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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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Winter White Flowers

Hydrangeas and Ranun­cu­lus blooms make up this sim­ple vase design that is great for a win­ter white flo­ral dis­play. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flower Duet Featured in California Wedding Day Magazine — Winter 2015/2016 Issue

Flower Duet featured in CA Wedding Day Magazine

Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day cov­er Win­ter 2015/2016

Flower Duet is for­tu­nate to once again be fea­tured as a choice flo­ral design com­pa­ny by Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day Mag­a­zine. In the Win­ter 2015/2016 Best of 2015 issue, we have three bou­quets in the mag­a­zine.

Inside the front cov­er, on the TOC page, is our bright­ly hued pink and red bou­quet which fea­tured flow­ers such as Red Charm Peonies, Coral Sun­set Peonies, Cox­comb Celosia , Anenomes, Sweet William, Leu­ca­den­dron, Din­go fern, Fire­works grass, Camel­lia branch­es and Cordy­line tips.

We were also fea­tured in an arti­cle titled “Unbri­daled Beau­ty” on how brides can look pic­ture per­fect in the wed­ding pho­tos.

We appear in the Haute List for the South Bay of Los Ange­les. It’s a guide to top-tier Cal­i­for­nia wed­ding ven­dors in Los Ange­les, Orange Coun­ty and beyond!

Pick up an issue today to learn more!

CA Wedding Day TOC Winter 2015/2016

Flower Duet’s bou­quet is fea­tured in the cur­rent issue of Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day. Anenomes and Peonies make up the focal flow­ers in this drap­ing orgainic bou­quet. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Lenka Ulri­cho­va.

CA Wedding Day article on photos

Flower Duet is a fea­tured ven­dor in the “Unbri­daled Beau­ty” arti­cle in Cal­i­for­nia Wed­ding Day offers 17 tips from pros to help brides with per­fect wed­ding day pho­tos.

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Flower Duet is on the wed­ding ven­dor Haute List again the the South Bay of Los Ange­les!

It’s a Tie! Rose Quartz and Serenity are Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

Each year, the Pan­tone Col­or Insti­tute: declares a par­tic­u­lar hue to be the “Col­or of the Year”. Twice a year the com­pany holds a secret two-day meet­ing in a Euro­pean cap­i­tal and invites rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent nations’ col­or stan­dards groups. This group choos­es a col­or that rep­re­sents the cur­rent zeit­geist cul­tur­al­ly.

pantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quoteIn 2015, the col­or of the year, Marsala, rep­re­sented “a dar­ingly invit­ing tone that nur­tures; exud­ing con­fi­dence and sta­bil­ity while feed­ing the body, mind and soul.”  The results of the meet­ing are pub­lished in ear­ly Decem­ber of the year pri­or and then fash­ion design­ers, florists, and tex­tile design­ers use this guide­line for prod­ucts.”

For the first time, the group chose two shades as the 2016 Pan­tone Col­ors of the Year. A warm pink and cool blue called Rose Quartz and Seren­i­ty, respec­tive­ly. From Pan­tone:

Rose Quartz is a per­sua­sive yet gen­tle tone that con­veys com­pas­sion and a sense of com­po­sure. Seren­i­ty is weight­less and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bring­ing feel­ings of respite and relax­ation even in tur­bu­lent times.”

Below, Flower Duet curat­ed a selec­tion of flow­ers that rep­re­sents this new sooth­ing hue pair­ing for 2016 and offers a few design exam­ples of how these flow­ers look in real arrange­ments.

Crystal Quartz Bridal Bouquet by Flower Duet Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Flower Duet’s Rose Quartz Bridal Bou­quet. Mod­eled with a brides­maid dress by Joan­na August. Pho­to by Krista Mason Pho­tog­ra­phy.

2016 Pantone Color of the Year Serenity Blue Wedding Flowers

Light blue Del­phini­um blooms are per­fect flower rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the Pan­tone 2016 Col­or of the Year, Seren­i­ty. Shown here in a flo­ral spray. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Q Wed­dings.

Flowers for 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Here are Flower Duet’s curat­ed choic­es of flow­ers which rep­re­sent Rose Quartz and Seren­i­ty. Pic­tured from top left clock­wise: Ohara Rose, Calla Lily, Blush­ing Bride Pro­tea, Lily of the Nile, Bell Flower, Corn­flower, Del­phini­um, Blue Hydrangea, Hyacinth, Love In The Mist (Nigel­la), Twee­dia, Pink Hydrangea, Pink Can­dle Celosia, Pink Asi­at­ic Lily, Pink Lark­spur, Pink Peony, and Helle­bore.

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Pan­tone 2016 Col­or of the Year: Rose Quartz and Seren­i­ty. Flower Duet choos­es a col­lec­tion of flow­ers to illus­trate the col­ors. Pho­to Illus­tra­tion by Flower Duet.

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Rose Quartz can be com­bined with dark­er pink tones to cre­ate a dra­mat­ic palette as shown here for wed­ding fea­tur­ing Hydrangeas. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Blue22 Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Pinkie and The Blue Boy Huntington LIbrary Paintings 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

For years, the art col­lec­tion at The Hunt­ing­ton Library has shown this col­or com­bi­na­tion. With the paint­ings of “Pinkie” and “The Blue Boy” as shown here, one can see Pan­tone’s shades for 2016. What’s old is new again.

The Flower Shop Mysteries Move from Books to Television

Flower Shop Mystery Book Series

Flower Shop Mys­tery Book Series

In our August 2012 flo­ral newslet­ter, we offered a sum­mer book read­ing rec­om­men­da­tion of The Flower Shop Mys­tery Series. Now there are 18 books in all by author Kate Collins and you can read them all on a Kin­dle or in paper­back.

This fun sto­ry series is about a florist (for­mer­ly lawyer) who seems to fall into a mur­der mys­tery every few weeks and is turned into a TV show on the Hall­mark Chan­nel. Its first episode is called: Flower Shop Mys­tery: Mums The Word.

It stars Brooke Shields, Bren­nan Elliott and Beau Bridges.

The show airs on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 17, 2016 on the Hall­mark Movies & Mys­ter­ies Chan­nel at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Cen­tral).

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields stars in Hall­mark Chan­nel’s new TV show based on a mys­tery book series called “The Flower Shop Mys­ter­ies.” Pho­to: Hall­mark Chan­nel.

Abby Knight (Shields), a for­mer lawyer turned proud flower shop own­er is start­ing over after the death of her hus­band with the sup­port from her father (Bridges), a new busi­ness and her daugh­ter off to col­lege. Life is good in the peace­ful town of New Chapel but when a black SUV rams her prized vin­tage car, she’s deter­mined to track down the dri­ver. She begrudg­ing­ly accepts the help of a new neigh­bor, the hand­some and charm­ing ex-Marine Mar­co Sal­vare (Elliott) who just bought the bar down the street.  But their bud­ding rela­tion­ship is threat­ened when an acquain­tance is mur­dered and Abby’s good friend is the prime sus­pect and it all links back to the hit and run.  Caught up in a tan­gle of men­ac­ing phone calls, police cor­rup­tion and mur­der­ous road rage, Abby must work against the clock to find the killer or the next flower arrange­ment might be for her own funer­al.

 January Flower Duet Classes

green-cymbidiumOrchids! Orchids! Orchids! Jan­u­ary should be renamed orchid month since Flower Duet is offer­ing two class­es this month fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent types of orchids. In mid-Jan­u­ary, come to our stu­dio in the South Bay to learn how to design with tricky cut Pha­le­onop­sis stems and flow­ers in a swanky asym­met­ri­cal arrange­ment.

Then, at the end of the month, join us at The Hunt­ing­ton Library to cre­ate a design using vibrant cit­rus col­ors inspired by the cit­rus groves of kumquats, lemons, oranges and limes at the Gar­den in San Mari­no.

Asym­met­ri­cal Swanky fea­tur­ing Pha­le­onop­sis Orchids at Flower Duet’s Design Stu­dio in Tor­rance

Planning for Profit: A One-Day Workshop for Event Professionals

Dee Gaubert

Dee Gaubert Pho­to: NoWorriesEventPlanning.com

By: Dee Gaubert of No Wor­ries Event Plan­ning

Own­ing a busi­ness can be exhil­a­rat­ing and empow­er­ing — and also fraught with obsta­cles. Avoid these obsta­cles alto­geth­er and over­come any hur­dles that stand in your way, with this one-day work­shop focused on build­ing a prof­itable event plan­ning busi­ness!

Pho­tog­ra­phers, florists, and oth­er event busi­ness own­ers will also ben­e­fit from this day of edu­ca­tion — all are wel­come!

