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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!

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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!

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!

Singing the Tune of June | National Rose Month

With today being the first day of June, we are happy to see that National Rose Month is finally here! Roses have been a long time favorite for many people, and thankfully we have a whole month dedicated to them.

Roses have a long and colorful history. The have been known to symbolize love, beauty, innocence, politics, and even war. This special month-long tribute is set aside for Americans to appreciate the beautiful rose, learn about its many varieties, and what it has to offer.

Part of the appeal when it comes to roses, is that they come in a wide array of colors that can be used in stunning combinations or enjoyed on their own. It does not matter if you are the type of person to only buy flowers once or twice a year, or every week for your dining table, anyone can enjoy roses.

Roses are a great choice when sending flowers for many reasons. Firstly, they are extremely popular, and are readily available (at market pricing) at most local flower shops. Secondly, roses are appropriate for any occasion. Roses are used to convey romance, friendship, appreciation, love, congratulations, and even sympathy. And lastly, roses are grown in a rainbow of beautiful natural colors. Varieties are available in red, maroon, orange, peach, coral, yellow, ivory, pink, lavender, blush, and more! No matter your style, contemporary, classic, simple, extravagant, traditional, or anywhere in between, roses can be arranged to fit your taste.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose would be the national floral emblem of the United States of America. In June, roses are so plentiful and abundant, that it makes the perfect month for National Rose month. Additionally, National Red Rose Day is June 12th.

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Today, there are well over 100 species of roses, mostly grown in the northern hemisphere in moderate weather regions.

Rose hips are sometimes eaten for their vitamin C content. They can also be pressed and filtered to make herbal tea, syrup, jams, jellies, and marmalade. Rose hips are also popular in skin care products.

So all month long, we will be celebrating the beauty of the rose, with many special offerings.

As you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or “just because” moments, consider sending roses – our national emblem.

 

Wedding Bells Are Ringing

As our wedding season moves into November,  we are  focused on finishing out 2016 season on a strong and proud note. This past Saturday we had two weddings which led us from the central city to the suburbs to the countryside.

Our first wedding was at Heinz Memorial Chapel on The University of Pittsburgh’s campus. We provided two arrangements for the altar of the chapel, which  the family transported on  to the reception, following the ceremony. We also provided the bride and bridesmaids bouquets,  boutonnieres and corsages. The bridesmaids wore a dark marine blue short dress & the  color scheme was  white with red  and blue accents.  The flowers were designed to coordinate.

The bride carried an all white bouquet containing white and ivory roses, garden roses, and lisianthus with eucalyptus as greens.

The eight bridesmaids carried white roses and gerbera daisies, blue delphinium, and red hypericum berries.

Heinz Memorial Chapel, in the heart of Oakland, is an iconic ceremony location. There are endless photo opportunities throughout Oakland which is partially what draws so many couples to get married there.  (As of January, 2016, a University affiliation is no longer required to be married at Heinz Chapel.  There is a discount offered if you are affiliated with Pitt or UPMC).

Our second wedding for the day took place at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church in Whitehall, PA. With another large bridal party, (8 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen, several ring bearers and flower girls) we were up to the challenge of coordinating this ceremony.

Despite a few technical difficulties with getting the limo bus into the church’s parking lot, the ceremony went smoothly.

Our  bride  waited till the very last second to let her father see her (he was joyfully teary-eyed) carried a bouquet with white/ivory roses, peach spray roses, and gold accents. It was a classy and romantic bouquet,  with lots of interest.

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Her bridesmaids wore dark maroon   dresses which were accented by peach roses, maroon dahlias, (some of the last of the season) white mums, and gold assents as well.

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We then continued on to the reception,  which took place at The Willow Room in Belle Vernon, Pa. While the room was being quickly transformed from an event earlier in the day, we got our trucks unloaded and all of our supplies transported  to the ballroom on the fourth floor. The centerpieces consisted of several separate elements which meant that they needed to be assembled onsite. The finished product (pictured below) left romantic ambiance in the room, especially once the candles were lit.

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As our year is nearing the end, , we are already starting to look back and reflect on all of the beautiful weddings that we were honored to a part of this year. . Of course there are many busy days to come with the holidays right around the corner. It is always a new day and a new challenge that we look forward to. Best wishes to all of the families we have been able to help. We are looking forward with great anticipation to what 2017 will bring our way.  Thanks to our readers for  sharing and enjoying our stories and posts each week.

