Humans with Bouquets: Matt

Ever since I started my series Humans with Bouquets I have been paying much more attention to people in general! As I have been on the hunt for my subjects, I have become so much more aware of faces and expressions - people fascinate me. When Sam came over to shoot with us she brought a friend, Matt. Right away, I knew that I wanted him to be one of my 'humans', and he graciously agreed. Thanks Matt for agreeing to be part of this series! I call this bouquet a tropical bouquet, simply because that is what it looks like. The floral combination of croton and grevillea with camellia reminds me of a tropical island.

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

Flowers: camellia, rose, grevillea, croton (colorful leaves), gerbera, ranunculus, poppy, geranium, tulip, lisianthus. Don't these camellias look amazing? they are fluffy like a garden rose! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

I love the tattoo on Matt's arm - complementary flowers! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Mother's Day Tea Party DIY

Mother's Day is rapidly approaching (May 12 in the U.S. and many other countries), and I thought that it would be fun to spend most of the next few weeks with posts and DIYs highlighting great floral ideas for mom. Our moms are such an important part of our lives, and taking the time to do something special goes a long way toward giving back to someone who has given us so much. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

To start things off, this oh-so-simple (and it really is) tea party would be great for an afternoon with mom, or even as a stunning centerpiece for a Mother's Day brunch. The flowers are laid out at the bottom of a tiered stand, and wonderful pastries and fruits are placed above. A selection of teas, mug (love those owls), and teapot complete things.

Note: You can use any flowers that you find beautiful for this. I chose some varieties that were bold in color and texture, but that didn't have to be in water constantly. Needless to say, this is not a long-lasting arrangement, as water is necessary to prolong a cut flower's life.

I hope that you will give this a try and spoil mom on her special day.

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Begin by laying out the hardy varieties - black mystic, succulent, and eucalyptus tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue with a layer of the flowers - ranunculus and grevillea tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue to layer until you are satisfied with the composition of color and texture tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

I have added pastries to the second tier and fruits to the third - feel free to add what you find delicious tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Now, celebrate mom! tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits:

Styling and floral design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Venezia Wooden 3-Tier Stand from Williams-Sonoma Kotobuki White Owl Mug from Sur la Table