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8-8-20 Saira and Renato

Saira and Renato were originally scheduled to get married in Heinz Chapel. When the Chapel finally re-opened in July, with very strict guest limits, our bride and groom said no, and sought other space.

The Hyatt House Hotel on the South Side has a wonderful outdoor terrace, with a tent that can hold about 150 people (normally) for a reception. There is beautiful space for a ceremony.

Our fabric draped white arch served as a focal point for their ceremony.

Saira carried a lush bouquet of star gazer lilies, white Eskimo and light pink roses.

The bridesmaids, in navy dresses, carried clutch bouquets of light pink and white open roses.

As you can see in this final picture, Saira and Renatto did finally get to say I do! Saira’s beautiful gown sparkled in the late afternoon sun.

Congratulations to you both! May it be smooth sailing from here on out. Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day.

7-18-20 Brookside Farm- Our Adventures Continue

Alexa and Chad, Our star – crossed wedding couple, had a confusing journey to their wedding day on 7-18-20.

They were first scheduled to get married in North Carolina. Covid-19 squashed those plans and a Pittsburgh, Pa wedding was  then quickly arranged. On 7-3-20,  Allegheny County imposed more new “rules”- and our wedding  couple had had enough at that point.  They quickly  sought an out of state location for their wedding. In less then 2 weeks, the Brookside Farm Barn in Louisville, Ohio was secured, Vendors switched gears, a new caterer and baker was secured and we were having a wedding in Ohio!!

You first enter Brookside Farm thru a covered bridge (cool – right?), arriving at a fully renovated and air conditioned Barn. Across the parking lot is another building that serves as the chapel.  Beautiful grounds all around the barn and farm will make for awesome pictures.

Alexa and her 8 bridesmaids all wore white dresses and carried all white roses bouquets.  The gentlemen wore shirts, bow ties and leather suspenders!  (Very cool).

Simple floating candles centerpieces decorated half of the guest tables while tall tropical centerpieces decorated the alternating tables.  (The candles were battery operated, in compliance with the Farms rules).  Mercury glass candleholders  also adorned the guest tables, with seating approximately 6 people per table.  Our Pittsburgh Cookie Table made its way to Ohio also.  Cookies were pre-boxed & placed at each guest plate on the table.

On the way up and back we saw lots of fields of corn, beans and tomatoes…… and healthy looking horses. Social distancing was practiced and masks were worn. In spite of this these “rules” a great time was had by all!

Congratulations Alexa and Chad! May your ensuing years together  be less stressful than these past 4 weeks have been.   Thank you for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day!

Can we help you with your Micro Wedding?

Our World and the Wedding Industry changed dramatically, beginning on March 16th and continues to evolve daily.

Many of our 2020  brides and grooms have chosen to postpone their large celebrations in 2020, opting for a much smaller, more intimate ceremony this year,   with a Renewal of vows and large reception to follow later this year or next.

We are honored to help all of our couples who choose this route enjoy flowers on their special day.  Sometimes it is just a Bride & Groom — alone in a quiet, special place, exchanging vows that are meaningful to them alone.  Sometimes, parents & special friends are part of this  joyful union.  In any case, whatever the size, and often on short notice, we are here to help in any way that we can.

Shown here are bridal bouquets from some of our recent micro weddings.

It was a Family affair on 10-26-19

(Kristen Wynn Photography captured the beauty of the Suzanne Kroll and Kyle Lynch wedding in a spectacular fashion- We thought we would share with you.)

The Kroll family enjoys the love of 3 beautiful daughters —  Carolyn, Jennie and Suzanne. Parkway Florist has had the honor and the pleasure of working with all 3 daughters, to create the wedding of their dreams!  (Three weddings in about a 3 year period!)

A full catholic ceremony was held at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Pleasant Hills for Suzanne & Kyle.

Suzanne carried a loose round bouquet consisting of open whites roses, lisainthsus, white spray roses, blue thistle and lots of textured greens. The bridesmaids bouquets incorporated the same style and flowers, with the addition of lavender freesia.

