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.

CENTERPIECE 08162014 REDUCED

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

GRAND CONCOURSE 08162014

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

 

Share

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.

Heinz history center library

 

 

 

Share

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!

Share

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:

BW-137 Bridal bouquet

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

BW-139 Bride's bouquet

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

BW-138 Bride's bouquet

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

Share

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

Share

Summer wedding flowers

BW-126 Bride's bouquetThis week’s featured bride is carrying a beautiful bouquet of tinted hydrangea, Esperance roses, Creme de la creme roses, snapdragon, ivory spray roses and Queen Anne’s lace.

Wedding CenterpieceAnother bride chose this vibrant reception centerpiece, containing orange Asiatic lilies, hot pink roses, white spray roses, green hypericum, purple statice and variegated pittosporum.

Share

June wedding flowers…

Here’s a preview of three beautiful bouquets for our weekend weddings…

Bride's bouquetA bride’s bouquet of white hydrangea, white peonies, Asiatic lilies, ivory roses and white freesia.

Bridesmaid bouquetBridesmaid bouquet of white hydrangea with yellow roses and yellow freesia.

Bride's bouquetCascade bride’s bouquet of hot pink roses, Asiatic lilies, white dendrobium orchids and montecasino.

Share

Flowers from a Carnegie Museum wedding…

A glimpse of flowers from the Blumengarten, provided for a recent wedding at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh:

Bridesmaid bouquetsBridesmaids bouquets of hydrangea, spray roses and kermit pomps.

Img_2539.jpg reducedHuppah with dogwood, spider mums and snapdragon, set up in the Hall of Sculpture

Img_2542.jpg reducedChair decorations of silk rose pomander balls

Img_2532 reducedTall centerpieces of oriental lilies, larkspur, hydrangea, and lisianthus

Img_2534 reducedLow centerpieces of white and green hydrangea and beargrass

Img_2536.jpg reducedCarnegie Music Hall foyer

Share

Wedding flowers for the Memorial Day weekend…

Our featured bride this weekend chose all white flowers to contrast with a teal color scheme.

Bride's bouquet of hydrangea, ranunculus and lisianthus

Bride’s bouquet of hydrangea, ranunculus, freesia and lisianthus

The reception flowers were loosely arranged, with clouds of baby’s breath and bupleurum surrounding white hydrangea.  Teal organza ribbon accented the vases.

Place card table vase of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby's breath

Place card table vase of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby’s breath

Entrance hall vase of lilies, hydrangea, delphinium, lisianthus, bupleurum and baby's breath

Entrance hall vase of lilies, hydrangea, delphinum, lisianthus, bupleurum and baby’s breath

Centerpiece of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby's breath

Loosely arranged floral centerpiece of hydrangea, bupleurum and baby’s breath

The reception was held in The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA.

The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA

The Columbian Room, Wexford, PA

Share

How to care for your Easter Lily

Nothing heralds the hope and joy of the Easter season than the traditional Easter lily plant!  These fragrant beauties are wonderful gifts to give, and to receive.

Easter Lily

Call us or order online to have a lily plant delivered, or stop by the store to pick one up.  For lasting enjoyment, pick lily plants with healthy dark green leaves and flowers that are both open and in bud.

It’s easy to care for your Easter lily:

  • Remove yellow anthers as flowers open to prevent staining
  • Keep in moderately cool temperatures
  • Keep in bright, indirect sunlight
  • Avoid drafts, heat and dry air
  • Keep the soil moist and, well-drained, but never let the plant sit in water

After the Easter lily blooms, plant it outdoors in a sunny location 6 inches deep in rich, well-drained soil. You will have lilies blooming around mid-June, year after year.

Attention cat lovers: According to the National Animal Poison Control Center, certain types of lilies can cause renal failure in cats that have ingested any part of the lily. Keep lilies out of the reach of cats. Lilies do not pose a problem for other pets or humans.

With thanks to the Society of American florists, for their plant care tips!

Share