Weekly Inspiration: Lily of the Valley

I had a wedding last weekend and the bride wanted soft colors - specifically white peonies, silver succulents, and parrot tulips. In general, my style is such that I like to include a variety of different elements in each bouquet. So, I was not about to make a bouquet with only those three ingredients - it's just not me, and it wouldn't be very interesting as far as I'm concerned. So, here is what I came up with: Flowers: bellflower, ranunculus, parrot tulip, garden rose, climbing rose, peony, flowering onion, jasmine, lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Lily of the valley is always such a treat - so delicate and beautiful, and with the sweetest aroma. While I couldn't mix these in the bridal bouquet (just too delicate and small next to the large peony - they would get lost) I wanted to still incorporate them somewhere, so I used them for the boutonnieres and and corsages. And I think it was the perfect unexpected touch! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I don't think I could ever get sick of peonies. Look at these - they look like the feathers of a swan! 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

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