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6-1-2019 – A Summer Garden Wedding

What a beautiful day for a wedding!

Sara & Anthony must have prayed really really hard for a beautiful day, because June 1st turned out to have the best weather so far this year in Pittsburgh!  Beautiful plexiglas signs welcomed and directed guests to the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott courtyard for a short, non-denominational service, conducted by Ronald Cambest.

Sara chose all white flowers for her bridal bouquet, accented with Picassa mini callas.  Her bridesmaids, dressed in dark plum, and carried white rose and waxflower bouquets.

Our pipe and drape, adorned with beautiful purple and lavender flowers,  provided an elegant backdrop for the ceremony and for pictures after the service.  Following the service & pictures, we moved the pieces from the pipe & drape  into the ballroom to adorn the head table.

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Inside the ballroom, the cake was trimmed with lavender roses and spray roses.

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The centerpieces were low on the tables and combined as many purple flowers in a variety of shades as we could find!

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Congratulations to Sara & Tony!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day.

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2018 — Winter Tips & Tricks for the Holiday Season

Here are my tips & tricks for a festive, winter look:

1.   Use lots of seasonal pines, simply arranged in a pretty vase — or several vases down the table.  Accent the vases with lots of candles (votives, floating candles or enclosed pillar candles of various sizes).  You could also add other vases, such as cylinder vases, filled with bright, shiny ornaments.  This is a very festive look!

2.  The simple use of a vase of branches — whether natural branches, or gold or silver or snow-covered — reminds us of “a cold winters’ night”.  Again, dim the lights and use lots of candles.  If the budget permits, you could add some flowers, such as hydrangeas,  to the branches, with pine accents or other greens.

3.  Not every centerpiece needs to have flowers!  A beautiful box or cube filled with seasonal pine greenery, cones, sticks, berries and maybe ornamental kale can be the perfect addition to the table…..and likely will be a conversation starter at your holiday dinner party.

4.  Use little vases or jars down the table — again with lots of candles.  This spreads the focus down the entire table, and often will make your table seem longer or wider than it really is.

5.  Use what you have — and improvise if necessary!  Grab that evergreen wreath off the back door.  Place it in the middle of your table.  Add a few taller vases with candles or floating candles inside the middle ring.  Voila!!  Instant centerpiece!

6.  If you are using fresh pine in your house or on your table, please be sure to add water to the vase, or container daily.  Pine is a “heavy drinker”.  It needs lots of water to stay pliable.

7.  If you are using fresh pine, be sure to protect the heirloom linens.  Pine sap can stain, and is often sticky.  (Goo-Gone is a good sap remover.)

Hope this helps you!

Here are some of our favorite winter looks from our photo galleries:

Happy Holidays to all, if we can help you, please call!

2018 – With colors like sherbet…

Carina and Anthony’s wedding at St Gabriel’s Church in Whitehall, PA was the 2nd wedding in recent years for this family.

Carina carried a traditional cascade of all white flowers.

Her Matron of Honor was her older sister, and our former bride!  She wore lavender and carried a bouquet with lavender roses, white Gerber daisies, and other white flowers.

The bridesmaids wore mint dresses, and carried bouquets of pale yellow Gerber daisies, white roses, and other white flowers.

The ballroom at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott where the reception was held was tastefully decorated with alternating centerpieces.  One held white Dendrobium orchids, while the other had white hydrangea and lavender roses.

The V-E-R-Y tall 5 tier cake was accented with white hydrangea.

Congratulations to Carina and Anthony!  Thank you for allowing us to help you on your big day.

2018 – An Enchanting Rose Garden Wedding at Phipps Conservatory

Walking in the Rose Garden at Phipps is just like going into Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  We were first greeted by fragrant, delicate pink and white Astilbe, Hostas, and other lush greens.  White garden chairs were set up in the center of the Rose Garden for the ceremony.

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A wreath of flowers circled around a candle-lit Hurricane globe, greeting guests as they retrieved their place cards for dinner.

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Our bride, Courtney,  and her bridesmaids carried lush bouquets of ivory roses and peonies.

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The romantic centerpieces carried forth the same lush tones with roses, hydrangea, gypsy dianthus, peonies and flowing greens.

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The cake was simply decorated, light pink spray roses adding a breath of color, and white peonies softening the traditional white form.

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We were enchanted to be a part of our bride’s special day!  In spite of the Kenny Chesney concert, the Journey/ Def Leppard concert and  high humidity with threatening rain, a grand time was had by all who were part of Courtney and Steve’s beautiful day.

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.

 

One Last Hooray!

As 2017 drew to a close, we were somewhat nostalgic, yet very happy for our year end brides.

Our 12/29/17 bride chose a very full but traditional look to compliment her long sleeved lace dress. Sahara roses, Patience garden roses, Vendella roses, red hypericum berries, and gold eucalyptus accents came together nicely into a loose round shape.

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Andrea, our Saturday bride carried some of the same flowers but also included pink mini callas, maroon amaranthus , and dark mums. Rose Gold was the accent color which displayed nicely in the pink accented ballroom.

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One of our New Year’s Eve brides chose to be married under our brass arch with similar flowers. After the ceremony concluded and pictures were finished, the flowers were transferred to the head table.

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So, as 2017 drew to a close, we gather one last time to wish all of our 2017 brides and grooms a heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for your new lives ahead. Thank you all for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day.    And we look forward to what 2018 has in store for us as well!

Light Up The Night

A warm glow flickered throughout the evening at one of our favorite venues this past Saturday. Soft and elegant wreathes surrounded gray brushed metal lanterns to create a cozy and welcoming ambiance on half of the tables. The other half enjoyed a clear glass cylinder vase full of soft peach roses for a classy and complimentary look.

The bride and groom were married at local St. Malachy Church where the bride carried an array of several colors of roses. Her bridesmaids carried pink roses accented with sprigs of tiny waxflower and eucalyptus seeds.

Another happy bride that we were honored to work with!

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