The Mrs. Box no. 5

Back in February I styled The Mrs. Box shoot in Solvang along with some other lovely creatives. This was such a fun project as it allowed me to explore a different realm of floral styling. Who knew that styling flowers with tiny ring boxes could be so much fun?

Here are some of my favorites:

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

The urns, in particular, were fun for me as I tried to make them as 3D as I could on a flat surface, and I really treated them and placed the flowers as though I was creating a real life arrangement in water with lots of different textures and complementing hues. 

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Can we talk about this girl's hair? I mean, does it get any better than tulip petals for your hair?! :)

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

I had saved a number of potted poinsettia from the holidays, and they still looked really beautiful in February. Plus, I'm quite obsessed with their peachy colors, so I thought it would be perfect to incorporate them in one of my designs. They really look like watercolor.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Jose told me this one looked like a painting! I would have to give most of the credit to those beautiful tulips and their incredible colors.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com for The Mrs. Box | Photography: Jose Villa / josevilla.com

It was super fun to make this very tiny bouquet (less than 2 inches all around). When I am choosing the florals for projects like these, I make sure to procure as many different flowers in different sizes, shades, and textures as possible...because to me, that is what makes these images so interesting. Of course, it goes without saying that Jose Villa's photography is impeccable!

Credits

Images by @josevilla with @joelserrato, floral design by @tulipinadesign with co-styling by @maemae_co @greylikes and @kalebnormanjames featuring @shapirodiamonds rings.

Workshops: Richmond 2016

The first major domestic workshop of last year - 2016 - was an east coast adventure in Richmond, Virginia. Non local workshops (for me this is usually San Francisco) are a logistical challenge, as the coordination to get vendors - venue, catering, furniture, etc., as well as flowers shipped, everything prepared and ready to go - and get some sleep the night before - is an exercise in the stars aligning. That said, the stars usually do align, and everything goes off without a hitch. If I ever need to move into wedding or event planning, I think I'll be well prepared.

I love Richmond. It is a vibrant city, and has the same east coast southern charm one will find in Savannah or Charleston. We were beyond fortunate to find a great venue - Paisley and Jade - who also provided all furniture and setup. Their vintage furniture collection was both eclectic and amazing, and they worked tirelessly to get everything set up to create a really special space for the workshop.

Once again, Corbin Gurkin joined me to document the floral magic, and we came away with beautiful images full of texture and bright pops of color, which, of course, I love.

Take a peek below at our two days in Richmond, and stop by Paisley and Jade if you are ever in the Richmond area.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

I was able to get us some amazing flowers shipped from Brannan Street Wholesale as well as some lovely azalea plants from a local nursery in Richmond, along with some wonderful farm grown products from my friends Jenny and Mara. With all of this, there was an abundance of beauty and color to work with!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

The group hard at work on creating their works of floral art.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

My demo centerpiece. Spring offers such a beautiful variety and the coral charm peonies really stole the show here.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

A bit of student work mixed in with the amazing vintage furniture and chairs of Paisley and Jade.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

A beautiful and unique gown made by Hayley Page that we were able to borrow through wardrobe stylist Annie Cavallo. This particular dress already had some silk flowers on it, but we added some real flowers as well to give it a little more pop.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Our dinner table for the end of workshop day one.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

My bridal bouquet demo. I'll admit that bouquets drive me a little crazy. Centerpieces are never an issue, but I find myself fighting the urge to keep touching my bouquets to get them perfect. For some reason I am never quite happy with them (but thank goodness others are!).

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Beautiful student work!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

At the end of workshop day two we created this installation with our leftover flowers....and the results were unforgettable.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

There were so many gems at the Paisley and Jade warehouse that we kept bringing more and more stuff into the space. This antique baby bathtub was a highlight for me!

Pop Up Bridal

I recently did floral arrangements for BHLDN's bridal pop-up shop in San Francisco, and wanted to share some snaps that NRUPhoto took of the event. They wanted some soft hues, so I decided that one could almost never go wrong with blush and its variants. I know some of you are going to want to know what those pink bubble gum looking berries are!! They are berries that I foraged from a very awesome bush (the only one I've found) that I found in San Francisco and they are called Pernettya - I absolutely loved working with them!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com
Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood