Bridal: Late Autumn Styling

I did the floral styling for this wedding a couple of weekends ago. The lovely bride wanted to go all-out with darker autumn colors and said that she wanted her bouquet to be a little "wild" with some reds. This is what I came up with. The bouquet and centerpieces are a great example of what you can do with fall and winter varieties. After the wedding I received a wonderful thank you note. It is always delightful to hear that someone has enjoyed their flowers, and there is nothing more rewarding to me than happy clients.

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Bouquet flowers: tulip, garden rose, amaryllis, ranunculus, pepper tree berries, gloriosa lily, christmas bush, explosion grass Kiana Underwood /

Centerpiece flowers: garden rose, amaryllis, ilex, orchid, ranunculus, persimmon, fall foliage, explosion grass Kiana Underwood /

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Floral styling by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Thanksgiving Centerpiece, California Style

I know that a Thanksgiving centerpiece should traditionally have autumn colors and only those flowers that are the staples of the season, but then again, I'm just not that traditional. The other day on my walk, I saw that bougainvilleas were in full bloom and gorgeous, and that my citrus tree had some lovely clementines. At the flower mart, I also found these lovely gloriosa lilies and tulips, along with some unusual green and yellow ranunculus and decided that there would be nothing stopping me from putting together an arrangement with these beauties for my Thanksgiving table. I call this one a Thanksgiving Centerpiece, California Style.

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Flowers: bougainvillea, tulip, ranunculus, garden rose, gloriosa lily, clementine Kiana Underwood /

Start with the clementine branches. Kiana Underwood /

Add the bougainvillea, trying not to cover the clementines. Kiana Underwood /

Now add the gloriosa. I just love these lilies - they are so funky and delicate (and last quite a while). Kiana Underwood /

In this step you can add the tulips. Tulips in general add a unique beauty to a floral arrangement; their droopy stems add such gracefulness. Kiana Underwood /

I had just a couple of stems of these fun green and yellow ranunculus and garden roses and used them for a finishing touch. Kiana Underwood /

I don't know about you, but I love the way this turned out and am happy to use it as my Thanksgiving centerpiece! Kiana Underwood /

For those celebrating tomorrow, I wish you all a joyous Thanksgiving!


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood