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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.

2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid

by Flower Duet

Pantone's Radiant Orchid

Pan­tone’s Radi­ant Orchid

Pan­tone® is a com­pa­ny that pro­vides the col­or stan­dards for graph­ic design­ers, inte­ri­or design­ers and the fash­ion indus­try. As wed­ding florists, we take cues from all these dif­fer­ent cre­ative out­lets and see how the trends will be incor­po­rat­ed into wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny and recep­tion col­or themes.

This year, Pan­tone® announced that Radi­ant Orchid will be the col­or of 2014. Here’s a lit­tle from their press release on Decem­ber 5, 2013:

2014 Pantone Color Radiant Orchid in a Ranunculus

While the 2013 col­or of the year, PANTONE 17–5641 Emer­ald, served as a sym­bol of growth, renew­al, and pros­per­i­ty, Radi­ant Orchid reach­es across the col­or wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imag­i­na­tion,” said Leatrice Eise­man, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Pan­tone Col­or Insti­tute®. “An invi­ta­tion to inno­va­tion, Radi­ant Orchid encour­ages expand­ed cre­ativ­i­ty and orig­i­nal­i­ty, which is increas­ing­ly val­ued in today’s soci­ety. An enchant­i­ng har­mo­ny of fuch­sia, pur­ple and pink under­tones, Radi­ant Orchid inspires con­fi­dence and emanates great joy, love, and health. It is a cap­ti­vat­ing pur­ple, one that draws you in with its beguil­ing charm.”

Uplift­ing and bold with­out being over­pow­er­ing, Radi­ant Orchid tones are per­fect­ly cap­tured in this beau­ti­ful Ranun­cu­lus bloom pic­tured at left. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

We feel this col­or is in tune with many of our brides right now. We’ve cre­at­ed wed­ding flow­ers fea­tur­ing this col­or in Decem­ber of 2013 and have anoth­er wed­ding with this col­or on Jan­u­ary 4th. It pairs well with minty green, anoth­er pop­u­lar col­or for wed­dings in 2014 and would liv­en up neu­trals includ­ing gray, beige and taupe.

Purple Bouquets

These bridal and brides­maids bou­quets reflect the tones and moods of Radi­ant Orchid. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

2014 Wedding Trends: Flowers, Food and Glamorous Fun

by Kit Wertz

Each year we look for­ward to the new wed­ding sea­son and as we book new brides and grooms for their big day, we can get a feel for what is hot for wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. We’d like to share with you some of the trends we are see­ing for wed­ding recep­tions and cer­e­monies and tell you a lit­tle about a few fan­tas­tic wed­ding ven­dors we love to work with here in the South Bay of Los Ange­les. Want to learn more about 2014 wed­ding flower trends? Attend our two wed­ding flower work­shops on Jan­u­ary 25, 2013 at our Tor­rance Design Stu­dio to learn about all the flower trends and how to cre­ate a hand-tied bridal bou­quet, bou­ton­nière, cor­sage and hair wreath.

Succulent Grapewood

Pic­tured above is our suc­cu­lent grape­wood cen­ter­piece we cre­at­ed for a recent wed­ding. Suc­cu­lents con­tin­ue to be fea­tured for wed­dings in 2014. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

2014 Wedding Themes

Wed­ding themes for 2014 con­tin­ue on the glam­orous side with a nod to last year’s movie block­buster, The Great Gats­by and a trip down nos­tal­gic lanes with clas­sic ele­gance.

Vintage Glamour

Great Gats­by inspired bling accents, old books, old suit­cas­es and trav­el trunks along with vin­tage type­writ­ers will all make appear­ances as recep­tion dec­o­ra­tion themes in the next year.

Vintage Truck

Vin­tage trucks and cars will be fea­tured in wed­dings in 2014. Pho­to by Rachel McCauley.

bling elegance

Pic­tured above are bling accents in a bou­quet. Just one rhine­stone brooch can go a long way to adding a lit­tle glitz to flow­ers. Learn how to add bling to wed­ding flow­ers at our wed­ding flower arrang­ing class­es this month on Jan­u­ary 25, 2014 at our Tor­rance Flo­ral Design Stu­dio. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

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Vintage Suitcase
Last month, we cre­at­ed this wed­ding cake table dis­play at The Portofi­no Hotel in Redon­do beach with this vin­tage suit­case as the cake stand. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.
Bring­ing the Inside Out — For warm sum­mer evening wed­dings, we’ll see ele­gant lounges and light­ing out­side to cre­ate the feel­ing of cozy rooms. Pic­tured below are lounges on one of many ter­race lawns at Ter­ranea Resort.
Lounges

Adding fairy lights or oth­er light­ing will com­plete this “out­door room.” Pho­to by Miki &amp Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy.
Lace — Lace makes a return to wed­dings and will appear on wed­ding dress­es, invi­ta­tions, and inte­grat­ed into bridal bou­quets.

