Beautiful Begonia

I recently did a wedding where the bride wanted me to create lush garden arrangements with a unique element. I immediately knew that I wanted to use begonia once I set foot inside our local nursery and saw the variety of begonias oozing with beauty. I know that some of you on Instagram mentioned that begonias don't last in arrangements for you, but somehow I haven't had that problem. Perhaps, it's because I cut directly from the plant and into my arrangement. In any event, I really really love them in all shapes, sizes, and colors - and I would not hesitate to use them whenever I can. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: begonia, magnolia, garden rose, peony, fuscia, snapdragon, bower vine, privet, birch, grapevine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Ellen

Today's wonderful human is Ellen Bennett, founder of Hedley & Bennett! Ellen is a successful entrepreneur/business woman who makes beautiful made-in-America (Los Angeles, to be exact) aprons. While, she started making aprons for the food industry, if you are a person of any craft whatsoever, one of her aprons will make a great addition to your standard "toolset". I first came across H&B when I was in the market for a new apron and just happened upon the website - and loved what I saw. After I read more about the company and found out that the founder/owner is a woman - I knew that I had to have Ellen as a Human.

On one of our recent trips to Southern California, we stopped by H&B headquarters in the Los Angeles Fashion District and did this shoot with Ellen. I loved how colorful and well-lit their offices were, and these shots reflect the amazing vibe that Ellen has built with H&B. Ellen told us that all of her aprons were made in the building, and as we walked through, sure enough we saw some of the lovely tailors who were sawing them and putting them together. I am always so excited to see another woman's success in business - and Ellen's passion was very evident. Thank you for participating in my series Ellen - you definitely have an another member of the apron squad!

You can learn more about H&B on the website, as well as follow along with the Bonafide Apron Squad Adventures!

Flowers: euphorbia, orchid, milkweed, astilbe, freesia, grapevine, ranunculus, blueberry, geranium, smoke Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Garden Rose Wreath

My garden has been in full bloom with roses and I thought that for upcoming Mother's Day (in the U.S.) it would be so lovely to make an English rose garden inspired wreath. It looks beautiful and it smells amazing (and I figured out a way to prolong its life by a couple of days too). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers/materials: roses, floral water tubes, floral shears, three (3) already made grapevine wreaths Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I tied the wreaths together to allow some room to insert the flower filled water tubes. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Fill the tubes with water and begin putting the roses inside them. Try and choose different kinds (and colors) of roses for a more natural and organic look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Insert the tubes into the grapevine wreath. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue on adding roses until you have reached the desired fill and look. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

When finished, you will have a beautiful fresh rose wreath for mom that will last several days (and you can refill the tubes)! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood