Beach-Inspired Wedding Flowers
Veranda’s Beach House Flowers
We were delighted to be invited to provide flowers for the last wedding industry gathering of the year for ABC South Bay (Association of Bridal Consultants – South Bay of Los Angeles chapter) held at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach on September 16, 2014.
Our theme inspiration from the organizers Sara Holland (At Your Door Events) and Kim White (Two’s A Party) was to use white flowers with lots of grasses and natural elements to accentuate the venue’s relaxed, yet elegant beachy atmosphere.
We offered to use blue sea glass bottles along with mercury glass, sand blasted manzanita and pampas grass during our design meeting and here are the results. The marriage of Sara and Kim’s vision with Kit’s design aesthetic made for a perfect end of summer industry mixer.
Special thanks to board members from the South Bay chapter of ABC, Sara Holland and Kim White, who were lovely and so well organized.
Christie Asselin, Esq. was our speaker who gave us the dos and don’ts about legal contracts, every wedding vendor should know.
All attendees selected their own oyster and receive a genuine pearl from Vantel Pearls.
We want to thank all our co-sponsors who made the evening so lovely: Verandas Beach House, New York Food Company, Happy Photos, Danny Maika, Happen, ZEW Events, So Cal Hookahs, Social Savvy, Spencer Sarson Photography, Vantel Pearls, Ambiance Designs, and Sole Serum.
Pink and Green Wedding Flowers
Flower Duet had another lovely wedding with Constance from Constance Curtis Events down in Huntington Beach. The flowers for the event featured hydrangea and roses. Enjoy this sampling of a pink and green wedding theme by the beach!
Cherry Blossom Orchid Wedding
There is a fairly new estate venue on the Palos Verdes Peninsula featuring dramatic views of Catalina Island. It’s fittingly called the Catalina View Gardens. Here are flowers from a recent wedding where the bride wanted to feature her Japanese heritage. Since it was a fall wedding and cherry blossoms are not in season, the bride requested that we use silk flowers. Casey searched high and low and found these lovely draping branches that looked fabulous. We also used a variety of Cymbidium orchids to round out the pink and green color scheme. We teamed up with Constance Curtis Events on this wedding, too!.
Pick Your Own Fruit, Flowers and Vegetables
By Kit Wertz
I took my almost 4-year-old twins to visit our parents in Virginia at the end of August and thought it would be fun to visit a pick-your-own farm. There are so many of these farms in the Washington, D.C. area. Our Pop and Mom drove us just 45 minutes into Frederick, Maryland to a farm called Rock Hill Orchard. We picked tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, raspberries, strawberries and zinnias. Here are a few photos from that visit. It was a perfect cap to a long week of visits to my old neighborhood pool, live outdoor jazz concerts on the Mall at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and walks in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens near my parent’s house.
How to Find Pick-Your-Own Farms in Southern California and Beyond
For example, just out in Cal Poly Pomona (where our next wedding below took place) is a huge pumpkin festival. And you can pick your own at a farm called Brian Ranch Airport U*Pick Orchard where they offer seasonal apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins from May to October on Saturdays and Sundays.
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark offers Pick-Your-Own, but not again until November 1st, 2014 on weekends only.
Tanaka Farms in Irvine offers U-pick different times each year and is open no for its Pumpkin Patch now everyday until Halloween!
Keys Creek Lavender Farm in north San Diego County is open to the public in May and June only. You can still have a private event there like a wedding, but need to contact them directly for details.
McGrath Family Farms in Camarillo, Calif. is a Certified Organic Farm and is still open to the public for U-pick Squash and Pumpkins.
In Oak Glen, near Yucaipa, there are tons of apple ranches and farms where you can pick your own.
I encourage your to search near your home, you may be surprised by what fruits, flowers and veggies you can pick yourself on a working farm within an hour from your house.
Birch Pole Ceremony Structure
by Casey Schwartz
The rustic season is upon us as fall made its introduction a couple of weeks ago and we have a few brides who have ordered birch poles for their ceremony structure.