Host­ed by Dee Gaubert of No Wor­ries Event Plan­ning, this event will pro­vide cru­cial guid­ance on key aspects of run­ning a busi­ness. Atten­dees will walk away with imme­di­ate actions they can take to start improv­ing their busi­ness­es. We’ll cov­er the fol­low­ing key con­cepts:

  1. How to build in prof­itabil­i­ty into your busi­ness mod­el before you book your very first client — or how to course-cor­rect and build in prof­itabil­i­ty if you are already active­ly in busi­ness
  2. Strate­gies for effec­tive­ly set­ting bound­aries with clients and stand­ing your ground in the stick­i­est of sit­u­a­tions
  3. How to cre­ate a sales and mar­ket­ing strat­e­gy that deliv­ers a con­sis­tent, reli­able stream of rev­enue
  4. Pric­ing advice from busi­ness con­sul­tant Bet­sy Pat­ter­son
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Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet will be on the pan­el of expert guest speak­ers to dis­cuss top tips on flo­ral design. She will dis­cuss the Pros and Cons of Pin­ter­est; how to focus your client’s vision; and oth­er key insights on expert­ly advis­ing your client on flow­ers and decor and be ready for your flo­ral ques­tions. Flow­ers and pho­to by Flower Duet.

In the after­noon, top L.A. wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als from the worlds of hos­pi­tal­i­ty, pho­tog­ra­phy, and flo­ral design will be dis­cussing their unique indus­try in-depth and deliv­er tips and infor­ma­tion that will add to your exper­tise as a wed­ding plan­ner and event pro.

For more infor­ma­tion, includ­ing an event time­line and speak­er bios, see No Wor­ries Event Plan­ning.

WHEN
WHERE
North Ranch Cen­ter — 1400 North West­lake Boule­vard West­lake Vil­lage, CA 91362 — View Map

RESERVE TICKETS

You must reserve your seats in advance through Eventbrite — Reserve Tick­ets

Flower Duet’s December to Remember

As in every newslet­ter, we like to share a lit­tle of what we’ve done the past month. We had lots of hol­i­day par­ties, flo­ral class­es and even some win­ter wed­dings before the year’s end. We even sneaked in a trip to see the floats being built for the Tour­na­ment of Ros­es Parade in Pasade­na. Enjoy this pho­to view of a lit­tle bit of Flower Duet’s world.

December Wedding Snapshots

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Christ­mas Eve wed­ding at Ter­ranea Resort. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Late Decem­ber wed­ding at Way­far­er’s Chapel with a recep­tion at Ter­ranea Resort. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Citrus Wedding Flowers by Flower Duet

Vibrant Decem­ber wed­ding at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Blue, white and clear vas­es high­light the bride’s cit­rusy style. Each piece includ­ed cab­bage and kumquats! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Bridal and Brides­maids’ bou­quets in a bright cit­rus palette which includ­ed Chi­na Mums, Dianthus, Hyper­icum, Ros­es and Cas­pe­dia. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Cas­pe­dia bout­ton­niere for our cit­rus bride’s groom. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Holiday Party Flowers

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Sil­very white and ever­green designs for a Decem­ber birth­day par­ty in a pri­vate home. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Win­ter hol­i­day par­ty on The Horn­blow­er Yachts in New­port Beach in Decem­ber. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Flowers for All Occasions!

Flow­ers are appro­pri­ate for every event, for every mile­stone in life. Whether you are cel­e­brat­ing your first bal­let recital (Kit’s daugh­ter) or a life­time of mem­o­ries for a loved one, flow­ers are wel­come.

ballet-flowers

Kit’s daugh­ter Keely had her first Nut­crack­er bal­let recital and received her first flo­ral bou­quet. Flow­ers are for every­one! Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Flower Duet taught this win­ter white design to a sold out class at The Hunt­ing­ton Library on Decem­ber 19, 2015. Join us for our cit­rus and orchid inspired class at The Hunt­ing­ton on Jan­u­ary 30, 2016. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Memo­r­i­al flow­ers for a love­ly gen­tle­man. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

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Orchid arrange­ment for a client of Ralph Lau­ren. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Tournament of Roses Parade — Float Decorating Viewing (Before the Parade)

By Kit Wertz

When I picked up my Los Ange­les Times on Mon­day, an insert fell out that was all about the Tour­na­ment of Ros­es Parade and the numer­ous events sur­round­ing the love­ly show­ing of fresh flow­ers.

Our last wed­ding of the year was on Decem­ber 28th, so Casey and I decid­ed to take our chil­dren to see the vol­un­teers for some of the floats dec­o­rate them at the Rose Palace in Pasade­na.

Tick­ets were $10 to see the floats being adorned with flow­ers. We pur­chased our tick­ets online through SharpSeat­ing (they also pro­vide tick­ets to bleach­er seat­ing of the actu­al parade) and picked them up at the office on Col­orado Boule­vard. Then, we pro­ceed­ed to Ray­mond Avenue and the Rose Palace to check out the floats.

This is a great way to see what hap­pens before you decide to vol­un­teer some year to dec­o­rate (as Casey and our broth­er did in 2012). It’s also one step in a four-step process to real­ly expe­ri­ence the floats.

