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One Centerpiece, Two Looks

Set the mood lighting, change out the linens, light the candles…. voila!

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, we know! You have to make so many decisions that you don’t get to see until the day of. Imagining how all of the elements will work together can be quite difficult. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

When you’re picking centerpiece flowers, it is important to think about the ballroom. A few changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of the room. Coordinating your flowers to your wedding theme or colors can be a tremendous help in creating a cohesive style on your big day.

Here we have the same centerpiece styled in two completely different fashions:

The photo on the left show our centerpiece in a black and white themed ballroom. The romantic candle light adds ambiance. Accent roses placed in square votive holders setup on a square mirror give a contemporary and stylish look.

The photo on the right features our centerpiece in a classic gold styled ballroom. Crisp white table linens with gold sashes and gold mercury glass votive candle holders create a classy and intimate feel.

On the left, the black and white ballroom has a cooler, sleeker feeling. The white chiavari chairs create clean lines, and the black accents bring the look together.

The same ballroom, styled in gold, on the right has a warmer color palette. The gold chair covers and sashes bring a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere to the room.

I was so fun to see this ballroom transform from one look to the other. Each time the centerpiece took on a new personality. With each bride we help, we love to see their personality and unique style shine through. This goes to show that the same ballroom can be styled an endless number of times for a unique and individualized look each and every time. We can’t wait to see many more looks at one of our favorite venues.

Another Great Hidden Gem in Beaver County

On July 28th we ventured to The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in Darlington PA for Samantha & Andy’s wedding.

The beautiful lake house was the perfect place for our bride and her bridesmaids to get ready for the outdoor ceremony and reception.

The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake House

This is where we brought Samantha’s bridal bouquet and her bridesmaids’ flowers while they were having their hair and makeup done in the cool air conditioned log cabin style house.

Guests were invited to “take a seat, not a side” at the beautiful lakeside gazebo, where the ceremony was set to take place. With the lake as their backdrop, Samantha and Andy said “I Do” in the fresh, green wilderness surrounded by those they love.

The open air pavilion provided shelter as well as terrific atmosphere for the reception.

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While The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake may be a little off the beaten path, it provides another beautiful setting in the Western PA area for weddings and events.

The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake Reception Space

As always, congratulations and many thanks to Samantha & Andy for allowing us to be a part of your day.

Beaver County’s Hidden Gem

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Slightly off the beaten path, but not hard to find, Stonebridge Farm was a tranquil oasis in the forest.

Our bride chose a garden inspired, soft pastel cascade. Her bridesmaids carried round bouquets with blue accents, matching their ice blue dresses.

The white garden chairs were carefully arranged in front of a beautiful white arch for the ceremony.  Watering cans filled with summer blooms were added at ground level.  Again, a very gardeny look.  The natural  beauty of Stonebridge Farm was shining through-out the entire site.

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Just a short walk back down the isle brought guests out of the bright sun and into a large cool tent, with chandeliers!

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The mouth watering four tier cake was perfectly placed in front of the curved head table.

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Seasonal and tasteful centerpieces in mercury glass bowls were accented by mercury glass votive candles. This made for a stunning presentation against the medium dusty blue table cloths and silver chiavari chairs.

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JPC Event Group coordinated all of the food for this event (and we were told it was incredible!)

This hot July day was the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. As always, we were happy to be a part of it. We look forward to working with you again soon Stonebridge Farm! And best wishes to our  Bride & Groom!

 

 

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!

 

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!

2017 Wedding Season Begins

As our wedding season officially began on March 4th, quietly but colorfully, we were once again reminded of the unpredictability of March weather and the solemn church appearances that are part of the tradition of Lent.

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We began our season with Mandi S and her very special family at St. John Lutheran Church in the north hills of Pittsburgh. Bright royal blue, purple, and deep fushia were the colors of the day. Mandi’s love of orchids was incorporated in her bouquet as well as that of her bridesmaid.Two adorable flowers girls provided lots of smiles.

On March 11th, we faced frigid temperatures and wind as we journeyed to The Priory. This is a retired old Catholic church, located on the north side of Pittsburgh that has been reclaimed and thoroughly refurbished. Our bride took advantage of the Priory’s Winter Wedding Package. This provided lots of wintery decorations for her use. We supplemented the decor with ceremony flowers, personal flowers, and hot pink petals for the guest tables as well as various dining tables. Our bride carried an all white bouquet. Her bridesmaids carried various shades of pink roses, which looked stunning against their pewter gray dresses.

 

The Priory Looked stunning, and our wedding season is off to a great start!

 

Pittsburgh Winter Weddings in Classic White

This winter we have had the pleasure of working with several great brides and their families to plan beautiful  winter weddings. The color palette of white, ivory, cream, and gold are classic winter colors. We were able to work with these colors to produce some pretty stunning floral arrangements.

Our first wedding pictured was a New Years Eve wedding. Our bride carried a beautiful cascading bouquet that was made of perfectly blooming creamy white garden roses (which smelled amazing!) The roses were combined with smaller white spray roses, gold tipped winter pine greens, and seeded eucalyptus.

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The bridesmaids carried bouquets that coordinated in style and color. Pictured are their slightly cascading bouquets of white standard roses, gold hypericum berries, and winter pine greens.

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There was 1 junior bridesmaid and she carried a bouquet very similar to the bridesmaids’ with white roses and spray roses.

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As the clock struck midnight, the bride and groom danced into the new year and their new life together as Mr. & Mrs. These classic white flowers were a perfect wintry touch to an already special day.

Our first wedding of 2017 was another beautiful winter wedding that utilized the same color palette for an upscale winter wonderland look.

We provided 3 different styles of centerpieces for the guest tables. The first was an arrangement designed in gold lanterns, the second was a low-to-the-table arrangement in gold mercury glass pedestal bowls, and the third was an up-in-the-air arrangement that created a stunning impression as you entered the ballroom.

We also provided an arrangement to go atop the ice vase sculpture created by Mastro Ice. Mike and his team created a vase shaped sculpture and our flowers completed the look. The sculpture was the centerpiece for the grand foyer outside of the ballroom. It was placed on the table that held the many wedding cookies (a Pittsburgh tradition.)

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Another yummy treat at this wedding was the cake! We also provided flowers that adorned the cake stand and the top tier of the cake itself.

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As the guests entered the grand ballroom corridor they were met by the place card table which was covered in a gold damask pattern table linen. We used one of the gold lanterns to create an arrangement that followed through with the theme. The place cards were lined in straight rows with romantic votive candles in between and the lantern arrangement in the center of the table.

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Only a week into 2017, this bride and groom started off their year on a great note. To both of these families, we wish a happy and prosperous new year and life together. We are glad we were able to be a part of their big days.

At Parkway Florist we are  looking  forward to  many upcoming weddings  this year. There are many beautiful flowers to come, so keep an eye on our blog, or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more!