Love Blooms in PNC Park

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The PNC Park sign, along with the statue of Honus Wagner, greets fans as they enter the Park.

“Take me out to the ballgame…”

We at Parkway Florist are just hopeless romantics, and we love playing a small part in a great story.

PNC Park was the setting for our Friday, May 4th wedding. But the story is more than just a wedding at a cool place!

Robin & Nick are two neat  people who moved to Pittsburgh a few years ago for new career opportunities.   A casual meeting at a Pirates game led to more dating & eventually, an engagement.  Now, they love our city.  So….. As they began to plan their wedding, they made the decision to have both families travel to their new home city for the wedding.   What could be a more perfect place for the nuptials & reception than where they first  met – at  PNC Park!

Right at Home Plate is where the happy couple said “I do!”, with the skyline of our beautiful city in the background.  What could be more perfect?

Our Bride, as well as her Bridesmaids & flower girls, carried bouquets of yellow & white Gerber Daisies. Corsages & Boutonnieres also featured bright & fresh yellow Gerbers.

 

The reception moved inside to the Jim Beam Lounge. Festive centerpieces, featuring baseballs with the logos of several MLB teams (including the Pirates, of course!), were showcased against the black-clothed tables. Oh – and Cracker Jack were the wedding  favor of the day!!

 

Congratulations Robin & Nick!  Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your love story!

For more information on hosting your special event at PNC Park, please click HERE.

 

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The Grand Concourse – Old World Splendor & Elegance

One of our recent wedding receptions took place at the Grand Concourse restaurant at Station Square on Pittsburgh’s South Side. This elegant former train station was built in 1901 & in 1974 was listed on the National Register of Historic places.

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To learn more about it’s amazing history, please visit the Grand Concourses site HERE.

In the years since the train station was refurbished into a fine dining establishment, it has hosted famous actors, Heads of State & has even been used to film scenes for several major motion pictures. Plus, of course, it makes a splendid & unique setting for a wedding reception!!

 

Fresh flowers adorn the pearl & silver design of the reception’s wedding cake, which was created by Cakes by Tammy.

 

 

Two different centerpiece designs were used for the occasion. The smaller 2 & 4 person tables had smaller clutch style vases, while the larger booths and tables held lush and full centerpieces comprised of white hydrangea & light pink roses, in mercury glass pedestal bowls, with silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus accents.

 

 

Our Bride carried a bouquet distinguished with light bursts of color, including roses and hydrangea, while the Bridesmaids carried a simple & clean bouquet of all white hydrangea & roses.

Steven Vance Strolling Violins supplied pre-function music as well as dancing music for the entire evening.

The Grand Concourse Restaurant – an historic Pittsburgh Landmark & an excellent setting to celebrate any couples’ Big Day!

 

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!

The (Good) Luck of the Irish Prevailed on 3.17.18

The weather in March can be unpredictable, but St. Patrick’s Day this year proved to be sunny and bright, just a little cool.  Perfect conditions for an early (almost) Spring Wedding!

Parkway Florist created the flowers for three beautiful weddings this holiday weekend.

Megan’s bouquet of light peach garden roses, white spray roses, and Eskimo roses, accented with dusty miller and silver dollar eucy.  was  her perfect dream bouquet.  Megan & her fiance got married in a small, quiet ceremony,  with a private dinner for family and friends held at the Walnut Grill in Bridgeville.

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Kicking off Wedding Season 2018

Our 2018  wedding season has officially started!    On March 2,  we made a trip to Butcher and the Rye Restaurant, located in the heart of the Cultural District,  in Downtown Pittsburgh.   Butcher and the Rye boasts a large selection of Rye whiskey, modern American cuisine, and a rustic chic atmosphere. The restaurant was closed to the public on Friday, in order to   host this wedding reception.  We decorated the  entire space with stylish garlands and stunning florals.

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A large floral centerpiece was featured on the main floor of the restaurant.   The elevated centerpiece was accented by glass cylinders with floating candles, and a floral garland woven  across the table. The almost two story tall  mirror behind the table  added dimension and amplified the look of the  flowers in the romantic candle light.

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The statement centerpiece featured snap dragons, ivory and blush roses, white lilies, larkspur, curly willow, and generous greens.

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Railings  leading to the second floor, and well as on the second floor, were dressed with lush  green garlands,  accented with hydrangeas and  blush and ivory roses.

 

 

The actual wedding ceremony took place  earlier in the day, in Judge’s chambers in the Allegheny County Courthouse, downtown.   Allyson  carried a lavish bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, freesia, and peonies — many of her favorite flowers —  for a feminine and soft look.  Nate, our Groom, wore a classic white rose with freesia boutonniere.

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The first wedding in our busy wedding season has opened the doors of possibilities for new and unique venues. We are looking forward to all of the exciting and extraordinary weddings and special events that we have ahead of us in 2018.    We love weddings!!

Marriage License Types

Congratulations, you’re getting married!   Now what?

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Well, for starters, no couple can get married in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without a valid marriage license. There are two types to choose from.  We’re here to break it down for you so that you are prepared for the application process and all that comes with it.

The two types of marriage licenses issued in Pennsylvania are:
-A Traditional License
-A Self-Uniting License

A traditional marriage license is what most people think of. It requires an officiant to solemnize the marriage as defined under Pennsylvania law.  

Your Officiant must be licensed in the Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania in order to perform your ceremony.  After your ceremony, your Officiant will usually sign the marriage license and handle the recording with the Marriage License Bureau for you.

A self-uniting license is more uncommon, but growing in popularity.   It has been around historically since the time of Quakers in Pennsylvania and does not require an officiant. The couple generally recites vows to each other, that they have written, uniting  in marriage on their own, either as part of a self guided ceremony or privately if they wish.  After the couple have recited their vows to each other, two witnesses who are present at the ceremony sign the license.  The couple is then responsible for mailing the license to the Marriage License Bureau for recording.

In Pennsylvania, there is a mandatory three day waiting period for all couples from the time that they apply for their license to when it is granted.  It is best to apply for a marriage license two to three weeks prior to your scheduled wedding ceremony. Once the license is granted,  it is valid for up to sixty days.

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To apply for a marriage license, both applicants must complete the application (either online or in person) and both must appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau to complete the application process. Once your application is accepted, the applicants must wait the mandatory 3 days until their marriage license is available for pickup (or it can be mailed.)  (There are some exceptions that can apply in certain cases, such as a medical issue.  Please check with the County Marriage License Bureau for further guidance).

The information above applies to all counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The cost of a marriage license can vary from county to county, however.  Please check each county’s website for costs and hours of operation for the Marriage License Bureau in that county.

And Good Luck to all!!