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Jessica & Chris | Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding

“We’re back!” we thought to ourselves as we pulled up the driveway at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Returning to one of our favorite outdoor venues is always a treat, and this past Friday we did just that. As we prepared for Jessica & Chris’s wedding, we were reminded that our shop provided the flowers for the very first wedding that the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosted over 2 years ago on May 19th, 2015. And now that they have hosted many weddings, each unique in its own way, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is still a wonderful place to have your special day, especially if you are looking for a natural, earthy feel. (To see our blog post from that first wedding click here.)

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is not just a wedding venue though, they have a unique mission of conservation, education, and community engagement, making them a perfect venue for any eco-conscious couple. 

“We’re nurturing a unique vision at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

We’re reclaiming land from Pittsburgh’s gritty, industrial past and transforming it into an outdoor experience unlike any in the region. Now acres of forest that were farmed, logged and mined are coming back to life with healthy trees, inviting trails, forested slopes and open meadows.

Today you can wander our 60-acre Woodlands and enjoy an award-winning Lotus Pond. The stunning Margaret Lawrence Simon Dogwood Meadow. Fun exploration stations for families. And three miles of peaceful, wooded trails. You can see the roots of our region in an historic homestead featuring a log cabin, heritage apple orchard and chickens. And you can celebrate special occasions in our beautifully restored 1870s barn that also serves as our Bayer Welcome Center.

But with 460 acres, we’re just beginning to blossom.

The Garden is already connecting people to Pittsburgh’s history and the beauty of Western Pennsylvania. In time, and with your help, we’ll grow it into a premier asset the region can be proud of—and people everywhere can enjoy.”

For more information about the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden visit their website http://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org/.

For couples who have their wedding ceremony and reception at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, the space is set to flow all as one. As guests follow the path to the ceremony area, they are greeted by a beautiful and private space.

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The ceremony  guests sit facing the set of doors in the rustic stone wall and the paved pathway creates an isle for the bridal party.

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Naturally, a hot July day called for bright flowers to match. With the temperatures nearing 90 degrees, we delivered on our promise to bring bright & happy flowers.

Jessica carried a bouquet of sunflowers, gerber daisies, roses, stock, green button pomp, and blue thistle. This gave her the bright colors she craved.

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Her bridesmaids carried equally  fun bouquets made up of coordinating flowers. The same bright look was achieved, perfect for Jessica & Chris’s hot wedding day.

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At least there was some relief from the heat, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden provides a lovely air conditioned bridal suite perfect for those nervous moments before the ceremony. The vintage feel is comforting and calming.

Once Jessica & Chris’s ceremony concluded, the guests simply turned around and entered the reception area under the white tent and into the rustic barn. 

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The long guest tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces filled with more of our bright, happy flowers. The favor was a small potted plant, perfectly appropriate for this garden venue.

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Our bride Jessica, chose a romantic sweetheart table which was set closest to the building. After the ceremony, the bridal party flowers would decorate this table for a bright and festive look.

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A visit to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is never complete without admiring the huge stone fireplace. Decorated with photos and candles, Jessica & Chris made it feel just like home.

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What’s a wedding reception without a toast to the new Mr & Mrs? Extra centerpieces were used inside the barn to decorate Jessica & Chris’s bar, cupcake table, and a large arrangement that was used as a memorial vase.

We are so happy that we could be a part of this couple’s big day. We wish you a long happy marriage. 

And for us, seeing all of the beautiful venues Pittsburgh (and beyond) has to offer is a treat in itself. Our passion for weddings only grows stronger as we face each new challenge or obstacle. We hope that you enjoy our weekly pictures and story, and return   to see what our next adventure holds!

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!

June is Bursting at the Seams!

A whirlwind of excitement and emotion, June has been quite the show!

Our wedding season at Parkway Florist actually began months ago – quietly, slowly, gently. By the time June comes, we are an excited crew ready to help our many wedding couples with the most important day of their lives. We thought we would catch up and show you some of what we have been up to this month:

June 3rd actually allowed us to feature a bridal bouquet of white tulips and use white tulips in the centerpieces. White tulips were the bride’s only request (nearly out of season), which we searched high and low for, but fulfilled!

June 10th we saw color come into our world. First, peach and white for Melanie.

Then yellow, blue, and white for Stephanie.

June 17th We visited Holy Trinity Church once again with more yellow, white, and blue flowers. Charcoal grey dresses were the perfect backdrop for bright pops of color on a beautiful “almost summer” day.

More grey dresses were worn at our hotel ceremony on June 17th. While the bride carried a mostly white loose cascade, the bridesmaids carried pink peonies, peach roses, and light blue hydrangea with thistle accents. The centerpieces as well as the cake featured all of these flowers.

