June is Bursting at the Seams!

A whirlwind of excitement and emotion, June has been quite the show!

Our wedding season at Parkway Florist actually began months ago – quietly, slowly, gently. By the time June comes, we are an excited crew ready to help our many wedding couples with the most important day of their lives. We thought we would catch up and show you some of what we have been up to this month:

June 3rd actually allowed us to feature a bridal bouquet of white tulips and use white tulips in the centerpieces. White tulips were the bride’s only request (nearly out of season), which we searched high and low for, but fulfilled!

June 10th we saw color come into our world. First, peach and white for Melanie.

Then yellow, blue, and white for Stephanie.

June 17th We visited Holy Trinity Church once again with more yellow, white, and blue flowers. Charcoal grey dresses were the perfect backdrop for bright pops of color on a beautiful “almost summer” day.

More grey dresses were worn at our hotel ceremony on June 17th. While the bride carried a mostly white loose cascade, the bridesmaids carried pink peonies, peach roses, and light blue hydrangea with thistle accents. The centerpieces as well as the cake featured all of these flowers.

On June 24th, Kathleen and Gary exchanged vows at St Mary of the Mount church despite some unexpected trauma. Gary, a hockey coach, was badly injured about 10 days before the wedding leaving him on crutches or a scooter. This couple prevailed and the wedding did take place as scheduled. It gave real meaning to the “in sickness or in health” part of their wedding vows. They were both good sports and able to laugh at the circumstances.

Amanda & Eric also exchanged vows on June 24th but at the more intimate St Patrick’s Church in Oakdale. The wide window ledges provided a perfect resting place for flowers that were then used as head table arrangements at their reception. A lush bouquet with a small accent of her grandmother’s wedding dress was carried by Amanda. Her bridesmaids carried clutches of hydrangea, Sahara roses and touches of baby’s breath. The centerpieces featured these same flowers with rose gold accents.

Wow! So many beautiful brides! So many beautiful flowers! Congratulations to all! We enjoyed helping each and every one of you!

 

What About the Men in Your Life? | Boutonnieres

A boutonniere is a flower that packs a punch! This often overlooked detail is the finishing touch for any groom or tuxedo wearer in general.   “Boutonniere”  comes from the french word for button hole, which is traditionally where the single flower or bud was worn.

Boutonnieres are a tradition that have lasted the test of time, and can still be seen today,  pinned to the left lapel of their wearers. Boutonnieres are an opportunity to tie into the flowers being worn or carried by a date or escort.

In the past, boutonnieres were worn more frequently,   but today are generally reserved for formal gatherings such as weddings, proms, homecomings, funerals, and formal ceremonies.  The flower itself was often a carnation and the most formal color was white; another classic choice was red.  Today, many colors and flowers are appropriate for use as boutonnieres and can be use to achieve many different looks.

Shown below are some of our favorite boutonnieres —   Parkway Florist Pittsburgh Boutonnieres Wedding Prom Homecoming.jpg

What is your favorite flower? Can we make something special for you?

Tiffany & Patrick | June 3rd, 2017

St Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, OH was the beginning of our Saturday adventures!

This beautiful basilica styled church is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is quite a site to see.

“The present church is the result of three major remodeling projects, but still retains the 1907 stained glass windows, made in Munich, Germany, as well as the marble altars, statues, and Communion rail imported from Italy. The 15 major stained glass windows are very rare, depicting the mysteries of the Rosary.  The dome rises 95 feet from the marble mosaic floor, and the center aisle is 75 feet long.  The overall design of St. Peters is of the French Renaissance style of architecture, cruciform in shape. It was designed by Emil Ulrich of Cleveland, Ohio, and features two towers rising 145 feet.  The exterior was built of Amherst and stone, and the structural parts of the roof, towers, and dome are of steel which was made in the area.  In 1993 a one million-dollar renovation took place under the direction of Msgr. Lucianna, to restore the roof, dome, towers, and exterior stone.” (For more information please visit the church’s website by clicking here.)

Our bride, Tiffany, was all about pink. She carried a big fluffy bouquet of light pink peonies, and her 12 bridesmaids carried more of the fluffy pink peonies with white roses and eucalyptus.

Tiffany & Patrick’s adorable flower girl wore a beautiful halo of baby’s breath and pink spray roses. Her hair had been adorned with lovely pearl pins that accented the halo perfectly.

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The reception was held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in the grand ballroom. A graceful, tall pink blooming tree greeted guests as they entered the reception.

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Both high and low centerpieces were utilized to give the ballroom interest. The centerpieces included blush pink roses, hydrangeas, gold tipped eucalyptus, and the same fluffy pink peonies as the bridal party flowers.

