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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.

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2018 – “The Hurrier We Go…”

“Sometimes, the Hurrier we go, the Behinder we get!”  That’s a quote from my beloved Grandma.  Today, it seems somehow fitting.

Since the spring wedding season took off at a full-blown gallop in April, we have been so busy producing flowers and taking care of events that we’ve become very behind in posting some of recent bouquets.

Here are some beauties that needed sharing:

Memories of Weddings Past…

Recently, we received some beautiful photos from a wedding we provided flowers for on  November, 18 2017. The Bride was Andrea Yasko, with a ceremony taking place at Heinz Chapel & a reception at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Grand Ballroom.

The couple’s wedding photographer, Kristen Wynn, was kind enough to share some of the memories she captured that day, including some fine images showcasing the bouquets & centerpieces Parkway Florist had created.

 

 

Above, the happy couple, their wedding party & some closeups of the bouquets of the day!

 

 

Above are examples of the stunning, tall centerpieces created for the reception. Lower centerpieces were also created, to give a high/low look, and create diversity throughout the room.

Thank you Kristen Wynn Photography for sharing your lovely work!

 

All images courtesy of Kristen Wynn Photography, to learn more please click HERE.

Please contact Jeannie Dankowski for special events at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott & click HERE for more information on how to plan your reception there.

 

 

Big, Textured & Beautiful!

Julie had a vision for her wedding that we enjoyed fulfilling.

Her request for her bouquet was for it to be “lush” & full, with lots of texture.

Julie’s bouquet, pictured above (left),  included Garden Roses, White Peonies, Light Pink Spray Roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Lisianthus, Soft Astilbie & lots of flowing greens. The bouquet complimented her light ivory lace dress very nicely.

The Bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar in the textures used in the Bridal bouquet, but on a smaller scale.

Using lots of texture & greenery is a trend that we are seeing often this year. We hope you like what we created for Julie!

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.

 

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!

 

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!!