Lace Bouquet wrap
We wrapped this fall bridal bou­quet in lace instead of satin rib­bon. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.
Roman­tic tra­di­tion­al — Think Down­town Abbey (ele­gant flow­ers and vas­es) instead of “Shab­by Chic” (burlap & bling).

Romantic Wedding Flowers
We took love­ly pink Gar­den Ros­es and paired them with Scabiosa Pods and green Sedum to cre­ate a roman­tic flo­ral look. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Metal­lic Gold Accents
Metallic Vases

The metal­lic trend of the last few years con­tin­ues. We expect to see gold foil invi­ta­tions and more requests for gold vas­es in 2014.

Gold metal­lic vas­es will be fea­tured this year.
Wed­ding Flower Col­ors — 2014 wed­ding flower col­ors will include blush tones and shades of pink, neu­trals like beige and taupe, pur­ples, navy blue, corals, grays, aqua and minty cool greens. We’ll also con­tin­ue to see pas­tel brides­maids dress­es (grey, beige, blush, mint green, light pink) in mul­ti­ple col­ors with­in the same bridal par­ty.

Navy Blue Weddings
Navy blue place cards help guests find their tables and add a nice ele­gant col­or theme for this wed­ding. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Minty Green
Cool greens will be pop­u­lar in 2014 and can be achieved by using suc­cu­lent Echev­e­ria rosettes. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


coral flowers
Coral-col­ored ros­es will be fea­tured in many wed­dings in 2014. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


coral corsage
Coral-col­ored vibur­num berries are the per­fect accent to these cor­sages. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


aqua cake
Aqua does not real­ly appear in flow­ers nat­u­ral­ly, so brides with this col­or theme will need to opt for cakes (above) or vas­es (below). Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


aqua vase
Aqua is a pop­u­lar col­or for wed­dings in 2014 and these vas­es offer the per­fect accent. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Blush tones
Blush-col­ored wed­dings were very pop­u­lar last year and we’ll see many more wed­dings with this theme in 2014, too. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Purple tones
This pur­ple bou­quet aligns well with the 2014 col­or of the year and fea­tures the vari­ety of flow­ers that are avail­able in pur­ple. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.


Purple clover
Pur­ple Clover and Ros­es are accent­ed by laven­der-tinged antiqued Hydrangea. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Large flow­ers — Bridal bou­quets made with large full flow­ers like peonies and gar­den ros­es are huge­ly pop­u­lar as well as wed­ding arch dec­o­ra­tions and wed­ding cen­ter­pieces fea­tur­ing large mop-head­ed hydrangeas.

full
Suc­cu­lents — We are using suc­cu­lents inside mod­ern wood­en planters, with flow­ers in bou­quets and in cen­ter­pieces, on love­ly sculp­tur­al grape wood, and paired with pot­ted moth orchid plants.

Succulent bouquets

Suc­cu­lents are tucked into a pre­mi­um bridal bou­quet along with white Peonies and Orchids.

Succulent Terrariums
Suc­cu­lents are fea­tured in a tall ter­rar­i­um for a wed­ding recep­tion cock­tail table.

Potted Orchid
Suc­cu­lents are added to the base of two pot­ted orchids for a wed­ding cen­ter­piece.

Mul­ti­ple vas­es — Clients con­tin­ue to ask for more than one vase on a table to cre­ate a clus­tered look instead of one large cen­ter­piece arrange­ment.
Multiple vases
Low and tall arrange­ments for cen­ter­pieces — For wed­dings of 10–30 tables, clients often ask for a com­bi­na­tion of low and tall cen­ter­pieces to add a vari­ety of looks to over­all recep­tion space.