On June 24th, Kathleen and Gary exchanged vows at St Mary of the Mount church despite some unexpected trauma. Gary, a hockey coach, was badly injured about 10 days before the wedding leaving him on crutches or a scooter. This couple prevailed and the wedding did take place as scheduled. It gave real meaning to the “in sickness or in health” part of their wedding vows. They were both good sports and able to laugh at the circumstances.

Amanda & Eric also exchanged vows on June 24th but at the more intimate St Patrick’s Church in Oakdale. The wide window ledges provided a perfect resting place for flowers that were then used as head table arrangements at their reception. A lush bouquet with a small accent of her grandmother’s wedding dress was carried by Amanda. Her bridesmaids carried clutches of hydrangea, Sahara roses and touches of baby’s breath. The centerpieces featured these same flowers with rose gold accents.

Wow! So many beautiful brides! So many beautiful flowers! Congratulations to all! We enjoyed helping each and every one of you!

 

Tiffany & Patrick | June 3rd, 2017

St Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, OH was the beginning of our Saturday adventures!

This beautiful basilica styled church is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is quite a site to see.

“The present church is the result of three major remodeling projects, but still retains the 1907 stained glass windows, made in Munich, Germany, as well as the marble altars, statues, and Communion rail imported from Italy. The 15 major stained glass windows are very rare, depicting the mysteries of the Rosary.  The dome rises 95 feet from the marble mosaic floor, and the center aisle is 75 feet long.  The overall design of St. Peters is of the French Renaissance style of architecture, cruciform in shape. It was designed by Emil Ulrich of Cleveland, Ohio, and features two towers rising 145 feet.  The exterior was built of Amherst and stone, and the structural parts of the roof, towers, and dome are of steel which was made in the area.  In 1993 a one million-dollar renovation took place under the direction of Msgr. Lucianna, to restore the roof, dome, towers, and exterior stone.” (For more information please visit the church’s website by clicking here.)

Our bride, Tiffany, was all about pink. She carried a big fluffy bouquet of light pink peonies, and her 12 bridesmaids carried more of the fluffy pink peonies with white roses and eucalyptus.

Tiffany & Patrick’s adorable flower girl wore a beautiful halo of baby’s breath and pink spray roses. Her hair had been adorned with lovely pearl pins that accented the halo perfectly.

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The reception was held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in the grand ballroom. A graceful, tall pink blooming tree greeted guests as they entered the reception.

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Both high and low centerpieces were utilized to give the ballroom interest. The centerpieces included blush pink roses, hydrangeas, gold tipped eucalyptus, and the same fluffy pink peonies as the bridal party flowers.

Gold chiavari chairs completed the very elegant look.

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To our new Mr & Mrs, we wish you many years of happiness!

April Showers Bring May Weddings!

We are only half way through the month of May, and already our shop has been whirling with beautiful wedding bouquets.

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One of our May 13th brides loved color. Bold and beautiful, her bouquet (shown on the left) featured white mini calla lilies, white roses, coral roses, and dark blue delphinium accents. Her bridesmaids showed off their long and flowing navy gowns with our all coral rose bouquets.

Cream and white combinations also continue to be popular and classic:

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Our next most popular colors this month seem to be combinations of pink and white or white and purple.

Especially beautiful peonies have continued to be popular.

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Also, Cascades are back! This is a classic style that has been rediscovered.

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Classic red roses are perpetually in style. Making a stunning statement against black bridesmaids dresses or a white/ivory bridal gown.

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In our ever changing flowers world, May continues to bring us many soft pastels and the occasional bold pop of color. It keeps us on our toes, and makes us look forward to every bridal client that we service.

Here’s to a busy 2017!

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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A Beautiful Gem on Pittsburgh’s North Side – Calvary United Methodist Church

On March 18, 2017, We made the short journey to Calvary United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh’s North Side. It is located at 971 Beech Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, near the Community College of Allegheny County.

This Church was built in 1892 and was recognized in 1972 as a historic landmark. It was added to the City of Pittsburgh’s list of Historic Destinations in 1977.

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Calvary’s Congregation is warm and welcoming, conducting Sunday services at 11am each week as well as providing meeting space for other small community groups.

The Ornate Style of this church sets the tone for many beautiful wedding ceremonies. The crowning jewel in the church is the 30′ tall Louis Tiffany stained glass window located at the rear of the church. There are also over 200 smaller stained glass windows located throughout the church.

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Calvary United Methodist Church is available to members as well as non-members for wedding ceremonies. Also, for a small fee wedding parties may use the church’s aisle candles which create a stunning atmosphere.

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For more information and to check availability, you can visit their website or call the church at (412) 321-2007. We encourage you to make this beautiful spot the setting for your wedding ceremony!