It’s been a whirlwind wedding season here at the Blumengarten! Frankly, what with attending to multiple weddings each weekend, there never seems to be enough time to take photos and write blog posts.
In November the wedding season quiets down a bit. The cooler weather brings out looks for our brides that are quite different from the lush garden flowers of summer.
This bridal bouquet is a fabulous choice for the winter months. It features white hydrangea, roses, limmonium and star of Bethlehem. Frosty, glittery accents are added with the addition of silver seeded eucalyptus and frosted pine cones. Beautiful!
The ceremony and reception for one of last weekend’s weddings was at the Grand Concourse at Station Square in Pittsburgh. Flowers transformed an already elegant venue into a bride’s dream. Take a look.
Wedding ceremony location, Grand Concourse
Banister arrangement, Grand Concourse
Wedding ceremony arrangement
Lamp post arrangement, Grand Concourse
Carnation ball table centerpiece
Cake table with garland, candles and mini hydrangea arrangements
And if you ever wondered what our truck looks like on the way to a wedding, here’s a peek from another wedding from the weekend!
When we entered FTD’s facebook contest for a chance to win a trip to Berlin for the 2015 Interflora World Cup floral design competition, we had no thought of winning. Imagine our surprise when Linda received a call from FTD headquarters, informing her that her entry was chosen as the winner!
Jim and Linda flew to Berlin on June 7 for a week spent discovering the sights of Berlin, and experiencing the creativity of the top floral designers in the world. Here are photos of a sampling of the fabulous designs. Enjoy!
One of our favorites. A natural “bird’s nest” look from the Chinese designer.
A hand-tied bouquet. One of the design tasks was to create a hand-tied bouquet.
We hit the ground running as our 2015 wedding season kicked off this weekend with four weddings on our schedule. Below are highlights of some of the flowers:
There are only a couple of weeks in the year where a bride can choose daffodils for her wedding. Crissy and Kevin’s wedding was a vision of spring with yellow daffodils everywhere. Yellow oncidium orchids and white freesia complement the daffodils in the bride’s bouquet.
The Renaissance Hotel was the venue for Michelle and Brian’s wedding reception. The pedestal centerpieces include hydrangea, pink and lavender roses, spray roses and sweet pea.
At the Edgewood Club, our huppah was decked out with flowers to create a romantic wedding canopy for the marriage of Suzanne and Bart.
Christina Montemurro from Christina Montemurro Photography recently interviewed Tim and Jim for her blog, which features some of Pittsburgh’s best wedding vendors. The questions and answers give a “behind-the-scenes” peek at the wedding floral business. Check it out here.
Although the wedding season slows down considerably by mid November, the winter months are still a romantic time for couples to tie the knot. The winter season gives us the opportunity to experiment with different materials and interesting textures in our floral designs. The bride’s bouquet for one of this weekend’s weddings featured pine cones and artificial navy berries in the mix, with ivory roses and spray roses, silver brunia, pine, and seeded eucalyptus sprayed metallic silver and gold.
The bride in our second wedding chose white hydrangea, lavender roses, cream spray roses and Mayfair alstroemeria for her bouquet. The bouquet had a nostalgic connection for the bride. We incorporated fabric pieces from the veil the bride’s mother wore on her wedding day. Used as a stem wrap, the material with pearl accents became an exquisite finishing touch to the bouquet.
We love that we have a local Pittsburgh area grower for dahlias! Alpha Dahlias is located in Sewickley and is our weekly source for these beautiful cut flowers. We recommend these exquisite blooms to our summer brides for their bouquets and centerpieces.
We snapped some photos at Alpha Dahlia’s open house this past weekend. This is only a small sampling of the dozens of fabulous varieties growing on their property. Enjoy!
The reception for one of our weddings this past weekend was held at the elegant Grand Concourse Restaurant in Station Square. The color theme was pale pink and white.
The bride’s bouquet featured light pink oriental lilies, ivory roses, white spray roses, white freesia, white mini calla lilies and white dendrobium orchids. The bridesmaids bouquets complimented the bride’s with light pink roses and spray roses and white mini calla lilies.
The head table featured a centerpiece of light pink roses and spray roses, light pink lilies and white dendrobium orchids.
Both tall and low centerpieces of white hydrangea, light pink oriental lilies, roses, snapdragon and calla lilies graced the tables at the restaurant.
How do you transform a public venue into a location suitable for a wedding ceremony? With flowers, of course! Here’s how we softened the industrial architectural forms of the Heinz History Center Library to create a romantic wedding chapel:
White hydrangea, lilies, roses and alstromeria were woven with assorted greens and curly twigs to transform steel beams and create a focal point for the exchange of vows.
The bridesmaids bouquets from one of our weddings this past weekend contained hot pink roses and pink ranunculus. The vibrant rose color was offset by calming silver-gray accents with silver brunia and dusty miller. It was a sophisticated combination!