The evening reception followed at the Sheraton Airport Hotel. Low tasteful  centerpieces filled all the tables. Lavender, white and cream blossoms were used to decorate the beautiful marble look of the Signature Deserts cake.

The note below sent by Mrs. Kroll,  (Mother of the Bride), says it all:

“Dear Cheryl, Thanks again for the beautiful flowers for Suzanne’s  wedding. We received many compliments on the beautiful flowers. Thank you for all of our girls wedding flowers….. three wedding in three years was a lot,  but we enjoyed them all. Thank you again for all your help.    Sincerely,   Cathy and Dan”

While the Kroll family does not have any more daughters getting married, we look forward to working with them on any other floral needs they may have.

Thanks Again Kroll family for allowing us to be part of three special days!

Our Fall 2019 End of the Year Review

September through December always seem to bring crazy busy times here at Parkway Florist. We’ve been producing flowers for so many weddings that we often don’t take the time necessary to show you the finished work. Here are a two trends we noticed in 2019…

Cascades are back!

 

Brides are loving a more organic, greenery, flowing aesthetic!

If you’re getting married in 2020, we would love to speak with you about your wedding flowers. Call us soon to schedule a free consultation – (412) 937-1100.

It really does take a Village…

“Love recognizes no barriers,

It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls

to arrive at its destination full of Hope.”

(Maya Angelou)

(As we area ready to “Leap” in to 2020,  and we are receiving so many calls about wedding flowers, I thought it might be helpful to translate 35+ years of advice into a  roadmap for our newly engaged couples.  If there is anything you need, or any questions that we can help answer, please feel free to call me.)

Planning a wedding ceremony and  reception these days really can become a daunting task. It is a task that many  people have little experience in, and are  reluctant to ask for help or advice.  It is not that anyone is “dumb,”  it is a matter of not knowing what questions to ask.  Hillary Rodham Clinton stated that: “It takes a Village to raise a Child.”  Today, it takes a Village to Plan and Execute a wedding!

Many times today, a wedding planner or a Day-of Event Coordinator, is hired near the beginning of the process.  Sometimes the “chief planner” role  falls to the Mother of the Bride, or Groom or the Big Sister or the helpful Aunt to shepherd things along, and keep  everything on track.  Sometimes,  the wedding couple is almost entirely on their own…..and need to rely on the words of wisdom given to them by many knowledgeable vendors & friends.

So, in planning a wedding, where do you start?

Step one: Start by compiling a rough guest list. Approximately how many people do  you  want to share your wedding day with? Knowing roughly how many people might be invited or attending helps to narrow the choices of ceremony and reception sites.     Moms and Dads will have input as well. Finances and budgets will be discussed extensively at this point and agreed upon.  (Remember that not everyone who is invited will be able to attend your wedding).

Develop a “guideline budget” for each item or service that you  will need to purchase. You may not know the exact cost yet, but you need to at least have a “goal number” in mind. This is not cast in stone, and may  change as the process evolves…. but it is a place to start.

If you are employing the services of a wedding planner, this would be the point that the wedding planner is hired. They will guide you through all the many next steps, including being realistic about each budget item.

Step Two: What is the vision that you see for your day? Are you planning on a wedding inside a church, or a barn or another type of all inclusive facility?  Do you want to be married in a meadow, or in a grand Cathedral?

Step Three:  What time of year would  you like to get married? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  Each one of the seasons has its advantages and disadvantages. There are often financial incentives offered for winter weddings. Special Holiday weekends, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day can mean that certain items (such as flowers or  food)  will  be more costly.

Step Four:  Now that you have answers to 1, 2, and 3, you can begin visiting churches and reception venues and hopefully book something that will accommodate your tentative plans. Book and get under contract the ceremony & reception site  that best fits your needs. Deposits or retainers will be required for both, and are generally NON-REFUNDABLE…………choose wisely, and read the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

Step Five:  Now that you have a date, church and/or venue booked, begin shopping for Dresses. Your bridal dress should be the first priority, with bridesmaids dresses second.  It’s your day. You get to pick! Have fun shopping! Be sure to ask for color swatches, and take lots of pictures for the florist and other vendors to see. Your shopping should also include veil or headpiece, shoes and the appropriate undergarments needed for your dresses.

