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

Winter Styling: Kale and Citrus

Happy Friday friends! I hope that you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful and very busy with preparations for a rather large wedding this weekend. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I will be primarily sharing "winter styling" on the blog through the remainder of the holiday season. For this post I wanted to use the traditional holiday colors, but decided to throw in a little purple for a different color element. Ornamental kale is so lovely; to me it looks like a rose, and I think that its soft purple hue really complements the rest of the flowers. I also love to include fruit in my arrangements, and so added some citrus to boost the organic and natural look of the design.

Kiana Underwood /

Kiana Underwood /

Flowers: ilex, ranunculus, anemone, kale, lemon, geranium, inkberry, smoke Kiana Underwood /

For this arrangement I used a basket frog to secure the citrus branches inside the vase in the way that I wanted. Sometimes larger branches have a mind of their own (due to their heaviness) and are not easily manipulated. Place the frog at the center of the vase. You can use floral clay to secure it at the bottom of the vase so that it does not move. Begin placing the citrus branches inside the frog. Kiana Underwood /

Add the ilex - this is going to give the arrangement some height. Kiana Underwood /

Place the inkberry on one side of the vase. Kiana Underwood /

Continue with the anemone. Kiana Underwood /

And the geranium leaves. Kiana Underwood /

These ranunculus are absolutely amazing. I love the red and green color combination and amazing texture! Kiana Underwood /

Add the kale...filling in some of the empty space. Kiana Underwood /

Finally, add the smoke to give the arrangement a little more body, and to add to the purplish hue that began with the kale. Kiana Underwood /

Kiana Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood