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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.

September Floral News

A Degree in MacGyverology Required for Florists?

Sum­mer is wed­ding sea­son world­wide and we’ve been busy cre­at­ing an abun­dance of flow­ers for many wed­dings this past month. We thought we would share a few pho­tos from the range of our con­tract­ed events. Some flo­ral jobs were very spe­cif­ic requests and some requests were made for us to cre­ate from our own styles.

If there are any that you love and what to know how we did it, feel free to con­tact us for the scoop as we are always hap­py to share tips and tricks of our trade.  For exam­ple, when we sus­pend­ed numer­ous paper lanterns for an indoor wed­ding recep­tion, our effort took a com­bi­na­tion of a very tall intern, an “S” hook as well as a stunt woman, a roll of tape and a binder clip. Did we men­tion that a degree in Mac­Gyverol­o­gy is essen­tial in this busi­ness? Event details fol­low from our August adven­tures in flower arrang­ing. Enjoy!

Flower Duet Creates Floral Designs for California Wedding Day Magazine’s First Best of Bride Awards

Flower Duet Design for California Wedding Day Best Of 2014 Awards

Gold-plat­ed lux­u­ry for the first Best of Bride Awards from Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day mag­a­zine by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Awards and Dinner Celebration held for 650+ Wedding Professionals at The Ebell of Los Angeles on August 20, 2014

We were so pleased to be asked to par­tic­i­pate as a co-spon­sor and flo­ral design­er for the first Best of Bride Awards from Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day mag­a­zine. We cre­at­ed flower designs using rich bur­gundy, pur­ple and green flo­ral ele­ments in gold vas­es and con­tain­ers to high­light a sophis­ti­cat­ed par­ty and lounge space with a Vin­tage French Cir­cus theme at the his­tor­i­cal Ebell of Los Ange­les. The evening began with cock­tails in the gar­den, fol­lowed by awards for wed­ding ven­dors based in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Many of the ven­dors we work with in our Wed­ding & Event Heroes group based at Ter­ranea Resort were nom­i­nat­ed. We were so excit­ed when Ter­ranea Resort won for best out­door wed­ding venue in Los Ange­les. Our good friend Caren Lazarus of Design Vis­age won for best make­up and hair in Orange Coun­ty. Spe­cial kudos go out to VoxD­Js for being nominated!

After the awards, over 650 atten­dees were treat­ed to a won­der­ful din­ner in cre­ative par­ty spaces that includ­ed a New Orleans Jazz club, enchant­ed gar­den and for­bid­den romance room com­plete with a large pep­per tree! See more on’s Face­book page.

If you want to learn more about the mag­a­zine and its awards, go to the Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day site or pick up a copy of the mag­a­zine on news­stands now. Flower Duet is hon­ored to be part of a love­ly pub­li­ca­tion and enjoyed par­tic­i­pat­ing and co-spon­sor­ing this first awards cel­e­bra­tion for the best of the best in the wed­ding indus­try in our region. Many thanks to our fel­low co-Spon­sors of the party/lounge space. Every­one’s work was phenomenal.


Flower Duet’s cock­tail designs for the lounge room at The Ebell — Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day Best of Bride 2014 French Cir­cus theme with lots of gold and rich bur­gundy reds. Flower Duet designs. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Cen­ter­piece for Hamp­ton Bar by Rrivre­works rentals. Flo­rals by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Flower Duet - California Wedding Day 2014 Ebell

Foot­ed cen­ter­piece in gold con­tain­er with red ros­es, bur­gundy scabiosa, pur­ple lisianthus, hyper­icum berries, red hang­ing ama­ran­thus and red celosia. Flow­ers by Flower Duet, pho­to by Kit Wertz.


French circus flowers by Flower Duet.

Sil­hou­ettes of our inter­pre­ta­tion of the French cir­cus theme for Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day’s Best of Bride event at The Ebell of Los Ange­les on August 20, 2014. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Gold plated cirucus animals and flowers

Kit’s ver­sion of a gold-plat­ed 3‑ring cir­cus we cre­at­ed for the vin­tage French cir­cus theme in the lounge of The Ebell for #CWDBestof2014. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Gold cocktail vases with purple and red flowers

Flower Duet’s cock­tail designs for the event. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Purple and Red bridal bouquet

One of the bou­quet designs we cre­at­ed for the event with pur­ple hydrangea, hyper­icum berries, Free­dom Ros­es, Black Mag­ic ros­es, bur­gundy scabiosa and Green Mag­i­cal eryn­gium. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Centerpiece for French Circus theme - golds, green, burgundy flowers

Main design we cre­at­ed for the cen­ter of the room using red ros­es, ama­ran­thus, pur­ple hydrangea, two types of cym­bid­i­um orchids and green hyper­icum berries. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Three-Ring Circuses Are a Good Thing

When most peo­ple think of a three-ring cir­cus, an image of “things a bit out of con­trol” may come to mind, which is per­haps not what you want for a wed­ding. How­ev­er, if you think about it….a three-ring cir­cus is a won­der­ful­ly chore­o­graphed com­bi­na­tion of events that are work­ing so beau­ti­ful­ly togeth­er, pro­vid­ing an amaz­ing visu­al and mem­o­rable expe­ri­ence. This is thanks to an orga­nized bride who has hired a pro­fes­sion­al wed­ding planner.

As the flo­ral design­ers and often the deliv­ery and set up peo­ple too, we find our­selves set­ting up both the cer­e­mo­ny and the recep­tion and if there is not a wed­ding plan­ner on site, we are tasked with some of those duties, too. Since we have pro­vid­ed flow­ers for many of the venues in the area, we know where the pow­er source is for the inside and out­side and where the cock­tail hour begins and where the bride is get­ting ready. Our best advice to all flo­ral design­ers: “Please encour­age your brides to hire a pro­fes­sion­al event or wed­ding plan­ner.” Many plan­ners offer a range of pack­ages that will work with your clients.

See a few more images of the #CWDBestof2014 event on Face­book of the Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day French Cir­cus Theme.

Birdcage Flowers Birthday Party

Flower birdcage pink.

White bird­cages led the theme for this love­ly one-year-old birth­day par­ty. Each din­ing table had a large bird­cage on it with a birdie on top and pink and laven­der ros­es inside. Accents includ­ed ivy, lark­spur and wax flower.

Our col­league Stacey Stew­art of Sweet Pea Par­ties asked us to cre­ate flow­ers for a birth­day par­ty at the SLS Bev­er­ly Hills. It was a first birth­day for a love­ly lit­tle girl and we loved the bird­cage and teapot theme using pink and white flow­ers, accent­ed with bright green foliage and trail­ing var­ie­gat­ed ivy.

A one-year-old cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day in style is some­thing for the whole fam­i­ly to enjoy.  For any­one who has been for­tu­nate to raise a child or two, we know it is quite a jour­ney and under­tak­ing when you bring home a tiny new­born baby and then make it through that won­der­ful first year.  Moth­ers and fathers should be cel­e­brat­ed for their patience, jug­gling abil­i­ties and con­stant atten­tion to their bun­dle of joy. So, we say, “Cel­e­brate your great accom­plish­ment with your friends and have a great par­ty.”  If you are in the Los Ange­les area….be sure to call Stacey for a top-notch expe­ri­ence with Sweet Pea Par­ties.


Theme col­ors were pink and white with bright green accents. Here is a teapot we cre­at­ed for the bar area. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


The moth­er of the birth­day girl want­ed a place to take pho­tos at the event so we cre­at­ed this arch of flo­rals and ivy for a pho­to spot. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Even the kids at the par­ty had cen­ter­pieces! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Teapots for standup cock­tail tables out­side on the patio at the SLS Bev­er­ly Hills hotel. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


The won­der­ful dessert table cre­at­ed by Stacey of Sweet Pea Par­ties. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


But­ter­flies were spot­ted through­out the gar­den patio! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

 Paper Lantern Wedding Reception

We cre­at­ed wed­ding flow­ers for a wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny and a recep­tion held at the Blue­wa­ter Grill on the water in Redon­do Beach and the bride also request­ed white paper lanterns for the recep­tion space. Want to know how we hung each lantern? Leave a com­ment below and we’ll answer you!



You Said What to the Bride?

By Kit Wertz

Wedding Wine Bottle CenterpieceWedding Etiquette Column in New York Times

As florists, we are often tapped by wed­ding cou­ples on prop­er eti­quette for wed­dings. Since we’ve cre­at­ed flow­ers for hun­dreds of wed­dings and have often served as de fac­to “day of” wed­ding plan­ners, we can answer most ques­tions regard­ing the rit­u­als sur­round­ing a wedding.

While perus­ing the Sun­day New York Times, I ran across an adver­tise­ment for a won­der­ful col­umn that would be quite help­ful to brides, grooms and wed­ding guests. The Well Man­nered Wed­ding col­umn cov­ers a range a top­ics from: How to decide whether to send a gift to a wed­ding you are not plan­ning to attend, and how a bridal show­er gift dif­fers from a wed­ding present.

I think this col­umn would also be use­ful  for brides or grooms to send arti­cle links via email to rel­a­tives who may have too many opin­ions on the “right way” to plan a wedding.

Answers are offered by eti­quette expert Peg­gy Post, the author of  “Emi­ly Post’s Eti­quette, 18th Edi­tion,” and a direc­tor of the Emi­ly Post Insti­tute in Burling­ton, Vt.

Any­one can sub­mit ques­tions to or by mail to The New York Times, Soci­ety News Desk, Fourth Floor, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018. Include day­time and evening tele­phone num­bers so that Ms. Post and Times edi­tors may fol­low up.

Wine Bottle Vase Wedding Reception

By Casey Cole­man Schwartz

Recycled Wine Bottle VasesWe fea­tured recy­cled wine bot­tles as vas­es in July’s newslet­ter and are excit­ed to share some images of the final flo­ral designs.  The bride and groom were very involved, as the groom, as we men­tioned per­fect­ed the way to cut the glass so we could fill them with over­flow­ing green­ery and pops of flowers.

The bride had worked sum­mers in col­lege at a local flower shop and so she new what she liked. This was a great bonus when it came down to how  she want­ed us to design in the wine bot­tle vas­es. Our bride want­ed lots of green­ery to be the base of each design and then wished for just one col­or of flower for each table.

Each table would have three bot­tles of  the same col­or full of seed­ed euca­lyp­tus, salal, dusty miller and mini green hydrangea to frame the pops of pur­ple and hot pink flow­ers. The com­bi­na­tion of full green­ery, one col­or and var­i­ous height con­tain­ers made for a delight­ful visu­al impact on the tables. I was with the wed­ding coor­di­na­tor recent­ly, three-weeks after the event and she was still com­ment­ing on how pret­ty it all turned out.

Many of our brides and grooms request recy­cled wine bot­tles for wed­ding recep­tion vase cen­ter­pieces. Here are some pho­tos from our for­mer-florist bride’s wine bot­tle-inspired reception.


All of the brides­maids had hot pink bou­quets accent­ed by Bru­nia berries. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Pink and white rose arch at The Portofi­no Hotel in Redon­do Beach. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz


Var­i­ous heights of wine bot­tles and flower com­bi­na­tions are ready to be trans­port­ed to the event. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Here is the fin­ished look for the wine bot­tle vas­es on a din­ner table. Three vas­es of dif­fer­ent heights in the same col­or theme. Each vase has dif­fer­ent flow­ers in the vas­es and the table num­bers were cre­at­ed with recy­cled wine corks! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flower Duet Special Appearance at South Coast Botanic Garden 53rd Annual Foundation Dinner

In August, Casey and Kit were asked to appear as spe­cial guests at the 53rd Annu­al South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den Foun­da­tion Meet­ing and Din­ner. A record 181 peo­ple attend­ed the rose gar­den din­ner and we helped many of them cre­ate their own bou­ton­nieres and flo­ral fas­ci­na­tors. We also cre­at­ed the rose-themed cen­ter­pieces for the din­ner. The mis­sion of the gar­den is: To serve the com­mu­ni­ty by pro­vid­ing a unique hor­ti­cul­tur­al and wildlife habi­tat expe­ri­ence, and to rep­re­sent a mod­el of excel­lence for land recla­ma­tion and sus­tain­abil­i­ty.  We were so pleased to be part of a won­der­ful cause and to meet the tal­ent­ed co-demon­stra­tors at the event includ­ing land­scape archi­tect, Deb­o­rah Richie-Bray, who has cre­at­ed the new design for the Rose Gar­den as well as Chopped win­ner, Chef Bran­don Walk­er.

