latest visit to Heinz Chapel allowed guests as well as staff to remain cool, calm, and collected on a hot July Day. Everyone is amazed at how wonderful the climate controls are functioning.

Considering something rather spectacular for a wedding ceremony? If you have one of many connections to the University of Pittsburgh, you can be married here. (See http://www.heinzchapel.pitt.edu for complete details.) If you lack a connection for a wedding ceremony, please consider visiting Heinz Chapel for one of the special concerts or services.

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