  • Step 1: See the pre-dec­o­rat­ing of floats at the Rose Palace or Rose Bowl
  • Step 2: Watch the parade live in per­son on Orange Ave. or Col­orado Blvd.
  • Step 3: Go after the parade to view the parked floats on Sier­ra Madre Blvd.
  • Step 4: Vol­un­teer to dec­o­rate a float!

floats-in-progress

Vol­un­teers dec­o­rate the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Float at the Rose Palace in Pasade­na on Decem­ber 30, 2015. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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A vol­un­teer for the Lutheren Hour Min­istries adorns fish with pink lentils at the Phoenix Dec­o­rat­ing Com­pa­ny on Wednes­day, Dec. 30th. 2015. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Here is a progress pho­to of the floats at the Rose Palace just two days before the 2016 Tour­na­ment of Ros­es parade. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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A vol­un­teer car­ries heads of Chrysan­the­mums to be placed on a float less than 48 hours before the parade. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Vials of ros­es are ready to be placed on a float at the Rose Palace with less than two days to go before the floats are on the parade route. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Casey’s two sons pose in front of all the floats in progress at the Rose Palace on Decem­ber 30, 2015. Pho­to by Casey Schwartz.

Flower Book Recommendations: Floral Coloring Books & Apps for Adults

Once upon a time, col­or­ing books for adults were con­sid­ered sub­ver­sive. In the 1960s, they made fun of cor­po­rate cul­ture, fear of Com­mu­nism and con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists. In 2016, they are the on the best­seller list on Ama­zon! Tout­ed as a form of “art ther­a­py” or way to med­i­tate and unplug, peo­ple of all ages are get­ting out their pen­cils, crayons and sty­lus pens to col­or their cares away.

Accord­ing to an arti­cle this week in the Wall Street Jour­nal (WSJ), new activ­i­ties are pop­ping up at libraries all over the coun­try as BYOB col­or­ing book par­ties. Bring your own col­or­ing books and pens and spend time with oth­er like-mind­ed adults. Also accord­ing to the WSJ, eight of the top 20 books sold on Ama­zon are col­or­ing books designed for adults.

There are two ways to col­or: by hand with pen­cil and paper or elec­tron­i­cal­ly with your phone or tablet. Yes, there is even an App for col­or­ing — actu­al­ly many apps.

Coloring Apps

Coloring Apps for Adults

A sam­ple of col­or­ing apps on the Google Play Store.

Learn­ing to col­or using a phone or tablet takes a lit­tle nav­i­gat­ing and I sug­gest using a sty­lus pen. It can be tedious to try to col­or in lit­tle dots of col­or with the tip of your fin­ger when pre­cise motions are required.

The Google Play store has a vari­ety of free apps for col­or­ing avail­able. Just do a search for “Col­or­ing Books for Adults” and you’ll receive results that include apps like Col­orfy and  Col­or­ing.

There are also a pletho­ra of apps to down­load and try out for free on iTunes. Do the same search for col­or­ing books and you may find Col­orme by Wei LeJun.

Any way you decide to col­or, it’s fun. If you use an app, it’s easy to share your elec­tron­ic copies of your art online using social media out­lets or email.

Colorfy App

Kit “col­ored” this flower on an app called Col­orfy.

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This draw­ing was col­ored by Kit using an app called Teazel Colour­ing and is avail­able for Android on Google Play.

Coloring Books for Adults

Book stores, craft stores and even chil­dren’s toy stores car­ry these types of sophis­ti­cat­ed col­or­ing books and Amazon.com car­ries almost 4000 titles that fall into thecol­or­ing books for adults relax­ation” cat­e­go­ry.

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Tan­gle Wood by Jes­si­ca Palmer

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Secret Gar­den by Johan­na Besford is con­sid­ered one of the orig­i­nal col­or­ing books for adults that start­ed the new craze!

2019 Flower Design Classes

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 7, 2019 – Wreaths!

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 23, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library

We will be cel­e­brat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of The Hunt­ing­ton Library start­ing in June with themed flo­ral designs.
Reg­is­ter for these class­es through brownpapertickets.com.

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — The Hunt­ing­ton’s 100th Rose
  • Sept 2, 2019 — A Flower from Every Gar­den
  • Sept/Oct 2019 — Spe­cial Cock­tails & Flower Evenings Planned — Con­tact Us for details as dates are being decid­ed soon!
  • Oct 19, 2019 — Suc­cu­lent Pump­kins
  • Nov 9, 2019 — Fall Flow­ers Inspired by Paint­ings in the Art Col­lec­tion by
  • Dec 14, 2019 — Tra­di­tion­al Hol­i­day Designs inspired from 100 years ago

Dates are set for 2020 — so more flower fun to come!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!



Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!