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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.

Lanterns! Our Newest Trend

There’s nothing like the sight of lanterns at a wedding. Pretty and whimsical, lanterns come in many styles, colors, and sizes. The romantic soft light of a candle glowing from within makes lanterns the perfect wedding decor item.

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Our wedding this past Saturday took this idea and ran with it. Lanterns were used throughout the ceremony and reception providing a consistent theme.

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White lanterns were used on the guest tables as centerpieces as well as on the head table. Topped with blush pink and ivory flowers, the soft elegant look really came together.

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The wedding cake was decorated with many of the same flowers from the centerpieces for the perfect soft pink touch.

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As with any trend, each person makes their own adaptations to fit their personal style and taste. Below are some of the many styles of lanterns that we have worked with just in the past few years alone. You’ll see that each has its own distinct look. This is a trend that we hope stays around for a while to come!

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.

 

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!

Garden Weddings are Here to Stay

The hustle and bustle of wedding season is in full swing at Parkway Florist. Our passion for helping our brides and their families make their day as special as possible is what drives us to do our very best! That being said, we have seen several beautiful garden weddings already this year.

This means we are using the freshest and most beautiful flowers that we can get our hands on. That’s what allows us to create stunning designs that look as though they were freshly picked from the garden this morning.

Many of our bouquets have featured flowing greenery with lots of great textures as you can see:

We have also decorated several romantic garden arches in a similar fashion:

We were even able to use some fresh locally grown lilacs and muscari   to make this purple wedding really pop!

And when we weren’t graced by beautiful weather, we were still able to facilitate some beautiful indoor celebrations.

So, no matter the weather, we have been able to use a wide variety of styles and tastes to create the perfect atmosphere for a wedding.

And, we look forward to the many more weddings and events that we have coming up this season. We hope that you will follow us on our journey to help bring the perfect touch to each wedding we do.

 

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Pittsburgh Winter Weddings in Classic White

This winter we have had the pleasure of working with several great brides and their families to plan beautiful  winter weddings. The color palette of white, ivory, cream, and gold are classic winter colors. We were able to work with these colors to produce some pretty stunning floral arrangements.

Our first wedding pictured was a New Years Eve wedding. Our bride carried a beautiful cascading bouquet that was made of perfectly blooming creamy white garden roses (which smelled amazing!) The roses were combined with smaller white spray roses, gold tipped winter pine greens, and seeded eucalyptus.

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The bridesmaids carried bouquets that coordinated in style and color. Pictured are their slightly cascading bouquets of white standard roses, gold hypericum berries, and winter pine greens.

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There was 1 junior bridesmaid and she carried a bouquet very similar to the bridesmaids’ with white roses and spray roses.

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As the clock struck midnight, the bride and groom danced into the new year and their new life together as Mr. & Mrs. These classic white flowers were a perfect wintry touch to an already special day.

Our first wedding of 2017 was another beautiful winter wedding that utilized the same color palette for an upscale winter wonderland look.

We provided 3 different styles of centerpieces for the guest tables. The first was an arrangement designed in gold lanterns, the second was a low-to-the-table arrangement in gold mercury glass pedestal bowls, and the third was an up-in-the-air arrangement that created a stunning impression as you entered the ballroom.

We also provided an arrangement to go atop the ice vase sculpture created by Mastro Ice. Mike and his team created a vase shaped sculpture and our flowers completed the look. The sculpture was the centerpiece for the grand foyer outside of the ballroom. It was placed on the table that held the many wedding cookies (a Pittsburgh tradition.)

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Another yummy treat at this wedding was the cake! We also provided flowers that adorned the cake stand and the top tier of the cake itself.

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As the guests entered the grand ballroom corridor they were met by the place card table which was covered in a gold damask pattern table linen. We used one of the gold lanterns to create an arrangement that followed through with the theme. The place cards were lined in straight rows with romantic votive candles in between and the lantern arrangement in the center of the table.

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Only a week into 2017, this bride and groom started off their year on a great note. To both of these families, we wish a happy and prosperous new year and life together. We are glad we were able to be a part of their big days.

At Parkway Florist we are  looking  forward to  many upcoming weddings  this year. There are many beautiful flowers to come, so keep an eye on our blog, or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more!