Love is in the ‘Burgh

This summer we have had the pleasure of helping several spontaneous/elopement weddings. Love in the air is quite the force to be reckoned with.

This past week we met on of the most interesting couples. Laura & Steve, two competitive bodybuilders, became Mr & Mrs at Pittsburgh’s scenic West End Overlook park. Competing and getting married in the same week made for an adventurous and exciting trip to Pittsburgh. We provided Laura with a vibrant pink bouquet that contained roses, calla lilies, and gerber daisies. This couple my look fierce on the outside but they were sweethearts! We were so happy to help!

 

Regardless of whether the couple spends a year planning, or only a few short days, what really matters is the love and commitment they share. For some couples, the decision to elope just makes sense. This was the case for our civil ceremony that took place at the District Magistrate’s office. For this bride, we provided a soft and feminine blush and ivory bouquet. A combination of roses, lisianthus, and calla lilies created this romantic look.

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Are we making you want to elope? Be aware, there is a three day waiting period for marriage licenses filed in Pennsylvania. District Magistrates, Judges, and Mayors as well as religious officiants are all able to marry a couple on short notice. We can have a bouquet ready for you quickly also. Happy Eloping!

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Romance in the Garden

Petals line the isle, the guests have all arrived, the smell of fresh flowers fills the air, all is set for a romantic garden wedding ceremony.

This was just the scene on Saturday August 12th as we watched the bride and groom enter married life surrounded by loved ones. We were happy to help provide the perfect atmosphere for Danielle & Chad to say “I Do.”

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Our pipe and drape created the perfect backdrop for this sweet ceremony. Threatened by rain, their love prevailed and the ceremony was able to take place outdoors at one of our favorite venues.

Danielle carried a cascading bouquet of stargazer lilies, dendrobium orchids, purple lisianthus, and white roses.

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The isle was decorated with rose petals and flowers clusters on the ends of the seats. This provided a nice pop of color as the bride walked down the isle.

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After the ceremony concluded, family pictures were taken in the garden while the guests moved inside to cocktail hour.

Danielle’s bridesmaids wore deep purple dresses, perfect for their August wedding, and a great contrast to their bouquets of light green hydrangea, lavender roses, and calla lilies.

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Congratulations to Danielle & Chad, your garden wedding was a dream come true. We are so happy we could help you make it all happen!

One Centerpiece, Two Looks

Set the mood lighting, change out the linens, light the candles…. voila!

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, we know! You have to make so many decisions that you don’t get to see until the day of. Imagining how all of the elements will work together can be quite difficult. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

When you’re picking centerpiece flowers, it is important to think about the ballroom. A few changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of the room. Coordinating your flowers to your wedding theme or colors can be a tremendous help in creating a cohesive style on your big day.

Here we have the same centerpiece styled in two completely different fashions:

The photo on the left show our centerpiece in a black and white themed ballroom. The romantic candle light adds ambiance. Accent roses placed in square votive holders setup on a square mirror give a contemporary and stylish look.

The photo on the right features our centerpiece in a classic gold styled ballroom. Crisp white table linens with gold sashes and gold mercury glass votive candle holders create a classy and intimate feel.

On the left, the black and white ballroom has a cooler, sleeker feeling. The white chiavari chairs create clean lines, and the black accents bring the look together.

The same ballroom, styled in gold, on the right has a warmer color palette. The gold chair covers and sashes bring a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere to the room.

I was so fun to see this ballroom transform from one look to the other. Each time the centerpiece took on a new personality. With each bride we help, we love to see their personality and unique style shine through. This goes to show that the same ballroom can be styled an endless number of times for a unique and individualized look each and every time. We can’t wait to see many more looks at one of our favorite venues.

Another Great Hidden Gem in Beaver County

On July 28th we ventured to The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in Darlington PA for Samantha & Andy’s wedding.

The beautiful lake house was the perfect place for our bride and her bridesmaids to get ready for the outdoor ceremony and reception.

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This is where we brought Samantha’s bridal bouquet and her bridesmaids’ flowers while they were having their hair and makeup done in the cool air conditioned log cabin style house.

Guests were invited to “take a seat, not a side” at the beautiful lakeside gazebo, where the ceremony was set to take place. With the lake as their backdrop, Samantha and Andy said “I Do” in the fresh, green wilderness surrounded by those they love.

The open air pavilion provided shelter as well as terrific atmosphere for the reception.

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While The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake may be a little off the beaten path, it provides another beautiful setting in the Western PA area for weddings and events.

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As always, congratulations and many thanks to Samantha & Andy for allowing us to be a part of your day.

Fun in the Sun | Two ways to do Tropical

This summer has brought us  many fun and exciting weddings. Most recently, we had two tropical inspired weddings. Both utilized  the same concept but took different approaches.

This is a great example of why each wedding is so special to us. Even two weddings that pull inspiration from the same idea or item can be executed completely differently. This allows  for endless possibilities when it comes to flowers. And with each unique event, we get to provide something original and special.

Approach #1: Classic with a Tropical Twist:
Our first wedding was able to utilize tropical flowers by way of centerpieces. All of the reception centerpieces contained white Dendrobium Orchids. These orchids are quite popular wedding flowers and fall into our tropical category because of where they originate. Dendrobium Orchids  are native to Thailand,  China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and many of the islands of the Pacific, including Hawaii. Not being native to America means that they are eye catching, exotic &  unique while still being easily recognizable. Dendrobium orchids are one of the most affordable of the varieties of orchids available.center pieces 508

With mostly white flowers, this wedding was perfectly timeless and classic with a touch of tropical.

