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Allegheny County Courthouse Weddings

In the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Courthouse boasts a grand facade, historic significance, and stunning architecture. Luckily, for those who wish, this could also be the wedding venue of your fairy tale dreams.

The courthouse’s grand staircase and gallery, located on the first floor of the building, make a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies. At the center of the building, is a beautiful courtyard, perfect for a wedding reception or cocktail hour. The landscaped gardens and dramatic fountain create the most romantic ambiance.

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More information regarding courthouse rentals can be found by clicking here.  In all cases,  a bride and groom  MUST contact Alexandria, the  Wedding Coordinator for the Allegheny County Courthouse.   (She will advise you of availability for even the smallest of ceremonies and picture opportunities).    (Her contact information is shown in the link above).

If you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or elopement, judges are permitted to perform these ceremonies in their chambers and are often happy to do so. For a list of judges click here.

For those who don’t choose to have their weddings at the courthouse, be sure to check out its “Romanesque Revival” style architecture when you visit to apply for your marriage license. In Pennsylvania, marriage licenses are valid for 60 days and there is a mandatory 3 day waiting period between when you apply for a license  and when your license is ready.

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The Allegheny County Courthouse, as a wedding venue, comes with a few cool perks too. For example, the bride and groom may choose the color scheme of the LED lights that are affixed to the the Grant Street facade and bell tower of the Courthouse during their event.  So your special color can glow over the stone building.

To read reviews of what previous brides and grooms thought and to see more pictures, click here to view the Allegheny County Courthouse on Wedding Wire.

We hope that this has been helpful in your search for a wedding venue. Happy planning!

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2018 Wedding Trend Alert!

The month of January in a flower shop is about reflecting, planning, preparing, brainstorming, and of course, meeting with our new & prospective  brides. This quieter time allows us to prepare for a busy wedding season, so that all things  go smoothly and according to plan.   It also gives us an opportunity to research  new and evolving  trends.  Out with the old, in with the new!   Here is what we have observed and expect to be  seeing lots of in  the 2018 wedding season:

1.) Lots of Greenery
Flowing greenery provides organic texture, romantic atmosphere, and a natural tone. There are so many varieties of greens to choose from that any look & feel can be achieved.

2.) Hanging Florals & Swags
This is the “Wow!” factor. Eye-catching arrangements make a statement that greats your guests and demands their attention. Elaborate designs require many flowers and provide a luxurious, upscale look to any ceremony or reception.

3.) Navy – is the New Black!
Less harsh than black, navy makes for a perfect neutral to pair with a wide array of colors. Whether it be tuxedos, bridesmaids dresses, or an accent color, navy is in!

4.) Floral Wreaths – to Carry
This creative take on traditional bouquets brings a natural contemporary feel to bridesmaid flowers. Complimenting the hanging florals trend, this look could be the special touch you’re looking for.

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5.) Woodsy Decor
Beautiful greens, branches, wildflowers, disbursed sunlight peaking through the trees, woodsy is a romantic route to go. The forest of beautiful textures leave us with endless possibilities.

6.) Pantone’s Ultra Violet
The 2018 Pantone color of the Year is called Ultra Violet. This moody hue is sure to be seen across the wedding industry. Following purple’s slow growing popularity as a wedding color, we can’t wait to see all of the creative ways that our brides will incorporate this color trend in their decor. (Just keep in mind that purple and lavender are receding colors, so things will tend to be dull looking when used with pastels.  If purple or lavender are paired with a bright color, both will shine).

So, since we  are still very early in the year, and wedding planning is now  in full swing for 2018 weddings, we hope these trends provide some food for thought  and consideration in your wedding planning process.  Should you like to discuss these ideas with us, please call us at 412-937-1100, and we will be happy to schedule a free cosultation with you.  Happy Planning!!

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!

Jingle Bells & Wedding Bells

As the winter solstice approaches, we move into “winter wedding” mode. Lots of whites, creams, and ivories are accented with branches and eucalyptus; in this case, sprayed gold.

