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Based near the Beach in the South Bay of LA, Kit & Casey take you on a jour­ney each month to our events we cre­ate and share with you the hottest trends in flo­ral design.

As sought-after flo­ral design instruc­tors, you’ll learn the lat­est tips and tricks of the trade.

October 2014 Floral Trends

Beach-Inspired Wedding Flowers

Beach inspired wedding flowers by Flower Duet.

Beach-inspired flo­ral design includes blue sea glass bot­tles, white man­zani­ta branch­es, white flow­ers includ­ing orchids and a vari­ety of grass­es. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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.

We used three types of late sum­mer grass­es along with lisianthus and den­dro­bi­um orchids in this design. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Casey added flow­ers to this dis­play cre­at­ed by Kim from Two’s A Par­ty. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

In this design we added veron­i­ca and wax flower to the lisianthus, grass­es and orchids. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Our interns cre­at­ed all ten of the upstairs cock­tail designs using bur­nia, grass­es, euca­lyp­tus and snow­ber­ries. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

We cre­at­ed three dif­fer­ent table top designs for the din­ing room. This one fea­tured sand­blast­ed man­zani­ta branch­es, chi­na mums and small flo­rals in blue glass vas­es and mer­cury glass. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz. Verandas floral designs for ABC South Bay Mixer

Our blue glass bot­tles inspired the love­ly blue linens for the out­side cock­tail area in Veran­da’s gar­den. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Here is one of the oth­er type of table tops we cre­at­ed for the din­ing room. We used a Date Palm seed pod local­ly sourced near our stu­dio, den­dro­bi­um orchids, grass­es and Chi­na mums. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Anoth­er table top for the out­side cock­tail area. Bam­boo fur­ni­ture was from Zew Rentals and very com­fy! You can rent them or buy them! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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 Com­pa­nyHap­py 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!

Pink ros­es are sur­round­ed by a cloud of mini green and white hydrangeas in these cer­e­mo­ny flo­ral designs at the foot of the aisle. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

The bride want­ed a swirl pat­tern for the aisle. FLORIST TIP: It was a windy day, so we had to soak the petals in water to keep them on the ground and in place! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

The flo­ral sprays includ­ed New Zealand pit­tospo­rum in a cres­cent shape. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Each din­ing table fea­tured a trio of vas­es in mer­cury glass. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Some tables fea­tured tall mer­cury glass trios and oth­ers had a trio of short­er vas­es. The entire ball­room was draped and fea­tured dra­mat­ic up light­ing. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

We added flow­ers to each lay­er of the cake! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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!.

These drap­ing cher­ry blos­soms are from Save On Crafts. No one could believe they weren’t real when they saw them! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Orchids and ti leaves adorn one of the food sta­tions. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

We cre­at­ed a trio of vas­es on each din­ing table. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Some din­ing tables fea­tured under­wa­ter Cym­bid­i­ums and cher­ry blos­som branch­es. These were from The Crafts Out­let. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Each place set­ting fea­tured a sin­gle orchid bloom tucked into origa­mi chop­stick hold­ers. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

The views are end­less at Catali­na View Gar­dens. Love­ly set­ting! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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.

Gor­geous late sum­mer Zin­nias at Rock Hill Orchard in Mt. Airy, MD. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Wish we could have a field of Zin­nias like these! At Rock Hill Orchard. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Kit with her son, Cole and daugh­ter, Keely on our “pick-your-own” veg­gies and flow­ers trip to Rock Hill Orchard. Pho­to by Walt Coleman.

Here are the results of our boun­ty from Rock Hill Orchard. The flow­ers were $7 to fill up the plas­tic cup. You can fit about 40 stems in a cup! This “arrange­ment” came straight from the farm where my mom and I placed them in the cup. After this pho­to, I took off all the green­ery on each stem and put them in a new vase so that they would last a long time. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

How to Find Pick-Your-Own Farms in Southern California and Beyond

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival

Cal Poly Pomon­a’s annu­al pump­kin fes­ti­val is Octo­ber 18th and 19th this year.

Sur­pris­ing­ly, there are many pick your own farms near Los Ange­les, too! If you want to find a farm near you to pick sea­son­al fruits, flow­ers and veg­eta­bles, go online to for listings.

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.

Picking Strawberries

Kit & Casey’s Pop with Kit’s daugh­ter Keely after pick­ing straw­ber­ries at Rock Hill Orchard. It’s a great fam­i­ly out­ing. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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.

Event design by Christi­na Cruz from The Events Bou­tique. Huge paper flow­ers, com­pli­ments of Mona of Birch Pole Per­go­la by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Here are some details of the lovely flowers by

Here are some details of the love­ly flow­ers by

Kellogg House Flowers for TLC Wedding

Flow­ers for the din­ing tables were made up of a trio of vas­es includ­ing vin­tage blue Mason jars paired with small­er jars that were filled with a pletho­ra of wild green­ery fea­tur­ing pops of hot pink del­i­cate flow­ers like clover and alstroemeria.

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.

Christmas Tree Stands

A Christ­mas tree stand makes a great hold­er for birch or bam­boo poles used in cer­e­mo­ny structures.

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 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

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

From the authors of the The Flower Recipe Book and The Plant Recipe Book, comes a new choice: The Wreath Recipe Book: Year Round Decorations

Flower Tool: Google Calendar

By Kit Wertz

Casey and I are part­nersGoogle Calendar 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:

  1. Log into your Google Account.
  2. Click on Cal­en­dar under the Apps icon.
  3. Under My Cal­en­dars, click Cre­ate New Calendar.
  4. Cre­ate a New Calendar.

To Share your Google Calendar:

  1. Under My Cal­en­dars, click Settings.
  2. Under Shar­ing,  Click Edit Settings.
  3. Here, you can add the per­son you want to share your cal­en­dar with and set up the lev­el of per­mis­sions for sharing.
  4. 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!


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