Winter Styling: Red Velvet

I can't believe that it is already December! Thanks to the climate, winter in (most of) California does not have many limitations, and the local floral variety is really amazing year-round. Since I am one to seek unusual floral varieties, I have become admittedly spoiled by what the SF Flower Mart has (or can acquire). I really think the only other place for me in the world with such great access to floral variety year-round might be the Netherlands. When I saw these red garden roses at the market, I knew I had to have them. So, I combined them with some coxcomb and other fun flowers to create a vibrant winter arrangement.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: garden rose, coxcomb, anemone, lambs ear, dates, purple beautyberry, and winter greens Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the greens, placing them on one side of the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the berries - these beautyberries are my favorite! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Arrange the coxcomb in the middle of the arrangement - they really add a velvety quality to this arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now, disperse the anemone throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the roses and the lambs ear. Aren't these roses just edible?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Finally, add the dates, allowing them to drape over the side. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Bridal Bouquet: Garden-style DIY

A gorgeous bouquet adds a wow factor to the bride - enhancing the dress, shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and every other detail that she has chosen for her special day. Making a unique and dramatic garden-style bouquet isn't as difficult as one might think, and I decided to show you exactly that in this post! Note: Stand in front of a mirror when building a bouquet - it will allow you to see the bouquet from multiple angles without having to constantly stop and examine.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: pineapple lily, garden rose, parrot tulip, hellebore, lambs ear Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the pineapple lilies, and then surround them with the tulips to create a drooping base for building upon. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the hellebore to the "top" (closest to you) of the bouquet. Don't worry, this is an asymmetrical bouquet and will look different from every angle. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now, add the garden roses and make sure that the flowers are not placed too tightly next to each other so that all of the flowers are visible. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lambs ear, and then tie it. Some florists use green floral tape, but I find that tying them with cotton string usually works better for me. You can secure the bouquet in any manner that works for you. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Trim the stems so that they are all the same length (but be careful not to trim too much). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

There are many, many ways to wrap a bouquet, from ribbon to burlap, and everything in between. For this bouquet, I wanted a very simple wrap, and just used a lacy ribbon around the original tie point. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. 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