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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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:

BW-144 bride bouquet

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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What’s the perfect Valentine’s gift?

Hint:  It’s NOT the red rose!

Searching for THE perfect Valentine’s Day gift, most men assume that the red rose is the ONLY flower suitable for giving their sweetheart on the February 14 holiday.

Truth be told, florists sell a LOT of red roses for Valentine’s Day.  Somehow the floral industry has to come up with enough red roses to satisfy the extreme demand.  To that end, rose growers do all they can to push roses to bud at exactly the right time.  Sometimes roses might be harvested too early or stored too long, in order to have enough roses available to ship to florists for February 14.  The result is reduced red rose quality, along with higher wholesale and retail prices.

And what’s even crazier?  Women don’t necessarily prefer red roses!  We tell our male customers that most women would rather receive roses in one of the other gorgeous colors that are available, or that they prefer other flowers.  Modern day ladies want something a bit more unique, fun or personal than the ordinary dozen red roses!

RosesWhat other flowers?  Try tulips, which are in season this time of year, and which evoke a welcomed breath of spring.  Fragrant oriental lilies are a spectacular and lasting flower.  The younger generation likes gerbera daisies, which come in a variety of vibrant hues.

Valentine flowers

What’s the best floral Valentine’s Day gift?  If you prefer the traditional, we recommend a vase of one dozen roses in one of the fabulous non-red varieties we will be getting in for the holiday.  Or, we recommend a beautiful vase of assorted varieties of flowers, mixing a rainbow of colors and blooms to dazzle your Valentine.  We can blend some higher-priced flowers (like roses) with less-expensive ones, for a larger, fuller arrangement.  By leaving the details of your arrangement to the expertise of our floral designers, we can pick from the choicest of the day’s blooms, to give you more value for your dollar.

Some folks complain about flowers as a gift because they do not last.  But ask any woman, and you will discover that the memory of a floral gift lasts forever!  So don’t be bashful guys…your sweetheart would love a gift of flowers on February 14.  And we can work with any budget to make this Valentine’s Day one she will hold in her heart forever!

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