Step Six:  Now begin booking your other vendors.  All require a  retainer/deposit to book their services.  Needed vendors  may include: caterer (if not part of your venue package),  photographer, ceremony musicians, DJ or band, florist, make-up artist, hair salon or hair stylist, transportation, videographer,  photo booth,  bakery, minister or officiant (if you are not getting married in a church.) Your venue can often give you a list of preferred or referred vendors. These are vendors that have proven to be reliable and trustworthy.

All of these vendors generally have information available online about their services. Pricing is often customized to fit your requests and timing. Many will require face-to-face meetings or Skype or similar to make sure that they understand what you want each of them to provide.  (This is not a “shop online” process.  You really do need to talk with the vendors in person, and interact with them.)

The Photographer may offer you an engagement session;  The florist may need to meet with you one or two times;  The bakery needs you to taste the flavors of their cakes and pick one; there will be food tastings, and many other decisions to make along the way. Our advice is to make the decision on each item — check that item off  the list and  move on to the next item.  If you agonize over the decisions, or  are  indecisive, then you will make you, your fiance and everyone else working with you a basket case.  You want to enjoy planning your wedding…..and not find it distasteful for years to come!

This is usually the point where some of your earlier choices may begin to have a positive  impact your budget. For instance, if everything is taking place at Rosemary’s Long Lost Sunny Acres Barn (ceremony & reception), you will generally not need a limo or a bus to get everyone there. Family members can drive the bridal party to the event,  or they can drive themselves.  If you are at one location,  your DJ may be able to handle the ceremony as well as the reception music. (Translation:  Savings on transportation and ceremony musicians).

Your florist may offer items that can be used both for ceremony as well as reception decorations. Again,  potential savings for  you.

Your “venue package” may include:  cake, linens, up lighting, flower centerpieces for your tables.  Try to use everything that  comes with your package. Often you will not get a deduction from your venue price  if you do not elect to have a wedding cake, for instance. (However, you may be able to change the cake to cupcakes, instead).

There are a couple of things that you do not want to skimp on:  Food,  Liquor and DJ (or music). It is quite the norm these days to serve only beer & wine at a wedding reception.  However, if you are planning a non-alcoholic reception, please be sure to make that known to your wedding guests on your wedding invitations.

Step Seven:  Invitations need selected, printed, and mailed approximately 8 weeks prior to your  wedding date, with a reply deadline of at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Email invitations are not generally appropriate for weddings. You need to spend the money, address and stamp the invites and actually mail them via snail mail. If you have not received a response from someone when the response deadline is passed, plan  to call or text them to get their response. (Assuming that someone is not coming could mean that your guest shows up, with no place to sit and no food to eat.)  It has become OK to set up a wedding website & have the guests RSVP on the website.  Very easy for them to do, and actually brings in a higher response rate.

Step Eight:  The bridesmaids, friends, etc plan your bridal shower.  You should not plan your shower…  They can check the date with you, and ask what type of affair you would like to have. (Informal, picnic, formal, etc.) They are in charge; you are the guest of honor!

Step Nine:  The Bachelor and Bachelorette parties are planned;  The guys and girls give you and your fiance a nice night out on the town.  ‘Nough said.

Step Ten:  Arrange the seating of your guests with your reception site co-ordinator, including the placement of cookie tables, buffet tables, etc. Think of “traffic flow” at this point.  Try to avoid creating bottlenecks that will delay the start of cocktail hour or serving dinner.

Step Eleven:  About 1 to 2 weeks prior to your wedding, finalize your ceremony with your officiant and church or venue. Confirm delivery and set-up times with all of your vendors. Supply all items that you need to drop off, such as place cards, favors and cookies, when they are requested.