High and Low arrangements
High and low full cen­ter­pieces fill the ball­room at the Los Ange­les Ath­let­ic Club. All “Flower Trend” designs by Flower Duet and pho­tos by Kit Wertz

Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

With cou­ples both work­ing full-time and the pop­u­lar­i­ty of get­ting mar­ried away from home, many are opt­ing to hire a pro­fes­sion­al wed­ding plan­ner. There are at least five rea­sons to hire a wed­ding plan­ner:

  1. Saves Time
  2. Saves Mon­ey
  3. Orga­nizes Every­thing
  4. Acts as a Medi­a­tor
  5. Relieves Stress and offers “Day Of Wed­ding” Man­age­ment


All-in-One Wed­ding Venues and Des­ti­na­tion Wed­dings

When the wed­ding guests and the cou­ple can all stay in the same place where the wed­ding and recep­tion take place, it makes for an easy and pop­u­lar event. Our flo­ral design stu­dio is very close to Ter­ranea Resort where there are many options for cou­ples get­ting mar­ried includ­ing a view of the beau­ti­ful blue Pacif­ic Ocean. Plus, we love work­ing with Jen­nifer and Leslie in Cater­ing Sales at Ter­ranea in Palos Verdes.

Terranea
Above is an overview of Ter­ranea Resort in Palos Verdes. San­ta Catali­na Island is in the dis­tance. Pho­to by Kit Wertz


2014 Wed­ding Hair and Make­up

Caren Lazarus of Design Vis­age, one of the nation’s most pub­lished hair and make­up stu­dios in the coun­try, believes every bride deserves a “good hair day.” Her team of hair and make­up artists works with “Maids, Moms and Brides” who are all pam­pered on the big wed­ding day.

For 2014, we’ll see more hair embell­ish­ments instead of veils on brides and hair wreaths made of flow­ers or green­ery.

Hair and Makeup for 2014 Weddings

For wed­dings in 2014, the entire bridal par­ty is opt­ing for pro­fes­sion­al hair and make­up.

Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phy Trends

Cou­ples are request­ing trendy pho­to treat­ments with tech­ni­cal terms like “enhanced col­or” pho­tos, “vin­tage pro­cess­ing”, and “tilt-shift lens­es.” Intrigued? The hus­band and wife wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy team of Miki & Son­ja cap­ture the best moments and more and can guide a cou­ple through these new pho­to trends that are made so pop­u­lar by social media sites like Tum­blr and Pin­ter­est.
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Above is an exam­ple of the “enhanced col­or” pho­to treat­ment. Pho­to by Miki &amp Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy

Wed­ding Recep­tion Food Trends for 2014

As wed­ding recep­tions go late into the evening, savory snacks pro­vid­ed either by the cater­ing com­pa­ny or from a pop­u­lar gourmet food truck are pop­u­lar. For cock­tail recep­tions, we’ve noticed peo­ple opt­ing for child­hood favorite foods such as an appe­tiz­er made from mac ‘n cheese in a lit­tle ramekin. After­noon wed­dings offer nos­tal­gic tea par­ties for the food options and the hip­ster crowd likes craft beer flights to craft soda bars dur­ing recep­tions. Our tal­ent­ed friend, Chef Meg Hall can help a cou­ple nav­i­gate the food­ie trends and cre­ate a won­der­ful food expe­ri­ence for them, too! Learn more from Made by Meg Cater­ing based in Redon­do Beach.

food
food bar

Post-wed­ding brunch­es are pop­u­lar with many cou­ples. Here are some selec­tions from a brunch at Ter­ranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Pho­tos by Miki &amp Son­ja Pho­tog­ra­phy

Wedding Music Trends

Live Wed­ding Band vs. Wed­ding DJ/MC

Some venues don’t allow a live band so a good wed­ding DJ or MC is a good move for any cou­ple. It’s best to choose a com­pa­ny who lis­tens to the cou­ple’s playlist ideas and fits the cou­ple’s per­son­al­i­ties. We love work­ing with KC Camp­bell of VOX DJs. They set the desired tone for the new­ly­weds through favorite song requests, while keep­ing the wed­ding activ­i­ties flow­ing.