Gold chiavari chairs completed the very elegant look.

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To our new Mr & Mrs, we wish you many years of happiness!

Singing the Tune of June | National Rose Month

With today being the first day of June, we are happy to see that National Rose Month is finally here! Roses have been a long time favorite for many people, and thankfully we have a whole month dedicated to them.

Roses have a long and colorful history. The have been known to symbolize love, beauty, innocence, politics, and even war. This special month-long tribute is set aside for Americans to appreciate the beautiful rose, learn about its many varieties, and what it has to offer.

Part of the appeal when it comes to roses, is that they come in a wide array of colors that can be used in stunning combinations or enjoyed on their own. It does not matter if you are the type of person to only buy flowers once or twice a year, or every week for your dining table, anyone can enjoy roses.

Roses are a great choice when sending flowers for many reasons. Firstly, they are extremely popular, and are readily available (at market pricing) at most local flower shops. Secondly, roses are appropriate for any occasion. Roses are used to convey romance, friendship, appreciation, love, congratulations, and even sympathy. And lastly, roses are grown in a rainbow of beautiful natural colors. Varieties are available in red, maroon, orange, peach, coral, yellow, ivory, pink, lavender, blush, and more! No matter your style, contemporary, classic, simple, extravagant, traditional, or anywhere in between, roses can be arranged to fit your taste.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose would be the national floral emblem of the United States of America. In June, roses are so plentiful and abundant, that it makes the perfect month for National Rose month. Additionally, National Red Rose Day is June 12th.

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Today, there are well over 100 species of roses, mostly grown in the northern hemisphere in moderate weather regions.

Rose hips are sometimes eaten for their vitamin C content. They can also be pressed and filtered to make herbal tea, syrup, jams, jellies, and marmalade. Rose hips are also popular in skin care products.

So all month long, we will be celebrating the beauty of the rose, with many special offerings.

As you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or “just because” moments, consider sending roses – our national emblem.

 

Memorial Day 2017

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As Memorial Day nears again, we are reminded of one of our favorite Parkway Florist Traditions. On Monday May 29, 2017, you can find us at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies passing out complimentary roses to be placed at the graves of service members.

This is an honorable cause that we are glad to support each year. This year we have teamed up with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and DVFlora to make this possible.

If you have the chance, or you have a loved one buried at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA, we would love to see you come out and support our cause. This cemetery spans 292 acres and is quite the sight to see.

We will be at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies starting at 9:30 AM on Monday May 29, 2017. Our van will be parked near the entrance to the cemetery with our Memorial Day Flowers Foundation Banner attached. We hope you will join us.

#FlowerOnEveryGrave

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April Showers Bring May Weddings!

We are only half way through the month of May, and already our shop has been whirling with beautiful wedding bouquets.

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One of our May 13th brides loved color. Bold and beautiful, her bouquet (shown on the left) featured white mini calla lilies, white roses, coral roses, and dark blue delphinium accents. Her bridesmaids showed off their long and flowing navy gowns with our all coral rose bouquets.

Cream and white combinations also continue to be popular and classic:

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Our next most popular colors this month seem to be combinations of pink and white or white and purple.

Especially beautiful peonies have continued to be popular.

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Also, Cascades are back! This is a classic style that has been rediscovered.

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Classic red roses are perpetually in style. Making a stunning statement against black bridesmaids dresses or a white/ivory bridal gown.

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In our ever changing flowers world, May continues to bring us many soft pastels and the occasional bold pop of color. It keeps us on our toes, and makes us look forward to every bridal client that we service.

Here’s to a busy 2017!

Prom 2017

Every year around this time, we start getting requests for Prom flowers. High School proms are often that one special night a year for girls & guys alike to get dressed up, and have the time of their lives.

Free of care and stress about homework, sports, college applications, jobs, or anything else, this is the one night to have a blast and spend it with your special date or friend.

Of course this means that all are dressed to the nines. Hair, nails, and makeup are done, shoes, jewelry, and attire decided ahead of time. And flowers of course! Don’t forget the flowers.

One of our favorite trends for prom flowers is the hand tied bouquet. With prom being the more formal of school dances, everything is “fancier” including flowers. Hand tied bouquets allow for fun picture poses, they come with ease and comfort of use, and they provide flexibility of design and style.

Here are some of the amazing hand tied bouquet designs we have done so far this year:

For the guys, boutonnieres offer a fun pop of color, and a chance to match their date:

And for girls who prefer a classic wrist corsage, the choices are endless:

For ordering information please call us at the shop (412) 937-1100.  Advance ordering   for Prom flowers  is required!  (Generally a minimum of 5 days in advance of your Prom date).

Happy Prom Season!