Bridal bouquet for a Phipps Conservatory wedding…

The wedding of one of our couples from this past weekend took place in the Broderie Room of Phipps Conservatory.  Befitting the location, the bride’s bouquet featured both flowers and succulent plant material.

BW-149 Bride's bouquetIncluded in this hand-tied bouquet are blue hydrangea, pink dahlias, lavender freesia, succulents, seeded eucalyptus and variegated pittosporum.

 

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Wedding reception centerpieces…

Three of our brides this week chose low centerpieces of roses and hydrangeas for their reception tables. Yet even using similar flowers, each wedding is a unique vision. When it comes to flower arrangements, a change in color can mean a major change in the final result!

Wedding reception centerpiece

Our first centerpiece features a stunning color palette of purple hydrangea, ivory roses and green hypericum in a 6″ bubble bowl. In order to keep the price within budget, these hydrangea are actually blue hydrangea tinted with purple floral dye. Blue hydrangea are less expensive than the natural purple ones, and we think the paint actually gives the flowers a richer depth of color.

Wedding reception centerpiece

This centerpiece also uses tinted flowers. Here green tinted hydrangea are combined with natural white hydrangea. Spray roses and babies’ breath complete the arrangement, all in a 5″ glass cube.

Wedding reception centerpiece

Our third centerpiece also uses hydrangea and roses. Pure white hydrangea are paired with vibrant Cherry Brandy roses and Stargazer lilies. All are arranged in a 6″ bubble bowl.

Beautiful!

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It was a beautiful wedding weekend in Pittsburgh..

Here’s a peek at the flowers from two of last weekend’s weddings…

The bridesmaids bouquets from our first featured wedding were designed in a soft, romantic pink and lavender palette, featuring peonies, roses, spray roses, lisiathus and stock. The flowers looked like they were fresh-picked from a garden!

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The reception at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, had alternating tall and low centerpieces made of hydrangea, peonies, roses, and stock.

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Tall and low reception centerpieces

Wedding cake with flowers

Our other featured wedding had bridesmaids carrying bright yellow bouquets of Asiatic lilies, roses and gerbera daisies with variegated pittosporum.  This was a dramatic effect against royal blue bridesmaid dresses, as reflected in the royal blue ribbon stem wrap.

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Renaissance Hotel Wedding Reception

Our featured wedding reception this weekend took place in the elegant Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.  The bride chose alternating high and low centerpieces of white hydrangea, ivory roses, white daisy pomps and spray roses, accented with variegated pittosporum and seeded eucalyptus.

Tall centerpieceBubble Bowl Centerpiece Renaissance Hotel wedding reception flowersCarnation pomander balls of hot pink and burgundy were bursts of color in the otherwise all-white color palette.  They were featured on the head table and on the cocktail tables.

Carnation pomander ball

Renaissance Hotel wedding reception hall

Congratulations, Megan and Sam!

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Weddings, conventions and graduations…

The weekend after Mother’s Day proved even busier for us than the weekend before! May is the start of the wedding season in Pittsburgh, and this week we designed wedding flowers for three different bridal parties. We also provided green and blooming plants for various graduations, and for the International Quilt Market, which was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center PlantsDid you know that we rent plants for conventions, graduations, weddings and other special events in Pittsburgh?

Bouquets from two of our featured weddings are showcased below:

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This bride’s bouquet is done in a tear-drop style, and features Sahara roses, blue dyed dendrobium orchids, and ivory spray roses. The accompanying bridesmaids bouquets also include the Sahara roses, but with added fabric ribbon roses.

Bridesmaids bouquets with Sahara rosesOur other featured bride chose green roses as the predominate flowers in her round bouquet. Also included are green hypericum, white mini carnations and white pom pom mums.

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Why send flowers?

We sometimes hear negative comments about the gift of flowers.  Some Society of American Florists flower deliverypeople mistakenly think that because flowers are not long lasting, they are not a good value.

Those same people are surprised when we tell them that the product we florists actually sell is not really flowers, but rather emotions and feelings.  Remember the old marketing slogan, “Say it with flowers?”  Well, your local florist uses flowers to convey all of life’s sentiments, from “I love you” to “I’m sorry” to “We grieve with you” to “I hope you are feeling better today.”

Flowers are a gift that speaks to the heart of the recipient.  Our friends at the Society of American Florists write of the excitement that accompanies any delivery of flowers…you don’t even have to be the actual recipient to be captivated by a beautiful gift of flowers!

When you give flowers, you give a gift of instant delight – you give a gift of joy and beauty and a memory that can last forever!

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Photos from an August wedding…

One of our summer brides just shared some of her photos with us.  The photographer was Dean from Bella Pictures.

She writes in her email:

“I had done my ordering from NY, so completely long-distance and over phone and email.  Based on my email, you guys created exactly what I had pictured in my mind.  I loved the flowers and am so grateful for your beautiful work.  Thank you very much!”

Thank you, Sheila, for sharing!

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Can you spot the silk flowers in these wedding bouquets?

Lots of weddings this past weekend!  Our three featured brides chose very different looks for their bouquets.  Two of the bouquets had a few silk flowers added to the fresh.  This is a great way to add the look of flowers that may be out of season, or beyond the bride’s budget.

Our first bouquet features orange alstromeria, ivory roses, tinted lavender ranunculus, blue eryngium, white stephanotis and white wax flower:

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Our next bouquet is in a teardrop style, and contains pink and white alstromeria, pink lisianthus, white freesia, ivory spray roses and seeded eucalyptus:

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Our third bride chose beautiful cherry brandy roses, orange mini calla lilies, magenta cockscomb, orange Asiatic lilies and purple peonies for her bouquet.

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Did you spot the silk flowers?  The white stephanotis in the first bouquet, and the purple peonies in the third bouquet are silk.

Moving to one of the ceremony sites, the pews at St. Maurice Church were decorated with hydrangea and simple bows made of wired double-satin ribbon.

Hydrangea with satin pew bow

St. Maurice Church

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