Approach #2: Whimsical & Fun in the Tropics
Our second wedding took a more direct approach to tropical by incorporating a beach theme into the centerpieces. For this wedding we paired our designs with some of the bride’s DIY centerpieces for a themed our look.

We provided the “palm trees” for this beach themed wedding and the bride brought the sea shells. Our robellini “palm trees” stood tall and made a wonderful tropical statement. While the bride’s sea shell and candle center pieces  brought the theme together for a fun, beachy look (the only thing that was missing was the sand and the bugs!)

These weddings allowed us to create tropical inspired looks in two totally different ways, challenging our creative minds to design something new for each bride. And that is what inspires us to dream big, and make it happen.

Thank you for your checking in with us.  We can’t wait to see what the rest of this wedding season holds!

Paying Tribute to our Heroes

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – July 27, 1953.

Providing a wreath for the Memorial was a task we were honored to assist with.

Approximately 30 people gathered this morning for a brief commemoration ceremony at the North Shore Korean War Memorial marking the anniversary of the end of what many call “the forgotten war.”

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The Korean Conflict began in 1950 when 75,000 troops from North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States, along with a number of allies, including Russia, rushed to defend the people of South Korea. The mission of our brave servicemen  was “to protect and preserve freedom in Korea.”

In light of the recent aggressive actions of North Korea, we are reminded again that “freedom is hard earned, needs to be protected, and is not free.”

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The Korean War Memorial, located on the North Shore between PNC Park and Heinz Field, near the river, was dedicated in 1999. It was built using 1.2 million dollars which was raised by volunteers with the Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania.

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The Memorial is a beautiful tribute to our unsung heroes who fought to keep us and others safe and free.

Jessica & Chris | Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding

“We’re back!” we thought to ourselves as we pulled up the driveway at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Returning to one of our favorite outdoor venues is always a treat, and this past Friday we did just that. As we prepared for Jessica & Chris’s wedding, we were reminded that our shop provided the flowers for the very first wedding that the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosted over 2 years ago on May 19th, 2015. And now that they have hosted many weddings, each unique in its own way, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is still a wonderful place to have your special day, especially if you are looking for a natural, earthy feel. (To see our blog post from that first wedding click here.)

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is not just a wedding venue though, they have a unique mission of conservation, education, and community engagement, making them a perfect venue for any eco-conscious couple. 

“We’re nurturing a unique vision at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

We’re reclaiming land from Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past and transforming it into an outdoor experience unlike any in the region. Now acres of forest that were farmed, logged and mined are coming back to life with healthy trees, inviting trails, forested slopes and open meadows.

Today you can wander our 60-acre Woodlands and enjoy an award-winning Lotus Pond. The stunning Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow. Fun exploration stations for families. And three miles of peaceful, wooded trails. You can see the roots of our region in an historic homestead featuring a log cabin, heritage apple orchard and chickens. And you can celebrate special occasions in our beautifully restored 1870s barn that also serves as our Bayer Welcome Center.

But with 460 acres, we’re just beginning to blossom.

The Garden is already connecting people to Pittsburgh’s history and the beauty of Western Pennsylvania. In time, and with your help, we’ll grow it into a premier asset the region can be proud of—and people everywhere can enjoy.”

For more information about the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden visit their website http://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org/.

For couples who have their wedding ceremony and reception at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the space is set to flow all as one. As guests follow the path to the ceremony area, they are greeted by a beautiful and private space.

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The ceremony  guests sit facing the set of doors in the rustic stone wall and the paved pathway creates an isle for the bridal party.

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Naturally, a hot July day called for bright flowers to match. With the temperatures nearing 90 degrees, we delivered on our promise to bring bright & happy flowers.

Jessica carried a bouquet of sunflowers, gerber daisies, roses, stock, green button pomp, and blue thistle. This gave her the bright colors she craved.

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Her bridesmaids carried equally  fun bouquets made up of coordinating flowers. The same bright look was achieved, perfect for Jessica & Chris’s hot wedding day.

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At least there was some relief from the heat, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides a lovely air conditioned bridal suite perfect for those nervous moments before the ceremony. The vintage feel is comforting and calming.

Once Jessica & Chris’s ceremony concluded, the guests simply turned around and entered the reception area under the white tent and into the rustic barn. 

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The long guest tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces filled with more of our bright, happy flowers. The favor was a small potted plant, perfectly appropriate for this garden venue.

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Our bride Jessica, chose a romantic sweetheart table which was set closest to the building. After the ceremony, the bridal party flowers would decorate this table for a bright and festive look.

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A visit to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is never complete without admiring the huge stone fireplace. Decorated with photos and candles, Jessica & Chris made it feel just like home.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Fireplace

What’s a wedding reception without a toast to the new Mr & Mrs? Extra centerpieces were used inside the barn to decorate Jessica & Chris’s bar, cupcake table, and a large arrangement that was used as a memorial vase.

We are so happy that we could be a part of this couple’s big day. We wish you a long happy marriage. 

And for us, seeing all of the beautiful venues Pittsburgh (and beyond) has to offer is a treat in itself. Our passion for weddings only grows stronger as we face each new challenge or obstacle. We hope that you enjoy our weekly pictures and story, and return   to see what our next adventure holds!