You know autumn is just about here when cosmos are in full bloom and bursting with beauty and amazing color here in Northern California.
To me, they look like a decadent daisy (indeed they actually are part of the daisy family), and add just the right touch of playfulness to an arrangement. I did this bright arrangement over the weekend, and I paired the cosmos with some bougainvillea (which by the way is also at the peak of its beauty right now), godetia, and some amazing ruffly ranunculus. Here are the results.
A couple of weeks ago Victoria of sfgirlbybay asked me to do the floral arrangements for her party with Women & Whiskies. We chatted about the colors and and the overall theme of her party and here is what I came up with. Victoria loved every single one of the arrangements and they looked beautiful in her lovely home; the party was so much fun and we learned a lot more about whiskey than thought possible!
One of the benefits of having an “in-house” photographer extraordinare is that NRUPhoto takes amazing pictures of my work before they make it to the events!
The palette I chose – based on the party’s theme – was colorful and vintage style.
Mint and peach – I just love this color combination. As you might have read in my firstColors of Colina entry, I tell Colina the overall color theme of the bouquet that I’m going to make, and she wears something complementary. I quite like how lovely this color pairing turned out – soft and beautiful.
There is simply so much room to let your imagination and creativity explode when you choose color as the theme for your project. The possibilities are almost endless, and you can find a unique element to incorporate every time. For me, the unique element(s) of this bouquet are many, but if I had to pick just one it would be the dates. I love the yellow color tone and I think it ties together the whole bouquet in conjunction with Colina’s mint-colored dress.
When I make a bouquet I want to “wow” people with it, so I always strive to use unique combinations of flowers and foliage that I think stand out from the “everyday” bouquet.
I have this poster of veggies (Le Jardin) that I picked up from a book store in the Mission for 5 bucks; I just love everything about it. Last week I used it as an inspiration for my color palette for the arrangements bellow. I was quite happy with how they turned out. The flowers, and especially the roses and the Japanese anemones are out of this world and add such depth to the designs.
Flowers: rose, hydrangea, japanese anemone, longan (the brown tropical fruit on the left ), coleus, maidenhair, foxglove, coral bells
Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood
Select photography by Nathan Underwood