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Style and Tradition – Mazel Tov!!

Tradition & Customs often plays  a very important  in weddings & wedding  planning. We work very hard to help our brides and grooms incorporate the traditions & customs  that are important to them and their families,  while  providing the feel or dream  that they want to achieve.   At times, this can mean some research into what the traditions and customs are.  Sometimes, it involves conversations with a number of relatives to show us pictures, or share other information that may be helpful to our process.

Combining customs, style and tradition was a task that we welcomed on 10-29-16.  The  wedding ceremony and reception  were taking  place in the same room at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  The first set up was  the ceremony space with our round chuppah (a structure under which Jewish wedding ceremonies take place.) The groom’s Tallis, a gift from his Grandparents, presented to him upon their return from Israel many years ago, was draped prominently across the front of the  Chuppah. We were also sure to include the style that the bride and groom both wanted. When the room was finished it made quite a stunning impression as shown below:

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The heavily petalled  center isle  meant that the ushers used the side isles to seat guests. The center isle was reserved the wedding processional. Steven Vance Strolling Violins provided ceremony music and night was off to a great start.

The bride carried a bouquet of White Mini Cymbidium Orchids, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids, Lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory & White  Roses, and Purple Wax Flower accents . The Groom wore a matching white mini cymbidium orchid boutonniere.

The bridesmaids carried lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory Roses, and Purple Wax Flower. The Groomsmen wore  matching Lavender Ocean Song Rose and Wax Flower Boutonnieres.

The Chuppah was decorated with bands of white hydrangea that were used as tiebacks to the sheer fabric drapes.

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Following  the ceremony, the guests proceeded to  the cocktail hour while the bridal party had portraits taken in front of the Chuppah. We then began to flip the room for the reception. This all happens very quickly and with careful precision. Tables and chairs are put in place, the Chuppah is removed, a dance floor is assembled, The DJ sets up, the centerpieces are perfected, the wait staff readies the tables, lighting is adjusted, and so much more that happens in the blink of an eye.

The centerpieces also utilized rose petals to create more ambiance. Two slightly different centerpieces decorated the guest tables. The first used a tall square center vase of white hydrangea with twelve square votive candles  around it, and rose petals on the outside. The second used a tall square  center vase of lavender roses that matched the petals. The centerpieces created a romantic glow throughout the evening.

The head table was our favorite King Arthur styled table, also decorated with rose petals, and utilizing the bride and bridesmaids bouquets. Additional  tea light candles added interest.

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At the conclusion of the cocktail hour and pictures, guests were  welcomed  back in for the reception. The room again made a stunning impression. The two families, now joined as one, danced into the late evening celebrating the lovely occasion.

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We rose to the challenge to incorporate tradition and customs, with contemporary styling  into this wedding. All of our hard work and long hours  resulted in a  dream wedding for Stephanie and Elliott. Best wishes to you both, Mazel Tov! Thank you for choosing our company to help make your dream come true!

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tales Can Come True

As we always say at Parkway Florist, the possibilities are endless. One of the ways we can honor that statement is by using props that are multifunctional. Our brass arch is a great example. This past weekend we used it for a wedding ceremony that took place at The Pittsburgh Airport Sheraton Hotel. This time we used the brass arch with its complementary tulle and lights. Other times we have used it plain, or with flowers (as you can see here.) This look helped to create a romantic backdrop for the wedding ceremony. Paired with pink up lighting and satin chair covers with gold sashes, the room looked quite polished.

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The bride carried a bouquet full of rich red flowers as wells as pinks and ivories. The reds included deep maroon locally grown dahlias and red roses. The pinks came from pink roses and dahlias, as well as cockscomb (a type of celosia.) Ivory roses were also included. Lastly, there were gold accents of seeded eucalyptus an a touch of greenery provided by soft dusty miller and gunny eucalyptus.

The groom’s boutonniere was made to match. It included red spray roses and gold accents as well.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of deep maroon dahlias, pink roses, stock, dusty miller, and more gold accents. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of red hypericum berries.

After the short ceremony concluded, guests attended a cocktail hour at the opposite end of the hotel. They found their place cards displayed next to a fresh flower arrangement that coordinated with the rest of the flowers used in the wedding.

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While the guests attended the cocktail hour, the ceremony room was quickly transformed into part of the reception room. The arch was moved behind the head table. Here it continued to provide a romantic glow for the rest of the evening.