Birch Pole Pergola Design Steps
I was able to procure four hefty birch poles for the base from Liz at Torrance’s San Diego Floral Supply. Wasabi Green, an eclectic dry goods wholesale vendor based at the Los Angeles Flower Mart, which specializes in items like manzanita, grapewood, glass and sea shells stocked the four slimmer birch pole cross pieces which I purchased.
Once I had all the poles, I was quite surprised how heavy each 4-inch diameter 8-foot pole was and realized I would need a very strong base to keep each large pole anchored to the ground.
I started at Home Depot and purchased galvanized pails that I poured with cement, but the foot print proved to be too small to hold up the poles. Then, I tried to make my own bases with L-brackets and round wood bases from Lowe’s. Back at the studio, I went into our storage area for our power tools and next to the power tools sat the answer my base challenge…..a Christmas tree stand! The label stated, “Will hold an 8-foot tall tree trunk.” My question was, “Could I find three more Christmas tree stands in September? Halloween has just appeared in stores….did anyone have Christmas stuff yet?” The answer is: No. So, I went onto Amazon.com and was able to find just what I needed with 2-day shipping.
Our birch pole ceremony pergola made its debut this past week at a wedding at the Kellogg House in Pomona for TLC’s host Kelly Nishimoto of the hit show Something Borrowed, Something New. We were delighted to be asked to provide the flowers by our friend and colleague event planner extraordinaire, Christina Cruz of The Events Boutique.
Bride Kelly borrowed our new birch pole pergola for her ceremony, which was adorned by huge paper flowers, compliments of Mona of paperlyeverafter.com.
She loved it. I love my new stands. Variations of the birch pools will be posted after they take on a very diverse set of decorations this month. Stay tuned.
Floral Design Book Recommendations
There are many new books on floral design to be released throughout the month of October, so we are featuring them as sight-unseen recommendations. These authors have published before, so you can rest assured that they will be sure to inspire your floral dreams. Enjoy the October choices for floral design books. Find them on Amazon to pre-order your copies.
From author Olivier-Dupon, comes two books on contemporary floral design:
From Jeff Leatham, celebrity floral designer and artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel. George V in Paris: Jeff Leatham Visionary Floral Design
Flower Tool: Google Calendar
By Kit Wertz
Casey and I are partners and sisters and we do talk on the phone many times per day when we are not working together on a flower job. However, it was increasingly difficult for us to make sure we were aware of each others’ schedules since my children started preschool last month. Our solution is not a new one, nor that grand, but it is quite helpful for us and we wanted to pass it on to you.
We use Google’s free calendar to keep track of our school schedules, sports practices, music classes, flower classes, private lessons, lecture appearances, weddings, special event jobs, restaurant deliveries, industry event mixers and vacations!
Signing Up For a Google Account to Create a Shared Calendar
You can sign up for a Google account even if you don’t intend to use Gmail as your primary email address. But, you need a Google Account in order to use its free tools like the Calendar and other apps. NOTE: If you work inside a company with a restricted firewall, you may not be able to access Google Apps like the calendar from your work computer. But you can from your smart phone!
Sharing Calendar Views
In order for this to work well with other people in your business or group, you need to share your calendar with them. There are different levels of sharing. You can let someone else add items to your calendar as an admin, or you can just let them view your calendar.
To create a Google Calendar and share it:
- Log into your Google Account.
- Click on Calendar under the Apps icon.
- Under My Calendars, click Create New Calendar.
- Create a New Calendar.
To Share your Google Calendar:
- Under My Calendars, click Settings.
- Under Sharing, Click Edit Settings.
- Here, you can add the person you want to share your calendar with and set up the level of permissions for sharing.
- Locate the person’s account for whom you want to share your calendar and edit the settings to your level of preference. In order to let Casey edit my calendar, I have allowed her to “Make Changes and manage sharing” for my calendar.
Syncing To Your Smart Phone
Once you have a calendar set up, it’s a good idea to make sure your calendar app on your phone reflects your Google calendar so you can stay in sync. Save contact info, addresses and other key info in your appointments within your calendar, so you always have access to that information when you are at the flower mart, your kids’ swim meet or a wedding!