Step Twelve Finally,   Show up on your wedding day with a smile on your face, and a sunny disposition.  If something happens that was not as you planned, deal with it after your wedding day is over.  Do not allow a small hiccup to ruin your day. Enjoy your day, and the beginning of a lifetime of happiness together.  And afterward, be sure to thank the Village that helped you plan this most beautiful day!

Happy Planning!!

Cheryl @ Parkway Florist

 

 

 

7-27-2019 – A Grand Debut for Our New Square Arch

On Saturday, 7/27/2019, Chelsea and J.R. said ‘I do!’ It was a beautiful sunny evening, perfect for a wedding ceremony in the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott’s Courtyard Garden.

Chelsea carried a bouquet (#1016) of pink and white lisianthus, vendela and playa blanca roses, light pink astilbe, white hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace, black cherry Sweet Williams, silver dollar eucalyptus and dusty miller.

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Her bridesmaids carried bouquets (#1017) of blush garden spirit roses, veronica, Queen Anne’s lace, and gunny eucalyptus.

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The couple exchanged vows in front of our square wooden arch, draped with white fabric, and adorned with many many flowers.  White lilies, white lisianthus, pink snapdragons, white stock flower, silver dollar eucalyptus, and many more flowers added a little extra beauty to the already stunning surroundings.

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We sprinkled rose petals down the aisle and lined the aisle with white lanterns topped with artificial pink hydrangea.

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It was a pleasure working with Chelsea and J.R., thank you both for allowing us to play a part in your special day!  We absolutely love this photo of the newlyweds with Chelsea’s parents in front of the arch – it came out lovely.  We wish the happy couple much love and happiness!

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6-8-2019 – Clear Skies and Bright Blooms

The weather shined for us!

On June 8th, 2019, it turned out to be another beautiful day in our Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  Our visit to Epiphany Catholic Church on Washington Place showcased just how many hidden gems our city contains.  This beautiful church was actually built in 1902!

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Our bride, Megan, carried a colorful, bright bouquet (#982) of blue hydrangea, ivory roses, cherry brandy roses and spray roses, and feathery astilbe.

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Her bridesmaids, dressed in light blue gowns, also carried bright bouquets (#983): white hydrangea and cherry brandy roses and spray roses.

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Their reception took place under the stars in the Rose Garden at the National Aviary.  Help from Nicole Brough (Your Big Day Wedding Planner) was greatly appreciated, as there were lots and lots of pieces and parts to get into place for the reception.  The centerpieces were wreaths of blue hydrangea and coral spray roses surrounding gorgeous golden vases holding flickering candles.

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We are sure that the guests enjoyed the stroll through the Aviary as well as the wonderful setting for socializing.

Thanks to the newlyweds for allowing us to assist you and congratulations again!!!

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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4.20.2019 – It’s Sunny in Pittsburgh!

Alyssa & Shawn said “I Do!”

It was a beautiful courtyard ceremony at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  The sun was out and shining – something we didn’t expect.  The weather forecast on Friday showed showers, but wouldn’t you know it stayed sunny until 6:05PM Saturday evening.  The happy couple got married in the courtyard in front of friends and family.  PAM couple 4_20_19

The aisle was lined with shepherd’s hooks (#21)  holding up bouquets of roses, stock, and Queen Anne’s lace.

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The bridal bouquet was a gorgeous clutch of maroon dahlias, pink, peach, and white roses, fluffy white astilbe, and assorted greens.

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Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of peach, pink, and white roses as well as fluffy peach astilbe and eucalyptus.

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At the reception, the King’s table was adorned with the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets and the vases of flowers that lined the aisle.

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Guests’ tables were adorned by centerpieces of white hydrangea, eucalyptus, and the same peach, pink, and white roses used in the bouquets.

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And the icing on the cake – was their actual cake!  We decorated their traditional elegant four tier cake with pink peonies, white and pink roses, and upright ruscus.

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We were happy that the couple’s sunny courtyard wedding dream became a reality.  They were a pleasure to work with and we were honored to play a part in this important day.  We wish Alyssa & Shawn all the best and many years of happiness!