Winter wedding flowers

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.

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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!

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A grand wedding at the Grand Concourse

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

Wedding ceremony location, Grand Concourse

Banister arrangement, Grand Concourse

Banister arrangement, Grand Concourse

Wedding ceremony arrangement

Wedding ceremony arrangement

Lamp post arrangement, Grand Concourse

Lamp post arrangement, Grand Concourse

Table centerpiece

Table centerpiece

Carnation ball table centerpiece

Carnation ball table centerpiece

Cake table with garland, candles and mini hydrangea arrangements

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!

Wedding flower delivery

Wedding flower delivery

 

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2015 Interflora World Cup, Berlin!

IMG_20150611_114654896_HDR reducedWhen 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!

 

Img_3966 One of our favorites. A natural “bird’s nest” look from the Chinese designer.

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A hand-tied bouquet. One of the design tasks was to create a hand-tied bouquet.

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Another hand-tied bouquet with cactus (ouch!)

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Phaleonopsis orchids and baby’s breath!

IMG_20150611_122544438 An all-dianthus (carnations) design

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Natural garden look

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The spring wedding season has begun!

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:

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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.

Tall CenterpiecesThe 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.

Huppah with flowersAt the Edgewood Club, our huppah was decked out with flowers to create a romantic wedding canopy for the marriage of Suzanne and Bart.

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People want to know…

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.

Christina also featured beautiful photographs of our flowers!

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Winter wedding flowers

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.

BW-157 Bridal bouquet of ivory roses and spray roses, silver brunia, pine cones, artificial navy berries, pine and seeded eucalyptus sprayed metallic gold and silver.

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.

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Dahlias, dahlias, dahlias!

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!

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Dahlia Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlias

Dahlias

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Flowers for a Grand Concourse wedding reception

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.

BW-154 Bride and bridesmaids bouquetsThe 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.

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The head table featured a centerpiece of light pink roses and spray roses, light pink lilies and white dendrobium orchids.

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Both tall and low centerpieces of white hydrangea, light pink oriental lilies, roses, snapdragon and calla lilies graced the tables at the restaurant.

Grand Concourse wedding centerpiecesThe cake was decorated with pink roses.

Wedding cake with flowers

 

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Heinz History Center Wedding

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:

Heinz History Center column flowersWhite 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.

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