Per­son­al Cus­tom Wed­ding Song

Per­son­al­iz­ing a wed­ding with pho­tos of the bride and groom’s baby pho­tos and par­ents’ and grand­par­ents’ wed­ding pho­tos goes a step fur­ther with a cus­tom per­son­al song. Pro­fes­sion­al Nashville-bred song­writer Eliz­a­beth (with lots of heart and soul) from Our Sto­ry Our Song cre­ates per­son­al cus­tom wed­ding songs whether they are for walk­ing down the aisle or the cou­ple’s first dance. The words and music reflect the new­ly­weds’ style, taste and love sto­ry.

Can­dy Dis­plays and Con­fec­tion Buf­fets

candy
In addi­tion to wed­ding cake, we are see­ing a pletho­ra of can­dy store type dis­plays along with con­fec­tion dessert spreads at wed­ding recep­tions. Some­times these con­sist of small cup­cakes and cake pops sur­round­ing a tra­di­tion­al wed­ding cake. Oth­er times, this is a com­plete­ly sep­a­rate “food sta­tion” that is usu­al­ly han­dled by the wed­ding coor­di­na­tor or a con­fec­tion buf­fet styl­ist. These help guests curb the munchies as the dance recep­tion con­tin­ues on into the night.
confections
Pic­tured above is a spread of lit­tle dessert bites sur­round­ing the tra­di­tion­al wed­ding cake. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Wed­ding Offi­ciant

It’s impor­tant to get the right per­son to per­form the most impor­tant part of the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny. We met Elysia Skye from LA Wed­ding Woman this past fall and know she would be a fan­tas­tic fit for many cou­ples who want a warm and friend­ly per­son to help them tie the knot.

Present and Beyond 2014 Wedding Trends

Mar­riage Equal­i­ty — In June of 2013, the Supreme Court of the Unit­ed States court struck down the fed­er­al Defense of Mar­riage Act and said the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment must rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riages per­formed in those states where it was legal. As of Decem­ber 2013, eigh­teen states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riage as a legal right. Legal experts agree that more states and coun­tries will con­tin­ue to rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riage in the next year and years to come.

Rose Parade turns 125 Years Old

by Flower Duet

Rose Parade Logo

This year marks the 125th anniver­sary for the Rose Parade in Pasade­na, Cal­i­for­nia. We thought we should let you know in case you for­got to watch the parade on TV today (Jan­u­ary 1st) that you can go view the floats in per­son Jan­u­ary 1st and 2nd. The won­der­ful thing about see­ing the floats up close is you can actu­al­ly smell the flow­ers. It’s a won­der­ful par­ty for all your sens­es. There is music, won­der­ful scents and sites and you get your exer­cise walk­ing around all the floats. Here is a link to all the Rose Parade Floats on Dis­play Details.

Stu Iggy
You can vol­un­teer next year to dec­o­rate a float, too! No floristry expe­ri­ence required. Read about Flower Duet’s expe­ri­ence dec­o­rat­ing Loy­ola Mary­mount Uni­ver­si­ty’s first Rose float a few years ago with our broth­er, Stu, an LMU alum­nus.

Book Review Too Many Blooms (Petal Pushers Book One)

PETAL PUSHERS
We love teach­ing all ages of bud­ding Flo­ral Design­ers. We espe­cial­ly enjoy teach­ing the tween set who have no fear and great imag­i­na­tion. Flower Duet just recent­ly assist­ed a Girl Scout Troop achieve most of its Flower Badge require­ments and each of the girls head­ed home with a love­ly posy filled with fra­grance and mean­ing.

Cather­ine Daly has a fresh series of books for this age range, called the Petal Push­ers. Four sis­ters, Del­phini­um, Aster, Pop­py and Rose Bloom help out at their grand­par­ents Flower Shop. Start with num­ber 1, Too Many Blooms to find out how it all begins. Get the whole series for your favorite flower girl.

Floral Design Tool:
Bouquet Holders and Bouquet Hold

bouquet holder

Wed­ding flow­ers for 2014 will include large thirsty blooms like hydrangea.

Sce­nario: A bride wants to have hydrangea as her bou­quet flower and she requests to have the bou­quet deliv­ered eight hours before the cer­e­mo­ny for pho­tos.

Solu­tion: Bou­quet Hold­er & Bou­quet Hold Adhe­sive!
bouquet hold adhesive

Where to Pur­chase
These can be pur­chased online or at your local whole­sale flo­ral sup­ply depot like our favorite San Diego Flo­ral Sup­ply.

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!