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Love in the Heart of Pittsburgh

Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh’s downtown sits a reminder of times come and gone. Build in the style of English Gothic architecture, Trinity Cathedral is located on 6th Ave in the golden triangle of Pittsburgh’s downtown. The Cathedral’s iconic red doors catch the attention of many that walk by. Past the wrought iron fence, and up the stone steps, the Cathedral’s red doors reveal a beautiful interior.

On August 26th, we had the pleasure of providing wedding flowers for the bride and groom that got married at Trinity Cathedral.

Our bride, Beth, carried a classic bouquet of ivory roses with Queen Ann’s lace.bouquets 728.jpg

Beth’s two maids of honor carried bouquets of light coral roses accented by blue delphinium. This color combination makes for an eye catching look.

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Beth’s remaining bridesmaids carried bouquets of matching light coral roses, perfect for their late August wedding day.

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A beautiful day, a grand venue, surrounded by those that love them, what more could a bride and groom need to start out their life together? We were so honored to help this couple make their day special, and at such a landmark church in our wonderful city.

 

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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!

 

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!

 

Fairy Tales Can Come True

As we always say at Parkway Florist, the possibilities are endless. One of the ways we can honor that statement is by using props that are multifunctional. Our brass arch is a great example. This past weekend we used it for a wedding ceremony that took place at The Pittsburgh Airport Sheraton Hotel. This time we used the brass arch with its complementary tulle and lights. Other times we have used it plain, or with flowers (as you can see here.) This look helped to create a romantic backdrop for the wedding ceremony. Paired with pink up lighting and satin chair covers with gold sashes, the room looked quite polished.

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The bride carried a bouquet full of rich red flowers as wells as pinks and ivories. The reds included deep maroon locally grown dahlias and red roses. The pinks came from pink roses and dahlias, as well as cockscomb (a type of celosia.) Ivory roses were also included. Lastly, there were gold accents of seeded eucalyptus an a touch of greenery provided by soft dusty miller and gunny eucalyptus.

The groom’s boutonniere was made to match. It included red spray roses and gold accents as well.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of deep maroon dahlias, pink roses, stock, dusty miller, and more gold accents. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of red hypericum berries.

After the short ceremony concluded, guests attended a cocktail hour at the opposite end of the hotel. They found their place cards displayed next to a fresh flower arrangement that coordinated with the rest of the flowers used in the wedding.

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While the guests attended the cocktail hour, the ceremony room was quickly transformed into part of the reception room. The arch was moved behind the head table. Here it continued to provide a romantic glow for the rest of the evening.

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The guest tables were decorated with two different styles of centerpieces. This helps to create interest in the room. The first style were lush arrangements on elevated trumpet risers. They included hydrangeas and roses with gold accents. The second style of centerpiece were low on the table. They also included roses and hydrangea. They both used coordinating colors and flowers but with two distinctly different looks.

The cake was another place that gold accents were used. It was decorated with fresh flowers and placed on a gold sequin table cloth for a glitz and glam feel.

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This wedding was yet another success in our book at a venue that we always enjoy working with! May many years of happiness come to this bride, groom, and their families.

For more pictures, inspiration, and sneak peeks of our flowers visit us on Instagram and Facebook!

 

 

 

 

Intimate & Elegant Wedding in Oakland

Last Saturday we adventured to Oakland with a truck full of flowers and smiles on our faces for a wedding ceremony that took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The reception that followed took place at the Carnegie Café which is a part of The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History.

At the ceremony, the bride carried a cascading bouquet of white lilies, ivory roses, and white larkspur. Her bridesmaid carried ivory and blush roses with light pink wax flower and fresh cinnamon basil as accents. The adorable flower girl carried a clutch of three blush roses and light pink wax flower to match the bridesmaid.

We supplied two arrangements with seasonal flowers to decorate the Heinz Memorial Chapel altar. These stood out nicely against the rich wood tones in the chapel.

At the Carnegie Café we decorated the guest tables with a tablescape design which included satin pewter grey table runners, several collections of vases with floating candles for ambiance, blush and ivory centerpiece arrangements, sprinkled blush rose petals, and disbursed votive candles.

The centerpiece arrangements were lush and lavish. Designed in mercury glass pedestal bowls, they included white hydrangeas, blush roses, locally grown dahlias, fuchsia feather celosia, and coleus.

The sweetheart head table was decorated with a long and low centerpiece with coordinating flowers as well as the bride’s bouquet when she arrived at her reception.

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What Does Green Mean?

Today we’re exploring colors again, and this time we wanted to learn about the color green. Here’s what we found:

The color green can be relaxing, soothing, and calming. Green is associated with nature, growth, meditation, fertility, and wealth.

From the floral perspective we can look at the color green in two ways: Green Flowers or Green Foliage.

You would probably be surprised to know that there are many varieties of flowers that come in green, and they can create elaborate designs. Green flowers do not have to blend in, they can be eye catching and extravagant just like any other color of flower. The same can be said for greenery. We often encounter many clients that are anti-greens, fearing that excessive greens will distract from the look of their flowers. But this does not have to be true. In fact, greens are used to accentuate a design and create a canvas for the flowers. Without the greens, sometimes flowers can look plain or like they are missing something.

Below we have selected some uses of both green flowers, and nice greenery that we feel showcase the powers of the color green, check it out:

Do these flowers leave you feeling green with envy? Let us know what you think!

 

White Flowers can be:

Sophisticated, Elegant, Classy, Tasteful, and Definitely not Your Grandma’s Wedding Flowers!

Last week, when we gave you this sneak peek of the white flowers that had just arrived, we promised to show you the finished products.

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Here they are!

One of Friday’s weddings took place at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Parish in Monaca, PA. Our bride carried white and champagne flowers, including individual white gladiola blossoms while her bridesmaids carried cream and white flowers with gold accents. The beautiful church flowers also utilized a combination of white and cream blossoms.

The reception used a Steelers Theme which carried very tastefully through the room utilizing white flowers with Black & Gold accents.

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Saturday’s first wedding was also a white and gold theme. The Bouquets and centerpieces complemented each other.

Our second Saturday wedding involved white flowers with a touch of color!

Our last wedding on Saturday continued on with a Black & White theme. Our bridesmaids (dressed in black) carried all white mini callas, as did the bride

Our chuppah was a glorious display of all white hydrangeas. Following the ceremony, the chuppah piece was removed and became a centerpiece on the head table. The calla lilies continued with the guest table centerpieces.

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White is an elegant, neutral color that can compliment so many settings and can be used in so many different ways, as you can see here.

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