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Why is Red the Color of Love?

We’re back at it again exploring colors! This week we are bringing the color red into the picture.

Red is a primary color so it is often fairly prominent in nature. Seeing the color red prompts the brain to release adrenaline as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure. This is interpreted two ways by the human body: Passion and Energy.

Passion: Red roses have always been a symbol of love and passion. The color red is used for Valentine’s Day to represent love, and it is always used in reference to our hearts. Traditionally red is the color used to send the message of love, and that is not a trend we see changing any time soon!

Energy: The color red is energizing and motivates us to take action. This can sometimes have a negative connotation such as with anger or aggression. Other times it can simply inspire action or be attention grabbing, for example a Stop sign which is always red.

Luckily, the beauty of flowers help us make the distinction that we mean love and passion. That is why red flowers have often been popular for weddings. A wedding represents the unity of a couple joined in true love and using the color red to represent the couple’s love seems very fitting.

Below we have selected some photos of red flowers that have helped us send a message of love:


Join us next time to see what color we will look into next!


What is your favorite color?

When it came time to start making our plans for the 2016 Cavanaugh’s Pittsburgh Winter Bride Show, we quickly realized that whether we were reminiscing about our favorite bouquets from this past bridal season, or giving our thoughts on the trends for the coming year, all of our conversations kept coming back to one topic: color. center pieces 363

Color has played an important role throughout history; most everyone has a favorite color; color also happens to be one of the first things a couple will discuss about their upcoming wedding.

Color is a simple, yet powerful way for us to express ourselves. From a young age, many of us begin to use color to show our individuality and throughout our lives we find that color can affect our moods, the way we think, and how we react in different situations.

When we begin consulting with our brides to select their wedding flowers, color becomes a significant factor in the selection process. We work with the colors the couple has selected for their special day and we help guide them in choosing flowers that will show the best mix of shade and texture to be sure their choices will be as beautiful in photos as they are in person.

Believe it or not, the best way to do this is often by adding in contrasting colors, which allows the flowers to showcase themselves as well their setting, such as a beautiful dress or fancy table linens. This prevents the colors from blending into each other and eliminates the chance that any fine details will be lost in a crowd of similar shades.

No matter if our brides prefer elegant monochromatic tones, playful pops of their favorite colors, or lavish, vibrant hues, we strive to design bouquets and centerpieces that will allow our couples to express their love and individuality through color.

So, tell us, what is your favorite color? How does it make you feel when you see it? Have you noticed the power it can have over you?


3 Weddings and a ???

Saturday morning dawned and it was clear that any outdoor ceremonies were going to need to go to “Plan B” today.  The weather, it seemed, had a mind of its own.

Our day started with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Duquesne University Chapel.  Susan was a very  Traditional Bride, carrying a free-form cascade.

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Our second wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral was all shades of peach, coral, and green.  Short, kicky dresses were the order of the day.

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Our Bethel Park wedding was moved outside to inside.  Fun clutches of gerber daisies for the Bridesmaids, roses added for the bride, and our locally grown farm fresh bouquets gracing the reception tables.

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We know that a fun time was had at all 3 weddings.


Bridal Bouquets

We are happy to present our spring and early summer 2014 bridal bouquets!  We hope you enjoy!

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Fourth of July Decoration Ideas

Although food and fireworks are two of the main things on peoples’ minds when celebrating the Fourth of July, decorations make all of the impact when those very people are visiting your house for the holiday. We thought it would be helpful to list some decorating tips to lessen the stress of you frantic get-together coordinators; and believe it or not, flowers are included in those decorating tips! (who knew? ;] )

Table Centerpieces:

– When having an outdoor (or even indoor) party, table centerpieces make an incredible focal point for the guests. One idea for the centerpieces could be red, white and blue paper pinwheels (which could be found either at the dollar store or could be made if you’re feeling crafty) placed in a gardening bucket. You could tie some themed ribbon around the bucket and place some colored filler in the bucket as well to top off the look.

– Another idea can be, as I’m sure you have guessed, floral centerpieces. Red, white and blue flowers always tend to be a hit, as their colors pop and their aroma makes the party smell good. An example of a Fourth of July themed floral centerpiece is as such below:


– A popular idea for outdoor lighting can be paper lanterns, alternating in colors of red, white and blue. Hanging the lanterns from the fence, or even from the trees will provide enough lighting around the perimeter of the party.

– Another idea for lighting the party is using candle votives. You can alternate the colors of the candle holders, or the candles themselves, and place them either on the tables or the walkways. This idea is also good for an indoor party.


– Since the food is where the people are, be sure to decorate the places where they will be sitting. You can do so by covering the dining tables in either a red, white or blue tablecloth and then provide utensils, plates and cups that are in the opposite color(s) that you chose for the tablecloth.

– Another idea for the dining portion of the party is to use old mason jars for the guests to drink out of. Tie a red, white and blue ribbon around the jar and fill them with some fresh brewed iced tea as a refreshment.

To finish off your decorating, be sure to add some flag decor. For an outdoor party, plant some flags in your garden or along your walkways in the grass. This is an inexpensive and creative way to finish off your outdoor decorating. For an indoor party, you can decorate your archways or the gathering area for you guests with flag streamers, which is again another inexpensive way to finish up your indoor decorating.

Hopefully some of these tips helped you get some last minute ideas for your decorating! We wish you a Happy Fourth of July and a whole lot of good eatin’!