Co spon­sors included:


Casey sets up for our flo­ral demon­stra­tions. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Casey cre­ates a flo­ral fas­ci­na­tor for a guest! Each guest had the option to make his or her own per­son­al flower pieces or have us make one instead. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Ros­es in the rose gar­den at South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


We cre­at­ed cen­ter­pieces fea­tur­ing ros­es for each din­ing table at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den 53rd Annu­al Foun­da­tion Meet­ing and Din­ner. Designs by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


We used three types of ros­es in each design which includ­ed stan­dard ros­es, sweet­heart ros­es and spray ros­es. We filled in with New Zealand Pit­tospo­rum and Hyper­icum berries. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Ros­es, hyper­icum berries and New Zealand Pit­tospo­rum were the stars of this cen­ter­piece. Flower design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Beach-Themed Wedding at Terranea


This bride and groom at Ter­ranea were mar­ried on the wed­ding lawn that over­looks Catali­na Island. We cre­at­ed this rose-packed flo­ral spray for the per­go­la. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Guest Sign-in Table. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.



The cou­ple want­ed us to use coral col­ored ros­es with bright green accents on these low and tall cen­ter­pieces for the recep­tion area in the Catali­na Ball­room. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.



Tall cen­ter­pieces made up of hydrangea, ros­es, hyper­icum berries and var­ie­gat­ed green­ery stood on 24-inch vas­es that includ­ed man­zani­ta branch­es, sand, sea stars and sea shells. Design by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Book Review: Windowsill Art: Creating One-of-a-Kind Natural Arrangements to Celebrate the Seasons by Nancy Ross Hugo

window sill art book

We are intrigued by this book which will be avail­able to pur­chase today — Sep­tem­ber 1, 2014. While we can­not look at the book yet, it promised to have some inspir­ing ideas for the home flower arranger. One key tip we offer to all our stu­dents: Don’t put your flow­ers in a sun­ny win­dowsill, or it will short­en the life of the flow­ers. Flow­ers like con­stant tem­per­a­ture in an arrange­ment, so be aware that flow­ers in a win­dow will be exposed to vast tem­per­a­ture changes. Even with that caveat, we still think this book is worth a look.

From Ama­zon:

Almost every­one does it: puts a lit­tle some­thing on the win­dowsill to watch it ripen, root, or just sit there look­ing pret­ty. But the win­dowsill can serve as a stage for more inten­tion­al arrange­ments – a per­son­al, free-wheel­ing kind of art…a cat­a­lyst for cre­ativ­i­ty. Author Nan­cy Ross Hugo demon­strates how to use the win­dowsill as a plat­form for small, sim­ple dis­plays that cel­e­brate the sea­sons and reflect the per­son­al style of their cre­ators. Her fresh approach uses bot­tles, jars and oth­er small vas­es to show­case arrange­ments of local­ly col­lect­ed leaves, seed­pods, flow­ers, fruits and twigs. In Win­dowsill Art the read­er will learn how to find and dis­play mate­ri­als, why some con­tain­ers work bet­ter than oth­ers, how to com­bine mate­ri­als – and sim­ple tech­niques to enhance cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties. Beau­ti­ful full-col­or pho­tographs throughout.

Avail­able Sep­tem­ber 1st, 2014.

Pur­chase on

Flower Tool: How To Remove Thorns from Garden Roses Quickly (and Not Hurting a Finger in the Process)

By Casey Cole­man Schwartz

Rose Thorns

Gar­den ros­es can have lots of thorns that make the stems dif­fi­cult and tricky to clean.

In recent years the gar­den ros­es which have become avail­able to flo­ral design­ers are vibrant, scent­ed and full of tee­ny tiny thorns. We love them, but oh my, what a job to clean them! It takes a lot of work  to the point of being able to han­dle them, not to men­tion hand­ing them over to a bride before she walks down the aisle.

Sandpaper Block

Sand­pa­per blocks can be pur­chased from your local hard­ware store.

My intern, Kee­gan and I were faced with a bunch of Keira the oth­er day, and he turned to me and said, “How on earth do I get all these off?” I agreed that these stems were some of the most prick­ly I had encoun­tered. The tool I reached for is not found in the flo­ral sup­ply store, but in your neigh­bor­hood hard­ware store. As many of you know we use all sorts of tools for this busi­ness from unlike­ly places.

I grabbed a sand­pa­per sponge. Small and gen­tle enough to work those thorns right off the stem with­out stress­ing it. Large enough to hold onto, with­out get­ting a thorn in your finger.

As Ama­zon Asso­ciates, we earn from qual­i­fy­ing pur­chas­es. Some­times we link to a prod­uct on Ama­zon in our arti­cles on

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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tool tips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in and beyond South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients need in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthusiast.

We are Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet. We are com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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