Our bride carried “Patience” garden roses, “Playa Blanca” open white roses, white ranunculus,  gold seeded eucy. and dusty miller.

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The bridesmaids, in beautiful hunter green dresses, carried smaller bouquets with the same theme and color palette.

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The Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Moon Twp., was the the scene of this  elegant reception. Gold branched centerpieces containing white hydrangeas and gold eucalyptus were scattered throughout the ballroom, giving  visual dimension to the room. Low centerpieces graced the remaining tables.

Gold chiavari chairs added to the overall classic feel of the wedding & reception.

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Congratulations and thanks to our wonderful bride and groom for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your day.

Best wishes and much happiness to you both……and Merry Christmas!

The Cold is Brewing but Love is Still Blooming | 11.18.17.

Nov 18th saw two weddings and two receptions with the use of similar flowers, but totally different results!

Andrea was a Heinz Memorial Chapel bride, very formal with lots of flowers and extra touches.

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Her ballroom was decorated with large, high and short, low centerpieces. The guests were greeted by a coordinating place card table arrangement.

Julie & Chris exchanged their vows in a hotel ballroom. Large flower urns flanked our black sofa table, which was used for the sand ceremony display.

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All of the centerpieces for this wedding were low and displayed nicely against the beautiful navy overlay table linens.

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Our best wishes for a very happy life to both of these couples. Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special days.

Southpointe Golf Club

St. Benedict the Abbot  Catholic Church  in McMurray, Pa.  was the setting for a beautiful   and classic wedding ceremony. Soft white and blush pink flowers decorated the altar and the pews for a very traditional ceremony.

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The bride carried a bouquet of opening white garden roses and cream  roses accented with eucalyptus for a simple and elegant look. The bridesmaids carried a more airy design of colored  roses, accented  with seeded eucalyptus, a more contemporary design.

Once the ceremony concluded, the guests made their way to the Southpointe Golf Club for the fun and beautiful reception. The guests were greeted by a tall place card table arrangment consisting of hydrangeas, roses, willow branches, and greens in a tall trumpet riser vase.

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Moving into the ballroom, two types of centerpieces were used on alternating tables. The shorter  centerpieces  contained hydrangeas, roses, and seeded eucalyptus for a fresh classy, lush & full  look. The taller centerpiece created interest in the room with its tall willow branches peeking out of hydrangea blooms and seeded eucalyptus greens, taking advantage of the tall ceilings in the ballroom.

This wedding encompassed the classic look and feel of a traditional wedding while indulging the guests in an elegant experience. We had enjoyed  visiting the Southpointe Golf Club and look forward to our next trip there.  Congratulations again to our Bride and Groom!

Start Your Engines!

As one of our last September weddings took place, shades of purple filled the courtyard garden of one of our favorite wedding venues. Our garden arch decorated with ivy vines and fresh purple and white flowers  created the setting for our couple to say “I Do.”

Our bride carried a bouquet of many shades of purple. Gerber daisies, lisianthus, lavender roses, thistle, and eucalyptus made for a perfectly garden inspired bouquet. Her bridesmaids also carried smaller and more simple bouquets comprised of  white Gerber daisies,  lavender roses, mini carnations, and limonium for a touch of light purple.

The bride and groom, both passionate car people & racers, provided  their own  centerpiece containers made from  license plates and formed into boxes . The plates were selected to represent all of the states from which their guests would travel to celebrate  this wonderful wedding event.

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The final product perfectly married the industrial look of their passion (cars) with the garden feel of their wedding decor.  Additional car & racing decor was featured through-out the reception areas.

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The bridal party was fun and excited, and the bride and groom were obviously in love, the makings for a perfect wedding day. We are so happy we could help this couple bring their dream to life. Our very Best Wishes to Allyson & Cory!  Thanks for providing a great challenge to us.