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The guest tables were decorated with two different styles of centerpieces. This helps to create interest in the room. The first style were lush arrangements on elevated trumpet risers. They included hydrangeas and roses with gold accents. The second style of centerpiece were low on the table. They also included roses and hydrangea. They both used coordinating colors and flowers but with two distinctly different looks.

The cake was another place that gold accents were used. It was decorated with fresh flowers and placed on a gold sequin table cloth for a glitz and glam feel.

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This wedding was yet another success in our book at a venue that we always enjoy working with! May many years of happiness come to this bride, groom, and their families.

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Intimate & Elegant Wedding in Oakland

Last Saturday we adventured to Oakland with a truck full of flowers and smiles on our faces for a wedding ceremony that took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The reception that followed took place at the Carnegie Café which is a part of The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History.

At the ceremony, the bride carried a cascading bouquet of white lilies, ivory roses, and white larkspur. Her bridesmaid carried ivory and blush roses with light pink wax flower and fresh cinnamon basil as accents. The adorable flower girl carried a clutch of three blush roses and light pink wax flower to match the bridesmaid.

We supplied two arrangements with seasonal flowers to decorate the Heinz Memorial Chapel altar. These stood out nicely against the rich wood tones in the chapel.

At the Carnegie Café we decorated the guest tables with a tablescape design which included satin pewter grey table runners, several collections of vases with floating candles for ambiance, blush and ivory centerpiece arrangements, sprinkled blush rose petals, and disbursed votive candles.

The centerpiece arrangements were lush and lavish. Designed in mercury glass pedestal bowls, they included white hydrangeas, blush roses, locally grown dahlias, fuchsia feather celosia, and coleus.

The sweetheart head table was decorated with a long and low centerpiece with coordinating flowers as well as the bride’s bouquet when she arrived at her reception.

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Changing Seasons Bring Changing Colors

The hustle and bustle of wedding season has been keeping us busy at Parkway Florist. We are so grateful to have worked with so many  wonderful families this summer and are excited to see what the rest of 2016 will bring our way. This past weekend was quite a colorful one in our shop! Nothing gets you into the fall spirit more than delightful oranges, yellows, and reds.

Despite the hot and humid weather on Saturday, the colors for these weddings got us in the mood for crisp fall air, and sweet apple cider!

Our first bride carried a variety of flowers including orange and white lilies, coral and ivory roses, orange celosia, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller.  The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid had coordinating bouquets which featured gerbera daisies, mini carnations, roses, gomphrena, and cottage yarrow. To decorate the church, we used two larger arrangements on the altar as well as eight smaller arrangements that were hung on the columns that line the isle. Many similar flowers were used throughout to create a unifying color scheme and atmosphere for this wedding.

Continuing on with bright fall colors, we had a beautiful wedding take place in the courtyard garden of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Sunflowers and roses decorated the isle to create a perfectly romantic atmosphere for a wedding ceremony. The bride’s bouquet was a beautiful assortment of ivory garden roses, succulents, yellow roses, craspedia, brunia berries, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, and mint leaves. The bridesmaids carried clutches of yellow calla lilies and the groomsmen each wore a yellow calla lily boutonniere.

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Last but certainly not least, we created this bouquet for a bride who had a red and turquoise color scheme. The bridesmaids wore cherry red dresses and carried turquoise blue flowers. By special request we were able to incorporate these colors into all the bouquets with a unique ribbon wrap on the handles (just to show you that we can bring any idea to life for your special day.)

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Let’s see what the changing season brings us this year!

 

White Flowers are Always “In”

 

This weekend brought us another round of white flowers as our brides endured more HOT August weather. Below you are seeing the bride’s bouquet which included fluffy white hydrangeas, creamy white garden roses, pink sophie roses, and white mini gerbera daisies. It smelled just as good as it looks! Her bridesmaids carried more fluffy white hydrangeas accented with creamy white garden roses as well.

This ceremony took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. We designed a soft and romantic arrangement that provided a canvas for the unity candle. Also shown below, is the Groom’s boutonniere which was wrapped with gold ribbon for a  polished look.

The reception took place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. We used a collection of cylinder vases with floating candles to provide ambiance at the place card table. These were gathered around the bride and groom’s initials with a white hydrangea arrangement in the center.

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The use of white in this wedding gave a classic and elegant feel while still complimenting the personal touches that were added. Congrats to the bride and groom!