Poppies and Figs

Happy Wednesday friends! I already know that it's going to feel like a Monday today. After doing a wedding on Saturday, my family and I traveled to Southern California for a friend's wedding on Sunday, I did a shoot in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and we had to hustle back for a Little League playoff game. Work, plus 16 hours of driving over the past three days has me pooped. Today's post is simple, yet elegant. It consists of two of my absolute favorites - figs and poppies. I had some leftover poppies and figs from an event, so I thought I would combine them. Poppies look amazing once they are fully opened. Their colors have such variety and richness to them, and I love all the funky ways their stems bend.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The beauty of these two ingredients is that you really don't have to do too much. Just begin with placing them in your vase, and then go with the flow, adding where you think you need more. It can look like an "unplanned" and free flowing arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Floral styling and photography by Kiana Underwood

Fanciful Flower Girls

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of working with photographer Christina McNeill on this wonderful flower girl shoot at the lovely Kohl Mansion near my home. It was a ton of fun getting the girls dolled up (thanks to Lia!), and I put together an assortment of bouquets, garlands, pomanders, baskets, and crowns that show just how much can be done for the younger ladies in a wedding party. Some of the photos from this shoot were recently featured on Snippet & Ink, and I thought it would be fun to show a few more of my favorites.

Bouquet with ranunculus, garden rose, and astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Garland with garden rose, smoke, eucalyptus, and astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Crown with ranunculus and carnation Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Delicate carnation crown Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Baskets and crowns Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Peony, loquat, lamb's ear & lilac, geranium, ranunculus, garden rose, fig / Crown with oregano and snowberry Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Basket with peony, loquat, lamb's ear Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Basket with lilac, geranium, ranunculus, garden rose, fig Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Pomander with tulip and geranium leaf Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Bouquet with gardenia and poppy pod Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Gardenia waffle cone bouquet Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Bouquet with lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Loose bouquet with peony, lamb's ear, lilac Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Loose bouquet of oregano, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Goofing around...so cute! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Christina McNeill Hair by Lia Negrete

Unique Vessels: Floral Mortar DIY

I have this marble mortar (and pestle) in my kitchen that I use from time to time. The other day as I was using it to grind some cardamom, I decided it would make a pretty vessel for flowers. So, I chose some flowers for a tropical arrangement with some unexpected elements (fig and silene). Since the mortar is a pretty shallow vessel, it is essential to use a floral (pin) frog for placement of all the flowers. As you have seen by now, I am a big fan of free and asymmetrical pieces. My goal was to make this into a centerpiece while maintaining asymmetry, but I also wanted to make sure it looked beautiful from all directions. We have taken shots of the final result from all directions. For readers in the U.S., have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you'll need tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Place the floral frog at the center of the mortar, and begin by arranging the lamb's ear. The ends of the stems are secured into (either speared by or in-between) the pins tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue by adding the climbing and garden roses tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Now you can add the figs - making sure that the branches are cut short enough so that they are not too top heavy - this vessel is heavy, but a lighter vessel could become off balance and tip over tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Add the andromeda tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Now the vessel is full, and the orchid and the silene can be added as the final touches tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao