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!

BW-147Bridesmaid bouquet

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

Tall wedding centerpiece

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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August wedding flowers…

The first weekend in August was a busy one for weddings at the Blumengarten!

One of our brides this weekend carried a simple, yet sophisticated, bouquet of white calla lilies:

BW-133 Call lily bouquet

Another featured bride chose exquisite Picasso mini calla lilies with ivory roses and purple alstromeria for her bouquet:

BW-132 Bride's bouquetYet another bride picked centerpieces featuring gerberas, spray roses, Asiatic lilies, bells of Ireland, hypericum, alstromeria and waxflower.

Wedding CenterpieceThe wedding cake was decorated with clusters of pink spray roses.

Wedding cake with flowersThe reception venue was the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University.

Centerpiece

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Two beautiful color palettes for wedding flowers…

Here are bouquets from recent weddings that highlight two beautiful color combinations: Bridesmaid bouquet

This elegant and contemporary pairing uses green flowers to highlight the traditional bridal white.  Our bridesmaid bouquet features two shades of green with mini hydrangea and kermit pomps, combined with white hydrangea and ivory spray roses.

BW-122 Wedding BouquetThis vibrant and contemporary color combination combines bold orange gerbera daisies, hot pink roses and lime green hypericum with variegated pittosporum.  A knockout!

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Weekend wedding at Armstrong Farms

Bride's bouquetOur bride today is carrying a bouquet of mini sunflowers, gerbera daisies, circus roses, alstromeria, tulips, rannuculus, alstromeria and hypericum.  This is a stunning color pallette, for a stunning local wedding venue.

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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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