 

Style and Tradition – Mazel Tov!!

Tradition & Customs often plays  a very important  in weddings & wedding  planning. We work very hard to help our brides and grooms incorporate the traditions & customs  that are important to them and their families,  while  providing the feel or dream  that they want to achieve.   At times, this can mean some research into what the traditions and customs are.  Sometimes, it involves conversations with a number of relatives to show us pictures, or share other information that may be helpful to our process.

Combining customs, style and tradition was a task that we welcomed on 10-29-16.  The  wedding ceremony and reception  were taking  place in the same room at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  The first set up was  the ceremony space with our round chuppah (a structure under which Jewish wedding ceremonies take place.) The groom’s Tallis, a gift from his Grandparents, presented to him upon their return from Israel many years ago, was draped prominently across the front of the  Chuppah. We were also sure to include the style that the bride and groom both wanted. When the room was finished it made quite a stunning impression as shown below:

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The heavily petalled  center isle  meant that the ushers used the side isles to seat guests. The center isle was reserved the wedding processional. Steven Vance Strolling Violins provided ceremony music and night was off to a great start.

The bride carried a bouquet of White Mini Cymbidium Orchids, Fuchsia Dendrobium Orchids, Lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory & White  Roses, and Purple Wax Flower accents . The Groom wore a matching white mini cymbidium orchid boutonniere.

The bridesmaids carried lavender Ocean Song Roses, Ivory Roses, and Purple Wax Flower. The Groomsmen wore  matching Lavender Ocean Song Rose and Wax Flower Boutonnieres.

The Chuppah was decorated with bands of white hydrangea that were used as tiebacks to the sheer fabric drapes.

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Following  the ceremony, the guests proceeded to  the cocktail hour while the bridal party had portraits taken in front of the Chuppah. We then began to flip the room for the reception. This all happens very quickly and with careful precision. Tables and chairs are put in place, the Chuppah is removed, a dance floor is assembled, The DJ sets up, the centerpieces are perfected, the wait staff readies the tables, lighting is adjusted, and so much more that happens in the blink of an eye.

The centerpieces also utilized rose petals to create more ambiance. Two slightly different centerpieces decorated the guest tables. The first used a tall square center vase of white hydrangea with twelve square votive candles  around it, and rose petals on the outside. The second used a tall square  center vase of lavender roses that matched the petals. The centerpieces created a romantic glow throughout the evening.

The head table was our favorite King Arthur styled table, also decorated with rose petals, and utilizing the bride and bridesmaids bouquets. Additional  tea light candles added interest.

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At the conclusion of the cocktail hour and pictures, guests were  welcomed  back in for the reception. The room again made a stunning impression. The two families, now joined as one, danced into the late evening celebrating the lovely occasion.

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We rose to the challenge to incorporate tradition and customs, with contemporary styling  into this wedding. All of our hard work and long hours  resulted in a  dream wedding for Stephanie and Elliott. Best wishes to you both, Mazel Tov! Thank you for choosing our company to help make your dream come true!

 

 

 

 

Glitz & Glamour Please!

One of our favorite parts of wedding planning is working with the bride to develop her  vision. This is what ties together all of the small details to convey an overall theme or feeling for her day. This begins in the planning stages and becomes more developed as  the wedding day approaches. A big part  of this can be heavily reliant on the look of the reception room. The room is like a blank canvas ready for a painting, and we become collaborative artists. Last Saturday we worked with a bride who wanted a classic, elegant look for her wedding, and we knew just the tricks.

Below is The Three Rivers Ballroom at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  A major factor that gave the ballroom an elegant and classic look were the gold chivari chairs that were used. Paired with gold overlays on the tables,  the room made a stunning first impression.

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The centerpieces were another important piece of the puzzle. White hydrangeas and roses were the showcased. The centerpieces were surrounded by pillar candles on silver candle holders. To complete the look, handwritten table numbers were displayed on small glass frames.

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The cake was decorated with white hydrangeas and roses between each tier. Two flexed roses were used as the cake topper for a natural look.

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Lastly, our bride carried a cascading bouquet. It included blush and ivory roses, dendrobium orchids, white stock, and seeded eucalyptus. Her bouquet later adorned the bride and groom’s sweetheart table, seen behind the cake table above.

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The bridesmaids carried simple clutch style bouquets of white hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf.

Congratulations and best wishes to our beautiful bride and groom!